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20 Half-Assed Predictions for the 2015-16 NHL Season

Hockey season is back and that means it’s time to make  some ridiculous predictions for the 2015-16 NHL season.

Have a look at this list of 20 and add your predictions in the comment section.

Also, I tried to avoid the dreaded East Coast Bias – but ya, it’s probably there.

Hockey Puck emoticon 1. Phil Kessel score 50+ and wins the Rocket Richard Trophy

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Hockey Puck emoticon 2 A) Steven Stamkos stumbles and score 33

Hockey Puck emoticon 2 B) Stamkos doe not sign a contract extension during the season

Hockey Puck emoticon 3. James van Riemsdyk is the Toronto Maple Leafs MVP

Hockey Puck emoticon 4. Carey Price wins 40 games for the Montreal Canadiens

Hockey Puck emoticon 5. Jaromir Jagr and his mullet play in the All-Star Game

Hockey Puck emoticon 6. An Eastern Conference team wins the Stanley Cup

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Hockey Puck emoticon 7. Connor McDavid scored 34 goals, adds 48 assists for 82 total points

Hockey Puck emoticon 8 A) Raffi Torres doesn’t play a game in the NHL this season

Hockey Puck emoticon 8 B) If Raffi Torres plays a game this season the Sharks will win the Stanley Cup

Hockey Puck emoticon 9. The Lightning take a big step back

Hockey Puck emoticon 10. The Toronto Maple Leafs trade Nazim Kadri mid-season

Hockey Puck emoticon 11. 4 Canadian teams make the playoffs

Hockey Puck emoticon 12. The Buffalo Sabres will not make the playoffs

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Hockey Puck emoticon 13. Sidney Crosby scores 101 points

Hockey Puck emoticon 14. Alexander Semin score 25 goals for the Montreal Canadiens

Hockey Puck emoticon 15. The New Jersey Devils will finish the season with the worst overall record

Hockey Puck emoticon 16. The Anaheim Ducks lose in the Western Conference Final

Hockey Puck emoticon 17. Bobby Ryan scores 17 goals on the season

Hockey Puck emoticon 18. The Dallas Stars score the most goals in the NHL

Hockey Puck emoticon 19. Don Cherry swears on TV and the CBC has to bleep him

Hockey Puck emoticon 20. Patrick Sharp scores a hat trick against the Blackhawks

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2 years ago

2015-16 NHL Canadian Country Music Season Preview

The NHL season starts this week with Montreal in Toronto, Vancouver in Calgary, New York in Chicago, and San Jose in Los Angeles… and to get us all ready for hockey we recruited 10 of our own Canadian Country Music All-Stars to give us their preview!

We asked each artist 3 questions (Favourite Team, Why/How Long Have You Loved Them, What Do You Expect This Season) and got some awesome answers.

HUGE thanks are going out to Chad Brownlee, Brett Kissel, Bobby Wills, Lindsay Broughton, Tim Chaisson, David Roberts, Cory Marquardt, Tim Hicks, Petric, and Yoan for playing along with our brand new idea this season. We love that there is so much love for puck in the country music community.

So, have a look and see which singer shares the same NHL team love affair as you – and leave a comment to tell us your favourite team, the story of you loving them, and what you expect from them this season!

2015-16 NHL Preview!

Chad Brownlee

Chad Brownlee NHL Preview 2015What is your favourite NHL team?
Vancouver Canucks

Why / How long have you loved them?
Since I can remember. Growing up in BC with my Dad being a huge Canucks fan made it pretty easy to decide which team to cheer for!

What do you expect from them this season?
I think the changes they made last season was the beginning of something great. This year is simply going to add to the success that I see growing in years to come!

Brett Kissel

Brett Kissel CNE 2015What is your favourite NHL team?
EDMONTON OILERS

Why / How long have you loved them?
“I’ve literally loved the Oilers since I was born. Interesting story, I was born the day the Oilers won their last Stanley Cup in 1990. My brother thinks I’m a curse to the team, because as long as I’ve been alive, they haven’t won the cup since…”

What do you expect from them this season?
“I truly believe that the Oilers will make the playoffs this year. With all that young star power, I mean, they’ve got to! If Calgary got into the playoffs this past season, then the Oilers NEED to!”

Note: On September 3, 2015 at the CNE in Toronto, Brett gave the crowd a guarantee that the Maple Leafs would make the playoffs this season. Remember that 😉

Bobby Wills

When The Lights Go Down Toronto Bobby Wills-8043What is your favourite NHL team?
Calgary Flames

Why / How long have you loved them?
My favourite team as a little guy was the Bruins as we have Massachusetts roots, but the battle of Alberta pulled me in.

