Potential undercards for the Chris Brown-Soulja Boy fight

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Published on : February 22, 2017

 

 

Unless you’ve been living under a rock then you’ve probably heard about the upcoming fight of the century. I’m not talking about McGregor-Mayweather, I’m talking about something much more prolific. That’s right, Chris Brown and Soulja Boy. A match that could change the sport of boxing forever. A fight of such epic proportions needs a solid undercard, and while there is a rumor that former NBA stars Kenyon Martin and Tim Thomas could square off, I think we can do better. Here is a list of potential undercard matches worthy of such a prestigious event.

 

Mick Jagger vs Paul McCartney

Mick and Paul

 

Music fans have been waiting for this fight for years. These two are the top dogs in two of the greatest rock n roll bands of all time. Sir Paul plays the pretty boy part much better than Jagger, who is definitely more of a wild card. I would love to believe that this feud has been brewing for years and they have been waiting to get at each other. After all, it was Paul and his old friend John who wrote the Rolling Stones first commercial hit and then it could be argued that the Stones began to copy the Beatles style in the late 60’s. Jagger also famously made fun of the Beatles following their break up, causing Lennon to make fun of Jagger’s dancing. This thing has been simmering for 50 years and it’s time to pay the piper. I think John could have taken Mick but this might be too much for Paul.

 

Winner: Mick Jagger

 

Mitch McConnell vs Bernie Sanders

Mitch and Bernie

 

No one ever really thinks of two old, white, politicians as a blockbuster fight, but stay with me for a second. These two guys represent polar opposite ends of the American political spectrum. When they square off, they will be fighting for the political future of the USA. That alone will get people tuning in. Plus, don’t act like you don’t kind of want to see two grandfathers go at it. Mitch McConnell has the ability to inflate the underside of his neck in order to scare away predators but that’s his only move due to a lack of an actual spine. Bernie is from Brooklyn and won’t be phased by the tricks of his opponent. McConnell’s corporate overlords can’t help him once he is locked in the ring with the nation’s true champion of the people. Bernie destroys Mitch who is then summoned back to the depths of hell by his masters.

 

Winner: Bernie Sanders

 

Rush Limbaugh vs Rachel Maddow

Rush and Rachel

 

While Limbaugh has a big strength advantage over the much smaller Maddow, she likely holds the advantage in agility and stamina. I would also say that she most likely wins in the areas of mental sharpness and reaction time because she hasn’t been chewing 5 vicodin with her cornflakes every morning for the last couple of decades. Or maybe she has, I guess we can’t be sure. Either way, this is a total Princess Leia/Jabba the Hutt situation. Jabba, I mean Rush, will have control at first but at some point he will get tired and let his guard down. That’s when Rachel gets the drop on him and ends it.

 

Winner: Rachel Maddow

 

The Pope vs Donald Trump

The Pope and Trumo

 

The ultimate battle of good vs imbecile. The 266th Pope of the Catholic Church, Francis I faces off against the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump. The build up to this fight will be extremely confusing as Trump’s Twitter insults turn into public support for the Pope, who turns the other cheek by repeatedly blessing Trump and praying for his sick, sad soul. I really want to believe that His Holiness would beat some sense into Trump, but he would probably just remain non-violent and allow the holy spirit to protect him against Trump’s assault. Most of which will probably be verbal anyways, because Trump wouldn’t want to break a nail or something. In the end the only thing Trump destroys is the english language, his last shred of self respect and our beloved constitution. In the end, they just cancel each other out.

 

Winner: draw

 

 

Update: Chris Brown backs out

 

 

Sadly it looks like Chris Brown has backed out of the fight of the century. Soulja Boy took to Twitter to tell the world how he feels about Brown’s decision not to box him. While we sadly won’t get to see what was supposed to be the main event but there could be a silver lining. Now we can have one of the above-mentioned mega fights as the final bout!

 

 


Johns Hopkins Scores The Best Lacrosse Goal Of The Year And It’s Only February

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Published on : February 9, 2017

 

 

 

 

You have to see this.

 

https://twitter.com/jhumenslacrosse/status/829163038838251521

 

Joel Tinney, a junior from Johns Hopkins, made his return to Homewood Field last night against Navy after missing his entire sophomore season due to suspension and he wasted no time scoring what might be the best goal of the season…in February.

 

 

What. A. Beauty.

 

Fooled pretty much everyone, including me. Poor goalie. I mean, that goal is straight up disrespectful. Can’t be disrespecting the future American Armed Forces like that, especially if your Canadian, like Tinney. We might have to declare war on Canada after this. But really, what a goal. It’s only week 1 of the 2017 College Lacrosse season and we’re getting perfectly executed hidden ball tricks. Buckle up, ladies and gentleman, we are in for one hell of a ride.

 

P.S. – This kid is a shifty MF!

 

 

 

Follow Chris on Twitter: @c_brown22

 

 


Top 10 NHL Fights Of 2016-2017 Season

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Published on : February 3, 2017

 

The NHL All-Star game was this past weekend. With a little over half of the season complete, it’s a good time to recap some recent storylines.

