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Random NHL Thoughts - 4/22/15

The 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs are a week old and hockey fans have seen a ton of excitement over the past week. There have been many twists and turns and it has been very unpredictable. But unpredictability is the beauty that comes with playoff hockey. Let’s examine what has gone on in the playoffs so far: Eastern Conference: -Has Ottawa’s magical run come to a crashing...
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April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Random NHL Thoughts - 4/15/15

The day has finally arrived. Welcome to Day 1 of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. This postseason should certainly provide some excitement for hockey fans worldwide. On tap for the first round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, there are many intriguing matchups in both Conferences. Beginning in the Eastern Conference, the Montreal Canadiens will face the Ottawa Senators; the Washington...
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April 15, 2015  |  Discuss

5 Bold Predictions and Playoff Bracket

5 Bold Predictions and Playoff Bracket Follow me on Twitter @cheeseheader90 The Stanley Cup Playoffs are here people with glorious and prepubescent beards on the way! Photo: twitter.com Photo: hfboards.hockeysfuture.com The Playoffs are always good for some predictions to prove how little I know about hockey. You can rip me a new one in the comments section. #1- The...
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April 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Random NHL Thoughts - 4/8/15

Welcome to the Playoff Preview Edition of “Random NHL Thoughts” Eastern Conference -Let’s begin with the New York Rangers. They have the Metropolitan Division and Presidents’ Trophy all locked up. They also have the highest rated goal differential (+61) and wins total (52). The Rangers are all in and are set for the next 2-3 years inside their cup window. Are they the best...
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April 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Random NHL Thoughts - 4/1/15

-Let’s begin in the Windy City. Good news for Blackhawks fans, Patrick Kane has begun practicing. He wore a white non-contact jersey in today’s workout, so his return is still not imminent. He is still scheduled for the 12-week timetable, which would make his return sometime later in the NHL playoffs. The Blackhawks have to be patient with Kane’s injury, but once he returns...
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April 01, 2015  |  Discuss

My Playoff Predictions

My Playoff Predictions Follow me on Twitter @cheeseheader90 The NHL Playoffs are just over two weeks away and it seems like a good time to make some predictions. There are teams with six or seven games left so a lot can happen in that time; I just wanted to predict what I think will happen. We will start with the actual playoff rankings and then move on to the full playoff bracket...
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March 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Random NHL Thoughts - 3/25/15

-Let’s begin in the Big Apple. The “King” is close to returning to game action. Henrik Lundqvist has begun skating again and will backup Cam Talbot in tomorrow night’s contest against the Ottawa Senators. Lundqvist has been out of action since early February because of a vascular injury in his neck. There is a good chance that Lundqvist makes his return to action on Sunday...
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March 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Random NHL Thoughts - 3/18/15

-Let’s begin with the latest from the NHL GM Meetings in Boca Raton, FL. There has been a lot of discussion on possible rule changes that could come as early as next season. -Some of the proposed changes that could happen include: 3-on-3 in overtime, video challenges (that pertains to goaltender interference), and faceoff circle adjustments. -The NHL GMs want to cut down on the...
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March 18, 2015  |  Discuss

NHL Draft Lottery Conspiracy

NHL Draft Lottery Conspiracy Follow me on Twitter @cheeseheader90 Before we get into some conspiracy theories, I wanted to thank everyone who participated in the debate about who the next Oilers captain should be. It completely blew up on Facebook through the Edmonton Oilers fan page. The majority agreed with me about Ryan Nugent-Hopkins who should be the next leader of the Oilers...
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March 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Random NHL Thoughts - 3/4/15 - NHL Trade Deadline Winners and Losers

The 2015 NHL Trade Deadline was very busy and saw a lot of movement around the league. While there were not many major blockbuster deals leading up to the deadline, the contenders and pretenders made themselves known. So who won and who lost at the NHL Trade Deadline? Who is going for it all, and who is stockpiling for the future? Winners: Arizona Coyotes – in the short term...
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March 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Random NHL Thoughts - 3/4/15 - NHL Trade Deadline Winners and Losers

The 2015 NHL Trade Deadline was very busy and saw a lot of movement around the league. While there were not many major blockbuster deals leading up to the deadline, the contenders and pretenders made themselves known. So who won and who lost at the NHL Trade Deadline? Who is going for it all, and who is stockpiling for the future? Winners: Arizona Coyotes – in the short term...
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March 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Random NHL Thoughts - 2/25/15 - NHL TRADE DEADLINE PREVIEW

-Let’s begin with the flurry of activity around the NHL today. The NHL Trade Deadline seems to have arrived early. -The Pittsburgh Penguins traded for Daniel Winnik of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Leafs received forward Zach Sill, a fourth-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, and a second-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. The Penguins were hot for Winnik’s services for a little...
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February 25, 2015  |  Discuss

What If #7: Stanley Cup Final, OT in Game 7

What If #7: Stanley Cup Final, OT in Game 7 Follow me on Twitter @cheeseheader90 This will be a quick blog for you today that will hopefully get your hockey brain in a reflective and mind altering state. With everyone starting to talk about the playoffs and possible playoff matchups, I was wondering about the Stanley Cup Final. This thought had me pondering if this would be the...
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February 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Random NHL Thoughts - 2/18/15

-The hockey community lost another good person earlier this week. Former NHL defenseman Steve Montador passed away in his home last Sunday. He played 571 games in 10 seasons in the NHL. He was undrafted and began his hockey career with the Calgary Flames. Steve also played for the Florida Panthers, Anaheim Ducks, Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, and Chicago Blackhawks. The Vancouver...
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February 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Where Does Connor McDavid Want to Go?