What do you expect from them this season?
A playoff spot, hard to say from there. The west is so competitive it is going to be a dog fight!!

Lindsay Broughton

Lindsay Broughton at the 2015 CMAO Awards.

What is your favourite NHL team?
The Detroit Red Wings

Why / How long have you loved them?
HA! Weeell this isn’t awkward at all! To be quite honest I’m fairly new on the Detroit bandwagon! I was a long time lover, supporter and most often defender of the Leafs (stop laughing!) However I was forced to change my ways, burn the blue clothes, convert and become the enemy when I started dating a player in the Detroit organization about a year and a half ago. Yep, I am the ultimate traitor but if it’s any consolation sometimes I still secretly cheer for the Leafs… shhh..

What do you expect from them this season?
Uhmm a cup? haha..kidding. It’s going to be interesting to see what happens without Babcock being there but obviously I’m excited about the season and have faith that the new changes are going to bring big things. 🙂

Tim Chaisson

Tim Chaisson Lost in the Light Release Party ShowWhat is your favourite NHL team?
Montreal Canadiens!

Why / How long have you loved them?
Well, my father pretty much brainwashed my brothers and I since we were born to love the Habs, so as long as I can remember I guess!

What do you expect from them this season?
I’d love to see a strong play-off season myself! I also think it’s pretty cool that P.K. Subban is giving so much back to the community.

David Roberts of The Washboard Union

David Robertson The Washboard UnionWhat is your favourite NHL team?
Toronto Maple Leafs

Why / How long have you loved them?
Since I was a kid of 6, we had seasons tickets at Maple Leaf Gardens, up in the Blues, Section 29

What do you expect from them this season?
Here are my ​2015/2016 predictions:
a) ​In a Wed Oct 7th press release it will be revealed that ​The L​eafs will work a deal with ​season ticket holders who will now only pay for winning games.
b) It’s a rebuild year, or decade or whatever the term is for the 49 odd years they have been waiting to win the cup back….
c) Record Producer and world’​s biggest Leaf fan GGGarth Richardson will be hired as the new head coach and will guide the team to ​victory and win ​the ​2015/2016 Stanley Cup aka La Coupe Stanley
d) The Leafs will continue to sell out night after night…Go Leafs Go

Cory Marquardt

Cory Marquardt CNE 2015What is your favourite NHL team?
Toronto Maple Leafs

Why / How long have you loved them?
My Dad is from Toronto and my grandpa was a big fan. I still picture them in 94-96 Potvin, Clark, Gilmore, Tie Domi and the list goes on

What do you expect from them this season?
They made some pretty big changes and I’m sure they’ll be making more. Not sure what to expect but I see them winning a cup in 20**…

Tim Hicks

Tim Hicks -7769What is your favourite NHL team?
I’m a Leafs guy

Why / How long have you loved them?
It’s sort of ingrained in the culture where I grew up that you must be a Leafs fan or face the consequences lol! Geographically, they’re the closest Canadian team and I always root for home.

What do you expect from them this season?
I’m expecting them to finally throw us a bone! Come on boys!!

Petric

Petric Live in StudioWhat is your favourite NHL team?
We’re both huge Jets fans! Toms also has a love for the Detroit Red Wings

Why / How long have you loved them?
We’ve been proud jets fans, even the years they didn’t exist in the league. Those were the years the Red Wings jersey got worn a lot. The year we both started playing hockey the Red Wings won the Stanley Cup, and Stevie Yzerman was Toms all time favourite player.

What do you expect from them this season?
The Jets have a lot of young blood, which may bring some growing pains, but should also bring a lot of exciting hockey. GO JETS GO!

Yoan

Yoan CNE 2015What is your favourite NHL team?
The Montreal Canadians.

Why / How long have you loved them?
I think Hockey is a part of our culture and heritage and so are the Montreal Canadians. I played hockey for 5 years and my dad has always been a really big fan of the team so we used to watch the games together when I was growing up. The last two years have been so busy for me that I don’t have as much time to follow hockey religiously as I did before but I try to support the team every time I can.

What do you expect from them this season?
I wish them the best and hopefully the Stanley Cup!

2 years ago

20 Half- Assed Predictions For The 2014-15 NHL Season

NHL Faceoff 2014The NHL season starts tomorrow night with a marque match-up between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens…

And so here we are, the same as every season, with my list of predictions for the new hockey season. Some of these predictions are more likely to come true than others. Some are pretty far fetched. But in some reality, somewhere, all 20 of these guesses could end up being correct.

Let me know how far off from your reality I am and pitch in any predictions of your own.

Hockey Puck emoticon Weekly Power Rankings cause fist fights between fans AND the experts that vote on them… especially in the West with Anaheim, LA, St. Louis and Chicago.