 

Fights per game is at 0.31. That’s in line with the 2014-15 season, sans most enforcers, and slightly above last season’s 0.28 number.

 

Cody McLeod led the league with 12 fights in the 2015-16 campaign. He’s currently tied for the league lead with Jared Boll at 11, making it likely they’ll surpass last season’s high.

 

Michael Latta leads the AHL with 7 fights. He may become the first player suspended for the 10 fight rule put into place this season.

 

Cody Eakin and Chris Kreider fought on January 17th. They also both picked up Gordie Howe Hat Tricks in a high-scoring Dallas Stars New York Rangers contest.

A couple of weeks ago, Cody McLeod was traded from the Colorado Avalanche to the Nashville Predators. The Preds then played the Avs the very next day. McLeod fought Jarome Iginla. There was no bad blood from when both donned the same sweater:

 

“It’s happened in the past where I’ve fought guys I’ve played with,” said McLeod. “We were down 1-0 at the time and kind of sluggish in the second period and I was just trying to provide a spark. I asked Iggy and he obliged, and there you go.”

 

This was the second time the two have duked it out.

 

Without further ado, Here are the Top 10 NHL fights of 2016-2017

 

10. Jordan Nolan vs Jared Boll, Nov. 20, 2016

 

9. Max Domi vs Ryan Kessler, Nov. 4, 2016

 

8. Chris Neil vs Cody Bass, Nov. 8, 2016

 

7. Lawson Crouse vs Chris Stewart, Jan. 19, 2017

 

6. Josh Anderson vs Chris Stewart & Matt Calvert vs Matt Dumba, Dec. 31, 2016

 

5. Matt Martin vs Erik Gudbranson, Dec. 3, 2016

 

4. Miles Wood vs Steve Oleksy, Dec. 23, 2016

 

3. Michael Healy vs Ryan White, Nov. 19, 2016

 

2. Luke Gazdic vs Chris Neil, Dec. 19, 2016

 

1. Adam McQuaid vs Derek Grant, Jan. 12, 2017

 

Did we miss any fights that hold a special place in your heart? Share in the comments below.

 

h/t hockeyfights.com

 

Follow me on Twitter @c_brown22

 

 


Why They Can Win: NHL Stanley Cup Final Edition

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Published on : May 30, 2016

 

Well, it’s that time of year again. After months of grueling playoff action, it’s time for the 2016 Stanley Cup Final, pitting the San Jose Sharks against the Pittsburgh Penguins. It’s been a long time coming for San Jose players and fans alike. This will be the first time in franchise history that the Sharks will play in a Stanley Cup Final.

 

It will be a thrilling time for the Sharks, particularly veteran forwards Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton. Marleau has been in San Jose since he was the second player selected at the 1997 NHL Draft; he has played 1,411 regular-season games with the Sharks and another 165 games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Thornton arrived in 2005 in a trade with the Boston Bruins. Sharks defenseman Brent Burns has emerged as one of the better defensemen in the NHL and was recognized last month when he was named a Norris Trophy finalist. Burns had 75 points (27 goals, 48 assists) in the regular season. So let’s take a look at both teams and talk about how either one of them could be hoisting the greatest trophy in sports.

 

Pittsburgh Penguins:

I hate to say it, but the Pens have a pretty good chance at hoisting the Cup.

 

The Penguins have been a different team since Mike Sullivan replaced Mike Johnston as coach 28 games into the season. Sullivan has allowed the Penguins to use their speed to their advantage, and top players like centers Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, right wing Phil Kessel, and defenseman Kris Letang have thrived. Crosby scored 36 goals and had 85 points during the regular season, and he and Malkin each have 15 points in the playoffs. Letang has 10 points and a plus-4 rating.

 

 

Matt Murray has supplanted Marc-Andre Fleury as the No. 1 goalie in Pittsburgh after the latter sustained a concussion March 31. Fleury had a chance to grab his job back in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning, but he allowed four goals on 25 shots in a 4-3 overtime loss. Murray turned 22 on May 25 and has 28 games of experience between the regular season and postseason on his resume, but he has shown the poise of a veteran and his teammates have full confidence in him.

 

Crosby will always be the first name mentioned when it comes to Pittsburgh’s offense, but the Penguins are loaded up front. The acquisition of Kessel from the Toronto Maple Leafs last summer has paid dividends; Kessel enters the Final as Pittsburgh’s leading scorer this postseason with 18 points (nine goals, nine assists) in as many games. Monday, he’ll play his first game in the Final.

Kessel is part of what has been dubbed the “HBK Line,” consisting of left wing Carl Hagelin, Nick Bonino and Phil Kessel. Bonino has 12 assists in 18 games, and Hagelin, one of the League’s fastest skaters, has five goals and seven assists.

 

 

Bryan Rust is going through the playoffs for the first time, but he sure doesn’t look rattled. Game 7 against Tampa Bay arguably was his best of the postseason; he scored each of Pittsburgh’s goals in a 2-1 win. Rust likely will skate with Malkin and Chris Kunitz, who has 10 points in 18 games.

