It’s September. I know. I can’t believe it. It’s getting cold out and I go back to school tomorrow (not talking about that) and training camps open soon (woooo!!!). I haven’t blogged in quite some time because nothing’s really been happening. Sorry about that.
Kovalchuk is a Devil. I’m so over that at this point.
I think the Sabres signed some guys. I don’t really remember. I worry about them.
I might be going back to Washington in February (yay!!).
That’s really all I have to say now. I’ll try and come up with something witty to say about the upcoming season. Maybe.
There’s literally nothing going on right now related to hockey.
The NHLPA has until today to file a grievance about the voiding of the Kovalchuk contract or take it to arbitration or whatever the exact terminology is for it. And while this whole situation is fascinating to me, there is literally nothing else going on right now. So even if I wasn’t fascinated by it, I’d still have to pay attention because there’s nothing else to distract me.
Ilya Kovalchuk, you successfully killed the summer. Thanks a million.
(But first, happy birthday, Ryan Miller!! The big 3-0!)
As you know if you’ve ever read this blog before, Alexander Ovechkin is my favorite player. If you’re new around here, well, Alexander Ovechkin is my favorite player. As was, always is, and always will be. I think he’s the best player in the world and I will fight you to the death over it. I also apparently share the opinion of the entire NHL, because hey, they voted him MVP this year for the third time in a row. (And let me tell you, I still chuckle when I remember that after everything that he did and everything Sedin did, they still voted him. He just won’t go away.)
So this year he had an unfortunately early start to the offseason and hit the World Championships. He got in lots of shenanigans in Vegas. He became a godfather (that’s a leap of faith) and has been enjoying the company of lots of women. He hung out on a boat and wore a speedo, which was not one of his best ideas. His new “girlfriend” has the most outrageously long hair I’ve ever seen. I seriously don’t understand. Where does she put it when she does stuff? Does she move it out of the way when she sits down?
And then, dear readers, he got a job. And not just any job. He is now the advisor to the president of Moscow Dynamo, a KHL club.
Like, where to I even begin? I guess for such a famous athlete to work with a club from his home is a good idea. But, he’s not just an “advisor.” He’s a paid employee. That is so awesome on so many levels. What does he even advise him on? Drills to run with the team? Players to go after? Which tie looks good with that suit?
Is he secretly acting as a spy, giving NHL secrets to the KHL? Is this like the Cold War all over again? Does he get vacation days and sick days? It’s all a lot to consider. I think it’s very cool that he’s doing this and is having a “productive summer.” (The previous term, by the way, is a dirty, dirty term. Why would I want my summer to be productive, various adults?) And even though he’s getting paid, supposedly the salary is small. But still. This guy is a professional athlete who makes like $9 million a year, and he’s a salaried employee this summer anyway.
“What did you do this summer, Mike Green?”
“I got a lot of tattoos and worked on my man boobs.”
“What did you do this summer, Alex Ovechkin?”
“I was advisor to the president of a KHL hockey club.”
I already had a semi-rant about LeBron last night and I don’t want to say anything else. But my heart broke for Cleveland fans last night. Those poor people. Can you imagine if Ryan Miller had never signed his contract extension and instead went on TSN or Versus to tell the world that he wasn’t signing with Buffalo and instead was bolting for somewhere else? I would probably be borderline suicidal. And that’s all I have to say about that.
Twilight vs. Harry Potter update: Eclipse sucked balls but I stood up and cheered after the Deathly Hallows tailer (OH MY GOD THE VERY FIRST THING THEY SHOWED WAS HARRY GOING TO DIE AAAHHHH CAN’T HANDLE IT SO EXCITED!!). And now I’m reminded of why I don’t talk about Harry Potter on this blog, because besides the fact that this is a hockey blog, when I get started I can’t stop. And I already had a deep discussion earlier today about Snape’s memories and wanting to look in Harry’s eyes before he died.