Hockey Puck emoticon The San Jose Sharks don’t make it out of round 1 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and everyone gets fired and half the team gets traded.

Hockey FightHockey Puck emoticon There will be 50-75 (294-419) fewer fights in the 2014-15 season than there were in 2013-14 (469).

Hockey Puck emoticon The Islanders and Rangers both qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs… and my fingers are crossed that they meet in the 1st round!

Hockey Puck emoticon Winnipeg struggles all season long and makes a slew trades including Evander Kane and Dustin Byfuglien.

Hockey Puck emoticon Toronto misses the Playoffs and fires Randy Carlyle.

Hockey Puck emoticon This will not be Jaromir Jagr’s last NHL season.

Stamkos and CrosbyHockey Puck emoticon Sidney Crosby and Steven Stamkos will go to the last week of the season fighting for the Rocket Richard Trophy.

Hockey Puck emoticon The bottom 5 teams in the NHL: Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton, Buffalo, Florida.

Hockey Puck emoticon Josh Gorges and Brian Gionta will combine for 21 goals and 55 points in their 1st season in Buffalo.

Hockey Puck emoticon Manny Malhotra will finish in the top 3 in faceoff win percentage and become a Montreal fan fav with a big playoff goal.

Hockey Puck emoticon Don Cherry will be reprimanded by Rogers after his controversial comments land on the front page of major news outlets.

Hockey Puck emoticon Detroit misses the Playoffs for the 1st time in 75 years and Mike Babcock becomes the biggest free agent head coach in a generation.

Hockey Puck emoticon Phil Kessel scores 43 goals for the Toronto Maple Leafs – 15 more than anyone else on the team.

Hockey Puck emoticon Ryan Miller has an okay, but not great, season as the Canucks fight for 8th place in the West all season.

Carey Price and PK SubbanHockey Puck emoticon The Dallas Stars will be the dark horse team in the West and will challenge for 2nd in the Central.

Hockey Puck emoticon Carey Price wins 41 games and posts a sub 3.00 GAA AND stays healthy for a Habs Playoff run.

Hockey Puck emoticon Pernell Karl “P. K.” Subban steps up and earns his massive new contract money – and becomes Canadiens captain in 2015-16.

Hockey Puck emoticon The Chicago Blackhawks and LA Kings meet in the Western Conference Finals.

Hockey Puck emoticon The @LAKings remain the #1 NHL team on Twitter – but look for @BlueJacketsNHL to make a push with the support of their fans.

I don’t know how right or wrong I’m going to end up being on any of these 20 predictions… but hey, that’s what the internet is for.

Have a good season!

Be awesome!

3 years ago

NHL Playoffs 2014 – The Quest For The Cup!

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The Playoffs Are Coming!

That’s right, in less than 48 hours the puck will drop in Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh and Anaheim to start the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs… and I’m excited.

I know that many/most Canadian hockey fans are dealing with feelings of disappointment and sadness as their teams are not in the post-season tournament, but as a Habs fan, I’m hyped for more hockey.

To kick off the playoffs I’ve drafted my good friend and great hockey fan Sean to give us his picks for the first round and some thoughts on what we might see.

So, have a look at our picks, agree or disagree as you will (please don’t make too much fun of us) and share your picks for the first round of the 2014 NHL Playoffs!

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Eastern Conference

Boston Bruins (1) vs Detroit Red Wings (4)

Sean: Original six foes who haven’t had a playoff matchup in three generations. Grand Rapids – sorry, Detroit – took the season series and will make it closer than it ought to be. But I can’t pick against the President’s Trophy winners, and Jarome Iginla’s surprising season.
Boston wins 4-2

Josh: As much as I hate the Bruins, and I really really do (except for Jarome Iginla) I don’t see a way that the undermanned, banged up, skin of their teeth Red Wings can knock off Boston in this series. Look for 5 games.
Boston wins 4-1

Tampa Bay Lightning (2) vs Montreal Canadiens (3)

Sean: Three of the four games between these teams were decided by a single goal in overtime or a shootout., which means this series is all about the goaltending – Tampa losing starter Ben Bishop last week, while Carey Price has seemingly been doing everything right this year.
Mnn… mnh… Montreal wins 4-3 (as a Leafs’ fan, that really, really hurt to say)

Josh: This is a tight match-up with these teams finishing the regular season very similarly. The difference for me right now is goaltending. If Ben Bishop can’t compete for the Lightning the edge definitely goes to Gold Medal winning Carey Price and the Habs. 6 games here.
Montreal wins 4-2

Pittsburgh Penguins (1) vs Columbus Blue Jackets (4)

