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  1. RE: Fantasy Hockey - Thanks Brad!  Hope you are having a great summer.  Looking forward to having you back in the ALL STAR LEAGUE :)

  2. I am in --- looking forward to another great year. Thanks Brad Burud Inside Edge Hockey News
  3. Count me in for fantasy hockey --- Looking forward to playing in All-Star league.

    Thanks

    Brad Burud

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      pilldoc

      Thanks Brad!  Hope you are having a great summer.  Looking forward to having you back in the ALL STAR LEAGUE :)

  4. Arizona Stability?

    Arizona Stability? After years of low attendance, poor revenue, and controversy with the City of Glendale the Arizona Coyotes may be moving to a direction of stability. On Monday the Coyotes announced a proposal for a new hockey facility. The plans are for a 16,000 seat NHL arena and a 4,000 seat multi sport arena and practice facility. This complex will be shared with the Arizona Sun Devils. This is a strong step in the right direction. It is a proposal, not a solidified agreement. That will come if and when the Coyotes met all the requirements. Is this the beginning of positive things in Arizona or is this the final straw that sends the team packing. Lets hope this solves the poor attendance problems caused by a less than convenient location in Glendale. The Coyotes deserve a break, but they will need fan support and this proposal. Otherwise they will be gone. RINK REPORT - Steven Stamkos left Tuesday nights game against the Detroit Red Wings with a lower-body injury. The incident happened in the first period, and he did not return to the game. Details are unknown at this time. - The Winnipeg Jets are on the move. Tuesday nights shutout victory over the Chicago Blackhawks has moved the Jets into second place in the very difficult Central Division. - The Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday inducted three players (Eric Lindros, Sergei Makarov and Rogie Vachon) and one builder (Pat Quinn) – and also honored two media members (Sam Rosen and Bob Verdi) – as part of its class of 2016. - Michael Grabner scored twice to lead the Rangers to their seventh win in their past eight outings and to a 12-4-0 record overall (24 points), tied with the Blackhawks (11-3-2, 24 points) for second in the NHL behind the Canadiens (13-2-1, 27 points). This marks just the second time in New York’s 90-year history that they have won 12 of their first 16 games to start a season; the other instance came in 2015-16 when they began 12-2-2. Grabner, who shares second in the NHL in goals, has 10-3—13 through 16 games this season, eclipsing his goal total from 2015-16 (9-9—18 in 80 GP w/ TOR).
  5. It’s NOT The Blood ON The Ice…It’s The Blood IN The Ice HOCKEY…FAMILY…two words of six letters each, both ending in “y”. Many people would say “hockey” and “family” have little else in common, but I beg to differ…and strongly so. For me, hockey is all about family…in so many ways and at so many levels. There are those that see the “violence” of hockey and would swear up and down that hockey is not a family sport. To those of us that are members of the family of hockey – even adopted kids like me – there is no sport on Earth that is as much about FAMILY as HOCKEY. So many people see the “blood ON the ice”, while we see the blood IN the ice…in the pondwater coursing through the veins of every hockey player…at every level…the families that support(ed) them from “Mites” to “The Show” and the brothers and sisters we all see in the locker rooms and across the face-off dots. “The Room” is filled with far more than a wealth of talented individuals; it is teaming with brothers and (more recently) sisters who are not related by blood but bonded by the blood they have chosen to share by becoming a TEAM. To a degree, even the “enemies” checking us into the boards in the heat of on ice battle are brothers and sisters once we step off the pond (natural or man-made). True hockey players know not only where their teammates come from but the path they travelled to get to the level at which they are currently playing. My great friend, Mark Strobel, played against one of my all time favorite players…Ian Moran. Strobes could tell me where Ian played his high school hockey as well as juniors…though they never shared the same locker room. In fact, my wife had an interesting experience when she was in high school. Her [much] younger brother was already so well known in the local hockey community that the players on her high school varsity team asked her if she was related to him. When they discovered that she was his sister…she immediately became “part of the family” to them and not just a girl in their science class. It is a FAMILY in HOCKEY – brothers and sisters who have chosen to be so out of honour and respect for one another – TEAMmate and/or opponent. The handshake line says it all. As I prepared to pen this article, a number of these brothers and a sister welcomed me into the family of hockey by very graciously granting me not only their precious time but also a window into their history, their experiences, their philosophies, and their families. Being so grateful at being so graciously “adopted” into the FAMILY OF HOCKEY, I want to take this opportunity to thank my friends – whom I consider brothers and sister forevermore – for granting me such tremendous gifts. Thank you to (in no particular order) Mark Strobel, Bernie Nicholls, Jim Craig, Tatjana “Tiki” Tikhonov, Viktor Tikhonov, Tom Sagissor, and Ryan Walter for the gift of their time and the wealth of insight and information they offered to me…without which, this would be nothing but speculative opinion and puff. When I originally conceived this article, I expected to find many elements of the stories of my newfound brothers and sister to be identical in nature. While I did find a great number of similarities, I also discovered variances I did not – but perhaps should have – anticipated. The variances I discovered not only make perfect sense (as many of them can be attributed to