1/13 News

As expected, after the MOU had been signed making the CBA into effect, a plethora of trades, singings, and news would come into effect. Here they are:

  • Leafs sign Mike Mottau and Cody Franson
  • LA Kings trade Kevin Westgarth for Anthony Stewart, 2013 4th plus a 2014 6th
  • Canes agree to terms with Dan Ellis for $650,000 for one year
  • Islanders sign Radek Martinek for 1yr/$650,000
  • Flyers trade Luke Pither to Canes for Brian Boucher (again).
  • Brad Winchester agrees to PTO with Flames
  • Scott Gomez told by Habs to stay home. I imagine he’s going through the Redden treatment.
  • Gilroy signs 1yr. $650,000. Del Zotto signs a 2 year RFA offer.

    Fehr signs a one year $600,000 contract.

Hockey Breaker Joins the Team

Hello readers, I’m an anonymous hockey insider. This is my first blog post ever, some of you may know me from twitter (@Hockey_Breaker), I keep fans up to date with the latest hockey news, which includes signings, trades, and general talk. I will not reveal my identity.. yet, but I want to let you guys know me a little bit  better. I have been playing hockey my whole life, it’s my favorite sport and I just love everything about it. Though, I was not very successful in becoming what was always my dream.. an NHL player, I think I still succeeded in life. I’m currently employed by a hockey team, NHL? AHL? CHL? Who knows, as I said, I’m not revealing who I am. I watch hockey daily, and I’m assigned to visit many different areas in order to do so, which makes my life very interesting. I look forward to posting here, as the popularity of our blog increases.

Interview with Chucky Slick!

1339122230_imageHave you ever seen this video before?
If you have, you know who Chucky Slick is. If not, let me introduce you to him. Chucky is a hockey player currently playing in the North American Hockey League. You might ask me, why do I care? He’s just another hockey player. That’s where you’re wrong. Not only does he play hockey, he raps. Yes sir. He raps. We had the pleasure of interviewing him. This was an interesting interview I must say. You can follow him on Twitter: @ChuckySlick . You can follow me on Twitter: @SkipThisChapter and @HkyBlogger. Like us on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/NotYourAverageHockeyBlog

Like usual we are bold.
Note: we had to change some of the expletives because after all this is an “all-ages” blog.

First off, how has your day been?
My day has been crazy like usual. Had practice early this morning then spent all day getting registered for classes and trying to sell a stray kitten I found on Craigslist.

Many of our readers might not know who Chucky Slick is. Can you introduce yourself to our readers?
My name is Chuck and I’m a white boy from San Diego who enjoys cookies.

Many people (including me) would like to know. What’s Chucky Slick’s real name?
Sir Rutherford Barnahlaveau III

What’s a typical day in the life of Chucky Slick?

I wake up around 7:30 AM then head to practice, go out to lunch, go to the gym and do some curls before hitting the hot tub, head home and chill with the roomies then finish the day working on anything music or business related.

Most people know you because of your rapping skills. It also says Chiddy Bang inspired you. But I must ask. Why rap?

I rap because its an alternative way to express yourself or vent…and its extremely fun to do. Haha well I think it is.

Do you only rap, or do you also play instruments or make beats?
I can play Yankee doodle on the piano

What’s on your iPod right now?
Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Tupac, Kendrick Lamar, Machine Gun Kelly, J Cole, Dizzy Wright, Will Smith, Nas, Eminem, Dead Prez, Nipsey Hussle, Too Short, Andre Nickatina

In “Living The Dream” you say Junior Hockey is a lifestyle, can you elaborate on that?
Its different then the Average Joe life you know..you leave home at a young age to a new state and new team. You sacrifice a lot to be where your at…you become family with the 23 guys you once called strangers, your with those guys day in day out living the dream travelling all over the map to play a game you love and you got fans and kids looking up to you and wanting autographs and pictures its crazy man! Then its all over and you return home with fake teeth, a face full of scars, and memories that last a lifetime.

If you had to choose between hockey or rapping, which one would you choose and why?
Hockey because I truly have a deep passion for the sport man it runs in my f***ing blood you know…I love rapping too but its more of a hobby.

Every hockey team does pranks, and I don’t think yours is much different. Best prank you’ve ever done or seen?
Holy f***…so many… We once picked up a new European kid from the airport and when he went to put his hockey bag in the trunk, one of my buddies was naked in there with duct tape around his mouth and hands tied behind his back. Haha the kid was terrified.

