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Archive for May 22nd, 2011

End of Year Awards Picks

I’ve done this the last three years in some form for public consumption.  Time to lay out my picks for the NHL awards. Some of these are sure fire misses but I make picks based on the intent of the award not the agenda of the NHL or sports media.  I of course will not be naming winners of automatic winners like the Rocket Richard Trophy. Also note not everyone I personally select is a finalist this year.

1. Hart Memorial Trophy: awarded to the player adjudged most valuable to his team.  Oz’s Pick: Marc-Andre Fleury – Pittsburgh Penguins.  No single player was more important to his individual team than the Flower was down the stretch.  Without him the Penguins do not hold on to fourth let alone eight in th East after losing their two highest skill players and then opening a M*A*S*H Unit in their locker room for much of the stretch run.

2. Vezina Trophy: awarded to the goaltender adjudged to be the best at this position. Oz’s Pick: Tim Thomas – Boston Bruins.  Timmy played in 57 games, went 35-11-9 with a 2.00 GAA and .938 Sv%.  No one better with that volume of work. Read the rest of this entry »

200 Whole Fans Rally In Atlanta

Thrashers fans focus their anger on a Go Jets Go Banner

The Thrashers have an annual “Select-A-Seat” event for their season ticker holders.  The event was held again this year despite heavy rumors and some confirmations regarding the team’s upcoming relocation to Winnipeg.  Two hundred fans came together to voice their opinion on the pending move and how they feel about the Atlanta Spirit Group who currently, technically, still owns the Thrashers and the NBA Atlanta Hawks.   I’ll repeat that.  Two hundred fans gathered.

This was an event for season ticket holders.  Sure I get that recent events and rumors have likely led to a decline in interest or desire to be around the thing that is ripping the heart out of hockey in Atlanta but all you could muster was two hundred fans?  No wonder you can’t fill an arena. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by ozman51

May 22, 2011 at 12:54 PM

This Is Why The Refs Don’t Call Diving

Look, I detest Steve Downie as a hockey player.  He is to me what Matt Cooke is to so many other fans.  He’s a dirty agitator.  That means he’s probably doing his job by my own logic but he’s irritating me when he does it, so I don’t like him.  Anyway, late in the 2nd period of Game 4 in the Eastern Conference final Boston’s Nathan Horton takes the play to the end boards with Downie and a hit ensues.  Downie flops to the ice and the official, standing right there, makes a Diving call on Downie in addition to the Roughing call on Horton.

Downie didn’t return to the game.  His penalty had to be served by Adam Hall as Downie was being assessed by the medical staff.  Bolts coach Guy Boucher stated after the game that Downie was “day to day starting today”.  This is why NHL officials are really reluctant to ring a guy up for a dive. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by ozman51

May 22, 2011 at 7:00 AM

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