Written by Dani Toth | 14 April 2011

Those who know me well, know one of my favorite things about the playoffs is CBC's intro video's.

No other station really does these montage video's better than CBC does, so here is the first two:

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Written by Dani Toth | 12 April 2011

Did you win your fantasy hockey pool this year? Or perhaps like me, come almost dead last?

Well the playoffs let's you start over!!!

The Bloguin superblog, The Pensblog is running their annual Rinkotology, which is a fantasy playoff pool. Winner gets money.

How much money?

There are three divisions. The top five in each division will win money:

1st place: $300

2nd place: $250

3rd place: $200

4th place: $150

5th place: $100

And the overall winner of the entire Quest For The Cup will win an extra $700, for a total of $1000

The entry fee is 10 bucks. You have to have ten forwards, four defensemen, and two goaltenders. As they play, they accumulate points for goals, assists, hat tricks, series clinching goals etc. Click here to sign up. Full rules here

So, apologies for not telling you about this earlier, but the registration is over at 5:00 pm EST April 13th (that's TOMORROW).

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Written by Dani Toth | 10 April 2011


Oh Chicago, we meet again...

All games aired on CBC, all times listed are Eastern no comments

Written by Dani Toth | 03 April 2011

It's funny that people discuss whether it's good to win the President's trophy or not.

I don't know how much of a special edge you get from it really in the playoffs (besides the guaranteed home ice factor), but why would you debate that it is not a good thing? Like we've already won it, it's not like we can un-win it at this point. Doesn't it mean that we've watch one helluva hockey team play 82 games this year? The stats say that 30% of teams that have won it have gone on to win the Stanley Cup in recent history. 30% is pretty great odds.

Plus, there's also another stat that every time a Canadian city has hosted an Olympics, within one year they have also won a Stanley Cup. It's happened twice: Montreal and Calgary. Two is a small sample size, I know, but right now, I think that's awesome. no comments

Written by Dani Toth | 15 March 2011

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Written by Dani Toth | 13 March 2011

After attending one of the most boring hockey games this season (Nashville game), the Canucks have surprised me in their past roadtrip. A sweep of California? Check Some of the most exciting games of the season in one week? Check. Coming back from being down to the Flames to win the game? Check. Do I want to play the Flames in the post season? Nope

Being that I also blog about another team, I can tell you how much that makes me appreciate the level of hockey our Vancouver Canucks play. Up until recently both teams I follow (the other is the Lightning) were right up there in the standings. Lately, the Lightning have taken a tumble in the standings are being left in Washington's dust. I could get into it more, but I feel that I complain about them enough on twitter and quite frankly, I'm sure you don't care about Tampa Bay at all. But what I'm trying to get at is how good the Canucks are. How great it is to watch this team play so well.

I don't know if many other people who follow the team has felt like this past season has just been a lead-up to the inevitable playoffs. I've said before that I can't get into this season as much as I did last year or the year before, but now that we're in the home stretch of games (12 more), I can feel the start of my nervous anticipation.

Other random thoughts
  • The owners of the clubs must like what they see with how Bettman is running the show for them to give him a five year contract extension. They also understand the issue of going into a renegotiation of a new TV deal and upcoming CBA expiration on a united front. Yes I understand that David Pratt thinks he does a terrible job, but obviously the owners think he is doing something right
  • I hate discussion about head hits or intentional injuries lately. I'm finding myself not wanting to read the 100 blog posts about Chara/Pacioretty. We all know that they are awful and something needs to be done, either by the league or the players themselves....and the players don't seem to care enough to make a change.
  • Winnipeg/Phoenix. Wishing this could just get resolved. Either move or don't move the team NHL, but if I lived in Winnipeg or Phoenix and as a fan of hockey, I would hate to keep hearing about it every day
  • Every time Grabner scores a goal, I lament trading him for Ballard. I've lamented 28 times so far this season
  • How awesome were the Kesler interview bombs? And the video that Canucks.com put together of them? Really shows how loose the team is right now.
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Written by Dani Toth | 28 February 2011

I don't know what to make of today's trade deadline day. Coming into it with already so many trades having taken place over the last few weeks, you could predict that today's deadline would be quieter. But I don't know if I was still hoping for something to surprise me. I imagine it was a painfully slow moving day at TSN. In the end the 'big' trade was Dustin Penner to the Kings. And while Dustin Penner is big and this does make the Kings better since they finally have a LW-er, it was a bit ho-hum.

I had written off the Canucks from doing anything once the trade deadline was technically over, but Gillis surprised me today with acquiring Maxim Lapierre and Chris Higgins for nothing that hurts the team now. Draft picks and players that aren't on the current roster for two players that could make the difference for a Cup, I'll take it.

I like the Maxim Lapierre trade because sh-t we needed a 4th line center. This is like a late Christmas gift to Tanner Glass for having to put up with rooking centers rotating through his line every odd week. He's been such a good sport about it all his new mistake-making rookies he's had to deal with but this must be nice now, no? He'll have first and foremost a center. And a player that can be called an NHL player because he's played more than 10 NHL games. And he's feisty. Throw in a little Jeff Tambellini, and I'm liking the look of the line. Just have AV throw a really really short leash on him and have him buy into the current Canucks motto of 'don't do anything stupid'.

As for Higgins, well, isn't he the Mason Raymond motivator? That's what his job is right? Either motivate Raymond into actually producing or take his spot in the top six. I'd like to see this make Raymond step up his game (does he have game these days?) since we have him signed to a contract, but if it comes down to it that Higgins will be more effective, then so be it.

And so in close, based on not having ever seen either of them play in a Canuck uniform yet, I'm going to give GMMG a thumbs up on this trade deadline. He addressed a need (4th line center) and even surprised me with a possible top six forward. And he paid for it with monopoly money. no comments