geography), but the stories – and wealth of learning I achieved – also warmed my soul. I expected to find that ice time was always at a premium and difficult to come by. Growing up in the far west suburbs of Chicago – where that was certainly the norm – I, therefor, expected that to be universally true. While that did hold true for some, it was not as “universal” as I had expected. For Ryan Walter and Jim Craig, ice time came at such a premium that they often had to awaken in the “wee hours,” practicing anywhere from 3:30am to 5:30am. Growing up in the “Twin Cities” region of Minnesota, Mark Strobel and Tom Sagissor had the blessing of outdoor rinks every six or seven blocks. Of course, that meant they played on outdoor rinks from Mites through Bantams. Bernie Nicholls grew up in “small town” Canada. His father flooded the yard and built a rink right there at home. Viktor and Tiki Tikhonov had the tremendous benefit of having a father (the late Vasili Tikhonov) that worked for the San Jose Sharks. They could get on the ice at the “Shark Tank” whenever the team was in town – indoors and an NHL quality ice sheet to boot! In fact, Tiki told me she skipped school dances (including the prom) to spend more time on the ice. That is dedication and commitment…and a FAMILY tradition – handed down from grandfather (famed Olympic coach and, sadly, late) Viktor, to father, Vasili, to both Tiki and her brother Viktor. Hockey tradition -- no different than blood – in many ways life-blood itself, courses through their veins (and those of all in the FAMILY OF HOCKEY). Another commonality I expected to find throughout my interviews was the family commitment of the entire household when there was an aspiring hockey player (or more than one) at home. My expectations were borne out…and then some. Whenever possible, and almost entirely across the board, moms and dads were the chief drivers – shuttling sons and daughters to tryouts, practices, camps, games and tournaments (both in town and even hours away). Tyler Johnson of the Tampa Bay Lightning had the blessing of parents so dedicated to his aspirations and dreams that they drove him from Spokane, Washington to Calgary, Alberta just to increase the level of competition he would face. Those same moms and dads would often pack up the entire family for road trips to out of town tournaments – truly a “family affair.” In the case of Jim Craig, it is well-documented the influence his mother had on his Olympic aspirations and inspirational gold medal achievement. Bernie Nicholls’ cousin – Craig Stamp – talked Bernie’s father into allowing Bernie to go to Wichita (in Southern Ontario) to play junior hockey at 16 years old. FAMILY! Not just those “in the house” got involved…but the extended family as well. Tom Sagissor travelled from Hastings, Minnesota to Montreal, Quebec at the age of 17 to pursue his hockey dreams. It was Tom’s father that started the hockey program at home in Hastings. Hockey is in the bloodstream – not only through family heritage and bloodlines, but also through the sacrificial support that is necessary in order to build hockey people. Mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, cousins, coaches, teammates (who become brothers and sisters)…HOCKEY is such a FAMILY. The bonds that develop in “The Room” and on the ice are so powerful that I found – universally – that those bonds started on day one for all those I spoke with in conducting my research. In the words of Bernie Nicholls, “There are no cliques on successful teams. There is nothing better than watching your ‘brothers’ come up and develop.” Jim Craig went on to say that, “You don’t develop hockey players…you develop men”. As for Tom Sagissor, winning a National Championship in college at the University of Wisconsin in 1990, made the entire squad “brothers forever.” Strobes, another Badger alumnus, standout defenseman, team captain, and treasured friend (pronounced “brother”) told me that even those that “clashed” were still FAMILY from day one on. FAMILY! Even opponents were, and are, often considered to be “extended family” members. For example, Jim Craig spent ten years coaching alongside one of his Russian opponents from the “Miracle On Ice”. That shared history and bond of pondwater blood is that strong. Bernie Nicholls even told me that it was by no means unusual to go out for a beer with an opponent he had fought in a game earlier that same night! My friend Diane Bourne, who is a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning family, told me of a game between the Bolts and the Blackhawks – after which she was seen hanging out, carrying on, and even hugging Blackhawks fans and personnel. Some of her Lightning supporters were in shock and completely aghast. To Diane and to me, her behavior was all perfectly normal. While we may be enemies on the ice, we are all FAMILY the moment the contest is over. Diane’s anecdote (thank you, Diane) illustrates the entire point of this article perfectly. As Ryan Walter said to me, “That’s the hockey way.” From Bernie’s yard-rink and watching HNIC (Hockey Night In Canada) on the only channel they got as he was growing up (was any other channel needed?) to Viktor Tikhonov having to be dragged off the ice – and literally physically dragged home on a sled by his mother – at age 3…from the Strobel twins (Mark and Mike) playing boot hockey, high school hockey, and college hockey together (for “The Dean of College Hockey” – Jeff Sauer) to Tatjana Tikhonov skipping those school dances and prom itself in order to get more ice time. You just don’t find more dedicated athletes – and more committed families – than you do in the sport of hockey. From Strobes’ fantastic depiction of Duluth, Minnesota…”You can smell hockey in the air…” to the band of brothers formed by winning the National Championship for Tom Sagissor – The Stanley Cup for Ryan Walter. It is NOT the blood “on” the ice but the blood bonded within the ice that defines hockey to this adopted son and brother. Written by Steven Nels Fossedal INSIDE EDGE HOCKEY NEWS
  6. 10 Crazy Predictions for 2017

