That Damn Hockey Blog

That Damn Hockey Blog: I Want A Contract With The Islanders pt.2

Alexei Yashin was a stud for the Ottawa Senators on the ice. Off the ice, he would complain about contracts until the cows came home. He refused to play in the 95-96 season until he was made the highest paid player on the team. In 1998, he was to donate a million dollars to the National Arts Centre (NAC) in Ottawa, however the NAC learned that a condition of the donation would be to pay Yashin’s parents $425,000, they balked at the idea, and Yashin cancelled the donation.

There would be more contract disputes to come, with Yashin refusing to honor the last year of his contract before the 1999-00 season due to demanding a raise and the Senators declining, he then demanded a trade. Ottawa responded by suspending him for the 99-00 season instead. Yashin, who was meant to be a free agent after the season, was refused free agent status by an NHL Arbitrator, and instead had to play out the final year of his contract in the 2000-01 season. Which lead the Ottawa Senators to trade Yashin at the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, to the New York Islanders. Which brought about one of hockey’s great debates. Which was worse? The contract the Islanders gave Yashin, or the players they traded in order to get Yashin.

New York traded forward Bill Muckalt, defenseman Zdeno Chara, and the second overall pick in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, which just happened to be Jason Spezza. The Islanders hoped that Yashin would provide the spark they needed, after picking up 94 and 88 points respectively, in the last two years he played.
Muckalt only spent one season in Ottawa, and didnt really come to much. Chara has become one of the most feared defensemen, not just for the Boston Bruins, but in the National Hockey League, and Spezza has become the forward centerpiece in Ottawa and looks to be a future captain.

But what about Yashin? He is the focal point of this blog after all. Well, the Islanders had so much faith in the Russian, that they signed him to a 10 year, 87.5 million dollar contract. Most found that an untradeable contract, but it was clear that in their eyes, Yashin was an Islander for the rest of his career. In his first year, Yashin helped the Islanders make the playoffs, but they never got past the first round during his tenure there, and after the first year, his production declined.

Even after they retooled the roster around Yashin for the 2005-06 season, it didnt help, as the Islanders bought out his contract at the end of the 2006-07 season, leaving them with a cap hit of just over $2.2mil until 2015. Yashin is currently the eighth highest cap hit for forwards on the Islanders roster, even though he reitred from hockey in 2012. Yashin is a prime example of gambling gone horribly, horribly wrong. If the Islanders hadn’t of made the deal, then chances are they would still have Zdeno Chara and Jason Spezza in their lineup, and who knows where they’d be now. Maybe where they expected to be with Yashin.


2013 Hockey Hall Of Fame Inductees

Four men and one woman will be inducted into the Hockey Hall Of Fame on November 11, 2013, in Toronto. Scott Niedermayer, Chris Chelios, Brendan Shanahan, Geraldine Heaney and Ray Shero were voted in by the Hall’s 18-member selection committee on Tuesday July 9.

Scott Niedermayer played 1263 regular season games in the NHL, for 740 points (172G, 568A), and 202 playoff games for 98 points (25G, 73A). He also won two Olympic Gold Medals for Canada (2002, 2010), the World Junior Championship (1991), World Championship (2004), and the World Cup of Hockey (2004).

Chris Chelios started in the NHL in the 1983-84 season, and played his last season in 2009-10. A career spanning 27 years, Chelios racked up 1,651 NHL Games, 185 Goals and 763 assists in the regular season alone. Three Stanley Cups and Three Norris Trophys to go with the Silver Medal he won as part of Team USA during the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Brendan Shanahan is one of only five people (including Scott Niedermayer), that is a member of the Triple Gold Club (Olympic Gold medal (2002), World Championship (1994), and Stanley Cup (1997, 1998, 2002)), that are also in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Shanahan also scored 134 points in the playoffs, to go with the 1354 he scored in the regular season.

Geraldine Heaney won seven Gold Medals, as a member of the Canadian Women’s hockey team at the IIHF World Women’s Championship, becoming the only woman to win Gold in the first seven Championships. She also won a silver medal at the 1998 Olympics, and Gold in 2002 as a member of Team Canada.

Fred Shero made the playoffs in eight of his ten seasons he coached in the NHL, only missing in the first and last years of his NHL coaching career. Shero coached the Philadelphia Flyers to back-to-back Stanley Cup in 1974-75 and 1975-76, as well as various minor championships including the Buffalo Bisons of the AHL in 1970 (also won AHL Coach of the Year) and the Omaha Knights of the CHL the following season.

