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Since When…

May 9, 2009

- When did Hamilton become the latest new place to move a hockey team to? Couple years ago, the Predators were all but packed and on their way. Now, Balsillie wants to move the Coyotes there and a group out of Vancouver wants to move the Thrashers to H-town. There’s no way in hell that Bettman lets either team move. He’s bound and determined that hockey remain ensconced in the southern part of the US. It would be admitting failure if he let a team leave the south. The recent success of the Caps and Hurricanes is proving that hockey can succeed south of the Mason Dixon line. But then again, for every Washington and Carolina, you have an Atlanta or a Florida. It’s not good for the league as a whole when reports constantly surface that rich people want to move less successful teams to any area that waves a bright and shiny arena at them. (And that’s not even taking into account the rumors of Wang moving the Islanders to Kansas City if he doesn’t get his new arena on Long Island.)

- The photo accompanying TSN’s article about Gonchar’s injury is absolutely stunning. It completely shows the pain, anguish and heartbreak running through Gonchar as the trainer tends to him. I’m constantly in awe of the high quality of photos put out by NHL related photographers.

- Puck Daddy has a scathing indictment from Gonchar’s agent of the double standard potentially exhibited by the league in regards to the Gonchar/Ovechkin contact. Good read, as JP Barry has the balls to actually say what a lot of us have thought occasionally regarding the behavior of Crosby, Ovechkin and other “stars.”

- I’ve had Indy 500 qualifying on in the background while doing some work for a presentation, and the network is doing a pretty good job of promoting its hockey schedule. However, I do want to give Indy announcer Bob Jenkins a brief  pronunciation guide to the word “Canucks.” It’s pronounced “Ca-Nucks.” Not “Ca-Nooks.” Please work on this before I throw something at my TV set.

- We know that the NHL is one of the more savvier leagues when it comes to the use of the internet and electronic communications. However, I bet most of us had no idea just how in-depth the NHL’s email efforts are. Mediapost reports that the NHL has an email database of nearly 1 million names and sends 62 e-newsletter versions per week. That’s pretty darn impressive, but the media geek in me wishes there were some stats in there like open rates and click throughs.

- While poking around on the internets, I discovered that Derek Roy was a participant in Buffalo Spree’s bachelor auction that was held in February. I’m dying to know just how much our little Roy-Z was auctioned off for.

- And speaking of Roy-Z, here’s wishing him and Lindy the best of luck in the Gold Medal game at the World Championships. And best of luck to Stafford and Team USA in the bronze medal game. I just hope that when they come back to town, they don’t show off their medals in the locker room. Otherwise, they may have to keep sharp implements away from Vanek. Dude sounds extremely down about what happened at the WC’s, that it was just the icing on the crappy cake that was his past season.

- I really kind of want this USA Hockey T-Shirt.

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Oh-So-Quotable

May 6, 2009

- Thank you Sami Salo for giving me the biggest laugh I’ve had today. When asked by the media about the exact nature of his injury, Salo played coy and replied that it could even be something as simple as a burning sensation when he pees. I know we all joke about hockey players and STDs, but I think this may be the first time I’ve ever seen it referenced by a player in the mass media. I love when players have senses of humor about their injuries and try to deal with the ridiculousness of the upper/lower/inner/outer body injury classification.

The thing is, I could see some of the Sabres resident wiseasses making similar jokes about injury statuses. While I don’t imagine that they would get as descriptive as Salo, I could imagine a little creativity being used by the boys. I can see things like “I can’t play because I just gave myself a manicure and my clear polish isn’t dry.” “I have a lower body injury from having relations with my wife on a piece of living room furniture, which then broke.” “I got my toe stuck in my faucet.” And so on.

Thanks to alix of Canucks Hockey Blog for tweeting about Salo’s amazing quote.

- From the statbit files, someone found my blog via the search term “Ovechkin, chill the fuck out.” And someone else found me with “who has Sidney Crosby slept with.” Those are definitely better than the usual ones regarding Ryan Getzlaf’s hairline (or lack thereof) and the girlfriends of Drew Stafford/Martin Brodeur/Ryan Miller, et. al.

- With the announcement that Jim Basillie wants to purchase the Coyotes and move them to Hamilton, sorry, an undisclosed market in southern Ontario, one cannot help but wonder how this would affect the Sabres. I seem to remember that the last time Basillie tried to move a team to Hamilton, that it would require him to make a very substantial payment to both the Leafs and Sabres, as Hamilton falls squarely within their market area. While there’s no doubt that the Greater Toronto Area could support two teams, it is likely that a team in Hamilton probably would affect the Sabres. I believe the last stats I read said that something like 10% of the Sabres season ticket base is from S. Ontario. While some of these people undoubtedly will remain loyal Sabres ticket holders, you can’t help but think that these people will undoubtedly jump ship and go to their “own” team.

