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Entries from July 2009

2008-09: MATS VS. SHANNY

July 28th, 2009 · 1 Comment

by Ron Spence
I have mixed feelings about Mats returning to the ‘nucks.
Last season, I was a combination of annoyed, frustrated, hopeful, and in the end – sad.
Because of these mixed feelings, I thought I would do an apple to apple comparison with another veteran – New Jersey’s Brendan Shanahan.
To try and find some context for [...]

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Tags: ECONOMICS - NHL, NBA, NFL, MLB

DAWG DAZE PART DEUX

July 26th, 2009 · 1 Comment

by Bill Heintz
A recent poll on the hfboards revealed that some 80% of the fans wanted to see Mats Sundin back with the Canucks this year. I confess to being somewhat surprised given the issues surrounding Mats. Mostly these are centered around his contract and the resulting cap space problems, somewhat exacerbated by the fact [...]

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Tags: CANUCKS - BILL HEINTZ

TANNER GLASS: INTENSITY AND DETERMINATION

July 22nd, 2009 · No Comments

by Ron Spence
Of course the kid’s tough.

“I grew up on a farm,” Tanner Glass explains, ”and we had to cut a hole in the ice for our cows to drink out of during the winter. My dad would put my skates on and let me skate around while he cut a hole in the ice. My [...]

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Tags: CANUCKS - RON SPENCE

A GARY BETTMAN JOKE

July 22nd, 2009 · No Comments

A man enters a bar and orders a drink.
The bar has a robot bartender. The robot serves him a perfectly prepared cocktail, and then asks him, “What’s your IQ?”

The man replies “150″ and the robot proceeds to make conversation about global warming factors, quantum physics and spirituality, biochemistry, environmental interconnectedness, string theory, nano-technology, and sexual [...]

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Tags: HOCKEY HUMOUR

DAWG DAYS OF SUMMER

July 20th, 2009 · 1 Comment

by desert dawg
I have finally emerged from my post Stanley Cup (post-draft, post-free agent frenzy) slumber to offer some thoughts on hockey.
Now, be forewarned, much of this commentary is based on stuff you already know because you have been searching the internet daily for any nugget pertaining to this most glorious of sports.
And [...]

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Tags: CANUCKS - BILL HEINTZ

MUCH ADO ABOUT BRIEFS

July 17th, 2009 · 1 Comment

by Ron Spence
It’s been a week of briefs.
Wayne Gretzky has agreed to give a deposition to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court concerning his shares in the Phoenix Coyotes.
And Glendale is filling a barrage of briefs to defend its interests in the Coyotes’ bankruptcy case.
Further north the B.C. Supreme court upheld the ruling of a B.C. court [...]

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Tags: HOCKEY HUMOUR

KEN HOLLAND EXPLAINS THE NEW WORLD ORDER

July 16th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Hockey has a new world order – it involves salary maximums merged with talent.
Some GMs – like Bob Gainey – haven’t really figured it out yet.
Others such as Ken Holland, Mike Gillis and Doug Wilson have.
The Detroit GM articulates the new world order below:
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“People want to know, ‘What are you doing? What are you [...]

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Tags: ECONOMICS - NHL, NBA, NFL, MLB

CHICAGO’S AND DETROIT’S YOUNG GUNS

July 15th, 2009 · No Comments

AP Sports Writer Larry Lage wrote a great piece – see below – comparing the development of Chicago’s and Detroit’s young stars.
Quite simply, Chicago had to rush their young players into the NHL, while Detroit had the luxury of slowly nourishing theirs in the minors and on the 3rd and 4th lines, while they [...]

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Tags: OTHER WRITERS

THE CURSE OF DALE TALLON?

July 14th, 2009 · 1 Comment

by Ron Spence
The Bowman takeover - with all of its subplots – could only have happened in Chicago.
The big question is whether Dale Tallon will place a curse on the Blackhawks.

One of the highlights of my – sort of – hockey writing career was a lunch I shared with Jim Coleman.
He was a wonderful, crusty old [...]

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Tags: HISTORY

THE BOWMANS ARE CHICAGO’S NEW BORGIA FAMILY

July 14th, 2009 · 1 Comment

by Ron Spence
I’ve been watching the Chicago power struggle since Dennis Savard was fired 4 games into last season.
At the time the Windy City scribes were noticing the shadow of Scotty – and his puppet son – in the wings.
And then it was questioned whether someone wanting the GM’s job – or wanting his son to [...]

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Tags: OPINION