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July 5, 2008

Really Stupid Marketing Errors

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — hoyler @ 8:05 pm

I don’t know if the item I’m about to post a picture of is actually for sale, and I’m almost tempted enough to spend 25 bucks to see. You probably won’t get this unless you are an NHL fan, but I don’t care, it’s a horrendous error that I must showcase for all 10 of our readers.

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June 30, 2008

T-2 and 1: Because I Can’t Count

Yeah, so, I messed up when originally starting this little NHL Free Agency Preview and now we are T-minus 1 day to the opening of the market. Oh well.

Anyway, with the frenzy upon us, let’s take a look at the best of the best in unrestricted free agents under 30.

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June 29, 2008

T-3: The New New Thing(s)

Pitkanen

(Courtesy The Edmonton Journal)

Three days until the most exciting free agent season in sports opens up, so let’s build off yesterday’s look at the older unrestricted free agents with a look at the younger restricted free agents.

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June 28, 2008

T-4: Meet the Old Guys

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — hoyler @ 2:41 pm

Jagr/Sundin(Courtesy Ed Betz/AP)

The NHL salary cap continues its exponential annual growth, moving this year to $56 million with a floor of more than $40 million, which makes Tuesday’s opening of free agency all the more interesting.

That means you’ll see plenty of big contracts doled out to guys like Jeff Carter, the Philadelphia Flyers young center who, with just one 45+ point season under his belt, received a 3-year, $15 million deal with the hopes of his continued development. I’m a huge Carter fan, so I think his 29-23-53-+6 performance this season, which included 18 power play points, was a sign of things to come. However, this is definitely a huge leap forward for the league, which used to restrict players from getting out of virtual indentured servantry (is that a word/phrase…it is now) prior to the 04-05 work stoppage. Once the big young guns, such as Florida/Washington defensemen Jay Bouwmeester and Mike Green, get their restricted free agent deals, be it from their current squad or an overzealous general manager willing to lose multiple draft picks, we’ll understand the full impact of the new collective bargaining agreement.

For the meantime though, signs of the old free agency are still running rampant because this year’s class includes plenty of old-guard superstars! Jaromir Jagr, Mats Sundin, Jose Theodore, Brendan Shanahan and Wade Redden are all up for grabs on Tuesday, but only a few of them are actually worth pursuing. Which team in the best fit for the best over-30 guys on the market, who is most likely to get them, and how much/how long will their contract be? Here are my predictions.

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May 18, 2008

Dee-troit what? And some Tiger talk

Filed under: Three Questions — Tags: , , , — Andy Vasquez @ 10:20 pm

This is a little something we like to call three questions. Every Monday, we’ll take a look at three of the most intriguing questions across the world of sports for the upcoming week and offer dueling opinions. What could be better than an argument? It’s like Around the Horn, without yelling sports journalists.

This week, we delve into the NBA Eastern Conference Finals, the NHL Western Conference Finals and Tiger’s potential return to the PGA Tour.

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Night in Review

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — hoyler @ 10:39 am

With just one playoff game between the NHL and NBA and no big MMA or boxing cards, Horse Racing to make the nation forget an overblown tragedy at the May 3 Kentucky Derby with the second leg of the Triple Crown. Big Brown certainly did his part, putting on one of the most impressive Preakness performances in a long time, holding off through the first 3/4 mile before annihilating the field down the stretch to win by five lengths.

My initial thoughts after the race were that, while impressive, Big Brown is benefiting from a weaker-than-usual class of 3 year olds. I stand by that, to a point, especially when considering how the only competitive horses in yesterday’s race got there by burning themselves out early and simply holding off the dregs of the field to finish in or near the money. The burnout performances of Gayego and Hey Byrn were indicative of the fact that nobody from this field should be racing in three weeks at the Belmont Stakes.

Casino Drive, a Japanese colt with just two starts (but two wins) under his belt, is likely the only thing standing between Big Brown and the Triple Crown. He’ll be in New York again after a dominating win at the Peter Pan Stakes.

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