Archive for November, 2008

Tree Huggers Cover Your Ears & Eyes! Toronto To Get Tougher!

November 29th, 2008

Saturday’s press conference at the Air Canada Centre to announce Brian Burke as the new President and General Manager was for any Leaf fan a home run of sorts!

Burke while on the interview with Sportsnet said when asked the question, “Are you going to add muscle to the hockey team right away?” Burke emphatically and proudly answered ” Yes”. This for me personally was music to my ears. For someone who believes whole heartily, that there is only one way to play this game and that’s tough!. I will admit as I watched the press conference with my wife, we both looked at each other several times smiling because Burke said several things that I have implemented in every team I have coached or been around for years and years now. Read the rest of this entry »

Danton Fight and In Action on the Ice!

November 26th, 2008

Burke to be Boss for Leafs!

November 26th, 2008

Brian Burke is about to take over the Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Department and it’s the first time since the Pat Quinn era as GM-Coach that there will be a clear Boss in town in TO. It is believed that he will sign a 6yr 18 million dollar contract.

Burke a former Stanley Cup Champion GM with the Ducks builds tough teams and that is an area that needs immediate attention in Leaf land. Hockey people respect Burke and he is known at times to be a bully with a massive attitude but generally is thought to understand the game very well. On the other hand as is the norm with successful Hockey people you either love him or hate him. He will do the one thing that is very much needed he will shut down the media in town and run the team his way without question and without media influence that much is clear. Read the rest of this entry »

Hockey Pool Picks Daily & NHL Notes & Fight Video :

November 26th, 2008

If you want further information about the games go back to the home page of this site and click on scoreboard and you will receive all the pertinent stats you need for the games action !

Monday’s games :

NSH @ BUF : take Nash , the Preds are playing very well at the moment and Buf struggling all yr.

VAN @ CBJ : take Vanc , at home much better team , will bounce back, show they are top team.

ANA @ DET : take Det , like Det at home over the Ducks , but this will be a close game.

COL @ MIN : take Minny , Av’s have struggled to score and Min be very tough at home.

TOR @ LAK : Tor on a high with new GM Burke on the trip take the Leafs in this game.

NHL notes :

Sidney Crosby is really heating up, Sat nights 3 goal performance gives him 9 points in last 3 games and 34 points in 23 games so far this season. Crosby was playing hurt earlier in the season and was playing against Dr’s advice while doing it a source has said. I for one love that character and more players need to learn to play through injuries and stop missing games for nagging injuries. Big big props to Crosby for playing through injury .

Former Leafs, good guy Defenseman Luke Richardson has retired from the Sens and wants to get into coaching. He has had a long career in the NHL and would probably be a useful coach in the NHL for the Sens.

Just how many times is the Toronto media going to ask Leaf Domnic Moore the same question over and over about what he thinks of his new boss Brian Burke and his brother Steve former Colorado Av’s player that was injured in the incident with Todd Bertuzzi when Burke was the GM ? Enough already !!

NHL veteran ref Dan Maroueli was honoured Saturday night in Toronto before the game for his 1500th NHL game. To read more about Maroueli you can go to NHLofficials.com.

Leafs Rookie Andrea Deveaux playing in his 2ND ever career game got a lesson in NHL fighting Saturday from Flyers Josh Gratton. Gratton who is one tough kid seemed to wear Deveaux down in the fight. Click on the video below to watch the fight.

Just how long is it going to take Brian Burke to make a deal for a NHL tough guy ? My guess is that it will be with in the next 5-7 days. This is Burke’s way , he likes to add that element when he gets to a team if its not in place. I’m sure the players in the meeting with Burke were motivated after to have a good game in front of their new boss.

Top 10 Best List!

November 26th, 2008

Top 10 Best of :

EACH MONTH WE WILL UPDATE THIS TOP 10 WITH A NEW POST OF FROSTY’S FAVS TOP 10 LIST:

Coming soon in Frosty’s Favorites will be the top HOCKEY MEDIA people in the game today ! Who do the players and management and others watch or read when it comes to the game. We will bring you the best of !

