Wednesday, August 27, 2008

One Word: SAKIC!....One More Word: WOOOOOOOO

Joe Sakic will be returning for at least one more year in a Colorado uniform.
The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today the signing of Joe Sakic to a one-year contract.

"I am happy to announce the signing of Joe Sakic to a one-year contract," said Avalanche Executive Vice President and General Manager Francois Giguere. "Our entire organization is very excited to have Joe back for another season. As the only captain of the Avalanche, his record of achievement speaks for itself. Having him return is great for our franchise and community, but also for the game of hockey."


The Avs still have around five million to play around with if they want to try and bring back Peter Worrell, but we'll leave that to another post. - Best Sports Blogs, Sports Blogger Rankings

Monday, August 25, 2008

Why John McCain Controls Joe Sakic

On the same night that Barack Obama is set to accept the Democratic nomination for President, citizens of Denver, the site of the Democratic National Convention, will be more interested in something much more important:

Joe Sakic is scheduled to speak at a news conference Thursday before his charity golf tournament at Sanctuary in Sedalia, but there is no guarantee that the Avalanche captain will announce whether he will play a 20th NHL season or retire.
Denver Post

Sen. John McCain has not commented on the Sakic issue.

This blogger, however, believes that Sakic's announcement on Thursday is the perfect way to take the spotlight off the Democrats and back to where it rightfully belongs -the Avalanche. - Best Sports Blogs, Sports Blogger Rankings

Sunday, August 24, 2008

What 30 Teams Are Thinking About In August - Eastern Conference

August is actually very close to being over, but there is no doubt in my mind that the following questions will also be thought of well into September.

In order to make this a little more thoughtful, I've decided not to use the "Will Mats Sundin be playing for us" question for the Maple Leafs, Canadiens, and Rangers. Instead, those teams have some other questions to mull over - as do 12 others.

Atlanta Thrashers - Will Coach John Anderson's Streak Continue?

Anderson, who played in the NHL for a dozen seasons with Toronto, Quebec and Hartford, had plenty of playoff success as a minor league coach.

He won a Colonial Hockey League championship with the Quad City Mallards in 1997 and spent the last 11 years as coach of the Wolves, winning two Turner Cup titles when the team was in the International Hockey League and two more after a shift to the AHL. Anderson's regular-season coaching record is 506-99-283, and his playoff mark is 105-60.

He guided to the Wolves to the playoffs in 10 of his 11 seasons in Chicago.

Anderson Hired

For those keeping track, in 13 years of coaching, John Anderson has never had a losing season.

That all could change as Anderson gets ready to become the fifth head coach in Thrashers history.

Hired in June, Anderson will have the challenge of getting a team lead by the likes of Ilya Kovalchuk and, uh, well, Ilya Kovalchuk back to the playoffs. After a disappointing 14th place finish in 2008, the Thrashers will be counting on promising sophomore defenseman Tobias Enstrom and rookie Zach Bogosian (3rd overall pick in 2008) to mature quickly and make the Thrashers a tough team to play against.

Last season, the Thrashers were ranked 29th on defense (3.24 GAA) and are hoping that newly acquired Ron Hainsey will help protect Kari Lehtonen's goal this year.

Anderson will need to find a way to get offensive production from the likes of Colby Armstrong, Vyacheslav Kozlov, and Erik Christensen or else the Thrashers are in for a long season.

Boston Bruins - How many goalies are allowed on our roster?

Steve Shields
John Grahame
Jeff Hackett
Tim Thomas
Andrew Raycroft
Hannu Toivonen
Felix Potvin
Craig Anderson
Tuukka Rask
Philippe Sauve
Manny Fernandez
Alex Auld
Goalies Archive

It always seems that the Bruins need a goalie, doesn't it? The NHL only allows for two goalies to be dressed during any given game, but I'm thinking the Bruins could find a way around that.

Maybe they could dress Tim Thomas and backup Manny Fernandez and then let Tuukka play as a defensemen?