Sean: The Penguins might be missing Evgeni Malkin, but Columbus is definitely without Nathan Horton. Pittsburgh’s goaltending is always the playoff question mark. However, Pittsburgh had Columbus’ number all season long. That, and the best player in the world, tell me the Pens go through.
Pittsburgh wins 4-1

Josh: Before the season I wouldn’t have picked Columbus to make the playoffs. And now that they’re here I won’t be picking them to beat the Penguins in the first round. As long Fleury can stop a puck the Pens win.
Pittsburgh wins 4-1

New York Rangers (2) vs Philadelphia Flyers (3)

Sean: Patrick Division represent – two very, very evenly-matched teams should mean a close series. Home ice will mean a lot – the home team won each game between these two this season, and Philly has been snakebit in New York for the last few years. Martin St. Louis will be motivated to validate his trade-deadline pickup, and not many teams have found a way to put him on ice.
New York wins 4-3

Josh: I don’t know enough about these teams to be quite honest. But I hate the Flyers and I think that Alain Vigneault can coach the Rangers past Philly in the opening round.
New York wins 4-3

Western Conference

Colorado Avalanche (1) vs Minnesota Wild (4)

Sean: Colorado was the huge surprise of the regular season, bouncing back from a horrible run with a very young team. Meanwhile, if the Wild were an ice cream, they’d be vanilla – I have no line on them, beyond that playoff decision tree that’s floating around telling me they should be my team now. The Avs had the upper hand in a close season series.
Colorado wins 4-2

Josh: The Avs have been a great surprise this season with Patrick Roy leading the young team from behind the bench. The Wild have been a great story and can’t be upset with their season, but I’m looking at the young stars from the Rockies to win here.
Colorado wins 4-3

St. Louis Blues (2) vs Chicago Blackhawks (3)

Sean: Both teams have been bit by the injury bug in recent weeks, putting a late blemish on St. Louis’ amazing year. Chicago looks like it’ll be healthier more quickly, and as the defending champion, have to be taken very seriously. It feels like the Hawks are just too stacked, but Ryan Miller is going to have a lot to prove here and could put the Blues on his back long enough for them to heal up a bit.
St. Louis wins 4-3

Josh: The Blues have had a fantastic season and bringing in Ryan Miller was HUGE for them. But they’re sliding right now and the Blackhawks should be getting Kane and Toews back which gives them scoring, defense and leadership.
Chicago wins 4-3

Anaheim Ducks (1) vs Dallas Stars (4)

Sean: The Ducks have a lot to prove after an untimely exit in last year’s playoffs, and a lengthy swoon just after mid-season. Meanwhile, Tyler Seguin seems poised to continue this season’s coming-out party and be a difference-maker. Every first round needs a big upset, and this one feels like the most likely choice to be it.
Dallas wins 4-2

Josh: The Ducks have been lights out for most of the season with a balanced attack and Teemu Selanne who we all love. I think this team is going to try to make a run and the Stars are the first ones to fall along the way.
Anaheim wins 4-1

San Jose Sharks (2) vs Los Angeles Kings (3)

Sean: San Jose has their own bad playoff mojo to overcome, but comes armed with strong team defense and a core group of forwards in Logan Couture, Joe Pavelski, and Joe Thornton who’ll be hard to handle. On the other hand – Jonathan Quick? Drew Doughty? The team with a Cup in their recent history brings world-class defense and goaltending.
LA wins 4-3

Josh: The Kings have a ring, the Sharks don’t. And while I don’t think that this is the year Joe Thornton gets to raise the Stanley Cup, I do think that they knock off their California rivals in round 1.
San Jose wins 4-2

There you have it. Round 1 picks in the books!

Stay tuned for more playoff coverage as we make our way towards Lord Stanley’s Cup!

4 years ago

20 Half- Assed Predictions For The 2013-14 NHL Season – The Review

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On the first day of the NHL season I wrote a list of predictions… many of them were pretty ridiculous. Some of them were based in real opinion and expectation. And now that we’re inches away from the end of the regular season I’ve run them all down to see just how accurate I was for the season.

Also, if your team isn’t going to the playoffs this season, I feel for you. Here’s hoping you can still enjoy the hockey that is left to be played.

Here we go.

1. I will win my fantasy pool.
Lost in quarter-finals. I’ll get ’em next year.

2. Jarome Iginla will lead the Boston Bruins in scoring.
With 4 games left on the schedule Iginla leads the Bruins with 30 goals and is 2nd in points. This prediction was never supposed to come true and it’s way closer than I ever thought it would be.

3. George Parros will log the most fighting majors of any Montreal Canadiens player in 20 years.
Well that didn’t pan out as planned now did it… especially after opening night.

