Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tuesday Puck Talk Week #2

Here is week 2 of Tuesday Puck Talk. Got any feedback or want me to talk about something specific? Let me know in the comments or email me!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

My All-Overrated Team

Anything that is covered by the media will inevitably be hyped.  In sports especially, there is a tendency to judge a player based on a small sample size.  It is easy to say a player is very good after they have a good game, but it is the whole body of work that must determine a player.  Likewise, people often resort to memories of players who were once great but have since worn off (see: Brett Favre).  

In many if not most cases, these players are still good players.  They are just closer to average than the media makes them out to be.  We are tempted to believe that when a player plays out of the their mind, they are actually that good.  That is not always the case.  They are good players, but not great players.  And they are the focus of our All-Overrated team.

This is the team of players in the NHL who are the most overrated at their position.  There will also be a team who is the most overrated team in the league.  Enjoy, and feel free to comment if you disagree or have any to add!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Tuesday Puck Talk Week #1

Here is a new segment I am going to try to do weekly called Tuesday Puck Talk.  It will be a weekly update with news, notes, and my own thoughts about what's going on around the NHL. Enjoy, and please leave comments to let me know what you think.  If there is a particular issue you would like me to address in the next video, leave that in the comments as well!

Sunday, October 17, 2010


I'm sorry I haven't been posting much here lately. I have been busy with travel and midterms. I'm working on a couple of posts now so look forward to them soon! Thanks for sticking with me!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Capitals Finalize Opening Night Roster

The Capitals have made their final cuts and are ready to kick off the 2010-2011 season. Check out my article about it on The Hockey Writers.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Godzilla Takes Washington

Olaf Kolzig is a staple of the Capitals franchise.  He is the only player to have worn all three of the Caps jerseys in the team’s history.  He was the main reason for their only Stanley Cup Final run in 1998.  There was even some talk of him becoming captain in the early 2000s.  He left the franchise on a sour note, but Ollie the Goalie returned to the District this weekend for the second annual Caps Convention with a smile on his face.

The Capitals drafted Kolzig in the first round (19th overall) of the 1989 Entry Draft.  He was the first South African-born player to be drafted into the NHL.  Working his way through the minors, Kolzig split four seasons between the NHL and AHL before finally earning a full-time spot on the team for the 1996-1997 season.

In 1998, he caught fire during the playoffs and led the Capitals to their first and only Eastern Conference Championship and trip to the Stanley Cup Finals.  Kolzig was elected to the All-Star game in 1998 and 2000.  He took home the Vezina Trophy as best goaltender in the regular season in 2000 as well. 

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Theodore Signs with the Wild

In the summer of 2008, the Capitals were in goaltending limbo.  They had two young goalies who weren’t yet ready for steady NHL work.  They had just finished a year with three goalies on the roster, a sticky situation that caused franchise netminder Olaf Kolzig to leave the team with some ill will.  The man who got them into the playoffs, Cristabol Huet, left to chase money in Chicago.

With only backup Brent Johnson left, the Capitals needed a solidified starter to hold down the team until the kids were ready to take the reins. They then went out and signed 2002 Vezina and Hart winner (with the Montreal Canadiens) Jose Theodore.