Moving Day

Posted in Uncategorized on March 30, 2012 by tangentman

It looks as if there are people (all two of you) who still check in here periodically. Thank you.

I’m going to try a new site for all my crap. It’s a work in progress at this point, so don’t expect much, but it’ll be different. Bookmark it now, and I’ll see you there…

Dan Hamhuis – Flyer or Foe?

Posted in NHL, Philadelphia Flyers with tags , , , , , , , on June 24, 2010 by tangentman

On June 19th, Paul Holmgren and the Flyers acquired the negotiating rights to Dan Hamhuis from Nashville (along with a conditional 2011 7th round pick) for Ryan Parent’s rights in an exchange of soon to be unrestricted free agent defensemen. Next year’s pick goes from Nashville to Philly if Hamhuis does not sign with the Flyers.

Nashville GM David Poile reportedly received many inquiries as to the availability of Hamhuis, but wouldn’t give teams permission to speak to either the player or his agent, Wade Arnott, before a trade. Holmgren made the deal anyway, with serious contract negotiations to start on Monday the 21st.

Here we are on Thursday and the only news is that there is no deal yet. Hamhuis is said to be looking for between $4.5 and $5 millions per year, which is probably a bit more than the Flyers are willing to offer given their tight salary cap situation. This could be remedied by trading salary from Philly’s roster, and Jeff Carter’s name is being bandied about in such discussions among the fans and media, but Carter’s production would be hard to replace in the lineup.

The negotiations continue, but if Holmgren feels that the money and/or years aren’t right for the Flyers, he still has options:

1) Trade Hamhuis’ rights at the draft. The Flyers don’t pick until the 3rd round, and Hamhuis (whether alone or in a package) could fetch them an earlier pick plus a player or prospect.

2) If no deal is to be made at the draft, he can still be traded before July 1st, when he would officially become a free agent. Unless of course some cap room opens up and Hamhuis becomes a Flyer.

I would really like to see Hamhuis as a Flyer next year. With Pronger and Carle paired up, having a Timonen/Hamhuis tandem as the #2s would be strong. Philly would have a lot of cap space tied up in their defense though…

As I’m writing this, I’m getting tweeted rumors that Hartnell is in play to LA for goalie Jon Quick plus, and that Holmgren is talking with Michael Leighton’s agent. A Quick/Leighton goaltending corps? That there’s a whole ‘nother can of worms, and a blog of its own…

Sunday Links – 05.23.10

Posted in Blogs, Miscellaneous, NHL with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 23, 2010 by tangentman

Happy Sunday, folks. I’m going to try something here and hope I stick to it – a weekly gathering of articles and links that have been of interest to me, and maybe you’ll get something out of them too. Its a short list today, but my intent is more of a ‘week in review’ thing, so it might just explode next week. Off we go…

– With not one mention of the controversial ad that supposedly got him in hot water with Montreal Canadiens’ management, Big George Laraque blames coach Jacques Martin for his dismissal from the hockey club.

Frank Seravelli of Philadelphia Daily News explains why the Flyers’ Dan Carcillo epitomizes the playoffs.

– There’s a new online sports talk show coming – The D League: “The newest & best sports talk show to hit the internet launches on July 28th with Patrick & Jack. Details to come! In the meantime…let the discussion begin!” Follow them on twitter now…there’s a contest going on you might be interested in.

— Long time Tampa Bay Lightning blogger Jon Jordan recently launched his own site, where it appears he will be sharing his thoughts on various other subjects in the ‘Millerian rant’ style. Be warned, though – like Steve Martin once said, “Comedy is not pretty.” ;-)

– For you hockey nuts out there, do check out Shmitzy Says, a Canadiens’ fan who is probably up to his ass in “WTF?” right about now (sorry Scott, I had to :) ).

Enjoy what’s left of your weekend, kids.

Lance ‘Versus’ The NHL

Posted in NHL, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on May 19, 2010 by tangentman

My latest blog at FromThePoint.com focuses on Lance Armstrong and his issues with a Versus programming decision:

So I was watching the Tour of California bicycle race last night on the Versus Network . Really. All of five minutes of it actually, since immediately following it was the 2nd game of the Eastern Conference Finals. Promptly at 7 PM ET, Versus switched the coverage to the hockey broadcast, apparently with a mile to go to the finish.

