Friday, August 31, 2007
Here are the tentative settings which can be changed if demand warrants (note that the same rules were adopted for this past season's Canadian Blog Hockey League, which many of you were a part of):
League ID#: 18182
League Name: Battle of Ontario Battle
Custom League URL: http://hockey.fantasysports.yahoo.com/league/battleofontariobattle
Draft Type: Autopick Draft
Max Teams: 20
Scoring Type: Points Only
Max Moves: 15
Max Trades: No maximum
Trade Reject Time: 2
Trade End Date: March 6, 2008
Waiver Time: 2 days
Can't Cut List Provider: Yahoo! Sports
Trade Review: League Votes
Post Draft Players: Follow Waiver Rules
Max Games Played: 82
Weekly Deadline: Daily - Tomorrow
Start Scoring on: Monday, Sep 24
Roster Positions: C, C, LW, LW, RW, RW, D, D, D, D, G, G, BN, BN, BN, BN, IR, IR
Stat Categories: G, A, +/-, PIM, PPP, SHP, GWG, SOG, W, SHO
Stat Modifiers: G (2), A (1), +/- (.5), PIM (.5), PPP (2), SHP (2), GWG (3), SOG (.25), W (5), SHO (5)
20 slots available, 3 are occupied as of this posting by the BoO admin. Now, I'm not saying our regular readers and smack talkers have to participate, but it sure would be an awful waste not to apply all that valuable hockey expertise in a truly objective forum. We'll be sure to broadcast the weekly leader in prominent place in the sidebar.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
The main tool at my disposal will be Duff. Just kidding. It's what SB Nation calls a diary which in essence allows members (sign up!) to carry some of the conversation by writing their own blog posts. A more complete explanation and some guidelines can be found in the easy to follow post "Where Am I and What Do I Do Here?".
I'll continue to be a part of the best quartet since the Be Sharps but the thing that makes the BoO so much fun is the community and that's what I hope to replicate at my new site so stop by, sign up, and join in the discussion.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Below is what happens when you try to keep corporate (didn't they sell?!) overlords and fans happy while copying the defending Stanley Cup champions:
FYI - No Sens or Leaf prospects playing.
|Mon, Aug. 27||Canada||Russia||9am||TSN & Broadband||4-2 Canada|
|Wed, Aug. 29||Canada||Russia||730pm||Local Rogers Sportsnet||3-0 Canada|
|Fri, Aug. 31||Canada||Russia||8am||Rogers Sportsnet & Broadband||7:30pm local/Rogers Sportsnet|
|Sat, Sept. 1||Canada||Russia||6am||TSN & Broadband||7pm ET/TSN|
|Tues, Sept. 4||Russia||Canada||8pm||TSN & Broadband||Midnight ET/TSN|
|Wed, Sept. 5||Russia||Canada||8pm||TSN & Broadband||Midnight ET/TSN|
|Fri, Sept. 7||Russia||Canada||10pm||Rogers Sportsnet & Broadband||11:30pm MT on RSW and Midnight local on RSP|
|Sun, Sept. 9||Russia||Canada||8pm||Rogers Sportsnet & Broadband||1am ET on RSE/RSO, 11pm MT on RSW, 11pm PT on RSP|
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Sens schedule here.
Monday, August 20, 2007
McKeen predicted Ottawa to finish 3rd, and Toronto 10th.
The Hockey News predicted Ottawa to finish 2nd and Toronto 10th.
Ottawa finished 4th and Toronto 9th.
McKeen's predicts Ottawa to finish 2nd, and Toronto 6th.
The Hockey News predicts Ottawa to finish 1st and Toronto 11th.
Friday, August 17, 2007
Going by this NHL DUI RAP SHEET provided by Don a few days ago, top players in the NHL seem to excel, even with a drinking problem. Hmm. I wonder if I can convince my boss that I'll be a better employee with a Jager-Bomb to start the day?
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Here is a summary of the NHL broadcasting schedule in Canada this season (thanks to the good people at The Globe). Toronto will be the prime time feature on the CBC once again, garnering possession of the Saturday night 7pm slot a total of 28 times (or, all of them except for one).
The CBC will also have six afternoon games this season which is considered a traditionally poor time slot. Ottawa will partake in four of them.
