(Saturday Mashup) Goodbye HNIC, Hello Off Season

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 11: Captain Dustin Brown #23 of the Los Angeles Kings and teammates skate toward goaltender Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings in the corner (not in photo) after winning Game Six of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final 6-1 to win the series 4-2 at Staples Center on June 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Say what you will about the commentary of Jim Hughson or Glen Healy (it’s awful), but to wave goodbye to Saturday night HNIC tradition as we’ve known it for our entire lifetimes is going to be a heck of a loss.

Nothing could have hammered that home harder than the closing montage last night.

In related news, congratulations to the 2014 Stanley Cup Champion LA Kings.  Two more Cups in 3 years than the Leafs have in the last 47.

Life’s not fair.

 

Saturday Links:

  • LeafsForLife

    Gratz to LA Kings for their Stanley Cup win. I guess nobody is laughing about the Kings hiring Sutter as coach anymore. Well-deserved win!

  • Kouba

    Queen and NHL connection made me unsheathe my bass guitar and play it with them.

    Note of optimism: Leafs are back in the playoff hunt lol

  • maple1967leafs

    Kouba We are tied for first overall.we should be able to hold this position for a few months

  • MaxwellHowe

    The Leafs beat the Kings in a game season past.  So the Leafs could have hoisted that Cup.  Its early, that’s the limit of my reasoning.

    Ironically, the Leafs went on to lose 8 straight and 12 of 14 to close the season.

    Not sure what that all means.

  • http://theNHLarena.com/ leafersutherland

    I had predicted that the Kings would beat the Boston Bruins for the Stanley Cup prior to these playoffs… Not bad for a guy that doesn’t spend much time thinking about Corsi or Fenwick.

  • JMAC17

    That was one hell of a game, great way to end it.

    To bad CBC’s feed cut out on its last night.

    Silly season starts, come on Shanny make a splash!

  • Loric76

    I recorded the game last night in case LA won so my son could see the celebration.  Rewatching the 3rd and forward with him now, and all I keep thinking is “STFUHealy”

    If he’s never on TV again it’ll be too soon.

  • Cameron19

    Nice to see a guy who isn’t a goalie or a superstar win the Conn Smythe.

  • Loric76

    Cameron19 CBC influence wearing off

  • Mitch_S2

    Looks more and more like Stastny is going to be resigned. We have to do everything we can to get O’Reilly if thats the case.

  • Cameron19

    Mitch_S2 How does it look more and more that way? There has been no news on the subject.

  • Loric76

    Guess this would be Phook for us
    https://twitter.com/letsquotecomedy https://twitter.com/letsquotecomedy/status/477786532309663744
    There is always that one girl in your grade that is obsessed with horses.

  • Mitch_S2

    Cameron19 Mitch_S2 I read a couple articles yesterday all saying it.. I’ll look for them again.

    The jist of it was them saying they want him around for Mackinnon.

  • Cameron19

    Mitch_S2 Cameron19 Yea, are they going to pay him 7 million per though? They offered him 5 last time they spoke, and now he is refusing to talk to them until he can maximize leverage. I don’t discount the reality that they could resign him, I just don’t think it looks more and more like that’s becoming an option for them. Just the opposite, in fact.

  • Cameron19

    CanuckUKinToronto Cameron19 Mitch_S2 Meh, it’s not like this team is going to do anything anyways. Resign Bolland, draft Ritchie, sign some garbage UFAs and then rinse and repeat and hope ti makes a difference. I think we’ll be a worse team next year on paper.

  • Loric76

    Dewy Keon Hogturd McDavid

  • Burtonboy

    Congrats to the Kings on winning the cup . Little bit of puck luck and the Rangers would have made it much closer then it eventually turned out . I know the West is a better conference but I think the Rangers proved to some extent they are not miles ahead or dominate as some ate suggesting.

  • TuckerForPunishment

    Congrats to the Kings.  I’m fucking jealous.  They sure one heck of a team.

  • Mind Bomb

    Good morning Folks

  • TuckerForPunishment

    Mind Bomb Mornin Bomber.

  • Mind Bomb

    Burtonboy  1st 2 games, last game Rangers had shots to win. Was Closer than I gave them credit for

    Kudos to the Rangers

  • Cameron19

    Burtonboy Last night I said that the Rangers deserved games 1 and 2, which is what would have made it a close series. Anthony made a good point – the Kings had just finished three 7 game series against the Hawks, Ducks and Sharks, whereas the Rangers were a bit better rested after a 6 game series with the Habs, and didn’t have to go through the class of the East, in Boston.