Decembers Top 10 Lists are:

Players in the NHL if you were starting a franchise today:


1. Iginla , Calg : His mix of skill and grit is not found any where else in the NHL.
2. Crosby , Pitt : Can flat out play the game at a high level. Wants to be the best motivated.
3. Vinny L , Tampa : Unmatched stick and skill level. Proven winner will fight if provoked.
4. Roberto L , Vanc : Best tender in the league with out question. Newly named captain says it all.
5. Lidstrom , Det : Consistently the best defenceman in the league for years now. Capt Stanley Cup Champs.
6. Malkin , Pitt : Just a huge talent that gets better and better every game. When teamed with Crosby scary scary line to have to defend against.
7. Ovechkin, Wash: Clearly lovs the game and gets involved in the physical side of the game very impressive for a European player. Excellent skater and even better release in motion.
8. Datsyuk, Det : Another massive talent was a excellent find and showing that he is elite all star nightly. Datsyuk has the ability to make others around him better. Great in both ends of the rink.
9. Kane, Chic : This kid can play the game and seems to want the puck which is critical for any super star. Skates around with his mouth guard hanging out looking like he is enjoying life as a NHLer.
10. M. Richards, Phil: Will be one of the best leaders in the sport over the next few yrs. Will play for Canada. Richie has all the tools and will fight for his teammates. Have watched this kid since Junior and is a prime time player with a will to win and play big when the games are on the line.

Top 10 Fighters in the NHL :

1. George Laraque
2. Derek Boogaard
3. Colton Orr
4. Erik Goodard
5. Donald Brashear
6. George Parros
7. Raitis Ivanis
8. Jody Shelley
9. Andrew Peters
10. Riley Cote

Honourable mention if he had more games played : Mitch Fritz

Top 10 GENERAL MANAGERS in the NHL:

1. Ken Holland : Is smart enough to surround himself in Detroit with very smart scouts and Steve Y. Has won Cups and made some changes that worked out well in both coaching and player area’s.
2. Doug Wilson : Former NHL-er with experience with the NHLPA is quickly becoming one of hockey’s best. Wilson has excellent insight into the game and listens to the people around him.
3. Brian Burke : Made changes after salary cap and won cup in Anaheim. Very tough shrewd manager.
4. Jim Rutherford : Older GM with plenty of hockey smarts. Very loyal guy with more patience then a Doctor.
5. Lou Lamoriello : Controls every aspect of the club but makes very good decision’s to do with personal. Lou always keeps all his cards close to his vest.
6. Paul Holmgren : Has quickly shown that he has what it takes to make changes to get better quick.
7. Ray Shero : Great family blood lines and has made solid moves to get his team rather quickly to finals.
8. Bob Gainey : Understands the game and Montreal’s demands in hockey crazed market. This is big yr !
9. Darcy Regier : Mainstay in Buffalo and has the smarts to surround himself with good coaching for yrs.
10. Bryan Murray : What he left behind in Anaheim was key to their cup and is work in progress in Ottawa.

Thanks to the readers that help out this dumb old ex-hockey coach with his spelling !!

Top 10 Coach’s in the NHL :

1. Mike Babcock : Team is stacked but lives and breaths the game and keeps teams focused.
2. Todd McLellan : Former Detroit asst is quickly becoming a very smart astute coach in the NHL
3. Randy Carlyle : Burke gave this guy a chance and is very demanding and former NHL-er.
4. Lindsay Ruff : Been with Sabres for ever , knows the game and is smart hockey mind.
5. Ken Hitchcock : Players don’t lov him but they certainly play hard for him and his system.
6. Ron Wilson : Great coach has lots of ideas and uses video probably more than most. Hold players accountable which is all you can ask if your a fan of the team hes coaching.
7. Joel Quenville : Mike Danton still raves about this guy today. Players like him cause he is fair.
8. Jacques Lemaire : Way to defensive but is a very knowledgeable hockey man/coach.

9. Peter DeBoer : Soon hockey people will find out what I did years ago that this guy can flat out Coach. If given the proper opportunity with Florida he will quickly become one of the league’s best.

10. Tom Renney : Since hired has done a excellent job with the Rangers and this year and last had them at the top of league. He is great tactics coach who has the players ears there in New York.