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Posted on: October 1, 2008 10:42 pm
Edited on: October 1, 2008 11:08 pm
 

2008-09 NHL Season

As the birth of a new NHL season is set to unfurl, let's take a look at some of the storylines.

Detroit Red Wings
- What can you say about the Big Red Machine?  A totally stacked lineup, reminiscent of the 2002 pre cap All Star team the Wings unveiled on their way to another Stanley Cup ( Yzerman, Fedorov, Hull, Shanahan, Robitaille, Lidstrom, Chelios, Datsyuk...)
The Wings will dominate the Central...Again!  The only hurdles will be the upstart Chicago Blackhawks and those pesky Predators from Nashtown.

Anaheim Ducks -  Big letdown last season.  This team has a lot to prove, perhaps GM's Brian Burke's last before heading to Toronto.  Losing cap casualty, Matthew Schneider will hurt this team come playoff time, but Anaheim has too much talent to being ousted in the first round again.

Dallas Stars -  Gave Detroit the biggest threat last post season.  Has the grit that one needs in the the playoffs ( Brendan Morrow! )  The addtitions that the Stars have made are curious to me.  It appears they are bulking up for a Pacific Division "Cage Match."  That may be a smart move with the amount of games they play.  To me... with fewer division games and only San Jose  and Anaheim to fight, the spots may be better utilized with skill players.  I could be wrong, it is the most physically demanding division in the NHL.

San Jose Sharks -  New coach, same team?  Some additions along the blueline may help this underachieving team.  They remibd me of the early '90's Red Wings- just waiting to breakthrough.  New Coach...New Hope.




Unless catastrophic injuries take their toll ( which is possible ) the Western Conference will boast the 2009 Stanley Cup Champion.  The East has been weak, although getting better.

Teams like the Panthers  Canadiens, Capitals, Penguins, and Flyers are young, and on the rise.  Unfortunately they lack the depth and skill to really compete for it all.  It is great to see them copete against each other- especially that Ovechkin ( he could be real player, huh?)but against the west they appear to be futile.

Any thoughts?











Posted on: September 10, 2008 8:28 am
 

Raiders vs Chiefs

Ok, so the Raiders stumbled got crushed in week one against the hated Denver Broncos.  We committed endless unacceptable penalties. DeAngelo Hall might be the worst Oakland signing since Al Davis overpaid Larry Brown to leave the Dallas Cowboys. But, Hey...It's week one.

The defense was abysmal.  Rob Ryan needs to find a way to pressure the QB.

The offense is who we thought they were.  A running team. Let's pound it. The Chiefs can't stop us. On Monday we'll all feel a little bit better. 

Dig deep Raider Nation. We won in Kansas City last year...And we will on Sunday.
Posted on: July 1, 2008 2:52 pm
 

Living in L.A.

On my long, long self imposed vacation. I'm in my third week on the left coast. L.A. - Rendondo Beach- to be a little more specific.  I got a nice little routine  going here right now.    Jogging in the morning. Beach. Jogging in the evening. Drink.   I'll have shedded a few pounds by the time I return  -Still have NO idea when I'm heading back to Philly and I am not in any rush. I spend a lot of time in Hermosa Beach as well.

Beautiful Women and their in shape---for the most part.

One would think I would get bored after a few weeks but it's not happening so far.



Today kicks off fee agency in the NHL.  Great to see Detroit Red Wings resigned Brad Stuart...not quite so sure about Andreas Liija. I'd like to see them make a run at Brian Rolston, I think he'd be another great "hometown boy" story like Dallas Drake.

A lot of moves occurring league wide.  Although it's still early.

Kinda hard getting used to this Pacific Time Zone Thing.

The beach is calling.


-Jak-O






 
 
 
 
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