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Rangers Get Their Hobbit Back

March 26, 2013 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The New York Rangers will have Mats Zuccarello back.

The Hobbit Part 2, starring Mats Zuccarello.

The Hobbit Part 2, starring Mats Zuccarello.


From The NY Daily News

Zuccarello early Monday agreed to terms on a contract that will bring him back to the eighth-place Rangers (15-3-3, 33 points) to help with their playoff push.
“That’d be great,” Blueshirts defenseman Ryan McDonagh said after Monday’s practice in Greenburgh, when informed Zuccarello could be joining the team. “He’s a highly skilled player, familiar with the team and coaching staff. He’s played in the league and had some success, and he’s a real positive guy in the locker room, too. Everybody gets along with him.”

Original Photos: hypable, photobucket

Behind The Curtain: SlantShirts.com

February 18, 2013 By: Katchop Category: Litter Box, NHL

Here is a quick peek at one of the shirts we’re working on over at SlantShirts.com.

Come pay a visit to SlantShirts.com!

We’re working on all sorts of goofy stuff for SlantShirts.com!

Visit SlantShirts.com

Partnering With Tarnation Sports

August 08, 2012 By: Katchop Category: MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, Other

Just wanted to let everyone know that we’ve officially partnered with TarnationSports.com and have started to design T Shirts for them!  They use high quality American Apparel shirts. They screen print the designs. They basically just do everything the right way, and it shows in the final product.

These really are the type of shirts that will last a long time, and we couldn’t be happier with the quality!

Here is our tribute to Patrick Ewing, available on shirts now at TarnationSports.com.

Here is our tribute to Patrick Ewing, available on shirts now at TarnationSports.com.

We’ll also be rampping up the activity here at Katchop as well, so there is some fun on the horizon.

So if you have a spare moment, please head over to TarnationSports.com and check out the shirts.

Here is another example of the type of stuff we're trying to do over at TarnationSports.com

Here is another example of the type of stuff we're trying to do over at TarnationSports.com

All of the shirts available at Tarnation Sports were designed by me, and any feedback you might have is appreciated!

Pens, Fleury Crash And Burn

April 23, 2012 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Marc Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins let up a lot of goals against the Flyers.

Marc Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins isn't a shooting training aid, he just played like one against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Marc Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins isn't really a shooting training aid, he just played like one against the Philadelphia Flyers.

From SB Nation

Saying “Fleury wasn’t the only problem” does not address the concerns of the rational majority of Penguins fans who have argued, with full knowledge of the Penguins’ other glaring problems this postseason, that Fleury’s play was also atrocious. Even if we take into account Fleury’s calm two periods in Game 4 and a dominant third period in Game 5, his overall performance in the Flyers series was unacceptable by NHL goaltender standards, let alone by the standards of a supposed ‘clutch’ franchise goaltender making over $5 million a year.

Original Photos franklinsportsjeanineleech

Leafs Fire Wilson

March 02, 2012 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The Toronto Maple Leafs have fired head coach Ron Wilson.

Dion Phaneuf has been accused of soft play by Maple Leaf fans, but that may change under Randy Carlyle.

Dion Phaneuf has been accused of soft play by Maple Leaf fans, but that may change under new head coach Randy Carlyle.

From Canada.com

Among other things, Burke said he could not bear to let Wilson face fans at the Air Canada Centre again after they booed him and chanted for him to be fired.

Burke also had very little confidence that Wilson could turn this season. Burke likened the team’s season to a 30-tonne truck being driven off a cliff, and said that even from talking to managers in other sports, that few had seen the kind of dropoff that the Leafs have seen recently, from sitting comfortably in the eighth spot to get them into the playoffs to falling five points out of playoff contention.

Burke went on to say that hiring a new coach now in Randy Carlyle saves them a month in the fall. He believes there is a slim chance that Carlyle could turn this team’s fortunes around and make the playoffs, but at the same time he doesn’t have to introduce a brand new coach on the first day of training camp.

Original Photos tqn.com, theslapshot.com

Leafs Trying To Catch Senators

February 17, 2012 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Dion Phaneuf and the Toronto Maple Leafs are currently in a playoff spot.

Dion Phaneuf of the Toronto Maple Leafs likes figure skating.

Dion Phaneuf of the Toronto Maple Leafs likes figure skating.

From The Star.com

The Battle of Ontario is renewed, with Ottawa four points clear of the Leafs but having played two more games. A key stat for the Leafs to look at is the fact Ottawa ranks as the fifth-most penalized team in the NHL, averaging 13.2 minutes per game. That stat will be a factor if Ottawa doesn’t get it under control down the stretch.

The addition of Kyle Turris has been a boost for Ottawa; the club can now ice two decent scoring lines, with Turris centring the second line and Jason Spezza the first. Milan Michalek is healthy after a lengthy injury layoff and the club has found a way to give goalie Craig Anderson a bit of time off (he had appeared in 22 straight games). Ottawa was said to be in the Tuomo Ruutu sweepstakes, but it now appears he will re-sign with Carolina. Sens are not expected to be big players at the deadline; but there is a fine line there between improving the club, and sticking to the pre-season plan of continued development.

They are, right now, the Leafs’ chief target in the standings.

Original Photos Yahoo, 1.bp

Alternate Logo: Brooklyn Islanders?

January 28, 2012 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The New York Islanders will host a preseason game in Brooklyn next October.

The NY Islanders will need a new logo if they wind up moving to Brooklyn.

The NY Islanders will need a new logo if they wind up moving to Brooklyn.

From The NY Times

The Islanders and Brett Yormark, chief executive of Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment and the Nets, announced Tuesday that the Isles would play the Devils in an Oct. 2 exhibition at the new Brooklyn Nets basketball arena.

