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CANADA GOLD AGAIN !

January 5th, 2009

Canada won their 5th straight Gold medal in a sold out Ottawa building that fans shook with emotion.

Along with proudly booing everytime the puck went near the Swedish goaltender and big mouth Swedish player that put his foot in his mouth . You see you never say a word before a big game or playoffs that can be used as motivation by the other team in hockey.

The Swedish goaltender who had a great tournament has been stellar in the Swedish Elite league playing against men this season. But when Canada came crashing the net instead of keeping his composure, he flopped and acted like a young Dominik Hasek. Falling all over the ice so many times, he became public enemy number one for the fans.

The Canadians were once again dynamite throughout this huge tilt showing  that Canada is a hockey super power every year at this event.

Two players who will be playing in the NHL next season, sure fire first rounder John Tavares will be playing for the Ottawa Senators in Ottawa the Nations Capital. Right Ottawa ? This is a joke obviously but the way the Sens are playing, they may yet get a lottery pick and get a shot at  Tavares.

The other player that will be playing next season who almost made NHL club this season is Cody Hodgson who was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks. Mike Gillis, the Canucks GM has his player personal director all over Hodgson making sure he eats right, sleeps right and does everything he can to be ready to step in next season. For my money this kid was the best player for Canada in  the tournament, because as a former coach I love when players do everything that Hodgson does. He can score, he hits, he plays on all special teams.

Difference in this game was Canada came out ready and forced the Swede’s hard on the puck and pounded them at every chance. Then, like previously  mentioned the Swedish goalie opened up like a can of Swedish meatballs, opening up a window for Canadian ownership once again in Ottawa.

Pat Quinn’s coaching staff was excellent on special teams. The Power Play  was scary to say the least, you could not have asked for more timely goals especially tonight’s Gold medal game at the start of the 3rd period on fresh ice.That goal was Swedens back breaker without a doubt.

Canada is just dominate in World Jr tournaments and it goes without saying if you pull on the Canadian sweater, there is tremendous pride that goes with it!

CANADA BIG BOYS UP NEXT

Steve Yzerman met his executives Ken Holland, Kevin Lowe and Doug Armstrong in Montreal to start serious discussions about what players will get a chance to play for Canada. They narrowed their player list down to a group of roughly 40 plus players who will be watched closely during the second half of the NHL season.

The task of choosing the team is the toughest part of the job, but it’s not the only thing the group must consider. Yzerman hopes to have his coaching staff in place by the end of the spring and plans to hold a camp for prospective players in late August.

COACHING STAFF IS CRITICAL CHOICE

Look for Detroit’s, Mike Babcock to get the nod from his boss Stevie Y as Head Coach. Babcock seems to have the temperament to handle today’s superstars in Detroit and winning his first Stanley Cup will go a long way for the management that involves two of his bosses in Detroit.

After Babcock it will depend heavily on the type of system they want to play and the type of players they choose to play for Canada’s next world stage entry. Columbus’s Ken Hitchcock as always will get a close look but hopefully they bring in some new blood to devise a system that brings home Canada hockey dominance in Vancouver.

For Hockey God I’m Dave Frost

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Tuesday’s Games and Picks in the NHL

January 5th, 2009

TONIGHT’S GAMES:

MIN @ BOS : Take BOS,  Bruins lost at home for the first time in a long while and they will bounce back like all good teams do.

OTT @ BUF: Take BUF, Sabres could be in tough against the desperate Senators who played very well but still lost in New Jersey.

PHI @ WSH: Take WSH, This will be a close hard fought tough game that could really go either way. Edge to Caps because they are at home.

NJD @ CAR: Take CAR, Devils always play well on the road, but the Canes have been solid as of late, this will be close but take the Canes.

FLA @ TOR: Take TOR, Leafs at home against their old power play D Bryan McCabe returns to play against a team he played for 8 years. Vesa back on track after rest.

ATL @ PIT: Take PIT, Pens will use the Thrashers to get them back on track after weeks of struggle and poor play.

CLB @ DET: Take DET, Wings at home with a hard working Blue Jackets team that will give them everything thing they can handle and more.

COL @ NSH: Take COL, Av’s are a good team some nights and for some reason they play well in Nashville.

CHI @ PHX: Take CHI, Hawks after two tough losses to the Wings, Are back on track and look to get some winning streaks together again.

LAK @ ANA: Take ANA, Ducks vs Kings in the all California battle is always pretty tough games and lots of energy. Ducks and Kings will be very close game.

SJS @ CGY: Take SJS, Sharks and Calgary should be the best game of the night and I was very close to taking Flames and still don’t like this game if you are betting on it. If you can stay away from this game but edge to Sharks because of record.