Oh. Um, spoiler alert for the stuff above if you haven’t read the last book yet.
A few signing updates: The Sabres are keeping Patty Lala around for another year and the Caps re-signed Jeff Schultz and Eric Fehr. Woo!! Yay!! It’s not like Lindy’s ever going to play Lalime anyway and Ryan likes him so that signing makes sense, although I really did think for a second that Theo had a shot here. Because I am delusional.
Jeff Schultz and I have had our differences in the past but after this year I’ve been working on it. I still maintain that the Caps need someone big and scary, but we shall see. The Fehric signing, on the other hand, is fantastic. I adore Fehric. I can’t explain it. I just love him and what he does for the team and I can’t imagine them without him. Yay for Fehric!
I don’t recommend taking long uphill bike rides at eight in the morning if it’s already 80 degrees. Not fun. I do, however, recommend lying around on the deck reading. It’s a good time.
I’m going to see “Eclipse” tonight with my friends but I was given permission to wear a Harry Potter scarf. (Gryffindor colors) I used to be a big fan of Twilight. I read the books back before they were very popular and even if I didn’t think they were as well written as Harry Potter, I found them highly entertaining. I was Team Edward for about five minutes before I became firmly Team Jacob. Then girls began reading them and becoming obsessed with them, and then they started making truly horrific movies, and now I’m somewhat fed up with all this vampire craziness. While I love me some Taylor Lautner, I assure you I was Team Jacob before he was cast in the role. I plan on making a big scene either before or after the movie during which I proclaim my undying love for Harry Potter. I don’t usually talk about it here on this blog, but I’m one of those people who are just completely obsessed with/in love with the Harry Potter books. JK Rowling is, amongst other things, a bloody genius. I also feel as though Twilight has been copying HP. This makes me angry. Harry Potter is better and I will fight you to the death over it and I will win. This is even coming from a hopeless romantic. Edward needs to just back off a little bit and I can’t stand Kristen Stewart. The Harry Potter books are just so good and even though I’m not crazy about the movies, they’re better made and better acted than Twilight. So there.
The Sabres, to the surprise of everyone, signed someone today!! And not just anyone. They agreed to a one year deal with Niedermayer!!
Yeah, Rob Niedermayer. I know. Bad joke. I couldn’t help it.
The Sabres definitely needed a center and definitely needed a tough veteran. I wouldn’t have minded one with a few more points, but hey, this is the Sabres. Baby steps. And who knows. Maybe I’ll grow to love him as I have grown to love Mike Knuble.
So yesterday I returned home from my Canadian adventure, ready to start my usual summertime activities (sleeping, reading, walking the dog, lying around, doing nothing). It was actually a really nice time. Canada, you’re quite beautiful. Totally weird and wacko, but beautiful nonetheless. I consider Washington, D.C. to be one of my favorite cities on the planet (and did so before I gave a crap about their hockey team, thank you very much) so it was cool seeing Ottawa since it’s another capital city. Even though it creeped me out that all the natives walking by me probably liked the Senators. Montreal was gorgeous, all the Halak graffiti around the Bell Centre cracked me up, and I did a lot of uphill walking. Quebec City reminded me of when I was in Europe which means A+ for Quebec City!! Hearing all the French outside of a classroom setting was cool and the Chateau was breathtaking.
I legit died laughing when I saw the “Slapshot”-related shirts and I ended up buying a Nordiques shirt. Hopefully one day it will be relevant again.
There are quite a few pictures involving me and food from last week. Fear not, I ate well.
While I was away, NHL Free Agency began. Kovalchuk hasn’t signed anywhere yet (I bet he does it today just to screw with America), Volchenkov doesn’t play for the Caps, Alex Semin still does, and the Sabres signed Jordan Leopold. Um, woo? Whatever. I knew the chances of Hank and Toni sticking around were slim but now the Sabres still really do need to add a little something to the blue line. Tyler Myers aside, it’s looking a little frightening.
