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from Manny Almela of Canadiens.com,
It’s an annual tradition for gamers everywhere to wait anxiously for the latest EA Sports NHL game. For the 2009 version, it’s only fitting that its focus be on the rich tradition of the league’s most storied franchise, the Montreal Canadiens
In efforts to commemorate the upcoming Canadiens Centennial on December 4, 2009, NHL09 will feature an assortment of Canadiens All-Stars and legends of the game from the past century.
from Rocky Bonanno of NHL.com,
It’s hard enough projecting familiar NHL players for fantasy purposes. But because the League is so international – last season there were players born in 26 countries – each season has its new crop of unknown Europeans ready to make their impact. Problem is, I’ve never seen these guys play. I only know what you know from reading newspapers and web sites.
That’s why it helps to have an informant. And when it comes to Euros, I turn to NHL.com correspondent and feature blogger Risto Pakarinen, a Finn living in Stockholm.
from Rocky Bonnano of NHL.com,
In 2007-08, the Western Conference featured only three of the top 10 goal-scoring teams in the League (Detroit, Dallas and Chicago). To close the gap, the West pried away some big names from the East via free agency and trade, beginning with the Olli Jokinen deal by Phoenix last month, the top goal scorer to change hands.
from Sean Allen at ESPN,
With those thoughts in mind, let’s look at the teams that likely will change the most, go over the holes they have—- or will have—and how they could go about filling them, with a fantasy twist:...
Colorado Avalanche: To reassemble the 1996 Stanley Cup team yet again or to not reassemble the 1996 Cup team? That is the question. Peter Forsberg, Adam Foote and captain Joe Sakic will be on the open market July 1, but it’s more likely all three would retire before moving to another franchise. Also hitting the free-agent list is top defenseman John-Michael Liles, goaltender Jose Theodore and top-six winger Andrew Brunette. Yes, the Avalanche have some serious decisions to make before they can consider some of the other players on the market, and some of those decisions rival the decision fantasy owners will have to make with respect to these players.
From Rocky Bonanno at NHL.com
In a summer filled sure to be filled with partying and back-slapping, members of the Detroit Red Wings must be careful not to come down with a mythical illness known around hockey circles as “Stanley Cup Hangover.”
I’ve subscribed to this theory for quite some time, and keep it in mind whenever preparing for another fantasy draft. Quite simply, it is the belief that teams that advance to the Cup Final, whether win or lose, are more susceptible to disappointing performances the following season, and especially vulnerable are veterans on the wrong side of 30.
continued… as he puts his theory to the test looking at past finalists
from Darryl Dobbs at the Hockey News,
Just more than five weeks left in the regular season, some big decisions need to be made - let’s get to some letters…
Hey Dobber. My son and I are in a keeper league pool and we want to rebuild for the future. We have 20 players – 14 good ones – and keep only 10 at the beginning of each season…
read on for all the fantasy advice you may need…
ESPN now offering you fantasy advice, the videos continue to roll out from ESPN.
This trade would never happen, probably only be brought upt by some rumor site…
What are your thoughts for me to trade Sundin for Datsyuk? Sundin surely has an edge right now, however…
I think you have the right idea. Sundin has had an incredible start to the season despite the fact the Leafs are flailing. Not sure if that hot pace can be sustained, so get rid of him for Datsyuk while you still can. Datsyuk has too much talent around him to go into a slump for too long, while Sundin’s teammates are good at times and questionable at many others. Jason Blake has been horrible.
To call Shawn Chambers the worst player in video game history does the man and his career a disservice. Chambers had an accomplished thirteen-year NHL career as an NHL defenseman, winning two Stanley Cups in the process. Despite suffering through more than twenty surgeries on ailing knees, Chambers made it to the playoffs seven times and had 235 points in 625 NHL games.
And yet, if you loaded up NHL ‘93 back when you were wearing your flannel shirt and blaming your Gin Blossoms CD on your ex-girlfriend, you would’ve seen Chambers sporting the worst rating ever given to any athlete in video game history: A 1 overall rating.
From Darren Bernhardt at CanWest News,
NHL 2K8 will demand the best of your mathematical skills. Not because of the number of goals you’ll score, but because you’ll need to calculate how many hours of sleep you can subtract in order to add more game-play and multiply your fun.
Long after you’ve finished a game, you’ll be dividing the hours until you can get back to it.
Entertainment and arithmetic, isn’t that really what gaming is all about? For 2K Sports sake, let’s hope so, because the company seems unaware it has the ugliest hockey game.
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