New Jersey Devils

2013 NHL Entry Draft – New Jersey Devils

Here is a look at whom the New Jersey Devils drafted in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, and also any trades they may have partaken in during the draft.

Round – Pick – Player Chosen (position in brackets) – Nationality – Junior/Club/College Team

2 – 42 – Steven Santini (D) – United States – USA U-18 (USHL)
3 – 73 – Ryan Kujawinski (C) – Canada – Kingston Frontenacs (OHL)
4 – 100 – Miles Wood (LW) – United States – Noble and Greenough School (USHS)
6 – 160 – Myles Bell (LW) – Canada – Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
7 – 208 – Anthony Brodeur (G) – United States – Shattuck St. Mary’s Midget Prep (USHS)


New Jersey Devils acquire Cory Schneider (G) from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for 2013 1st Rd pick

General, Hockey Media

NHL 14 Cover Vote – Final Result

For the first time since John Vanbiesbrouck on the cover of NHL ’97, a Goaltender will grace the cover of an EA Sports NHL game. Martin Brodeur from the New Jersey Devils, and Sergei Bobrovsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets, were voted by the fans, as the final two, with only one being able to be on the cover of NHL ’14.

So, without further adieu, let’s reveal the winner of the cover vote, for NHL ’14!

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The UHF Tournament

The Ultimate Hockey Fighter Tournament – Final

It has come down to this. Two men will fight off to determine just who is the Ultimate Hockey Fighter. 32 men entered, many many more worthy candidates were left out, and now, only 2 remain.

Rob Ray
LW Canada
Buffalo Sabres, Ottawa Senators
6′ 203 lbs
5×20 NHL Fights in a season
10×15 NHL Fights in a season
246 NHL Fights 16.4 FPY

How Rob Ray got here:

def. ken Baumgartner
def. Dave ‘Tiger’ Williams
def. Krzysztof Oliwa
def. Stu Grimson

Bob Probert
Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks
6’3″ 225 lbs
3×20 NHL Fights in a season
11×15 NHL Fights in a season
240 NHL Fights 15 FPY

How Bob Probert got here:

def. Jody Shelley
def. (WC) Craig Berube
def. (WC) Matthew Barnaby
def. Tie Domi

Two of the greatest fighters whom NEVER fought on the ice during their careers, will finally meet, to determine who, is, the Ultimate Hockey Fighter

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NHL Awards 2012/13

The NHL Awards were announced over two nights on Friday 14th June and Saturday 15th June 2013.

The winners are identified in bold, with finalists/minor placings stated below.




Awarded to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game

Jonathan Toews – Chicago Blackhawks
Patrice Bergeron – Boston Bruins
Pavel Datsyuk – Detroit Red Wings


Awarded to the NHL coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his team’s success

Paul MacLean – Ottawa Senators
Bruce Boudreau – Anaheim Ducks
Joel Quenneville – Chicago Blackhawks


Awarded to the top National Hockey League General Manager

Ray Shero – Pittsburgh Penguins
Marc Bergevin – Montreal Canadiens
Bob Murray – Anaheim Ducks


Awarded to the player who exhibited outstanding sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability

Martin St. Louis – Tampa Bay Lightning
Patrick Kane – Chicago Blackhawks
Matt Moulson – New York Islanders


Awarded to the player who applies the core values of hockey to enrich the lives of people in his community

Henrik Zetterberg – Detroit Red Wings


Awarded to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community

Patrice Bergeron – Boston Bruins


Awarded to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey

Josh Harding – Minnesota Wild
Sidney Crosby – Pittsburgh Penguins
Adam McQuaid – Boston Bruins


Awarded to the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice, during the regular season

Daniel Alfredsson – Ottawa Senators
Dustin Brown – Los Angeles Kings
Jonathan Toews – Chicago Blackhawks


Awarded to the top goalscorer in the regular season

Alexander Ovechkin – Washington Capitals – 32gls
Steven Stamkos – Tampa Bay Lightning – 29gls
John Tavares – New York Islanders – 28gls


Awarded to the player with the most points at the end of the regular season

Martin St. Louis – Tampa Bay Lightning – 60pts
Steven Stamkos – Tampa Bay Lightning – 57pts
Alexander Ovechkin – Washington Capitals – 56pts


