Thursday, August 10, 2006

13 MILLION REASONS WHY THIS WONT WORK

Did Brian Burke finally pull a boner and make a unwise decision bringing a second overpaid defenseman into the mix?? Burke has tied up a 1/3 of his salary cap on two players, lost a 28 goal scorer in Lupel and can't afford to keep Vishnevski. Selanne, Giguere and the rest of the defensive core become UFA's next year, with Getzlaf, Perry, Penner and Beauchemin becoming RFA's.

For the price of Pronger, Burke could have got Jay Mckee, kept Lupel and still have bucks to shop.

My predictions: Garth Snow has a job longer than Burke does. The Ducks don't make the playoffs.

71 Comments:

At August 10, 2006 at 3:25 PM , Blogger Earl Sleek said...

Garth Snow has a job longer than Burke does.

Which job? By next year, Snow will probably be commissioner of the league.

The Ducks don't make the playoffs.

Sure, we'll probably have a different name and uniform by them. How about shortening it to "Dk"?

 
At August 10, 2006 at 3:39 PM , Blogger Earl Sleek said...

Oh, and this prediction obviously doesn't take into consideration the franchise-changing acquisition of Travis Green.

I am so excited I could vomit.

 
At August 10, 2006 at 3:50 PM , Blogger Hodge said...

Dang, beat me to it. I take everything back. I'm predicting the Ducks to win the Stanley Cup now that they have Green.

 
At August 10, 2006 at 5:02 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Actually, Travis Green is a gritty veteran who can kill penalties better than any other Duck on that roster! You'll like him Earl!

 
At August 10, 2006 at 5:06 PM , Blogger Earl Sleek said...

Don't you trashtalk Sammy Pahlsson like that. Or Todd Marchant, for that matter.

Remember, this isn't the first time we've had Travis Green.

Hell, I'm writing a post about it now.

 
At August 10, 2006 at 5:13 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Oh yeah I forgot! Doesn't matter, Green Green Green!
Make a new banner Hodge, I'm jumping on the Ducks wagon right now!

 
At August 10, 2006 at 5:40 PM , Blogger Tapeleg said...

Jumping on the exclamation point bandwagon. Also, check your email

 
At August 10, 2006 at 6:13 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Ah Tapeleg, those are hilarious!
Are you going to do something with them, or should I?

 
At August 10, 2006 at 6:15 PM , Blogger Earl Sleek said...

OK, posted (though a so-so post, I must say).

It felt weird writing about hockey, all I've been doing lately is making jokes!

Am I the only guy who likes blogging better in the offseason?

 
At August 10, 2006 at 6:22 PM , Blogger Tapeleg said...

Z - Go for it, but I might put them up also, in a few days. When I do, I'll be pointing to your blog. I have a couple of things in the pipe right now, that are a little time dependant. Have fun with them.

E S - I'm afraid of burning too much too fast. This off-season is pretty fun.

 
At August 10, 2006 at 6:39 PM , Blogger Earl Sleek said...

tapeleg, I hear ya, but it seems I'm loving it even more when I'm not constrained by 'what's going on'.

Hodge, btw, I love that picture. That's Sleek-approved 100%.

Z & H, I saw you guys on Hockey Blogs today for the first time. Did you just 'enlist'? I've been wondering whether I should do that myself, except:
a) I'm not exactly sure how
b) I don't know how badly I want more readers; it might be 'bad' pressure, if you know what I mean.

I'm fairly fond of my b.s. blogging skills, with more readers, maybe I have to get 'legit'.

 
At August 10, 2006 at 6:54 PM , Blogger Tapeleg said...

E.S. - Just do it. Why not? And you may get more readers, or you may not. Just do it for yourself, or the conversation, and who cares who reads? I would like more people from Denver reading mine, but when the season starts, they probably will. Leave "Legit" to the mainstream. You're doing a great job at your blog.

 
At August 10, 2006 at 6:59 PM , Blogger Earl Sleek said...

You forgot about (a).

 
At August 10, 2006 at 7:13 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Earl, I enlisted 2 days ago! It's a good thing, you gotta do it!

Tapeleg, your blog is good as well, I'll bet you get traffic during the season for sure!

"I'm afraid of burning too much too fast"

I agree. There's still 2 bloody months left before the season. How much Florida-praising, Canuck-slandering stuff can I put out in 2 months?

