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  • SharkCircle 2:59 pm on July 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , NHL Fiction, , , NHL News, Ottawa Senators, ,   

    A Handsgate Exclusive, Part I: Collusion, Nostalgia, And Canadian Ro-Sham-Bo 

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    A Handsgate Exclusive is my next blog-series which will tell an entirely fictitious story loosely inspired by the buttocks-grabbing controversy, AKA “Handsgate.” It will be released in three parts. Here is part I.

    DISCLAIMER: All the events and dialogue portrayed come from my own lively imagination and are not real. The police officers in this story are not real-life police officers. I made up their names, personalities, and dialogue. The entire story is a fictional joke. It is not meant to represent actual events, or the actual dialogue or beliefs of any real people. It is using one funny thing that allegedly happened in the hockey world and then making an entirely fictitious story out of it with fake dialogue. With that in mind, the spelling is intentional as well. I don’t know any NHL players and so have no way of representing their personalities or beliefs accurately. It’s all fiction. It’s all a joke. Yeah yeah, jokes have to be funny. At the least, it’s all fiction. Want to make that clear. Good.

    With the rumors that Claud Gireaux was arrested recently for allegedly grabbing the buttocks of a male police officer, many out there in the hockey community (and maybe some other communities) have wondered what exactly happened.

    Luckily, I have sources on the inside in, well, wherever this supposedly happened, Philadelphia probably, and I’ve heard a detailed account of the fateful events that took place that day, revealed here in a behind the scenes Shark Circle exclusive. Click Here To Continue Reading Full Post!

     
  • SharkCircle 5:15 pm on October 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2013-2014 Atlantic Division Preview, Atlantic Division Predictions, , , , , , NHL Standings Predictions, Ottawa Senators, ,   

    Shark Circle’s Atlantic Division Preview and Standings Predictions 

    Here are my predictions on where teams will finish in their new divisions. Unfortunately no time or research went into this outside of looking at each team’s roster briefly on their respective official websites. Otherwise it’s just off the top of my head. But here we go.

    ATLANTIC

    1. Detroit Red Wings if they recall Nyqvist. Reason: Losing Filppula and especially Brunner, who was a fantastic surprise for them last season and finally gave them back their “Detroit Red Wings-depth” that they’d been missing ever since Marian Hossa left, and I really don’t understand NHL GMs at all that they let him go and no other team seemed that interested in signing him either… losing those two will hurt, but offseason-addition Stephen Weiss borders on being a top-line center when healthy, so he’s a fantastic addition and an upgrade on Filppula, and other-offseason-addition Daniel Alfredsson should at least replace what they had in Brunner. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING FULL POST

     
  • SharkCircle 1:59 am on January 14, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Brandon Gormley, Brett Connolly, , Devante Smith-Pelly, , IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships, Jamie Oleksiak, Mark Stone, Ottawa Senators, World Junior Hockey Thoughts, World Juniors, World Juniors Analysis, World Juniors Thoughts   

    World Junior Hockey Championships Analysis: TEAM CANADA 

    The annual IIHF World Junior’s wrapped up just over a week ago in Calgary, Alberta, with Team Sweden claiming their first under-21 gold medal in 31 years with a thrilling 1-0 overtime victory over Team Russia. I watched as much of the tournament as I could, even some of the blowouts, so that I could scout as many players as possible.

    Unfortunately, the tournament was too short to familiarize myself with most of the players, but a select few did catch my eye. Here are my 2012 WJC impressions, starting with Team Canada today. CONTINUE READING FULL POST

     
  • SharkCircle 10:22 pm on December 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bryan Murray, David Rundblad, Don Maloney, Kyle Turris, Kyle Turris Trade, Kyle Turris Trade Analysis, , Ottawa Senators, Pheonix Coyotes,   

    Trade Analysis: Phoenix Coyotes Trade Kyle Turris to Ottawa Senators for David Rundblad and 2012 2nd Round Pick 

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    THE TRADE

    As per Bob Mckenzie of TSN, the Phoenix Coyotes have dealt former 3rd overall pick Kyle Turris to the Ottawa Senators for highly touted Swedish defensive prospect David Rundblad and a 2nd round draft pick in 2012.

    The deal comes months after Kyle Turris requested a trade out of Phoenix during the offseason. As a restricted free agent, Turris had originally refused to sign a contract with the Coyotes, demanding he be dealt elsewhere. However, Coyotes’ GM Don Maloney was adamant that Turris would not be traded unless he received a trade offer that blew him out of the water, and he remained true to his word. Turris was eventually forced to sign or risk not being allowed to play in the NHL all season. However, there were rumors that a back-room agreement was made that if Turris signed, Maloney would continue looking to trade him. It appears those rumors were correct, as today Maloney dealt Turris to the Ottawa Senators.

    ANALYSIS

    OTTAWA SENATORS:

    In center Kyle Turris, the Ottawa Senators get a former 3rd overall pick from the 2007 NHL Entry Draft who, despite disappointing thus far in his short NHL career, does have potential. CONTINUE READING FULL POST

     
  • SharkCircle 3:21 am on September 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Ottawa Senators, , Tomáš Vokoun, , Zenon Konopka   

    The Best Free Agent Signings of the Offseason, And Why the Sharks Should Have Signed Them, Part 4 

    (Editor’s Note. Don’t forget to vote in the poll or comment with your thoughts!)

    In this series of articles, I will be taking an in-depth look at what I consider to be the 20 best value free agent signings of the offseason, in no particular order. For each signing, I will first detail what makes the signing a good one from a neutral perspective, and then I will discuss why the signing would have benefitted the Sharks (at the same contract terms unless others are discussed). There is no guarantee these players would have even come to the Sharks, in fact in some cases it is doubtful, but we find it interesting to analyze signings made this offseason through a Sharks lens. Enjoy!

    If you missed the first three parts when they were posted, you can check them out here. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

    Now for Part 4. We start with an honorable mention.

    ZENON KONOPKA – C – OTTAWA SENATORS
    Age. 28. Height. 6’0″. Weight. 209 lbs. Shoots. Left.
    Contract. 1 year, 0.7M, Ottawa Senators.
    2010-2011 Stats. 82GP, 2G, 9PTS, -14 plus/minus, 307PIM.

    Zenon Konopka is not an impact player by any means, but he is a unique center who will add good depth to the Ottawa Senators’ fourth line at a reasonable price. He brings a lot of toughness, as he was second in the NHL in fighting majors last season. He is also an elite faceoff man, having won 57.7% of his faceoffs last season, and he was a regular on the Islanders penalty kill last season, averaging 1:32 of PK time per game. But what makes Konopka so unique is that he brings all of these qualities, the faceoff dominance, truculence, fighting, penalty killing, and improved depth, in one single package, and at a great price. That’s what makes him different from all the other fourth liners. Continue Reading Full Post

     
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