Odds And Ends.

July 9, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Posted in Contracts, Happy!!, Patrick Lalime, Players, Randomness | 2 Comments

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!

Summer Nonsense.

July 7, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Posted in Contracts, Players, Randomness | 1 Comment

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.

End rant.

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.

I’m Home!/Happy Birthday, America!

July 4, 2010 at 11:37 am | Posted in Buffalo Sabres, Contracts, Players, Randomness, Washington Capitals | Leave a comment

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!!

Quick Quebec Update.

July 1, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Posted in Contracts, Henrik Tallinder, Huh?, Toni Lydman | Leave a comment

If you told me at twelve when we turned on NHL Home Ice in the far as we drove from Montreal to Quebec City that when I finally got the Internet connection to work I would discover that on today, July 1, Free Agency Day, Darcy would have already signed someone but GMGM wouldn’t, I would have thought you were crazy. Is this some sort of alternate universe?

And while I realize that many people will miss Hank and Toni (one of my close friends was very emotionally invested in Lydman staying) I find their new deals with their new teams highly amusing.

See You In A Week! (Eh)

June 27, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Posted in Randomness | Leave a comment

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?

Schedule Problems.

June 25, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Posted in Buffalo Sabres, Randomness, Washington Capitals | Leave a comment

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.

A For Effort!

June 24, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Posted in Alex Ovechkin, Happy!!, Jose Theodore, Mike Green, NHL Awards, Patrick Kane, Players, Ryan Miller, Sidney Crosby, Tyler Myers | Leave a comment

Well, maybe not an ‘A.’  Because Jay Mohr was terrible.  But you know what?  I have now watched the NHL Awards twice through (I’ll explain) and once again I’m reminded of how much I love this sport and this league.

Last night I missed half of the acceptance speeches because we were LOLing too hard (after Ryan’s, we proceeded to thank Noureen for all the other guys when they gave their speeches) and we were complaining too much during Jay Mohr’s stuff to completely appreciate it.  We did, however, enjoy the Bobby Ryan/Ryan Getzlaf skit.  Genius.  It was funny, it was entertaining, even my mother cracked up.  I love things like that.  These guys have such great personalities and the league really should showcase that.

Today I watched my recording of it, which was fantastic.  I could fast-forward through all the awkward banter and bad musical performances and just watch the acceptance speeches and player bits.  It was quite nice.

I’m always down for a good “Alex Ovechkin looks like a caveman” joke, but Bigfoot?  Really?  I also thoroughly enjoyed his acceptance speech.  I’ll be honest, I was surprised he won the Ted Lindsay award.  I knew there was always the chance he’d win but I didn’t actually think he would.  And while him winning that made me think he really did have a shot at the Hart, I’m okay with the way things turned out.  Alex was voted most valuable player by his peers (I pointed this out ad nauseam to my Sidney Crosby fan friend last night around two in the morning until she threw a pillow at me), Hank got recognition from the media for what really was a great season, and Sid got the “we feel bad that we don’t have any other award to give you so we’re giving you this award” award.  HA.

But I must admit, Sid did look completely out of his element last night.  Poor kid.

I have a theory that it was actually Daniel accepting the awards tonight, and I’d like to keep it that way in my mind.

I love Tyler even more for his speech but the poor thing needs a little work on the hair.  God bless his soul, I can’t wait until he wins ten Norris trophies.

Ryan Miller can work skinny ties like it’s nobody’s business.  I’m very picky about who wears skinny ties, but he gets my seal of approval.

Mike Green, this is what you get for being a fatty and a crappy defenseman.  Yay Duncs!

I cried when Theo was accepting his award.  I have no problem admitting that.  What a guy.  I hope he ends up somewhere good next year.

(Seriously, Darcy, I’ve been saying for at least a year that you need to get him here to back up Ryan.  He’d be a great backup!!)

I think I’m going to hunt down Pavel Datsyuk and get him ordained so he can marry me or give a speech at my wedding or something.  That guy is hilarious.

Patrick Kane is going to get herpes before he’s done in Vegas if he’s not careful.  Good grief, Kaner.

Bad News.

June 22, 2010 at 8:47 pm | Posted in Happy!!, NHL Awards, Players, Randomness | Leave a comment

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.

Listen Here, Darcy.

June 20, 2010 at 10:21 am | Posted in Buffalo Sabres, Lars Nicklas Backstrom, Players, Thought-provoking Stuff | Leave a comment

In The Buffalo News today, there’s an article about how the Sabres dislike drafting Europeans.  Now, there are some perfectly legitimate arguments made in this article.  There’s definitely a risk today with young Europeans who want to stay at home or want to sign with the KHL.  I’m not disputing that at all.

But one of the examples is Dennis Persson, who played in Sweden for a few years before heading over here.  Okay, I get it, you want to get use out of your picks.  But you know who else stayed in Sweden for a year before coming over to the NHL?  Lars Nicklas Backstrom.  Yes, that’s right.  And in my humble opinion, he turned out okay.

It Has Slipped My Mind.

June 19, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Posted in Huh?, Randomness | Leave a comment

I had some (semi) important point to make on here but then I watched some golf and “10 Things I Hate About You” and I forgot. My apologies. But now that it’s almost Awards time, we can whip out all of our “Hangover” jokes!! Yay!!

They gave out rings at the holocaust?

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