By RGM81 aka Richard McAdam
The curious timing of the announcement that restricted free agent Josh Gorges had signed a one-year contract with the Canadiens may be something of an ominous sign for the young defenceman’s future with the club. To announce the signing of a popular player, both in the dressing room and among a core segment of the team’s fanbase, so late on a Friday night is hardly the pomp and circumstance one would expect. There’s likely to be no media availability with general manager Pierre Gauthier, and with Gorges himself in Kelowna, BC, at the Kelowna Rockets Alumni More >
By RGM81 aka Richard McAdam
Every year hockey fans are treated to a “Christmas in July” with the arrival of the free agency period. Once the clock hits 12:01pm EDT dozens of NHL player contracts expire and thus the frenzy to sign that key cog in the wheel begins. Thirty teams are all competing to get through the first fax, the first phone call, the first e-mail to available players and their agents in the hopes of luring them to come play hockey in their fair city.
As fans, every year we go in hoping that the marquee superstar available signs with More >
By Sean McCafferty aka 30ranfordfan
nepotism (ˈnɛpəˌtɪzəm) — n favouritism shown to relatives or close friends by those with power or influence
Someone needs to call Winnipeg and remind them that they’re back in the big leagues. Only a month into the life of True North Sports Entertainment’s reborn Jets franchise, owners Mark Chipman and David Thomson are already making me wonder if they’ll ever have a team better than the one they just plucked from Atlanta.
I would certainly never question the business savvy of a man like Thomson. One of the richest men in the world, the man certainly knows how More >
By Sean McCafferty aka 30Ranfordfan
I need to give big props to all three of the manufacturers. Trying to pick my favourite from 2011 was tough. Not only have all three manufacturers pumped out several products I really liked, but there’s still more to come (so I entirely reserve the right to change my mind once everything has been released).
Upper Deck has a dual release every year that I very much look forward to. Upper Deck Series 1 & 2. For me it’s become my standard set to build each season. With 50 Young Guns Rookie Cards in each series, it’s More >
By Joe Simanis aka GHCHambone
In the trading card collecting world there are many different card manufacturers to choose from. That is part of what makes this hobby so great, the variety of different products out there to choose from. Choosing a favorite card manufacturer is difficult due to the number of choices and great companies out there, but to me there is one that stands out: In The Game. They consistently produce fun, unique sets that deliver a great value.
One of the reasons In The Game is my favorite manufacturer is the fact that they make many specific sets More >
By Alan Chen aka RiceBondsMntna2Rice
Martin St. Louis’ selection as a Hart Trophy finalist a few weeks ago and his electric performance in the playoffs so far make it as good a time as any to share with you the current state of my St. Louis PC and the journey I’ve taken to get here.
Collecting #26 has been a transformative experience that’s forced to me re-examine who I am as a collector. Surprisingly, this project has at times been a source of stress rather than an escape. For the first time in my collecting life, I’ve felt a nagging pressure to More >