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NHL Playoff Preview: Eastern Conference Matchups

I love NHL playoff hockey. Best teams versus the best teams. Teams going all out because all the chips are down. Players leaving it all on the ice. Shooting, hitting, saves, scoring, blood, sweat, tears, emotion. And the Eastern Conference is wide open this year.

Even better this year is that I do not think you can positively say that any team that loses in the first round would be the victim of an “upset”. Every team in every division is so close it almost is not fair to you gambling folk out there.

By: Adam Pyde – @Adam_Pyde

So to prepare for the best two months of NHL hockey, why not make predictions? I mean, no one gets these right. Ever. TSN used to have a monkey spin a wheel and it nailed more correct outcomes than the “experts.” And I’m not an expert, nor am I a monkey which leaves me in between somewhere so obviously I know more than people who get paid.

New York Rangers (1st in Metropolitan)
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Pittsburgh Penguins (Wildcard 2)

Any playoff series with Sidney Crosby in it will be the highest profile one in the NHL. Are the Rangers smoke and mirrors propped up by elite goaltending? Sorta. Are the Penguins any good? Sorta.

Why New York can win: They have speed to kill. They’re like the epitome of an Eastern Conference team; they don’t play heavy hockey to beat you up, they just play fast hockey to tire you out. Rick Nash is having his best season in years. Their top two centers in Derek’s Stepan and Brassard have fully emerged as top level players. The defence has it’s warts, but Ryan McDonagh, Kevin Klein and Marc Staal are solid. They’re also playing in front of one of the best goaltenders of a generation in Henrik Lundqvist.

Why Pittsburgh can win: When you have the two best centers in the series, and two of the very best on the planet, you’re never really out of it. They’ll get Christian Ehrhoff back to start the series. David Perron, Chris Kunitz, Patrick Hornqvist and Blake Comeau have all shown they can be effective scorers. Despite the slide at the end, the playoffs are a chance at a clean slate and on paper the Penguins are still as good as anyone in the conference.

Pick: Rangers in 5 games
Pittsburgh isn’t bad. Not at all. They’re just leveled by injuries on defence and basically anyone who isn’t their top pairing or on their top line gets absolutely buried by the other team when on the ice. That isn’t the case for the Rangers. They can actually roll more than 2 lines.

To see the full picks, including the Canadiens and Senators series, click here to head on over to Talking Baws

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NHL Playoff Preview: Western Conference Matchups

I love NHL playoff hockey. Best teams versus the best teams. Teams going all out because all the chips are down. Players leaving it all on the ice. Shooting, hitting, saves, scoring, blood, sweat, tears, emotion. And the Western Conference is going to be absolutely brutal this year.

Even better is that I do not think you can positively say that any team that loses in the first round would be the victim of an “upset”. Every team in every division is so close it almost is not fair to you gambling folk out there.

By: Adam Pyde – @Adam_Pyde

So to prepare for the best two months of NHL hockey, why not make predictions? I mean, no one gets these right. Ever. TSN used to have a monkey spin a wheel and it nailed more correct outcomes than the “experts.” And I’m not an expert, nor am I a monkey which leaves me in between somewhere so obviously I know more than people who get paid.

Anaheim Ducks (1st in Pacific)
vs
Winnipeg Jets (Wildcard 2)

Poor Anaheim. You bust your butt all season to win the division to clinch home ice for at least 2 rounds, assuming you make it, and you have to fly all the way to Winnipeg for your first round match up. #travelwoes

Why Anaheim can win: They were the best team in the Pacific this year and it wasn’t necessarily close. They also made a number of smart improvements to their team at the trade deadline with James Wisniewski, Simon Despres, Jiri Sekac and Tomas Fleischmann. Those additions allowed for a whole lot of increased depth to a team that was relying maybe a little too heavily on youth. They play some of the best “big boy” hockey in the NHL and have some of the best center depth among western playoff teams. Winnipeg cannot match their top two centers, Ryans of Getzlaf and Kesler, in terms of ability.

