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NHL Organization Breakdown

While watching NHL Live! earlier today, I was pleased to see a breakdown of all the NHL teams. The information was divided into conference and division. It’s very helpful if you want to make sense out of which team belongs where. So, here goes….

Eastern Conference
Washington Capitols
Pittsburgh Penguins
Boston Bruins
New Jersey Devils
Buffalo Sabres
Ottawa Senators
Atlanta Thrashers
Tampa Bay Lightning
Philadelphia Flyers
New York Rangers
New York Islanders
Montreal Canadiens
Florida Panthers
Toronto Maple Leafs
Carolina Hurricanes

The Eastern Conference is divided into three divisions:
Atlantic Division
Pittsburgh Penguins
New Jersey Devils
Philadelphia Flyers
New York Rangers
New York Islanders

Northeast Division
Boston Bruins
Buffalo Sabres
Ottawa Senators
Montreal Canadiens
Toronto Maple Leafs

Southeast Division
Washington Capitols
Atlanta Thrashers
Tampa Bay Lightning
Florida Panthers
Carolina Hurricanes
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Western Conference
San Jose Sharks
Chicago Blackhawks (Blackhawks…one word, for the novice)
Calgary Flames
Colorado Avalanche
Los Angeles Kings
Nashville Predators
Dallas Stars
Phoenix Coyotes
Detroit Red Wings (Red Wings…two words for the novice)
Columbus Blue Jackets
Vancouver Canucks
Saint Louis Blues
Anaheim Ducks
Edmonton Oilers
Minnesota Wild

The Western Conference is divided into three divisions:
Central Division
Chicago Blackhawks
Nashville Predators
Detroit Red Wings
Columbus Blue Jackets
Saint Louis Blues

Northwest Division
Calgary Flames
Colorado Avalanche
Vancouver Canucks
Edmonton Oilers
Minnesota Wild

Pacific Division
San Jose Sharks
Los Angeles Kings
Dallas Stars
Phoenix Coyotes
Anaheim Ducks

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving for all of my readers celebrating this holiday. Be grateful and give thanks for all you have.
Enjoy!

NHL Update

Update: Nicklas Kronwall of the Detroit Red Wings is out for at least a month due to a MCL injury to his left knee. The injury was a result of the “tripping” by Laraque. I don’t care to know that individual’s first name.

Fact: Players were in the neutral zone. Laraque attempted to hit Kronwall and failed. Upon failing in his hit attempt, Laraque stuck out his knee and leg hitting Kronwall behind the left knee. This move caused a “trip” to Kronwall, who forcefully fell on the ice.

According to NHL Live! (with EJ Hradek and Don LaGreca today!) there is an NHL issue regarding the trip that Laraque had on Niklas Kronwall. As I previously wrote, I disagreed with the “tripping” that Laraque of the Montreal Canadiens did against Kronwall of the Detroit Red Wings.

Laraque was scheduled for an in-person meeting with Colin Campbell of the NHL. Laraque waived his right, so he didn’t have to appear for the face-to-face conference (WHIMP!). Usually, when a meeting is scheduled with Campbell, it is for penalties that result in a five-game suspension.

I think Laraque deserves more than a lousy five-day suspension, if that is what he receives. This sort of play needs to stop. I don’t care what team it occurs on. It is a dirty, cheap shot that does not belong in any level of hockey.

NHL Officiating Concerns

First of all, let me say that prior to this season I have been on the side of the NHL officiating and referees. That is a tough job and I sure would not want it. It has to be difficult to be skating while keeping your eye on such a fast-paced sport. Plus, you’re in harms way. Kudos to the refs, was my previous opinion.

Now…this season I have seen (as I’m sure other hockey fans have) such stupidity I find it appropriate to buy that blind referee costume for Halloween. Well, I’ll have to wait for next year now. 😦 Anyways, there seems to be no rhyme nor reason to the ref calls.(I’m trying to make light of a situation that is turning the NHL into a laughing stock, in my opinion).

Something needs to be done about the NHL refereeing inconsistencies. How can one play, which involves a purposeful “dirty shot” from behind WITH A REF WATCHING THE PLAY WHILE STANDING THREE FEET AWAY receive a two-minute minor penalty while another play is called “hooking” (which was nothing of the sorts) receives the same penalty minutes? How can two players be in a fight and the non-instigator receive an instigating penalty while the other player receives nothing? It makes no sense. There was a time when fans would be complaining about the officiating at NHL games with the feedback of “oh, it happens”. Well, it has to stop.

Some cases in point:
This just happened last night, so it’s fresh in my mind. A Montreal Canadien player (Laraque) placed his foot directly in front of Nicklas Kronwall’s (Detroit Red Wings) left leg and trips him. The trip just happened to be on the leg that had undergone knee surgeries. Coincidental? I don’t think so. Called a “leg on leg, open-ice collision”, this play was uncalled for. What did Laraque receive? A two-minute tripping penalty. He already had a delayed penalty against him for high sticking a Red Wing (Helm). We don’t know how long Kronwall will be out as of today (early am Sunday 11/22).

