Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Goodbye Chelios.

A great career has ended today. Chris Chelios has retired to take a front office job with the Red Wings. Chelios is the second oldest player of all-time, and he was still good. He has played the most games of any American in NHL history. He won a silver medal with Team USA at the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City. He was named to the All-Rookie Team in 1985, 7 All-Star selections, he also won the Norris Trophy three times. Athree-time winner of the Stanley Cup, he was truly a great player, and on my Greatest of All-Time team, he will surely make the cut.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

What Would I Fix?

Oh, thank you for asking. Here's a printable checklist of the original 08-09 Legends Masterpieces from Upper Deck's website. And here is my proposal for 10-11 Upper Deck NHL Legends Masterpieces.

1---Conn Smythe
2---Lester Patrick
3---Ed Snider
4---Joe Hall----------Montreal Canadiens
5---Joe Malone----------Montreal Canadiens
6---Ron Francis----------Hartford Whalers
7---Jacques Plante----------Montreal Canadiens
8---Ace Bailey----------Toronto Maple Leafs
9---King Clancy----------Ottawa Senators
10--Howie Morenz----------Montreal Canadiens
11--Clarence Campbell
12--Toe Blake----------Montreal Canadiens
13--Clint Benedict----------Ottawa Senators
14--Gary Bettman
15--Wayne Gretzky----------Edmonton Oilers
16--Pete and Jerry Cusimano
17--Alan Eagleson
18--James Norris
19--Frank Calder
20--"Punch" Imlach
21--Billy Smith----------New York Islanders
22--Mario Lemieux----------Pittsburgh Penguins
23--Bobby Orr----------Boston Bruins
24--Paul Henderson----------Team Canada
25--Borje Salming----------Toronto Maple Leafs
26--Jari Kurri----------Edmonton Oilers
27--The Stastnys----------Quebec Nordiques
28--Trevor Linden----------Vancouver Canucks
29--Gordie Howe----------Hartford Whalers
30--Brett Hull----------St. Louis Blues
31--Craig MacTavish----------New York Rangers
32--Phil Housley----------Buffalo Sabres
33--Dino Ciccarelli----------Detroit Red Wings
34--Bill Barber----------Philadelphia Flyers
35--Dave Andreychuk----------Buffalo Sabres
36--Mats Sundin----------Quebec Nordiques
37--Patrick Roy----------Montreal Canadiens
38--Peter Bondra----------Washington Capitals
39--Joe Sakic----------Colorado Avalanche
40--Bob Probert----------Chicago Blackhawks
41--Ray Bourque----------Boston Bruins
42--Pete Mahovlich----------Toronto Maple Leafs
43--Jean Ratelle----------New York Rangers
44--Brian Bellows----------Minnesota North Stars
45--Rick Martin----------Buffalo Sabres
46--Mike Gartner----------Washington Capitals
47--Alex Mogilney----------Vancouver Canucks
48--Joe Nieuwendyk----------Calgary Flames
49--Dale Hawerchuk----------Winnipeg Jets
50--Steve Yzerman----------Detroit Red Wings
51--Sergei Fedorov----------Detroit Red Wings
52--Bobby Clarke----------Philadelphia Flyers
53--Guy Carbonneau----------Montreal Canadiens
54--Jeremy Roenick----------Phoenix Coyotes
55--Steve Thomas---------Chicago Blackhawks
56--Paul Coffey----------Edmonton Oilers
57--Luc Robitaille----------Los Angeles Kings
58--Adam Oates----------St. Louis Blues
59--Doug Gilmour---------Toronto Maple Leafs
60--Al MacInnis----------St. Louis Blues
61--Larry Robinson----------Los Angeles Kings
62--Scott Stevens--------New Jersey Devils
63--Kent Nilsson--------Atlanta Flames
64--Alex Delvecchio----------Detroit Red Wings
65--Basil McRae----------Minnesota North Stars
66--Mark Howe----------Philadelphia Flyers
67--Peter Stastny---------Quebec Nordiques
68--Paul Coffey--------Pittsburgh Penguins
69--Doug Wilson---------Chicago Blackhwaks
70--Dennis Maruk---------Cleveland Barons
71--Gilles Gratton----------New York Rangers
72--Gary Suter---------San Jose Sharks
73--Gerry Cheevers-----Boston Bruins
74--Kevin Lowe---------Edmonton Oilers
75--Ed Belfour----------Dallas Stars
76--Brett Hull------------Dallas Stars
77--Tiny Thompson----------Boston Bruins
78--Ken Dryden---------Detroit Red Wings
79--Dave Kerr----------Montreal Maroons
80--Ziggy Palffy----------New York Islanders
81--"Rocket" Richard----------Montreal Canadiens
82--Wilf Paiement----------Colorado Rockies
83--Scott Niedermayer----------Anaheim Ducks
84--Sergei Makarov----------Calgary Flames
85--Adam Deadmarsh----------Colorado Avalanche
86--Keith Tkachuk----------Winnipeg Jets
87--Rod Brind'Amour----------Carolina Hurricanes

