Tag Archives: Sidney Crosby

Crosby’s Deal a Win for Fans, Game; Loss for Agents, NHLPA

By Jason Menard

By taking far less than he could have, Pittsburgh Penguins’ superstar Sidney Crosby created a win-win scenario that, for once, includes the fans.

The old adage states that there is no ‘I’ in team. There is one, however, in Win – and historically when it comes to a player’s wallet, the only ‘win’ that’s ever mattered is obtaining the biggest, fattest contract. Players and their agents will pay lip service to home-town discounts and leaving room for other players, but when it comes down to the dollars and cents, any concessions are usually minor. Continue reading

Waning Interest in Watching Bloodsport 5: The NHL

By Jason Menard

I have a confession to make – I like the film Bloodsport. I know it’s cheesy, campy, and poorly acted, but it also takes me back to a time when I was 15 and still heavily involved in karate. I thoroughly enjoyed the file despite its violence, gore, and cracking bones, because I was strongly aware of the fact that it was fantasy.

But there appears to be another sequel on the market – the NHL – and while Jean Claude Van Damme could head back to his trailer after the director said cut, wipe off the stage blood, and get on with his life, the actors in this modern production have no such luxury. Continue reading

How Crosby’s Retirement, or Worse, Could Bring Out Best in NHL

By Jason Menard

For true fans of the game of hockey, the second-best thing in the world would be that Sidney Crosby is forced to retire at the age of 24 due to continuing concussion complications.

The only thing better? Crosby’s death.

Now, please, please, please realize that when I talk about what it would take to make things better, I’m doing so in true Swiftian, “A Modest Proposal” fashion. Continue reading

Five Ways to Cure NHL’s Allergy to Defense

By Jason Menard

The NHL is currently conducting a little on-ice R&D in an attempt to fix a game that’s pretty darn good as it stands. So why are the eyes of a hockey-loving nation focused on Toronto for the next two days?

Allergies.  Continue reading

Much Adu About Nothing

By Jason MenardFormer soccer wunderkind Freddy Adu signed yesterday with the Philadelphia Union, marking his return to professional soccer on North American soil. And the fact that this story was relegated to afterthought status on noted sports Web site SI.com reveals everything you need to know about the sad state of soccer on this side of the Atlantic.

Six years ago, Adu debuted for the United States’ national team playing an international friendly for the squad against Canada. At the time, Adu was supposed to be the future of North American soccer. The truth is that he is — only not in the way everyone thought that future would play out. Continue reading

Penguin Needs to be Put on Ice

By Jason Menard

I don’t know if Matt Cooke is a bad man, an exceedingly stupid man, a phenomenally reckless man, or a combination of all three.

All I know is that he’s a man that should be on very thin ice in terms of continuing NHL employment. And that his current employer should be the one to toss him out first before the league’s administrators get to him. Continue reading

NHL Must Smarten Up on Hits to Head

By Jason Menard

If losing the league’s top player for an extended period of time due to a couple of hits to the head knocking him loopy won’t change the game, will anything knock some sense into the powers that be?

The coolest NHL all-star game in years is fast approaching. We’ve all heard about (and discussed) the intriguing twist of players picking their own sides for this overblown game of shinny. Unfortunately, the league’s top player – and likely one of the team captains – Sidney Crosby probably won’t be on hand to be the centrepiece of this showcase event. Continue reading