But seriously, it actually seems that the Bruins have finally found their permanent starter in Tim Thomas. He posted 28 wins last year with a 2.44 GAA and .921 SV%.

Then again, didn't Andrew Raycroft post similar numbers as a rookie?
And look where he's ended up.

Buffalo Sabres - How do we eliminate the shootout?

Ever since the shootout has been implemented, there has been constant debate about its place in hockey. Some say it ruins the "team concept" of hockey while others say it's exciting and helps draw new fans in.

The Sabres say #!@$.

Last season, Buffalo missed the playoffs by a measly four points.
Their record in the shootout?

Had they gone 8-5 in the shootouts, the Sabres would have been in the playoffs, not the Carolina Hurricanes.

This sort of scenario begs the question - is the shootout a fair way to determine a winner?

I'll put it to you this way. The Oilers (15-4) say yes. The Sabres say no.

What does your team say?

Carolina Hurricanes - Why did Joni Pitkanen cost so much?

One of the NHL’s long-rumored deals finally took place today, as the Edmonton Oilers traded defenseman Joni Pitkanen to the Carolina Hurricanes for forward Erik Cole.

The Hurricanes apparently tried to acquired Pitkanen last summer from the Philadelphia Flyers before he was dealt to the Oilers, and while Edmonton GM Kevin Lowe had hoped to re-sign Pitkanen, a restricted free agent, his acquisition of Lubomir Visnovsky signaled the Finnish blueliner wouldn’t be an Oiler much longer.

Pitkanen Traded For Cole

I've never been very high on Pitkanen and obviously I'm missing something. But what is it exactly that I'm missing?

Is it his -30 rating over the last two seasons? Or maybe it's the fact that he's a defensemen who has never played a full season in the NHL. Could it be the minor detail that Pitkanen has only eclipsed the 10-goal mark once in his NHL career? Actually, I think it was his 26 points in 63 games last season.

For a guy who is supposed to be on the top pairing in Carolina, I don't see how Pitkanen for Cole was a good move.

Cole, who has had injury problems of his own, has scored at least 20 goals in each of the past three seasons (including 30 in 2005-2006) and was a key member on Carolina's 2006 Stanley Cup team.

It isn't that Carolina didn't need a puck-moving defenseman. I'm just wondering why they had to give up a consistent offensive weapon to get a mediocre one.

Florida Panthers - Please, can we re-do the Luongo trade?

I mean, really. They're being lead on offense by Stephen Weiss and Nathan Horton, have Noah Welch set to be their 5th or 6th defenseman, and are being harrassed by Jay Bouwmeeser trade rumors.

Move them to Canada already!

Montreal Canadiens - Can we win the 25th in the 100th?

The Habs will be trying win their 25th Stanley Cup this season. This season - the 100th season.

And as you'll see in a few weeks, Montreal will be my choice to fulfill that dream and win the Stanley Cup in 2009.

Assuming Carey Price can rebound from a horrific playoff series against the Flyers, the Canadiens aren't going to have any problem providing goal support with the Kostitsyn brothers, Tomas Plekanec, Alexei Kovalev, Chris Higgins, Saku Koivu, and one of my favorite players, Alex Tanguay, leading the way.

The defense is a solid bunch and the entire team is being lead by Guy Carbonneau, a Jack Adams candidate last season.

As far as the expectations go, they're obviously high for a team that performed well above last year's expectations. But in a division featuring the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Habs will be just fine.

New Jersey Devils - Is it time to give Martin Brodeur a rest?

Since the lockout, Martin Brodeur has played 228 of the 246 regular season games for the New Jersey Devils. In those three years, the Devils haven't even gotten close to the Conference Finals.

Brodeur isn't a young man anymore. Having just turned 36, Brodeur has always been a workhorse. He's played in at least 70 games 11 of the last 12 seasons and he's just 13 wins away from Patrick Roy's all time wins record of 551.