The announcement serves as another shot across the bow of Nassau County politicians and voters, who have rejected every effort by Islanders owner Charles Wang to upgrade or replace Nassau Coliseum, the club’s 40-year-old home.

Original Photo clubrunner.ca

Byfuglien Worth The Weight

October 12, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Dustin Byfuglien of the Winnipeg Jets has not let arrests or his weight slow him down.

Dustin Byguglien of the Winnipeg Jets appears upset after learning that NHL rules do not allow for snacks while on the ice.

Dustin Byguglien of the Winnipeg Jets appears upset after learning that NHL rules do not allow for snacks while on the ice.

From Bleacher Report

When Dustin Byfuglien was arrested for operating a boat while intoxicated, the reactions varied around the NHL. Fans of Byfuglien and the Winnipeg Jets were embarrassed and disappointed by his actions, while other fans that couldn’t care less about Byfuglien laughed at his stupidity and the fact that he tipped the scales at nearly 290 pounds at the police station.

However, neither Byfuglien’s weight nor his stupidity of operating a boat while being under the influence is reason for the Jets organization and their fans to be worried.

Original Photo Yahoo

Sean Avery Gets Arrested

August 05, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Sean Avery of the New York Rangers got himself arrested.

Sean Avery of the NY Rangers got into confrontation with the LA Police Department, and wound up in jail.

Sean Avery of the NY Rangers got into confrontation with the LA Police Department, and wound up in jail.

From TMZ

NHL star Sean Avery challenged cops to a FIGHT when they responded to his Hollywood Hills home this morning … calling them, “Fat little pigs” … law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

We’re told cops were dispatched to the home over a complaint about loud music — and when they arrived to Avery’s pad, the hockey star was NOT happy to see them.

Sources tell us 31-year-old Avery immediately began running his mouth at the cops — telling them he would fight all of them … even challenging them to, “Come back without your badges.”

During the incident, Avery — who famously dated Elisha Cuthbert a while back — allegedly shoved an officer and slammed the front door on the cops.

Original Photos usatoday, morgangenser

Islanders On The Way Out?

August 03, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The NY Islanders may be relocating.

With the news that the Islanders may be relocating, we thought it was time to dust off and update this logo.

With the news that the Islanders may be relocating, we thought it was time to dust off and update this old logo.

From The NY Post

Some local officials privately said they could see Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, who also owns 45 percent of the Barclays Center, potentially acquiring the Islanders to add 44-60 dates per year to help fill the arena.

A Prokhorov spokeswoman, however, said the Russian billionaire “has no interest in buying another sports team at this time.”

The arena currently is projected to host about 200 events annually, including Nets games.

Queens, Kansas City, Mo., Suffolk County and Canada have also been rumored as potential landing spots for the Islanders.

Original Photo itstats.net

Richards Picks Rangers And Riches

July 02, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The New York Rangers have signed Brad Richard$ to a big contract.

Brad Richards looks good in a NY Rangers uniform, but his bank account looks better.

Brad Richards looks good in a NY Rangers uniform, but his bank account looks better.

From Blueshirt Banter

Clearly, the Rangers’ front office decided that Brad Richards was indeed worth the risk. The immediate benefits to this Rangers team are obvious.  Richards has scored at least 20 goals in 9 of his 10 NHL seasons.  He has posted at least 25 power play points in 8 of his 10 seasons.  He will fit an immediate need both in the #1 center slot, and quarterbacking the power play.   He has a Stanley Cup ring and a Conn Smythe trophy to his credit, from his days with current Rangers’ coach John Tortorella.
The contract he signed is a nine year contract worth $58.5 million.  The deal takes him until he turns, avoiding the ‘Kovalchuk’-rule cap restrictions that come with contracts that take a player past 40 years of age.

Original Photos blueshirtbulletin, bleacherreport

Jagr Flirts With Penguins

June 30, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Jaromir Jagr may or may not return to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Jaromir Jagr is considering a return to Pittsburgh.

Jaromir Jagr is considering a return to Pittsburgh.

From NHL.com

What began as deadline day for the Pittsburgh Penguins and their pursuit of 39-year-old forward Jaromir Jagr has instead been filled with lingering questions about Jagr’s potential return to the NHL, his actual whereabouts late Wednesday and the interest of his former team in securing his services for the 2011-12 season.

Jagr was supposed to arrive in New York on Wednesday with a definitive decision on whether he would accept the Penguins’ reported offer of one year and $2 million, or if he wanted to sign elsewhere, be it in the NHL or back in Russia, where he played the last three seasons. He has also reportedly received interest from Detroit and Montreal.

Jagr can’t sign a contract with an NHL team until noon ET on Friday.

However, Jagr’s agent, Petr Svoboda, told the Detroit Free Press that he could not confirm his client’s whereabouts Wednesday night.

“I don’t know if he missed a connection,” Svoboda told the newspaper after 8 p.m. ET. “I have no clue.”

Original Photos about, thebreakaway.net

Police Want Chara

June 28, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Police in Montreal would like to speak with Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins.

The police in Montreal want to speak with Zdeno Chara.

The police in Montreal want to chat with Zdeno Chara.

From cbcsports.ca

Montreal police say charges against Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara have still not been ruled out as they prepare to speak to him in the coming weeks about his controversial hit on Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty. Chara’s hit in March landed Pacioretty in the hospital and ended his season. The towering Bruins defenceman was thrown out of the game but subsequently received no suspension from the National Hockey League.

Montreal police said in March that they would investigate the incident to see if there was any criminal element.

