NHL Licking

S. Samek

Ah the NHL playoffs are heating up and players are doing anything it takes to win.
Yes, even licking opponents.
Brand Marchand of Boston has taken to licking the Tampa Bay Lightning, like with his tongue licking not beating them.
The NHL has issued a warning regarding this behavior. However, it doesn’t seem like Marchand thinks it should be an issue.
Not that his licking did anything. Boston lost in five games to the Lightening.

 

Though it did make Marchand the butt of a joke, as fans made fun of him and it went viral.

 

I just think the whole thing is gross. Licking an opposing player does nothing, but gets you laughed at. It has no affect on the game play what so ever. It also just makes Marchand look weird.
Don’t lick people and enjoy a good laugh at this whole issue.

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NHL Playoff Picks 2018

S.Samek

Here are my picks for the Stanly cup playoffs.

Eastern Conference

No. 1 Tampa Bay vs. WC New Jersey

No. 2 Boston vs. No. 3 Toronto

No. 1 Washington vs. WC Columbus

No. 2 Pittsburgh vs. No. 3 Philadelphia

Round two

TB-Bos

Wash-Pitt

Round three

TB-Pitt

Western Conference

No. 1 Nashville vs. WC Colorado

No. 2 Winnipeg vs. No. 3 Minnesota

No. 1 Las Vegas vs. WC Los Angeles

No. 2 Anaheim vs. No. 3 San Jose

Second round

LV– San
Nash-WIN

Third round

LV-Nash

Stanly Cup Finals

Pitt-LV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seattle in The NHL

S.Samek

Seattle looks to be the next entrant in the NHL. As much they have announced a short list of 13 potential names from the squad. However, this is pending the NHL grants them a franchise.

 
The names include both a mix of local and historical with a couple zany ones thrown in.
Cougars, Eagles. Sea Lions, Whales, Seals are the run of the mill offerings that aren’t great ideas.

 
Emeralds, Evergreens, Firebirds and Totems are the second tier of quality names higher than the first set.

 
Sockeyes, Rainiers, Renegades and Krakens are the final and best tier.

 

 

Though I must admit my favorite is the novelty Krakens. The one fan named jersey included in the article looks really cool. One could only imagine what they could do with a professional logo designer.

 
Though if the local flare is what you look for take the Rainer’s name, or even emeralds.
For now, though it’s just fun speculation until the team formally gets announced.

 

 

 

NHL Pick Your Fish.

No Nashville Catfish, or Detroit octopus, but things are changing in the NHL.

S. Samek

Recently the NBA milled over changing the playoffs.

 

 

So not to be left out why not the NHL may change play off proceedings.

 
The new offerings come in the form of finish number one and get your pick of any of the fifth through eight seeded teams. You can pick the team you just plan think you can beat.
Then the second seed gets the next pick and the third the last pick. The fourth seed gets the left-over team. Then after playing the first round you do a reseed based on regular season records.

 

The idea comes from the Southern Professional Hockey League. They call out potential playoff opponents and then reseed as a unique calling card.

 

It also comes to the United States from Australia and their Erste Bank Eishockey Liga.

 
I do see the merits in this format. It is pretty much think you can beat a team, call them out and do it. Its put your money where your mouth is. Its heads up in your face hockey, good stuff.

 
It also does offer a change from the traditional way of matching up with seeds. Though there isn’t anything to stop the one seed from going after the eight seed and creating the same matchup.

 
It also could lead to some epic implosions. Call out the wrong team and lose to them and you’re in for it. The ridicule will be endless. Could be rather entertaining.

 
Conversely, I think it’s more work to reseed after a round. Why not just create one bracket and advance the teams that win? Seems to be a good system.

 
The good thing about the playoffs is that aura of unpredictably. Just because your high seed doesn’t mean you are winning it all. Just because you’re an eighth seed wouldn’t mean you couldn’t be a champion either. Seeds are just numbers on paper for organizational purposes. Once you get in you all have a fair chance in the playoffs.

 
The focus should be to get into the playoffs, not against you have to face during them. Yes, try your best to win games and get a higher seed, but it shouldn’t be about the seeding. It should be about winning games.