    10 Crazy Predictions for 2017 - Patrick Kane will fall out of the Top 10 in scoring. Sorry Chicago this year will be a little more difficult than you are used too. - Winnipeg Jets rookie Patrick Laine will dominate the rookie class. Laine along with Jets captain Blake Wheeler will lead the Jets to a wildcard spot. - Semyon Varlamov will not be the starter for the Colorado Avalanche come All-Star break, and it won’t be because of injury. - Suspensions will be on the increase again this year. Radko Gudas of the Philadelphia Flyers is currently suspended and big shocker it won’t be his last one this season. - Marc-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins will be the big fish come trade deadline day. The expansion draft for Las Vegas will create the most active trade deadline day in recent history. - Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning will be the goalie for the Lightning all season and will lead them deep in the playoffs. He will be the expansion draft goalie that the Las Vegas team is looking for. Tampa Bay is looking at this season as Stanley Cup or bust. - Fighting will drop 20% and cheap shots will increase 20%. (you asked for it NHL). - John Tortorella will be the first coach fired as Columbus will stumble out of the gates. Jack Capuano (New York Islanders) and Darryl Sutter (Los Angeles Kings) are also on the hot seat. - College sensation Jimmy Vesey will be a failure. It never pays to play the “I don’t want to play for you card”…. look at history. - Conner Hellebuyck will solidify himself as the starting goalie in Winnipeg. This Jets team is full of young talent. INSIDE EDGE HOCKEY NEWS * Photo by USAToday Sports Images
  7. Stalemate in Winnipeg

