Friday, March 11, 2011

More on Chara

“I sincerely appreciate all of the support that I have received since my injury. I was disappointed that the NHL did not suspend Zdeno Chara. However, I have no desire for him to be prosecuted legally. I feel that the incident, as ugly as it was, was part of a hockey game."

-Max Pacioretty

Now here are a few replies to the Puck Daddy article on the subject.

KICKER says, "New England sports teams = CHEATERS first Patriots and now the Bruins what next the Red Sox CMON MAN quit cheating in New England."

Probably a bitter sports fan from NYC. I'm thinkin' the Giants lost to the Pats and the Rangers/Islanders lost to Boston. Let's not be territorial now.

Topher3134 says, "Yet another reason that the rest of the world hates french canadians!!! Put them all on a boat and ship them to france and get them out of our hemisphere! I hate you french canadians!!!"

Douchebag. Let's focus on the hit which involved a Slovak and an American. This quote seriously pisses me off.

David says, "I suppose the Montreal Police and Louis Dionne are will want a uniformed officer on skates during the games. The police need to take care of street crime and let the players play hockey. Don't get confused."

Other than the grammer, I totally agree with David.

A Yahoo! User says, "Air Canada=on a good day maybe 2 planes that work!"

Gary Bettman, in reply to Air Canada's threat, said that if they revoked their sponsorship, he would stop all teams from boarding Air Canada planes to travel. Oh Gary.

Brian W (76ers fan) says, "This has gone too far, it's not Chara's fault that Pacioretty hit his head in an unfortunate area of the ice. It just happened to be where the glass was sticking out. Quebec has nothing better to do."

Despite how right or wrong these people get, it apparently has nothing to do with hockey anymore. It's just Americans, Canadians, and Québécois fighting through hockey like children. Stop posting your racist comments on Youtube and Puck Daddy and whatever other websites you visit just so you can feel cool by saying 'frog' or 'f***in' cheating New England'. It's time to grow up.

Let Talk Rookies, How'd They Do? Edition

Anaheim's Luca Sbisa - 8 points in 58 games thus far. Recently signed a 4-year extension on his contract.

Atlanta's Arturs Kulda - 2 PIMs and -2 in 2 games. I'm 1 for 2.

Boston's Tyler Seguin - A good young player whose production (21 points in 61 games) is less than expected.

Buffalo's Tyler Ennis - 38 points in 66 games, has made a big impact in Buffalo.

Calgary's Tim Erixon - Swing and a miss here, 0 points in 0 games. Maybe next year?

Carolina's Bobby Sanguinetti - 9 in 19 with Charlotte. Yikes!

Chicago's Kyle Beach - Another miss.

Colorado's Colby Cohen - The Avs did end up calling up Shattenkirk so this [-1 in 3 games] messed me up.

Columbus' Nikita Filatov - 7 in 23. Why can't they let this kid play?

Dallas' Philip "Danish D-Man" Larsen - 2 assists in 6 games with 11 shots (a lot for a rookie defenseman).

Detroit's Tomas Tatar - one goal in nine games.

Edmonton's 'Trio' - J.E.=36 in 55, M.P.=26 in 66, T.H. 42 in 65. Paajarvi disappointed but the other were good. Too bad about Hall's season.

Florida's Michal Repik - 5 in 16 games. I might have to stop doing this whole 'talk rookie' thing.

Los Angeles' Brayden Schenn - 2 assists in 8 games. I was piised when he was sent to the minors.

Minnesota's Casey Wellman - 2 in 14. Not good enough. I have four of his "Hot Rookies" card from this years Score set.

Montreal's P.K. Subban - 29 in 62 with 5 PPG, probably the biggest impact of 'my' rookies.

Nashville's Jonathon Blum - 2 points in 8 games.

New Jersey's Mattias Tedenby - 14 in 42 games.

New York Islander's Nino Niederreiter - 2 points in 9 games.

New York Rangers' Mats Zuccarello Aasen - 19 points in 34 games. Scored about three game-winning shootout goals in his first few games.

Ottawa Senators' Zack Smith - 6 in 39 with 54 shots and 63 PIMs.

Philadelphia Flyers - Backlund, Bourdon, Lehtivuori, Pither, and Testwuide have not played. Laliberte was traded. Holmstrom, Kalinski, and Wellwood have 3 points in 14 games, combined. Bobrovsky has 25 wins in 43 games with a .917 save % and a 2.52 GAA.

Phoenix's Oliver Ekman-Larsson - 11 points and 50 shots in 46 games.

(Arm)pitt's Eric Tangradi - 2 in 14.

San Jose's Nick Petrecki - Schenectady native hasn't played this season.

St. Louis' Alex Pietrangelo - 36 points in 64 games.

Tampa Bay's Dana Tyrell - 12 points in 63 games.

Toronto's Nazem Kadri - 6 points in 17 games. Too bad he didn't play the whole season.

Vancouver's Cody Hodgson - 2 points in 8 games.

Washington's Marcus Johansson - 20 points in 55 games. This guy impressed me.

So by my calculations, I was 13-for-41 (31.7%)
Not bad for... Okay it's bad.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Hey Quebec, You Can Calm Down

Seriously. The police. This has gotten out of hand.

Did Chara avoid suspension because he plays with Colin Campbell's son?
Here's your answer. Shut the hell up. Maybe Greg Campbell could avoid suspension, but a teammate? That's freakin' farfetched.

I think the Prime Minister should stop watching hockey games and start running a country.

Pacioretty said he was "disappointed" the league didn't suspend Chara, but he doesn't think legal action is neccesary.

Air Canada? "Oh no, we have to rename our rink. It's so bad because nobody would sponsor the Maple Leafs, in Canada." Yeah right.

Yes, I do think it is a shame that Pacioretty was injured that badly. Nobody wants to see that. But c'mon, let's think about this. Chara isn't that bad a guy. Even Ryan Smyth, who was hit into the stanchion himself, says that isn't suspension worthy.

And I'm absolutely disgusted by some of the anti-Canadian, anti-American, and anti-Bruin comments on Youtube. Go quick, because comments are flowing in every 4 seconds.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Wives Carnival

Ian Laperriere was there, so was the rest of the Flyers (for the most part). I got to meet Carle, Coburn (who is so freakin' cool), Richards (I almost died), and Pronger (I did die). Not to mention Gary Dornhoefer, Don Saleski (it was cool to see 'Big Bird' in person), Bob 'Hound' Kelly, Dave 'The Hammer' Schultz, and Bernie 'Freakin' Parent. I wish I had better pictures, but I was too enticed with all the Flyers stuff that I couldn't stop to take good quality pictures. For those who were there, who else stood in the Alumni line for 2 hours? I did. I had an auto with Pronger at 5:00 and a picture with Richards at 5:30. When did I get out of the Alumni line? 5:24. But I made both appointments. A great day ended with a cheesesteak from Tony Luke's and I watched some of Paul McCartny is Dead: The Last Testament of George Harrison.