There are just a few days left before half the NHL heads for the Olympics and the rest, apparently, heads for Mexico. I thought we’d take a little look at everyone who had something fun on their homepage – while packing our passports and flip flops, in case anyone invites us not to Russia.
Last week was Mom Week on the Penguins’ plane. It was the first such trip and took them all on vaction somewhere warm in the dead of winter. Mother’s Day, done.[video]
Here’s Sid talking about taking your future mother-in-law joining him on the road. I think Mama Cros makes him a little nervous, maybe? He’s aw-shucksing his way through this interview big time [video].
The Caps did a Father’s Trip at the same time, and their dads all came because there was open bar. Honestly, you need it to get through the Caps sometimes. But they won 1 of 2 games the dads were at – and in a big way: 5-0 over Montreal. More shots! [story]
Meanwhile the Stars are on a Dad’s trip now, where Tyler’s showing off your future father in law and everyone except Dan Ellis’ dad is wearing a hoodie. It’s all the rage with male lineage. They’re taking their fathers to Phoenix and San Jose – and they’ll be rooming with their sons. How cute. [link]
Instead of partying with parents, the Blackhawks threw a Super Bowl party. What, pigs in a blanket?! Laying around lethargically on sofas in pseudo-pajamas while that one guy at every party won’t shut up? Athletes – they’re just like us. [Video]
The Lightning let Stamkos says he hopes to play Saturday. THIS SATURDAY. [video] Lindsay’s facedown in a bowl of rainbow sprinkles somewhere, burying her shrieks of joy.
If Stammer doesn’t go to Sochi, the NY Times examined possible roster replacements – including James Neal. How do I feel about this? When both scenarios are good and break my heart?
Meanwhile the Avs still waver about whether “Avalanche” should be plural or singular. I have to strongly disagree with their decision.
How cute is this from the Wild? I don’t mean Zach Parise’s grade school green screen cowlick, I mean a reading challenge! This makes me want to hug a mascot. What is the Wild’s mascot anyway? [Video]
Nashville went right for… um, what was I… hmmmm?
The Sharks shared how Tomas Hertl is recovering from knee surgery… with the cast of Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. This is just the fantastic. [link]
The Rangers played football on the ice prior to the NYC area hosting its first ever Super Bowl. [video] Obviously they don’t know about that time James Neal got hurt (not) playing wiffle ball at practice.
Meanwhile the Canucks embraced crazypants Coach Tortorella, who returned from a 15-day (proofreading services by feochadn) suspension last night. I have to say, in a work week like we’re having, I could use some “Best of Torts” [video] soundbites on speed dial.
I swear I went to the Flyers site to find something good. I even clicked on this episode of “Flight Plan” [video] to really watch it. But 50 seconds in, the title card:
STOP. HEADDESK. “Then” is a measure of time. “Than” is a comparison between things. I think Giroux, whose first language is obviously French, might be better at English THAN the person who made this slide. I cannot watch more. (Apologies to the Avs, your grammar problems pale in comparison.)
Finally, the Coyotes announced their name will change next season, from the Phoenix Coyotes to the Arizona Coyotes. [video] It’s partially due to the fact they actually play in Glendale, a city which has paid a mountain of money to keep them. And partially because “Princess Consuela Bananahammock” was already taken on that episode of Friends. They’re also angling for an outdoor game under the desert sun. [link]
There you have it, a look around the League before the League takes a little vacation. I must admit, I’m most excited about the Olympics as an exercise in efficiency – I only have to follow two teams, not 30. Even if they’re all on at 3:30 in the morning.