First post in a while. Have to say something about Tim Thomas. And really, who doesn't? But I had more than 140 characters.
YES, TT30 said he intended to sit out the 12-13 season.
YES, new year's has passed on the 12-13 season, making TT a non-contracted athlete. An individual, if you will.
HOWEVER, (Tim, I'm talking to you here) do you really feel it's your duty, as a person in a position of influence, to say in a public forum that you totally agree with a hotly-debated issue? Particularly that you agree with the side that's trying to be overturned. A side which the mayor of your former team publicly stood against, and ejected from the city.
Think what you want to think. Support what you want to support. But know your fucking role.
26 July 2012
First post in a while. Have to say something about Tim Thomas. And really, who doesn't? But I had more than 140 characters.
by Maali at 19:50
05 May 2011
05 December 2010
This version of the oldest Christmas tale was re-written by a U.S. Marine. Whether you are in a military family (I am) or not, whether your believe in the U.S.'s military agenda or not, please remember at this time of year, all the men and women, American and Canadian, who are fighting in far away lands and unable to be with their friends and families, all because it is what they were told to do, and they have the bravery to do it. Thank you, all military service members. You are appreciated, and not forgotten.
TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS;
HE LIVED ALL ALONE,
IN A ONE BEDROOM HOUSE MADE OF
PLASTER AND STONE.
I HAD COME DOWN THE CHIMNEY
WITH PRESENTS TO GIVE,
AND TO SEE JUST WHO
IN THIS HOME DID LIVE.
I LOOKED ALL ABOUT,
A STRANGE SIGHT I DID SEE,
NO TINSEL, NO PRESENTS,
NOT EVEN A TREE.
NO STOCKING BY MANTLE,
JUST BOOTS FILLED WITH SAND.
ON THE WALL HUNG PICTURES
OF FAR-DISTANT LANDS.
WITH MEDALS AND BADGES,
AWARDS OF ALL KINDS,
A SOBER THOUGHT
CAME THROUGH MY MIND.
FOR THIS HOUSE WAS DIFFERENT,
IT WAS DARK AND DREARY,
I FOUND THE HOME OF A SOLDIER,
ONCE I COULD SEE CLEARLY.
THE SOLDIER LAY SLEEPING,
CURLED UP ON THE FLOOR
IN THIS ONE BEDROOM HOME.
THE FACE WAS SO GENTLE,
THE ROOM IN SUCH DISORDER,
NOT HOW I PICTURED
A UNITED STATES SOLDIER.
WAS THIS THE HERO
OF WHOM I'D JUST READ?
CURLED UP ON A PONCHO,
THE FLOOR FOR A BED?
I REALIZED THE FAMILIES
THAT I SAW THIS NIGHT,
OWED THEIR LIVES TO THESE SOLDIERS
WHO WERE WILLING TO FIGHT.
SOON ROUND THE WORLD,
THE CHILDREN WOULD PLAY,
AND GROWNUPS WOULD CELEBRATE
A BRIGHT CHRISTMAS DAY.
THEY ALL ENJOYED FREEDOM
EACH MONTH OF THE YEAR,
BECAUSE OF THE SOLDIERS,
LIKE THE ONE LYING HERE.
I COULDN'T HELP WONDER
HOW MANY LAY ALONE,
ON A COLD CHRISTMAS EVE
IN A LAND FAR FROM HOME.
THE VERY THOUGHT
BROUGHT A TEAR TO MY EYE,
I DROPPED TO MY KNEES
AND STARTED TO CRY.
THE SOLDIER AWAKENED
AND I HEARD A ROUGH VOICE,
'SANTA, DON'T CRY;
THIS LIFE IS MY CHOICE.
I FIGHT FOR FREEDOM.
I DON'T ASK FOR MORE.
MY LIFE IS MY GOD,
MY! COUNTRY, MY CORPS.'
THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER
AND DRIFTED TO SLEEP.
I COULDN'T CONTROL IT;
I CONTINUED TO WEEP.
I KEPT WATCH FOR HOURS,
SO SILENT AND STILL,
AND WE BOTH SHIVERED
FROM THE COLD NIGHT'S CHILL.
I DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE
ON THAT COLD, DARK NIGHT,
THIS GUARDIAN OF HONOR
SO WILLING TO FIGHT.
THEN THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER,
WITH A VOICE SOFT AND PURE,
WHISPERED, 'CARRY ON, SANTA.
IT'S CHRISTMAS DAY; ALL IS SECURE.'
ONE LOOK AT MY WATCH,
AND I KNEW HE WAS RIGHT.
'MERRY CHRISTMA,S MY FRIEND,!
AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT.'
30 November 2010
“You can say all you want about getting shots. I think guys are playing real soft in their end and in front of the net; guys aren’t competing, getting to the hard areas. It’s pretty easy for their D-men to box our forwards out, we’re just not battling hard enough.Why this guy isn't captain yet is beyond me.