4. Phil Kessel will play up to the level of his new ($8 million per year) contract. David Clarkson will not.
It’s always debatable as to whether a player is worth $8 million… but it’s not debatable that David Clarkson has not played as well as expected, or up to the standard that his $5.25 million demands with his play this season.

5. The Edmonton Oilers will make the playoffs on the last day of the season.
Hopes were way too high on this one. And with 4 games left the Oilers are 24 points out of the playoffs in the Western Conference.

6. Roberto Luongo will win 42 games in the regular season.
In another weird year for Luongo there are only 23 wins on his stat line. Here’s hoping next season is better for him in Florida.

7. Cory Schneider will win 16 games in the regular season.
With 4 games left in the regular season Schneider has exactly 4 wins…

8. Steven Stamkos will not lead the NHL in goals.
Listen, I’ve been a little worried that I jinxed Stamkos with this prediction. That injury sucked! But still, another correct prediction has been made.

9. Both the New York Rangers and the Vancouver Canucks will make the playoffs with their new coaches.
The Rangers look good to make the playoffs with 3 games left, another win should wrap it up for them. But the Canucks need to win out and to get help. It looks like I was only half right on this one.

10. Jay Feaster will not be fired in Calgary. Until the Olympic break that is.
So the firing came 2 months sooner than I thought it would. Is anyone surprised?

11. Daniel Alfredsson will have 3 goals and 6 assists vs the Ottawa Senators this season.
Alfie only came through with 1 goal and 2 assists vs the Sens this season… he was also a +3 and looks like he’ll be in the playoffs.

12. The Leafs and Habs will meet in the playoffs. 6 games. Montreal wins 4-2.
Unfortunately the Maple Leafs will not be joining les Canadiens in the playoffs this year, so this prediction is a bust.

13. Tim Thomas will make politically insensitive comments and be suspended by the league.
Probably for the best that I was wrong about this one.

14. Jason Spezza will play 76 games and assist on 24 Bobby Ryan goals for Ottawa.
Spezza won’t get to 76 games… and Bobby Ryan only has 23 goals… the math adds up to me being wrong.

15. Danny Briere will score 24 goals for Les Canadiens.
With 3 regular season games left, Briere has 13 goals. So wrong again.

16. The Chicago Blackhawks will make it to the Western Conference Finals. And lose.
We’ll have to wait and see on this one!

17. Ryan Miller will play the entire depressing season in Buffalo.
Thank goodness for Miller that I was wrong here. That Blues team looks like it could be the one to knock off the Blackhawks in the conference finals.

18. Alexander Ovechkin will finish the season with 87 points. Sidney Crosby will have 99.
Ovie has 74 points with 4 games left in the season and Sid has 102 points with 4 games left as well.

19. The Phoenix Coyotes will make the playoffs. The Dallas Stars and Nashville Predators will not.
As I write this Dallas sits in 8th, Phoenix in 9th and Nashville is 10th with a few games left before it’s all said and done. I could end up right here.

20. Patrick Roy will prove to be a great coach for his young team. But the Colorado Avalanche will finish 9th in the West.
Saint Patrick has done a great job coaching his young team… and they will be in the playoffs. I’m glad to be wrong.

Enjoy the end of the season and the playoffs.

It should be awesome!

4 years ago

It Always Ends In Tears


Kids, don’t give your heart to sports.

It’s messy and unpredictable and stupid and just don’t do it!

I’m speaking from experience here. Less than 24 hours ago, for the 3rd year in a row, I watched the Dallas Cowboys lose on the final day of the regular season and at the same time waving goodbye to a playoff birth.

It hurt. It still hurts. I don’t want it to hurt. But it does.

In my sports fan life I cheer for the…
⋆ Toronto Blue Jays
⋆ Montreal Canadiens
⋆ Toronto Raptors
⋆ Dallas Cowboys
⋆ Toronto Argos

With the exception of the Argos, nobody has won anything of any importance in almost 20 years. In fact, it looks like this…
⋆ Toronto Blue Jays: World Series Champions, 1993
⋆ Montreal Canadiens: Stanley Cup Champions, 1993
⋆ Toronto Raptors: No NBA Championships since entering the league in 1995
⋆ Dallas Cowboys: Super Bowl Champions, 1995

I’ve spent some sad days watching sports and wondering what went wrong, or how things can get better, or when they’ll get better, or if they’ll get better.

I’ve hung my hat on Jose Theodore, Saku Koivu, Roy Halladay, Carlos Delgado, Vince Carter, Damon Stoudamire, Drew Bledsoe, Julius Jones, and many many many other athletes who have pulled those sweaters over their heads.

Not a single one of them brought a championship or a celebration or a parade for me.