But if the Devils want a chance to go back to the Stanley Cup, they'll be smart to limit Brodeur to around 60-65 games this season and allow veteran Kevin Weekes to fill in much more often.

But Brodeur did not get much help from his defensemen against the Rangers, and Brent Sutter, the first-year coach, called Brodeur “mentally tired” after the Rangers’ 5-3 victory Friday eliminated the Devils.

“He was fine going into the playoffs,” Sutter said Monday, “but I think it wore on him.”

Hopefully for the Devils, Sutter learns from this experience and gives Brodeur more rest during the regular season.

New York Islanders - Why is our marketing team so smart?

Each time the Islanders win a game in the four-game Victory Plan package, you will get to come back and watch another select game - on us! For example if the Isles defeat the Sidney Crosby-led Pittsburgh Penguins on November 26, you get to return to the Nassau Coliseum on December 16 to see Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals for FREE.
New York Islanders

The NHL has a serious problem attracting fans to the rink. The economy, the WNBA, and rising ticket prices are all factors that are making arenas emptier and emptier. (Ok, maybe not that second one.)

But the Islanders have decided to take it upon themselves to make sure they have an arena full of fans screaming for a win.

Haven't you even noticed that watching a game on TV is that much better when there is a crazy crowd cheering in the background?

And keep in mind that the Islanders didn't make this a Panthers-Coyotes special. Fans are going to have the chance to see Alex Ovechkin for free.

Excellent work.

New York Rangers - Will the replacements come to play?

The Rangers lost Sean Avery, Jaromir Jagr, and probably Brendan Shanahan on offense and didn't exactly upgrade during free agency.

New York signed aging star Markus Naslund (55 points last year) and Nikolai Zherdev, who they hope can finally truly breakout in the Big Apple.

Assuming Sundin doesn't come to play for the Rangers, they'll need Naslund and Zherdev to provide secondary scoring for Scott Gomez and Chris Drury if the Rangers want to return to their first Final since '94.

Ottawa Senators - What the heck is a second line?

A second line? That's crazy.

And what's up with all of this goaltender depth business?

Philadelphia Flyers - Are we overrated?

Despite living near Philadelphia, I have always had an extreme dislike for the Flyers.

Last season, they went from the worst team in the NHL to one of the best. After losing to the Penguins in the third round of the playoffs, the Flyers are expected to challenge once again for a spot in the Finals.

But are they just a tad overrated?

Scoring shouldn't be a problem. A half-healthy Simon Gagne, alongside Daniel Briere, Mike Knuble, Scott Hartnell, Joffrey Lupol, Jeff Carter, and probable captain Mike Richards give the Flyers a very good set of scorers.

Defense, however, is a different story. Ryan Parent and Randy Jones are still inexperienced, while Ossi Vaananen has been thought of as "over-the-hill" since he left Colorado. Kimmo Timonen is a very solid #1 but he doesn't deserve the 8 million he'll be making this season. His partner Braydon Coburn proved to be very reliable last season as well.

After the top 6, depth becomes a problem. Steve Eminger, a newcomer from Washington played in just 20 games last season and Lasse Kukkonen hasn't done enough to make me feel comfortable if he's called upon.

In goal, Martin Biron posted 30 wins last season but was streaky at times last season. But if he goes down, will Nittymaki be able to answer the call?

A potential problem is the flexibility to make in-season moves. The Flyers have spent up to the cap and won't be able to make a big in-season adjustment.

Most experts will be picking the Flyers to finish anywhere from 1st through 6th in the East but I expect them to be simply trying to hold on to a playoff spot coming down the stretch.

Pittsburgh Penguins - Will there be a letdown?

The Pens lost Marion Hossa, Ryan Malone, Gary Roberts, and Jarko Ruutu on the Wings and could only replace them with Ruslan Fedotenko, Miroslav Satan, and Matt Cooke.