“Have a little will and take pride in getting to the net and take pride in scoring goals,” he said. “Goals don’t come free in this league and from the perimeter. Guys gotta be a little more hungrier.
“You can’t just blame the forwards. I think the defense could probably do a better job of getting shots through, but up front we’ve gotta have a little bit of determination to get to the front of the net and bear down and score some goals."
Today we awaken to a world where Matt "Munch" Hunwick is no longer a Bruin. For this, dear friends, I do not shed a tear. Don't get me wrong, Munch is a cutie:
But in hockey, cute only goes so far. He was always on the rush, generally beating the forwards to the crease, but with little to show for it. In 164 games in the NHL, he has 13G and 32A for 45P, along with 76 PIMs and 150 SOG.I know, I know. You can't look at a defenceman's numbers and say how good or bad he is, except for the hits numbers, which NHL.com either stops counting or I forgot how to find them. But let's celebrate Munch for a few moments because as his quote on leaving the B's was:
“It’s an Original Six team with great fans,” he said. “I grew up watching the Bruins. Growing up in Michigan I had a chance to watch the Bruins on Hockey Night in Canada, and from the time I was drafted until today, I’ve loved every minute of being a part of this organization.
“It’s been great. The city is phenomenal and I love living downtown. It’s been a great experience overall, and that’s what makes it so disappointing.”
Oh Munch. I have the snifflies now. Here's a few pictures of him to celebrate his time with the B's.
But let's be honest. This hippie will probably be better off in Denver with his university BFF Kevin Porter.
14 October 2010
I wasn't able to watch any of Kari Lehtonen's games in Dallas last season, but as a career-long fan, it is SO refreshing and energising to see such a full, loud arena for him to play in. To see such excited, knowledgeable fans, who raised the roof during his introduction tonight, and who turned raucous for his saves. Thank you, Dallas fans, for giving Karppa a fanbase that loves him, and gives him a reason to keep on giving 110%.
by Maali at 21:20
08 October 2010
Ondrej Pavelec is awake and alerts at the hospital. Thrashers are reporting that preliminary tests are negative. What tests those may be are unknown. However, Pony keeps asking the score, currently 4-2 Thrash with under 5:00 to go. That indicates good awareness and spirits. Love to everyone on Twitter for the #PrayersforPavs.
Feel free to follow me there if you're not already. I update there quicker than here (and you can read pointless tweets about my life): <b>krejcis_moxie</b>
Stay well, Pony! Just don't push to come back if you're not 100%.
by Maali at 22:54
I'm not able to view the ga.e but am told Ondrej Pavelec jusat collapse on the ice. He waved a requwst to come off, and passed out on the ice. He was taken off on a stretcher and rushed to hospital. It's thought he may have regained consciousness on the gurney, but that is speculation.
Everyone, please keep Pavs in your thoughts and paryers. For someone so young to just collapse if horrifyin, regardless of any prior injuries. I'll keep you updated as best I can thought the boys at The Blueland Chronicle will surely have better information.
Please be well, Pony.
by Maali at 20:09
28 September 2010
Hello again friends and readers! Today's post is brought to you by my virgin mobile phone (unlimited web and texting - $25/mo!). So sadly, no amazing pictures for you. I just wanted to drop in and say hi, and tell you I haven't forgotten about you (or my blog) but with no internet acess it's hard to be on the cutting edge of the blogosphere. But it matters not, as time still marches on and teams are getting ready to drop the puck on the 2010-11 season. Not that I'll get to see much of it, as we don't have cable either. Believe me when I tell you I'm mourning the loss of these two 21st century necessities.
I do have a few little tidbits for you. As it's late September, Kari Lehtonen has stuck to schedule and again injured his groin in his first preseason game. As always, get well soon Karppa!
In light of my inability to maintain the timeliness of my blog, I invite you to visit BFF blog: http://wisdomoflaich.blogspot.com It has teh fnny!
Until next time.
by Maali at 15:03
03 August 2010
02 August 2010
Hey, remember me? What's up? Long time no talk.
So I was surfing through random stuff today, and came across this article. I thought a few of you would be interested in the blurb below, especially considering Marty Turco's recent signing in Chicago:
His stellar performance over the final month of last season proved to the Stars that Lehtonen would be a worthy successor to Turco and earned him the contract extension, which will pay him $10.65 million ($3.55 million average per year) over the next three seasons.Rock on, Karppa. I might even consider getting a Stars jersey and hopping that bandwagon (but staying on the Bruins' one at the same time!) .
Over the final 14 games, of which he started nine, Lehtonen sparkled, fashioning a 6-3-0 mark, including his 100th career victory, with a 2.44 goals-against average and .926 save percentage.