Why Winnipeg can win: There are very few teams in the NHL that can match up and play big boy hockey with the Ducks, but the Jets are one of them. Dustin Byfuglien has the ability to take over a game and a series, and the rest of the Jets’ defence is also filled with behemoths like Tyler Myers and Jacob Trouba. Offensively they are quite deep with 6 different forwards scoring more than 41 points this season. Hot goaltending goes a long way and Ondrej Pavelec closed the year with three straight shutouts. Also, Anaheim’s goal differential was only +7 this year and they were 33-1-7 in one goal games. That makes the Ducks look vulnerable.

Pick: Jets in 7 games
This is the only real “upset” I can see this year. The Jets match up well in terms of size and depth. The only thing holding the Jets back may be goaltending. A lot has been made about the Jets’ disciplinary issues, but since when do they call penalties in the playoffs? It’s going to be that series what has four games go into overtime. The ‘Peg will go absolutely nuts. That’s fun.

To see the full picks, including the Canucks and Flames series, click here to head on over to Talking Baws

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Bizare Injuries Almost Force Florida Panthers To Play Two Forwards As Goaltenders

History was almost made in the NHL tonight as Florida Panthers’ forwards Scottie Upshall and Derek MacKenzie were almost both forced into action as emergency replacement goaltenders. Why? Well, if both of a team’s goaltenders suffer injuries in the same game, the team has an option of dressing a roster skater as an in-game emergency replacement goaltender.

By: Adam Pyde – @Adam_Pyde

That’s right. Both Florida Panther’s goaltenders were injured in the same game.

I would never wish an injury on a player. Injuries suck. But this is a moment that I waited my entire life as a hockey fan to see and I could not have been more excited.

After Al Montoya left with injury, both Scottie Upshall and Derek MacKenzie were sent into the dressing room during a rare injury time-out just 26 seconds into the third period.

Full article on Talking Baws

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Breaking Down The Biggest Trades Of The NHL Trade Deadline

The NHL trade deadline has officially passed. It helped to cap off a pretty eventful week of player movement that involved some expected, surprising and truly shocking trades. So why were some of these trades made? Which trades were good? What about the bad trades? Hint: The answer is below.

By: Adam Pyde  - @Adam_Pyde

Toronto Maple Leafs: Nathan Horton
Columbus Blue Jackets: David Clarkson

This is a big deal. Mainly because David Clarkson is at best a middling 3rd line player, and quite honestly more closely resembles a fourth liner, and he makes 5.2 million dollars against the cap for another 5 years. Horton is a very good winger that has a back injury that has forced him into unofficial retirement. It is almost a certainty that he will not play again considering the doctor’s advice was “wheelchair by age 45 or never play again” basically.

So the Leafs got out of an impossible contract hell because Columbus could not spare the cash to pay someone not to play because they could not get Horton’s contract insured because of his injury history. It’s the kind of move I’ve been tremendously surprised that the Leafs have yet to exercise more often considering the Leafs have like a kajillion dollars in annual revenue. The Leafs make out real well here getting 5+ million in cap relief.

As for the Jackets, meh. I guess they made the best of a bad situation. Unfortunate for them that it came to this.

Philadelphia Flyers: Radko Gudas, first round pick, third round pick
Tampa Bay Lightning: Braydon Coburn

I like it when team’s make trades where both of them do well.

The Bolts load up their defence and now have easily the best six defenders in the Eastern conference. Coburn is also signed for another season at a very reasonable $4.5 million dollar cap hit. So now in Tampa, this is the defence:

Hedman-Stralman
Coburn-Carle
Garrison-Sjustr

That will alleviate any qualms they may have in net.

For Philly, they pick up a warm body in Radko Gudas who, while strong as a bull, is not very good at hockey. The real prize is the draft picks as this can allow the Flyers to try to make a few moves at the deadline for roster players, or attempt a quick little two-year rebuild.