Awarded to the goalkeeper(s) having played a minimum of 25 games for the team with the fewest goals scored against it in the regular season

Corey Crawford/Ray Emery – Chicago Blackhawks




Awarded to the NHL’s Most Outstanding Rookie

Jonathan Huberdeau – Florida Panthers
Brendan Gallagher – Montreal Canadiens
Brandon Saad – Chicago Blackhawks


Awarded to the NHL’s outstanding player as selected by the members of the NHL Players Association

Sidney Crosby – Pittsburgh Penguins
Alexander Ovechkin – Washington Capitals
Martin St. Louis – Tampa Bay Lightning


Awarded to the NHL’s top goaltender

Sergei Bobrovsky – Columbus Blue Jackets
Henrik Lundqvist – New York Rangers
Antti Niemi – San Jose Sharks


Awarded to the defenseman who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position

P.K. Subban – Montreal Canadiens
Kris Letang – Pittsburgh Penguins
Ryan Suter – Minnesota Wild


Awarded to the NHL’s Most Valuable Player

Alexander Ovechkin – Washington Capitals
Sidney Crosby – Pittsburgh Penguins
John Tavares – New York Islanders


BHF Fantasy, General

Bored Hockey Fan Fantasy League – Playoffs Week Two

The Semi Finals are over.. only two teams remain in the hunt for Fantasy Stanley Cup glory. Who made it through? Who plays for third place consolation?


They dominated in points, and their goaltending had 8 wins in 10 starts. The third seeded, Quebec Nordiques overcame the second seeded, It’s The Flying V! 9-3-1, to put themselves in the finals.

But just who will be their opponent? Well..

With goaltending of 5 wins from 9 starts, having a better +/- ratio, and scoring one more point than their opponent, DarkSideOfTheMoen have gone one step further in 2012/13, by defeating the eighth seeded, FistCity CaPs 6-5-2, and qaulifying to face Quebec Nordiques in the finals.

So there we have it, the finals have been set, and the last week of playoffs can begin.


2- It’s The Flying V! vs. 8- FistCity CaPs


3- Quebec Nordiques vs. 4- DarkSideOfTheMoen

With a war of words already spreading between the two Stanley Cup finals, it will all come down to who has the better strategy, and which players hit form at the right time. Tune in next week, to see who becomes the 2012/13 Bored Hockey Fan Stanley Cup winner.



Bored Hockey Fan Fantasy League – Week Nine

Just two more weeks to go until he enter the playoffs. Is every team still a chance of making them? Are their any teams that have already booked their spots?

The results of all Week Nine matchups are in!

FistCity CaPs kept their playoff hopes alive, with a 7-5-1 victory over Hamilton Tigers.

GreatNessPerSonified greatly inproved their chances of playoff action, smashing Powers Rangers 9-1-2.

Legs maintained top spot, as well as confirming playoff action, in their 7-4-2 win over St. Mucus Ooze.

In the matchup of the week, It’s The Flying V! also confirmed their entry into the playoffs, narrowly beating Quebec Nordiques 7-6-0.

DarkSideOfTheMoen continued their strong run, easily taking care of @GoftheInternet by a score of 9-2-2.


Rank Team W-L-T Pct Pts Last Week Waiver Moves
*1. Legs 73-32-12 .675 158 7-4-2 1 1
*2. It’s the Flying V! 71-32-14 .667 156 7-6-0 3 1
3. Quebec Nordiques 57-43-17 .560 131 6-7-0 9 12
4. DarkSideOfTheMoen 56-43-18 .556 130 9-2-2 6 95
5. @GoftheInternet 49-53-15 .483 113 2-9-2 10 15
6. GreatNessPerSonified 42-56-19 .440 103 9-1-3 5
7. Powers Rangers 41-60-16 .419 98 1-9-3 4 2
8. St. Mucus Ooze 38-58-21 .415 97 4-7-2 7 3
9. Hamilton Tigers 39-61-17 .406 95 5-7-1 8 22
10. FistCity CaPs 37-65-15 .380 89 7-5-1 2



(number denotes position in standings)


7- Powers Rangers vs. 3- Quebec Nordiques


6- GreatNessPerSonified vs. 1- Legs
2- It’s The Flying V! vs. 10- FistCityCaPs
4- DarkSideOfTheMoen vs. 8- St. Mucus Ooze
5- @GoftheInternet vs. 9- Hamilton Tigers


Bored Hockey Fan Fantasy League – Week Eight

Just three weeks remain in the regular season before playoffs. Who makes it in? Who misses out? The final weeks well tell us everything.