Sgt. Ian Lafrenière of the Montreal police said the investigation was delayed because most of the witnesses were hockey players busy with the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Original Photos zimbio, inews880

Flyers Blow Up Their Foundation

June 24, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The Philadelphia Flyers made some questionable trades yesterday.

GM Paul Holmgren blew up the Philadelphia Flyers yesterday.

GM Paul Holmgren blew up the Philadelphia Flyers yesterday.

From Yahoo

Then around 3 p.m. Eastern time, the sound you heard was everyone’s jaw hitting the floor at the same time, because Paul Holmgren totally went off the deep end.

Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, and their more than $110 million in combined salary through 2020 and 2022, respectively, were traded about 35 minutes apart. Then they signed 31-year-old Ilya Bryzgalov for nine years. None of it, seemingly, made any sense.

(Of note: Holmgren seemed genuinely upset to have made the deals at the press conference, so one gets the feeling this was all coming from way upstairs, which is stupid and inexcusable.)

Original Photos betsysbuzz, flickr

Bruins Win The Stanley Cup

June 16, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The Boston Bruins are Stanley Cup Champions.

The Boston Bruins have won the Stanley Cup, and might need a new logo.

The Boston Bruins have won the Stanley Cup, and might need a new logo.

From NESN

Three Super Bowl wins, two World Series titles and an NBA Championship. Yet something was missing.

After all of Boston’s triumphs over the past decade, the party never quite seemed complete. No matter how much fun the city’s had or how memorable the moments have been, there’s always been that one little X factor that has kept the party from being a full-fledged blowout for the ages.

Ah, yes, it’s a Bruins Stanley Cup victory. Well, rejoice.

Original Photo sportslogos.net

Game 7: Survival Of The Fittest

June 15, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The Canucks and Bruins face off in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals tonight.

Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals will be a fight to the death.

Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals will be a fight to the death.

From The Boston Globe

Tonight marks the biggest game of most of the Bruins’ lives. They are doing their best not to allow the moment to overwhelm them.

“Pressure’s five kids, no job,” Shawn Thornton said. “This is Game 7. This is fun, right? We get to play a game for a living. Just enjoy it.”

Mason Raymond will not play tonight because of the vertebrae compression fracture he suffered in Game 6. Jeff Tambellini will dress today.

Puck drop: 8 p.m. EST

Record: Bruins 3-3, Canucks 3-3

TV/radio info: NBC (Mike Emrick, Ed Olczyk, Pierre McGuire)

Original Photos telegraph.co, flickr/giovanni mari, legendsofhockey

Julien Hopes To Steady Bruins

June 12, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Boston Bruins’ coach Claude Julien wants his team to be more physical.

Claude Julien, head coach of the Boston Bruins, loos a little bit like a conehead.

Claude Julien, head coach of the Boston Bruins, looks a little bit like a conehead.

From The Washington Post

They outhit us and they seemed hungrier,” coach Claude Julien said Saturday. “That’s where we should have been able to push back and we didn’t do that well enough. We’re aware of that and we certainly would like to have another crack at it. We have to show that in our building here next game and hopefully, again, having another crack at going down there and showing that we can push back as well.”  But that’s hardly enough.

“When you don’t score I think you need to improve in more than the physical play,” Julien said. “That’s an area that I don’t think we’ve done a good enough job in Vancouver.”

Original Photo Yahoo

Tim Thomas Fights Back

June 09, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The Boston Bruins have evened up the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals at 2 games each.

Tim Thomas did his best impersonation of Rocky Balboa during Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

Tim Thomas did a great impersonation of Rocky Balboa during Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

From The Boston Herald

The game was comfortably decided when Thomas decided to take justice into his own hands. The Canucks were on a power play, and Burrows was scrapping at the edge of his crease. He reached out and whacked the butt end of Thomas’ stick, knocking it out of his hand.

Thomas corralled the lumber and gave Burrows a sizable whack on the outside of the right leg. The Canucks’ rat then came hard at the goalie, and it looked like the pair were locked up, trying to drop their gloves and have a go. They would have, had Seidenberg not intervened to tackle Burrows.
It’s great to have such a warrior back there,” said B’s defenseman Dennis Seidenberg. “He hits guys, he defends his crease. It’s awesome.”

Original Photos Yahoo, moviewallpapers

Bruins Storm Back

June 07, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The Boston Bruins scored 8 goals against the Canucks in Game 3.

It might be an old gag, but last night's performance by Roberto Luongo truly deserves a beach ball photoshop.

It might be an old gag, but last night's performance by Roberto Luongo truly deserves a beach ball photoshop.

From The Toronto Star

The seven-goal margin of victory was the most in an NHL final game since Colorado crushed Florida 8-1 in 1996. It was just the third time since 1927, when the NHL began competing exclusively for the Cup, that the margin in a game in the final was seven goals or more. The Bruins dramatically changed the complexion of the Stanley Cup final last night with an 8-1 drubbing of the visiting Vancouver Canucks.

Original Photos Yahoo, shakenbabyva

Burrows Stars In Game 2

June 05, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Alex Burrows was a one man wrecking crew for the Vancouver Canucks in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

Bruins' fans think he's Dracula, but Alex Burrows came up big for the Vancouver Canucks last night.

Bruins' fans might think he's some kind of vampire, but Alex Burrows came up big for the Vancouver Canucks last night.

From SB Nation

Just 11 seconds into the overtime period, Alex Burrows broke free, circled behind the Boston Bruins’ goal and slipped a shot past Tim Thomas and into the net, giving the Vancouver Canucks a 3-2 win and 2-0 series lead on Saturday night. The man who made headlines following Game 1 for biting Patrice Bergeron during a heated moment let his play do the talking on Saturday night, scoring two goals and assisting on another as the Canucks held serve to take a 2-0 lead to Boston. Burrows, who escaped suspension earlier in the week, played the biggest role of them all, scoring the first goal of the game midway through the first period and assisting on another in the third.

