If you want twenty ounces of coffee, barristas at Starbucks will hand you a cup bearing the pidgin Italian moniker, Venti . Want to dial Egypt? Hit two-oh for their international dial code. In sports, twenty has graced the backs of a number of Hall of Famers, causing ten MLB teams, two NFL teams, the Portland Trailblazers and the Los Angeles Kings*** to retire the number. In other corners of the NHL, one name is associated with the number twenty: Suter.
In the Coen Brothers’ 1987 film, “Raising Arizona”, an ex-convict named Hy is given marching orders by his wife to get some diapers for their newly stolen (by them) baby. While he is in the store, Hy has a lapse and goes from being a doting adoptive dad to his former identity as a petty thief. Pulling a pair of pantyhose over his head, he hitches up his trousers, musters up every last reserve of inner badass energy and walks up to the clerk where he demands all of the cash and a package of Huggies. There is a pause as the clerk eyes him coolly and then drawls, “Son, you got a panty on your head.”
This scene stands as an apt metaphor for Predators GM David Poile’s summer.
The Boys of Winter: The Untold Story of a Coach, a Dream, and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team. By Wayne Coffey. (2005, New York: Three Rivers Press. Softcover. Pp. […]
Seasoned fans are only too aware that this is the time of the year when owners and GMs will assure everyone that old favorites are being sent out to live on a farm where they can be happy and run free. With the totality of every heart that beats in a sweater (be it NHL issued or an eBay knockoff) we want to believe that there is a hockey Nirvana where everyone gets to be Gordie Howe forever. The truth is that time, injuries and salary caps take their toll and names are removed from above the wooden benches in locker rooms all over the continent.
Salary arbitration hearings begin on Wednesday and go through August 4. Many hearings never come to fruition as teams and players are free to negotiate a new contract right up until the hearing takes place.
by Jas Faulkner, Nashville Correspondent According to a report released by the Trust for America’s Health, Tennessee ranks 4th in the United States when it comes to the number of individuals […]
Last week the NHL and Russia’s KHL signed a “Memorandum of Understanding” to help regulate player transitions between the two leagues. Though the memorandum can be seen as progress, no official transfer […]
The Maple Leafs announced on Sunday that they have traded defenceman Brett Lebda and forward Robert Slaney to the Predators for forward Matthew Lombardi and defenceman Cody Franson
Washington made five moves on the first day of free agent signing, acquiring four players and trading for two potentially high draft picks. Summing up the Capitals’ activity, Caps’ GM […]
PITTSBURGH – General Manager Ray Shero said he was turning his focus to his own team after removing a one-year, $2m offer to Jaromir Jagr from the table this morning. […]
by Jas Faulkner, Nashville Correspondent In the hallway where Predators GM David Poile was scheduled to meet the press, the general energy was business as usual. Just a few feet […]
With the subtraction of the Atlanta Thrashers and the re-born Winnipeg Jets coming to the 2011-12 season, the NHL has a problem on its hands. Following this year, the Jets […]