I love sports. I won’t ever stop. And I love being a sports fan. The connection to something that I can’t control, to something bigger than me, and being part of a community of fans that stretches across borders and timelines and oceans… it’s amazing. It’s powerful. It brings the hope that a huge high and celebration is coming.

But those celebrations are years apart for a lot of fans. Trust me.

So instead we muddle through. We cheer for winning streaks. We cheer for wins over rivals. We agonize over losing streaks and injuries and overtime heart breakers.

And every year we tell ourselves that this could be the one. That things could start to turn around. That the breaks could go our way.

But they don’t.

Don’t give your heart to sports kids.

It always ends in tears.

4 years ago

All I Want For Christmas Is…

Wool Socks and Batman BoxersEvery year my mom asks me what I want for Christmas. And it seems like every year I have more and more trouble trying to answer the question.

Yes, it’s true, I do want socks and underwear for Christmas. Maybe that’s what happens when you hit your 30s and have a penchant for grabbing the things you want and need at the store throughout the year.

But as much as I love to give gifts, and I do, this is also the season for receiving… because other people want to give too.

So, I’m trying to come up with a Christmas list that goes beyond wool socks and Batman boxers.

Shirt and Buckle Plaid Shirts… for a long time I didn’t wear any plaid at all. But times change. I’m all in now.

 A belt and a new buckle… with Boots & Hearts turning into a yearly tradition and Rock ‘N’ Horse & Boots and Bourbon now open in Toronto, a buckle makes some sense.

Animated DC Universe Movies… Yes I know that I’m getting ready to turn 32 in a couple months, but I still love cartoons that are well written and drawn and directed. In my humble opinion, DC has been doing a good job with their animated flicks, so I’d take a few of those.

Carey Price Jersey Montreal Canadiens A Carey Price Sweater… in my life the only hockey sweaters I’ve ever owned have been from Port Hope High School. A Carey Price #31 would be the top of my list.

Dinner & Hockey at Kilgour’s… I know that most of my closest friends don’t watch much hockey – and the ones that do cheer loudly for the Maple Leafs. But I would love to sit with friends at Kilgour’s, surrounded by Habs fans (maybe in my new Carey Price sweater) to cheer for the bleu, blanc et rouge.

PS4… it’s been a long time since I had a video game system of any kind. And I’m sure that if I had one I would find time to play it. So I guess PS4 is a “yes please”.

A Secret Washer & Dryer… it would be awesome to have a secret washing machine and dryer in my building that I could use instead of needing to haul my laundry to the mat and throw loonies and quarters in the slots and wait and then carry everything back again.

iTunes Christmas iTunes credits… I’ve never been an iTunes buyer, but maybe it’s time that I was.

 Socks & Underwear… I know I said that I was going to build a list that was more than this – but I really do want and need some new socks and underwear this Christmas.

Here’s hoping that you are looking forward to Christmas and the holidays as much as I am. Friends, family, food and a drink or two sound pretty great to me. And a few days away from the office and commute will be nice too.

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4 years ago

20 Half- Assed Predictions For The 2013-14 NHL Season

Molson Canadian Welcomes the 2013 14 NHL SeasonSo the NHL season started last night with 3 games on the schedule and now we are officially into 2013-14.

As I’ve done in the past with the NHL and MLB I’ve got a list of predictions for the new season. Some of them are more likely to happen than others. Some are unlikely to happen at all. And one looked really likely going into last night, but now we don’t know.

Let’s take a look at my list of 20 Half- Assed Predictions For The 2013-14 NHL Season.

PS. These predictions come in no particular order.

1. I will win my fantasy pool.

2. Jarome Iginla will lead the Boston Bruins in scoring.

3. George Parros will log the most fighting majors of any Montreal Canadiens player in 20 years.
Note: This is the prediction that looked great… but now we all have to wait and see how big George recovers from his concussion. Get well soon buddy.

4. Phil Kessel will play up to the level of his new ($8 million per year) contract. David Clarkson will not.

5. The Edmonton Oilers will make the playoffs on the last day of the season.

6. Roberto Luongo will win 42 games in the regular season.

7. Cory Schneider will win 16 games in the regular season.

8. Steven Stamkos will not lead the NHL in goals.

9. Both the New York Rangers and the Vancouver Canucks will make the playoffs with their new coaches.

10. Jay Feaster will not be fired in Calgary. Until the Olympic break that is.

11. Daniel Alfredsson will have 3 goals and 6 assists vs the Ottawa Senators this season.

12. The Leafs and Habs will meet in the playoffs. 6 games. Montreal wins 4-2.

13. Tim Thomas will make politically insensitive comments and be suspended by the league.

14. Jason Spezza will play 76 games and assist on 24 Bobby Ryan goals for Ottawa.

15. Danny Briere will score 24 goals for Les Canadiens.

16. The Chicago Blackhawks will make it to the Western Conference Finals. And lose.

17. Ryan Miller will play the entire depressing season in Buffalo.

18. Alexander Ovechkin will finish the season with 87 points. Sidney Crosby will have 99.

19. The Phoenix Coyotes will make the playoffs. The Dallas Stars and Nashville Predators will not.

20. Patrick Roy will prove to be a great coach for his young team. But the Colorado Avalanche will finish 9th in the West.

