Friday, August 05, 2005

Carnival of the NHL #4

Hello, everyone. Welcome to our humble piece of Hockeytown. Our names are Matt Saler and Brian List and we'll be your hosts as we take you through the fourth Carnival of the NHL. First off, we'll point you to Sharkspage, where PJ Swenson keeps you up-to-date on the San Jose Sharks, as well as boxing, car races and other sporting events in the San Jose area. PJ recently re-did the layout of his site and it's looking pretty neat. Next, we'll stop at Hockey Rants, where Jes Golbez helps you get into the scary mind of an NHL General Manager. If you can take it, you'll see the big mistakes a GM can make, such as giving $6.75 million to a goalie, $2.4 million to a forward who had one good season four years ago, and $10 million on two new players. Don't despair, however. Jes is also kind enough to show you the good GMs, those who give just over $2 million total to two solid players rather than just throw their money around like rice at a wedding. Brett Mirtle, of Red Line Sports, chimes in, asking Jes, is any player worth the $7.8 million salary ceiling? Zubov is certainly not worth half the salary ceiling, says Globe and Mail journalist and blogger extraordinaire, James Mirtle. The carnival erupts in agreement, but Andrew of the Stars blog takes the signing in stride. Over here, we have Lindsey Ungar who blogs about the Buffalo Sabres at "In the Crease." In this post, she looks for a little hope despite following a team when apparently no one wants to go to their games or join the roster. A sad story. Moving on to a more positive booth, the venerable (in the most respectful sense of the word) Tom Benjamin takes you on a walk down memory lane and points out his old haunt: The Tom Benjamin Hockey Pages. Recently returned Nashville Predator blogger Jason Kirk discusses his team's need for a center here. He hasn't said anything yet but I'm sure the Predator's acquisition of Paul Kariya will generate a response worth reading. (Side note: are any other Wings fans starting to become a little frightened of the other teams in our division now? We are. Just a little. Please Mr. Holland, do something.) Over at her MVN blog, Avalanche!, Melissa Tee gives Avs fans even more reason to be depressed: the new scheduling will make it even tougher for the Avs to compete now that they've lost Foote and Forsberg. The Northwest Division is a tough one and the loss of those two won't make getting to the playoffs any easier. Always a funny guy, Steve Ovadia at PuckUpdate discusses the need to pay high-end defensemen high-end salaries. He also goes in to the TV opportunities Jeremy Roenick will have in LA. Keith from BoltsMag takes the stage in his fire-breathing routine, with Eklund, of the legendary Hockey Rumors blog, burned severely in the act. Mike Chen describes a bizarre dream he recently had...or wait, is this Bettman's small market dream come true? Michael, the self-proclaimed Hockey Fanatic, pays homage to the master of ceremonies, Steve Yzerman. The carnival caravan rolls on, as Yzerman will have a goodbye tour before the show closes. The Fanatic also gives a good overview of Sidney Crosby's Jay Leno appearance. The show rolls into Hockey Country, where Chris McMurtry proclaims it's the "same ol' NHL." Chris, we might add, has taken the hockey blogging standard to a new level, building up a massive archive of posts in a matter of days. His profile description says it all: "Someone with, perhaps, too much free time on his hands and an unhealthy passion for hockey..." A description the whole carnival of hockey bloggers could relate to. Brandon Bibb of Grapevine's Sports Ramblings tells of the best carnival stunts, whether it be the Mike Legg lacrosse-style goal or the Shanahan, bank-the-puck-off-the-goaltender, move. The Hockey Rodent breaks down the Ranger payroll, and proves his skill at finding interesting links with a Straka interview from a Czech website. Also worthy of mention is Kukla's Korner, the emerging Drudge Report of NHL news. Paul has been posting up-to-the-minute NHL news for the last three weeks, and 'On the Wings' has appreciated his site as a resource for free agent moves. Entering the stage is d-lee of red and black hockey, blogging about the Hurricanes from Greensboro, North Carolina. He's also followed the free agency race closely, and gives a unique perspective on the moves. Red Wings fans aren't the only ones down on management decisions, as Jay Kumar sulks about the fate of the Leafs and wonders whether "hometown discounts" can save the team. Jason Allison enters stage right, having missed much of the last three seasons due to post-concussion symptoms and the lockout. How Allison's groggy show comes off remains to be seen. OtW staffer (and budding journalist?) Christy Hammond takes an early jab at the new NHL schedule format, as the Central Division (minus the Wings) grows stronger by the day with free agent signings. Those eight game outings against the likes of the Blackhawks and Predators might not turn out that easy...unless Mr. Holland gets off his butt and signs somebody! Jason Kirk enjoys the sound of that, seeing as though we lumped his beloved Preds in with the dregs of the league. That was when we had faith in Wings management and thought they knew how to...gasp...call a free agent on the phone and... actually...negotiate. Sigh. Returning after a week-long hiatus is Carole Lee Sussman of "For the Curious..." In this post, she rounds up some of the bigger deals of the past week. Her comments are, as usual, well worth reading. She is less than impressed with what the Rangers have done this off-season but what else is new? For anyone who doubts the popularity of the NHL or the sport of hockey, check out On the Wings: Brazil. This little-known but much appreciated partner-blog is written in Portuguese by Humberto, Marcelo, and Eduardo. And last but certainly not least, we have our ringleader, Eric McErlain, of the prize-winning blog "Off Wing Opinion." The master of all things sport today weighs in on the Columbus Blue Jackets' signing of Adam Foote. He and a few others. That's all for now, folks. Thank you all for stopping by and we hope you enjoyed your time at the fourth Carnival of the NHL. Thanks to Eric McErlain for giving us the opportunity to host this thing. We're looking forward to doing it again in the future and hopefully then we'll get it published on time (again, we're sorry). So, who's up to host this thing next???? Matt Saler and Brian List For more internet carnivals, click here.