Yes, I kept it to 87 cards. Without a large Gretzky/Lemieux% it's hard to have 174 excellent players. Please comment and tell me what you think, post criticism and remind me of players I missed.

Legends Masterpieces

I'm talkin' aboot the 08-09 Masterpieces set again. It's time I did a set breakdown.

2008-2009 Upper Deck NHL Legends Masterpieces


Design----------------------4.5 Stars
Player Selection------------5 Stars
Parallel--------------------3 Stars
Inserts---------------------0 Stars
Cards per Pack--------------3 Stars


The design is great
Greatest players of all-time
Good amount of goalies


Gretzky/Lemieux/Messier/Orr make up 15 cards
Who is Darryl Evans?
There is no Paul Henderson
only 87 cards

Final Rating

15.5 Points

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Eastside Hockey Manager

Last night I came across something I've been wondering about for a while now. Eastside Hockey Manager. A hockey management simulation with twenty leagues to choose from including the SM-Liiga, the AHL, the QMJHL, the vastly superior (in my opinion) OHL, and, of course, the NHL. You can download a demo of the most current edition, NHL Eastside Hockey Manager 2007, on their website. You can only buy it on the internet due to legal problems. If you have any experience with the game, comment and let me know how you like it.

Friday, August 20, 2010


Remembering my trip to Philly and seeing my most exciting hockey game, I was looking at some pictures from the game when I stumbled across this...

Yikes! A new Flyer was given the finger by a rude Ranger-Hater. Okay, it was me, and I'm still not thrilled about Shelley or the fact that he is replacing Cote. That's right our Devil-Fighting monster of a player has retired to be an Assistant Coach for the Phantoms. You will be missed.

While on the subject of our ever-changing roster, Gagne going to the Lightning is a major disapointment. I was so pissed when Downie had been traded and I knew how good he could be. Now Gagne for... Who? You're kidding right? Matt freakin' Walker! What the hell? Oh, and a fourth round pick, damn it. Well with Holmgren's clever moving of players, it will probably be our highest pick in three years. Gagne, you will be missed.

sigh. On a brighter note, we have an excellent 20 goals from newcomer Zherdev and a few from Andrej Meszaros. Also, with the opening on the powerplay hopefully Giroux will get a few more minutes of playing time to pick up more than 16 goals this season. Van Riemsdyk and Leino will make up for Gagne's goals, but Wojtek Wolski is still on the market along with Stempniak and O'Sullivan, so I'm hoping that something might happen there. So good night and good luck. (What?)

Thursday, August 19, 2010


In March of this year, The Panini Group was granted a multi-year license by the NHL and NHLPA. Marking the first year since the lockout where another company, besides Upper Deck, have manufactured hockey cards with a NHLPA or NHL license. The league and player's association still refuse togive a license to Topps and fan-favorite In The Game. Panini has been making hockey stickers since the 80s and released an album last year. Here is a link to an article on Puck Junk. Panini's first set will be Score, which is a big deal for me because I love Topps, O-Pee-Chee, Score, and Pro Set from the very early 90s. Also, hopefully there will be more cards per pack for the same price.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Winter Classic

Seriously. You have to be kidding me. Again? What the hell. Gary Bettman should be put 6-feet under for his unconditional love for Malkin and the fags. Why must he keep doing this to us Philly Phans. pittsburgh (that's right, my hate for the team makes me un-capitalize a proper name and the first word in a sentence) should not be in the Winter Classic for at least ten years. Here are some scenarios that would be better than the gay team being in it again.

New York vs. New York
Toronto vs. Ottawa
St. Louis vs. Nashville
New Jersey vs. New York Rangers
Colorado vs. Minnesota (why not bring it further out west)
Washington vs. anyone who has not been in it yet

My choice is emboldened, put the Winter Classic in the state of hockey. I think that would be an awesome idea. You know what else would be an awesome idea break 87's leg and make Ken Holland trade Modano to Minnesota where he belongs.