 

It’s no secret Pittsburgh’s defense begins with Letang, who is one of the top offensive defensemen in the NHL. Letang is averaging 28:46 of ice time in the playoffs and has two goals and eight assists in 17 games. But he had two points in the Eastern Conference Final, and the Penguins may need more from Letang on the score sheet against the Sharks if they hope to finish this off.

 

Letang’s main defense partner, Brian Dumoulin, who scored his second goal in 116 career NHL regular-season and playoff games in Game 5 against the Lightning, is steady defensively and plays more than 20 minutes per game.

 

San Jose Sharks:

Marleau and Thornton will dominate the early storylines in this series, but center Joe Pavelski was born for this time of year. Pavelski has 13 goals in 18 games this postseason, including four game-winners. The first-year captain’s leadership on and off ice undoubtedly is one of the biggest reasons San Jose has gotten over the hump and reached the Final.

 

 

Center Logan Couture and Thornton are first and second in the NHL in assists this postseason, with 16 and 15, respectively. Each is extremely creative and a weapon on the power play. Couture’s 24 points lead the NHL.

 

Right wing Joel Ward is doing everything Sharks general manager Doug Wilson hoped he would when he signed him as a free agent on July 3. Ward has brought grit to San Jose and has 11 points in 18 playoff games. He is very familiar with Pittsburgh going back to his days with the Washington Capitals, so Ward should know what to expect in this series.

 

Ward’s line is centered by Chris Tierney, a 21-year-old who had seven goals in 79 regular-season games and has five in the playoffs. Swedish left wing Melker Karlsson continues to be a solid third-line left wing who is responsible in each end.

 

Burns is the star of San Jose’s defense and is capable of getting on the score sheet every time he’s on the ice. He enters the Final as the Sharks’ third leading scorer with 20 points (six goals, 14 assists) and is averaging more than 25 minutes of ice time.

 

 

Burns isn’t the only elite player on San Jose’s back end. Marc-Edouard Vlasic has been spectacular this postseason, shutting down the opposition’s top forwards one series after another. Vlasic blanketed the St. Louis Blues’ Vladimir Tarasenko, who had 13 points in his first 14 games this postseason in the Western Conference Final, helping to hold him off the score sheet until Game 6. Vlasic is paired with Justin Braun, who was plus-3 in Game 5 against St. Louis and played 22:23 in the series-clincher.

 

San Jose’s power play has improved since the regular season, when it was third in the League at 22.5 percent, and is ranked second in the NHL this postseason at 27.0 percent. If the Sharks can keep the puck in the Penguins’ zone and Thornton can continue to find players like Pavelski and Marleau in the slot, their chances of winning the Cup increase dramatically.

 

 


Rangers Drop Game 3 to Pens

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Published on : April 20, 2016

 

 

Coming off a big win in game two at Pittsburgh and great start to game three, the inability to keep the momentum going into the third period is what cost the Rangers a win. After nearly two periods of great hockey by both teams, the Rangers gradually let the game slip away from them. The Pens defense, especially in the neutral zone, came up big for them and they allowed only 17 shots on goal the entire game. Henrik Lundqvist had another strong game in net, but could not make up for the lack of offense.

 

Having only 17 shots on goal in an entire playoff hockey game is just embarrassing. The Rangers did nothing to make back-up goaltender Matt Murray feel uncomfortable. It’s only a matter of time before Marc-Andre Fluery comes back, so taking advantage of opportunities like an unexperienced goaltender is key if you want to win.

 

During the early stages of the game, the Rangers had a clear advantage in the Penguins’ zone. Halfway through the first period, it looked as if the Rangers were going to take an early 1-0 lead after Kreider beat Murray near-side, something that would’ve been well deserved. But the Penguins challenged the goal for offsides, and after review it was ruled that J.T. Miller was offsides when the puck crossed the blue line.

 

 

The no-goal call had a visible effect on the Rangers’ momentum as the first period came to a close. Thanks to a great play by Kevin Klein that knocked the puck loose in the defensive zone, Nash was able to motor in on a partial breakaway and plant an absolute snipe right under the crossbar to make it 1-0 game.

 

Throughout the rest of the second period the Rangers seemed to control most of the game. They played well defensively, blocking the shooting lanes and keeping the Penguins to the outside. Late in the period Marc Staal was called for a hooking penalty on Carl Hagelin. The Pens didn’t waste anytime to capitalize on their man-up opportunity. Kessel’s shot was deflected in by Crosby to tie the game at 1-1 late in the second.

 

 

The third period is where the Rangers saw the most drastic decline in momentum. 4:16 into the period, Cullen scored on a breakaway after Boyle and Yandle collided at the blue line. The Rangers never fully recovered from this goal and it just got worse from there.

 

Following the goal that put Pens up 2-1, the Penguins completely shut down the Rangers in the neutral zone, and gave them absolutely no opportunity to create a scoring chance while entering the offensive zone. The Rangers attempted to make one final push after pulling Lundqvist, but they were unable to get any good shots on net. Letang was able to seal the deal with the empty net goal with less than 15 seconds remaining, and gave the Penguins a 2-1 lead in the series.