16 Comments:

At 8/06/2005 01:29:00 AM, Blogger greatwhitebear said...

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At 8/06/2005 01:31:00 AM, Blogger greatwhitebear said...

Great job guys! Really entertaining!

 
At 8/06/2005 03:02:00 AM, Anonymous Lisa said...

VERY well done you guys

 
At 8/06/2005 03:35:00 AM, Blogger d-lee said...

thanks for mentioning me!

 
At 8/06/2005 06:12:00 AM, Blogger JasonSpaceman said...

Excellent job. I hope for your sake that Ken Holland does get off his butt and start signing some folks - otherwise we just might run away with the division! ;-)

 
At 8/06/2005 11:52:00 AM, Blogger greatwhitebear said...

just so you know, you kept me up all night checking out all the Caranval links. I'm not gonna be worth a damn today!

 
At 8/06/2005 01:34:00 PM, Blogger John F. said...

I think that was one of the best carnivals so far, if not THE best. Great work! (if I had known you guys were hosting it - I would have sent something your way. I see you got Keith's post though... and that's a good rant on his part)

 
At 8/06/2005 06:02:00 PM, Anonymous Paul said...

I apperciate the recognition.
I am just hocky fan trying to keep all of us up-to-date on the latest NHL news.

 
At 8/07/2005 09:29:00 AM, Blogger Kate said...

What, no Canadiens blog? Something's missing...

 
At 8/07/2005 09:46:00 AM, Blogger Brian List said...

Thanks everyone!

 
At 8/07/2005 10:23:00 AM, Blogger Humberto Fernandes said...

Yes! On the Wings: Brazil is here! :)

 
At 8/07/2005 06:29:00 PM, Blogger greatwhitebear said...

There is a rumor all over Toronto media of a Belak/Belour for Zetterberg trade. This deal makes no sense to me. Even without ZB's contract, Belfour's contract would put Wings hard up against cap. And do we really need a 4th line right wing?

Unless the Loafs are willing to give up Kaberle, I can't see anybody on their roster it would make sense to give up ZB for.

You guys heard any of this?

ps.. my apologies to christy for the you guys thing!

 
At 8/07/2005 07:33:00 PM, Blogger Brian List said...

I hadn't heard of that...hmm. Belfour at $4.56M is too much for the Wings to handle. Plus he's 40 years old. We have approx $10 million left and need to sign 7-8 players. And with all the pessimism surrounding Pavel and how he's likely to stay in Russia, I'd expect the Wings to lock on to Zetterberg.

I've heard a rumor about Curtis Joseph returning to Toronto, so the Leafs shopping around Belfour makes sense. Though I can't think of a team who'd bite on that deal...wonder why the Leafs didn't buy out Crazy Eddie? Do they really think teams are going to trade for him?

Thanks for the scoop on the rumor!

 
At 8/07/2005 08:21:00 PM, Blogger greatwhitebear said...

At this point, Cujo is better than nay of the available goalies out there. With the new rules changes, Belfour's puck handling abilities are negated, so that probably includes him. If the Wings can get him below 3 mil per, they ought to bite the bullet and resign him.

 
At 8/16/2005 04:00:00 AM, Anonymous Lindsey Ungar said...

thanks for the recognition! sabres fans are just trying to keep the faith.

 
At 9/30/2005 03:42:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree,

I love NHL. and recently I have bought stock in it. Not like real stock on Wall street, but a stock market that is strictly for sports.

You have seen it? Its pretty cool. You buy issues for your favorite teams and you make real money. Not like a fake stock simulator. I cash out Dividends each time the team wins. Also I can sell my team stock when the price goes up.

check it out if something like this interests you.
heres a link http://allsportsmarket.com
you can log in and check it out for free..

They just released IPO'S for NHL this week, so there are alot of good deals there.

Keep up the good work on your blog!
-Erik

 

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