Proud American Hockey League Affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks

Our Town Or Team
Buy Tickets


THE FAR SIDE OF THE POND: Can't Get Enough of My Random Thoughts, They've Got the Zen in 'Em

By: Mike Peck
03/17/2009 9:21 AM -

By Chad Huebner

. . . The Nashville Predators are holding a wine tasting for an upcoming game. That’s the joke. What’s more, they list that they’re going to have “Spirits Tasting” and “Anheuser-Busch Products”. Hmmm, it’s Nashville. . . I wonder what’s going to be drunk the most at this pantywaist shindig. And it’s “only” $150 per person for this. . .

. . . I can’t decide which is worse, the Ottawa Senators’ 3rd jerseys (oh yeah, “SENS” just looks so cool) or the Tampa Bay Lightning 3rd jerseys (“BOLTS”? Sorry, I thought it said “DOLTS”). I just think when both teams play against each other; they should just burn those things in a collective fire and forced to play the game only in their pads and skivvies. . .

. . . Umm, not to put a rainstorm over the ‘Hawks parade, but they got a guy at the trade deadline who has Mono? I thought that was something you got in high school, if you were really lucky (Hey, didya hear? Tom’s got Mono! He doesn’t have to go to school for 2 weeks! What a lucky bastard!) and Sammy’s in his 30s? Better make sure it’s not something serious, like Typical Chicago Playoff Letdown-itis. . .

. . . So I finally got an HDTV. Yeah, I know “Welcome to the 21st Century, you putz”. But I’ve just never been invested before in terms of picture quality when I’m watching a hockey game as I am now. If I don’t see the spiky blond locks of Brian Engblom with just the right settings, I’m not totally satisfied. . .

. . . And another thing about the HDTV, it makes NHL ’09 look sweet. Except for the part when they show close-ups of the players or refs on the ice. There’s just something about the eyes, they look dead. I know I know, what a cheery thought. . .

. . . Everyone thinks Ron Silver has passed on. Not so. He’s the head coach of the New York Rangers. . .

. . . I marvel at the greatness, the legend, of one Marty Brodeur, a living Hall of Fame icon. And yet, I can’t help but think Scotty Clemmesen’s the most unlucky S.O.B. on the face of the Earth. . .

. . . Let me get all of this straight: We can give hundreds of billions of dollars to idiots who have already lost hundreds of billions of dollars, but I can’t get the NHL Network in HD?. . .

. . . Which I why I thank the holy heavens for Comcast Cable, which carries highlights of NHL games in HD. . .

. . . Reason #4,526 why hockey names are so much fun to play with: “Petri DISHed to Anaheim”. . .

. . . Nice job, Pittsburgh, for playing possum for five of the seven months of the season. Yeah, SURE, you really, really needed a new head coach, and Bill Guerin and Chris Kunitz. Next thing you’ll be telling me, that both Crosby and Malkin were “tanking on purpose”. I see your sham of a, ummm, sham. . .

. . . So is moving the annual NHL Awards Show to Las Vegas (and of course, far removed from the country where the game was invented, in case Gary Bettman forgot that point) an attempt to secure a franchise in Sin City? Probably more of an excuse for Rick Tocchet to place a few bets-BA-DUM-CHA! I got a million of ‘em. . .

. . . New term for a newbie, or a wanna-be, hockey fan: n00b l00b. . .

. . . So I’m sitting at my desk monkey job, and I get an e-mail from one of my “handlers”, and they say that they’re hiring me FULL TIME. FULL TIME, can you believe that in this kind of economy? And now I get to write and get paid for it! So I spend all my time writing, coming up with real good story ideas, real corkers, you might say. And before you know it, I get national recognition. In yo’ face Sports Guy! And then the Hockey Hall of Fame calls me up, and says they already have a spot reserved for me, and I’m not even retired yet! Or dead! And I go to tell my wife of 10 years now, Mrs. Bridget Moynahan Huebner about the good news. .

. . . And that’s when I realize I had another Random Hockey Thought.

Remember; e-mail me at for anything on your mind. Best responses and/or questions will be answered publicly.

Search Archive »

Browse by Month »

November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010

December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
December 0200