 

The Rangers will face the Penguins again for Game 4 of the series on Thursday night at MSG. If the Rangers can get another good start to the game and keep the momentum throughout, then they have a great shot at winning.

 

Let’s Go Rangers!!!

 

 

 


Rangers Set To Face Penguins in Round 1

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Published on : April 13, 2016

 

 

“The men of the New York Rangers, and we their fans, know that there are no easy victories. That’s how we play the game, that’s how we live our lives, that’s how we like it.”

 

 

Detective Steven McDonald said it best during his speech at MSG last week. Nothing was easy for New York this season and with the Rangers set to face the Pens in first round for the third straight year, this theme will certainly carry over to the playoffs. Facing the high-flying Penguins will be no easy task for the Blueshirts, especially with their top blueliner, Ryan McDonagh, out for the foreseeable future.

 

 

And while many people (myself included) may have wanted the Rangers to take the easy way out (like the Islanders did) and take a loss to the Red Wings in their season finale, that’s not how the Rangers, and New Yorkers for that matter, do things. It’s the hard way, but that’s how we like it. When Marc Staal was asked about the Rangers 3-2 win on Saturday, this is what he had to say:

 

“You don’t lose to play somebody else. If you do that, bad things happen. You play to win. We’re not scared of anybody.”

 

Hell yeah, Marc Staal. The Rangers knew EXACTLY what they were doing. They knew that the hottest team in the NHL was waiting for them on the other side of that win, but they didn’t care. Instead of running away like the Fishsticks, they came out ready to face their challenge head on. If that doesn’t speak to the type of team the Rangers are, then I don’t know what does.

 

 

I can go on and on about numbers and statistics but, to be honest, I don’t think it matters. The playoffs are a whole new season and anything can happen. The Rangers are ready to do things the hard way and every New York Rangers fan is right there behind them.

 

So here’s to the greatest time of the year and another shot at the greatest trophy in all of sports. We Want The Cup!

 

LETS GO RANGERS!!!!

 

 

P.S. Check out Keith Yandle’s article for the Player’s Tribune

 


Isles Sweep Rangers, But Who’s The Real Loser?

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Published on : April 9, 2016

 

As a avid New York Rangers fan, I’m not going to sit here and tell you that the Islanders sweeping the Rangers for the first time in franchise history is ever a good thing. But, when you look at the current playoff picture, it might be the lesser of two evils.

 

Thursday night, the Rangers dropped the fourth and final contest of the regular season to the Islanders by a score of 4-1. With that loss, it puts the Rangers in the first wild card spot. As the standings are now, that would match up the Rangers against the Florida Panthers in Round 1 of the playoffs. Given how dangerous the Metro Division is with the Penguins and the Capitals, it might not be the worst thing ever to play through the Atlantic Division. There are still a few variables in this playoff equation, so we’ll see how it all plays out.

 

Rangers Isles 2

 

As far as the game itself, the Rangers played a far better game then the score would lead you to believe. If the Rangers play like they did against the Isles, they are going to be in very good shape for Game 1. The Rangers pretty much dominated the scoreless first period in terms of possession.

 

With the Rangers unable to move up any further in the standings, there was really no point in playing Henrik Lundqvist Thursday night. Evidently, he was pulled after the second period after letting up 3 goals on 16 shots. The Rangers playoff spot is guaranteed, and like I said its not necessarily a bad thing if the Rangers were to move down in the standings.

 

Rangers Isles 3

 

From a fans perspective, the Rangers already dropped 3/4 games to the Fishsticks anyway, so there really wasn’t that much at stake in terms of bragging rights during Thursday night’s game. For me, all I really wanted was to see McIlrath and Martin finally drop the gloves.

 

Rangers Islanders

 

 

No Ranger fan wants to say it, especially against the Islanders, but we’re kinda okay with Thursday night’s loss. As far as the sweep goes, yeah it’s disappointing but were always going to be New York’s team. No sweep is really going to change that. So have your laughs now Fishstick fans, because it wont last for long.

 

The Rangers play their season finale against the Red Wings Saturday afternoon at MSG.

 

LETS GO RANGERS!!!!

 

 


Rangers (Finally) Clinch Playoff Berth

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Published on : April 6, 2016

 

 

Well it took long enough…

 

 

 

After going on their first losing streak of 2016, the Rangers punched their ticket to the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 4-2 win against the Blue Jackets. Unfortunately, this didn’t happen without incident

 

 

Nothing has been easy for the Rangers this season, and it doesn’t look like the playoffs will be any different. A night where the Blueshirts finally lockup their playoff spot happens to be the same night they potentially lose their captain for what could be playoff series or two. If it’s a broken bone then odds are we’re looking at 4-6 weeks without #27.

 

McDonagh is easily the best blue-liner the Rangers have in their lineup. So hopefully they’ll have him back on the ice for Game 1. If in the meantime, Brady Skjei has been called up from Hartford to fill McDonagh’s skates. Yandle will probably be bumped back up to the top line where he played well during the Captain’s past two injuries.

