Canucks and Beyond
It came as news to me over the weekend that there’s a brand new rumor site in town: Meet Peklund:
I just got off the phone with one of my imaginary sources. He is a sock puppet and was in the dryer. He told me with extreme vigor that Robyn Regehr for Steve Sullivan is either happening or not happening. Apparently Sullivan has to prove he is 5 feet tall. If he can do this then the deal could happen as early as…during the season. P3
Sidney Crosby just signed a new deal to stay in Pitt. Or will he? He purposely refused a no trade clause because of his childhood dream to play for the Phoenix Coyotes.
Hmmm. Well, good to get some solid coverage in the hockey rumor industry—thanks to the KK reader who sent the link.
Now I just want to know a couple things: Who is this Peklund guy? And how soon till Sportsnet.ca puts him on TV? (I hear they’re quite revolutionary that way…)
So, the lastest rumor-mongering is a deal for Brian Gionta in exchange for Mattias Ohlund. (Ugh.) Not that there's any reason to believe this is true or not, but it reminded me of one of my more embarrassing photoshop efforts from a year ago at my old blog. My original accompanying comment from VCOE still stands:
I should probably be more embarrassed than I am, conjuring up this crap. But what the hell… live and learn. And besides, that “don’t embarrass yourself” ship already sailed a long while ago, I’m guessing…;-)
This is the sort of stuff the Colorado Avalanche sends out to PR their new players. Admittedly, I added the clown noses -- but check out the original photo and tell me that the noses aren't an improvement!
The off season is full of so many stories, it's understandable that people joke that there really ISN'T an off season for the NHL. But it's the potential for amusement that really stands out to me, and for some reason this week, everything strikes me as worth laughing at. Here are just 5 recent stories that seem to have their own laugh-track built right in:
I stole the "Tranahan" moniker from Islanders Army (brilliant) and the image below from WDFN Sports Radio (I bow to your photoshop skills...). By the way, meet Brendan Shanahan's mother. If she can be understanding, so can you.
I'll admit it: I am REALLY enjoying the Western Conference standings right now. While I've heard other more gracious and gentle-spirited hockey fans speak of the "sad" downfall of the Oilers and their suffering fans -- a plummet from grace that has taken them from the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals to the ignominy of losing 10 straight games and likely missing the post-season this year -- I simply giggle a lot. And not very discreetly. (Last season is WAY to freakin' burned into my brain for me not to enjoy the hell out of this, thank you very much.)
About Canucks and Beyond
Alanah McGinley has been blogging hockey since 2003 (with a notable gap in time through 2010, kicking it with new baby Lucy while living knee-deep in chaos while reading "parenting for complete idiots" during every spare minute) sharing opinions, rants and not-so-deep thoughts with anyone who will listen.
In addition to writing Canucks & Beyond and helping manage Kukla's Korner, Alanah was one of the founders and co-hosts of The Crazy Canucks Podcast. She has contributed pieces to FoxSports.com and the New York Times Slapshot blog, as well as other stray destinations in cyberspace.
So that's me. Who the hell are you?
Alanah's Twitter: [@alanah1]