By: Mike Asti
By: Mike Asti
It’s official! All reports indicate Winnipeg’s newest NHL edition will share the same name as the original. According to sources, “Jets” will return as the moniker for the Winnipeg franchise. While this seems to be the appropriate choice, it was not always a slam dunk. After the Atlanta Thrashers relocation was signed, sealed, and delivered there was rumors of other viable options. The Thrashers jetted to Canada, but there was talk of using the “Moose,” a take off the Manitoba Moose of the AHL as the new name. In my estimation, the decision to keep Jets as the teams name is the only acceptable choice. By re-using Jets, instead of placing a totally new title on this franchise, connects the second NHL stint in Winnipeg with the first. This allows the history of Teemu Selanne’s record breaking rookie season, Phil Housley’s career high 97 point effort during the 1992-1993 season, their 1980’s rivalry with the dynastic Edmonton Oilers, and the fan bases anger when learning of their precious Jets flying out of town in 1996. Read more
By: Brian McLaughlin
The Philadelphia Flyers shook the hockey world thursday by making three unprecedented moves that have completely revamped their roster. The first move came early thursday afternoon by trading 26-year-old top goal scorer Jeff Carter to the Columbus Blue Jackets. There had been speculation that the team would look to move Carter to give them salary flexibility to sign a top-flight goaltender. Hours later, in a move that no one saw coming, especially after the Carter move, the Flyers dealt Captain Mike Richards to the Los Angeles Kings. Just hours after those moves the Flyers announced that they have indeed signed the goaltender that they have coveted for weeks, former Phoenix Coyote goalie Ilya Bryzgalov to a monster 9 year 51 million dollar contract. Read more
By: George Gerbo
The Boston Bruins have climbed to the top of the mountain and stand as Stanley Cup Champions for 2011.
- An impressive effort on all fronts for Boston, led by Conn Smythe-winner Tim Thomas, the heart and soul of this team. The Michigan native and former Vermont Catamount becomes only the 2nd American-born Conn Smythe winner (joining NYR’s Brian Leetch in 1994, also against Vancouver). Thomas also faced the most shots in finals history and in Stanley Cup playoffs history.
- Vancouver has to take a good, long look in the mirror after this one. I’ll let my colleague Mike “the Buzz-saw” Asti tell you about Roberto Luongo’s issues, but for me, it’s the #1 line. No one to blame but themselves. Ryan Kessler — a measly assist. That’s it. Entire series, one assist. Henrik and Daniel Sedin? Not much better. Five combined points, three of them irrelevant to the outcome of these games. Mark Recchi had more points – seven – in this series than Vancouver’s entire 1st line combined. And Recchi’s 43 YEARS OLD. Hard to explain that one, especially after the Sedin’s re-upped their contracts this past offseason as a package deal. Speaking of the Recchin’ Ball…
- Recchi captures his third Stanley Cup and pulls a Jerome Bettis, as he announced his retirement after thegame. Turbo Recchi (as I like to call him) was not just a standby, he was a definitive factor and led the B’s in scoring in this series. A tough player and classy guy, both on and off the ice, who is headed to the hall of fame in Toronto in the near future.
- Boston used the roadmap of the 2009 Pittsburgh Penguins in this series. Hold serve on home ice, and steal one on the road with the help of a Quebecois – Max Talbot in 2009, and now Patrice Bergeron in 2011. Bergeron netted two goals in this game, including a back-breaking shorthanded one, and is the newest member of hockey’s Triple Gold Club; that is, players that have won a Stanley Cup in addition to a World Championship and an Olympic gold medal in their careers (2004 Worlds and 2010 Olympics with Canada for Bergeron) Read more
By: Mike Asti
The Canucks choked and the Bruins stole the series; these are statements you will hear in the coming weeks. No matter what is fact, Tim Thomas and the Boston Bruins are the 2010-2011 Stanley Cup champions. Their rings can’t be taken away. This series, on track with the entire post-season, was a roller coaster ride to say the least. Vancouver entered as the favorites, believed my many pundits (including myself) to overmatch Boston. The only thing that could possibly hold the Canuck franchise back from lifting its first Stanley Cup: Roberto Luongo. Well folks, that nightmare came true for the Vancouver faithful.