Enjoy the season kids.

Stay Awesome!

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4 years ago

Messy Monday Musings – March 4

Monday Morning Bingo Ticket - OLGIt’s Monday and time to start another week… so this morning when I stopped in at the convenience store to grab my TTC token I decided to grab a Bingo scratch ticket.

I don’t know why I did it. Maybe it was the old guy scratching a ticket near the door. Maybe it was the allure of winning a bunch of money that would be really awesome to have in my pocket/bank account. Maybe it was nothing more than a hunch that it could be a cool way to start a new week.

So, I picked my ticket, grabbed my token, paid for both and was out the door… nothing exciting happened on the streetcar trip, nothing extraordinary took place at Starbucks, nothing outstanding interrupted my walk to the office. Pretty plain old Monday morning. I got into the office, sat, started drinking coffee and scratching. My scratch pattern goes left to right, top row to bottom. Then I check the 4 cards, top left, bottom left, top right, bottom right. That’s just how I do it. It’s how I’ve always done it.

Sadly, it doesn’t actually help with winning… and so I lost my $3 and did not get that daydream money I was hoping for.

However, the morning has gone pretty smoothly with the worky. My coffee was hot and fresh. The sun is shining through the window, but not blinding me. And now it’s lunch time and a grocery store trip has been planned.

Here’s hoping the afternoon is just as issue free and comfortable – for me and all of you.

The Musings Part:

– The Walking Dead was great last night. And while I’m not here to spoil anything, you gotta watch it and think about the storytelling elements that have been used.

We’re now 150 days from Boots & Hearts. That’s a countdown I can get behind and you’ll hear me talk of again soon!

– The World Baseball Classic has started and Canada is on Sportsnet Friday afternoon in their 1st game. I’m not sure what I expect from our boys – but it would be nice to start off with a win against Italy.

– Trish and I went to The Works on Dundas West for late lunch/early dinner on Sunday and it was tasty. It’s so tasty every time.

– Don’t look now… or do – The Montreal Canadiens are in 1st place in the Eastern Conference! I’m not trying to count chickens before they’re hatched. But who saw this coming?

– I’ve fallen to 2nd place in my Yahoo fantasy hockey pool after a bad week. However, I’m only 6 points back and I’m 8 points up on 3rd place – so things aren’t that bad.

– MLB Opening Day is less than 1 month away! Yes sir, that’s right, the Blue Jays will soon be home!

– Whose Line Is It Anyway? is coming back to TV on the CW! I can’t wait. Loved the show back in the before and it looks like Colin, Ryan and Wayne are all coming back.

– Highway Don’t Care by Tim McGraw ft. T.Swift and Keith Urban has been playing in my head non-stop. It’s really that good!

– Congrats to the NEW #1 team in NCAA basketball, Gonzaga! Much love to Canadian forward, Kelly Olynyk!

– Welcome home from Costa Rica to Trish! (she took awesome pictures, have a look)

Alright y’all. Time to get on with the day. Keep up the great work being awesome. You know you can!

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The 2013 NHL Fantasy Draft Blog

Yahoo Fantasy Hockey BannerThe time has come, NHL fans are getting ready for the new season and it is now time for us to hold our annual NHL Fantasy Drafts.

Last night at 10pm my draft took place and I sat with the 6th overall pick in the 16 team league.

Note: The fantasy sports team name issue is huge and should not be taken lightly. This year I got very lucky and with the help of my co-workers and our affinity for ermahgerd the MAHNTRERL CERNERDERN were born! 

With my 1st pick and the 6th choice overall in the draft I decided that I was going to grab Claude Giroux. And then he got taken with the 5th pick. Sucky. Instead I drafted Daniel Sedin with my 1st round selection.

A 16 team league has a lot of players flying off the shelf really quickly. And with a snaking draft order I didn’t pick again until 27th overall where I ended up taking Zach Parise with hopes that he’ll earn some of that new money in Minny. My 3rd round pick came up fast and I scooped up Patrick Sharp who I always like.

Rounds 4-9 looked like this:

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Objective: Win the Richard division!

