I don’t really watch other hockey aside from the Bruins because I’m a pretentious douchebag like that (and also the college cable doesn’t get Versus so I miss about 70% of games anyhow), but this made my day. (more…)
Personally, I can’t get into the NHL season until after baseball playoffs are over… and even then I still don’t really watch hockey anymore (Is Brian Leetch still playing for the Blue Shirts?). But I know there are at least 2 or 3 of you reading that are looking forward to the start of the NHL kicking off this week. So, for you, here are some famous puck sluts.
For the answers… (more…)
[Yahoo] The Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings played in a neutral site exhibition game Thursday night in London, Ontario. While the 4-3 win for the Red Wings was the result, the story was an apparent racist incident during the shootout. Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds was in the middle of his shootout attempt when a fan inside the Labatt Centre threw a banana peel in his path. Simmonds, of African-Canadian decent, wasn’t shaken by it and beat Red Wings goaltender Jordan Pearce. Simmonds, who grew up a little over two hours from London in Scarborough, took the high road talking about the incident after the game with the Philadelphia Daily News’ Frank Seravalli: “When you’re a black man playing in a predominantly white man’s sport, you’ve got to come to expect things like that,” Simmonds said. “Over the past 23 years of my life, I’ve come to expect some things like that. But I’m older and more mature now, I kind of just left things roll off [my back]. I try not to think about stuff like that.” Sources told Seravalli that the perpetrator was not caught.
Can someone explain to me what a banana peel has to do with African-Americans? How is that racist? Wanting someone to slip and fall during a shootout attempt against your team is prejudice thinking? (more…)
[LFPress] Former Toronto Maple Leafs winger-defenceman and enforcer Wade Belak was found dead in his downtown Toronto condo Wednesday, sources say. He is the latest in a line of several NHL pugilists who died over the past decade from unusual circumstances including suicide, alcohol and drug abuse. Belak killed himself, according to sources. Toronto Police refused comment after being called to the condo at 1 King St. W., where a man’s body was found. Belak, 35, who was just signed on for the popular Battle of the Blades reality TV show, was found dead around 1:33 p.m., the source said. He hanged himself, according to a source. Born in 1976 in Saskatoon, the former first-round pick of the Quebec Nordiques began his NHL career in 1996 with the Colorado Avalanche — successors to the Nordiques — then spent three years with the Calgary Flames, followed by seven years with the Leafs, two years with the Florida Panthers and the Nashville Predators since 2008. Known more for his fists than his stick-handling, the 6-foot-5, 223-pounder played 549 NHL games, scoring eight goals and 33 points, racking up 1,263 penalty minutes.
What the fuck is going on? Dude was tweeting his ass off about this Battle of the Blades show he’s gonna be on just a few hours ago. Seemed like he was an outgoing guy – he was responsible for my all-time favorite tweet:
Married, couple of kids, reality show – doesn’t exactly have the makings of someone who’s suicidal, but I’m sure there will be more story to come out in time. That’s 3 young hockey players dead within months…weird.
[NHL.com] Brad Richards is off the market. The big fish among this year’s crop of free agents has reportedly agreed to a nine-year contract Saturday to play for the New York Rangers. TSN’s Darren Dreger is reporting Richards’ deal has an average annual value of $6.5 million. The Rangers were not one of the teams that showed up at the offices of Newport Sports Management, Inc. on Friday, but Larry Brooks of the New York Post tweeted that James Dolan, Executive Chairman of Madison Square Garden, personally spoke to Richards. The Rangers also held off from making any big deals throughout Friday in order to land Richards. New York signed Mike Rupp for three years and $4.5 million and re-signed Ruslan Fedotenko for one year and $1.4 million. Richards, who had 77 points in 72 games with Dallas last season, immediately becomes the Rangers’ No. 1 center and will likely open training camp with Marian Gaborik on his right wing. New York’s depth at center also looks much better with Richards now ahead of Artem Anisimov, Erik Christensen, Brian Boyle and Derek Stepan. Richards has 716 points in 772 games over his NHL career, which began in 2000-01 with the Lightning. He spent seven-plus seasons in Tampa Bay, winning the Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe Trophy in 2004, before being traded to Dallas late in the 2007-08 season. He had 91 points in 80 games two seasons ago.
Pardon the pessimism Rangers fans, but does everyone remember when they signed Scott Gomez? You know who plays a similar game to Scotty Gomez? Brad Richards. Yes, Richards definitely has more offense to his game but when Gomez was with the Devils, he was pretty close to a point-per-game player too. (more…)