  • TuckerForPunishment

    Cameron19 CanuckUKinToronto Mitch_S2 We’re picking 3 in the 1st round.  Whatcha talkin’ bout.

  • Savo43

    Sooo…why is there no HNIC anymore?

  • Cameron19

    TuckerForPunishment Cameron19 CanuckUKinToronto Mitch_S2 Yay – help coming in 5 or 6 years…maybe.

  • Shafty

    That chick’s face hit the ice harder than Parros.

  • TuckerForPunishment

    Shafty Huh?

  • Shafty

    TuckerForPunishment Shafty check the links

  • Komas Taberle

    Shafty
    Yeah her moustache saved her from a grevious injury.

  • TuckerForPunishment

    Shafty TuckerForPunishment Ouch.

  • Komas Taberle

    CanuckUKinToronto Loric76
    When I was attending couses for my coaching certificates one girl in my class was a riding instructor.
    On a break she unabashedly told us that when she rides a horse the movement gives her an orgasm. No Lie! I was gobsmacked!

  • TuckerForPunishment

    CanuckUKinToronto Gonna be an amazing day.  Super Dave and the Amazing Shannyman are gonna make some noise.

  • Cameron19

    TuckerForPunishment CanuckUKinToronto How much you wanna bet?

  • TuckerForPunishment

    Cameron19 TuckerForPunishment CanuckUKinToronto I’ll bet you a Komisarek sweater.

  • Cameron19

    CanuckUKinToronto TuckerForPunishment I wouldn’t count on anything Lieweke said having any relevance now. He said all that before he hired Shanahan, and was more than likely just talking out of his ass.

  • Savo43

    Are the Leafs not on CBC on Saturdays anymore? Whats happening with this?

  • Cameron19

    Savo43 I think the program will just be produced and managed by Roger’s now. But I believe Saturday night games will still be on CBC – just presented to you by Roger’s.  Could be wrong on this but that’s what I heard when it was all getting explained.

  • WendelGilmour

    Cameron19 Savo43 That’s my understanding too.

  • WendelGilmour

    Morning boys.

  • WendelGilmour

    I give the Rangers marks for making it competitive, but few points for style. That collapse system doesn’t provide a whole lot of entertainment value. Very difficult to watch, imo. Last night was really the only game I watched because of it.

  • TuckerForPunishment

    Cameron19 Savo43 
    Sportnet’s Daren Millard will host Wednesday Night Hockey and Jeff Marek, also of Sportsnet, will host Thursday Night Hockey and Friday Night Hockey. While CBC will air HNIC on Saturdays, Rogers maintains control and the profits.
    http://metronews.ca/sports/967525/george-stroumboulopoulos-don-cherry-and-ron-maclean-the-future-of-rogers-hockey-night-in-canada/

  • wendelsfist

    Finally we will get some relevant hockey news in the upcoming weeks.
    Compliance Buyout Opens:  June 16 to July 1
    NHL Awards: June 24
    Free agent interviews: June 25-30
    NHL Entry Draft: June 27-28
    NHL Free Agency Opens: July 1
    Arbitration Notifications:  July 5-6
    Arbitration Hearings:  July 2-Aug 6

  • Loric76

    https://twitter.com/NHL https://twitter.com/NHL/status/477797730765791232
    ‘Three Stars of the Game’ from Game 5 are…
    1. https://twitter.com/amartinez_27
    2. https://twitter.com/MGaborik10
    3. Dan Girardi
    https://twitter.com/hashtag/StanleyCup?src=hash http://t.co/8xxRNtIDcB

  • Loric76

    didn’t think Girardi was all that good last night

  • TuckerForPunishment

    Loric76 Carter was amazing.  Made something happen every shift.

  • Savo43

    Cameron19 Savo43 Could this possibly mean that Hughson and Healy are uh BUHBYE?????

  • Loric76

    TuckerForPunishment Loric76 Ya but…Kaberle

  • Mind Bomb

    WendelGilmour  Morning WG

  • Savo43

    Man, the Kings are stacked. That Gaborik trade for them was huge. Basically traded Bernier for Gaborik.

  • Loric76

    Savo43 Cameron19 Thats the best part – Healy is gone.  Hughson unfortunately has been picked up by Rogers already