 
At August 10, 2006 at 7:17 PM , Blogger Tapeleg said...

Z - We'll see. Right now, it seams the only people reading are other bloggers, but that's kinda fun. I don't have a good hook like you, being the Capt. Morgan's blogger.

 
At August 10, 2006 at 7:22 PM , Blogger Earl Sleek said...

Maybe I need to ask this more specifically.

Does my 'Site Feed URL' (http://battleofcalifornia.blogspot.com/atom.xml) go into the 'Team/Sport Specific RSS Feeds' field on the Blogger application?

You have to understand; I know shit about blogging. When I started, the two things I knew how to do were post some text and insert a picture or two. I didn't even start the blog; that was Mirtle.

 
At August 10, 2006 at 7:27 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

I believe it does Earl. I'm scoping it out for you right now.

 
At August 10, 2006 at 7:29 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Actually, I left the RSS feed blank I believe.

 
At August 10, 2006 at 7:30 PM , Blogger Tapeleg said...

Yep, that will do it. They will send you an email in a day or so.

Also, if you want some blogging pointers, read some of the Behind the Blog entries at Behind the Jersey. Take them for what they are, just a bunch of people doing some stuff. No pressure.

BTW, I disagree, you do know shit about blogging. ;)

 
At August 10, 2006 at 7:35 PM , Blogger Earl Sleek said...

Dude, I didn't know about that Behind the Blog stuff while it was going on, so I read them all in one day a couple weeks ago.

When I say I don't know shit about blogging, that's purely in a technical sense. For instance, I don't know how to insert a YouTube, or have a listing of 'recent posts', or anything useful like that.

I gotta send a message to the other guys on the Blog before I go to Blogger, but thanks for the tip.

 
At August 10, 2006 at 7:35 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

I left it blank because we are a general blog...me=duh. But I didn't put our feed in the general RSS slot and we are still getting advertised. Hmm..

 
At August 10, 2006 at 7:56 PM , Blogger Earl Sleek said...

Back on topic of the Ducks, I am starting to get a sneaky suspicion that Beauchemin gets moved sometime this year or in the next offseason.

If Burke won't pay the Vish raise with the $13M committed, how's he going to pay the Beauch raise, which will be much higher?

Sure, Frenchy's got more upside, but I think Burke's gotta sell high on the kid and then try to find the next kid for Scott or Chris to adopt.

Burkie Burkie, I'd hate the hell out of you if it didn't seem to be working out.

Oh yeah, btw, I'm drinking quite a bit tonight. In honor of Zanstorm.

 
At August 10, 2006 at 7:59 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Wait till you see what Tapeleg did.

I'd drink alot tonight, but I gotta hike up a mountain tomorrow.

 
At August 10, 2006 at 8:28 PM , Blogger Tapeleg said...

I'm a little afraid to see what you are going to do with them, but I do see a collector' item.

 
At August 10, 2006 at 8:31 PM , Anonymous Zanstorm said...

I've already made a draft. You get full kudos for it. But I don't completely let you off the hook though.
Nice post on your site! Did you find a job yet? I was thinking PR at MSGN. I may have to use a gun to persuade them though.

 
At August 10, 2006 at 8:34 PM , Blogger Earl Sleek said...

Screw the NHL. We should just form one megablog (a la Voltron) with 30 teams represented, play out the season on our PS2, and write infinitely more entertaining recaps and anecdotes and steal the league's thunder.

Then would they hire us?

 
At August 10, 2006 at 8:37 PM , Blogger reality check said...

I was hoping to get that letter from David Crowe also but it never came. (Sob!) He sent one to another blog I frquent and his is no hell, really. I copied Crowe's e-mail and asked him to check out my site and I got no reply since. Any tips guys?

 
At August 10, 2006 at 8:38 PM , Blogger reality check said...

I like Sleek's last idea. Woohoo!

 
At August 10, 2006 at 8:42 PM , Blogger Earl Sleek said...

Re: David Crowe

I sent a very non-committal email back to the guy, and even got a reply back, but I dunno.

He's hit some poorly-updated blogs as well, and the text is awfully similar.

It made me feel cheapened, not worthy.

 
At August 10, 2006 at 8:43 PM , Blogger Tapeleg said...

Z - Thanks, I thought I'd get more reaction to the previous post.
At MSG, they would probably respect that.

