Loose Change

Loose Change: Questionable calls

by Charlie Teljeur - November 20, 2008 11:52 AM EST

The Loose Change mailbag is opened for your reading pleasure: Even the spam email managed to leak through...
The Loose Change mailbox is again bursting at its seams. Everyone wants an expert opinion on hockey-related matters and, since I’m the only one who can’t afford a good spam filter, guess who’s answering your calls? Here now, in no particular order (other than their natural order in the periodic table), are your questions: Q: There have been claims of Montreal fans stuffing the ballot box to get more Canadiens into the lineup for the All-Star Game.


Loose Change: Standing out in the Hall

by Charlie Teljeur - November 13, 2008 12:26 PM EST

There's so much we don't know about the HHOF induction ceremonies...
First, a complaint: For the 42nd consecutive year I wasn’t invited to the Hockey Hall Of Fame ceremony. Initially it left me rather bitter, but, according to my editor, there is indeed a pecking order I have to respect and Cheryl – who sprays pesticides (part-time) at the head office - did have a good year.


Loose Change: Please remain calm

by Charlie Teljeur - November 6, 2008 12:36 PM EST

Martin Brodeur's injury has caused Devils fans to panic, so we discuss what the future may hold.
Without a doubt the biggest story in the NHL this week (aside from Kevin Lowe buying that new tie) is the unfortunate and freak accident (reaching for a cotton swab? Really?) suffered by New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur.


Loose Change: Chalk talk

by Charlie Teljeur - October 30, 2008 10:50 AM EDT

When one of Tampa's owners, Oren Koules or Len Barrie, drew up plays for their team, it nearly set a dangerous precedent.
The National Hockey League can be called a lot of things (“archaic”, “self-destructive”, “unreasonable”, “insular”, “ignorant”, “reactionary”, “obstinate”, “detached”, “inflexible”, “incompetent”, “nepotistic”, “dim-witted”, “short-sighted”, “narrow-minded”, “financially-pungent”) but “boring” isn’t one of them (although technically it was one of them, only three short years ago – the other adjectives have simply caught up).


Loose Change: Big Finnish

Loose Change: Big Finnish

by Charlie Teljeur - October 23, 2008 12:14 PM EDT

While guns aren't their thing, those Scandinavians sure love a shootout.
You’re Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson and you’re coaching perhaps the least-talented team in the NHL. You’re faced with the dilemma of another shootout and the very real prospect of another shootout loss simply because your goalie and shootouts get along as well as drunk guys and chainsaws.


Loose Change: NHL 'power' rankings

Loose Change: NHL 'power' rankings

by Charlie Teljeur - October 16, 2008 3:24 PM EDT

To make this space legitimate it seems there has to be some sort of power rankings, so here's a seriously not serious list.
Seems the three prerequisites for being considered a (legitimate) hockey media outlet now are: (1) Having an ex-GM on your staff who is considered “colorful” (translation: “we’re still cleaning up his mess from the seven years he ran this team”).


Loose Change: Captain, my captain

by Charlie Teljeur - October 9, 2008 11:18 AM EDT

Roberto Luongo's role as Vancouver's captain will be restricted on the ice, but off it he has free-range.
I can’t help but wonder at the rationale and logistics behind the Vancouver Canucks recently naming goaltender Roberto Luongo as their newest captain.


Loose Change: Let the games begin

by Charlie Teljeur - October 2, 2008 1:16 PM EDT

With puck-drop right around the corner, it's time to lay down some predictions for the upcoming season.
Oh, this is sweet. I can’t believe it’s finally here. After almost four months of waiting, and with the obvious youthful anticipation accompanying it, FedEx finally delivered my chocolate Obi-Wan Kenobi action figure.


Loose Change: In the rough

Loose Change: In the rough

by Charlie Teljeur - September 25, 2008 12:54 PM EDT

The only way to get to the bottom of the Erik Johnson knee-injury mystery is to get a first-hand account of what happened.
On the surface it sounds like a straightforward explanation: Blues stud defenseman Erik Johnson injures himself while driving a golf cart. More specifically by jamming his foot between the accelerator and the brake.


Loose Change: What I meant to say is…

by Charlie Teljeur - September 18, 2008 1:52 PM EDT

To wade through the coaching clichés and doublespeak you must read between the (third and fourth) lines...
The smell of hockey (a.k.a ratty old shin pads) is in the air. You can feel the excitement building in the three NHL cities that actually make money.


Loose Change: Who’s the new guy?

by Charlie Teljeur - September 4, 2008 2:04 PM EDT

With all the free agent signings, it's hard to keep track of who is where anymore.
Wow, amazing the amount of things that can happen when you spend your entire summer inebriated doing stuff. