Friday, August 04, 2006


My guess is this will be the biggest gong show of the season. Add Mike Keenan to the mix and we're almost guaranteed to see the sparks fly. Two guys, one old and one Auld, both wanting to prove they're starters could turn out to be mildly interesting, in a soap opera kind of way, particularly if one of them stinks up a period or two.
Zanstorm is declaring the Panthers to, not only make the playoffs but to make some noise in the east, for which I say....bunk. Loser eats his hat.....hope you like hat, Zanstorm.


At August 4, 2006 at 4:29 p.m. , Blogger -Beaner- said...

Alex Auld and Kevin Pollak??......I don't get it....

I agree with Hodge, Panthers don't have a chance. They went out and got an old has been in Eddie the Eagle and a young unproven in Auld the Bald....Eagle... I would have put my money with Legace.

Speaking of has beens, I'm taking bets on who is going to last longer, Belfour or Hasek....any takers?

At August 4, 2006 at 4:48 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

That's easy, Belfour!

It's the year of the Panthers! You'll see!

Hodge, that is creative genius!

At August 4, 2006 at 5:22 p.m. , Blogger Temujin said...

Will the Panthers finish with more points than the Canucks?

Will Auld/Belfour's numbers be as good as Luongo's?

Will Lukas Krajicek be given the Golden Hockey Stick of Paul Coffey and begin a new era of offensive defencemen?

All this and more to be seen in the coming months!

At August 4, 2006 at 7:39 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

I'll answer...YES, NO, NO!

At August 4, 2006 at 8:52 p.m. , Blogger Temujin said...

I think it is more likely that it'll be "No's" all around.

Nonis still has something cookin' I can smell it. And when it is finished baking, it's gonna come out of the oven smellin' dang good.

I'm reduced to food metaphors, how tragic. Let's talk about the Leafs.

At August 4, 2006 at 9:17 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

let's not...see the standings in the sidebar from last year? Well the Leafs will be in the same spot this year! Yep, I admit it! I can always dream though.
Why do you think I'm buying a Luongo jersey? LOL I kid..

At August 4, 2006 at 9:41 p.m. , Blogger Earl Sleek said...

I will say this for Florida, I think they may be good also, but not because of netminding.

Olli Jokinen was scary last year, and Bertuzzi will add to that quite a bit, I think.

I could see that team pulling some s#it together. After all, they do get to play the Caps 8 times.

At August 4, 2006 at 10:42 p.m. , Blogger Temujin said...

How unfortunate that the Canucks are in a division with Edmonton, Calgary, Colorado, and Minnesota, while Detroit and Nashville get to play St Loo, Chicago, and Columbus eight times each.

Florida may get to play the caps 8 times, but they also have to face Atlanta, TB, and Carolina, which is no small task.

The Leafs don't have it any easier either though. Ottawa, Buffalo, and Montreal were good teams last year, and a revamped Bruins club with Chara on D could mean serious cah-cah for T.O.

Anyone heard from JFJr lately? Apparently there is a premier goalie playeing for Ak Bars Kazan in the Russian league next season...

At August 4, 2006 at 11:11 p.m. , Blogger reality check said...

The Leafs ought to be 0 for 32 against their own division LOL

BTW my tag is up on my sight. feel free to slander LOL.

At August 4, 2006 at 11:41 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

At least Earl has a voice of reason!

Temujin, I believe Florida is now better than TB AND Atlanta!

At least Colorado is getting weaker, and the Wild may or may not be better this year. The Canucks could be ok.
Just be happy they aren't in Sleek's division down there in California!

At August 4, 2006 at 11:55 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Sorry, R/C I can't slander that, it's too good! I will keep in mind to slander Springsteen once in a while!

At August 5, 2006 at 12:54 a.m. , Blogger reality check said...

Oh go ahead and give her, water off a ducks back lol. Anyways I'm drunker than you were last night and still know that the Minny Wild have greatly improved!

At August 5, 2006 at 11:04 a.m. , Blogger Hodge said...

It took me awhile Zanstorm, but I figured you out. Take some retired guys, way too many European's, a couple big under achievers and you have the......Leafs?? I mean Panthers!!!

At August 5, 2006 at 11:06 a.m. , Blogger Temujin said...

Temujin, I believe Florida is now better than TB AND Atlanta!

I don't think you really believe that, pal. You were the one slamming Bertuzzi for half the season, and it wasn't too long ago you were crapping on Auld!