The Caps, on the other hand, have done pretty much nothing. If they’ve got something up their sleeve, well, that’s exciting. But if they honestly think this lineup is going to cut it, I’m concerned. HELLO. It is NOT WORKING. You need to add a few more pieces before you go out and win that Cup.
That’s all I’m going to say for now. Time to go celebrate the birth of our wonderful country. To all you Americans out there, enjoy your day!!
Tomorrow morning I will be leaving for a weeklong vacation in our northern neighbor. I will confess that I was much more excited for this trip before the events that took place both last February (I randomly thought about the Olympics earlier today and I just got this terrible, awful feeling. I really wanted them to win that gold medal) and this previous spring, but I’m nonetheless looking forward to seeing some of Canada other than Toronto. We’ll be in Ottawa (fear not, I won’t wear Sabres apparel in an effort to protect myself), Montreal (fear not, I won’t wear Capitals apparel in an effort to protect myself), and Quebec City. I plan on doing very little this week other than eating poutine and various foods drenched in maple syrup.
One downside of this vacation, however, is that I’ll only have access to the Internet in wireless areas. Normally I wouldn’t mind this in the summer, but Free Agency Day falls while I’m away. I’m sure I’ll hear what happens since I will, after all, be in Canada, but I won’t be able to fully partake in the ridiculous wackiness and dumb deals that I’m sure will happen (although I’m completely underwhelmed by the free agents this year as opposed to years past).
I also won’t be able to update the blog while I’m gone. Oh well. Enjoy July 1, everyone!! Here’s to hoping Semin gets traded for Volchenkov’s rights!
Wait, who just said that?
So originally I was quite excited about the schedule because the Caps were coming here at convenient times so I would be able to enjoy both the Sabres and the Capitals at the same time without having to worry about school or projects or tests the next day.
Today, however, I finally got around to looking at the schedules in some detail, because plans need to be made. Since the Sabres are here, whenever I get offered tickets I can just check my schedule, decide hockey > homework, and go. To see Washington, however, takes a bit more planning since travel is involved.
After the success that was the DC Adventure back in April, it was decided that we must find a way to get back for another game this year. (And there were also a few promises made about making the trek again if the Caps were to make the Cup Finals, but I don’t want to talk about it to jinx anything.) However, this is made somewhat problematic by the non-compressed schedule this upcoming season. Last season it was game after game because the league needed to fit them around the Olympic break. This season, there are breaks of several days without games. I usually like it this way. In the past, when I’ve just about had it with the Sabres, I enjoy the break and don’t even think about them and then come back refreshed and ready to try tolerating them again. Breaks in play usually work out well for me.
For the Caps, however, the roomier schedule means less games during weeks and weekends when I have a break, and this means problems. February break? They only play one game at home at the tail end. (Although this game’s timing – a day after my birthday – might work in my favor.) Christmas break? Well, they play Pittsburgh our first day of it and then after that they’re off for several days. April? Our only vacay is later in the month, meaning that it’ll already be playoffs. The only other time we have a few days off is the opening weekend in October, when my school has generously scheduled a superintendent’s conference day the Friday before Columbus Day. So, if I am to see the Caps in their home environment this year, it’s looking like it will either be New Jersey that weekend or the Rangers in February. We shall have to see how this plays out.
Despite the frustration the schedule provides, I must admit, planning road trips for games is FUN.
I will be taking in tomorrow night’s NHL Awards with some friends while we celebrate the end of our academic school year and will be sleeping over, which means there most likely won’t be incessant tweets from me and there definitely won’t be a post-Awards post right after the show is over. I know you’re really cut up about this. So enjoy the Awards, and rest assured that I’ll be busily making “Mike Green is fat jokes” and cooing over Tyler and Millsie and cringing over Alex.
P.S. I haven’t had a chance to look at the entire schedule yet but judging by when the Caps and Blue Jackets are in town, it’s like the hockey gods are just trying to make me happy.