Jul 182009

Schedule day was on Wednesday and what a lovely day it was! I know, I’m a little bit behind. This off season is harshing my blogging mellow. There’s only so many fresh ways you can talk about free agents and trade rumours, right? Anyways, the schedule, eh?. Ohhhhh. When I first saw it I almost hugged my lappy top screen. It’s sooooo pretttty.

As J.J. and Richard have already mentioned, the travel is actually much better than last year’s schedule. Sure, there’s the massive Olympic road trip, but with the break in between it won’t be that bad. I hope there will be juicy gossip about the pillow fights between room mates turning grouchy the longer the road trip goes. I’m a little bit sad there’s no home game in February because that, dear lovelies, is my birthday month but I’ll get by.

This is shocking but the road trips actually make logical sense. There’s no ping ponging from New York to Minnesota back to Pittsburgh for some ridiculous 11 am game which ends with the superstar goalie straining the shit out of his baby making machine. Thank Swede for small delights. Gillis and his team of military bad ass sleep experts must have talked some sense into Bettman and the schedulers. Maybe Gillis took some of the military men with him to the meetings. That would certainly scare me straight. And Bettman’s even smaller than I am.

Games I’m cooing over

I love, love, love that we get to open and close the season playing the Flames. The opening game last year was one of my absolute favourite games of the year and the way these two teams play in the division chances are the division title will come down to that last game.

Canucks/Blackhawks Oct 21/Nov 22/Jan 23/Mar 5. Odds are I’ll get to swoon over another line brawl in at least one of these games. We can only hope Bieksa’s UnderArmour ripping becomes a team wide epidemic.

Canucks/Leafs Oct 24/Jan 30. I….have a confession to make…*small voice* I adore the Leafs. There I said it. Just a little bit. They have Luke Schenn! And they’re kind of a charming group of gents in general. I’m hoping I can afford to fly to Toronto for the game in January. There we are. I feel so much better now that’s it out in the open.

Canucks/Lightning. OHLIE!!! Although, I’m super annoyed they couldn’t have had the Lightning come to Vancouver. I want to see my lovely former Canucks boyfriend at home! Why is the NHL schedule not all about me? Just a thought, February 9th is awfulllly close to my birthday. Tampa is sunny. I’m sure there are cheap flights. (hint, hint, nudge, nudge) Speaking of Ohlie, did you see this glowing article about him on the Lightning website? *Sniff tear*

Something to rage about because it wouldn’t be the NHL schedule without a little bit of rage

The Canucks have five games at 12 pm or earlier. Two of them are at 10 and 10:30. On a SATURDAY. What is this nonsense? I can barely remember my own name before noon on a Saturday. I like to roll around in my blankets and mumble that someone should bring me a coffee IV. Plus, the darling men actually playing hockey couldn’t possibly have enough time to warm up the muscles. The poor little buttons are calling out for injuries.

A couple of final unrelated asides: 1) I thought the Canucks signed Mike Funk. Why is his name not listed on the roster? 2) On Monday I’m starting the playoff bracket to determine my new Canucks boyfriend. On ice and off ice factors will be taken into account. Votes would be useful, so starting Monday drop by and leave a comment if you’re dying to see one of these strapping men move on to round 2.

Jul 042009

Montreal. What a city. That was one of my favourite weekends ever. If you have extra money lying around, go there. Like right now. Finish reading my post (heh) and then book a flight. Make sure you do it right though like I did. Having a good crew to hang with is key. I like to party, so it wouldn’t have worked out if I had gone with a crowd that wanted to hit up the draft and then be tucked up in their hotel bed with a book and a warm glass of milk by 10:30, ya know? (I do read, kittens.Just not on vacation) My Montreal crew was fantastic. A bunch of lovely Leafs fans. They were up for pretty much anything and it was fabulous. I have yet to meet a hockey blogger actually that wasn’t less than completely wicked.

wrap from wraparoundcurl was one of the first kick ass female bishes that commented on The Humming Giraffe way back when and I’ve adored her for ages so it was totally rad to finally meet her in person. It was fun dressing up and drinking the bar with her. She has amazing shoes.

Archi from The Handsome Man’s Guide to Life is wonderful and hilarious. He was always up for a dance party or an epically long nap. My mini trip to Toronto was super comfy because of his hospitality. He protected me on the mean streets of Toronto.

Eyebleaf from Sports and the City is one of the nicest dudes I have ever met. He made sure I got where I needed to go and made me drinks and found stuff when I misplaced it. I wouldn’t have even got to Toronto if he hadn’t stuffed me in his civic.

Jared from Die Hard Bue and White could totally drink me under the table and is super chill to hang out with.

Nathan from A Nation of Masochists is a friendly gent and kept me company while we waited in line at the slowest Timmy Ho’s in the world.

I also met the boys from Pension Plan Puppets and they were nice enough to offer even the Canucks fan free beer.

A general thanks to all the extremely handsome boys that bought me drinks over the weekend. I feel bad but it much appreciated.

One night we met up with the rather famous Wysh from Puck Daddy and he was a stand up guy and delighfuly friendly.

At one point while we were drinking on a patio we met a hilariously intoxicated Habs fan that let us know he was an expert on French Canadian goalies and the proceeded to talk about Martin Fleury and when I threw out Lui’s name he said “Who?!!” One of the funniest parts of the trip for sure.

Friday night coming out of the first round of the draft we stumbled across Brian Burkie and made cheering noises and the Leafs fans said stuff like you’re the man. We definitely got the Burkie stare. It’s a little scary up close.

At the draft I was one of the only Canucks fans representing in person so I did us proud. I cat called when the Canucks were called up. I Looooooued when Lui came out to select their first pick. I yelled “I love you Gillis!” Not sure if he heard me but I hope so. Lui was looking all kinds of foxy. Definitely a good idea to put a tie on with that same suit he wore to the NHL awards. The tie just made it better.

I guess I should throw some actual hockey content into this post to end things off, eh? I can’t believe Jordan Shroeder fell to the Canucks. He’s going to end up being a steal. I can just feel it. He’s a little short, maybe that’s why. But he’s not scrawny. He’s like thicker. The poor dear couldn’t get his Canucks sweater over his head. I don’t think he’s simple though, don’t worry. He was just nervous. Anton Rodin is a Swede. Yesssss. And from unsubstantiated gossip I heard around the draft, a lot of the Euro scouts think he’ll end up being one of the steals of the draft. Peter Andersson is a big Swedish defenceman (It’s like Gillis was drafting just for me!) . Time will tell, but I like the cut of this draft’s jib overall.

As you all probably have heard by now, Matty Ohlund is leaving our lovely city for Tampa Bay. Even though I had come to this conclusion months ago and somewhat made my pacee with it, my reaction upon waking up Wednesday morning was something like “OOHHHHHHHHHH GOD NOOOOOOOO!! NOT MY OHLIE!!!!!” It wasn’t pretty.

But if he’s happy, I’m happy. He’ll have a great time there. They’ll appreciate him and he’ll get a bigger role and he’ll get to mentor the little bebeh Hedman. I’ll say this though, the Canucks better be planning to bring their absolute A game to wooing me next season. Between signing my favourite player, drafting my cousin last year, and drafting that stunning Swede Hedman, the Lightning are really putting together a good package here. Canucks, bring the adorable, that’s all I’m saying.

Mikael Samuelson? I’m down. Swede. Good contract. Hopefully he’ll skate with the Sedins on the power play.

Gillis needs to find a defenceman and replace some handsomeness we lost when Matty Ohlund left and I think I’ll be satisfied. Now, back to your regularly scheduled summer and I’m back to daydreaming about Montreal.

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