    Stalemate in Winnipeg The Winnipeg Jets opened the season with a victory over the Carolina Hurricanes and then dropped a heartbreaker against rival Minnesota. Not a terrible start for a team missing one of their key defenseman. Restricted free-agent Jacob Trouba is still out of the lineup due to a contract dispute. The young defenseman has requested a trade out of Winnipeg, but general manager Kevin Cheyeldayoff is digging his heals in and taking his time with the dilemma. The Jets are not willing to give up Trouba without a healthy return. A return that many teams are not willing to give up. The Jets are in a very strong position, and hold the cards on this one. They have until December 1 to sign the restricted free agent. If they do not, Trouba will not be eligible to play this season. Judgment day will be here before you know it. So who is this stalemate affecting more, the Jets or Trouba? My guess is Trouba. Hockey players want to play and truthfully sitting out is not helping his contract asking price at all, and who knows how a whole season away from the NHL would change his value. Darren Drager discribed the ramifications for Trouba, “Because the one thing that every player wants more than anything is playing and the ice time. And this isn’t necessarily out of his control. I mean, he put himself in this situation by deciding that he was going to withhold his services and demanding the trade, and it hasn’t worked out.” The heat is on young Trouba to figure this one out. All signs show that Cheveldayoff and the Jets are in no hurry fix this situation. The cards are in Trouba and his agent Kurt Overhardt’s hands. The Winnipeg Jets have always worried about players not wanting to play in a cold, small market city such as Winnipeg. I highly doubt that they will let him off the hook easy and outrage their fan base by throwing in the towel. This will be a message sender, so look out Jacob Trouba. It does not look like this one will be ending anytime soon. NHL: Trade Talk - The Los Angeles Kings have been kicking the tires on goalies around the league. Word is that they have been looking at Ondrej Pavalec in Winnipeg. Just don’t think they have to pay that big of a price tag for a fill in netminder. Jonathan Quick was injured in the first game of the season, and it looks to be a long term injury. - New York Rangers have been looking to make a move for defenseman Jacob Trouba or St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk. With an early season injury to Dan Girardi the Rangers just may need to hit the hurry button on this one. - Everything looks very quiet on the Anaheim Ducks and Hampus Lindholm contract dispute.
  8. Early Season Injury Issues

    Early Season Injury Issues The NHL season is up and running and the injury bug has already hit hard. Buffalo Sabres star Jack Eichel is just one of many injury casualties. The young phenom was injured Wednesday at practice. He appeared to get tangled up with Zemgus Girgensons in front of the net. The collision left Eichel lying on the ice grabbing his left ankle in pain. VIDEO The injury dampers the excitement of opening the season this Thursday against the Montreal Canadiens. "You’re looking at one of your key players, one of your best players going down in pain on the ice," head coach Dan Bylsma said. "It’s not a good thing. We’re going to let it calm down here and get it evaluated and see the extent of him turning his ankle there.” Buffalo confirmed Thursday morning that Eichel did suffer a left high-ankle sprain. The time table given by the team was weeks. It is speculated it could be up to six weeks. Injury Updates: Carey Price – Montreal – Flu – Will miss opener versus Buffalo. Speculation is that this may be more that the flu. Very odd to make starting determination two day out with the flu. Jonathan Quick – Los Angeles – Lower body injury – Was injured Wednesday night versus the San Jose Sharks. This one looks long term. Sidney Crosby – Pittsburgh – Concussion – Taking it day-to-day with no timetable for return. Scary situation with the amount of concussions that he has had. Partice Bergeron – Boston – Lower body injury – day-to-day Ryan O’Reilly – Buffalo – Back injury – day-to-day Tyler Seguin – Dallas – Heel – day-to-day Nick Bjugstad – Florida – Broken Hand – Long-term Jonathan Huberdeau – Florida – Achilles Cut – Long-term Marion Gaborik – Los Angeles – Broken Right Foot – Long-term injury sustained at World Cup. Matt Murray – Pittsburgh – Broken Hand – day-to-day Jayden Schwartz – St. Louis – Elbow – Long-term Ryan Callahan – Tampa Bay – Hip – Long-term INSIDE EDGE HOCKEY NEWS
  9. 2016-2017 NHL Predictions