Recently, the Pens learned,

Whitney, whose point total dropped from 59 in 2006-07 to 40 last season, underwent surgery to correct a left-foot misalignment Friday in Charlotte. Full recovery from the procedure, an osteotomy, usually takes three to five months.

"I just couldn't live on one healthy foot anymore, let alone try to skate," Whitney said Thursday, on the eve of his surgery. "We've tried everything to avoid surgery because we knew it would mean missing a chunk of the season. But nothing worked."
Whitney Out

Playing in such a tough division, the Penguins are going to have to deal with injuries, the loss of character players, and a new cast of wingers. (This is before the season even starts.)

With two of the league's best players and a legititmate #1 goaltender, the Penguins should have no problem being one of the top teams in the East.

But you really never know.

Tampa Bay Lightning - Is it all in the hair?

Scotty Wazz, host of the Faceoff Hockey Show put out a great post on why Barry Melrose won't help the Lightning.

If you haven't heard, the Tampa Bay Lightning signed Barry "The Mullet" Melrose to be their new head coach. A man who hasn't been in the league in 13 years, a man who has always been better suited to be an analyst than a head coach has been named head coach of a NHL team over the likes of Bob Hartley, Marc Crawford, and Joel Quenneville.

Read that post and you'll get a sense of what Tampa is asking themselves this season.

How could we hire a guy who is known more for his hair than his coaching?

Toronto Maple Leafs - Will we finally give our fans the #1 pick they deserve?

Let the chase for Tavares BEGIN!

From the atrocious contract awardred to Jeff Finger to the embarassing depth on offense, the Maple Leafs are going to be an easy two points this season.

The Leafs have had a habit of getting hot at the end of every season and managing to miss out on the each year's top prospects. Expect this year to be a total tank fest.

Washington Capitals - Can we top ourselves?

This was one of my favorite moments last season:

What the Caps did was nothing short of incredible. The question is, can they Jose Theodore duplicate the success that he had in Colorado in Washington?

Either way, it's going to be exciting to watch.


Thirty teams. Thirty Questions.

The NHL season begins in less than 41 days and many of these questions will begin to be answered.

I can hardly wait. - Best Sports Blogs, Sports Blogger Rankings

Friday, August 22, 2008

Project Trinity

Since I'm still in the middle of trying to complete the second half of my "30 Questions" entry, I wanted to take the time to recognize an ambitious project going on over at Colorado's official forum.

Project Trinity is an idea conceived by ingenious_21 intented to somehow help Colorado earn its 3rd Stanley Cup in 2009.

What is Project Trinity?

Project Trinity exits to achieve three objectives -

Unite the Avs Nation
Better support our boys in burgundy
Bring home the Stanley Cup

How does the Project work?

By being a presence in the community (volunteerism, advocacy, charitable giving . . . )

By showing our support of the team (training camp, booster activities, away game watch parties . . . )

By being a presence online (facebook, myspace, online forums, blogs . . . )

By showing up to games (cheering, waving signs, wearing team colors, chanting, throwing things on the ice . . . )

By uniting fans and creating friendships (tailgating, watch parties, car pooling . . .)

Living in Pennsylvania, there isn't much I can do for the cause. Besides getting to my two or three Avalanche games a year, all I can do is watch on Center Ice and try to root for this team - even when Andrew Raycroft is in goal.

But for all you diehards in Colorado, I encourage you to see what all of this "Project Trinity" business is about.

Remember, the last time Colorado had any kind of uniting cause, it was Mission 16W.

We all know how that turned out. - Best Sports Blogs, Sports Blogger Rankings

Thursday, August 14, 2008

What 30 Teams Are Thinking About In August - Western Conference

Contrary to popular belief, not every team is thinking about Mats Sundin at the moment.

This is the worst time of the year for hockey fans. Besides waiting for a few stars to decide their futures, there's nothing going on as far as the NHL goes. (Unless you count the KHL, and lets be serious, who does?) Yet, for all thirty teams, there's something to think about in regards to the upcoming season.

