Srbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2569 times:
With the NHL training camps opening up as we speak (My team, the Atlanta Thrashers, open camp tomorrow, Sept. 14th), it's time to bring the hockey thread back. Lots of stuff has happened since the last thread, I'm sure folks will be filled in as needed. I thought I post this very interesting news (not official yet, but an official announcement is due next week):
[url=http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=3017509&campaign=rss&source=ESPNHeadlines]Pens, Sabres to play outdoor game Jan. 1[/url}
Location: Ralph Wilson Stadium, Buffalo, NY (We know the Bills won't be needing to use it that late in the NFL season
It's been rumored for some time, and while New Year's Day may sound like a dumb day to do such a game, it gives folks an alternative to the college bowl games, and I'm sure they'll sell every seat in the stadium. I wouldn't be surprised if Versus or even NBC airs this game.
Ever since the Heritage Classic in 2003, there's been rumors of another outdoor NHL game. Some of those rumors included the Rangers playing the Isles at Yankees Stadium, and Detroit playing at Comerica Park. I think that this ought to be a yearly think in markets where the climate is cold enough and a viable venue is available.
MaidensGator From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 945 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2565 times:
Quoting Srbmod (Thread starter): while New Year's Day may sound like a dumb day to do such a game, it gives folks an alternative to the college bowl games
My stepson is in management at the Corel Centre/Scotiabank Place and last New Years Day he got us rinkside seats to watch your team beat our Senators... The place was packed, but Ottawa is a big hockey town...
I watch all the games on cable, but it was really cool going to it.
The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.
Vancouver's are also nothing to write home about. I liked that whale design on the old black home jerseys but this whole "VANCOUVER" across the chest is silly.
As for my Avs, we fared pretty well in free agency, I think a playoff appearance is a reasonable expectation. I wish they'd find some sucker team to take Theodore away though. I am curious to see how will the free-spending Flyers and Rangers fare.
It'll also be exciting to see if the fountain of youth over in Chicago is for real or not. Toews is supposed to be a complete package player and a lot of teams had a hard time containing him, TJ Oshie and Ryan Duncan at North Dakota. In a non-fan way, I am kinda pulling for the Blackhawks to dig themselves out of this funk and if they don't, then we will know they are truly hopeless because among all that youth, you'd think there will be at least ONE guy who will truly stand out and carry that team at some point in the next couple of seasons.
Garnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5551 posts, RR: 51
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2536 times:
Well aside from jerseys and onto my teams - Pittsburgh, I think, will continue to build off what they started last year. I hope to see the young core of Crosby, Malkin, Staal, and Fleury continue to produce, aided by veteran leaders like Gary Roberts, Mark Recchi, and Sergei Gonchar. The addition of Kris Letang as well as the continued development of the Penguins' young stars promise good things as well as pick-ups on defense like Darryl Sydor could lead to a more successful trip to the playoffs than last year. The drama, I think, in training camp will be as to who gets the backup slot behind Marc-Andre Fleury. Both Dany Sabourin and Ty Conklin were acquired by the Pens and obviously only one of them can play for the big club at a time.
For the 'Canes, I think, this will be a do or die year - was last year merely a Stanley Cup hangover or an indicator of things to come? Carolina needs to see consistency from Cam Ward and I'm not convinced that John Grahame is an adequate back-up netminder. On top of that, I really think Wesley and Hedican should have hung their skates up after they won the Cup, let alone after last year. The defense could potentially be our weakest link - here's hoping I'm wrong and the 'Canes of two years ago make their return.
South Carolina - too small to be its own country, too big to be a mental asylum.
Srbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2529 times:
The home Thrashers jersey translates pretty decently to the new design, but it looks weird to see the road jersey "plucked" of it's feathers.
Quoting Garnetpalmetto (Reply 6): For the 'Canes, I think, this will be a do or die year - was last year merely a Stanley Cup hangover or an indicator of things to come? Carolina needs to see consistency from Cam Ward and I'm not convinced that John Grahame is an adequate back-up netminder. On top of that, I really think Wesley and Hedican should have hung their skates up after they won the Cup, let alone after last year. The defense could potentially be our weakest link - here's hoping I'm wrong and the 'Canes of two years ago make their return.
The Southeast will once again be one to watch and will probably go down to the wire on who wins the division. Personally, I'd be surprised if the Thrashers were to repeat as division champs, let alone make the playoffs. Our defense is still a bit questionable, and at least one of the spots will be filled by a rookie (Tobias Emstrom is a likely choice as he was impressive during the recent prospects tournament in Traverse City). We still lack quality centers, something that doomed us in many games last season. I confident in our goaltending, be it Lehtonen or the Moose. And if we were to have a repeat of the 2005-2006 season in regards to goalies, we have an NHL goalie down in Chicago (Fred Brathwaite), and a future starter down there as well (Pavelec). The trade rumors surrounding Marion Hossa will probably start back up if we start struggling. Since he's in a contract year, if the Thrashers are out of the playoff chase come the trade deadline, I would not be surprised if we were to trade him.
DeltaRules From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 4188 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2523 times:
Here's hoping my Jackets can at least improve this season. I'm disappointed with their offseason activity, save for the Peca pickup, which could be good depending on if he stays healthy. They have plenty of cap space...I had hoped they would've picked up at least a couple big names off the UFA list.
That said, I'm somewhat optimistic. Hitch has seemingly taken away the country club feel the team had & made lists for the players to meet health-wise before they returned for training camp (Nash included). He & Howson also have a put up or shut up attitude. The team's apparently healthier than they've been & positive about the season. They'll get Duvie Westcott back, who had 10 points in only 23 games he played between injuries. Maybe they'll get closer to the playoffs & begin building something.
Glad to see Fredrik Norrena back as well. They've got a solid goaltender there. I'd like to see him get the starting job over Leclaire, personally.
Srbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2499 times:
Quoting YooYoo (Reply 9): We will win the cup this year for sure!!
All Leaf fans
If by "cup" you mean the Jacques Strappe Cup.........
I spend this morning up at the Thrashers training camp. They were using both rinks at the skating facility (they split the roster into Team A and Team B, but I actually spent more time watching Team A, as the rink they were using had a larger seating area. One of our guys, Pascal Dupuis is a bit of a joker. During one of the drills, he was standing alongside Kovalchuk and with the blade of his stick started messing with Kovalchuk's helmet. He was one of two guys who didn't wear the new socks correctly either (the white vertical stripe goes on the back). He also was coming up along the glass where some folks were standing and smacking his stick against the glass. In between reps during one of the drills, he shot the puck right at the glass in front of me (I guess he thought I was falling asleep.).