Original Photo Yahoo

Stanley Cup Time

June 01, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins face each other tonight in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

Goaltending has been key for the Vancouver Canucks, but it is unknown if Roberto Luongo will be fully recovered from an Alexandre Burrows vampire bite.

Goaltending has been key for the Vancouver Canucks, but it is unknown if Roberto Luongo will be fully recovered from an Alexandre Burrows vampire bite.

From Fox News

Boston’s Tim Thomas and Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo are two of this year’s three Vezina finalists. They carried their teams to the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, which will get under way Wednesday night with Game 1 at Rogers Arena. Luongo appeared in 60 games this season; Thomas played in 57. Last year, Cristobal Huet’s 48 appearances for the Blackhawks were the most of any goalie in the Final, but he played just 20 minutes during the entire playoffs.

While some teams were choosing to shore up areas of their team around their goaltenders, GMs Peter Chiarelli of Boston and Mike Gillis of Vancouver made sure a long time ago that they wouldn’t have to worry about their goaltending situations now. Chiarelli signed Thomas to a four-year, $20 million contract in April 2009 while Gillis locked up Luongo for the rest of his career, giving him a 12-year, $64 million deal in September 2009

Original Photos Yahoo, The Hockey News

Sharks Eliminated On Fluke Goal

May 25, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The Vancouver Canucks are headed to the Finals after defeating the San Jose Sharks with an odd goal.

This slow motion replay gives a good look at the fluke goal that eliminated the San Jose Sharks.

This slow motion replay gives a good look at the fluke goal that eliminated the San Jose Sharks. NOTE: We goofed and used the wrong photo. This actually is not Bieska's game winning goal.

From The Miami Herald

While the icing call was negligent, the OT-winning goal by Kevin Bieksa was just pure bad luck for the Sharks. Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler, trying to play the puck up the right boards, had it deflect off a partition instead. Just about everybody on the ice, including Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi, thought the puck was heading around the boards and into the corner, but Bieksa saw the disc bounce right to him near the blue line.

The Canucks defenseman sent an ugly-looking shot on net and it went in, primarily because Niemi was looking over his right shoulder to try and locate the puck. By the time Niemi looked back up ice, Bieksa’s knuckling shot was just passing the goalie’s left pad.

“It’s an ugly goal, but definitely one I’ll take,” Bieksa said.

Original Photos Yahoo, shoppingshadow

Thrashers Heading To Winnipeg?

May 20, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Seems as if the Atlanta Thrashers are relocating to Winnipeg.

The Atlanta Thrashers are about to become the Winnipeg Jets.

The Atlanta Thrashers are about to become the Winnipeg Jets.

From The Los Angleles Times

The sale of the Atlanta Thrashers to a group seeking to bring the NHL back to Winnipeg appeared imminent Thursday after Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper reported that an agreement had been reached between the Thrashers’ current owner, Atlanta Spirit, and would-be owner True North Sports and Entertainment.

The Globe and Mail said the league will confirm the sale and franchise transfer Tuesday. The newspaper is owned by David Thomsen, who is also a key figure in the True North group .

Original Photos sportslogos, sportslogos

Tim Thomas Uses His Head

May 18, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Tim Thomas was a hero in goal for the Boston Bruins in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins feels no pain, not even when a puck hits him in the face.

Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins feels no pain, not even if a puck hits him in the face or gets stuck in his head.

From WEEI

Ironically, it was a save that he didn’t make where he showed how tough he could be as Dominic Moore shot went off his face and into the net, after his own defenseman crashed into him, knocking his mask off.

“I didn’t know,” Thomas said. “Dominic Moore was the guy in front of the net. I think what made my mask come off was Adam McQuaid was trying to get across the crease and we kind of ran into each other. I haven’t seen the replay. I have been told the puck went off my head but I didn’t even realize it. At that point I was trying to find it I think.”

Thomas showed again Tuesday that you don’t have to save every shot to make big saves.

Original Photos Yahoo, footballfanatics

Canucks Playing Smart

May 17, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Vancouver Canucks’ coach Alain Vigneault has kept his team  focused.

Alain Vigneault has looked like Einstein behind the Canucks bench.

Alain Vigneault has looked like Einstein behind the Canucks bench.

From The Vancouver Sun

Coach Alain Vigneault wants Roberto Luongo to keep handling the puck outside his crease and chastised the media today for putting too much focus on the error the Vancouver Canucks goalie made Sunday night that led to San Jose’s first goal.

“Every player at one point or another is going to make a mistake,” Vigneault said after his team’s optional practice at Rogers Arena. “You seem to be making a pretty big deal out of it, but their goaltender turned it over on the first goal and I haven’t heard anything about that

Original Photos Yahoo, artjewelryforum

Alternate Logo: Washington Capitals

May 05, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The Washington Capitals have lost a playoff series to a lower seeded team for the 4th consecutive season.

The Washington Capitals might consider changing their name to Heimlich so they have something more representative of hockey in DC.

The Washington Capitals might consider changing their name to Heimlichs so they have something more representative of hockey in DC.

From Fox News

We were hungry. We just didn’t win,” captain Alex Ovechkin said. “We want to win. They want to win. Somebody has to lose. We are losing and I don’t know what to say right now.”

Added coach Bruce Boudreau: “There’s not really much to say [after the game]. The [players] are down in the dumps, I’m down in the dumps. I just told them I was proud of them for the way they worked all year and that they never quit right until the end. That’s all a coach can ask – you don’t quit and you just keep plugging through. We thought we had a good chance to win, and we just didn’t get it done.”