Edmonton Oilers: Second round pick, conditional fifth round pick
Montreal Canadiens: Jeff Petry

Hab’s GM Marc Bergevin is a genius. He absolutely robbed the Oilers blind here. If you could acquire a #3 defenceman for some spare picks you do it. Petry can play all over the lineup and since he isn’t on a tire fire of a team he will probably look a lot better. He was asked to do too much as the Oilers defacto #1 but as a second pairing player he can be excellent.

In Edmonton, this either says how little of an asset manager GM Craig MacTavish is, or just how bad the rest of the Oilers defence is viewed by the rest of the league if this was the best offer for their #1 defenceman.

Or both. He painted himself into a corner with Petry, who is good, and this was all he could do considering how poorly he mangled the rest of the defence.

Either way, its embarrassing to be an Oiler fan with this man making the decisions. Many lesser players went for more on the trade market. I think this can officially mark the beginning of Rebuild 3.0

Boston Bruins: Brett Connolly
Tampa Bay Lightning: Second round picks in 2015 and 2016

Vancouver Canucks: Sven Baertschi
Calgary Flames: Second round pick in 2017

Why are these trades together? Because I wanted to make note of something I think is smart. If you are going to pay up future considerations in any kind of significance or quantity, you could do a lot worse than this.

What is this? Spending a couple of draft picks to acquire former top prospects that still have potential. Not 27-year-old “prospect” potential. But 22-year-old young player who still has potential to be a good contributor.

It is something the Canucks have done a few times now, actually, with previous trades of a 2nd round pick for Linden Vey and a prospect for Adam Clendening.

What you essentially do is just speed up the maturation process of your picks. Will it always pay off? No. But its more likely to do so than some picks you’re waiting 4-6 years on.

Read the full list over on Talking Baws

So what do you think? Any big winners or losers I missed? What about how wrong I am? Make sure to let me know.

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Cute Alert: Jordan Leopold’s Daughter Predicts The Future In Adorable Letter

Jordan Leopold has had himself a pretty nice career. He has managed to hang around the in the NHL for over a decade and he has been a pretty good contributor almost everywhere he goes. After Monday’s NHL trade deadline, he is now onto his 8th team in his career.

By: Adam Pyde – @Adam_Pyde

Lucky for him, it appears he went exactly where he was wanted. Not only just by his new team in Minnesota, but by his daughter who wrote this adorable letter to the Wild about trading for her father.

Originally posted on Talking Baws

Just look at this.

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To be honest, I think this girl could make a better GM than a whole lot of the guys in the NHL right now. That was quite the sell job she did for her father.

Who knows what would have happened if they did not make the trade. Would she have been making people in Minnesota bite the curb?

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Breaking Down the Winnipeg Jets-Buffalo Sabres Trade for Evander Kane and Tyler Myers

This morning the Winnipeg Jets and the Buffalo Sabres completed about as big a blockbuster trade as you are going to see in the NHL these days. Out goes the maligned Evander Kane and in comes the slightly less maligned Tyler Myers for Winnipeg, primarily. Meanwhile the Sabres move some underperforming pieces and prospects in bulk for some more established players.

Originally posted on Talking Baws

By: Adam Pyde – @Adam_Pyde

The full trade, courtesy of TSN:

The Jets traded Evander Kane, Zach Bogosian, and unsigned goaltending prospect Jason Kasdorf to the Sabres on Wednesday in exchange for Tyler Myers, Drew Stafford, prospects Brendan Lemieux, Joel Armia and a first-round draft pick.

Lets run this down player by player, starting with the Buffalo acquisitions:

Evander Kane: He is the best player in the trade. Now whether he fully realizes his potential is another thing. Scoring wingers with size and a mean streak are not common in the NHL. Just ask every NHL team that burns draft picks year after year trying to find the next Milan Lucic and failing.