Unless you've got some kind of love affair/fetish with Bryan Allen, I can't really see how you can justify thinking Florida will be that much better. I beleive in Blueland, baby! Atlanta is going to win that division.

At August 5, 2006 at 11:48 a.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Are you drunk? Of course I believe that!
Auld and Belfour will share goaltending duties, and I do like that combo. I've always said Auld is a steady goaltender, just not a great goaltender. He could improve yet. Of course I slammed Bertuzzi last year! He was a fucking floater! I hated that whole Naslund-Bert-Morrison line! Think he'll float on a Roberts and Nieuwendyk line, in a no-distraction environment? I doubt it! And yes I do think Bryan Allen is good. He's steady, and he's getting better and better. And you may not realize that they've added Ruslan Salei as well! That was the Duck's loss, but they got Pronger.
Has Tampa or Atlanta improved that much this off-season? Hell no! The Thrashers replaced career year Marc Savard with a slumping Steve Rucchin to center
The Lightning replaced Pavel Kubina and Darryl Sydor with Filip Kuba and Andy Delmore. Do the math..
But they did sign Marc Denis, who is good, but IMO isn't much better than John Grahame statistically.
So barring some blockbuster deal by the Thrashers and Lightning, I stand by my statement and will bet money on it!

At August 5, 2006 at 12:15 p.m. , Blogger Earl Sleek said...

And you may not realize that they've added Ruslan Salei as well! That was the Duck's loss, but they got Pronger.

Salei is a tricky one. Definitely we will miss him and he will help FLA, but it's still difficult to figure out exactly how he helps or what we'll miss.

I will, however, miss the nicknames I have developed over the years.

Salei of Game
Cirque d'Salei
One-horse open Salei
Salei it ain't so

At August 5, 2006 at 12:22 p.m. , Blogger Temujin said...

Think he'll float on a Roberts and Nieuwendyk line, in a no-distraction environment?

Boy, Roberts is sure going to be welcomed back in Fla with open arms now, won't he? You seem to forget the rather large middle finger he waved at them when he thought the Leafs were going to grovel at his feet. I'd bet my left err... toenails that he gets injured in mid-November and we won't see him again for the rest of the season.

Come to think of it, I think the same will happen with Eddie the Eagle.

And Joltin' Joe N...

Damn, sounds like we are talking about the Leafs after all. I was only kidding before.

At August 5, 2006 at 12:35 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Hey they could get injured this year, it's possible!
I bet they will welcome Roberts back eventually.
It's hard to tell our true tones of voice through typing! I think you were trying to sucker me into an argument weren't you? Ah well, I'm a sucker.
PS- the line of Bertuzzi-Nieuwendyk-Roberts plays really well on NHL 2006!!! HAHA

Earl, Cirque d'Salei is my fave! Funny stuff!

At August 5, 2006 at 2:14 p.m. , Blogger Temujin said...

How well does Pyatt-Sedin-Sedin work? :)

At August 5, 2006 at 5:17 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

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At August 5, 2006 at 5:18 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Haha, I don't know! I'll try it! Hey let's start a season! LOL!

At August 5, 2006 at 5:31 p.m. , Blogger Hodge said...

I just came up with a tag for the Panthers top line. The "OIL" line


At August 5, 2006 at 5:33 p.m. , Blogger Temujin said...

Wow, just wow, Hodge.

I shot beer all over my computer screen through my nose when I read that.

At August 5, 2006 at 6:24 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Shit! THAT was funny! That'll stick! Hopefully they put Horton on that line to screw up your line name!
I'm not as quick witted as you, but if the Canucks have Cooke, Naslund, and Morrison on their top line, you could call it the Cooked Swedish Meatball Line!!
If this Florida war goes on much longer, I may have to put the SouthEast division in the sidebar, and we'll all make bets!

At August 5, 2006 at 7:38 p.m. , Blogger reality check said...

Funny stuff, you guys Salei me.

What are the Panthers waiting for to sign Domi and Allison? They could then brag that it's Leafs graveyard.

At August 5, 2006 at 8:01 p.m. , Blogger Hodge said...

I've got my money on Leetch going to Florida!!!

How about 'Salei Dog"

At August 5, 2006 at 8:12 p.m. , Blogger reality check said...

Salei Z. Ass.

At August 5, 2006 at 9:18 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Leaf's graveyard=BOOO! You are going to hell for that.


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