 
Overall, I think it could be worth a try, especially at the lower levels of the minors, or independent leagues. If it works out there maybe the NHL could adopt it.

O and for the reference this idea of a fish comes from the Good Ol Uba. They held an event where players called each other out. They named it pick your fish.

It could be time for NHL teams to start picking fish in the playoffs.

To Be or not to Be

S.Samek

No doubt there was a lot of buzz surrounding the NHL’s latest team when it was announced. Then with the expansion draft fans were eager to see who would make up the roster of this new entrant.
Now the Los Vegas Golden Knights have begun play for their first season. They continue to make headlines.
The Los Vegas Golden Knights name is under trademark dispute with Army and the College of St. Rose. The dispute was first filed in December, but nothing came of it. Now within the past couple of weeks, both institutions have filled opposition requests.

The names Vegas Golden Knights and Las Vegas Golden Knights being both called into question. The two schools now have three months to make a move.

 
Vegas has let two trademarks for other names expire. However, they did extend a domain name for sandknights.com.

 
Interesting that they may have to change their name to the Vegas Sand Knights. Why in the world would they do that though? It just sounds ridiculous.

 
Though there had to be a better name than the Knights for this team to begin with. Hoping they go back to the drawing board to pick something better. Better yet maybe just drop the suit and let the Golden Knights stay. Like if this was a problem why wasn’t this taken care of before the team name was announced.

 

Why would you do it after they begin play and have merchandise and the works in play. Hoping this gets fixed soon, hopefully just with a let it slide and move on.

NHL POPS

By S. Samek

As the weather turns colder the season changes from baseball to football. Add to the mix basketball and hockey. With the change in sports season comes additions. Football and basketball made additions. Now it’s the NHL’s turn.

Yep, new wave of hockey themed Funko pops coming at you. Brad Marchand, Brent Burns, Evgeni Malkin, Jeff Carter, Vladimir Tarasenko, Braden Holtby, Corey Crawford, Wayne Simmonds, and Devan Dubnyk suite up in-home sweater. There is also a wave of players from Canadian teams going to Grosnor as exclusives.
These look great as the prior wave is. I just hope it’s easier to find a Malkin pop than it is to find a Sidney Crosby.
The NHL is also getting pint sized heroes. They look cute, but I don’t like the idea. NHL players aren’t really known for being cute so why do it. Pick them up if you want, but the pops are still better. Grosnor will also carry exclusives in these.
Overall really good addition to the sports line. Should only leave MLB without another recent wave. I see that following in spring.

Steelers Happenings

By S. Samek

The Pittsburgh Steelers have been busy the past couple of days. Roster additions and honorees being the tasks at hand.
The first class of the new hall of honor was announced recently. 27 former members of the Black and Gold make up this team. The class is as follows. Jerome Bettis, Mel Blount, Terry Bradshaw, Jack Butler, Dermontti Dawson, Bill Dudley, Joe Greene, Kevin Greene, L.C. Greenwood, Jack Ham, Franco Harris, Dick Hoak, John Henry Johnson, Walt Keisling, Jack Lambert, Bobby Layne, John McNally, Chuck Noll, Arthur J. Rooney, Sr., Daniel M. Rooney, Andy Russell, Donnie Shell, John Stallworth, Ernie Stautner, Lynn Swann, Mike Webster, and Rod Woodson.

It’s an awesome idea and I can’t wait to see who all enters. My vote though is Heath Miller when he meets the requirement for retirement should. He was a great guy and a champion as a player. The impact Miller made was for sure notable.

As for roster moves, two went down. The first was trading for a new tight end. Vance McDonald comes over from San Francisco with a fifth-round pick for a 2018 fourth round pick. I must admit the move confused me at first, think they were set with Jesse James. Yet you didn’t give up much to get better. You get a former second round pick with 64 receptions, 866 yards and seven touchdowns in three seasons. I could see him benefitting from having a better quarterback at the helm.

The second is the signing of Joe Haden the corner back from Cleveland. Corner has been one of the deficiencies for the Steelers the past couple of years. Haden is a former pro bowler and annoys A.J Green, of the Cincinnati Bengals. This helps out against a division rival in games that could have playoff implications. Welcome addition for sure.