Hopefully, the Jets can “sort” him out. I feel that a change of scenery is all he really needed and that going to a team where he can play a bigger role and hopefully on a line with better than bad players will be immense for him. He’s like almost any winger in the NHL – his production is reliant on his center and in Winnipeg he used to play with a good one in Alex Burmistrov, before playing with bad center Olli Jokinen and the merely okay Mark Scheifele. Zemgus Girgensons and potentially Connor McDavid, Jack Eichel or Sam Reinhart should be a good mix.

Zach Bogosian: He’s probably the second best player in the trade. It’s hard to say if he’s really better than Myers, but I’d lean to yes. It’s situational as he has been in a more suited part of the roster in Winnipeg as a #4. In Buffalo, he’ll asked to be a #1 which could make for a bit of a mess but he really could not do much worse than Tyler Myers was doing. He has more edge to his game but he has also proven to be more injured.

Jason Kasdorf: Do not honestly know much about the guy. Feels like a throw-in prospect.

Meanwhile in Winnipeg:

Tyler Myers: The Jets get themselves a once highly regarded young defenceman, much in the same manner as Zach Bogosian. While I think Bogosian is a better player, Myers will likely benefit from being able to play behind Dustin Byfuglien, Jacob Trouba and Tobias Enstrom. He carries a large cap hit, but it is more or less washed out by the Kane contract and most of the money has already been paid by Buffalo.

Drew Stafford: Winnipeg gets a bit of immediate help at forward with Stafford who theoretically replaces Kane in the short-term. Stafford has shown flashes in his career of being a quality top six forward and if he can give that to the Jets, they’re better off than with an injured player. Do not kid yourself though into thinking he’s any better than Kane.

Brendan Lemieux: He is a former second round pick from the 2014 draft class. So far in junior he’s shows great shooting talent and a mean streak with 35 goals and 120 penalty minutes on the season. There is some potential here for a middle-six winger.

Joel Armia: A former first round draft pick from 2011, he has shown some pretty solid potential in the AHL after coming over from Finland. He also possesses some quality size at 6’3″ and probably would be on an NHL roster but they were protecting him from the crap waterfall that the Sabres are this year, like a good organization does with prospects.

First round pick: This pick is conditional from what I have read to be the latest of Buffalo’s selections this year (They currently have three with their own, the New York Islanders, and St. Louis Blues). The Jet’s get a nice pick that they could turn into something more at the trade deadline or at the draft.

I’ll give the win to the Sabres here, but the Jets make out pretty okay considering the pickle they were in.

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Checking Up On Predictions: Player Surprises

It is the first NHL night post All Star Break which marks the unofficial halfway point of the NHL season. The most opportune time to look back on preseason predictions! Which players have had the best bounce back campaigns? What about the players who I predicted to have taken steps back? How are the “change of scenery” players doing? And has my list of break out players been accurate?

I have a lot to get through so I’ll keep it brief.

By: Adam Pyde - @Adam_Pyde
As originally seen on Talking Baws

Bounce Back

HM: Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, Alex Burrows
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The Twins are still magic, just not PPG magic. Burrows is on pace for 20+ goals and is the only thing driving the offence on a non-Sedin line. They aren’t quite the 2011 versions of themselves, but they aren’t the players from last season at all.

5. Alex Tanguay, LW, Colorado Avalanche
He leads the Avalanche in scoring. That is code for you can be he bounced back. It also means the regular top guys in Denver just aren’t playing well.

4. Loui Eriksson, LW, Boston Bruins
Yes-ish. He isn’t Dallas version anymore, but he’s been better than last season and is providing the Bruins with some offense they desperately needed.

3. Michael Grabner, RW, New York Islanders
Injuries have forced Grabner to appear in only a few games this season. Unfortunate, because the Islanders have a deadly attack and he would only add to it.

2. Tomas Fleischmann, C, Florida Panthers
Really did not think he’d continue to fall off a cliff as hard as he has. He might be traded at the deadline and could add a little powerplay punch to a team in need of it, but it may be close to the end of the road for him.