In the off-season, besides rapping, how do you spend your time?
Hanging out in beautiful San Diego with friends and family, going to the beach, working out, playing hockey you know.

What has been the high point of your career?
Probably getting rookie of the year in 2010.

What has been the lowest point of your career?
-Not being able to grow my moustache as thick as I would have liked for no shave November.

How did you persevere from that?
Oh you know, it was pretty emotional i’d rather not go down that road if you dont mind.

Any advice for aspiring hockey players?
Keep your head down and eyes closed when skating through the middle…Just kidding, dont do that…Live the dream while you can boys.

Anybody you recommend me to interview?
Babe ruth or Michael Economos would both be solid picks. (@OldManEco)

Ending off on a different note, if you could go anywhere on vacation, where would you go?
Alaska man… Its f***ing beautiful up there. Hockey player paradise.

Thank you for your time. It’s greatly appreciated.
No, thank you sir!!!!

Interview With Brenden Dillon!

aa90607a68fa269661939b60edf9e9efSo here’s the first interview we’re releasing today. We’re proud to release the following interview with Brenden Dillon. He’s a Defenseman who currently plays with the Texas Stars. He has some NHL experience, and you can follow him on Twitter: @BDillon04 . You can follow me on Twitter: @SkipThisChapter, @HkyBlogger. You can also “like” us on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/NotYourAverageHockeyBlog
Without further to do, here is our interview with Brenden Dillon!

Per usual, we are in bold.

So many of our readers might not know you very well, so tell us about yourself?
My name is Brenden Dillon im a 6’3 228 pound Defenseman from Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. I Started playing hockey when I was three years old. I played minor hockey in my hometown for 15 years then one year in Hope Jr. B for the Icebreakers followed by four years in Seattle for the Thunderbirds of the WHL. After my final season, I signed a 3 year contract with the Dallas Stars of the NHL.

What kind of defenseman do you consider yourself?
I like to consider myself a 2-way defenseman. I play a hard to play against, physical, gritty game defensively as well as use my skating and puck moving to help offensively.

What’s a day in the life of Brenden Dillon?
Well during the season, not too much exciting goes on, my days are pretty routine. If its a practice day I am up usually around 8:00 – 8:30AM. I get some breakfast in me and then at the rink for a 10 o’clock practice. Post-practice most of the time a bunch of the guys will grab some lunch together and then I will head home to nap, or get together and hangout with some of the other guys on the team. I bought a guitar this year as well as an Xbox to help fill some time as well haha.

Most players I interview played in the NCAA, what’s it like playing in the WHL?
The Western Hockey League was one of the best experiences in hockey and in life I was ever lucky enough to be apart of. Just like anything there are pluses and minuses to both going NCAA or Major Junior. The WHL though, its a very competitive league where I learnt so much on and off the ice. Its filled with tons of top NHL prospects and the schedule is the closest thing you can get to a professional one with all the travel and amount of games. I was lucky enough to play for a great organization and city in Seattle who treated me very well.

In comparison to the WHL, what’s the difference compared to the AHL?
The American Hockey League just like any league you graduate to or move up to. Its definitely a step up. The guys are bigger, stronger,faster, and its a great league. Especially in a year like this, with the NHL Lockout where you’re playing against NHL calibre players every night. The game and travel schedule in the AHL is a lot like the AHL, which definitely helped with my transition.

What was it like getting signed?
It was definitely an unbelievable feeling once I got signed… A major stepping stone towards my ultimate goal of playing in the NHL.

What was going through your mind when you played your first NHL game?

Haha its pretty tough to put into words that’s for sure. It sounds cliche but it was a dream come true. All the days you had the early morning practices dad had to roll you out of bed for, the long workouts, summer camps all worked up to that game. And at the end of it, it only made me want to be a full time NHL hockey player that much more.

What’s the off season like?
Offseason is definitely a nice chance to relax and unwind head back home and see friends and family. After a long grinding season my body needs a rest but at the same time once training starts up it gets pretty busy. Between being in the gym and on the ice it doesn’t always seem like an “off season”.

What has been the highest point of your career?
The highest point of my career to date has definitely been me signing with the Dallas Stars as well as playing in my first game for them.

