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Yet Another NHL Lockout

The 2012 Lockout

 

As the clock ticked to 12:00AM ET,marking the end of September 15 and the deadline for the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) the NHL officially went into another lockout.This lockout is the 4th in the last 20 years, the most of any professional sport.

Fortunately for hockey fans, the lockout doesn’t mark the end of the 2012-2013 hockey season. If a new CBA can be reached by the start of the season, then there will be a full season of hockey this year. If the CBA is agreed to sometime mid-season, the season will still be played, but with a shortened schedule. If no agreement is reached by or around Christmas time, then the season won’ t happen.

Despite the possibility of some or all of the season being cancelled, the lockout brings one major positive to the NHL. If a Collective Bargaining Agreement is reached around the mid-season time, there is the possibility of the season being started with the Bridgestone Winter Classic. This years Winter Classic is scheduled to be played between 2 Original Six teams, the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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A New Sport Hybrid: Sockey

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Is it soccer or is it hockey? Yesterday in the NHL, the “War Room” in Toronto seemed to think that it was soccer. They blew 2 very easy calls to make, allowed the Blackhawks to defeat the Blues in OT, and adding a goal to what can only be called as an embarrassment for the Sharks. Both “goals” were obviously kicked in and both shouldn’t have been allowed, but they were.

The alleged goal that was allowed for the Blackhawks was a big one. The Blackhawks were able to win in overtime, which shouldn’t of happened because if the call was made correctly, the Blues would have won in regulation. With their win, the Blackhawks knocked the Flames out of the playoff race.

As for the Ducks “goal” guess who came back to haunt the Sharks again? Teemu Selanne, the player who seems to play better against the Sharks than for the Sharks. Selanne clearly kicked the puck directly into the net, but somehow it counted. It almost seemed like the referees asked Selanne if he kicked it, and trusted him when he said he didn’t. (starts at 1:24)

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Rick Dipietro vs. Brent Johnson

On February 2 Rick DiPietro and Brent Johnson dropped their gloves and went at it. Johnson easily won. It was a one punch fight. But what isn’t shown is the results of the fight which is that Dipietro fractured his cheek bone when Johnson punched him. It will take Dipietro 4-5 weeks to heal which isn’t good news for the Islanders. Right now they are in last place in the Eastern Conference and are 18 points out of 8th place in the Eastern Conference. So now without their starting goaltender for the remainder of the season their odds look even worse than they did before.

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NHL Draft

The 2010 NHL draft is tonight at 4PM pacific daylight time. The first round picks are today and rounds 2-7 are on Saturday. The draft is taking place in the Staples Center, home of the L.A. King. The Sharks pick 28th out of 30. The Sharks won’t have a 2nd round pick or a 4th round pick, but the gained 7th and 8th picks in the 5th round. Also the Sharks have a 16th pick in the 5th round but again the traded away their 28th pick. In the 6th round the Sharks don’t have their pick. But in the final round the have a 8th round pick, but they don’t have their assigned 28th pick.

The Sharks second round pick was traded to the NY Islanders as an outcome of a trade that sent Andy Sutton to the Senators in exchange for the pick.
Ottawa gained the draft pick with the Dany Heatley Trade.

The Sharks 23rd pick in the 2nd round went to the Hurricanes for Niclas Wallin and a 5th round pick. The Sharks were granted this pick in the Craig Rivet trade.

The Sharks fourth round pick went to the Lightning as the result of the trade for Dan Boyle and Lukowich to San Jose in exchange for Matt Carle, Ty Wishart,  a first round pick for the 2009 pick and the fourth pick in the 2010 draft.

The 7th pick in round 5 came to the Sharks in the Wallin trade.

The Sharks 8th pick in the 5th round was gained in the Brad Staubitz trade and the 16th pick was from the Dany Heatley trade.Their assigned 5th round pick went to the Kings for a 2008 4th round pick. * This happened Monday

Their 6th round pick went to the Senators, who gained it from Dallas, who got it from the Sharks, who traded it for a 2009 7th round pick.

The Thrashers traded their 8th pick in the 7th round and two players to the Sharks so they could accept a trade from the Blackhawks. * This happened Wednesday

The 7th round pick and Craig Rivet went to the Sabers for 2nd round draft picks in 2009 and 2010.

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NHL Ban on Blindside Hits

Today the owners in the NHL decided unanimously to put new rules on blindside hits to the head. They agreed that the blindside hits are punishable with a 5 minute major penalty and a match ejection. I think it’s about time the NHL started to crack down on the dangerous hits.

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2010-2011 Update

This month a lot has happened. The former captain, Rob Blake, has retired. GM Doug Wilson dished Brad Staubitz over to the Wild for a 5th round draft pick, and as of today the Sharks have released their schedule for next season. They will play their first season game against the Thrashers at home on October 16. The drafts will start on June 25. Also free agents will become available on July 1st
Speaking of free agents, the Sharks will not be resigning Nabby. So he will become a free agent. Could the Sharks be going after Turco? And so far they haven’t resigned Marleau either.

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Sharks Clinch Presidents Trophy

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            The Sharks have clinched the Presidents Trophy with Boston’s 6-1 loss to the Sabers. The have the best record in the NHL with 117 points after their last game and the Bruin’s have 114 points with 1 game left to play. As of right now it is undecided who the Sharks will play in the first round but will be known by tomorrow night.

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Worcester Jersey Auction

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The Worcester Sharks are auctioning off the game used jerseys of Kyle McLaren, Claude Lemieux, Jamie McGinn, Derek Joslin, Lukas Kaspar, Thomas Greiss, Brad Staubitz, and Torrey Mitchell (issued, not worn) on Ebay. The auction has already started and will end Sunday, March 1st.

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3 Sharks Return To The Lineup

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Roencik , Plihal, and Lukowich all returned to the Sharks lineup today. Both Roenick and Plihal played against the Thrashers but Lukowich was scratched after the Pre-Game warmup.

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Claude Lemieux Up From Minors

    Claude Lemieux played in his first NHL game in 5 and 1/2 years. He played really well and had some nice hits. He was an important part of the team and helped them defeat the Canucks Tuesday night.

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