Tuesday, September 30, 2003
The Rampage and Aeros play free practice rink exhibition games Saturday and Tuesday at Northwoods Ice.
Monday, September 29, 2003
Hey, rumor has it Mike Comrie could be dealt to Colorado... the Eagles, I mean.
But seriously folks... I don't know exactly how much Chris Stewart's newest acquisitions get from Wilkes-Barre, but I hear Paul Kariya and Greg Pankewicz were spotted at the Denver Ruth's Chris on Sunday... and Pankewicz picked up the check!
Okay, okay. Really now... I'll bite into this topic -- which is bound to stay on people's minds -- later in the week.
By the way, has anyone seen Blake Sloan? C'mon Tip, sign him for the Grizzlies! Or are you saving room for Claude Lemieux?
While we're on the subject, say hello to your Utah CHLers: Jonathan Gagnon, Darryl McArthur, Tyler Butler and Derek Hahn. The names Dave Gove and Eric Schneider also ring a bell. Notably absent: Blair Manning.
A reminder that beat writers don't compose headlines: it's not exactly an upset when Valeri Bure skates for the AHL team and Simon Lajeunesse is in net for the Panthers.
Friday, September 26, 2003
And on that same subject: is 46 goals, 41 assists and 340 PiMs not as great a stat line as you've ever seen? Yeesh!
Yes, the other shoe has dropped in Colorado. It would seem the Eagles' Florida affiliation is limited to one player, Riley Nelson.
In any case, Laredo fans know that Roscoe's working it, though Thursday didn't end well for the Bucks' new goalie. And I'm still assuming that the Lynx and Drulia will reap more than the Jackson Bandits did.
The most important point to all of this: there's hockey in South Central Texas Saturday: a Panthers/Rampage exhibition.
Wednesday, September 24, 2003
Hmmmmh. Next up, I suggest the "Shiner Austin Ice Bocks."
Tuesday, September 23, 2003
Sunday, September 21, 2003
Marty Turco gets strung up as a symbol for what's wrong with hockey in the Philly paper (not that you couldn't say the same thing about Jose Theodore). Truth is, I'm only linking to the piece 'cause of the Stickle reference. Is there any doubt that Leon is the most famous former linesman in NHL history, at least on the East Coast?
Saturday, September 20, 2003
Truly amazing that a career minor leaguer can generate two newspaper stories, even during exhibition season, even near his home... but good for Rocky Thompson. Here in Austin, we have a soft spot for the younger brother of former Ice Bat (and Zamboni Rodeo character) Jeremy.
It's just too bad he didn't get a shot at Dallas A.
Tough deal for Dallas Anderson... And Shawn DeGagne, to a lesser extent -- does he even get to go to Utah?
Saturday, September 13, 2003
Ok, this has zilch to do with hockey, but I'm sure Horns-haters around the CHL (whether in Austin or OKC) will be entertained as much as I was by my sometimes-colleague Michael Corcoran's ill-conceived analysis of UT's early schedule.
If I could, I'd crawl up in a hole and sleep until Oct. 4, when the Longhorns football season begins in earnest with a contest against the mighty tough Kansas State Wildcats at D.K. Royal Memorial Stadium. Until then, the Horns are playing a bunch of teams like New Mexico State, Rice, Tulane..
Shawn DeGagne ought to send a thank you note to Marty Turco's agent. Best of luck to him, though I suspect the only way DeGagne isn't in Amarillo come October is if Turco stays unsigned (without being traded or replaced). He'll also need to outplay D-1 draft pick Dan Ellis.
Thursday, September 11, 2003
What can I say... everybody needs an off-season. I'd have lots to say if the subject was the Phillies' wild card prospects, or Penn State at Nebraska.