Anaheim Ducks - Why are we affiliated with a team named the Chops?

“We wanted to give Iowa a team that they feel is their own,” said the 29-year-old Schlegel, who also owns the Texas Tornado of the NAHL and the Tacoma Rainiers (Seattle Mariners AAA affiliate) of the Pacific Coast League. “When we really thought about it, one of the things that Iowa is very proud of is they are the No. 1 exporter in the country of pork.”
The Chops

Well it's certainly unique, but it's a good thing that a team like Tampa Bay didn't use the Chops' logic. Otherwise, we may be looking at the 2004 Stanley Cup champions, the Tampa Bay Citrus Fruits.

Calgary Flames - Will Todd Bertuzzi continue to prove he's worthless?

Avalanche fans still haven't forgotten what Todd Bertuzzi did to Steve Moore and it's nice to see that Bertuzzi has become irrelevant in the NHL these days.

After regisitering 71 points during the season after the lockout, Bertuzzi was traded to Florida where he played just seven games before being shipped off to Detroit. After playing just eight games with the Wings, Bertuzzi continued solidifying his journeyman status by signing in Anaheim last season. After a 40 point performance in the regular season, Bertuzzi had just two assists in a first round loss to Dallas.

Now, Bertuzzi has signed in Calgary, a team that will be counting on him to perform. (Not likely, Flames fans.)

Chicago Blackhawks - Will this be the most disappointing season ever?

Having not made the playoffs since 2002, the Blackhawks have reason to be excited for the first time in over half a decade. Led by youngsters Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, Chicago made a huge splash this summer by signing Brian Campbell and Christobel Huet.

In addition, this will be the first season ever that fans will be able to watch all 82 games on TV. Chicago's attendance numbers are expected to go way up this season as well. Oh, and did I mention,

Representatives from the National Hockey League, the Chicago Cubs, the Chicago Blackhawks, the Detroit Red Wings and the National Hockey Players' Association gathered this morning atop the third-base dugout of Wrigley Field, the
Cubs’ historic home, to talk about the upcoming NHL Winter Classic 2009.
'09 Winter Classic

Anything less than a playoff berth will be disaster for this team and could set them back a long way. Chicago, a city which has to be getting used to losers, needs a team besides the Cubs and Bears to lean on.

Colorado Avalanche - Will Joe Sakic Retire?

If you're reading this blog, you're undoubtedly a hockey fan and that means you know that Joe Sakic is considering retirement.

Actually, I take that back.
This guy didn't.

I could use this space to reference numerous opinions around the hockey world, but lets face it, no one really knows what's going on. (No matter how many "E" sources they may have.)

My gut says that he's coming back, but if he's not, Avalanche fans may be in for a long season.

Columbus Blue Jackets - Who will watch us play?

Ranked 28th in attendance last year , the Blue Jackets remained the only team in the NHL to have never made the playoffs. This season doesn't look much better as the Jackets will probably be relying on newcomer R.J. Umberger to center their top line. Umberger was solid last year as a third-line player, (50 points in 74 games) but he's not the guy whose going to get the most out of Columbus's only star, Rick Nash.

However, this writer seems to strongly disagree,

But I like the roster shakeup that they have done in Columbus and this could be a great year for them. But the West is tough and they have their work cut out for them. I pick them second in the division though.
That being said, expect attendance to stay near the bottom and for the Jackets to be in the running for John Tavares.

Dallas Stars - What tricks does Sean Avery have up his sleeve?

Every NHL fan has seen Sean Avery's antics in last year's playoffs. Avery turned his back to the play and screened Martin Brodeur, which ultimately lead to a goal. Now, just a few months later, Avery has signed in Dallas where he'll bring his pesky style to the West. The question is, what will he do next?

Here are two of my guesses:

1. The Hidden Puck Trick
While the play is going on in the Dallas end, Avery will reveal a hidden puck and score on the opposing team. Instant replays will show that the puck went in the goal and that there is no way to prove which was the real one. The play stands.