1. Eric Staal, C, Carolina Hurricanes
He’s having a strong year, but he just doesn’t seem to quite have the mojo he did as recently as 2013. Probably won’t quite ever get back to that elite level but he’s still a top line player.

Step Back
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Honourable Mention: Jaromir Jagr, Jarome Iginla
Both players have been okay. Jagr leads the Devils in scoring again, but at a far less impressive pace than last season. Iginla is near the top on the Avalanche, but only at 30 points and may fail to hit 30 goals for the first time in a full season since 2001 and maybe even fall short of 25 goals for the first time since 1998.

5. Ryan Johansen, C, Columbus Blue Jackets
He’s only built off last season. Really thought he’d at least fall off pace a bit but he’s as good as he was last year. He’s not generating shots at the same rate as last season and has actually seen his shooting percentage go up. Brings up a little cause for concern in the future but he’s still scoring right now.

4. Ben Bishop, G, Tampa Bay Lightning
He’s not having anywhere near a Vezina season and for the most part has only been “good enough” for Tampa to win games. You’d hope for a bit more out of a guy making .

3. Gustav Nyquist, RW, Detroit Red Wings
He’s fallen off his last years pace but will still pot 30 goals, just not 40+ like some people were projecting. He’s a big cog in the Wings offence but I wish I could find some reliable numbers on how Zetterberg/Datsyuk dependent the relationship is.

2. Semyon Varlamov, G, Colorado Avalanche
He’s come down to just above league average which was forseeable. However, even with another monster season like last year, I don’t think Colorado could make the playoffs with so little scoring.

1. Joe Pavelski, C, San Jose Sharks
He looks like he’s going to repeat-ish last season. He’s been the best shooter on the Sharks and has seemingly taken over the role that a lot of people saw for Logan Couture for the time being.

Change of Scenery
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Honourable Mention: Olli Jokinen, Derek Roy, Mike Ribeiro – Nashville Predators, Centers
Riberio, great. Jokinen, good depth center. Roy, played poorly, got traded, and has done pretty well through short stint in Edmonton

5. Radim Vrbata, RW, Vancouver Canucks
On pace for his best season in Vancouver and made his first All Star Game. He really helped diversify the Canucks attack, especially on the powerplay, and has fit like a glove on that team.

4. P.A. Paranteau, RW, Montreal Canadiens
He’s been okay, and is holding pace to last season’s possession numbers but has battled injury. Sort of like this seasons version of 2014 Loui Eriksson.

3. Martin Havlat, RW, New Jersey Devils
He got injured and has missed big time. Who could have foreseen that?! I should have.

2. Dany Heatley, LW, Anaheim Ducks
The wheels have completely fallen off. He couldn’t play at a speed that kept him on the roster and was demoted to the AHL. he’ll likely retire or go to Europe next season.

1. Ales Hemsky, RW, Dallas Stars
Had a very bad first 15 games with only 1 point. IN the last 28 he has potted 17 points. You’d hope he can score at that rate the rest of the season. Dallas needs it.

Break Out Players
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Honourable Mention: Nail Yakupov, Emerson Etem, Ryan Strome
Yakupov, no. Like any winger on the Oilers, who didn’t get to play with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, he hasn’t been able to score playing with sub-NHL centers all season. Since the Roy trade, he’s looked much better but just can’t get a bounce.

Etem, no. He hasn’t been able to translate his raw scoring ability into the NHL. Part of me wonders if he will considering a lot of it was based purely on speed and you can’t rely on that in the NHL ala Mason Raymond.

Strome, yes. He’s been fantastic for the Islanders and is a huge reason why they’re one of the best teams in the NHL.