Original Photo nhlhockeyportal

Tampa Bay Is A Well Oiled Machine

May 04, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The Tampa Bay Lightning have pushed the Washington Capitals to the brink of elimination.

41 year old Dwayne Roloson of the Tampa Bay Lightning has been playing like a Terminator sent to destroy the Washington Capitals.

41 year old Dwayne Roloson of the Tampa Bay Lightning has been playing like a Terminator sent from the future to destroy the Washington Capitals' hopes and dreams.

From The Montreal Gazette

Goaltender Dwayne Roloson has played only nine playoff games for the Tampa Bay Lightning, but if the team keeps winning, he could find himself in the Conn Smythe Trophy race.

He’s stopped 304 of the 321 shots he’s faced so far in the playoffs as the Lightning beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in seven games in the first round and have built a 2-0 lead in the bestof-seven Eastern Conference semifinal against the Washington Capitals.

Sabres Comments Motivated Flyers

April 27, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The Philadelphia Flyers, who eliminated the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night, were fired up after Buffalo players mocked several recently divorced Flyers.

Danny Briere of the Philadelphia Flyers says Buffalo Sabres players crossed the line by mocking him over his divorce from Smurfette.

Danny Briere of the Philadelphia Flyers says Buffalo Sabres players crossed the line by mocking him about his divorce from Smurfette.

From The Montreal Gazette

Trash talk is common on the ice in the NHL playoffs, but Philadelphia Flyers forward Daniel Briere, right, said one member of the Buffalo Sabres “crossed the line” during Game 6 of their Eastern Conference quarter-final.

“Honestly, one of their young guys said something to me that was personal and crossed the line,” Briere told the Buffalo News.

“It got me fired up a little bit more than it usually does. That was probably a big part of it.”

According to the Buffalo News, citing a Flyers source, it was Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta who made remarks to Briere and Scott Hartnell about their divorces.

Original Photos Yahoo, halloweencostumes.com

Blackhawks Back From The Dead

April 26, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

After falling behind 3 games to none against the Vancouver Canucks, the Chicago Blackhawks have come back from the dead to force a game 7.

After playing like zombies for the 1st three games of the playoffs, the Chicago Blackhawks have come back from the dead to force a game 7 against the Canucks.

After playing like zombies for the 1st three games of the playoffs, the Chicago Blackhawks have come back from the dead to force a game 7 against the Canucks.

From The Toronto Sun

In Vancouver, things are much worse because expectations are so much higher. The Canucks need someone to apply the Heimlich manoeuvre because they are on the verge of choking.

It’s easy for us desk-bound pundits to brandish the c-word with impunity right about now, but how else to describe blowing a 3-0 series lead and now facing a Game 7 Tuesday in Vancouver against a reinvigorated Chicago Blackhawks team?

The Canucks won the Presidents Cup as the top overall team in the standings this season. The Blackhawks, despite winning their first Stanley Cup in 49 years last season, just squeaked into the playoffs this time around. In other words, the Canucks have everything to lose and the Blackhawks have nothing to lose.

Original Photos derekring, sportslogos

Caps Looking To Erase History

April 23, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Washington Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau has had some tough luck in his career during the playoffs, and his players know it.

Head Coach Bruce Boudreau of the Washington Capitals would be honored if Haagen-Dazs made an ice cream for him.

Head Coach Bruce Boudreau of the Washington Capitals would be honored if Haagen-Dazs made an ice cream for him.

From The Washington Times

Last year is still a painful, though forgettable, memory for the Caps. Facing the same situation – up 3-1 coming home against the Canadiens – Washington got run in the first 10 minutes of Game 5 and went on to lose the series. Asked what he remembered from that experience, Alex Ovechkin said: “I don’t remember nothing. I forget about it.”

Most players feel the same way – that the Montreal series is in the past and that this is a new team. Much of the belief about a new team comes from new players – namely Arnott and Hannan, who weren’t part of that collapse. As much as they helped in the regular season, they’re here for playoff time and to get this first-round series out of the way.

Original Photo aisleate

Boudreau Hates MSG

April 19, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Washington Capitals’ Head Coach Bruce Boudreau does not think highly of Madison Square Garden.

Caps' coach Bruce Boudreau does not get treated nicely at Madison Square Garden, mainly because he blocks the view for many fans like he was Jabba The Hut.

Caps' coach Bruce Boudreau does not get treated nicely at Madison Square Garden. Mainly because he couldn't block the view for any more fans if he was Jabba The Hut.

From CBS Sports

If Bruce Boudreau isn’t familiar with a Bronx cheer, he soon will be.

Apparently the Capitals coach doesn’t get the aura of Madison Square Garden. In an interview with a Washington radio station, Boudreau shared a few thoughts on the “World’s Most Famous Arena.” Here’s betting he didn’t make any friends in New York.

“Its reputation is far better than the actual building,” Boudreau said in an interview on the station. “It’s nothing. The locker rooms are horrible. The benches are horrible. There’s no room for anything. But the reputation of being in Madison Square Garden is what makes it famous. Our building is a lot louder, too. They can say what they want, but it’s not that loud in there.”

Original Photos imageshack, shadowlandtoys

Alternate Logo: Chicago Blackhawks

April 18, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The Chicago Blackhawks are on the brink of being eliminated from the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Chicago Blackhawks have looked lifeless against the Vancouver Canucks.

The Chicago Blackhawks have looked lifeless against the Vancouver Canucks.

From Sportsnet.ca

We could write at length about the Raffi Torres hit on Brent Seabrook, but we’ve got all day Monday for that. And we could praise the Canucks to the skies, but it’s starting to look like we may have another two months of that as well.