Later that evening, the twitter community (at least the people who follow Mr Armstrong) received the following tweet:

“Who’s the dumbass @versustv that cut off @AmgenTourofCali coverage w/ a mile to go for pregame hockey?? #pathetic”

Read more…

Fantasy Sophomores, Mothers’ Day and Playoff Beards…

Posted in Blogs, Fantasy Hockey, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 5, 2010 by tangentman

My latest blog at “From The Point” is now up –

‘Sophomore Slump’. Two horrendous words. Having a player on your fantasy team who is going through a brutal second season can make things interesting during your quest for league supremacy.

Steven Stamkos proved this year that The Slump doesn’t hit everyone, more than doubling his rookie season output of 46 points. Of course, only one team in your league had his stats accumulate to their benefit, while the rest of the armchair GM’s were saying to themselves, “Damn, I wish I had that guy.”

It’s a bit early with the playoffs in full gear, but I’m going to look at some of this year’s rookies that ought to have better seasons the second time around (or, at the very least, should avoid taking a step backward). So, without further ado – and in no particular order – let’s get started with a few from the Eastern Conference…

Read more…

RUSH Documentary Premieres Tomorrow (Trailer)

Posted in Rush with tags , , , , , , on April 23, 2010 by tangentman

“Beyond the Lighted Stage” will make it’s debut at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City tomorrow. The documentary chronicles the life and times of Rush, the Canadian power trio that began its trek through the world of Rock and Roll some 40 years ago, and contains interviews with musicians (Billy Corgan, Gene Simmons, Sebastian Bach and Jack Black, to name a few) and fans.

The film will premiere in Canada on April 29th at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, and will also air on VH1 and VH1 Classic on June 26th – mere days before the band embarks on their 45 date ‘Time Machine Tour’.

The official trailer is posted on the MSN.com website.

Leino’s Time Will Come

Posted in NHL, Philadelphia Flyers with tags , , , , , , on April 18, 2010 by tangentman

On February 6, 2010, The Flyers acquired Finnish left wing Ville Leino, 26, from the Detroit Red Wings. At the time, Detroit had players – star forward Johan Franzen, for one – ready to return to the lineup and the team needed to open a roster spot and clear some space under the salary cap.

In my eyes, this was a trade of opportunity for Flyers’ GM Paul Holmgren. The Flyers had a full complement of forwards and had just learned that goaltender Ray Emery would miss the rest of the season with a degenerative hip condition that could threaten his career, and while there wasn’t a clear place for Leino to play, Holmgren made the deal with what I believe to be an eye on the future.

Even head coach Peter Laviolette didn’t know where Leino would fit in. “…I wouldn’t take someone out of my lineup”, he said at the time of the trade.

Leino played in 13 of the Flyers’ remaining 26 regular season games, scoring 2 goals and adding 2 assists while putting 23 shots on goal. While these numbers are by no means staggering, to see his potential you only have to look back two years to his ’07-’08 season with Jokerit of the Finnish SM-Liiga, where he scored 28 goals and 49 assists for 77 points and was awarded the League’s Lasse Oksanen Trophy as the “Best Player in the Regular Season”.

With those stats in mind, I’m looking at the ’10-’11 season as Leino’s chance to be a full-time Flyer. He’ll be in the final year of his current contract (an $800,000 cap hit), and the team has four forwards eligible for free agency on July 1st:  Dan Carcillo ($893,750 cap hit this year, restricted/arbitration eligible), Arron Asham ($640,000, unrestricted), Darrol Powe ($520,000, restricted), and Mike Pyorala ($500,000, unrestricted).  Carcillo will probably be re-signed and Powe might be tendered an offer by the Flyers (with the required minimum 10% increase), but Asham and Pyorala will probably walk.

Fans of the Flyers have been calling for forward Scott Hartnell to be given some time in the press box since early in the season (myself included). Having Leino in the lineup gave Laviolette a replacement, since he plays with some grit and a lot of energy, but Hartnell was never pulled from the lineup. Holmgren should be looking to move a high salary player in the off season and Hartnell, with his head seemingly not in the game for most of this year, seems a likely choice (hopefully for a cheaper, solid defenseman and a pick). Another spot opens up if this happens.

Yes, Ville, your time is coming, and I can’t wait to see what you do with it.

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