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Well folks, I'm back from another entertaining Prospect Tourney in beautiful Traverse City. Gorgeous scenery, interesting people watching and ultra competitive hockey is the name of the game during the Red Wings yearly competition, and this time around was no different.
What was different this year, besides my wife, who is pregnant with our first, living in her own personal hell of being surrounded by wine and being able to drink exactly none of it, was some of the people we ran into around the rink. Family and friends of the prospects and staff alike were everywhere over the weekend, and we were lucky enough to spend some time with many of them. We were able to talk to Mrs. Blashill (Jeff's mother) while perusing the gift shop. We had the pleasure of watching a game with Dylan Larkin's mother, who gave us her insight into some of the pressure her son is dealing with since the draft. I came across Dan Hinote while waiting for the bathroom, and even though he was in enemy territory he was more than willing to talk hockey for a few. We even had the opportunity to watch the championship game with Evgeny Svechnikov's brother, who tried to tell us many things in heavily accented English, but mainly wanted us to know exactly how to pronounce his brother's name.
Now that the excitements over and my wife is busy thinking up ways to make me pay for her forced sobriety, I figured Id give my thoughts on some of the Wings prospects. These are just my personal rantings, so take them for what they're worth. You're mileage may vary.
It's that time of year again! 5Hole Fantasy Hockey is back and ready for you to join its ranks. We have 3 openings in a 10 GM league, and as always, I would much prefer filling those with KK members than any random Yahoo riff raff.
Some of the league settings:
- 10 team Head to Head league
- Live Draft on October 3, 2014 @ 7:00 (Start Time Subject To Change)
- 5 Max Aquisitions per week
- 3 Minimum weekly Goalie Appearances
- All Trades Reviewed by League
- Roster Add/Drop Deadline is Daily, and Changes Take Effect the Next Day
- Positions: C, C, C, LW, LW, LW, RW, RW, RW, D, D, D, Util, Util, G, G, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, IR+, IR+, IR+
- Scoring: G, A, +/-, PIM, PPP, SHP, GWG, Wins, SV%, SHO
All I ask of GMs is to please remain active throughout the season (Keep lineups active, answer trade requests in a timely manner, take care of IR and NA players). As stated above, we use a live draft, however you are able to submit a custom list for autodraft purposes if you are unable to be online at draft time.
If you are interested in joining the league, or have any questions regarding the details, please PM me or leave a comment and I will respond ASAP. Thanks for your consideration, and much appreciation to Paul for continuing to allow me to post this here.
While much of the North American hockey news discusses off ice stories, Europe is alive with action.
The KHL kicked off its eight season on Monday the 24th with the opening day tradition of last year's finalists, remeeting to kick off the new season. CSKA took a 4 to 4 OT win over defending champion SKA.
There are four games on schedule today. en.khl.ru is the English language KHL site.
You can probably stream most games via onhockey.tv
The rest of Europe is participating in the Champions Hockey League (the morphed version of the European Hockey Trophy)
Twelve different leagues/countries are represented, with plenty of games this weekend, and multiple ways to stream.
As someone who has lived in both these places, I feel I have a unique perspective worth sharing:
I moved to Las Vegas in '95 to play hockey, and, it seems equally absurd to me to place an NHL team there now as it did to play hockey there 20 years ago. I moved there straight out of high school and joined a league known as the WSHL, the Western States Hockey League. We referred to as Whatta S*$#%y Hockey League. It was junior, I don't think we even distinguished between A or B, but, it was decidedly B. We had fans in the single digits consisting mostly of our billet families.
Twenty years ago yesterday, the legnedary Anatoly Tarasov passed from the hockey world.
The Bing translation.
20 years ago the death of legendary Anatoliy Vladimirovich Tarasov. His contribution to the development of the domestic School of hockey is so huge that, so far, Tarasova remember and the players themselves, and of course, trainers. Under the direction of Anatoly Vladimirovich USSR national team nine times and won the World Championships (1963-1971) three times and became the champion of the Olympic Games (1964, 1968, 1972).
From the New York Times, 20 years ago.
This link will allow you to view the vistory parade for the Hawks.
Or watch it below...
The Mighty Mite-
The undersized star that shouldn’t even be on the ice yet dominates play.
My introduction to this elusive player was none other than Theo Fleury. At 5’6” (some say that’s generious) Fleury could not be ignored as the undersized power forward. He was built like a semi truck with the speed and agility of a super car. In his prime he was the number one threat that had to be shut down in Calgary. Good luck with that. When he wasn’t scoring goals he was crushing players all over the ice. And when he got angry he may as well have been the Hulk’s Mini Me taking on players who towered over him and beating the living snot out of them. He was so memorable in my house that a conversation about jerseys turned into reminiscing about when Fleury’s jersey was too bloodied to allow him back on the ice after a cut. A fan volunteered to give him a team signed jersey to get back in the game. Fortunately the equipment manager found a spare jersey with another number on it and quickly added Fleury’s name to the back. I didn’t know number changes were legal during games, but the refs allowed it and back in he went.
I don't care about the circus, as entertaining as everyone has made it. I don't care about the result, as the Wings will survive and continue to rebuild into a contender regardless of Babcock's decision.
I do care about the record, and this everyone's chance to place your predictions. This is not a debate, merely the answer to a simple question
Is Babcock staying in Detroit?
For the record, I think Babcock has had his fun and will be re-signing with Detroit.
How about you?
I love hockey.
I love hockey no matter who is playing. I love this sport. I love anything to do with this sport because hockey truly is "the coolest game on ice." My team, the Red Wings, have exited the playoffs in the first round, again. Yet life goes on and so do the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
That's why I keep watching, no matter who is playing. I always have.
Sometimes I find a team to root for the rest of the way, or I already had another team I was watching and rooting for. Sometimes I dislike a team so I automatically root for the other one. Sometimes I'm going in with no reason to root for either team so I wait for one team to give me a reason to root against it. That inevitably happens, usually because of a goon, but sometimes because a player, coach or GM starts whining about something and makes me dislike them enough to want the team to lose. Sometimes a player catches my eye, or a line, or as I watch I like the entire team, so I root for them. Whatever reason develops, one always presents itself.
But the number one reason I keep watching? Simple: I love hockey. I always have, and I always will.
What do you do? Why?
An annual post of Spring. Championships from around the world 2015.
The KHL Champion, SKA
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