For now, with this series all but over, we should spare a moment to pay our respects to the fallen Stanley Cup champions, the Blackhawks, a team that isn’t only nowhere near as good as the Vancouver Canucks are. They are nowhere near as good as themselves a year ago either, down 3-0 in their first-round series to the Canucks, a pale impression of the team that eliminated Vancouver a year ago.

“Where we sit now, it’s not pretty. It’s really frustrating when you don’t put it all on the line; you don’t find a way to win that one,” Toews said, after a Mikael Samuelsson rebound goal – on the second or third whack – stood up as the winner in a 3-2 game.

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Rangers Feeling Black And Blue

April 06, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The New York Rangers nickname this season has been the Black and Blueshirts, due to their gritty play. Unfortunately, that same gritty play will cost Ryan Callahan the rest of the season due to a broken leg.

The New York Rangers nickname of the Black and Blueshirts isn't so charming anymore.

The New York Rangers nickname of the Black and Blueshirts isn't so charming anymore now that they've lost one of their top players for the season.

From The NY Post

It doesn’t get much more expensive than this and it doesn’t get much more devastating than this. The Rangers will first attempt to clinch a playoff spot and then attempt to do damage in the tournament without Ryan Callahan, who will be sidelined indefinitely with the broken right leg he sustained at the Garden on Monday night blocking a Zdeno Chara shot with 1:45 to go and his team protecting a one-goal lead in what became an emotional 5-3 victory over the Bruins.

This isn’t simply about the loss of the team’s spiritual leader, though there is that. This isn’t simply about the loss of the athlete who personifies the Black-and-Blueshirt mentality that has defined this band of blue-blooded brothers, though there is that, too.

This, rather, is about losing the team’s best and most reliable forward, and one of its three most valuable players — Henrik Lundqvist and Marc Staal complete the trio — on the cusp of the playoffs.

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Matt Cooke Keeping Busy

March 28, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Matt Cooke of the Pittsburgh Penguins is not enjoying his league imposed Spring Break.

Matt Cooke had planned to spend his suspension with savage head hunters on an undisclosed Pacific island, but they asked him to leave because he couldn't resist elbowing and tripping tribe members during hunts.

Matt Cooke had planned to spend his suspension with savage head hunters on an undisclosed Pacific island, but they asked him to leave because he couldn't resist elbowing and needlessly tripping other tribe members during hunts.

From The Winnipeg Free Press

Don Cherry says the NHL got it right this time.

The colourful “Hockey Night In Canada” personality applauded the league for its stiff suspension of Pittsburgh agitator Matt Cooke on Saturday’s “Coach’s Corner” broadcast on CBC.

Cooke was suspended for the rest of the regular season, which worked out to 10 games, plus the first round of the playoffs for elbowing Ryan McDonagh of the New York Rangers in the head in a game last Sunday afternoon.

“It’s almost like a drunk, (he) has to have something done to him to straighten him out,” Cherry said of Cooke. “I believe this kid will straighten out.”

Cherry was far more measured in tone Saturday than he was in a “Coach’s Corner” segment that aired just over a year ago, when he called Cooke “gutless” and “backstabbing” after his hit to the head of Marc Savard left the Bruins centre with a severe concussion. Cooke was not suspended for that hit, a decision that infuriated Cherry.

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Matt Cooke Is Insane

March 21, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Matt Cooke of the Pittsburgh Penguins is in hot water for elbowing an opponent again, this time on national television.

The NHL is considering forcing Matt Cooke of the Pittsburgh Penguins to play in a straight jacket for the rest of the season.

The NHL is considering forcing Matt Cooke of the Pittsburgh Penguins to play in a straight jacket for the rest of the season.

From The NY Times

Penguins agitator Matt Cooke will almost certainly be ordered to pay another visit to the office of N.H.L. judge Colin Campbell in the next few days. With his Penguins tied with the Rangers in the third period, 1-1, Cooke nailed Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonough with an elbow to the head. This is exactly the kind of hit that the league has implemented rules over the last year to eliminate — motivated, in part, by some hits by Cooke to heads of his opponents.

On the NBC telecast, Ed Olczyk predicted Cooke — considered a repeat offender by the N.H.L. — would be suspended for eight games. The Penguins have already paid the price short-term. The Rangers scored goals 11 seconds apart on the power play after Cooke received a five-minute major penalty and game misconduct. The Rangers won the game, 5-2.

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Capitals Hit Road, Win Games

March 20, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The Washington Capitals are in the middle of a 12 day road trip.

Bruce Boudreau and the Washington Capitals are enjoying life on the road. Especially the pizza.

Bruce Boudreau and the Washington Capitals are enjoying life on the road, especially the pizza.

From The Washington Post

“The mortgage of the building is in the number one position of priority,” Leonsis said in a recent interview. “So concerts and horse shows and the NCAA tournament are really important to us because they help us pay the mortgage on the down days. It’s a balancing act, but I probably would have agreed to the NCAAs and this upcoming schedule.”

Only four of the Capitals’ 12 remaining regular season games will be played at home, and while this six-game stretch is not a traditional road trip — the team will return to Washington at least once to practice — the string of consecutive road games beats their longest homestand of four contests in December.

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Maple Leafs For Sale

March 15, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The Toronto Maple Leafs are for sale.

The Ontario Teachers Pension Plan is selling their stake in the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Ontario Teachers Pension Plan is selling it's chunk of the Maple Leafs.

From CBC.com

The Ontario Teachers Pension Plan announced over the weekend that it will explore the possibility of selling its 66 per cent majority stake in Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment.