Here’s the results of all week eight matchups:

DarkSideOfTheMoen’s goaltending received all the starts, helping them score a victory over the FistCity CaPs 8-3-2.

@GoftheInternet lost a spot in the standings, but still managed to defeat St. Mucus Ooze 6-5-2.

Even with a +/- of minus 22 for the Gameweek, the Quebec Nordiques strolled home with a 8-2-3 win over the Hamilton Tigers.

GreatNessPerSonified didn’t meet the min. goalie starts for the week, and it hurt them, with It’s The Flying V! winning 10-1-2.

In the matchup of the week, Legs needed their Goaltenders to step up, narrowly beating Powers Rangers 8-5-2.


Rank Team W-L-T Pct Pts Last Week Waiver Moves
1. Legs 66-28-10 .683 142 8-5-0 1 1
2. It’s The Flying V! 64-26-14 .683 142 10-1-2 3 1
3. Quebec Nordiques 51-36-17 .572 119 8-2-3 10 12
4. DarkSideOfTheMoen 47-41-16 .529 110 8-3-2 7 86
5. @GoftheInternet 47-44-13 .514 107 6-5-2 4 14
6. Powers Rangers 40-51-13 .447 93 5-8-0 5 2
7. St. Mucus Ooze 34-51-19 .418 87 5-6-2 8 3
8. Hamilton Tigers 34-54-16 .404 84 2-8-3 9 22
9. GreatNessPerSonified 33-55-16 .394 82 1-10-2 6
10. FistCity CaPs 30-60-14 .356 74 3-8-2 2



(number denotes position in standings)


2- It’s The Flying V! vs. 3- Quebec Nordiques


1- Legs vs. 7- St. Mucus Ooze
4- DarkSideOfTheMoen vs. 5- @GoftheInternet
8- Hamilton Tigers vs. 10- FistCity CaPs
6- Powers Rangers vs. 9- GreatNessPerSonified



Bored Hockey Fan Fantasy League – Week Seven

Welcome to the Bored Hockey Fan Fantasy League, brought to you by Yahoo! Sports.

Another week in fantasy, and another week closer to the playoffs. The playoffs start in less than a month, so the nitty gritty is here.

How did Week Seven affect our teams? Let’s find out in our quick recap of the week that was.

Good Goaltending saw the Hamilton Tigers defeat GreatNessPerSonified by a score of 7-5-1 in a tight contest.

Quebec Nordiques and DarkSideOfTheMoen couldn’t be split, as the week ended in a 5-5-3 draw.

St. Mucus Ooze and FistCity CaPs also ended in a 5-5-3 draw, in the closest gameweek we’ve seen.

In our matchup of the round, Legs scored the only decisive victory of the week, punishing @GoftheInternet 10-1-2.

Top of the table, It’s The Flying V!, couldn’t keep up it’s winning run, drawing with Powers Rangers 5-5-3.


Rank Team W-L-T Pct Pts Last Week Waiver Moves
1. Legs 58-23-10 .692 126 10-1-2 1 1
2. It’s the Flying V! 54-25-12 .659 120 5-5-3 3 1
3. Quebec Nordiques 43-34-14 .549 100 5-5-3 10 10
4. @GoftheInternet 41-39-11 .511 93 1-10-2 4 11
5. DarkSideOfTheMoen 39-38-14 .505 92 5-5-3 7 79
6. Powers Rangers 35-43-13 .456 83 5-5-3 5 2
7. GreatNessPerSonified 32-45-14 .429 78 5-7-1 6
8. Hamilton Tigers 32-46-13 .423 77 7-5-1 9 21
9. St. Mucus Ooze 29-45-17 .412 75 5-5-3 8 3
10. FistCity CaPs 27-52-12 .363 66 5-5-3 2



(number denotes position in standings)


1- Legs vs. 6- Powers Rangers


5- DarkSideOfTheMoen vs. 10- FistCity CaPs
4- @GoftheInternet vs. 9- St. Mucus Ooze
8- Hamilton Tigers vs. 3- Quebec Nordiques
2- It’s The Flying V! vs. 7- GreatNessPerSonified