Loose Change

Loose Change: Reading the subtext

by Charlie Teljeur - October 20, 2009 12:54 PM EDT

There's more to the news than just the headline story. Charlie helps you see through the news and into the real story.
I suppose we’re all a little like mindless cattle in the way we take in the news. We graze, we chomp and we occasionally regurgitate, often times unsure of what we just tried to ingest (cows have been known to eat shoes, which is both nutritionally horrible and eerily cannibalistic).


Loose Change: Reader mail - Special emergency Leafs edition

by Charlie Teljeur - October 13, 2009 2:58 PM EDT

With Leaf fans searching for any reason to feel optimistic, Charlie takes your questions to put your mind at ease.
Well, call me embarrassed. Here I am last night engrossed in Three’s Company re-runs (the Jack Tripper/Mr. Furley knife fight episode in particular) and I miss, perhaps, the greatest story in hockey in the past 500 years.


Loose Change: More trouble brewing

by Charlie Teljeur - October 6, 2009 3:12 PM EDT

Now that Phoenix's bankruptcy case is all but closed, what is this columnist supposed to dwell on now?
Damn you, Orville Redenbacher Redfield T. Baum (I always get them mixed up). Up ‘til last week we had lots to worry about and debate over.


Loose Change: So many questions

by Charlie Teljeur - September 29, 2009 1:59 PM EDT

With only two days before the puck drops so many storylines are up in the air, so here are some things to keep an eye on.
Studying the NHL is like trying to track shrapnel after an explosion. There’s just way too much going on to get a good handle on what’s actually taking place.


Loose Change: Baum's away

by Charlie Teljeur - September 15, 2009 1:42 PM EDT

Judge Redfield T. Baum has two bids to decide on for the Phoenix Coyotes ownership, but what exactly is in each offer?
Bankruptcy judge Redfield T. Baum has some serious thinking to do. He’s trying to make a final decision on this whole Phoenix Coyotes we-have-no-money situation (It’s been in the news, not sure if you’ve heard).


Loose Change: Paul, it's just not working out

by Charlie Teljeur - September 1, 2009 10:23 AM EDT

Why was Paul Kelly fired? His hair? His competence? The true answer will actually surprise you.
It would be journalistically irresponsible to hypothesize the reasons behind the firing of NHLPA executive director Paul Kelly less than two years after he was proclaimed king of the men with ruptured knees and fake teeth.


Loose Change: Much ado over loose change?

by Charlie Teljeur - August 18, 2009 1:37 PM EDT

We've seen some nutty off-ice stuff over the years, but the Patrick Kane-cab kerfuffle may take the cake.
"Because I've put myself in being in the wrong position at the wrong time, I've caused a lot of pain for my family, my hometown of Buffalo, the city of Chicago, the Chicago Blackhawks and, obviously, the great fans we have here in Chicago.


Loose Change: Exercising your rights

by Charlie Teljeur - August 4, 2009 1:43 PM EDT

Fans need to be as prepared for the new season as the players, so to help, here are some workouts for you to do.
Look, I know you’re 58 and preparing for your third hip replacement (splurge on the deluxe model this time, cheapskate), but you can’t use an utter lack of coordination and physicality as an excuse any longer.


Loose Change: Arbitrary arbitrating

by Charlie Teljeur - July 21, 2009 10:34 AM EDT

Put me in charge of the NHL and I'll get results on the big issues!
Call me a savior if you must (get in line), but what the National Hockey League and the hockey world itself badly needs right now is a no-nonsense take-charge person to deal with all these nagging issues.


Loose Change: UFA quiz time

by Charlie Teljeur - July 7, 2009 11:10 AM EDT

With so much going on in the off-season it's tough to keep up, so this quick test will help get you up to date.
July 1 is huge for two reasons. On the one hand it’s Canada’s birthday. The old hag is 142, but keeps herself in pretty good shape through the use of a special anti-aging cream made of pumice, walrus blubber and crushed Timbits (no one south of Moose Jaw got that feeble joke).


Loose Change: Drafty in here

Loose Change: Drafty in here

by Charlie Teljeur - June 30, 2009 9:40 AM EDT

Taking in the draft in person is an experience one will never forget...and not just because of the lasting itch.
MONTREAL - So I’m here at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft (there’s an Exit Draft as well?). It’s my first time at the event, which says a lot about how lax NHL security has become.


Loose Change: Beers, steers and sneers

by Charlie Teljeur - June 23, 2009 2:55 PM EDT

Can a hearty brew help the Habs?... Sweet home Alberta... One golden oldie... and Heat stroke.
We’re entering that dead zone where good hockey stories will soon be as plentiful as Phoenix Coyotes investors. For now – at least until the free agent orgy opens July 1 – let’s delve into these stories, pretending you’d actually be interested in them even if hockey were being played.


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