Sunday, December 21, 2014

2015 WJC Television Schedule


2015 U.S. Game Schedule

Date
Opponent
Location
Time (ET)
Fri., Dec. 26
Finland
Bell Centre, Montreal
3 p.m.
NHL Network/
NHL.com
Sun., Dec. 28
Germany
Bell Centre, Montreal
8 p.m.
NHL Network/
NHL.com
Mon., Dec. 29
Slovakia
Bell Centre, Montreal
4 p.m.
NHL Network/
NHL.com
Wed., Dec. 31
Canada
Bell Centre, Montreal
4 p.m.
NHL Network/
NHL.com
Fri., Jan. 2
Quarterfinals
Montreal or Toronto
TBD
Sun., Jan. 4
Semifinals
Air Canada Centre, Toronto
TBD
Mon., Jan. 5
Finals
Air Canada Centre, Toronto
TBD

 

Good news, the 2015 WJC games will be on the NHL Network.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Pitt's Season Ticket Campaign



This is an interesting way to sell season tickets. Apparently, the school is using the firing of their AD Steve Peterson as a way to sell season tickets.
ESPN.com -- Steve Pederson deftly guided Pittsburgh through conference realignment from the crumbling Big East to the rebuilt ACC. The longtime athletic director could never find stability for the football program.

When Paul Chryst left for Wisconsin on Wednesday to send the Panthers into their fourth coaching search in four years, it cost Pederson his job.

The school parted ways with Pederson in what chancellor Patrick Gallagher called a mutual decision but one necessary for Pitt to move forward following the latest setback for a football program stuck in neutral. Pederson had nearly four years remaining on a contract that ran through 2018.

Are The Boston Bruins shooting for T.J. Oshie?



If you believe the rumors on the Internet, the Boston Bruins attempting to trade for T.J. Oshie. As a Boston Bruins fan, I can only hope this rumor is true. The Boston Bruins are struggling offensively and a player like Oshie would give the listless Boston Bruins a nice shot in the arm.

Of course this trade almost seems impossible due to the fact that Bruins salary cap doesn't have any available space. Right now, the Bruins have $912,000.00 in cap space. To acquire Oshie, the Bruins would have to give up some expensive pieces to the Blues.
Greg Wyshynski, Puck Daddy -- The Blues have to look to the future, and Oshie might not be a part of it.

So they’re listening to offers, and Elliotte Friedman says a lot of interest is trickling down from the Boston Bruins.

On Brady and Walker on Friday morning, Friedman said the Bruins have “talked a lot” with the Blues. “They’ve been linked to T.J. Oshie, and the issue there is that he’s got more term,” he said.

And that’s the trick for the Bruins: Their cap situation is even more precarious. They too have over $12 million in space for next season, but only 14 players under contract. Adam McQuaid (UFA), Torey Krug (RFA), Matt Bartkowski (UFA) and Dougie Hamilton (RFA) are all up; so is Reilly Smith (RFA).

(Please recall this cap situation in 2015 was the reason they couldn’t give Jarome Iginla a 2-year deal.)

One assumes any deal for Oshie would be salary for salary. Loui Eriksson, struggling to find his footing in Boston, is signed through 2016 and makes $4.25 million. One-for-one?
With the season approaching the halfway mark, there are going to be teams that are looking to make trade to solidify their lineups for the stretch run. The Boston Bruins are looking for a forward to play with David Krecji and Milan Lucic. Oshie would probably fit that spot nicely.

Friday, December 19, 2014

(Video) Clayton Stoner Hit On Max Pacioretty



I was watching the video on this play and I am still wondering why Anaheim Ducks defenseman Clayton Stoner wasn't given a major penalty for this hit on Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty? You can break a guys neck with a hit like this. Should this have been a major penalty?

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Goalie Kevin Aldridge Leaves Lake State

Another year, another player leaving their junior program at the semester break. Lake Superior State Freshman goalie Kevin Aldridge has left the Lakers and will return to his former junior team.
Hockey News North --- Lake Superior State University Lakers head coach Damon Whitten has confirmed that freshman goalie Kevin Aldridge has opted to leave the program and return to the Fairbanks Ice Dogs of the North American Hockey League.

A 1994 birth-year, Aldridge backstopped Fairbanks to the NAHL’s Robertson Cup championship last spring.

But Aldridge — a recruit of former Laker head coach Jim Roque — struggled in four appearances with LSSU this season. He had an 0-2 record, .833 save percentage and 4.80 goals-against-average.

“We wish Kevin the best on his return to Fairbanks and in his next steps in his career,” Whitten said.



Wednesday, December 17, 2014

(Video) Brett Sutter check on Craig Cunningham



It almost looks like Minnesota Wild forward Brett Sutter caught Cunningham with an elbow in the chops. You make the call. That being said, it didn't look like interference to me.

Patrice Bergeron's Fluky Goal (VIDEO)


In the box score it will read, Patrice Bergeron (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Brad Marchand (11), Zach Trotman (4). In my opinion, it's God Awful goaltending by Niklas Backstrom.

(Video) Ryan Getzlaf Embelishment Penalty



This is totally unacceptable. Again, I am all for fining, punishing and suspending players that embellish to draw penalties. In my humble opinion, diving cheapens the game of hockey and is bad sportsmanship. In this case, you could probably stop some of the embellishment if you just penalized the player diving.

What I don't understand is why the officials don't just take one player? Is it necessary to penalize Dion Phaneuf? Why not just penalize Ryan Getzlaf in this instance?

02:10 TOR Dion Phaneuf Tripping against Ryan Getzlaf
02:10 ANA Ryan Getzlaf Embellishment against Dion Phaneuf

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Nino Niederreiter Penalty Shot

Nick Bjugstad's Sick Shootout Goal


Former Minnesota Golden Gopher Nick Bjugstad scores a sick game-wining shootout goal for the Florida Panthers against the Washington Capitals. The shootout in question went 20 rounds before the Panthers ended up winning the game.


Jack Eichel: "I'm Spending More Time in the Weight Room"



Josh Cooper from Yahoo's Puck Daddy interviewed Boston University freshman Jack Eichel. I found the comment below to be interesting.
Why the NCAA route? What about college enticed you? It had to be more than just taking classes?

I grew up in Boston and watching Hockey East and the Beanpot, so it was always my dream to play at a school like BC or BU. I never dreamed of going to Quebec and playing for a team there, so I guess that’s first and foremost is this is my dream to go here. And then looking at the pros, a lot of people say it’s a disadvantage that I’m not playing as many games.

But I can look at it as an advantage of I’m spending more time in the weight room. There’s a lot more emphasis on each game. Everything is a lot more detailed if you’re playing 40 games in comparison to playing 80 to 100. That’s one thing. And I just thought the college game was better for me. I had played a few years of junior and I didn’t think another year of junior was the best route. I felt I needed to go challenge myself again against older, bigger and stronger competition, where it would challenge me night-in, night-out more than I believe the CHL would. I think on top of all that I was able to get the experience of going to college. Living in Boston. This is everything I’ve wanted, so it was kind of a no-brainer.
One of the benefits of playing college hockey over Major Juniors is you get more time to develop physically and get bigger. There's a lot of weight room time. You're not playing a full 75-80 game schedule.   One of the things that I have noticed since I started covering UND hockey is how a player transforms in four years of hockey.

Monday, December 15, 2014

North Dakota Drops to Second in USCHO Poll


USCHO.com Division I Men's Poll


December 15, 2014


Team
(First Place Votes)
Record
Points
Last Poll
1
Boston University
(18)
11- 3-2
930
2
2
North Dakota
(12)
13- 4-2
896
1
3
Minnesota State
( 6)
13- 4-0
869
3
4
Harvard
(11)
9- 1-2
836
5
5
Michigan Tech
13- 3-0
758
4
6
Miami
11- 5-0
720
6
7
Minnesota-Duluth
( 3)
12- 6-0
664
9
8
Minnesota
9- 4-1
650
7
9
Massachusetts-Lowell
10- 3-3
643
8
10
Vermont
13- 3-1
612
10
11
Denver
10- 5-0
510
11
12
Nebraska-Omaha
10- 4-2
496
12
13
Bowling Green
11- 3-2
430
13
14
Quinnipiac
10- 5-1
292
15
15
Boston College
9- 7-1
233
16
16
Providence
9- 6-1
229
18
17
Colgate
9- 6-1
221
14
18
Merrimack
10- 5-2
158
19
19
Robert Morris
11- 2-3
125
17
20
Penn State
9- 4-2
79
NR
Others receiving votes: Union 61, Yale 56, Mercyhurst 10, Northern Michigan 9, Ferris State 8, Dartmouth 3, Holy Cross 1, St. Lawrence 1.