2. The Jersey Switch-a-Roo
Newly signed Fabian Brunnstom is sure to receive some special attention in his first NHL season. Avery will convince him to trade jerseys with him so when someone decides to bother Brunnstrom, they'll really be dealing with Avery. The question is, will Brunnstrom be able to play the part of Avery?

Detroit Red Wings - Will we repeat?

The question could have been can we repeat, but I figure that the Wings are alread past that. Returning with practically the same roster, the Wings added superstar Marian Hossa in the offseason. If Chris Osgood and Ty Conklin can provide consistent goaltender, the Wings should be considered the favorites to win the Stanley Cup.

Edmonton Oilers - Burke or Lowe?

I doubt I'm the only one expecting an one-on-one death match featuring Ducks' GM Brian Burke and Oilers' GM Kevin Lowe. Lowe and Burke haven't been on good terms since that ridiculous offer sheet to Dustin Penner a few summers ago, and recently, Kevin Lowe has fired back at Burke.

"The guy is an absolute media junkie and I guess he's achieving what he wants because he gets his name in the headlines. But the reality is, I hate the fact that my name is linked to this.

"He won a Stanley Cup? Great. I've won six Stanley Cups, you want to count rings? Who cares? It's just a little pathetic that he carries on."
Bettman has, of course, issued a gag order on the whole situation, but there's no reason why the two can't settle their differences in a different forum. What about a live pay-per-view event in Vegas? And at the same time, the promotion for a new hockey team in the Sin City can begin.

Los Angeles Kings - Who is our goalie?

The following players are listed under "Goaltender" on the Kings' website:

Jonathan Bernier
Erik Ersberg
Jason LaBarbera
Jonathan Quick
Daniel Taylor
Jeff Zatkoff

While LaBarbera and Bernier have the best shots at sticking around, but Inside the Kings has this to say,

The goalies spent the past week up in Vancouver, working with goalie coach Bill Ranford. I don't know the exact number of goalies up there, but last I heard, LaBarbera, Bernier, Zatkoff, Quick and Taylor were all headed up there. Ersberg too, most likely, since he's now under contract.

Either way, it has to be one of theb igest question marks around the league at this point.

Minnesota Wild - Why is Martin Skoula on our roster?

Not sound harsh or anything, but Skoula was a -16 in the regular season last year and hasn't had more than 16 points since 2002-2003.

Sure, there are other questions that could be asked here. But every time I watch a Wild game, I chuckle when this guy is on the ice.

Nashville Predators - What's the KHL?

After Nashville's rising star Alexander Radulov signed in the newly formed Kontinental Hockey League, Nashville fans and even some regular NHL fans went into a panic.

What was this new league? Why were they taking our players? What the heck is an OMSK?

But really, all the KHL should be considered is a place where aging superstars (Jaromir Jagr) and overrated snipers (Ladislav Nagy) can find pilgrimage. Nevertheless, assuming Radulov doesn't suddenly come back to Nashville, Predator fans will be asking themselves this question all season long.

Phoenix Coyotoes - Did GM Don Maloney doom us?

His response: “To me this is a playoff team. We expect to make it this year. And that’s not just a wish or a dream. We’ve addressed our two biggest needs - acquiring a No. 1 center (Olli Jokinen) and adding more toughness (Todd Fedoruk and Brian McGrattan) - and we’re ready to go.”
The Desert Dog Blog
First of all, while I applaud the trade for Olli Jokinen, I have to say that I never thought I would see the day when concussion-king Todd Fedoruk would be considered a "key to making the playoffs." And even if he was, Maloney probably doomed them to the lottery anyway.

It's not that Phoenix has a bad team, it's just that hockey people are supposed to be very aware of jinxes.

Patrick Roy used to avoid the blueline and talk to his goal posts.
Chris Chelios used to be the last one to put his uniform on before games.
Heck, Stephane Quintal used to never speak to anyone once it was 1:30.

