Archive for April, 2010

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.

Someplace else to find me…

Posted in Blogs, Fantasy Hockey, NHL with tags , , , on April 14, 2010 by tangentman

An opportunity to blog for the hockey based website From the Point has come my way recently, and today is my first installment. I’d like to thank Brian Metzer for inviting me aboard, and, even though it’s basically a Penguins site, I’ll do my best not to ruffle any feathers with my Flyers talk.

Hopefully having a weekly gig will also find me writing more here…we shall see.

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Unless you take part in a Playoff Pool, the end of the NHL regular season also marked the end of your annual fantasy hockey campaign. If you’re anything like me, the sudden slamming of the fantasy door in your face has left a certain void. The saving grace for me is that I am involved in two leagues of the ‘keeper’ variety: one which allows 7 players to be held over, while the other is a “Dynasty League”, where (after the grueling 62-round inaugural draft we went through this season) the only changes to your squad year to year are the result of your own transactions and the annual Entry Draft.

Single-year leagues are over and done, but keeper leagues have merely gone on hiatus, at least through the post season. Thoughts of which players to hang on to for next season – and the possible return-in-trade for those who don’t make your personal cut – are probably already on your mind. I keep my hockey motor running all year, and I get my mental lists started as the NHL playoffs begin.

Read more…

Broad Street Bullies Documentary

Posted in NHL, Philadelphia Flyers with tags , , , , , , , , on April 10, 2010 by tangentman

HBO will premiere their Philadelphia Flyers documentary, “Broad Street Bullies”, on May 4th at 10 PM.

Growing up a Flyers fan, the back-to-back Stanley Cup Championships in ’74 and ’75 are some of my earliest memories of the team. Although they were despised by many fans around the NHL for their intimidating style of play, the team was adored by fans in the Philadelphia area. While the Bullies took a lot of heat for kicking ass and taking names, their rough and tumble approach to the game was initially engineered to mimic that of the Big Bad Bruins, the Flyers’ rowdy rivals from Boston.

Led by Head Coach Fred ‘The Fog’ Shero, the Flyers also took on the Soviet Central Red Army team on January 11, 1976, in an exhibition game which saw the Soviets leave the ice during the first period in protest of an Ed Van Impe elbow to the head of Red Army forward Valeri Kharlamov that wasn’t deemed a penalty by referee Lloyd Gilmour.

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, the Bullies documentary looks entertaining. Check out the trailer or read more on the Flyers’ website.

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