5. Zack Kassian, RW, Vancouver Canucks
Depending who you talk to, he’s either been playing great but saddled with poor linemates, or is garbage who can’t play hockey. For whatever reason, Linden Vey and Derek Dorsett get played over Kassian in the top six and the powerplay. Some of the most dangerous PP formations the Canucks have had have Kassian on them. Maybe he should’ve played for Medicine Hat and he could get favoured like Dorsett and Vey.

4. Mika Zibanejad, C, Ottawa Senators
Still suffering some growing pains, but he’s putting up solid numbers as the second line center in Ottawa. His production is a little more dependent on his wingers like Scheifele last season.

3. Mark Scheifele, C, Winnipeg Jets
Not quite the 50+ point pace you want, but is providing relatively regular secondary scoring and continues to make steps on a Jets team that looks like the real deal.

2. Mikael Backlund, C, Calgary Flames
When healthy, he’s been dynamite and gives Calgary a real #1 center. His ability to play strongly against top competition frees up guys like Monahan and Stajan to move down a spot in the lineup and play better for it.

1. Valeri Nichushkin, RW, Dallas Stars
He’s only played 4 games this season before going down with injury. If he can come back in time for the stretch drive he could help provide an attacker that Dallas could use to secure a playoff spot.

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NHL Announces World Cup; What Is It?

This morning the NHL announced the long anticipated sort-of revival type thing for the Canada Cup/World Cup. Or I think that is the intention. I don’t really know because no one knows. Not even sure if the guys at the NHL office know. Formatting details are relatively sparse.

What I do know is that the NHL expects to pocket $100 million on the downside with an upside of closer to $150 million.

Basically this is what they plan to do in non-Olympic years, starting in 2016.

  • 8 team tournament every September: Canada, Sweden, Finland, Russia, USA, Czech Republic, European All Stars, Team North American Young Stars
  • Round robin tournament that ends in a playoff bracket
  • Yes I said “Young Stars”
  • Three game final to determine the winner
  • I’m not kidding, “Young Stars” is real

By: Adam Pyde - @Adam_Pyde
As originally seen on Talking Baws

There are four big issues that people seem to be up in arms about.

  1. That this is more hockey. Weird right? Well it comes down to making the NHL season even longer than it is, in a round-a-bout way. This is three extra weeks of wear and tear on the NHL’s top players. What I’d honestly love to see is this shortening the NHL season by about 2-3 weeks. Bring it down to 76 games, and cut exhibition in half. Players already seem to fight cases of burnout come March.
  2. That this is the NHL’s way of replacing the Olympics. This is what the primary motivation behind this is according to many people that know the big-wigs up top. Puke. Its pretty well known that the NHL hates the IIHF. So screw the World Championship I guess, but the Olympics is the greatest celebration of athleticism on earth. You cannot replace that. Especially not with a tournament that includes Team World and the Young Guns.
  3. Some people are bothered by the idea of the European All Star team, Ryder Cup team World style. I’m totally okay with this actually. Makes it more competitive and when players like Anze Kopitar and Marion Gaborik were asked earlier this season, they were on board as well. Mark Streit, not so much.
  4. The North American Young Guns Under-23 Team. This sucks for a bunch of reasons that I will get into in a separate post. Mainly though, the gimmicky nature of it combined with the NHL’s awkward push of all things gimmicky and awful. Like the out of touch parent buying clothes for himself/herself to feel young.

“Woah, look how super radical these purple and neon green uniforms are dude!”

It kinda sucks to job out Slovakia and Switzerland like that, but neither has the ability to put together a team of 23 solely NHL players. Team World looks pretty good though.

LW C R
Vanek Kopitar Gaborik
Zuccarello Grabovksi Hossa
Boedker Nielsen Tatar
Raffl Girgensons Jurco
Hansen Eller
D D G
Chara Ehrhoff Andersen
Seidenberg Sekera Halak
Streit Josi Hiller
Viznovsky Marincin

All that said, I’d really rather just play a seven team tournament: Canada, USA, Russia, Sweden, Finland, Czech Republic, Euro All Stars.