SHARKS DAN BOYLE HAS BEEN OUTSTANDING SINCE BEING STOLEN IN TAMPA TRADE .

NHL’s ALL STAR GAME A JOKE !

January 5th, 2009

NHL ALL STAR game includes some of the best skilled players in the game that much is true.

The NHL in hope of getting the fans revved up about the event allow fan balloting in each of the teams buildings on top of NHL.com write in votes. The NHL has long dropped the ball on this event with the game becoming a boring no hitter with very little to like about it.

MONTREAL ALL STAR BANANZA

But this years being in Montreal a Canadian City with rabid fans should be much better for the event that has very little interest right ? NO ! This years of all years is tainted by ballot stuffing and Montreal fans have flocked, being that it’s in Montreal to stuff it’s own players in the starting  fan voted lineup.

The starters for the East are Crosby leading the way which is a no brainer. Then Malkin, Crosby’s teammate who sits on top of the NHL in scoring is an obvious choice. What the hell is the only way to talk about the next pick from the Habs, it is none other than the lazy skilled Russian who went as much as 18 games this season with out a goal Alex Kovalev. Can anyone in Montreal tell me with a straight face that Kovalev has played better this year which is how it’s suppose to work than say Alex Ovechkin ? If you said yes, you are full of it, Ovechkin has slipped into 2nd in league points and is tied for first in Goals with 27 with another deserving player the Flyer’s Jeff Carter.

Ovechkin has 27 Goals to go along with his 26 helpers giving him almost as much goals or assists than Kovalev does points, this year at 9 goals for 28 points good for 74th overall in the league tied with Defenceman Sheldon Souray. Ovechkin should be the starter over Kovalev anyone can see that just by looking at their games and stats this season.

Then there is Habs D Mike Komisarek, who I actually think is a great tough puck moving D that I think Brian Burke with the Leafs should go after the minute this guy becomes a free agent for the wimpy club that plays in Toronto. Komisarek would be a good addition if they ran the All Star game the way I think they should (more on that later) but in the way it’s set up today, it’s not a great pick and let’s face it, it’s a homer fan pick.

Andrei Markov Montreal’s best D is a deserving pick but their could be a case made by several other D around the East as well.

Carey Price has showed that at a young age that he deserved  GM Gainey’s trust to go with him as the teams number one goalie. Price a starter for the East I”m not too sure about that, though, he has played well but has he been better than say Boston’s tandem which sit on top of the East. Or the Rangers, Henrik Lundqvist, the Devils back up that has come in a held the fort together for the hurting number one goalie with New Jersey, still having a great record under Scott Clemmensen. Price at the very least I can stand being their because he is a top flight goalie on a East team that is near the top of the conference. But you get the point with the voting and the bullshit that it all is moving forward in Montreal this year.

HOCKEY IS SUPPOSED TO BE PLAYED TOUGH

The All Star game is a collection of skill but does not turn into grace on ice with the stars showing their outstanding skill level at full speeds that hockey needs to be played at. No, it’s boring no hitter with zero emotion that is hard to watch.

Those people that say hockey is too tough , too many fights, are the same people that don’t like NFL football and the crushing hits that go with that. If you want to see figure skating and the skill that goes with that then watch it. But if your the NHL, don’t try to fool real hockey fans, you can give them shit skill in a rink and in the end it’s still shit skill in the rink!

ALL STAR BELONGS TO THE PLAYERS

Here is what they should do with the game for the NHL All Star game next season. Let the players choose the players that play in the All Star game next year. But make the option on the choices like this: The players would have 6 forward positions that would go to the top 6 in each conference, so that’s 12 forward players that would match the top scoring leaders and power play guys in the league. Then choose the 6 best goalies in each conference who are carrying his team at the time in the conference. Pick the next 3rd line players in each conference that bring to their respective teams a mix of skill, grit and passion for the game that will go out in an All Star game and play that same style. Then for the 4th line, each conference pick the best fighter so that’s 1 per team along with the conferences best penalty killing 4th line players to round out the forward units.

Then on D pick 3 of the best skilled power play puck moving D and allow for 6 spots 3 on each conference team. Then the other 6 spots 3 for each team is for the best D defencemen that combine a solid game with physical aggressive hitting mean D.

Add in a money prize that would give the winning team a good chunk of $change$ and let those players loose on each other.  You have a real NHL game but it would be the best of each job and position in the NHL going at it. Their would be personal pride from the skill players to the bottom 6 forwards to go along with the skill and tough D in each conference. Are you kidding me hitting, fighting, goals to go along with real hockey in an All Star game what a novel idea.

IN TUESDAYS HOCKEY GOD WE WILL PICK OUR ALL STAR LINE UPS USING THIS SYSTEM.

For Hockey God I’m Dave Frost.

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