WELL, 2 month into hockey lockout and nothing

I am still mad. Evidently, grown men are 182 million apart and they just can’t say enough is enough, lets just split the difference. This tell me that neither side really cares about the fans that much. We are the suckers, the losers and the ones that sort of support it all. However, there is nothing we can do short of stop buying anything NHL sponsers.

However, the ones that really miss out are the charities the NHL has committed to.  No hockey means no revenue for these charities from the 50/50 game night draws to the toss coins into the united ways bins at the counters of the hockey rink.

I care for hockey and will watch it when it ever gets back but this time, no jerseys, no t-shirts, no hockey cards or memorabilia. No buys products advertised on tv, or going to the games. I will support the bars and clubs that show the games but other than that, my confidence in the league has dwindled. The third lockout in 10 years is just too much. I had junior hockey to get me through the other years but this year really hurts the more.


Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson signs in Europe

Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson has signed with Jokerit of the Finnish Elite League, his agent Don Meehan confirmed to ESPN.com.

How would Ottawa feel if their star 22 year old got injured and missed the season if the lockout was stopped and there was peace in the NHL?

where are the NHL Players playing in Europe?

Here is a partial list of players and their league and teams. This list will be updated. There are many streaming sites that broadcast these teams and their games on the internet. Unfortunately, they are n Europe times which means you must view them in the morning and early afternoon. It is even worse for us west coast hockey fans. East coast hockey fans have the luxury of viewing games that may start as late as 2pm. I cannot give you links to the streaming sites but in this case Google is your friend.  Remember with these streaming sites.’IF YOU ARE ASKED TO UPDATE YOUR FLASH PLAYERS. dO NOT DO THIS, AS IN MOST CASES THEY ARE A VIRUS OF A MAJOR PAIN IN THE ASS.  you should only need sopcast or a site link. As you get used to the sites and their times, it will be easier to find the one that work best for your favorite team or players

Christian ehrhoff German league Kerfeld

Anisimov KHL Lokomotiv

Tyler Seguin Switzerland EHC Biel

Murray Swedish League Djurgardens

Hornquist Swedish League Djurgardens

goc German League Adler-Mannheim

Seidenberg German Adler-Mannheim

Andrew Ferrence Czech League HC Moubntfield Ceske Budejovice

Radek Martinek Czech league Mountfield Ceske Budejoice

Sergei Bobrovsky KHL SKA St. Petersburg

Anton Babchuk KHL Donbass

Vladimir Tarasenko KHL St Petersburg

Ruslan fedotenko KHL Donbass

Alexei Ponikaarovsky KHL Donbass

Alex Ovechkin KHL

Rotislav Klesa Czech League HC Ocelari Trinec

Jamir Jagr Czech Hc Klano (team owner too)

Tomas Kaberle Czech Hc Klano

Ladislav Smid Czech Hc Klano

Ondrej Pavelec Czech Hc Klano

Tyler Ennis Switzerland Sc Langnau Tigers

Jared Spurgeon Switzerland Sc Langnau Tigers

Tomas Tatar Lovakia Hk Dukla Trencin

Jakub Kindl Czech Extraliga Hc Pardubice

Alexei Emelin KHL Kazan

Roman Polaks Czech Hc Vitkovice

David Krejci Czech

Miroslav Satan Czech HC Slovan Bratislava

Zedeno Chara Czech HC Slovan Bratislava (joining at his leisure)

Alex Ovechkin KHL Dynamo Moscow

Mark Streit Switzerland Bern

Joe Thornton Swwitzerland Davos

Rick Nash Switzerland Davos

Evgeni Malkin KHL Metallurg Magnitogorsk

Sergei Gonchar Khl Metallurg Magnitogorsk

Anze Kopitar Sweden Mora IK

Ilya Kovalchuk KHL SKA St. Petersburg

Jason Spezza Switzerland Rapperswil-Jona Lakers

Logan Couture Swiss A-League Geneve-Servette HC

Niklas Backstrom  KHL Dynamo Minsk

Nail Yakupov KHL Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk

Lubomir Visnovsky Slovakia HC Slovan Bratislava

Patrik Berglund Sweden Allsvenskan for FREE

Max Pacioretty switzerland Ambri-Piotta


Pekka Rinne, KHL Dinamo Minsk

Tuukka Rask  Czech HC Plzen

Ondrej Pavelec Czech

Michal Neuvirth Czech

Rich Peverley Finland JYPin

Wayne Simmons German Eispiraten Crimmitschau

Chris Stewart German Eispiraten Crimmitschau

Anthony Stewart England Nottingham Panthers

Not another NHL Lockout!


I compare Gary Betman to the Republican party. They never want to take responsibility for their mistakes and they want the little guy to bail them out.

Yea you think hockey players are pampered millionaires but most of them make less than $500,000.00 a year after toiling in the minor league system making under  100 grand with a career life of less than 6 years with a deteriorating body that will plague them the rest of their life. This lockout is not about the rich now but the lowest factions later.

The real reason for the lockout is that the small market teams need money. They get paid by NBC no matter what so they will actually make money while the lockout is going. The large market teams get paid loo and they will break even or make a profit anyway so it is a win win situation for the owners. Actually its a win win win situation for the Owners.

When the new CBA is signed the players are the ones who will not only get less money in the future but will roll back all the effort they made last lockout. In fact, Bettman is still pissed that he lost in the last lock out


A grassroots boycott of NBC needs to be started to force them not to pay the NHL ownership group while there is no hockey.


Here is what is happen according to my crystal balls. Two of the best of the league will get injured playing in another league. These will be serious injuries. Now the owners have really lost something.

Can you imagine if Ovechikin stayed in Russia? Jagr retires, Crosby goes down with a Knee and Stamkos gets a concussion a couple of weeks into the season.

Remember the KHL is a legue that is not backed by high powered lawyers and just had a whole team die in a plane crash due to their lack of concern for player safety on and off the ice.




Hello world!

Hello world

Stress is a major killer of men in their sixties and I fit that category. Venting relieves that stress for me and as they used to say and maybe still do “If it feels good, do it unless its hard drugs”.

My intention is not to be selfish in my comments and try to cover things that people will also have strong feelings about.

I love sports and music and hate politics. However, the comments I make about politics will be of a personal nature and if I do not have facts, I will stay away from certain subjects.
Eventually I will start to find my sense of humor on many matters and I will try to keep this blog up to date as much as this old man can.

peace to you and luck be with you today

rick, the harpdog