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I miss it…

A few weeks ago, I wrote about how I had found different ways to survive this current lockout. 

It turns out that may be I was wrong. Sure, I have taken up a new interest in the NFL and sure, I don't find myself living and dying by these CBA negotiations but the truth of the matter is that the more I think about it, I am a hockey guy through and through.

I miss the NHL. I miss waking up every morning and checking out the latest NHL news, notes, blogs and chatter of the hockey world.

I miss watching NHL games on the tube. It could be  the New York Rangers on MSG (same with the New York Islanders and New Jersey Devils), national coverage on NBC Sports Network or the games they do once in awhile on the NHL NHL Network. If it has to do with NHL viewing, I miss it.

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A Sad Realization

Good afternoon, folks. Sorry I have not written anything in awhile but as you can clearly tell, there just is not much to write about these days.

Over the past month or so, I have come to a sad realization: I can survive without the sport of hockey. I am sure many other hockey fans out there have to come to this same realization but let me tell you why it is so sad.

I have been a hockey fan since I was born (1983). As I got out of diapers and learned to walk and understand what was going on around me, I became an absolute hockey nut. 

I watched as many games as I possibly can, I went to many, many New York Rangers' games since my dad was a season ticket holder, I joined a Rotiserie hockey league, I bought hockey highlight tapes and much, much, more. When it came to being a hockey fan, I was an absolute fanatic about the sport.

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Puck Talk with the Great Steve Dangle

When it comes to hockey and social media, there is no doubt that Steve Dangle is well known in both circles.

Steve was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to give us his thoughts on his favorite team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, what is going on with the NHL lockout, and why all these fake insiders are coming about.

PH: Once the puck drops, whenever that is, to being the season, how do you see the Toronto Maple Leafs doing this year? Why?
SD: Well, I think Ben Scrivens put it best in a recent interview that I had with him in saying, the Leafs couldn't possibly go on a skid like they did from February onward to the end of the season. Up until their plummet to the bottom of the standings, they were 6th in the East. That's where New Jersey was before losing to the 8th seeded LA Kings in the Stanley Cup Final. Leafs' fans are understandably uncomfortable with Burke's lack of action this summer, as am I. But I think it just might be the right thing to do. They'll challenge for a playoff spot, but it'll be a struggle.

PH: Are you comfortable with a goaltending tandem of James Reimer and Ben Scrivens? Why or why not?
SD: Yes. First of all, the other option, acquiring a starting goaltender is unrealistic. There are so few of those available and any of the ones that are available are an extreme risk. As for taking a flyer on a guy like Jonathan Bernier - why? He doesn't project to be much better or worse than James Reimer and on top of that, he's gonna cost you assets to acquire him. Again, the most frustrating move is to do nothing but it might be the right move. What I'm more worried about is if Reimer or Scrivens get hurt.

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