The one group of people that I definitely feel sorry for are the Coyotes players and staff. It can’t be easy having your livelihood be the subject of so many rumors, speculation and gossip. While the players may be used to moving around, it can’t be easy for Suzy CreamCheese in the front office to be dealing with the uncertainty of her job and whether or not the team will be in Phoenix next year.

- If Basillie does move the team to Southern Ontario, I’d be curious to see how the league would be realigned. Nick Mendola of WGR has some intriguing thoughts on this subject on the WGR website. It really does make sense to align the teams using more of a geographuc sense. I mean, there’s no good reason why Columbus and Detroit should be in the Western Conference. It’s like the NHL decided to pick up some alignment tips from the NCAA when they decided that one.

The Coyotes situation does add some additional drama to the playoffs, that’s for sure.

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You’ve GOT To Be Kidding Me

February 25, 2009

- So Randy Carlyle thinks that Goose should be suspended for his hit on Getzlaf last night. Apparently, Goose left his feet, leading his shoulder to connect with Getzi’s nose and break it. Someone needs to point out to the Carlyle that what’s good for the Goose is also good for the Pronger, as Pronger’s done some much, much worse things and only gotten off with a slap on the wrist.

- Any hilarity derived from that is tempered by the news coming out of practice today that Lalime has La Flu and is questionnable for the game against the Hurricanes. If he can’t go, then Enroth gets his first start and Lalime is relegated to La Backup. Is this when the wheels officially start coming off the playoff wagon?

- And just to make you laugh, a column on the Sporting News site mentioned a deal in the Edmonton papers that would have Max, Goose and a pick going to the Oilers for Cogliano, Penner and a top four defenseman. The Edmonton newspaper rightly shot this deal down. Number one, I don’t think Darcy would piss on Kevin Lowe if Lowe was on fire. Number 2, Sabre Nation would riot if Gaustad was traded. (I really think he’s one of the untouchables on the roster.) Number 3, Buffalo makes out like a bandit in this deal. Kevin Lowe cannot possibly be that stupid. And there’s also the idea that if the rumor involves Buffalo and hits the media, there’s probably little to no truth to it.

- I’m not even going to touch the Timmy to Columbus and/or Vancouver rumors that are out there. I think Vancouver used up their “take a chance on a veteran” card with Sundin. And would Columbus really want to send one of their best defensemen to Buffalo for a center who’s held together with duct tape, spit and the grace of god?

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Sabres for Sale?!

December 8, 2008

And not in the good way like at a bachelor auction or other charitable fundraiser that would allow each of us to take home our very own Sabre.

WGR is reporting that the Sabres are for sale.

Is Mr. G. looking to dump the team now that he’s made a profit on them?

Is Balsille the interested buyer?

Should Buffalo commence panicking? (I can answer this one. The answer is yes. Have you ever met a Buffalonian that doesn’t go from Zero to Panic in less than 3.2 seconds?)

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Lazy Holiday My Ass

July 4, 2008

So Darcy proved that he’s not just sitting back on his porch eating creamsicles and watching fireworks on this Independence Day. In two separate trades, he sent Bernier to Vancouver for two draft picks and acquired Craig Rivet from San Jose for two draft picks.

Thank you for playing with the Sabres, Big Bear. Here’s your t-shirt. Although, I’m glad I read this quote from Big Bear after I heard about the trade:

When I got the call I was shocked,” Bernier said during a telephone conference call while still on the golf course. “Right now the only thing I am thinking about is getting in shape and having a chance to improve myself with the Vancouver Canucks.

He’s thinking about “getting in shape?” Goose is being a lean, mean, ab-workout machine, and Big Bear is just thinking about getting in shape? Oy.

About the only thing I know of Rivet was his tendency to acquire penalty minutes while a member of the Mother Puckers fantasy team last year.

- Is anyone else finding the ongoing sniping between Brian Burke and Kevin Lowe completely hilarious? Lowe finally fired back and called Burke a moron and an attention hog. I’m so glad we have a nice, calm GM like Darcy. Who I’m sure would like to tell Kevin Lowe where to stick it, but is too much of gentleman to do so.

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