July 25 2012 12:53PM
I took the weekend to go out to the middle of nowhere (no cell service, barely functional roads, hours from civilization) thinking ‘it’s the middle of July – nothing’s going to happen while I’m gone.’ As it turned out, quite a bit happened in the NHL while I was drinking beer and jumping into ice-cold creeks.
July 25 2012 09:57AM
I really love being a Hockey Dad. Since I didn’t play hockey as a kid, I relish the experiences of life at the rink as I watch my oldest daughter plays her favourite sport (and mine). There are some crazy hours and early mornings and there can be a lot of driving, but it’s all worth it. I don't suppose that makes me different at all from any of the other hockey parents. We all love watching our kids play and are proud to help them do so.
What does make me have a different perspective on watching my kid play hockey is that my 10-year-old hockey playing daughter is a cancer survivor, who lost her kidney to cancer surgery one week after her fifth birthday.
Luckily for us, our daughter fought back and conquered her cancer. Now, our family does what we can to raise money to help the fight against cancer. So when I first learned about Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer, a dawn-to-dusk fundraising event centred on a massive road hockey game, I jumped at the chance to volunteer and fundraise.
July 24 2012 06:41PM
Above is Tyga - a young star in the Cash Money/Young Money Rap Empire. He has a slammin track called Rack City where he talks about how he will rain down money on dancing girls given half a chance.
After the jump is Nail Yakupov - the newest star in the Rexall Sports/Edmonton Oilers Hockey Empire. He hasn't released a slammin' track that we have heard but the instant he smashes his first goal into the ice hockey net we will start dancing around and doing our best Tyga impersonation yelling "YAK CITY YAK YAK YAK CITY BITCH"
July 24 2012 11:36AM
Yesterday Scott Howson joined a long list of GMs who were forced to trade away a star player and then be criticized because they didn't get enough in return. Make no mistake Howson was dealing from a position of weakness. The minute a star player's trade demands go public his value goes down.
Some were comparing the Mike Richards trade to Nash, but they aren't the same. Richards didn't ask to be dealt and that's why Paul Holmgren was able to get Wayne Simmonds and Brayden Schenn, but the Kings still won that deal.
When you trade the best player it is hard not to lose the trade, and even though Nash isn't a superstar, the Rangers won the deal. The only way the deal will even out is if Tim Erixon turns into a top-two defender, or the late first rounder develops into someone similar to Jordan Eberle.
But is Howson done dealing?
July 23 2012 10:43PM
The Edmonton Oilers have been blessed with some of the finest teenagers on the planet these last three years. NHL equivalencies courtesy Gabriel Desjardins has offered clues each summer about the cold winter evenings and the young men who would score at a worthy clip. What do the Desjardins' NHLE's suggest for this season?