Thursday, July 26, 2012

NHLers Accidental Tweets

Last night, Logan Couture tweeted this link out to his 110,000+ followers. In case you didn't know, YouJizz is a porn site (shocking, we know). It looks like Couture was browsing the porn site on a mobile device at 2:30am and clicked a "Share It" button of sorts (Why are those even there? "Hey everybody! Look at the porn vid I'm watching"). These things happen of course, you accidentally click a share button or "like" a photo on Facebook of some girl in a bikini who you haven't talked to in years - shit happens. The tweet was deleted within 20 minutes and Couture responded over two hours later that he didn't send the tweet and that he wasn't even up at 2am. True or not, it's a hilarious incident, but not the first involving NHLers tweeting out a link to something by accident.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

For Your Viewing: 1976 Canada Cup

Haven't seen a hockey game in a month? Sick of hearing where a free agent might go because he finally narrowed his list of teams down from 15 to 5? For Your Viewing helps your hockey withdrawal during the summer months and gives you a classic hockey video to watch and pass the time. It might be a game, a movie, or even just a clip, but they're all great to watch while sitting back with a cold one in hand. Sure beats counting down the days until training camp. 
Following the 1972 and 1974 Summit Series' and the demand to see the best players in the world play against each other while representing their countries, the Canada Cup was created. The first tournament took place in 1976 and featured six teams consisting of: Canada, Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia, Sweden, United States, and Finland. The 1976 Cup is legendary for being the first true best-on-best tournament in hockey history with professionals participating and the team that Canada iced is considered one of the best teams to ever wear the maple leaf. In fact, 16 of the 21 players on Team Canada are now inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame and Stanley Cup champions like Lanny MacDonald and Bobby Orr consider this '76 Canada Cup title the highlights of their careers

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Dock Talk: 2013 Rookie Of The Year

We love hitting the cottage on weekends and most of the time just talk hockey up there. Dock Talk is a summary of a conversation this past weekend while up north drinking beers on the water. We'll do our best to remember what was said, but sometimes dock drinking gets messy.
It was hot as balls out this past weekend at the cottage so we spent most of the time on the dock drinking beers and doing our best Ryan Kesler tumbleweed impressions into the water. Naturally, the conversation shifted to hockey and we started tossing around who we thought were the favourites for the rookie of the year this upcoming season. It's hard enough to predict during the regular season, but trying to predict in July? Shieeeeeeet. Sure we don't have a clue about what players are even going to make their NHL teams this season, but let's have some fun with this.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Unmade Movie Sequels: The Mighty Ducks 4

Unmade Movie Sequels is a series of synopsis' from popular hockey movies we wish were made.
After winning the JV-Varsity Showdown at Eden Hall in D3, the Ducks would live as high school gods at the prep school. Thanks to winning national championships in 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999 against state rival Shattuck-Saint Mary's, the team would be heavily recruited at the collegiate level, but would only commit to a school that could take the entire team. It is also noted that the Ducks were sought after by the USA Hockey National Team Development Program, but the team refused to go live and train in Michigan, opting to stay in Minnesota.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Wax Stain: A Cup Of Coffee With Chris Ferraro

Wax Stain Wednesday is a regular feature on Dirty Dangle. Our pal Dave at Wax Stain Rookie is an avid autograph and card collector and has some amazing experiences to share with us. WARNING: these posts may make you want to buy a Beckett and get those dusty hockey cards out from under your bed that you hide from your girlfriend like a secret porn collection.
A cup of coffee is an expression that is often used in baseball and hockey to describe a player who has spent very little time of their career in the pros. One of the most famous players I can think of that fits this bill is Don Cherry. As a player, his NHL career lasted about as long as a cup of coffee. He played exactly one game and that game was a post-season game for the Boston Bruins in 1955. Don would go on to have a pretty successful coaching career, but as a player he would toil in the minors for the better part of 20 seasons. For purposes of these posts, I am going to focus on autographs of players who spent less than a full season (80 career games) in the NHL. Hard to believe that someone who played less than 80 games would have a card created with an autograph of theirs on it, but there might be more there than you realize.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

For Your Viewing: 19-Year-Old Peter Forsberg

Haven't seen a hockey game in a month? Sick of hearing where a free agent might go because he finally narrowed his list of teams down from 15 to 5? For Your Viewing helps your hockey withdrawal during the summer months and gives you a classic hockey video to watch and pass the time. It might be a game, a movie, or even just a clip, but they're all great to watch while sitting back with a cold one in hand. Sure beats counting down the days until training camp. 
The World Juniors are notorious for producing dominating performances from star junior players. When you let players like Eric Lindros, Pavel Bure, and Jaromir Jagr play against countries like Japan and Poland you're going to get a lot of blowouts and high point totals. However, none of these players could match Peter Forsberg's performance at the 1993 World Junior Championships when he potted a record 7 goals and 24 assists for 31 points in 7 games. His stats were helped by his linemates Markus Naslund and Niklas Sundstrom who became the highest scoring line in tournament history with 30 goals and 69 points.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

What Would A Weighted Draft Lottery Look Like If There's A Lockout In 2012-13?

With the news of the NHL's first CBA proposal breaking on Twitter last night and spreading a great deal of pessimism into the hearts of hockey fans, many believe the NHL/NHLPA are on course for another lockout. This would mark the 2nd lockout in 9 years and we all remember the 2004-05 lost season. That was a brutal year, except for the Pittsburgh Penguins, who landed the top prospect at the time and current superstar, Sidney Crosby, thanks to winning the 2005 Draft Lottery under a weighted system (Pittsburgh model my ass!). This raises the question: what would a weighted Draft Lottery look like in 2013 if there was no 2012-13 season?

