Bergeron nomination long overdue

Posted: 06/05/2012 by Samantha Martin in NHL
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The nominations for the 2012 NHL Awards were announced recently and it seems as though the members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association finally got their crap together.

Since the 2005 World Junior Hockey Championship in Grand Forks, I have been saying that Patrice Bergeron is one of the most underrated players in the NHL. Finally, Bergeron is getting some recognition for his skill after being nominated for the Selke Trophy. Read the rest of this entry »

Nominees for the Hart Trophy have been announced: the NHL’s marquee award for the most valuable player of the league.

Without the nominated players, their teams would not have been able to succeed. They would have been disasters – terrible – like the Leafs (I have to learn to laugh about these things or it’s just depressing).

So who are the finalists?

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So I ended the first round of my playoff pool going two for eight. Man, these playoffs! Thursday night saw the elimination of both the Ottawa Senators (RIP) and the Florida Panthers. Therefore, rounding out the rest of round-two in the Eastern conference are the favoured New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils.

Now, we’ve spoken of upsets before this season. Although the Rangers and the Devils were the favourites to win their respective series’, the other two first-round series’ in the East were magnificent underdog victories.

The Philadelphia Flyers took the Stanley Cup favourites out in six games – even starting the series with a 3-0 lead over Sidney Crospy and his precious Pittsburgh Penguins. It was one of the highest scoring series’ of all-time, which included Claude Giroux setting a franchise record for most points within one series. The Washington Capitals also managed to take the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Boston Bruins, to seven games – and win! This was probably the most shocking upset of the entire first-round.

The unpredictability of this post-season renders the following comments completely useless, but here is a look at how I see the next round unfolding in the East. Read the rest of this entry »

Quick, if I were to say you should never count this team out in the playoffs, which team comes to your mind?

If you said the Detroit Red Wings then congratulations, you have managed to correctly identify the team most often associated with that label. Also, you’re an idiot. Read the rest of this entry »

Dearest Senators,

As I sit here nursing my hangover from last night, I look back on your season and think of mostly positives. As disappointed as I was in your defeat and elimination Thursday night, I can’t help but feel guilty. How dare I expect more from you – the team who was pegged to be last in the league this season by a majority of hockey experts, analysts, and Leafs’ fans. You boys worked hard this season, and this letter is a salute. Read the rest of this entry »

The Bill Masterton Trophy, or, in other words, The “Who-Overcame-The-Most?” Award, nominations were announced Tuesday.

From NHL.com:

“Ottawa Senators right wing Daniel Alfredsson, Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Joffrey Lupul and Montreal Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty have been named finalists for this year’s Bill Masteron Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the “the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.” Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: 25/04/2012 by Jacob Gallo in NHL
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Dear 2011-12 Chicago Blackhawks,

How’s it going? A little tough to look at direct sunlight, I’d assume. It’s okay. You’re allowed some time to grieve after being eliminated at the hands of Mike Smith the Phoenix Coyotes. Hell, I spent Monday night drowning myself in a bottle. We’ve been together for 16 years and, after all this time, seeing you go away for summer never gets easier.

I figured I’d take some time to address some of you today. Call it a healing exercise. Maybe it’s a preemptive strike on Festivus, because as the great Frank Costanza once said, “I’ve got a lot of problems with you people. And now, you’re going to hear about it.” Read the rest of this entry »