Tuesday, August 14, 2007

A FanHouse roundup

Here are a few posts from FanHouse that went up late last night:

The Great Russian Exodus of '07 "Ekman is perhaps the most significant player to flee so far (aside from Alex Yashin, although that depends on your definition of significant), given he's one season removed from back-to-back 20-plus-goal, 55-plus-point campaigns in San Jose – but he's far from alone."

Auld Joins the Desert Dogs "... getting a deal in North America was a smart move for Auld, as a flame out by and/or injury to either Mikael Tellqvist or David Aebischer will mean he still gets some NHL minutes. A strong season should mean a better deal either in Phoenix or elsewhere next season..."

Tibbitts's Bad-Boy Hijinks Continue "Tibbetts's reputation has endured ever since his jail-bird-turned-Penguin days, and he's always been sort of the bad boy of the minor leagues."

I'm going to do my best splitting time between here and FanHouse for the off-season, as I think it's a project that's definitely shown some potential. The hits don't seem to be quite there yet, but I've always thought the idea of a group blog had some real potential and it's nice to see AOL putting some dollars and promotion into the medium.

I don't think it's where it needs to be just yet, but guys like Eric McErlain have big plans for the site once the season gets going, and I think it's going to be a place you'll want to check out. FanHouse might just be the first example of a hockey blog that consistently puts people on-site for games and other happenings, and if it takes off, I'm sure there'll be room for more contributers as we go along.

(As always, suggestions welcome.)

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At 3:46 a.m., August 14, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. That list of Russian carpet-baggers ia a veritable Hall of Fame of Floaters. Hard to see how the departure of even one of those guys makes the NHL worse. More likely, it serves as a reminder that the Russians play one-way, coach-killing, playoff-choking hockey. Good riddance.

At 8:10 a.m., August 14, 2007, Anonymous Baroque said...

Sergei Fedorov is Russian, too.

And last I checked, "Jamie" was hardly a Russian name.

At 11:26 a.m., August 14, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Perezhogin played difficult minutes last season, and excelled in a checking role. Vasicek wasn't getting easy minutes either. Bulis earned a reputation as one of the most hardworking Canucks last season (despite his lack of finish). Babchuk's a big, young, tough defenceman who I'm sure the Hurricanes are sad to lose.

Not to mention the four North Americans going to Russia.

Way to play to the stereotypes; I honestly doubt if you've watched any of these guys play.

At 11:52 a.m., August 14, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yashin. Noted Stanley Cup champion and dogged hard-worker. And philanthropist.
Alex Perezhogin. Led the storied Habs to multiple titles while grinding out tough "Desjardins" minutes.
Oleg Tverdovsky. Devout abstainer widely regarded for his leadership in tough games.
Stanislav Chistov. His 14 points for the Bruins last year was said to be "crucial to the B's success."
Oleg Saprykin. Some call him the "Russian Claude Lemieux" because everywhere he got traded, they won the Cup.
Anton Babchuk. Hard-hitter is said to be a combination of Robinson, Savard AND Lapointe.
Alex Suglobov. Excelled when handed a job on Ottawa's 2nd line last season, resulting in a Stanley Cup ring.
Jan Bulis. Czechoslovak whose hockey smarts and pinpoint passes became the main media talking points on the glorious 06-07 Canucks.
Jamie Lundmark and Randy Robitaille. A couple of extraordinarily accomplished Canadians trees often overlooked by alleged hockey fans and journalists staring at the hockey forest. Decided they'd done enough in North America and would instead try to prove themselves in the gruelling Russian League.

Sergei Federov. The one player produced in a nation of tens of millions that has actually accomplished anything of significance. Rabbit, meet hat.

At 12:23 p.m., August 14, 2007, Blogger Brushback said...

Well, Yashin is a philanthropist.

At 12:40 p.m., August 14, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

I love the off-season.

At 1:06 p.m., August 14, 2007, Anonymous kwyjibo said...

Yashin is a philanthropist.

Oh, I know. I mean, the giveaways alone. So generous.


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