Lowest point? How did you persevere from that?
I’d have to say my lowest point was after my second season in the WHL when I wasn’t taken in the NHL draft. You get your hopes up so high as a player for things whether it be to make a certain team or get drafted in whatever it may be. It was a real eye opener for me and “wake up call” that things weren’t just gonna magically happen. So basically just worked on the things I needed to get better at and still do to this day cause nobody’s perfect.

What’s on your iPod right now?
I have just about everything and anything on there; Rap Country Techno. I listen to it all.

Most recent movie you watched?
James Bond Skyfall

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Enjoy learning new things currently learning how to play guitar so that’s been taking up some time, love watching movies and golfing!

Any advice for aspiring hockey player?

For any aspiring hockey player I would say just continue to work hard. Its a pretty common phrase but at the end of the day most often times it comes down to you and what you do to better yourself.. Nothing worth doing comes easy.

Thank you for your time.

See Ya Burke!

If you haven’t heard today, Brian Burke has been sacked as GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Yes, the Brian Burke, the same guy who’s refusal to wear a tie normally was both endearing yet comical, was relieved of his job just earlier today as reported by TSN’s Bob McKenzie on twitter.

When Burke was hired in 08, he was hailed as a savior for his track record of building the 07 Stanley Cup Anaheim Ducks. It also helped when the previous two GM’s were Cliff Fletcher (on his second run and really was a flag barrier) and John Ferguson Jr (not well received in the city) weren’t exactly raising the bar. He’s made some great deals in the past (the hijacking of Dion Phaneuf), some controversial trades (basically turned 2 high draft picks into Phil Kessel) and some crap free agent decisions/trades during his time (hello Colby Armstrong, Komisarek, Connolly,). His decision to fire Ron Wilson was well awkward, his insistence on not circumventing the cap was stupid, and his feud with Kevin Lowe was one of the best front offices feuds in sports during 06-08. It also doesn’t help that the Leafs finished  24th, 29th, 22nd, and 26th during his time.

To say that this firing was odd is saying it lightly. Training Camps open this weekend, we can assume that David Nonis will be the interm/long term GM for the rest of the season, and something tells me that an incident happened in the front office/ownership brass that made there decision a whole lot easier. Was it his style as a GM? was it his unrighteousness towards RFA’s? Was it his defiance against ties? What Gives?

What we know now is that with Burke gone from Toronto, he can now enjoy the simpler things in life, like maybe making up with Don Cherry. Could you imagine a second intermission roundtable with Ron Maclean, Burke, the immortal PJ Stock and Glenn Healy?

Wait, why am I imagining this. Hire him now CBC, do it!   

 

BREAKING NEWS: BRIAN BURKE FIRED

Breaking News: Multiple outlets are reporting that the Toronto Maple Leafs have fired GM Brian Burke. Not much is known right now. We will give you the news as we receive it.

Update:
12:49 – Press Release / News Conference at 1:45PM.
12:51 David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period is reporting that Burke’s contract wasn’t going to be extended past this June anyways.
1:14 John Shannon of Sportsnet is reporting that the decision was made by the Board.
1:14 Just a personal thought, I doubt many reporters will ask the tough questions because at the end of the day, the guys who own the Leafs also own the TV stations.
1:26 TSN’s Bob McKenzie is now reporting that Dave Nonis is the next GM. Not much suprise here. However, he doesn’t know if its permanent or interm. I believe he will be a permanent GM. Just a personal opinion. It’s too close to the start of the season to be looking for a new GM.
1:42 Dave Nonis. GM. Permanent.
2:45 Sorry for the late post, but it seems like Burke will stay on as a Senior Advisor role.

Interview with Matt Robinson!

Picture WFWe had the pleasure of interviewing Matt Robinson. He plays for the Wichita Falls Wildcats of the NAHL. It was great interviewing him. I asked him for an interview, and in literally one minute, I got a reply saying yes. That has to be some sort of record… By the way, follow me on Twitter: @SkipThisChapter, @HkyBlogger. Like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NotYourAverageHockeyBlog Follow Matt Robinson on Twitter: @MattRob19 Without further adieu, here is our interview with Matt Robinson!

As usual, we’re in bold.

So first off how has your day been?
My day has been pretty solid so far, had practice this morning and now I am about to go lift with my linemates Will Vosejpka & Conor O’Neil.

Many of the readers might not know who Matt Robinson is, so tell us about yourself?
Well I am a ’92 born forward currently living the junior hockey dream in the North American Hockey League’s south division for the Wichita Falls Wildcats.

