We are only 4 days into the NHL 2014-15 season but I have a number of observations for everyone to keep an eye for this year.
– Johnny Boychuk agent has to be thrilled with the trade and his expanded role with the New York Islanders. Boychuk getting more minutes with the Isles and playing on the first power play unit with his thunderous shot. Boychuk already has 5 Points in his first 2 games with the Islanders. Boychuk is a unrestricted free agent after the season. Don’t be surprised if Boychuk finds a home with the Islanders.
– Another Islander point is watch out for Brock Nelson in terms of break out candidates for the 14-15 NHL season. Butch Goring the Islanders analyst and former Islander great from those 4 Stanley Cup Team was blown away by Nelson’s training camp saying he was by far the Islanders best player in camp. Nelson is centering the second line and is on the first power play unit as well. After the Islanders first 2 games Brock Nelson is tied with Sidney Crosby for the NHL lead in points with 6. Continue reading →
The NHL season is here again. The puck drops tonight for the first time in the 2014/15 season. It is not a big deal or anything; it just gets every hockey lovers’ heart to skip a beat as their favorite team has a chance to make another run at the precious Stanley Cup. It’s a new year, a new team, and another opportunity for your team to be the team on top at the end of the season. Whether you watch hockey for Chara to lay the wood on his opponents, Datsyuk’s dangles, Ovi’s snipes, or to see the sick cellys from NHL stars well goods for you, the action starts tonight. Or maybe you just watch because you are a die-hard fan that doesn’t want to miss a minute of your team’s action, the NHL season is here for you to enjoy. Like Averman said from the classic hockey movie the Mighty Ducks, “ Great day for hockey, ain’t it?”
There are so many reasons to love the game of hockey, the storylines, the teams, the players, the fans, the atmosphere, and all the excitement that comes with it. Opening day is the one-day where everyone is even. Every fan has the confidence that this is their team’s year to shine.
Storylines that caught my eye coming into the 2014/2015 NHL season:
The sunshine state is producing cup contenders.
The state of California wouldn’t really be known for its hockey with temps in the 80’s most of the year but damn they have some good hockey teams brewing over there in the west. Continue reading →
The internet is getting a little crazy again boys, and with good reason. The first game of the 2014 season and slated for 7:30pm est tomorrow and this year it features the Montreal Canadiens and their historic arch rivals, the Toronto Maple Leafs. This is the rivalry your grandparents told your stories about. Red vs Blue, Ontario vs Quebec, English vs French.This is rivalry is iconic throughout all of sports, and its no surprise it splits the nation apart every time these two teams meet and. This year is no different.
Now, hockey fans have a history of turning the internet into a war zone from time to time and this year things have been particularly ugly. However, there’s a new group stealing the pre-game show, and they’re not even Canadian.
They call themselves “The Massholes” and swear faith to the Boston Bruins, well..kinda. With their team hated by both Toronto and Montreal players and fans alike, these rogue members of the #BruinsFam have gone out of their way to temporarily fight (or tweet) on behalf of Toronto and Montreal. Met with abnormally open arms on both sides, these fans could be considered hockey’s extremists; swallowing their pride to launch a colourfully worded war of sorts. Continue reading →
Philadelphia is a hell of a town. Rocky Balboa, the Eagles and of course – the Philadelphia Flyers. I have been lucky enough to see the Flyers play at home and it is quite an experience. Philly is kick ass when it comes to hosting an NHL game as Bernie Parent and Brian Propp would attest. The City of Brotherly Love is a must visit for NHL fans if they are so inclined. In hockey terms in ranks right up there with Montreal, Toronto and Boston. Getrealhockey.com is always looking for bloggers. If you would like to write for us about the Philadelphia Flyers – please email us @ [email protected] For all your Flyers and NHL updates – please join us on our Twitter handle @ Getrealhockey.
All the pre-season publications, NHL Insiders and prognosticators had a common theme about the 2014-15 New York Islanders. A lot of young talent lead by John Taveras and they shored up their goal tending this off-season (Halak & C.Johnson) but that young defense will leave them just short of the playoffs. Well Saturday Garth Snow addressed that in a very big way landing Johnny Boychuk from the Bruins and Nick Leddy from the Blackhawks, Islanders fans were hoping that the organization would land one defenseman of this ilk by opening night. Instead Christmas comes early for the Islander fans as the front office landed 2 such players.
The Islanders who took a step backwards last year after taking a big step forward the year before attacked this off-season from the get go. GM Garth Snow traded for pending UFA Jaroslav Halak last May and signed him to a 4 year deal well before he could become an UFA. Then on July 1st Snow signed solid backup goalie Chad Johnson and the Islanders had checked off in a big way their goal tending situation. A few days later the Islanders signed UFA forwards Mikjail Grabovski & Nikolai Kulemin to go along with their very talented forward group. Then today the Islanders added two defenseman to the teams biggest question mark in Boychuk and Leddy.
The Islanders are poised to be towards the top of the Metropolitan conference with these moves. Continue reading →