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Duchene traded

Posted by Ark_Razor on November 5, 2017 at 11:10 PM Comments comments (1)


Turris already signed to a 6 x 6.0 extension with the Preds.

OK. Let's look at these pieces.

AVS Give up: Duchene. 2 x 6.0 remaining, 26yo

AVS Get: 1RDP fm OTT, 2RDP fm NAS, 3RDP fm OTT (2019 draft), Samuel Gerard (47th overall pick 2016), Vladislav Kamenev (42nd overall pick 2014), Shane Bowers (28th overall pick 2017, unsigned), Hamburgler (buried 1 x 1.35...

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What a Way to Lose a Hockey Game

Posted by Radatz on October 28, 2017 at 10:45 PM Comments comments (11)

This is a roast of the last second of a brilliant hockey game played tonight between the Bruins and the Kings. To Kings fans it's a great victory, requiring a remarkable piece of execution at the very end (which is true). To Bruins fans it's a little different, and that will be my angle.

First, let me start with my contempt for the NHL's latest artificial-action scam, which is the 3-on-3 OT. It is just the latest level of Mickey Mouse hockey invented by the NHL t...

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Week 2 Wrap Wrap: Lions Roaring?

Posted by Radatz on September 19, 2017 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (6)

What's left of the once-fabled MNF can be hard to take. First, you have to expose yourself to adding to the ratings of the 4-letter network. Second, you have commentary such as that from their resident officiating expert, who explained just how the finger that was propelled into Stafford's eye by an onrushing lineman with his arm straight out during an aborted pass-turned-fumble was really 'incidental contact', not hands-to-the-face. And of course there's Chucky, who seems a bit o...

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Rob and I, Chapter 1

Posted by Ark_Razor on August 30, 2017 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (8)

August 25, 2017

Mr. Rob Blake

General Manager

Los Angeles Kings Hockey Club

300 N. Continental Blvd Ste #500,

El Segundo, Ca 90245

Dear Mr. Blake:

I have been a full season holder to the club since 1982. I used to write Mr. Lombardi 1-3x per year.

This is my first missive to you. Before, I get any further, let me clear the air; so you know where I stand.


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A Long Journey's Uncertain End.....

Posted by Ark_Razor on July 10, 2017 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (9)

For nearly 4-1/2 years, I had been dogged in my determination. My quest technically began in 6/11/12, so really it was close to 5 years.

One by one, I hunted them down....... 24, 23, 22, 21, 20, 19, 18...... (link 1st 7 in comment...

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I am McPhee.....

Posted by Ark_Razor on June 20, 2017 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (4)

I've seen 4 lists with 4 different Kings on the list.


Here is my list, assuming nobody is protected.


ANA- Manson 0.925 D

ARI- Jooris 0.6 F

BOS- Miller 1.0 D

BUF- Ulmark 0.75 G

CAL- Chiasson RFA F

CAR- Nordstrom 1.275 F

CHI- TVR 0.825 D

AVS- Pickard 1.0 G

CBJ- Johnson 4.357 D

DAL- Eakin 3.85 F

DET- Glendening 1.8 F

EDM- Pakarinen 0.725 F

FLA- Marches...

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And That is That.

Posted by Radatz on June 11, 2017 at 11:05 PM Comments comments (10)

Admit it, you knew this was coming. For every faceoff win and all the time spent in possession of the puck, Nashville had seemingly two giveaways, largely dopey passes to zones, sometimes with wide open men in clear view. The Penguins almost invariably pounced on the unforced-loose-puck machine and eventually it paid off. Wouldn't you know that the winner would come from behind the goalie, but it's been happening a lot. Pittsburgh deserved it. They played smarter, rarely tossing p...

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Return of El Ka-Bong

Posted by Radatz on June 9, 2017 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (2)

The good news for Nashville is that any dreaded complacency is cured. Now they may need antidepressants. In retrospect it's hard to believe the first period ended with 9 shots apiece, let alone the game ending with 24 each. But there was no doubt who was swarming and who wasn't, as Pittsburgh's strong checking and transition game produced big gains.

That's one way of looking at it. The other is that to beat Pitt you have to expect to weather offensive storms. The...

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Tied Series and the Strangest Goal I Ever Saw

Posted by Radatz on June 6, 2017 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (4)

Usually replay, for what good it does, also does a couple of bad things that make people not like it. First, it interrupts the game, sometimes for what seems too long. Second, it sometimes turns over goals on ridiculously unnoticeable offsides. But tonight's replay was in the background until a horn sounded stopping play some time later. Was it too long later? Yes. But it did reveal a goal where none had been called. Someone somewhere must have decided to look on his own since it ...

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Reversal of Form?

Posted by Radatz on June 3, 2017 at 11:55 PM Comments comments (3)

It started off looking like a long night and a short series as Pittsburgh scored in the first 3 minutes shortly after a Rinne giveaway, and holding the lead through the first period without too much concern. The second was looking like more of the same when Josi scored on what had been a somewhat disorganized power play. Big deal. But then Gadreau put home a shot that Murray seemed to whiff on 42 seconds later. It was hard to tell whether it deflected off the arm of a defender sli...

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