The sad news is that Hockey Day in Canada will not boast three all-Canadian match-ups. The NHL has stopped playing nice scheduling-wise for our National day. Toronto will play Detroit at 3pm while the Canucks will play the Avs at 10pm. Ottawa will have the 7pm slot on Hockey day in Canada versus the Habs, although it's a split telecast with Calgary and Edmonton for some reason? Wow, prime slot on Hockey Day In Canada Ottawa!! That and those baseball caps you won in the playoffs makes for a pretty good haul huh? (insert grin and head pat)
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
The nutritional value of gruel sandwiches might make it tough for Bell to stay in shape.
So this is why the GM needs an advisor. I joked about the Leafs being charged with crimes before but I didn't think Mark Bell would get convicted. Too bad he's a hockey player in California. They treated him like a normal citizen.
I'd like to think that the Leafs were aware of this considering some sens fans at the BoO (Damn you Notch!) were aware of this at the time of the trade. Needless to say, the denizens of Leafs Nation are up in arms and with good reason. The sentence might not start until after the season but as one friend put it "you think Bell will be able to concentrate on hockey with his new cellmate Tito weighing on his mind?"
Now, there are a couple of ways to look at it:
- JFJ knew about the pending case and decided that either the odds were good that Bell would not be sentenced to jail time or that he wouldn't convicted. In either case, getting Toskala was worth it in his eyes.
- JFJ was completely caught off guard and had no clue that Bell has both a drinking and a driving problem.
Either scenario is pretty grim and this quotation seems to indicate that the truth is closer to the latter scenario:
Leafs' GM John Ferguson had little to say when reached by Sportsnet."I will reserve comment until I can more fully review the situation," he said.
If the team knew then they should have been prepared to deal with any result.
Bell is far from the first NHL player to get in trouble with drinking and driving and some have been able to recover from their mistake to have productive careers (Heatley, McTavish). Sadly, Bell won't even be the first Leaf to have had problems. That article cites Rob Ramage, Jamie Macoun, Tim Horton, and Miroslav Frycer as other alumni that have distinguished themselves as morons.
Hopefully, Bell learns from his mistake as does JFJ although I'd like to imagine that he will be doing his learning in the unemployment office.
Mirtle's take here.
Update: In all of the smug self-satisfaction we should all keep in mind that Bell has yet to be sentenced. Mirtle noted that Bill Watters brought this up on Leafs Lunch. Maybe there is a deal in place that we are not aware of and the MSM jumped on the 6 months in the clink angle too quickly. He could just get community service and a fine.
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
If the Sens looked small in their final round loss to the Ducks, it's more likely due to the way they used their available size rather than being objectively deficient in it (see Spezza, Jason and Heatley, Dany).
Looking at the height and weight stats for the top 19 roster spots in the final, Anaheim (the league's new touchstone franchise) averaged a foot taller and a pound heavier overall than the Sens. If you put Eaves in the lineup and Schubert on D (Schubie's a brick shithouse), our forwards were three pounds lighter and two inches shorter on average, with our D being four pounds heavier.
Putting Schubert back up front, our forwards averaged a pound more and a inch shorter than Anaheim's, although the D and overall weight numbers were matched.
Trades and free agent losses to date have had net individual additions of two feet and fourteen pounds in the Schaefer-Donovan deal, while Preissing for Nycholat drops a foot and eight pounds on the blue line. Eaves will see more time in place of the smurfy Mike Comrie (who hit bigger than his size would imply).
So there you have it. In the event of injuries or another grinding series late in the playoffs, at 6-4 215, Richardson bumps that blueline up to an average of 6-2 218.
In much the same way that a, er, boat anchor adds weight and stability.
Thursday, August 02, 2007
I think the title says it all.
Edit: Andy sums up the relationship between the teams best. Krazy Lowe sure is determined to build a dynasty...in Anaheim.
* Direct quote from Chemmy.
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
So I did.
Both Emery and Toskala are signed for the next 3 years at an average of just over $3Million a season, and the similarities don't end there.
NHL REGULAR SEASON RECORD:
Emery: (103) 59-27-10
Toskala: (115) 65-28-10
REG SEASON GAA:
REG SEASON SV%:
Emery: 18-12 (.600)
Toskala: 6-5 (.545)
PLAYOFF GAA & SV%:
Emery: 2.46 & .904
Toskala: 2.44 & .910
Pretty tight, with Toskala taking the prize in every category except career playoff games played and winning percentage.
All stats were retrieved from TSN.ca.