 

But enough with the doom and gloom. With only 3 games left in the regular season (one being against the Isles on Thursday), it is time to gear up for the best months of hockey. Forget the past, the playoffs are a whole new season. It’s time to bring the cup back where it belongs.

 

 

 

LETS GO RANGERS!!!!!

 

 


ESPN Airs “Fantastic Lies” Documenting The Duke Lacrosse Case

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Published on : March 17, 2016

 

Sunday night, ESPN aired “Fantastic Lies” which documented the infamous Duke Lacrosse rape case and the controversy surrounding it. First, let me say that it was that it was probably the best ESPN 30 for 30 I’ve ever watched. Given its sensitive subject matter, I’m surprised that ESPN even decided to produce it but I’m so glad that they did.

 

Growing up playing lacrosse and being a (former) DII lacrosse player, this a story I’m very familiar with. Ten years ago, when this story broke, lacrosse was even more of a niche sport than it is now. When people thought of lacrosse, they thought of an affluent, preppy white kid from New England who went to boarding school.

 

Here’s some reference:

 

 

And that was very much the case back then. So college lacrosse players, who most of the general public viewed as spoiled white kids from rich areas, didn’t have the best rep going into the scandal. Obviously, when the media got wind of this, everyone lost their minds. In the eyes of the public (and professors at Duke) the whole team was guilty.

 

Given today’s society, this would’ve been 10x worse if it had happened now. The scary thing is most people don’t even know what happened. I guarantee if you asked 10 people if they knew about this case all 10 would say yes. If you asked those same 10 people if they were proven innocent or guilty, I bet the majority would say guilty. That’s the sad part. People were so quick to condemn these kids because of who they were and where they came from. The accusations stuck in our minds, not the facts.

 

I don’t want to go into the nitty-gritty of the case, I’ll leave that job to ESPN because they do an excellent job of telling it.

 

For anyone who is familiar with this case or not, this is a real must-watch. I’m sure ESPN will air it again sometime this week, so be sure to watch.

 

Duke lacrosse has done a good job of putting this whole situation behind them and moving on to big things like this:

 

DukeLacrosse1

 

And like this:

 

DukeLacrosse2

 

 

 


2016 NHL Trade Deadline Rundown

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Published on : March 2, 2016

 

 

The NHL Trade deadline has come and gone with one of the most dismal deadline days in recent memory.

 

 

 

Many people saw this coming, with only 14 trades, most of which you could consider “minor”, made over the weekend leading up Monday’s 3pm deadline. There were a few big time moves though, three of which involved captains. Dion Phaneuf, captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs, was traded to the Senators in a monster trade earlier in the month. Winnipeg Jets captain Andrew Ladd returned to Chicago in a trade made Friday night leading up to the deadline and longtime ‘Canes captain Eric Staal joined his brother, Marc Staal, when he became a New York Ranger on Sunday afternoon.

 

Here is the rundown for all the trades made up until the deadline:

 

February 29

 Lee Stempniak is now with the Bruins

 

Flames get some goaltending help from the Wild
  • FLAMES GET: G Nicklas Backstrom
  • WILD GET: F David Jones
Blackhawks and Ducks swap depth players
  • BLACKHAWKS GET: F Tim Jackman, 2017 7th round pick
  • DUCKS GET: F Corey Tropp
Marooned in Edmonton
  • OILERS GET: F Patrick Maroon
  • DUCKS GET: D Martin Gernat, 2016 4th round pick
Predators add a minor leaguer
  • PREDATORS GET: D Corey Potter
  • COYOTES GET: future considerations
Darryl Sutter’s Kings add the coach’s kid
  • KINGS GET: F Brett Sutter
  • WILD GET: F Scott Sabourin
Jamie McGinn moved to the Ducks
  • DUCKS GET: F Jamie McGinn
  • SABRES GET: 2016 conditional 2nd or 3rd round pick
Dustin Jeffrey back to Pens, likely AHL-bound
  • PENGUINS GET: F Dustin Jeffrey
  • COYOTES GET: F Matia Marcantuoni, Dan O’Donaghue
Matteau! Matteau! Devils send Stefan to Montreal
  • CANADIENS GET: F Stefan Matteau
  • DEVILS GET: F Devante Smith-Pelly
Avs, Isles make tiny swap
  • ISLANDERS GET: F Marc-Andre Cliche
  • AVALANCHE GET: F Taylor Beck
Bruins add Lee Stempniak at the final minute
  • BRUINS GET: F Lee Stempniak
  • DEVILS GET: 2017 2nd round pick, 2016 4th round pick
Islanders pick up winger Shane Prince
  • ISLANDERS GET: F Shane Prince, 2016 7th round pick
  • SENATORS GET: 2016 3rd round pick
AHL deal between Ottawa, Minnesota
  • SENATORS GET: F Michael Keranen
  • WILD GET: D Conor Allen
After missing out on Russell + Hamhuis, Bruins add Liles
  • HURRICANES GET: LW Anthony Camara, 3rd round pick, 5th round pick
  • BRUINS GET: D John-Michael Liles
Brandon Pirri goes to Ducks for cheap
  • PANTHERS GET: 2016 6th round pick
  • DUCKS GET: F Brandon Pirri
Eric Gelinas gets fresh start in Colorado
  • AVALANCHE GET: D Eric Gelinas
  • DEVILS GET: 2017 3rd round pick
Kris Russell is now a Dallas Star
  • STARS GET: D Kris Russell
  • FLAMES GET: D Jyrki Jokipakka, F Brett Pollock, conditional 1st or 2nd round pick
Avalanche add Mikkel Boedker from Arizona
  • AVALANCHE GET: F Mikkel Boedker
  • COYOTES GET: F Alex Tanguay, C Conner Bleackley, D Kyle Wood
Chicago, Carolina swap AHLers
  • HURRICANES GET: D Dennis Robertson
  • BLACKHAWKS GET: G Drew MacIntyre
Plotnikov goes west
  • PENGUINS GET: F Matthias Plachta, 2017 7th round pick
  • COYOTES GET: F Sergei Plotnikov

