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T-bone and the Hockey Doggz No. 9: Bubble Teams, Complaint Time, and WWNEAL

In the newest episode of T-bone and the Hockey Doggz’z Podcast we start out first discussing many current issues from across the NHL in our 2nd newest segment called World Wide News and Events from Around the League.  We then get into some real talk about the “playoff bubble teams”.  In a suspenseful moment, Huskey uses his supreme critical thinking skills to change T-bone’s mind about the contentious Winnipeg Jets.  In the closing period TB&HDz unveil our 1st newest segment we call Complaint Time.  Here, we talk about things that we don’t like that are hockey related such as:

  • Phrases like “Playoff Bubble Teams” and “Spin-a-rama”
  • Comments on Zdeno Chara’s “big/huge/long/large reach”
  • Aim for the crest?!
  • Shitty NHL apparel

Finally we end with a special new outro that will knock your skates off. And seriously, if anyone has any solutions on what to do with T-bone’z cats, send us an e-mail.  Hell, send us an e-mail or comment on anything we said!

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The NHLPA Ain’t a Group of Sissies

Every factory worker's dream.

NHL realignment is not happening next year, but that shouldn’t really be a shock when you think about it.  Imagine you’re a factory worker.  One day, you come into work and the foreman comes up to and says, “Starting next year, there’s going to be some changes.  First of all, we are changing the Departments.  Instead of just Assembly and Maintenance with their smaller sections, there will be four new departments; Assembly, Maintenance, Paint, and Custodial.  Even though you are in the Southeast part of the building, your section, blue paint, will have to join the rest of Paint in the Northeast.  You will also do every job at least once and everybody else will do your job at least once.  We’ll call this job-and-job.  Next, instead of taking the top 8 workers from Assembly and Maintenance, the top two employees from each Department will battle each other for the top spot then face the winner of the other departments on their path to win the Henry Ford Cup.  Finally, Phoenix Coyote of Assembly is subject to switch Departments at any time.”  You’d be like, “Hell no you aren’t/I won’t/we won’t/wait, yeah, I hope Mr. Coyote moves to Custodia[Seatt]l[e].”

That’s pretty much what happened when Gary Bettman (who avoided our questions at the Winter Classic, by the way) and the NHL decided to institute realignment for the 2012-2013 season early in December.  The owners and the commissioner (management) decided they would make a plan that they thought would successfully integrate the Winnipeg Jets into the NHL as well as make the game more exciting by setting up a new rivalry-based conferences and a new playoff format.  From their standpoint, the NHLPA (workers) couldn’t refuse.  The owners were excited, the fans liked it (I know T-bone and the Hockey Doggz liked it) and the game of hockey stood to benefit from this new plan.  But the the head of the the players union Donald Fehr said, “Not next year, management  scum!”


But why?!  It is such a good idea, didn’t they see our map?!  Travel time would be cut down, every team plays everywhere at least once, which is awesome if for some reason you’re a Tampa Bay Lightning fan living in Calgary, and the playoffs structure would be fucking killer.  The reason: nobody asked Donald Fehr or any of the players about it.  Why should management get to decide all the rules?  It was a classic (although heartbreaking) power move by the NHLPA.  With the collective bargaining agreement that locked out an entire season set to expire on September 15th, 2012, this is a potent reminder from the players to the owners  to “check yo’ self before you wreck yo’ self“.

Although it sucks, and we won’t be able to unwrap our new NHL until at least the 2013-2014 season, I wholeheartedly agree with Fehr’s move.  The NHLPA should have been in on the talks.  I’m sure had the players union been a part of the discussion the plan would have turned out pretty similar because it’s such a great idea.  However, it was a power move on Bettman’s part to say, “This is the way it’s going to be,” and Fehr realized that.  He could have said, “Yeah, sure Mr. Bettman, sounds great to me!” but that wouldn’t have given him any leverage when the new CBA talks start.  Now that The Man has had it decidedly ‘stuck to him’, the NHLPA has a bargaining chip come negotiation time.

Tall, strong dudes with knives on their feet who hit rubber with a stick.

What I’m most upset about is nobody said anything about having the NHLPA approve the plan.  I thought it was a done deal, why wasn’t anybody writing/informing me about this minor detail that has derailed the entirety of NHL realignment?  As a amateur blogger on the minor league circuit, I expect the pros to keep me up to date on all the happenings of the really strong, tall dudes who where knives on their feet and hit rubber with a stick.   C’mon guys.



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Winnipeg Jets – Streak Killerz

During the month of November, the Boston Bruins were on what some would call a “serious tear”, decimating everyone in their path.  In 13 games they were 12-0-1 and had outscored their opponents 57-25.  After winning their first two games in December, the Bruins rolled into Winnipeg’s MTS Cent[er] on December 6th with a pretty good chance to increase the number in the W column against what once was the “Mighty Thrash”.

The MTS Cent[er] is quickly becoming one of the toughest places to play in the league for a visiting team.  At home last season the Thrashers were 17-17-7.  The Jets only need 5 more wins to meet that, and that’s just through 36 games.

Every night Bryan Little and Andrew Ladd each score a goal, this Little Lad hides a pot-o-gold in the MTS Centre

With leading scorer Tyler “Sleepy” Seguin out and Tuuka Rask making the start,the Bruins were still the definite favorite to beat the Jets to everyone outside of The Keysone Province.  However, Ondrej Pavelec saved 39 of 40 shots, Bryan Little and Andrew Ladd each had a goal, and the only goal scorer for the defending champs was Shawn Thornton.  Streak killed.

One week later on December 13th,  the league leading Minnesota Wild showed up to the MTS Cent[er] in the midst of a 7 game win streak.  It was likely that the Wild would make the Fly Boys (? Does that work? Is that already a nickname for the Flyers?) their 8th in a row.  Pavelec gave up one, saved 34, Zach Bogosian got his first and Bryan Little got another in a streak-ending 2-1 win for the Ice Mans.

Last night, the Mavericks (?  One of these will work, trust me) proved that they could not only kill long streaks at home, but they could take their act on the road.  The Colorado Avalanche came into the game last night having won 5 in a row and 8 at home.  Guess what happened…yeah, streak killed. The final score of this one was 4-1 which just proves that the Jets are getting better at this whole thing.

I can see a similarity.

Why is this happening?  What is aligned in the cosmos that makes sure teams can’t keep their streaks alive against the Airplanes (pretty good right?)?  I don’t have a clue, but I can’t wait to see if they can keep doing it.  If they can do it a few more times, they could start getting in the heads of the opposing players and streaking teams will fear the Turbines.

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Spacek Smash!


To the normal NHL’er, a Carolina Hurricanes jersey makes you lazy, slow, and sloppy.  No matter how soft your hands were, how hard your shot was, or fast you could skate, once you put on the red, white, and black, whatever that thing is on the front of the jersey rots you to the core.  Exception: Jaroslav Spacek!  After a trade yesterday brought Spacek to Carolina and sent Tomás Kaberle to Montreal, Spacek had a strong showing in the ‘Canes away white.  With assists on both of Carolina’s goals, he nearly doubled his point total on the season.  The logo on the front is the yellow sun to Spacek’s inner Clark Kent, so much so that as we see in yesterday’s #1 pic, he is developing the new finishing move he plans to use on his enemies.  Witness the ‘Spacek Smash!’  Hurricanes still lost (duh, he’s not actually Superman) to the Jets 4-2.



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