ES- Someone emailed me wondering if there was a hockey blogger fantasy league. Also, you may have to bribe someone to blog about the Blackhawks.

 
At August 10, 2006 at 8:50 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you have a sitemeter, you can see when he checks on the blogs. He's the one who has no location, but does have Lon/Lat stats (38, -97). Lots of the same form letters sent to sports blogs of various types.

 
At August 10, 2006 at 9:01 PM , Blogger Earl Sleek said...

(38, -97) is in Kansas. Ooh, I am a web demon!

 
At August 10, 2006 at 9:26 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Nice!
I signed up for Crowe without thinking. Exposure is exposure. Tapeleg, he'll find ya, just wait!
A megablog is a great idea.

 
At August 10, 2006 at 9:31 PM , Blogger Tapeleg said...

Z - New photo caption tomorrow?

 
At August 10, 2006 at 9:39 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

You bet!

 
At August 10, 2006 at 9:49 PM , Blogger Hodge said...

Ok, Ive had it. I write a damn fine post c/w research I might add, and it turns into a MSN Messengar chat room for christ sakes!! Doesn't anyone give two ounces of dog shit that I put a ton of time into creating in-depth, quality features for this rather serious hockey blog site.

Here's the link.....http://getaroom.com.

I'm going to drown my sorrows in Labatts Blue now.....cuz I've got no Captains and had too many to drive.

 
At August 10, 2006 at 9:55 PM , Blogger Tapeleg said...

no...Is this a blog?

 
At August 10, 2006 at 10:07 PM , Blogger reality check said...

You mispelled Lupul! LOL

I know that Burke can sometimes be an (_o_), but he's doing great as GM. In two years he has transformed the team into a contender. His team now has a legit chance at the Cup. What's there to criticize?

 
At August 10, 2006 at 10:23 PM , Blogger Tapeleg said...

Z - Check your email

 
At August 10, 2006 at 10:27 PM , Blogger Hodge said...

I call Bullshit, R/C......In a league that allows more than half the teams into the playoffs has no creditability. Can a GM take credit for a fucking cinderella dance to the cup....not in my opinion. With the cap limit and players still being overpaid, there will "hero to zero" managers every year including Burke.

 
At August 10, 2006 at 10:29 PM , Blogger Tapeleg said...

H - So are we saying that the success of a GM is now going to be short term? Are we going to have more musical GMs than before?

 
At August 10, 2006 at 10:47 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

No way Hodge, a GM's success can be long term, if he plays his cards right. Darcy Regier will prove this. Burke is a wizard at the draft as well. He will secure the Duck's future, not piss it away.
The signing of Green is another piece to their potential Cup run this year. The Ducks are awesome on paper. As are the Sharks. Who will stop them?

The Ducks' success this year will not be Cinderella. They are becoming a favorite. Burke created that. He rules!
(see the dumping of Federov and Sykora, and the success that followed)
The Cinderella story will be less of a factor with the cap structuring. Teams are supposed to be on a level playing field now!

 
At August 10, 2006 at 10:49 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Hodge, check out the post editing page. There's one with your name on it courtesy of Tapeleg! It's all yours! The Zanstorm one is mine!

 
At August 10, 2006 at 10:54 PM , Blogger Tapeleg said...

When things settle down (ie when the rich and the cheap come a little closer together), I think a GMs success is going to depend on his resigning of RFAs more than signing good UFAs.

I am pulling that out of my ass, but if I'm right, I said it.

Word Ver: cretfaef. That should be on the back of a jersey.

Also, I am not this popular on my blog. I suck

 
At August 10, 2006 at 10:58 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Hey Tapeleg, we both made the top 10 hockey posts on the Sportsblog site today. Soon, Sleek and RC will be up there as well. RC, did you sign up for that?

 
At August 10, 2006 at 10:59 PM , Blogger Tapeleg said...

Jeez, there must be nothing going on if I'm making that list. Sad day for hockey. Or everyone wants a job.

 
At August 10, 2006 at 11:02 PM , Blogger Tapeleg said...

Wow, tied for 9th. The battle continues.

Z - Is Hodge going to kick my ass for the things?

 
At August 10, 2006 at 11:06 PM , Blogger reality check said...

No Z, he didn't find me yet, but I'm crossing my fingers! Soon I hope. Is there a way I can sign other than that?