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Summer Research 101

It's approaching the middle of the offseason and before you know it, the puck will be dropping on the 2012-13 NHL season (fingers crossed). Perhaps one of our favourite things to do over the summer months is research the upcoming season. The schedule is released, the Draft is over, and the bulk of free agents have already found homes. It's a great time of year considering there is no actual hockey to watch, just make sure to ignore all that CBA talk because it could get downright depressing.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Wax Stain Rookie: Brandon Whitney

Wax Stain Wednesday is a regular feature on Dirty Dangle. Our pal Dave at Wax Stain Rookie is an avid autograph and card collector and has some amazing experiences to share with us. WARNING: these posts may make you want to buy a Beckett and get those dusty hockey cards out from under your bed that you hide from your girlfriend like a secret porn collection.
Brandon Whitney is the topic of this week’s post. Who you say? Brandon Whitney was the 7th round selection of the Chicago Blackhawks in this year’s entry draft. Brandon also happens to have grown up about 20 minutes from my house. I was lucky enough to have met him a couple months ago thanks to a couple of students I teach. Brandon had just returned from overseas where he won the bronze medal with Team Canada at the IIHF World U18 Championships.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

For Your Viewing: Gross Misconduct

Haven't seen a hockey game in a month? Sick of hearing where a free agent might go because he finally narrowed his list of teams down from 15 to 5? For Your Viewing helps your hockey withdrawal during the summer months and gives you a classic hockey video to watch and pass the time. It might be a game, a movie, or even just a clip, but they're all great to watch while sitting back with a cold one in hand. Sure beats counting down the days until training camp. 
This week, we have Gross Misconduct on the reel. It tells the story of former, NHLer Brian "Spinner" Spencer, who we've wrote about before. Spencer had a 10-year roller coaster career with four NHL teams in which he battled on the ice, and even harder off of it. It's definitely worth a view so take a look at some early 1990s Canadian-made-for-TV drama. It's broken down into seven parts so just keep clicking on through.

 

Monday, July 9, 2012

Unbreakable: Career Shots On Goal

This is a feature that will showcase an NHL record that we believe is unbreakable. And no, these won't just be "Wayne Gretzky is God" posts, they will be records from a wide variety of players.
Ray looks tired from ripping so many clappers.
Record: Career shots on goal
Holder: Ray Bourque with 6,206 career shots

Saturday, July 7, 2012

The 1992-93 Pinnacle Sidelines Subset (Part 1)

There are many great hockey sets out there, but one of our favourites is the 1992-93 Pinnacle Sidelines subset that profiled nine NHLers and some of their office hobbies and activities. The pictures and descriptions are equally hilarious, so sit back and enjoy Part One of our showcase of some of the best retro hockey cards from the 1990s.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Scott Howson Is Driving A Hard Bargain

"Rick Nash? Let me call my buddy who's an expert on Rick Nash."
Every day we're hearing more about whats teams are in or out of the Rick Nash Derby, and Darren Dreger reported that Carolina were the latest to back out after rejecting a deal that involved Jeff Skinner. After laughing for a few minutes at the thought of Scott Howson wanting Jeff Skinner in some sort of deal for Rick Nash, it made me think of what kind of offers Howson might be throwing around. There's rumours of Logan Couture, Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier. Howson has Nash on this massive pedestal if he's asking for young players who produce almost the same amount of points. Nash didn't get moved at the trade deadline because the price was too steep, and Howson apparently hasn't budged on that in the offseason.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Hoss Hall Of Fame Induction: Eric Lindros

The Hoss Hall of Fame is an elite group of honoured Hosses who have powered their way through hockey with hard hits, thrilling fights, and offensive flair to be the complete package.
The Big E was one of the most powerful players in the 1990s, and could not only hurt you by putting pucks in the net, but he could run you over with his 6'4", 240lbs frame. His dominating physical presence on the ice helped establish Eric Lindros as one of the elite power forwards in hockey history. While Lindros may never reach the Hockey Hall of Fame, his style of play earns him a spot in our Hoss Hall of Fame.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

What's Up With Torres' Suspension Reduction?

Yesterday, it was announced that Gary Bettman had reduced Raffi Torres suspension from the Brendan Shanahan sentence of 25 games to 21 games. Torres served 13 games in the playoffs this year, meaning he'll miss the 2012-13 preseason and the first eight games to start the regular season. While many believed the 25 game ban was excessive (although meant to keep Torres out of the playoffs), there were also many who applauded Shanahan for dropping the hammer with one of the biggest suspensions in NHL history. Pitchforks were grabbed when Torres announced he would be appealing (which he had every right to), and I think most fans assumed that whole process didn't work for him as almost 50 days had passed, but then we got a ruling just as CBA negotiations began to fire up. 

Sunday, July 1, 2012

2012 NHL Free Agent Frenzy Drinking Game

It's the second most hyped day of the year as the NHL Free Agent market opens up today. There are some notable free agents out there looking for new homes and teams looking to spend big money on third and fourth liners. While this day is usually a letdown, it's important to treasure it more than previous years as the NHL/NHLPA CBA negotiations heat up over the summer and the 2012-13 season's fate remains unknown. So grab you're favourite drink and play along!

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