The company controls the Maple Leafs, NBA’s Toronto Raptors, the Toronto FC soccer franchise and the AHL’s Toronto Marlies. It also owns the Air Canada Centre.

“The Ontario Teachers Pension Plan has a fiduciary obligation to the people it represents,” said Bettman. “So if they believe there’s a transaction that is fiduciary that they need to engage in, then they’ll do it.”

The prospect of the teacher’s pension fund selling its stake seemed to be a reversal from its public position in December when it said it wasn’t “anxious” to sell its investment. Reports surfaced in December that Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B) was trying to buy out the teachers’ piece of the MLSE pie.

Kilmer Sports, which is controlled by Toronto businessman Larry Tanenbaum, holds about 20.5 per cent of MLSE. TD Capital holds the remaining 13.5 per cent.

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Canada Now Hates Zdeno Chara

March 11, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Boston Bruins’ star Zdeno Chara is being investigated by Quebec police after a questionable hit on Max Pacioretty of the Montreal Canadiens.

The only way more people in Canada could possibly hate Zdeno Chara more, is if they find out he likes to hunt baby seals on his days off.

The only way more people in Canada could possibly hate Zdeno Chara more, is if they find out he likes to hunt baby seals on his days off.

From The Vancouver Sun

The NHL found itself under scrutiny Thursday from police, league sponsors and even Prime Minister Stephen Harper over its handling of this week’s devastating hit that put Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty in hospital and gave the league another black eye.

After Montreal police announced that they are investigating whether Boston Bruins defenceman Zdeno Chara could be criminally charged for his actions, league commissioner Gary Bettman found himself dropping the gloves to duke it out with Air Canada, one of the league’s corporate sponsors.

It’s all fallout from Tuesday’s game in Montreal, where Chara checked Pacioretty into the stanchion which divides the players’ benches. The brutal high-speed collision caused Pacioretty’s body to twist in mid-air before collapsing to the ice.

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King Henrik Leads Rangers

March 08, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Henrik Lundqvist has 9 shutouts for the NY Rangers this season.

God knows where the NY Rangers would be without Henrik Lundqvist.

God knows where the NY Rangers would be without Henrik Lundqvist.

From The NY Times

“I have no idea,” Callahan said, smiling. “They just handed us our sweaters before the game, and they were the white ones. We should wear white all the time.”

Maybe they should, because everything went right in white against the conference-leading Flyers. The Rangers beat them for the first time in five meetings this season; Callahan, the Rangers’ 25-year-old captain of the future, got his first career hat trick and added an assist; the rookie Mats Zuccarello scored twice for his first multigoal game; and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 24 shots for his league-leading ninth shutout of the season.

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Gillies Gets 10 Games

March 04, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Trevor Gillies of the NY  Islanders got himself suspended.  Again.

Trevor Gillies was suspended 10 games by the NHL for being a big ape.

Trevor Gillies was suspended 10 games by the NHL for being a big ape.

From Bloomberg

The second suspension stems from Gillies’s hit on Minnesota Wild forward Cal Clutterbuck in the second period of the Islanders’ 4-1 victory two days ago. Gillies was ejected from the game after checking Clutterbuck into the boards from behind.

Gillies will forfeit $60,975.60 in salary, NHL.com said, and that money will go to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund. Gillies is considered a repeat offender and forfeits his salary based on the suspension as a percentage of the 82-game regular season.

“By targeting his opponent’s head, three shifts into his first game back from a suspension for a very similar action, Mr. Gillies has forfeited his privilege of playing in the league for 10 games,” NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell said in a statement posted on the league’s website.

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NJ Devils And The Impossible Dream

March 03, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The New Jersey Devils are back from the dead under head coach Jacques Lemaire.

NJ Devils coach Jacques Lemaire gets his players motivated through threats of eternal damnation.

NJ Devils coach Jacques Lemaire gets his players motivated through threats of eternal damnation.

From Bleacher Report

With each win they accumulate, the New Jersey Devils begin to believe all that much more.  It’s been a season of lows and highs, but the team has been flying high in the second half, posting an 18-2-2 record in their last 22 games, and the talk of a miracle comeback to a playoff spot continues to gain steam.

After defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 on Wednesday night, the Devils moved to within nine points of the eighth seeded Carolina Hurricanes (with a game in hand) and 10 points of the seventh seeded New York Rangers (with two games in hand).  They also moved up in the standings past Florida Panthers, lifting the Devils into 12th place in the conference.

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Capitals Flat At Home

February 26, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The Washington Capitals were shut out by the New York Rangers 6-0 on Friday night.

Jason Chimera of the Washington Capitals quickly learned that  Michael Sauer of the New York Rangers knows how to fight.

Jason Chimera of the Washington Capitals quickly learned that Michael Sauer of the New York Rangers can be pretty scary when he fights.

From The Washington Post

Last night’s blowout loss to the Rangers was especially disconcerting considering the Capitals should have been well rested by faceoff. Players had two days off after completing their recent road trip, then practiced on Thursday, but the energy clearly was lacking for 60 minutes against New York.

Steve Eminger scored first at 5 minutes 56 seconds of the first period, and Erik Christensen followed with a goal at 14:47. By the time Christensen tallied his second goal at 4:19 in the second period on the power play, the Rangers were well on their way to a victory that moved them within four points of Washington for the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference.

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Flames Win Heritage Classic

February 21, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The Calgary Flames beat the Montreal Canadiens in the Heritage Classic.

The Calgary Flames dressed like Ronald McDonald for the Heritage Classic.

The Calgary Flames dressed like Ronald McDonald for the Heritage Classic.

From The Calgary Herald

It had all the hoopla of a championship game.

And the 2011 Tim Hortons Heritage Classic left fans with memories of something much more meaningful than a regular-season NHL match.