    It is that time of year again— yes the best time of year, the start of the National Hockey League season. After a busy summer of player moves the question is, Who will win the Stanley Cup? and will my favorite team make the playoffs? Well here is this seasons predictions from the Inside Edge Hockey News. 2016-2017 NHL Predictions PACIFIC DIVISION 1- Anaheim Ducks – 104 pts 2 – San Jose Sharks – 100 pts 3 – Calgary Flames – 95 pts 4 – Edmonton Oilers – 92 pts 5 – Los Angeles Kings – 90 pts 6 – Arizona Coyotes – 88 pts 7 – Vancouver Canucks – 68 pts The Pacific Division features some teams that are aging and some teams that are young and ready to breakout. Los Angeles will fall off pace this year, and Calgary and Edmonton will move up. CENTRAL DIVISION 1 – St. Louis Blues – 101 pts 2 – Dallas Stars – 100 pts 3 – Chicago Blackhawks – 99 pts 4 – Nashville Predators – 96 pts WC 5 – Winnipeg Jets – 95 pts WC 6 – Minnesota Wild – 88 pts 7 – Colorado Avalanche – 70 pts The Central Division remains strong. Any of the top 3 teams could win this division. Minnesota will slip up a bit. Lack of offense will hold them back. The Jets and Predators will earn Wildcard spots. The beasts of the west come from the Central Division. ATLANTIC DIVISION 1- Tampa Bay Lightning – 109 pts 2 – Florida Panthers – 104 pts 3 – Boston Bruins – 101 pts 4 – Montreal Canadiens – 96 pts WC 5 – Ottawa Senators – 88 pts 6 – Detroit Red Wings – 78 pts 7 – Buffalo Sabres – 77 pts 8 – Toronto Maple Leafs – 76 pts Tampa Bay will run away with this division. Florida will continue to improve, and I look for Boston to bounce back. Buffalo and Toronto will be improved but still struggle for a few more years. Yes, Detroit will not make the playoffs. METROPOLITAN DIVISION 1 – Washington Capitals – 106 pts 2 – Pittsburgh Penguins – 103 pts 3 – Philadelphia Flyers – 98 pts 4 – New York Rangers – 90 pts WC 5 – Carolina Hurricanes – 88 pts 6 – New Jersey Devils – 86 pts 7 – New York Islanders – 80 pts 8 – Columbus Blue Jackets – 72 pts This will be Washington’s year. They will win the division again, and roll into the playoffs. Philadelphia will surprise some teams, and the New York Rangers will hang on to earn a wildcard spot. The Islanders will be the team that falls off pace. PLAYOFF – CONFERENCE FINALS STANLEY CUP FINALS STANLEY CUP CHAMPION INSIDE EDGE HOCKEY NEWS
  10. World Cup Failure, and Future

