Sunday, October 27, 2013

The Skating Dead

It's Halloween time and we're far enough into the NHL season to start looking at some of the brutal player performances going on. There's been quite a few studs putting up some terrifying numbers than what we're used to seeing. Some guys have been putting up Vesa Toskala numbers while others simply can't find the net on a semi-regular basis. All of these guys would have been drafted in fantasy pools, but are showing up to the rink with no life in them.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

2013 Hockey Halloween Costumes

Teenage Mutant Ninja Hertl should be a popular costume in San Jose this year.
It's Halloween time and you're probably wondering what the hell you're going to wear to the party this year. Well, if you're a hockey fan we have some great last minute ideas for you that are a lot better than last year's NHL Lockout costumes. Taking ideas from the offseason and current season such as being a half Mutant Ninja Turtle/half teenage Tomas Hertl, these costumes will definitely make for great conservation as they'll immediately turn into a hockey discussion between party-goers.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Tom Wilson Staying With The Caps... What?

Potential hockey photo of the year...
Yesterday, the Washington Capitals made the announcement that 19-year-old, Tom Wilson, would be staying up with the big club for the remainder of the season. We thought for sure that Wilson was going to get sent back to the Plymouth Whalers this season to play big minutes and have a shot to play for Team Canada at the World Juniors. Instead, the Caps have decided to keep him around as a teenage fourth liner.

Josh Harding Is Rock Solid

Josh Harding of the Minnesota Wild has been filling in nicely for the injured Nik Backstrom who hasn't played a in a game since Oct 8th. For fantasy owners who snatched up Harding from the waiver wire he has given them 3 wins, a league leading 1.15 GAA and a .946 save percentage in 6 games thus far.

Harding was the feel good story of last year winning the Bill Masterson Memorial trophy after he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in September of 2012. In his first game since being diagnosed last January he posted a shutout and proved that MS would not stop him from playing hockey. It's amazing he can still play hockey considering some of the effects of multiple sclerosis are blurred vision, co-ordination issues and fatigue.

So far this season Harding has kept the Wild in games and given them a chance to win (their 3 wins are all from Harding). It will be interesting to see what happens when Backstrom comes back from injury and if the Wild just keep rolling the hot goalie. We can see this being a 1A-1B situation in net for the Wild and that is never a bad thing to have two goalies fighting for playing time.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Cheechoo Train Going Full Steam In KHL

Remember Jonathan Cheechoo? Well the former Rocket Richard Trophy winner with 56 goals and idol to this guy is currently tied for the goal scoring lead in the KHL. The last time we wrote about Cheechoo we asked why his train fell off the tracks. He was playing in the AHL with the Worcester Sharks and we wondered if he'd ever get the chance to prove himself in the NHL again. Well despite a few NHL camp invites and putting up average numbers in the AHL with Peoria and Oklahoma City, Cheechoo decided to go the KHL to play for the new Croatian team in the league, Zagreb Medvescak.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

NHL Rookie Turkey Dump

It's Canadian Thanksgiving which means it's Turkey Dump time. Defined quite simply as:
"The turkey dump occurs when a college or university student returns home during the Thanksgiving holiday to break up with their significant other from high school."
Translating that to hockey is when NHL rookies get sent back to junior around the 9-game mark (close enough to Canadian Thanksgiving) to save a year on their entry-level contracts and let them get more development with their peers. Due to the transfer agreement between the NHL and CHL, rookies that don't turn 20 before December 31st may only play for either the NHL or their junior team which makes for some difficult decisions for NHL GM's. Some players have already been dumped back to junior like Griffin Reinhart by the New York Islanders, and with most teams already having played 6 games this season there will be many more broken hearts to come.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Wax Stain Rookie: 2011-12 In The Game Heroes and Prospects Review

Wax Stain Wednesday will be a regular feature on Dirty Dangle. Our pal Dave at Wax Stain Rookie is an avid autograph and card collector and has some cool 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.
Thought I would try and do something a little different and share a box break with my Dirty Dangle readers.  Some of you may have collected cards as a kid and others of you may have no interest in cards other than you like or dislike the players featured on them. Hockey cards have changed a great deal since they first started appearing in the early part of the 1900’s. Back then, their purpose was to protect the cigarettes and provide a little amusement to the smokers when they opened their packs. Then they begin appearing in chocolate bars, as mail-in incentives to buy syrup and of course chewing gum. I have even seen cards in bags of oranges, which trust me was a bad idea because the cards got beat up pretty bad by moving oranges!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Flyers Make Another Off-Ice Move (Shocking!)

"What the fuck have you done to this team, Holmgren?"
After just 3 games into the 2013-14 NHL season and 3 losses, the Philadelphia Flyers have announced the firing of their head coach, Peter Laviolette. Hired in December 2009, Laviolette took a struggling team to the Final by making the playoffs on the last day of the regular season in a shootout and coming back from 3-0 in their Eastern Conference Semi Finals against the Boston Bruins. They were dramatic on the ice, and they've certainly been dramatic off it as well. Let's take a look at what the Flyers have done since that playoff run.

Friday, October 4, 2013

2013-14 NHL Rookies To Watch

By definition, a rookie in the NHL is:
A player not having played in more than 25 NHL games in any preceding seasons, nor in six or more NHL games in each of any two preceding seasons. Any player at least 26 years of age (by September 15th of that season) is not considered a rookie.
We love following rookies and most of the players to watch this season have been household names for a few years now so we're pretty excited to see them playing in the show. We've watched them dominate the World Juniors and crack their NHL teams with strong preseasons, so now it's time these young studs are put to the test in the big leagues. There will be plenty of Calder talk surrounding these kids so get to know them now to stay in the loop.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Wax Stain Rookie: John Tavares

Wax Stain Wednesday will be a regular feature on Dirty Dangle. Our pal Dave at Wax Stain Rookie is an avid autograph and card collector and has some cool 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.
You know you are a good hockey player when the league makes a rule so that you can play. You know you are great when you can beat a Gretzky record that has stood for nearly 30 years. John Tavares is a player who has been in the hockey spotlight for nearly a decade and in that time he has grown from a 13-year-old kid playing in the OPJHL to one of Canada’s best forwards and the captain of the New York Islanders

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Will We See 60 Goals This Year?

At this time last year we asked the question, will we see 60 goals again this year? The answer was obviously no because the stupid fucking lockout and 48-game shortened season, so we'll pose the question again. With Ovechkin finishing his 2013 campaign strong and Stamkos hitting his prime, will we see 60 goals this year? With goalie pads getting smaller this season there's even more net for snipers to shoot for and we have a beer gut feeling that someone will hit 60 this season.

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