4. Alexander Edler (needed a defenseman – I hope he scores more than once in a while)

5. Craig Anderson (needed a goalie and had to ignore the divisional rival thing)

6. Jeff Skinner (love the upside, fingers crossed for production)

7. Semyon Varlamov (not the plan at all, but that’s the way things go sometimes)

8. Brent Burns (needed another D and was probably a little swayed by his sweet headshot for this season)

9. Justin Williams (good player, hopefully he’ll stay healthy and get some run on the 2nd PP unit with the defending champs)

Now, I will fully admit that I feel I did much better in my mock draft earlier in the day than I did in the first half of last night’s real deal. Ugh.

However, in the 10th round I got a guy who I think could do some damage: Ales Hemsky! Yes I know he’s not RNH or T.Hall or Eberle – but I think that he’s going to benefit from the young legs around him and put points on the board. I hope.

I’ve got another reclamation project and my 3rd Dman, Sheldon Souray. I’m hoping that he’s got something to prove and he’ll blast some beauties from the blueline.

12, 13 & 14 look like this: Paul Stastny, Brendan Smith & Tyler Kennedy. If I get some production and value from those guys, I’ll be happy! 

In the 15th round, with the 230th overall pick, I took the lone Montreal Canadien on my team: Rene Bourque. I’m betting on Bourque to get comfortable, hit a couple hot streaks and score a bunch of goals… or take some penalties.

My last 3 bench spots weren’t bad when it came to getting the guys I wanted that were still left in the pool. They have a chance to do some damage. And they have a chance to suck it up and provide nothing. Them’s the breaks.

16. James van Riemsdyk (I had to get over the Leafs thing)

17. Chris Neil (I had to get over the Sens thing)

18. Dustin Penner (It could work!)

So now I’ve got a roster of 18 hockey players who may or may not produce and who I may or may not have available for trade right now. Are there things I wish I’d done differently? Sure.

But there’s always next year!

Here’s hoping that you had success in your NHL fantasy draft and that you have a great season!

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20 Half- Assed Predictions For The 2013 NHL Season

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With the NHL season just a week away it’s time to start thinking about what could happen in the 2013 season. Because of the lockout and the shortened 48 game season your season preview magazines from the fall are pretty useless in my eyes. So, here is a list of things that I think could happen. Some more serious than others, but none really out of the complete realm of possibility.

If you agree, awesome. If you think I’m nuts, even better. If you have your own predictions let me know. Paste your links in the comment section if you’ve written your own predictions post.

Note: I understand that many hockey fans are still upset with the league and the PA and the entire lockout situation. Many of you have stated that you will not be back to watch NHL hockey this season and perhaps for longer. I get it. I was pissed when the World Series was cancelled back in the day. We all felt this way when we lost an entire NHL season only a few years ago. BUT if you are one of these fans please do not feel the need to ruin the new NHL season for the fans who are excited. Let them be. They love hockey and you do too. And they, like me, just wanna see the puck drop. Thank you. Claude Giroux vs Sidney Crosby

  1. Montreal will beat Toronto on opening night, Saturday January 19, 2013.
  2. Sidney Crosby will average 2.1 points per game and end the season with 101 points and the Art Ross Trophy.
  3. The 1st squid/octopus will hit the ice in Detroit on Tuesday, January 22 during the home opener against Dallas
  4. Edmonton will start the season hot, hot, hot – and make the play-offs.
  5. Don Cherry will come out firing on Coach’s Corner and be in mid-season form.
  6. Scott Gomez will score on opening night for the Montreal Canadiens – oh wait nevermind, my bad.
  7. Braden and Luke Schenn will get in a fight over who their mom likes best causing unrest in the Flyers locker room.
  8. Justin Schultz wins the Calder Trophy in a landslide.
  9. Mike Komisarek will continue to play his way into being cut/ bought out/ amnestied.
  10. Steven Stamkos will score 36 goals and win the Rocket Richard Trophy.
  11. The defending Stanley Cup Champion, LA Kings will earn the 4 seed in the Western Conference.
  12. Evander Kane will buy dinner for the entire Winnipeg sports media and win their love back.
  13. Brian Burke will have a new job before the end of the season – perhaps with the NHL league offices.
  14. Matt Stajan will… actually I have no idea what Matt Stajan will do.
  15. Cladue Giroux will dish out a 2 hander to Sidney Crosby and cause 0 damage but get a 2 game suspension.
  16. Jaromir Jagr will score 15 goals in 43 games in Dallas and think about coming back again next season.
  17. Cam Barker will make the Vancouver Canucks and play at least 27 games in the regular season.
  18. Alex Ovechkin will be asked about the distraction of his new engagement after not scoring in the first 2 games of the season.
  19. Ryan Miller wins the Vezina with a 2.15 GAA and 7 shutouts.
  20. Montreal will beat the Islanders at home on my birthday, February 21st.

GAME ON!

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