Well that was a close one wasn’t it? 4-3 Win for the Montreal Canadiens over the Toronto Maple Leafs. It was a good game a lot of back and forth action, weird lack of penalties and some weird goals especially the Tomas Plekanec game winning goal that managed to squeak by James Reimer, but this isn’t an analysis of this game, there are enough people out there who can do that, what I’m talking about is what I noticed after the game ended. Continue reading
Hockey, the beloved national sport of Canadians everywhere; The NHL, a league that’s gone through so many lockouts in a 10 year span, its surprising there isn’t a brand new league because of all the crap the fans, players, owners and everyone else has gone through. Remember the strike that just past? I know a lot of you wish you could forget it but it caused the NHL to lose half of the season. The big issue was money and how they would split the revenue. There were other issues on the table of negotiation but a huge problem was sharing the money. The players and the owners went back and forth for a while with no progress and it seemed like the season was lost, and then out of nowhere the two sides came to an agreement and hockey was back! Continue reading
The NHL free agent market opened up this past Friday July 5th and it did not disappoint. It also seems as though that the GMs forgot there was strike with a lot of money spent on the first day. I am not going to talk about all the signings that were made that will take forever, but I will talk about a few signings and explain why I think they are good, or bad deals.
Let’s start off with Ryan Clowe, he played for two teams last year the San Jose Sharks and the New York Rangers. In the 40 games he played last season he had 3 goals and 19 points, but in San Jose he scored none of those goals. Clowe can play the right wing and the left wing and he is 6’2 weighing 225 pounds, in a league where height is the new obsession, he fits the bill. Continue reading
Spoiler alert: There might be things within this article that may spoil stuff that happened if you did not see How I Met Your Mother please be warned that their may be some spoilers in this article, you have been warned.
I shall start off with the Ugly; the Toronto Maple Leafs who managed to tie the first round series against the Boston Bruins 3 games to 3 and force a game seven were very close to eliminating the Bruins. The score was 4-1 in favor of the Maple Leafs and it seemed to be game over for Boston, but just like in anything it is not over until it is over. Continue reading
It is finally starting to feel like spring, it took long enough, hopefully this time there will not be a random snow storm; either way people are finally free from old man winter. Funny enough though, I want April to end fast! Why? you might ask, well there are a couple of cool and fun things to look forward to in May. What am I talking about exactly? Well I will tell you! First off, anyone in Cegep or University is free at last! Unless you have summer school, most of the older students will be off from school till the fall, which means time to re-charge out batteries, work and of course have a lot of fun and enjoy some entertainment.
“This blog was supposed to be my first blog not related to sports, but out of the blue the NHL has ended the lockout and I had said I would only write articles and pieces about Hockey once the lockout ended so here you go.”
Words many did not think they would hear until the summer time or even later. The NHL and NHLPA have agreed to a tentative deal and now the NHL can start the season. The new deal will run for 10 years till September 2022, with an option to terminate the deal after eight years. The players managed to fix their pension plan, they have agreed to a limit on signing free agent contracts which is 7 years and 8 if it is a contract extension with their own team and the somehow (although it was agreed upon a while ago). Continue reading
The term “looks good on paper” is thrown around quite frequently in sports and this baseball off-season has not been any different with a possible change coming this MLB season. The AL East is part of this possible change with the new dominant team being the Toronto Blue Jays; well at least “on paper” they look like the new dominant leader of the AL East. Anyone who knows baseball will agree that the American League East is the hardest division for any team to play in with the Red Sox and Yankees who are always paying top dollar for players to come to these respective clubs; but that is not all, in recent years the Tampa Bay Rays have built a strong team to contend with through their farm system and it has shown great results with 3 playoff appearances and making it to the World Series in 2008 only to lose it to the Phillies. There is also the Baltimore Orioles who made the playoffs last year like the Rays through a farm system and a few trades that made that team very successful last year. So where does this leave the Jays? Well they have not had a first place win since 1993 when they won the World Series, and the last time they were in second place was 2006 and they were still 10 games back of first place so it has been a significantly long time since the Jays were a threat. With this season being full of injuries and a 73-89 record to finish this season off things were looking grim, even on paper things looked bad with the Jays needing to fill major holes such as starting pitch and holes in the middle infield even with the players like Jose Bautista who were injured over the season, returning the team looked like it was doomed to repeat itself. Continue reading