  • Cut the Young Guns.
  • Every team plays each other once for a total of 6 games in the round robin.
  • First place gets a quarter final bye, seed two through seven normally like you would for a playoff (2 v 7, 3 v 6, 4 v 5). Continue a one game playoff until the finals.
  • Then cap it with the best-of-three series for the trophy. This would make for a maximum of a 11 game tournament.

But I’m just a guy on the internet and not a stuffy old guy NHL owner/board member who likes to cry about “integrity of hockey” and then approves something that undermines the integrity of best-on-best international hockey.

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Everything Wrong With The “Young Guns” Idea In The NHL World Cup

So the NHL has decided to announce plans for the NHL World Cup that will happen every four years in September starting in 2016. This is their answer to soccer’s FIFA World Cup.

Credit where credit is due, it is a pretty neat concept overall. The more top-notch hockey played the more better for growing the sport. I’m far less traditional than a lot of people when it comes to ideas and having fun with the sport.

By: Adam Pyde - @Adam_Pyde

But I hate the Young Guns team, or the Under-23 Young NHL Stars of North America team. Or the YUNG GUNZ or whatever.

It just reeks of NHL gimmickiness. Like remember the guardians? Or the Fox glow puck?

To start, I dread the uniform design. I’m a uniform junkie. I love when they look spiffy and traditional. But I see the NHL going “All Star” for this. Neon green and purple? Teal and orange? Glow paint splash rave style? Gotta be young and hip! Rad stuff dude.

Then there comes the roster. I put this together, rather unofficially as I could not find a reliable complete resource for U-21 NHL players, as the current players that will still be eligible come the start of the tournament in 2016.

Young Guns
LW C R
Galchenyuk MacKinnon Gaudreau
Drouin Strome Monahan
Huberdeau Horvat Wilson
NONE NONE NONE
NONE NONE  
D D G
Ekblad Reilly NONE
Trouba Jones NONE
Hamilton NONE  
NONE NONE

Granted if it were to be this year, players like Taylor Hall, Tyler Seguin, Ryan Johansen, Nick Bjugstad and Jacob Trouba would be eligible to help fill it out, among a collection of other mediocre NHL talents that form a “huh?” of bit part players. Heaven forbid any of the small pool of players is rehabilitating and injury of the summer and has to withdraw.

Read the rest of this article at Talking Baws

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Maple Leaf Fan Kills Chivalry: Throws His Wife’s Jersey On The Ice

During Monday’s loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, where the Toronto Maple Leafs got embarrassed on home ice, one fan decided he has had enough of the putrid display of hockey and took to throwing a sweater on the ice, during play, to make a statement.

If you were unaware, the latest and hottest way to protest your favourite team being bad is to throw a sweater of theirs on the ice, unless you’re an Oilers fan in which you do that and then go take out dueling newspaper ads praising or poo-pooing the team.

By: Adam Pyde – @Adam_Pyde

Originally posted on Talking Baws

The funny part of this ordeal is that the Leaf fan in question threw his wife’s sweater onto the ice instead of his own, because his Wendel Clark sweater is nicer. Did I mention that it was his wife’s first NHL game? You can read more on the story here on CBS Sports.

You go, man. Way to make a statement.

I have two thoughts on the idea personally:

1. For the fan, I understand it. You could have easily spent $600 on this evening to get a terrible product that everyone on earth can see is incompetent but those with the power to directly affect change. I get it, but I feel like you probably have already replaced said sweater with a brand new one with lettering and numbering and everything to total it up at $270-$300. Kinda defeats the purpose of your protest.

2. For the team and players that defend the sanctity of such an action, shut up.

That basically sums it up. “The logo is sacred. That is why we change it all the time so we can sell new merchandise every time and rake in all the dollars. That pair of branded Oilers boxers covered in the sacred logo you stuffed your sweaty junk and butt into? Sacred and never disrespect it.”