Friday, August 15, 2008

Great Hockey Stuff on the Web. Part I

The Official Minnesota Wild Blog is terrific.

All the writers are entertaining, but Doug Risebrough especially. Some insight into the life, like this ...
My oldest daughter, Allison, never really liked hockey. But, about the time she was 13, when I was playing for the Flames, she became more curious about the scores, more disappointed when the team lost. My wife and I thought she was becoming more interested in the game. She actually was preparing herself for her school day. If we lost, she was going to have a harder day at school. The same goes for a player whose name is rumored in potential trades.
And into the hockey business side, like this ...
In our evaluations of the 30 teams we project 39 openings league-wide for top-6 forwards or top-3 defensemen. But only 18 players meet the description. The demand far outweighs the supply, which should guarantee that most, if not all, of those 18 players sign contracts for more money than they merit. This lack of top-end supply is why so few players have signed extensions with their own teams the last couple of months and why some teams have been willing to give up a draft pick or two for the right to negotiate with another team's top UFA player.
Assistant GM Tom Lynn has written several informative and entertaining blog entries. This essay on RFA offer sheets will be of interest to a lot of the folks around here. His latest post defends the trap, and takes some hilariously bitchy swipes at others:
Myth #2: The “Trap” was created by Jacques Lemaire in the mid-1990s to stifle offense from either team and allow weaker teams to beat more skilled ones

Like the old cliché, this myth needs no introduction. Media and message boards connected with the Wild’s opponents have whipped this one up like the Red Scare of the 1950s. It even has some high priests among a cell of the Twin Cities media who need MapQuest to find downtown St. Paul.
As I say, dude can be pissy. Funny stuff though.
... These words were from Carl Brewer, referring to the hiring of Punch Imlach as coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1957! The Leafs rode this detested defense to three straight Stanley Cups from 1962 to 1964. Unknown to its local media, the “Golden Age” of the Leafs was not all flying pucks and 7-6 scores. The only thing more awkward in Toronto may be that a team owned by the Province’s teachers is spelled incorrectly.
And though there are so many good entries that it's tough to pick just one as a must read, this is a belter. Rare insight into the summer planning of a NHL hockey operations department.

I'm jealous of Minnesota Wild fans right now, and I highly recommend reading through all of the blog posts there.


Blogger Doogie2K said...

Myth #3: The Toronto Maple Leafs are misspelled.

Turns out the Maple Leaf is also, among other things, the name of a World War I regiment, which was claimed by Conn Smythe to be the source of the name (there are other Maple Leafs teams in Toronto's past; I've done some Googling but I can't tell if there existed some form of Maple Leaf Regiment as far back as that). If you take Smythe at his word, as a proper noun, Maple Leaf does not take the same irregular pluralization as the common noun "maple leaf." Therefore, Maple Leafs is actually the correct pluralization.

8/15/2008 10:30 am  
Blogger Oilman said...

And hear I thought he meant it should be spelled Maple Laffs! Thanks doogie!

8/15/2008 11:25 am  

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