First, a confession.
I've been writing a weekly blog for THN.com for more than a year now – and I really have no idea what a blog is.
I mean, I know it's short for "web log" and Wikipedia tells me this about blogs:
"A blog is a Web site, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order."
Really? Well, maybe I'm not that far off, then. After all, I'm an individual. And I've been doing regular entries for more than a year, like I already mentioned. Plus descriptions of events, too. Graphics? Video? OK, well, no...but I did write something a few months ago with some recent photos of Maple Leafs Gardens, if that counts.
Armed with this new-found knowledge of blogology – define that, Wikipedia – I thought this week's blog should better reflect what "web logs" are supposed to be all about.
So, while watching the hockey game on Saturday night – it was around 9:30 p.m. EST, if you're looking for specifics – I checked out the 'Top Stories' on THN.com and decided to "blog" my thoughts on each of the top breaking news stories.
HEADLINE: Marco Sturm set for knee surgery, could miss season
The part where I blog about it: Sturm has only played 19 games this season, anyway, so it's not like he's the big reason the Bruins have been tearing it up in 2008-09. But if he's out for the rest of the season, as Boston GM Peter Chiarelli suggested might be the case, it would be a blow to the team's depth. Sturm is a serviceable third-liner who can chip in 25 goals, a capable penalty-killer and, lest we forget, is Boston's last remaining vestige of the Joe Thornton trade.
HEADLINE: Atlanta Thrashers acquire center Rich Peverley on waivers
The part where I blog about it: Peverley had two goals and nine points in 27 games for Nashville. Hey, with stats like that he might end up on Atlanta's top line.
HEADLINE: Veteran forward Brendan Shanahan agrees to return to Devils
The part where I blog about it: What?! I hadn't even heard about this. Can Devils GM Lou Lamoriello actually turn back time, too? At this point, Shanahan and the Devils have reached a "deal in principle," so it isn't signed, sealed and delivered yet. But it looks like the big winger with the big shot – and big age, too, he turns 40 in a couple weeks – is returning to the team that drafted him second overall in 1987. Given that the Devils' power play has scored just 24 times in 40 games, it's not hard to see Lamoriello's logic. If Shanahan has anything left, it's the ability to help a team on the man advantage.
HEADLINE: Consistency has been a tough thing for Oilers to find this season
The part where I blog about it: The Oilers are 19-18-3; they've surrendered 11 more goals than they've scored (Edmonton is giving up about three goals per game); and, they're in last place in the Northwest Division and 11th overall in the Western Conference. It's a bitter pill for a team that had sweet dreams at the start of the season. Of course, there's time to turn things around, and it looks like that will have to start at home for the Oilers: Edmonton is a pedestrian 8-8-3 at Rexall Centre. They'll have to pick up their play in front of the home fans if they want to skate into May.
HEADLINE: Boston's Julien, San Jose's McLellan to coach all-star teams
The part where I blog about it: The coach of the NHL's most surprising team goes up against the coach of the NHL's most potential-laden team in the NHL's most meaningless game. Claude Julien and Todd McLellan, of course, are hoping they get the chance to coach against each other a little later on down the road.
And there you have it. A blog, 21st-century style.
I wrote it in real time, too.
On a computer. That has the Internet.
Sam McCaig is The Hockey News' senior copy editor and a regular contributor to THN.com. His blog appears every weekend and his column, From The Point, appears regularly.
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