 

February 28

 The Rangers got Eric Staal

 

Capitals send Laich, Carrick to Leafs for Winnik
  • CAPITALS GET: F Daniel Winnik, 2016 5th round pick
  • MAPLE LEAFS GET: F Brooks Laich, D Connor Carrick, 2016 2nd round pick
Rangers, Capitals swap minor leaguers
  • RANGERS GET: F Chris Brown
  • CAPITALS GET: F Ryan Bourque
Hurricanes dish Versteeg to L.A.
  • KINGS GET: F Kris Versteeg
  • HURRICANES GET: F Valentin Zykov, conditional 5th round pick
Eric Staal joins his (other) brother in New York
  • HURRICANES GET: F Aleksi Saarela, 2016 2nd round pick, 2017 2nd round pick
  • RANGERS GET: C Eric Staal

 

February 27

 Reimer is now a Shark

 

Oilers, Sabres get you excited with a Big AHL Trade
  • SENATORS GET: F Jason Akeson, F Phil Varone, D Jerome Gauthier-Leduc, conditional pick
  • SABRES GET: D Michael Sdao, F Alex Guptill, F Cole Schneider, F Eric O’Dell
Penguins add defensive help with Schultz
  • PENGUINS GET: D Justin Schutlz
  • OILERS GET: 2016 3rd round pick
Panthers beef up with Jiri Hudler
  • PANTHERS GET: F Jiri Hudler
  • FLAMES GET: 2016 2nd round pick, 2018 4th round pick
More depth in Florida: Cats add Purcell
  • PANTHERS GET: F Teddy Purcell
  • OILERS GET: 2016 3rd round pick
And even more depth: Panthers also add Kindl from Wings
  • PANTHERS GET: D Jakub Kindl
  • RED WINGS GET: 2017 6th round pick
Sharks add James Reimer from Toronto
  • SHARKS GET: G James Reimer, F Jeremy Morin
  • MAPLE LEAFS GET: G Alex Stalock, F Ben Smith, 2018 conditional 4th round pick
Blues, Oilers trade goaltenders
  • BLUES GET: G Anders Nilsson
  • OILERS GET: G Niklas Lundstrom, 2016 5th round pick

 

February 26

 Ehrhoff is no longer in Socal

 

Chicago adds Fleischmann, Weise
  • BLACKHAWKS GET: F Dale Weise, F Tomas Fleischmann
  • CANADIENS GET: F Phillip Danault, 2018 2nd round pick
Kings, Blackhawks swap underwhelming veteran defensemen
  • KINGS GET: D Rob Scuderi
  • BLACKHAWKS GET: D Christian Ehrhoff

 

February 25

Ladd heads back to Chicago for another Cup run
  • BLACKHAWKS GET: F Andrew Ladd, D Jay Harrison, F Matt Fraser
  • JETS GET: F Marko Dano, 2016 1st round pick, 2018 conditional 3rd round pick

 

February 24

Canucks add Larsen from Edmonton
  • OILERS GET: 2017 5th round pick
  • CANUCKS GET: D Philip Larsen

 

February 23

 Weber is now in Washington

 

Caps add depth with Weber from Buffalo
  • CAPITALS GET: F Mike Weber
  • SABRES GET: 2017 3rd round pick

 

February 22

Flames, Canucks swap prospects
  • FLAMES GET: F Hunter Shinkaruk
  • CANUCKS GET: F Markus Granlund
Polak, Spaling to Sharks for Torres and picks
  • MAPLE LEAFS GET: F Raffi Torres, 2017 2nd round pick, 2018 2nd round pick,
  • SHARKS GET: D Roman Polak, F Nick Spaling

 

February 21

Leafs deal Matthias to Avs
  • MAPLE LEAFS GET: F Colin Smith, 2016 4th round pick
  • AVALANCHE GET: F Shawn Matthias

 

February 9

 Phaneuf finally got shipped out of Toronto

 

Maple Leafs trade their captain to the rival Senators
  • SENATORS GET: D Dion Phaneuf, F Matt Frattin, F Casey Bailey, F Ryan Rupert, D Cody Donaghey
  • MAPLE LEAFS GET: D Jared Cowen, F Milan Michalek, F Colin Greening, F Tobias Lindberg, 2017 2nd round pick

 

 

There you have it. All of the trades made leading up to the deadline. How did your team do?