What’s a typical day in the life of Matt Robinson?
A typical day in my life is wake up around 8:30 and eat some breakfast. Then I head off to practice with the team, followed by lunch and usually a workout or sometimes yoga with the team. Usually have a solid dinner at the billets before ending the day with some Xbox Live with the boys or catching up on some of the great shows on Netflix.

So you’re from Texas, what’s the difference between growing up playing in Texas and growing up in a traditional hockey market?
Well honestly, Texas has rapidly grown to become a pretty solid hockey market. Since the Stars won the cup in ’99 the hockey market in Dallas has grown tremendously. Two years ago, the NHL draft consisted of three kids I grew up playing against, one of which was a first rounder. And coming up in the 2013 draft, Seth Jones, who is from my hometown of Plano, Tx is projected to possibly go 1st overall. I played against him a few times growing up. I always wonder where I’d be if I had grown up in a Detroit or Boston, but I actually am very happy that I grew up playing hockey in a place like Dallas.

During the season, what do you miss most about home?
Well now that I am playing in Wichita Falls, only two hours away from my hometown, I mostly just miss my family and my bed back home, but while I was playing up north I definitely missed living close to a Panda Express and also a Chipotle like I do in Plano.

In the off-season, how do you spend your time? Lots of video games? Playing other sports?
In the off-season I work at a hockey shop in the Dallas area called Players Bench. Besides that I am usually either working out, out on the links playing golf, or out on the lake with the boys. I love the sun and warm weather so I spend a lot of my off-season outside.

What has been the highest point of your career?
The highest point in my career is probably right now, I just got back from a pretty bad injury, and my current line is really clicking. I’m getting to play competitive hockey fairly close to home, in front of some good size crowds in my last year of junior hockey, I mean what else could I ask for. Also playing on a team with a bunch of really cool dudes is always a plus.

What has been the lowest point of your career?
Probably getting released from the New Mexico Mustangs mid-season last year. I was really enjoying living out there and loved everyone on the team and it kind of came out of no where. I had to scramble to find a place to play and it was just a rough point for me.

How did you persevere from that point?
I ended up signing with a Tier 3 team out east, it wasn’t the same as playing in the NAHL, but it was somewhere for me to get a good amount of ice time and better develop myself for this year.

So do you have any advice for aspiring hockey players?
Just keep living the dream as long as you can, enjoy the little things about it because you never know when your time will end.

Are there any hockey players you recommend me to interview?
Obviously my boy Chucky Slick, but also any of the Wichita Falls Wildcats, teams full of beauties.

On a different note to end the interview, who’s your pick to win the Super Bowl this year?
Hands down the San Francisco 49ers, I have grown up a huge fan because of my dad. He’s from the Bay area and has kind of turned me into a 49ers fan. I don’t think anyone can play with them, but I guess we will see!

Thank you for your time. It is greatly appreciated.

THE NHL IS BACK!

After a marathon 14 hour session, Donald Fehr and Gary Bettman emerged out of their second floor hotel room and announced that a tentative deal has been made. It worries me what “tentative” means… From how childish the NHL and the NHLPA has been these last 114 days, it could mean the smallest thing could continue the lockout. Unlike popular belief, the first person to report it was Kevin Patrick (@KevinPatrick77) :

Kevin Patrick ‏@KevinPatrick77
Deal will be done by tomorrow night. Realignment will occur in the 2013-2014 season. Will be a 10 year CBA with opt out after 8.

Here’s a summary of the plethora of news coming out along with the source saying it.

– Any NHL not on entry level contract will have their own room. Unlike before where you needed to have played 600 games. – Andy Strickland of 590 The Fan St. Louis.
-Salary Cap is set at $60 million. – TSN
-“No question target is 50-game, not 48-game, season. Speculation is it would be 5 games vs 4 division rivals and 3 games vs 10 Conf rivals.” – Bob McKenzie of TSN
-Salary Cap will be $64.3 million – Sportsnet
-“I talked to couple of people that indicated as much as 52-game NHL schedule could still be a possibility.” – Joe Haggerty of Comcast Sportsnet
-“So the players will be allowed to play in 2014 Olympics!” – @NHLAlert_

These are just a few of the rumours floating out there. We’ll continue to report once we get any significant discoveries.
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