August 18 2011 12:38PM
The NHL announced the games that'll be shown on Versus/NBC this year and the list is pretty bizarre. There are some teams with a ton of appearances that make sense. The four way tie for second place between Boston, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Washington sees them with 14 potential appearances each. They're all major ratings draws due to being in large American hockey markets, having recent success and/or having Crosby and Ovechkin.
In first place is the New York Rangers with 16 potential appearances which makes little to no sense. The Rangers will be mediocre again like they are every year and despite NYC being the largest US media market most people outside of New York hate NYC and the Rangers.
August 17 2011 09:07AM
The Hockey news recently unveiled the latest in their on-going series of regular season predictions. Today the 13th place position was posted and the Winnipeg Jets are the “lucky” recipients of that number. You can find the article here.
August 16 2011 10:04PM
Yesterday we saw the distinct difference between sports and real life. It was a good day for hockey, but it was also an awful one.
Let's start with the good: The Hockey News picked the Oilers to finish last in the Western Conference.
August 16 2011 07:17PM
Last night I received a call from my Brother in law asking me if I had heard about Rick Rypien, which I had not. For some reason I had no desire to be on the computer last night and instead I went to the gym and then flicked between baseball and football. When I received the news, a shot of fear went through me that I can’t describe. I had never met the player, honestly I wouldn’t know him if had passed him on the street. No the reason for my discomfort had nothing to do with him really, and more to do with me…
August 16 2011 03:13PM
There may not be a player in hockey whose positive on-ice performance is painted in such a negative due to his contract than Scott Gomez. Gomez is going to be 32 in December and makes a staggeringly Sather-esque $7.4M a season to be a serviceable two-way forward for the Montreal Canadiens. He scored just seven goals with 38 points this past season and was a minus-15. Yikes.