 

 


Tanner Glass Is Ready To Fight Wayne Simmonds

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Published on : February 10, 2016

 

 

As many of you know, this Sunday is Valentine’s Day. And while couples across the country will be exchanging chocolates and roses, it seems that Tanner Glass and Wayne Simmonds will be exchanging punches.

 

 

This past Saturday, the Flyers hosted the Rangers in a matinee game that the Blueshirts would go on to win in a shootout. But in good ol’ Rangers/Flyers tradition, it didn’t happen without incident…

 

 

Now that Ryan McDonagh is “day-to-day’ with a concussion, Ranger’s enforcer, Tanner Glass, thinks it’s time for Simmonds to answer for his actions

 

 

I’m glad that Glass is stepping up and making it known that the Rangers aren’t going to allow things like this. Players are going to think twice before taking a run at star players if they know that Glass is there to hold them accountable. I wouldn’t be surprised if McIlrath tries to drop the gloves with Simmonds too. I can just picture Glass and McIlrath flipping a coin in the locker room before the game to see who gets to fight him.

 

Glass and Simmonds are no strangers to each other though. They fought once before back in 2013:

 

 

If Sunday’s tilt is anything like that fight, then we are in for a treat. And Simmonds really has no choice but to fight Glass now. Once it’s in the media, it’s a done deal.

 

P.S. I would be pretty scared to drop the gloves with someone who fights bears:

 

 

 


The New York Rangers Face Obstacles In Push To The Playoffs

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Published on : February 5, 2016

 

 

 

The New York Rangers opened up the second half of their season, and their push to the playoffs, Tuesday night with a 3-2 loss in New Jersey following the All-Star break. But the 2 points wasn’t all that they lost.

 

Late in the third period, Reid Boucher laid a hit on Kevin Klein that would take him out for the rest of the game.

 

“All we heard was him screaming a little bit because of the pain,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. “The referee said, ‘Listen, he just fell awkwardly. There was no slash, no nothing.’ ”

 

Klein is a key player in the Rangers defense and he recently missed a game on Jan. 17 with an injury to his right thumb, which happens to be the same thumb he injured this time around. But this absence will be the second significant stretch of games he’ll miss this season, having missed most of December with an oblique injury.

 

The Rangers are obviously better with Klein on the ice. They were 17-6-2 before the  injury, then went 3-6-2 without Klein. I strongly believe Klein’s absence heavily contributed to the inconsistent play of the Rangers throughout January.

 

 

“I can’t say enough good things about him, what he means to our team and how steady and solid he’s been in our ‘D’ core,” captain Ryan McDonagh said.

 

AV says the team won’t have a timetable for Klein’s return for a few days, but also said the Rangers have no plans to call up a seventh defenseman. Even with Klein’s potentially lengthy absence, the injury isn’t expected to have an impact on whether the Rangers (27-18-5) deal impending free agent Keith Yandle before the Feb. 29 trade deadline.

 

The only good that comes out of Klein’s absence is the opportunity for rookie defensemen Dylan McIlrath to get some solid playing time. He’s only appeared in 20 games (filling in for Klein during his first absence) all season and only 3 since December 22nd. In those 20 games he has scored 2 goals and notched an assist while earning a plus-five rating.

 

I love McIlrath in the lineup and I feel like he should’ve played in favor of Girardi and Boyle throughout December and January.

 

Even McDonagh said he has been impressed with how McIlrath’s game has continued progressing, despite spending most of the season in the press box.

 

 

“It’s a tough role not knowing if you’re going to be in or not every day, but every time he’s jumped in there he’s played very well,” McDonagh said. “We know about his toughness, his physicality, but it’s great to see him gaining some confidence with the puck, his poise and using his big shot, too.”

 

Now, with a guaranteed spot in the lineup (at least until Klein is healthy), McIlrath finds himself with what might be the biggest opportunity in his young career.

 

The Rangers push to the playoffs starts now, and if they play well like back in November, I’m sure we’ll be seeing them skate well into the spring (maybe even June).

 

Their next opponent is the Philadelphia Flyers on the road. Let’s Go Rangers!

 

 


The 2016 NHL All-Star Game Was One For The Books

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Published on : February 3, 2016

 

 

This past Sunday, the 2016 NHL All-Star game was played in Nashville, TN and it might have been the most memorable NHL All-Star game in recent history. This was made possible by one man, John Scott.

 

For those of you that have been living under a rock the past month or so, John Scott, the 6′ 8″ 260lbs enforcer with only 5 career goals, was voted into the All-Star Game via fan vote. This was thanks to an online campaign with the aim of exploiting the voting system. I’ll be honest, I didn’t even know who John Scott was before this whole thing started. I barely knew that he briefly played for the Rangers. When it was announced that Scott would captain the Pacific Division team, it was received with mixed opinions. Personally, I was genuinely happy for the guy. I thought it would add an interesting dynamic to the usually dismal All-Star Game.