There have been goals scored which have blatantly been revealed via replay tape. The goals didn’t count because the ref didn’t see it first hand. So, the ice-side ref doesn’t see the play. How can the goals not be seen by the Toronto “officiating headquarters” team, but be seen by the fan watching the replay on television? Something is definitely wrong there. Or, a goal is scored and the whistle is blew before the play is completed. The goal didn’t count. When that happens…and I have seen it on more than one occasion…what is the restitution? It just doesn’t cut it for a refereeing official to say “we made a mistake and apologize”. Get real. Once or twice is acceptable, but it is becoming increasingly common.

Here is the statement from Mike Murphy, the NHL’s Senior Vice President for Hockey Operations. He was quoted as saying: “It’s not when you hear the whistle blow, it’s when he (the ref) intends to blow the whistle. There is a little bit of a gray area there between when he intends and when the whistle sounds.” YOU THINK?! GREY AREA?! How are we supposed to know the “intention” of a ref? If that’s not the stupidest thing I have heard. (Well, other than the balloon boy story).
Here’s a link for those interested: http://redwings.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=506758

There have been plays when one line ref will have his hand up with whistle in mouth while the opposing line ref (opposite parallel side of rink) will let it slip by. So, the call is not made. Inconsistent? Yes.

With such rampant stupidity and inconsistency within the NHL refereeing ranks lately, it has me wondering if it really isn’t ruled by the green back (dollar)? Is the NHL losing its impartiality?

Solution:
1)I say for every miscall, take it out of the ref’s pay. Monetarily penalize the refs. Maybe that’ll get some consistency going.
2)Revamp the NHL officiating rules and regulations. Take out the “gray areas”. Gray areas only lead to confusion and miscallings.

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What About Green Drinks?

Green drinks are becoming popular as energy drinks to enjoy after working out. They are low in fat and cholesterol. A good greens drink will be low in calories and sugar. The drink will be rich in phytonutrients (antioxidants, I.e.) and healthy enzymes. Plus, the products can contain a wealth of plant-based protein and plant sterols, both which can improve our overall health. I have noticed these drinks to be natural appetite suppressants, also.

The ones I have been enjoying come in powdered form. My favorite consists of kelp, cholorophyll, wheat grass, spinach and beet greens (I’m probably forgetting other ingredients). The sweetness comes from licorice and beet. The drink is refreshing, since I mix it only with water. It goes down easy and is a great pick-me-up.

There was a bottled, liquid version sold in the marketplace that looked good. So, I purchased it. Big mistake. It was nowhere like what I was used to. The label claimed it contained all of these healthy greens, but the taste was otherwise. It contained far more fruit juice and natural sugars than anything else. It was a huge disappointment. The label made it look good, though. It has me wondering if there is any regulation on the manufacturing and labeling of greens drinks. 😕

If you’re interested in drinking some green mixtures, they can be purchased in the nutritional products department or in health food stores. I’ve also seen them sold among the weight management products.

The green drinks are not cheap. They are definitely worth the price, however. Plus, they last a long time since one serving consists of only one teaspoon (or less). Not bad.

Another drawback to the drink….they stink (meaning, they smell like the ocean…strong seaweed and fish smell). I’ve gotten used to it. At first, though. Yikes!

No, I’m not getting paid to write this review. Just sharing information that others were interested in learning more about.

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A Quick Thank You

I wanted to take a quick moment and, once again, thank everyone who has ever participated in my blog. Without you, this blog would not be the success that it has become. This blog has recently reached over 78,000 readers…that is an accomplishment that is due to you and your input.

Booktoots’ Weblog has become a welcoming support community where others can come and express their ideas and concerns about undergoing a total knee replacement (tkr) and/or hockey. It is a treasure to be able to see how we all encourage each other and provide inspiration.

Thanks for bringing a smile to my face and spirit, my online friends. 🙂

Positive Heart Health Update

Well, I can’t resist sharing the news with everyone and anyone who reads this. Six months ago I was diagnosed with high total cholesterol. My harmful cholesterol, LDL (low density lipoprotein) was in the scary range. My nutritionist game me a meal plan to follow. It basically involved monitoring my saturated fat intake and eliminating (or severely limit) trans fats.

Background: My entire life I have prided myself in eating healthy and promoting a healthy lifestyle. Then, I tried to fit in and began eating foods I normally wouldn’t. I ate out regularly. I didn’t care what I ate. Most of the food was new to me since I had only eaten “healthy” foods previously. This included cream sauces, larger than usual portion sizes, sugary and fatty foods and all the fun stuff. That tastes great. I even drank whole fat egg nog, something I wouldn’t dream of previously. (Have you ever tasted that stuff?! Yumm..)

After receiving the shocking news, the you know what was scared out of me. Cardiovascular disease runs in my family. I absolutely refuse to be put on heart medications for the rest of my life and that is what I may have faced if I didn’t change my eating habits. So…I got back to my “old” way of eating. And..it has paid off…

Yesterday I received news that my total cholesterol level has decreased by 60 points. 🙂 How cool is that?!!

I’m not saying this to brag. I’m just saying, it was done through diet and exercise. No medication. And…I’m as happy as a clam in mud. lol

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