Updated: 2014 Stanley Cup Predictions

It’s the calm before the storm…aka the night before the Stanley Cup Finals start.

I. AM. A. NERVOUS. WRECK.

If you read my previous 2014 Stanley Cup Predictions, you know I had NYR winning against COL in my Fantasy Bracket and had NYR winning against CHI in my Honest to Goodness Bracket (reality bracket).

I remember when I posted the bracket in my office, a coworker said “NYR all the way. You’re nuts. Did you pick them because you’re a fan?”

As I said in the previous post, I’m not a professional in the world of hockey so yeah, my feelings as a fan of hockey does weigh in. In my Fantasy Bracket, absolutely picked them to go all the way because I’m a fan and like the 4th line over the “kid line” of DET. In my Honest to Goodness Bracket, I picked them to go all the way because there’s something about the team this year that’s the “little engine that could” that I have been impressed with all season and that’s even when they were at their worst. There was just this flame that though it dimmed it never burned out.

I still fill that way today.

It will be a tough road, but I believe the New York Rangers will take the Stanley Cup this year. It’s their time.

My Thoughts on the Ryan Callahan – Martin St. Louis Trade

God, I love these moments in trade periods during the NHL seasons…there is nothing more exciting than seeing what your favorite team(s) move or don’t move.

The one that actually made me say “Holy shit” out loud to co-workers was the New York Rangers trading Ryan Callahan to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Martin St. Louis.

There were rumors that Callahan might be traded but he was also playing well for the team so those rumors were more than likely to be a post-season trade (or so the professional hockey writers, announcers, etc felt). As for St. Louis, it wasn’t a secret he wanted to be traded especially after being initially snubbed by his GM Steve Yzerman to play for Team Canada during the 2014 Olympics.

Callahan – possibility.
St. Louis – it was coming, just where he would land, no one knew.

I would have never guessed these two teams would have traded captains. I would not have even guessed that St. Louis would want to play for the Rangers, but I’m no expert, just a fan who listens/reads the trades and such as it pertains to my favorite teams or players that I like.

As a Rangers fan, I am happy to see Martin St. Louis were the Blueshirt. Callahan was a good player and a solid player, but I always felt he kind of played like former NYR captain, Chris Drury. Lackadaisical. Sometimes Callahan’s “A” game was on and sometimes it was as if he was anywhere other than on the ice. I never felt Callahan was always focused on the game. Again, that’s my opinion.

Even though I am a Rangers fan, I know Martin St. Louis and his game. You kind of have to be half assed hockey fan to not know St. Louis and his passion for the game. When I see St. Louis on the ice, you as a spectator, fan, or player know he’s on the ice. There is no doubt his presence is there and you know where his head is at: IN THE GAME.

I sent a text to my fellow Rangers friend, JEO* and he replied “Eh. I didn’t want such an old player.”

First, I balked and thought, well, goddamn that’s my age. I’m not old! The difference is that Martin St. Louis is a 38-year-old hockey specimen that is freaking amazing this year. Is he the perfect human like Niklas Lidstrom is know for? No, but he’s damn near close.

*not his real name

6 Thoughts on Hockey Today

1. According to Dmitry Chesnokov on Twitter @dchesnokov “#KHL SKA’s coach confirmed the club is interested in signing Jets’ goaltender Ondrej Pavelec.”
     There goes my 2011-12 fantasy goalie. When Cam Ward started sucking in the season, Ondrej was there to save my team.

2. Funniest Tweet from Adam Proteau ‏@Proteautype “The N.Y. Rangers are 12-1 to win the Stanley Cup next year. John Tortorella is 1-100,000,000 to remain an overheated grumpus.”
     Adam is one of the funniest Twitterers I follow and Torts will always be Torts.

3. If you didn’t know, the L.A. Kings won the Stanley Cup last night. The first 8 seed team since 1993-94 to capture the Cup. It was all their first ever Cup since the franchise started. They also had a 10-1 on the road streak, setting the playoff records for the longest road winning streak in one post season!
     Always good to see the underdog come out on top!

4. The hockey season may be officially over but we at least have the NHL Awards, the NHL Draft, and the trading frenzy to carry us through for a few more months.
     Is it October yet?

5. Kukla’s Korner is reporting that Tomas Holmstrom‘s being brought back to the Red Wings for another season won’t be reveled until July.
     I hope he plays one more year. We’ve already lost Lidstrom and the rights to Brad Stuart.

6. Robitaille finally wins a title in L.A.