By: George Gerbo
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness.”
Charles Dickens wrote those words over 150 years ago to begin his novel “A Tale of Two Cities”. He could have never imagined they’d be adopted to describe the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals, but they fit pretty well in the context of this series, which will be decided with a game seven tonight in Vancouver. Read more
By: Mike Asti
If nothing else, the one thing the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs has taught the sports world is that the life of an NHL goalie is unmatched. A goalie can go from hero, to goat, and back to hero again in a blink of an eye. This has never been exemplified more than this post-season run by Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo. The man Canuck fans affectionately call “Lu” has provided a roller coaster ride for all of Canuck Nation. Luongo has made a career of stellar regular seasons and Vezina nominations (including this season), only to choke when it mattered the most. He continuously was tagged with most of the blame year after year, seeing a great record thrown out the window after a miserable post-season failure or collapse. This year, the same was about to happen again. Vancouver owned a 3 games to none lead against their rival Chicago, a team that knocked them out in playoff series past, in the first round. Luongo went from dominant to anything but. He would lose his starting gig to the young and inexperienced Cory Schneider. The kid played well in Lu’s absence, but it just didn’t seem right. If Vancouver was finally going to do it, they were going to do it with Roberto Luongo leading the charge. Luongo returned to action for the pivotal game 7. History was not made and the Canucks finally conquered their Blackhawk demons. Read more
By: Mike Asti
If a picture could speak a thousand words. Where’s all the Canuck fans bashing BDL now?
Do you hate me or BDL for this?: The Plight of Canuck Nation. I just speak the truth.
Do you hate me or BDL for this?: Let The Green Men Be! I stand by my claims. The Green Men are great for sports and hockey.
Do you hate Jared Ramos or BDL for this: Will The Green Men Survive Boston? It’s being realistic.
By: Mike Asti and Alex Wiederspiel
There’s nothing like the future, and for franchises, they always place great value on top young players–even if it comes at the expense of all-star veteran players. Over the coming months, you’ll hear the BDL crew dissect the best twenty five players who are under the age of twenty five in the four major sports–football, baseball, basketball, and hockey. The only requirement is that the player has to be 25 or under–they can’t be turning 26 this year. It’s all the players who were born in 1986 or later.
The road will be long and difficult, because in every sport there are a plethora of fantastic young players. You may know the obvious players like Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. But what about lesser known guys like Marc Staal, Michael Grabner, or Tyler Seguin? These lists will highlight players you may already know, and some of the ones who haven’t quite made their mark yet, but are waiting in the wings. Read more
By: Mike Asti
I love some good irony. First, Alexander Burrows pulls a Mike Tyson and bites the gloved finger of Boston Bruin, Patrice Bergeron, in the midst of a game 1 scuffle. The NHL deems there is not enough proof to hand down any punishment, no a fine or suspension. This news comes the same day NHL discipline Nazi, Colin Campbell resigns his position. All signs are pointing to future Hall of Famer and key member of the 1997 “Blood Bath Game” between the Detroit Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche, Brendan Shanahan, to be taking over the position to start next season. Then Burrows, not only scores once in regulation, but lights the lamp 11 seconds into the over-time session. Of course he makes an impact, things couldn’t have gone any other way. He clearly earns the first star honors and gives Vancouver a series controlling 2-0 advantage in the best of 7 matchup for Lord Stanley’s Cup. While that would be hilarious enough, the fun and reason for this post is not over. During a highly contested battle in game 2, one of Burrows teammates decides to become a comedian. Maxim Lapierre taunts Bergeron by motioning his finger towards his mouth and then gesturing as if he was going to bite it. So through the first 2 games of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, not only has Vancouver received all the breaks, found a way to win, they completely have the mental upper hand. Somewhere NBA legend and king of shit talking, Gary Peyton is laughing his ass off and very proud of the Canuck bad boys.
Video credit to Fel0096 on Youtube