“We’re moving forward with Kari,” Stars General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk said. “We’ve had a long tradition here of having premium goaltenders. Marty Turco has been a solid goaltender here for over a decade now and has done great things on and off the ice. But I just felt for the long-term success of our franchise, we needed to acquire Kari Lehtonen. I think the way he played in the last 10-12 games, his performance showed that with a good summer of training, we hope that he can be an elite goaltender once again like he was early in his career.”
All I've got for now. Lots of shit going on everywhere and it's too hard to keep up and do it all on a mobile phone (OMG I HAVE NO INTERNET AT HOME ANYMORE! OR TV! AND AM ABOUT TO LOSE HOME! HELLLLLLLP!).
Take 'er easy, friends and readers. Love yous guys.
30 May 2010
What's up, blog world? Welcome to summer, wherever in the real world you may be. I'm currently sporting sunburn (base tan?) #7 of the season, so clearly, it's been hot here for a while.
I know, I know, it's not OFFICIALLY summer until the SCF is over, but you know what? I honestly couldn't give a shit less about who wins it this year. I'm pissed off the Bruins fucked themselves out of their shot, and I'm happy it's not freakin' Detroit or Pittsburgh again. Other than that, I don't care.
A lot of bloggers are going through and grading the players on their season's performance. I'm not that kind of blogger. I mean, I'd be more than happy to give some grades, but I'm not gonna do any in-depth posting on why, nor giving an entire post to one player ('cept maybe Lucic. Or Krejci...). So here's my bare-bones thoughts on the tragic ending of a tragic season (at least it was consistent).
Marc Savard, was the veteran in the situation. Blaming Sobotka for the too-many-men penalty is bush league. He should be ashamed of himself. I'm not wearing his jersey again until November, unless he does some pretty spectacular shit in the opening month of the season. I'm not above hopping back on the Savvy bandwagon a little early.
The real Milan Lucic showed up in the playoffs. Where was he prior to that? Sure, playoffs give you the adrenaline and the push you need to do what needs to get done, but it would've been nice to see the beast in the regular season. Bring the playoffs-Looch back for next season. Not the injury-prone Looch.
The real David Krejci showed up with about 3 weeks left in the regular season. The Olympics brought out the best in him, and if he'd had the ability to pick up the entire Czech team and carry them to gold, he would have. But he can't be a goaltender, too. If he hadn't been injured, he would have added even more power to the team that won World's. Small consolation.
Dennis Wideman and Matt Hunwick, what the fuck? One of you is going to be gone next season. You only have yourselves to blame.
Johnny Boychuck, you are made of awesome. Am I the only person that's ever noticed that before every slapshot goal, he spins his stick in his hands? This, I believe, is the key to the goal. Not sure why, maybe it's the momentum. But for a journeyman everyone kept confusing with Zach Boychuk (maybe it was just me?), this guy's got the goods, and I demand he remain in Black and Gold for years to come.
Perhaps it is time for Zdeno Chara to step down as captain. Let Patrice Bergeron wear the C. I'm not necessarily talking shit about Z here, but he did not step up during playoffs, and aside from a soundbite after every game, there didn't appear to be a lot of captaining going on from #33.
Following that, Bergy, epitomizes the heart and soul of the Bruins. I can't fucking wait until next season to see what he's ready to do. Here's to hoping he has a team full of awesome to work with.
To all of the Bruins, Savvy excluded, I'm ashamed and hurt that so little was done in retaliation of Cooke's hit on Savard. Michael Ryder in particular.
Tuukka was the man for sure, but in this blogger's opinion, he was ridden a little too hard, too soon. Next season, I suggest doing what was done in 08-09, and splitting the games between he and Timmy. It's the logical solution.
Shawn Thornton, you keep being you.
Why couldn't Miro Satan play in the regular season like he did in the playoffs?
Vladimir Sobotka, welcome to the NHL. Keep on keeping on, but keep a closer eye on the line changes. If Vladi keeps playing the way he did this season, he should also be in the lineup for years to come. His points could come up, but he needs to consistently play centre for this to happen and not be stuck haphazardly on the wing every other game.
Marco Sturm's OT GWG in the Classic is all I really have to point to.
Dennis Seidenberg, we hardly knew ye. But what we saw was pretty tight. Bring back some more next season.
Mark Stuart and Marc Recchi, I love you both.
There were other guys on the team, but I can't remember who right now (hi, headache), so I'm wrapping up my summary now. Bruins' overall grade: C+ regular season, B+ playoffs.
The B's signed defenceman Yuri Alexandrov today to an entry level contract ($730k cap hit for next season). The only thing I can think of when I hear his name is this:
15 May 2010
03 May 2010
Four rookie defencemen have scored at least 2 goals for the Boston Bruins over the course of the franchise's history:
Johnny Boychuk, you sir, are awesome. Enjoy it.