I agree with T-Leg on the RFA point. I think Gainey seized that concept well this season. Regier won't put himself in the same painted corner again.

I am presently in the process of making amends on my claim of Vancouver never seeing a certain Stanley. Should be up soon.

 
At August 10, 2006 at 11:32 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

RC, I mean registering your blog in Hockey Blogs. Go check it out. Sell your soul!

Tapeleg, Hodge will like it, no doubt.

 
At August 10, 2006 at 11:37 PM , Blogger reality check said...

Ok and how do I do that? I am not the swiftest at this shit lol. I've inhaled way too much parmesan this week. Wasn't I supposed to do that when I created this blog? Hell I still can't link text!

WV: sodum

 
At August 10, 2006 at 11:40 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

You can't link text. Oh boy..put down the bottle! heheheh

 
At August 10, 2006 at 11:50 PM , Blogger Tapeleg said...

R/C must have found the Capt Morgans. He even agreed with me. That is suspect on it's own.

Word ver: cojdz New backup goalie for the Avs.

 
At August 10, 2006 at 11:52 PM , Blogger reality check said...

No I mean create a hyper link, underlining a word, that could lead to other posts, sites, etc. The bottles contains only water tonight.

So how do I get in Hockey Blogs. Spell it out like I'm an idiot!

 
At August 11, 2006 at 12:09 AM , Blogger Tapeleg said...

R/C check your email.

 
At August 11, 2006 at 12:34 AM , Blogger reality check said...

Cool, will do shortly. TY

 
At August 11, 2006 at 12:37 AM , Blogger reality check said...

Jeez, tapeleg, that Morgans would make me disagree with myself. On the other hand, I'm absolutely wrong on that!

Roses are red
Violets are blue
I'm a schizophrenic
And so am I

 
At August 11, 2006 at 8:39 AM , Blogger Hodge said...

Hey R/C

When I spell checked Lupol it came back "Loophole", so I had to guess.lol

 
At August 11, 2006 at 8:49 AM , Blogger Hodge said...

I can't view that draft from Tapeleg, Zanstorm. Give some rights you Nazi!!!!

 
At August 11, 2006 at 9:09 AM , Blogger Earl Sleek said...

Quick guys, delete all the comments. Alanah has earmarked this post on Kukla's Korner, heh heh.

BTW, it's LUPUL. Easy to spell if you remember it's a palindrome.

 
At August 11, 2006 at 9:19 AM , Blogger Tapeleg said...

Morning guys. I can't tell you how many times I click over to TSN for player spellings. Khabibulin is a killer.

 
At August 11, 2006 at 9:29 AM , Blogger Hodge said...

Somebody should invent "Hockey player Spell check". I'd pay for a program like that.....actually, I'd pirate it off the net, but you get my point. lol

 
At August 11, 2006 at 9:46 AM , Blogger Tapeleg said...

After the shear amount of comments here, I'm thinking about getting a tagboard for my blog, stick it in the sidebar just for this reason.

 
At August 11, 2006 at 10:24 AM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

I've been looking for a good chat board online but haven't found the right one yet.

 
At August 11, 2006 at 10:50 AM , Blogger Tapeleg said...

I just installed a tag board. We'll see how it goes. And it was really easy.

 
At August 11, 2006 at 10:58 AM , Blogger -Beaner- said...

and in interesting news.....Petr Sykora has signed a one-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers.

Think Hodge was pulling for him to join the Canucks...

 
At August 11, 2006 at 11:30 AM , Blogger Hodge said...

I was talking about the other Petr Sykora, Beaner. lol

 
At August 11, 2006 at 12:01 PM , Blogger -Beaner- said...

Liar

 
At August 11, 2006 at 12:52 PM , Blogger reality check said...

67 comments (68 now!) has to be a record! Gotta break that record! Quick Zandstrom, post a picture of yourself staring into an empty bottle of Morgans.

 
At August 11, 2006 at 7:07 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

blah blah

 
At August 11, 2006 at 7:08 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

blah blah...ok! That's 70! Hey we are getting HockeyBuzz-like traffic now!!!!

 
At August 11, 2006 at 8:11 PM , Blogger Tapeleg said...

At least what HockeyBuzz claims. More like HockeyBBQBuzz traffic.

 

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