Creating The Dream Team

Have you ever thought on what it would be like to create an ultimate team of current NHLers? A dream team, so to speak. A team consisting of thee best players in the world. If you think about it, it’s actually really hard to narrow it to down, especially narrowing it down to one center, one right wing, one left wing, two defensemen and a goaltender. It is a topic that could be talked about for hours while having drinks at the bars with your buddies. It’s a topic that could be discussed with the other Dads at your daughter’s dance practice and make that horrible two hours seem like fifteen minutes of fun. It’s a topic where there is never really a right answer but where your answer is always backed up by quality facts and opinions.

I wanted to take this challenge of coming up with and creating the dream lineup of current NHLers. Recently I have discussed “The Lineup” with some buddies from back home (Hockey knowledge extraordinaries ;)) and with my followers on Twitter and Facebook. I have listened to their opinions and talked to them about my own. In the process of all this hockey talk, I have managed to narrow it down to one starting lineup.

Here it is, Bicks’ Dream Team:

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Tweet Sweet

During the collapse in the 2013-2014 season, April Reimer, wife of Toronto Maple Leafs Goaltender James Reimer had her twitter mentions fill up with hideous and repulsive tweets after James didn’t play up to the fans standards. James does not have twitter so fans took it out on April. I sadly saw more of tweets then I would have liked too. Fans went as far as calling and texting her cell phone anonymously.

This is a form of Cyber Bullying. Cyber Bullying is a major problem in society.

April decided to start the #tweetsweet campaign after dealing with cyber bullying. She turned her negative into a positive. This campaign challenges students to say positive things online. By using the #tweetsweet and sending a positive message, you will have the chance to win tickets to a Leafs game at the Air Canada Center. April will be giving two pairs of tickets per month. April wants to reward people for using social media for good. Continue reading Tweet Sweet

HABS EDGE LEAFS IN A SHOOTOUT 2-1

TOR @ MTL (L 2-1(SO))

The 2 most storied franchises in NHL History squared off at the Bell Centre on Hockey Day in Canada.

2 teams heading in total opposite directions.

37 stanley cups between them (incl. 1 for both the Toronto St.Pats and Toronto Arenas). One Team in 1st in the East and the other team among the worst in the league. That of course does not matter when the Leafs and Habs play. Almost always a close and physical game. This one was no different. It was a goalie duel that eventually went to a shootout.

All the action of meaning came in the first. The Leafs opened the scoring at the midway Mark with a goal from Daniel Winnick. 41 seconds later Montreal tied it when Brendan Gallagher tipped in a loose puck in front of the net. Right before the end of the first, David Clarkson got in his 2nd fight of the night thus being ejected by rule.

After being benched for the last two games Clarkson picked a fight with a tired Brandon Prust. The Montreal player had been on the ice for 1:30 already and did not want to fight. There is a code amongst fighters and one rule is fights dont happen at the end of shifts. The 2nd fight was not Clarkson’s fault as he made a great hit on Sergi Gonchar in the end boards and another Montreal player for some took exception. Toronto eventually lost in a shootout however the compete level was there all night. If they can take anything positive at this stage of the season its that they Outhit a team. They were also tied on face-offs with 29.

Side notes :

– Hits 31-21 for TOR
– Leafs were 0 for 4 on the Power play
– Kessel 20:14 of ice time (3 shots)

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Breaking Down Sabres – Jets Trade !

During this past week NHL fans got a blast from the past and that is a big time bonafide NHL trade, during the season. The 7 player deal between the Sabres and the Jets is a rarity now a days in the NHL Salary Cap World. It is quite interesting trade that has many layers.

Buffalo:

The Sabres flipped Tyler Myers for Zach Bogosian and added the best player in the deal in Evander Kane. Kane who is out the rest of the year with a shoulder injury will just 24 by the beginning of next season. It was time for Kane to move on from Winnipeg but Kane has many NHL experts believe that he can easily be a 30 to even as high as a 40 goal scorer in the league going forward. The Sabres are a team that is in desperate need of offense as they are last in Goals per Game in the league by a wide margin at just 1.76 Goals per game. Both Kane and Bogosian are signed at reasonable cap deals (both slightly over 5 Million per year). Kane is signed for the next 3 seasons after this year, while Bogosian still has 5 years to go on his deal after this season. I firmly believe the Sabres greatly moved up the time table on their rebuilding plan with this deal. The prospect goalie the Sabres received in this deal, Jason Kasdorf according to Ken McKenna of Hockeys Future is a “middling goaltending prospect”. According to Hockeys Future Fall Team Rankings the Sabres have the #1 system so the prospects they traded came from their organization depth. Finally the 1st round pick the Sabres gave up in the deal for this upcoming draft will be the worst of the 3 1st round picks they have this year. That means that pick will either be the Islanders or Blues 1st round pick. If either the Islanders or Blues win a round in this years playoffs that means the earliest that pick can be in the first round would be 23rd overall.

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Minnesota Wild Options With The Trade Deadline Approaching

With the race in the Western Conference tighten up, the Winnipeg Jets went out and made a blockbuster deal with the “tanking,” Buffalo Sabres. The Jets are holding on to one of the two-wildcard spots in the West, and enhanced their chances of making the playoffs with the trade. In the trade, the most notable names Winnipeg received were veteran NHLer, Drew Stafford and 25 year old, offensive-minded defensemen, Tyler Myer. With the Jets gaining more talent, what does this mean for the Minnesota Wild? Who are two points out of the last wildcard spot in the Western Conference. The trade deadline is approaching and it’s time to see what magic GM, Chuck Fletcher can do for this scrappy Minnesota Wild team. He has already found, what looks to be a diamond in the rough in, Devan Dubnyk, but one more quality move, could catapult the Wild back into the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Minnesota Wild are 7-1-2, in their last 10 games, including 6-0-1 since the All-Star break. The emergence of Devan Dubnyk, has them crawling back into the NHL playoff picture. Recent injuries have set them back. Monday night against the Canucks, the Wild lost Ryan Carter for a month due to a shoulder injury, but more importantly they lost Jason Zucker, who was second on the team in goals, for three months due to a broken collarbone. These injuries have the Wild looking into some trade options that could help push them over the hump into the playoffs.

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