    World Cup Failure, and Future When the World Cup of Hockey was announced most hockey fans including myself were excited. It was going to be great. Best-on-best, hard hitting hockey in the summer. What could be better? Well that’s not exactly how it went. What fans got was lackluster play, lack of intensity (no hitting), and honestly not very competitive hockey. This has resulted in poor television ratings, especially in the US. Empty seats have also been an unexpected problem. Very low price tickets at the Air Canada Centre (the meca of hockey) for the Finals have also been very common. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly even admitted “There’s not a lot of Torontos.” it is the center of the hockey world. “Even for this market and its hockey passion, it was at times challenging.” The reason ---- Team USA! If Team USA was playing Team Canada in the Finals, I can’t help but think that we would be singing a different tune. The excitement of this tournament was the fact that US and Canada, Russia and Canada, or US and Russia would meet in the finals. Unfortunately that did not happen. Team USA lost out in three straight and Team Canada for the most part rolled everyone that stepped in their path. That begs the question, what is next for the World Cup? The concept of the World Cup was to showcase the NHL’s greatest stars, and for the league to generate some extra revenue. Well that did not happen. With seats for the Finals unsold, (at a cost less than a regular season Toronto Maple Leafs game) things are not looking to positive. When originally announced the thought of many, including me was, that the World Cup was being setup to replace the Olympics. NHL participation in the Olympics is something that the league is for, but there are some major hurdles. The time of year (during the regular season), location (foreign countries without the needed amenities), and the fact that the league receives no revenue all make it hard to the league to commit to shutting down their season. With the leagues decision to go or not go, to the next Olympics looming, the World Cup looked the perfect opportunity for the NHL to use this as bargaining power with the Olympic committee and fans. Well that plan may just have backfired. NHL commissioner, Gary Bettman did say that this would not be a one and out, and that the World Cup would return in 3-5 years. He also stated that there would be changes and improvements. The first area that will be addressed is the location. Toronto is the hockey hotbed of the world, but does it make sense to have it all in one city? Having multiple cities would increase excitement and eliminate day games. Is the time of year perfect? I thought it was, but the crowds and excitement level tell me otherwise. Will Team Europe and North America continue to exist? Team North America was by far the most exciting team to watch, but will those players want to play for their country. What are the correct number teams? There is talk that the NHL is considering full country participation (just like the Olympics) where qualifying games would be needed. That would increase the revenue drastically. It would make the tournament global, and increase intensity levels. There are many aspects that need to be considered, and like everything it takes learning to improve, and time to grow. The World Cup is here to stay, but there is no question that improvements are needed. What they will be are up in the air… I do have one solution that would increase excitement guaranteed – USA versus Canada best of five!…. Just a thought.
  11. The 20-year-old Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl has forced the hockey world to take notice. He is on fire! His overtime game winner today over the Czech Republic made him the only player with more than one goal thus far in the World Cup. The young Oiler has only played 102 NHL games thus far, not too many considering his World Cup team average age is 30.3 years of age. The youngster looks comfortable leading Team Europe. Los Angeles Kings star Anze Kopitar described jokingly his teammate Draisaitl, “He’s a ringer”. Team Europe is taking the World Cup by surprise a quick 2-0 start has everyone on notice. In game one Team Europe shocked everyone by handling Team USA 3-0. They followed that up with an overtime victory over the Czech Republic. For a team of players thrown together head coach Ralph Krueger really has them gelling, and working together. * Team North America Matt Murray made 24 saves, but fell 4:07 shy of the shutout in Game 1. He registered 15 of Pittsburgh’s 16 playoff wins en route to its Stanley Cup victory in June (2.08 GAA, .923 SV%, 1 SO). One has to be thinking that he will be the starter come opening night for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Where does this leave veteran Marc-Andre Fleury. * Jacob Markstrom, who filled in for a sick Henrik Lundqvist, turned aside 27-of-28 shots. Markstrom won a gold medal with Sweden at the 2013 World Championship and a silver at the 2009 World Juniors, where he was named the best goaltender of the tournament after posting a 1.61 goals-against average and .943 save percentage in five games. INSIDE EDGE HOCKEY NEWS
  12. Table Hockey Art: Revive the Memories Many hockey fans that grew up in the 70s and 80s spent many hours battling it out with their friends on a table hockey board. Hours and hours of good wholesome fun and memories were made on table hockey boards throughout Canada and the US. Where are your table hockey boards today? A Toronto based artist, Anthony Jenkins is bringing old table hockey boards back to life, and producing amazing pieces of hockey art along the way. This is the most unique and amazing pieces of hockey art that I have seen. Seeing these great pieces of art brought back numerous memories of classic table hockey games. ABOUT ANTHONY JENKINS: Anthony Jenkins was born in Toronto and spent a happy childhood there. He was a Leafs fan and played organized hockey as a kid. His first team, circa age 8, was 'Baby Bunny Nuts' (A hot peanut vending machine firm of the day) out of Scarborough, Ontario. He was lousy then and, many decades later, remains mediocre - but still loves the game He plays, in Orangeville, Ontario, with the 'Rusty Blades' pickup group. HOW THE CONCEPT STARTED: As a working artist (for many years an editorial cartoonist and illustrator with the Globe and Mail, Canada's national newspaper) he found hockey was ill served by art; cute kids on frozen ponds being the gold standard. Having played table hockey as a boy, man, and father he became alarmed to learn that these icons of his childhood and his culture were facing extinction, killed by video games. At the same time, he found himself lamenting that the innocently-revered idols of a Hockey Night In Canada youth were being overshadowed by flawed and merchandized sportsmen of today. The 'Game Faces' series, jointly conceived with friend, line mate and fellow artist Larry Humber, is his homage to that innocent Canadian past where fun didn't have to be plugged in. The idea was adapted from that of Larry Humber. He took the table hockey games of our youth, striped of the players and glued on different things - animals, glitter bric and brac, etc. to make art pieces, laid flat. I came to the realization that, turned upright, the boards made a natural frame, hung. I'm a portrait guy - actually primarily a cartoonist, and adding portraits of NHL stars from the classic table hockey era finished the idea. I got most of the games off EBay. Most of the games are nearly 30 years since manufacture. It is getting more difficult and expensive to find. Most are 'Eagle Toys Gretzky Overtime' games and I try, if possible, to include teams for which the player portrayed played - for example having Oilers and Rangers on a Messier game board. The games are titled after the each players nickname, “The Rocket,” “Moose,” “The Big M,” “Super Mario,” “The Golden Jet,” etc. Originally I painted about 25 games, games mostly procured from eBay, and they all sold, although over a 10 year span, and many showings in galleries and bars. I limited the subjects exclusively to Hall of Famers. A recent challenge to this wonderful art is the limited access to these old table hockey games. I used to be able to find games for around $75. They were not that hard to find. Now it is a whole new story. They are much harder to find and usually run in the $125-$150 range. Games are now 25 years old, the good, solid 'Gretzky' games of the 80s and 90s are now 25 years old and harder/more expensive to find and acquire. This problem will only get worse as each year passes. THE “GAME FACES” COLLECTION: The “Game Faces” collection consisted of 20 feature pieces of art. The collection was sold for $600 per piece, and is sold out, with the exception of Brett Hull. The collection was well thought out and very popular. Key pieces in the collection were Guy Lafleur, Bobby Orr, Mario Lemieux, “The Great One” Wayne Gretzky and the late Gordie Howe. CUSTOM ORDERS: After creating such a wildly popular original collection the question was asked “Do you do customs? Yep, I am happy to do customs. Including any star you'd like or your uncle Bob, or your just graduated son, and even a recently promoted/retired Dad. I have created many customs, some that come to mind are; Gump, Stevie Y, Domi and Wendel Clark. The price is $700 for most custom orders – plus shipping. Contact Anthony Jenkins for final price quotes . “I loved playing table hockey and I love doing the paintings.” Anthony Jenkins INSIDE EDGE HOCKEY NEWS * Written By Brad Burud in collaboration with Anthony Jenkins
  13. Johnny "No Hockey" ?

