Patrick POS Kane Joins the Ranks of Ben Roethlisberger

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In case you haven’t heard the news, Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks is currently under investigation after an incident occurred in his hometown near Buffalo.

According to the sports news I just watched, it said that incident was related to a rape and how a woman had a rape kit administered to her.

Yeah there will be detractors who say shame on the woman for going after the star Patrick Kane and his money, but the rape kit speaks volumes to me.

Just like Kobe Bryant and Big Ben Rapistberger, a big settlement will probably be made to sweep this classless action under the rug.

Patrick Kane is a piece of crap, that’s good at playing hockey.

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Thoughts On Ryan Kesler Leaving Vancouver

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So “the trade” happened not to long ago where Ryan Kesler was sent packing from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for Nick Bonino and Luca Sbisa essentially. Probably the biggest trade so far this off season in the NHL.

I posted a few weeks back how new general manager of the Vancouver Canucks Jim Benning was not doing a bad job. I still echo those same sentiments.

Kesler was crucial during the Canucks 2011 cup run. Do not get me wrong. Without him who knows how that Nashville Predators semi finals series would have gone.

But since then he has not done anything of note in Vancouver except get injured and seemingly complain behind closed doors. Yeah he said to the media how he wanted to stay here. I never bought it. He wanted out for sure.

I don’t hold any grudges if the man wanted out. Just handcuffing Jim Benning into only accepting a trade to two possible teams (one of them being a team he was rivals with for many years the Chicago Blackhawks) was a bit annoying. Props to Benning for getting a solid return under those circumstances.

Ever since the cup run Kesler has lacked playmaking ability and looked bad on the ice. I’m not upset one bit that he is gone.

Let’s not forget there are all these crazy, outlandish rumours about his personal life and how he is a pig or jerk of a man.

The Vancouver Sun quoted him as saying in his exit interview with Vancouver Media:

I hate losing and that season was painful, to be honest. The fact (the Canucks) are in a rebuild and are looking to get younger and are years away from being a contender, I think it was just time for me to move on and, you know, win and hopefully take home a championship.

— Ryan Kesler

Then they followed up by saying “there is plenty of time to practice your booing”.

Son, I ain’t even mad. I wouldn’t boo him. I don’t hate him. If he wanted out after the franchise was going downhill so be it. At least we got plenty of young prospects to look forward to and shift the ship in a different direction. His quote absolutely does make sense.

I still think Anaheim will regret this trade when he turns out to not be the slam dunk 2nd line centre they thought he would be. Nick Bonino will be great in a Canucks uniform, in fact he scored more points than Kesler did last year.

Let’s say Anaheim does well in the regular season (which is not uncommon for a Boudreau squad). Once again, they will lose in the postseason (which is also not uncommon for a Boudreau squad).

Pittsburgh Penguins Hit the Reset Button

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First they have another disappointing exit from the playoffs (when they were leading the semi finals series 3-1 but ultimately lost it in seven games to the Rangers).

Then they fire general manager Ray Shero.

Then they bring in veteran general manager from the Carolina Hurricanes Jim Rutherford.

Then he takes out the trash and fires coach Dan Bylsma.

My first reaction? About freaking time.

Never have I understood the appeal for Dan Bylsma. His first year was a huge success winning the cup. But it seems that was the driving force on why the Penguins kept siding with him and keeping him far too long.

The next year they lost to the Montreal Canadiens in seven games (who were backed by hot goalie Jaroslav Halak) despite being up in the series 3-2. When you look at both rosters that year there is no way in hell Pittsburgh should have lost game seven at home even if the Canadiens were backed by god himself in net. They played like shit in game seven essentially.

The year after that you can give Bylsma his due though. He still took the team to fifth place despite Malkin and Crosby being missing in action. However, again despite being up 3-2 in a series they lost in seven games to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

And you have the Flyers series in the 2012 playoffs. Wow that was tough to watch. The Penguins were cup favourites that year and just lost their freaking cool that series. Bylsma lost control of his roster. That should have been his first and final warning that he needs to control his team.

It was proven he couldn’t. In the lockout shortened season he had a roster that was favoured to win the cup once again. If they didn’t this time they would be labeled as chokers. They faced the tough Boston Bruins in the conference finals and…got their asses kicked.

That series wasn’t even close. As a Canucks fan I was feeling embarrassed for the Penguins. They scored no more than two-four times the whole series despite having a roster loaded with all stars (they added Jarome Iginla and Brendan Morrow to an already stacked roster at the trade deadline that year). Not only could they not score, they lost their cool again. Just check out the first game in that series. They were picking fights with the exact team that feeds off of that energy, the Boston Bruins.

I said Bylsma should have been fired right after that series. Instead they extended him. He should have been gone. Three strikes. The Montreal series, the Flyers series, and then this.

He proceeded to get outcoached by Alain Vigneault of all people the very next year. Despite being up 3-1 in the series.

The Penguins should be applauded for demolishing their office this season. They should send the message that their should be zero tolerance for their awful postseason performances year after year.

Look at the Blackhawks. They have essentially the same big three that Pittsburgh has in Letang, Malkin, Crosby but Keith, Kane, and Toews. Keith is easily miles better than Letang but Malkin and Crosby should be putting Toews and Kane to shame in the postseason. Instead it’s the opposite. Chicago is the team that looks like the dynasty.

There is my daily rant. Hopefully the Penguins can make some noise this postseason. Like the Canucks firing Vigneault it was time for the Pens to move on from Bylsma. Hopefully they get that coach who lights a fire in their behinds.

Was Jeff Carter’s Stick Above the Crossbar?

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Watching this live, I remember thinking the stick might be a bit too high and that the goal should be disallowed.

I saw forum posts which provided evidence that the stick may have in fact been too high. Keep in mind, this was a big goal that sort of turned the tide and gave the Kings some motivation.

To conclude: inconclusive. If the goal was disallowed I still think the Kings would have eventually come back to force an overtime. It’s just how they have played these playoffs.