The thermometer read -8.6 C at the opening faceoff between the Calgary Flames and Montreal Canadiens -and dropped as low as -21 C with the wind chill during the game -but the 41,022 faithful who filled the sold-out stands at McMahon Stadium didn’t seem to care.

“It was worth every penny,” enthused Kim White, bedecked in Flames yellow and red Heritage Classic clothing.

“Yesterday and today, it was fantastic, absolutely wonderful,” added her mother, Jackie White, outfitted head to toe in Habs gear. “We loved every minute of it.”

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Alternate Logo: Pittsburgh Penguins

February 14, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Mario Lemieux made some comments over the weekend that make him look a little silly.

Mario Lemieux made some comments that make his Penguins franchise look a little goofy.

Mario Lemieux made some comments that make both he and the Pittsburgh Penguins look a little hypocritical. And goofy.

From The National Post

And Mr. Lemieux’s remarks would be worth taking seriously, if not for the fact Mr. Lemieux employs one of the most offensive goons in the game, and has much to answer for in enabling the sort of travesty he’s now complaining of. Mr. Lemieux signs the pay cheques for Matt Cooke, a left-winger who has been suspended repeatedly by the league for dirty play. His best-known exploit to date was ruining the career of Boston Bruins’ Marc Savard, who has been unable to play at his previous high level since being concussed by Cooke last March. Last week, just days before Mr. Lemieux’s outburst, Cooke was again suspended for a vicious check from behind, in which he clearly left his feet in leaping at a player and driving his face into the glass.

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NHL Suspends 3 For Isles Pens Brawl

February 13, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The NHL suspended both Trevor Gillies and Matt Martin of the NY Islanders, as well as Eric Godard of the Pittsburgh Penguins for their roles in Friday night’s fight filled game.

Trevor Gillies of the NY ISlanders, shown here stabbing Eric Godard with a shank during Friday's prison riot, was suspended 9 games by the NHL.

Trevor Gillies of the NY Islanders, shown here stabbing Eric Godard with a shank during Friday's prison riot, was suspended 9 games by the NHL.

From The NY Daily News

The NHL came down hard late Saturday night on two Islanders deemed to be instigators in Friday’s fight-filled 9-3 pummeling of the Penguins.

Trevor Gillies earned a nine-game suspension for an elbow to Eric Tangradi’s head during a third-period melee, and Matt Martin was slapped with a four-game ban for ambushing Pittsburgh’s Max Talbot from behind in the neutral zone to ignite the first scrum in the second period.

Gillies continued punching Tangradi after drilling him with his elbow, and then he appeared to taunt the Pens rookie as Tangradi, whom the Pens claim suffered a concussion, lay prone on the ice.

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Matt Cooke Gets 4 Games

February 09, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The Pittsburgh Penguins will be without Matt Cooke for a while after the NHL suspended him for a questionable hit.

After getting away with acting like a clown for years, the NHL finally suspended Matt Cooke of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

After getting away with acting like a clown for years, the NHL finally suspended Matt Cooke of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

From The Washington Post

Penguins forward Matt Cooke has been suspended four games for hitting Blue Jackets defenseman Fedor Tyutin from behind last night in Pittsburgh.

Tyutin was uninjured by the hit, but he told the Columbus Dispatch it was “the worst hit I’ve ever had from behind. … I wasn’t surprised, not when you see [Cooke] in the highlights all the time for dirty hits.”

Cooke received a five-minute major penalty for charging and five minutes for his fight with Blue Jackets forward Derrick Brassard.

The incident came just two days after Cooke escaped punishment for a knee-on-knee collision with Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin. After Sunday’s game, Washington Coach Bruce Boudreau didn’t hesitate to share his opinion of Cooke.

Cooke “knows damn well what he did,” Boudreau said. “There’s no doubt in my mind that he’s good at it and he knows how to do it. He knows how to pick this stuff. We as a league, we still buy into this [idea] that, ‘Oh it was an accidental thing.’”

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DiPietro Gets Thumped

February 03, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

NY Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro got into a fight. It didn’t last long.

Rick DiPietro of the NY Islanders has a boo boo.

Rick DiPietro of the NY Islanders has a boo boo.

From The NY Times

As Penguins forward Matt Cooke skated by his crease, DiPietro shoved him in the chest, knocking the noted Penguins antagonist down. A few scrums ensued and DiPietro met his netminding counterpart, Brent Johnson, at the Islanders’ blue line. Both shed their blockers and gloves.

Johnson had never fought in the N.H.L. before, but he is 6-foot-3. DiPietro, smaller by at least two inches, once got the better of former Rangers goalie prospect Al Montoya in a preseason game. Flashing a left hook that seemed to stun even his own teammates, Johnson dropped DiPietro with the one and only punch of the fight.

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NHL All Stars Score Lots Of Goals

January 31, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Team Lidstrom defeated  Team Staal in a 21 goal game.

After allowing 21 goals, Jonas Hiller of the Anaheim Ducks and the rest of the goalies at the 2011 NHL All Star game all needed a drink.

After allowing 21 goals, Jonas Hiller of the Anaheim Ducks and the rest of the goalies at the 2011 NHL All Star game all needed a drink.

From Mercury News

A sport that takes much pride in the intensity of its competition cranked out another contest where each team reached double-digits in goals and the only thing bruised were goalie stats.

It ended up as an 11-10 victory for Team (Nicklas) Lidstrom over Team (Eric) Staal in an outcome that couldn’t have pleased the 18,680 fans who filled the RBC Center, because all three Carolina Hurricane players in the game — Staal, rookie Jeff Skinner and goalie Cam Ward — were on the losing side.

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