    Gaudreau is a great player but the 8 million mark scares me and I am a Flames fan. His play on the road is horrible - (thanks for the stats JR Ewing). This makes me very hesitant. I honestly think a 7.25 for 6 years makes sense for all. He is a great player and a fan favorite. He sells tickets! This all plays a role. Time is running out - --
  14. Johnny "No Hockey" ?

    Last years regular season struggles and failure to make the playoffs left many in Calgary shaking their heads. The challenges the Flames faced last season may just have been minimal to the challenges that they faced during the off-season. Goaltending was a critical issue, and getting key RFA players signed was also a very high priority. With the trade for Brian Elliott done, and the goaltending question answered it was time to tackle the RFA troubles. First the Flames locked up young star center Sean Monahan. He signed a seven-year $44.625 million dollar contract, which boiled down to a $6.365 million annual hit. The focus then turned to the speedy Johnny Gaudreau. Well that negotiation has taken longer to solve, and what many thought would be a formality may just have turned into their biggest off-season challenge. Negotiations are currently on hold until after the World Cup of Hockey, and many in Calgary are starting to worry a bit. Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun reported that Gaudreau and his agent are looking for a $8 million dollar deal. Calgary has reportedly been in the $6.5 million dollar category. Francis reported, “Sources say Gaudreau’s agent, Lewis Gross, is asking for a payday in the $8-million range while the Flames are pushing to pay between what Sean Monahan signed for ($6.375 million annual average value) and what captain Mark Giordano makes (a team-high $6.75 million AAV).” The Flames hold the cards on this deal since Gaudreau is restricted, and is not eligible to presented an offer-sheet. But the Flames also do not want to get into a huge contract battle with the young fan favorite. According to Francis, “Flames fans can relax a bit, there is no way this will not get worked out, and no way that Gaudreau will not be in the Flames lineup come opening night.” It is very important that they find some common ground and get this deal done. The Flames cannot afford to not have the face of the team ready to start the season. I look for the Flames to lock him up right after the World Cup, and it looks as though $7 million a year for 6 years may just be the common ground. INSIDE EDGE HOCKEY NEWS

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