Where Does Connor McDavid Want to Go? Follow me on Twitter @cheeseheader90 Last week there was an article at Sportsnet.ca about Connor McDavid and his life long love affair with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The article talked about how McDavid would love to be drafted by the Leafs because he was born in Ontario and grew up worshipping the boys in blue and white. With the new lottery...
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February 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Random NHL Thoughts - 2/11/15

-Let’s begin with the blockbuster move between the Buffalo Sabres and Winnipeg Jets. This 7-player trade saw Jets forward Evander Kane and defenseman Zach Bogosian head to Buffalo in exchange for defenseman Tyler Myers and forward Drew Stafford. The prospects in this trade include forwards Joel Armia and Brendan Lemieux and they will head to Winnipeg. The Sabres acquired college...
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February 11, 2015  |  Discuss

My Hockey Pet Peeves Part 2

My Hockey Pet Peeves Part 2 Follow me on Twitter @cheeseheader90 After I completed my first Hockey Pet Peeves blog, I kept thinking of other things that bugged me, hence the Part 2. These are not in any particular order and some of these are off ice issues. 5- Fighting after a big hit   I think this started about 10-15 years ago when even the King of Kings All-Stars were starting...
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February 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Random NHL Thoughts - 2/4/15

-Let’s begin with the big AHL news. Last week, the new Pacific Division of the AHL was approved for next season. The state of California just got richer with more minor league hockey. The moves include: Anaheim Ducks: Norfolk, VA to San Diego, CA Calgary Flames: Glen Falls, NY to Stockton, CA Edmonton Oilers: Oklahoma City, OK to Bakersfield, CA Los Angeles Kings: Manchester,...
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February 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Deflate-Puck

Deflate-Puck Follow me on Twitter @cheeseheader90 If you are any kind of a sports fan, you have heard all of this commotion about Deflate-Gate. This is the accusation of the New England Patriots of the NFL purposefully deflating their game balls (11 out of 12), which is Tom Brady’s preference for throwing and also make the ball easier to catch for receivers. I know that this...
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January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Miller vs. Schalin: All-Star Challenge Part 2

Miller vs. Schalin: All-Star Challenge Part 2 Follow me on Twitter @cheeseheader90 In case you have been living in a cave in Mongolia, Mike Schalin and I are teaming up for two blogs each where we are picking our own All-Star teams. In our first blogs, we talked about our forward selections. This one will round out our teams with our defensemen and goalie selections. My forward...
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January 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Random NHL Thoughts - 1/21/15

-Today, Ray “The Wizard” Whitney announced his retirement from hockey. He spent 22 seasons in the NHL and played in 1,330 games. He played for eight different clubs and was a Stanley Cup winner with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006. He amassed 1,064 points and was a two-time NHL All-Star. Ray was recognized for his craftiness and his great passing ability on the ice. There is...
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January 21, 2015  |  Discuss

1967 was a long time ago

  Its time for Leafs Nation to accept the ugly truth!!   Ah -- Playoffs?!? Don't talk about -- playoffs?!? You kidding me? Playoffs?!? I just hope we can win a game! The quote heard around the globe from Football coach Jim Mora has to be resonating right now with Leafs fans. Some of you may be thinking what the heck am I doing writing a blog about the Toronto Maple Leafs? I...
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January 20, 2015  |  Discuss

My Top 10 Most Hated Players of Today

My Top 10 Most Hated Players of Today Follow me on Twitter @cheeseheader90 A few blogs ago, I wrote about my top 10 favourite players of today and of course, I need to compliment it with a top 10 most hated players list. There are some players that made/make things almost personal and other players whom I just hate their face. While I was creating this list, I took into account...
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January 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Schalin vs. Miller: All Star Challenge Part 1

It started as an idea – but then morphed into reality. I was thinking about the NHL All Star Game. As you well know, the NHL in an attempt to spice up our lives (yes that was a spice girls reference) likes to change to format of the All Star game every year. Sometimes it’s East vs. West, sometimes it’s North America vs. The World, this time they are doing an All Star Draft...
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January 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Miller vs. Schalin: All-Star Challenge Part 1

Miller vs. Schalin: All-Star Challenge Part 1 Follow me on Twitter @cheeseheader90 Fellow Puckrant writer and the ridiculously good looking Mike Schalin got in contact with me on Twitter and asked if I wanted to team up in a two part All-Star blog where we would then become rivals. Of course I agreed and the challenge was on. We wanted to pick our own teams and see who has the...
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January 17, 2015  |  Discuss
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