 

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Then the reports came out that Scott had been traded to the Montreal Canadiens and subsequently sent down to their AHL affiliate, the St. John’s Ice Caps in a multi-player deal that seemed to be orchestrated by the league themselves. This was all supposedly in an attempt to keep Scott out of the All-Star Game after he refused to bow out on his own.

 

 

Well after this, I was 100% for John Scott and his participation in the All-Star Game…and so was the rest of twitter. Within a few hours #FreeJohnScott was trending and people were demanding he be allowed to play.

 

Eventually, the NHL was tired of being the bad guy and did the right thing. They announced on January 19th, that John Scott would captain the Pacific Division team in the ASG, citing “a determination to maintain the status quo for the All-Star weekend in order to preserve all parties’ pre-existing expectations, including Scott’s desire to participate.”

 

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Then the news broke that Alex Ovechkin and Jonathan Toews both pulled out of the All-Star Game just days before puck drop because of previous injuries.

 

Fast forward to the skills competition…

 

The night started off with Dylan Larkin, the 19 year-old Detroit rookie, breaking the fastest lap record in 13.172 seconds.

 

 

Then came the breakaway challenge, which P.K. Subban won for this Jaromir Jagr impersonation.

 

 

And who can forget Brent Burn’s Chewbacca impersonation.

 

 

The Eastern Conference team ending up dominating the Skills Competition and won 29-12.

 

The All-Star Game opened up with Atlantic vs. Metropolitan in the new 3v3 format. The Atlantic pulled away with a 4-3 win over the Metropolitan. Dylan Larkin notched a team-leading three points, and was the only multi-point player for his team.

 

Next up was Central vs. Pacific. James Neal opened up the scoring for the Central. Then the unthinkable happened…JOHN SCOTT SCORED A GOAL.

 

 

His celly might have been the highlight of my night (and everyone else’s). Then in the second half, John Freaking Scott decides he wants to score AGAIN on a breakaway.

 

 

The Pacific went on to defeat the Central on a score of 9-6.

 

The final matchup of this new tournament-style All-Star Game pitted Pacific against Atlantic for all the marbles. No scoring in the first half courtesy of some excellent goaltending by Jonathan Quick and Roberto Luongo. Scoring opened up in the second with a goal by Corey Perry, which proved to be the game winner. Pacific Division wins it 1-0.

 

 

And that’s not even the best part…

 

Thanks to yet another online campaign that was supported by multiple official NHL team twitter accounts, John Scott was voted MVP of the All-Star Game.

 

 

I mean how can you not be happy for this guy? He was really the highlight of the entire event. His All-Star Jersey sold out in 30 minutes. The St. Johns Ice Caps even changed their twitter name to “St. JohnScott Ice Caps.” His All-Star helmet is currently being displayed at the Hockey HOF. It’s just an incredible story.

 

Scott has, more than anything, proven to be someone the NHL should be proud of having in its family. The way he carried himself throughout the weekend was truly amazing. And seeing how everyone enjoyed it, from the fans, to his family, to the fellow players, makes it almost unthinkable that the NHL initially considered his presence a bad idea.

 

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This has always been a chance for the league to show a little more life and personality, and that’s exactly what Scott brought to the table. We may never have an All-Star Game exactly like this again, even if 3-on-3 is here to stay (I hate to admit it but it was pretty awesome even though it wasn’t a gongshow like I expected), but man, this was special.

 

P.S. Read this article Scott wrote for The Player’s Tribune.

 

 

 


Jonathan Drouin Goes AWOL; Suspended Without Pay

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Published on : January 24, 2016

 

 

So the Tampa Bay Lighting have suspended Jonathan Drouin, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2013 Draft, without pay for failing to report to a game with the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL. This is just another odd turn of events in the whole Drouin situation.

 

For those of you that didn’t know, Drouin and his agent, Allan Walsh, went public two weeks ago with his trade request out of Tampa that was initially made back in November.

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However, the Lighting front office has yet to deal with that request with any sense of urgency. Instead, Drouin was sent down to Tampa Bay’s AHL affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch, early this month to give him more ice time. Drouin has since appeared in 7 games with Syracuse, scoring twice, but his AHL assignment has apparently lasted longer then Drouin and his agent had expected.

 

 

In a separate statement made Wednesday, Walsh said he believed that Drouin’s AHL assignment was only for conditioning.

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Pretty bold move from a 20-year-old on an entry-level contract who has 40 points (6G, 34A) in 89 NHL games and is unproven at this point. But maybe that is not entirely his fault, as he is yet to have a solid opportunity while playing with the Lightning.

 

 

Drouin’s actions have put pressure on the Lightning but at what cost? With every distasteful action, fewer and fewer teams will show interest in trading for him. And whatever teams are interested in him, will want him at a heavy discount, something the Lighting will hardly be able to stomach.

 

Drouin clearly wants nothing to do with the Lightning and Yzerman definitely wants the same. There’s no doubt that there are teams out there that could benefit from what Drouin brings to the ice (Toronto, Nashville, Vancouver to name a few). The challenge facing both parties now is finding a team that is willing to take a chance on a holdout.

 

 


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