So why would Maloney actually say his team was probably going to make the postseason. You don't see Ken Holland saying it. Pierre Lacroix never said it.

I hope he knocked on wood.

San Jose Sharks - Is Joe Thornton the "Peyton Manning of hockey?"

The San Jose Sharks have been the trendy pick over the past couple of years to win the Stanley Cup. And with stars Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Jonathon Cheechoo, and Evgeni Nabokov, it didn't seem that farfetched. But now, after three straight years of losing in the Conference Semifinals (always 4-2, by the way), the Sharks are no longer everyone's #1 bandwagon to jump on.

With new coach Todd McLellan behind the bench, the pressure will be directly on Joe Thornton's shoulders to lead this team to the Stanley Cup. He'll be making over 7.2 million this season and as San Jose's best player, needs to earn his money.

The biggest criticism of Thornton in Boston was that he couldn't get them to a Stanley Cup. Sadly, that appears to be the case in San Jose.

However, if Thornton is the "Peyton Manning of hockey," perhaps a Stanley Cup isn't too far off.

St. Louis Blues -Why does The Hockey News hate us?

THN's annual yearbook has finally been published and in its predictions section, The Hockey News is predicting the St. Louis Blues to finish dead last in the Western Conference. (Puck Daddy)

Ouch. Doesn't this team still have some talent?

Erik Johnson, Barret Jackman, and Eric Brewer lead a decent defensive group while Paul Kariya and Brad Boyes lead the forwards. In goal, Manny Legace and Chris Mason aren't spectacular, but should be considered a decent 1-2 combo.

If the Blues can get secondary scoring by David Perron, David Backes, Andy McDonald, and Lee Stempniak, they are certainly capable of finishing higher than deadlast.

Oh, who did THN to finish in 14th?

The Colorado Avalanche. Figures.

Vancouver Canucks - Can we get rid of our new nickname - the Vancouver CaSUCKS?"

Some members of Colorado's official forum have taken to calling Vancouver the "Casucks" for this upcoming season.

It's very witty. See, "Casucks" rhymes with "Canucks" and also describes a probably 5th place division finish for Vancouver this year.

For everyone out there who is rolling their eyes and saying that Vancouver will prove all the doubters wrong, remember, Mats Sundin isn't going to sign with Vancouver. Get over it.

In that case, who is going to score for this team? Daniel and Henrik Sedin? Pavol Demitra?

Maybe Kyle Wellwood will have a nifty 10-goal season!

Either way, it's the question Canuck, or should I say Casuck fans will be asking themselves all season long.

Bad humor, lots of links, and a harsh criticism of a division rival - isn't that what everyone loves in a blog post?

Look for Part 2 later this week. - Best Sports Blogs, Sports Blogger Rankings

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Endure (And Vote)

August is a terrible month for hockey fans. The big free agents have been signed, arbitration hearings are all but done, and there's nothing to talk about except what games you'll be getting tickets for.

For Avalanche fans, there's still Joe Sakic's fate to be discussed, but don't think that any regular blogger actually has any clue as to what Sakic will do. So what is there to do instead?

You could put on ESPN and catch Major League Baseball, the X-Games, Little League World Series, or the World Series of Poker.

But if you're like me, and need something more than 11-year-old baseball games, check out TSN's NHL Logo Rankings. The Hockey News put together a complete list that ranks the 30 logos in the NHL. While the top four (all original six teams) may be pretty solid, the Avalanche come in at #19 seems a bit out of place to me.

Much like New Jersey, it’s fairly right-on-the-nose; it’s an Avalanche coming down an ‘A.’

Now I don't know if I'm blinded by being a fan, but how Colorado's logo was beaten by a "flaming C," a "straight-forward predator," and a "simple coyote," I have no idea.

But hey, at least we don't just have a font. - Best Sports Blogs, Sports Blogger Rankings

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