A comedic look at the latest issues in the NHL by columnist Charlie Teljeur

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Loose Change: Predictions from the far side

Loose Change: Predictions from the far side

by Charlie Teljeur - April 13, 2010 2:14 PM EDT

Numbers can only tell you so much about a series; the intangibles are what really count when it comes to predicting the post-season.
If the game was meant to be played on paper it would be and the game would thus be called ‘Paper Hockey,’ and the whole IIHF name thing would make absolutely no sense whatsoever.


Loose Change: The 2010 LC Player Poll

Loose Change: The 2010 LC Player Poll

by Charlie Teljeur - April 6, 2010 12:35 PM EDT

Everyone wants to know what the players think, but it's a lot funnier to just make it up...
Well, kids, it’s that time of year again. Seems everyone is putting out their own version of an NHL player poll. ESPN has one, as does Sports Illustrated.


Loose Change: Finger painting the playoff picture

Loose Change: Finger painting the playoff picture

by Charlie Teljeur - March 30, 2010 12:49 PM EDT

Who's in and who's out? Check the tabloids for that mess. We've just got the playoff bracket figured out.
I’m not a doctor, but I used play one when I was a teenager. While some specialize in cardiology and proctology, my specialty would be officially Dr.


Loose Change: Seeing stars

by Charlie Teljeur - March 23, 2010 3:50 PM EDT

A behind-the-scenes look at the video given to the NHLPA regarding what is and isn't legal with the proposed new head shot rule.
Because of my thirty-none years on the beat I tend to live within the inner sanctum of the hockey powers-that-be, which means I’m privy to the intimate details of everything hockey (I know the first three parts of the secret NHLPA handshake for example).


Loose Change: Quizzical behaviour

Loose Change: Quizzical behaviour

by Charlie Teljeur - March 16, 2010 11:45 AM EDT

How in touch are you with the NHL's take on head shots? Go through this quiz to find out!
Puzzled by the latest hullabaloo over head shots or hits to the head or, as we used to call them in my day, a good old crushed larynx? All that feel-good warmth left over from the Olympics (Uta, you Bulgarian fox, I’ll never forget ya) has pretty much wafted away and the NHL is left to pick up the pieces (to start, there’s Marc Savard’s ear) to make some sense from this.


Loose Change: Stick-y situation

by Charlie Teljeur - March 9, 2010 11:07 AM EST

What happened to Sidney Crosby's equipment after the gold medal game? Reebok set up a help line to try and find out.
“Hello, you have reached the special Reebok ‘Find Sidney Crosby’s Olympic Hockey Stick’ hotline. It was misplaced during the gold medal post-game celebrations.


Loose Change: Welcome back, Casual Fan!

Loose Change: Welcome back, Casual Fan!

by Charlie Teljeur - March 2, 2010 1:35 PM EST

Olympics got you all atwitter about hockey? Great to have you back on board!
Hey it’s you, Casual Fan. Nice to see you again. Been well? Let me guess, you’re from the Deep South? Reno? You’re American, right? Wait.


Loose Change: Beware of David

by Charlie Teljeur - February 16, 2010 3:19 PM EST

Enough with all this talk about the favorites in the Olympic tournament. You can never count out teams like Latvia and Switzerland.
You have to feel for the Latvians (I prefer Latvillains). No one is giving them a chance in this Olympic tournament. Or the Swiss. And how about Belarus? If you think winning gold as a prohibitive underdog is a daunting challenge, try seeking independence from the Soviet Union.


Loose Change: Best in show?

Loose Change: Best in show?

by Charlie Teljeur - February 9, 2010 1:55 PM EST

It's unbelievable how good Phoenix has been this season. Here are a few thoughts on why they have thrived after a tumultuous off-season.
Holy crap, the stuff that happens when you least expect it. One minute you're busy prepping a franchise’s headstone and the next they’re prancing around like they weren’t just run over by a bus (and a tank – and three elephants with heavy feet).


Loose Change: Digging deeper

Loose Change: Digging deeper

by Charlie Teljeur - February 2, 2010 2:30 PM EST

What's Darryl Sutter really really really thinking with all these trades?
The key to getting a good quote is patience. While all the other boobs with microphones are asking about the game plan for the third period when the team is trailing 9-1 (let me guess, “we need to pinch?”) you just have to be calm and wait it out.


Loose Change: Can't we all just get along?

Loose Change: Can't we all just get along?

by Charlie Teljeur - January 26, 2010 1:43 PM EST

THN's humorist wonders, with all the fighting and aggressive hits flying around hockey, can't we all just hug it out?
Hockey lately is starting to resemble a schoolyard. Not just any schoolyard, mind you, one of those schoolyards with felons skipping rope. Seems the league’s overrun with scoundrels right now.


Loose Change: Unfair game?

by Charlie Teljeur - January 19, 2010 12:20 PM EST

The Mike Richards saga has started a discussion on what should and shouldn't be reported...and I have the answers!
In case you haven’t heard, Philadelphia Flyers captain Mike Richards is a little upset with the Philly media right now, claiming they’ve thrown him under the bus for the Flyers’ dismal season thus far (most places would just lay blame, but Philadelphia, being the tough town it is, apparently shoves people under moving vehicles).


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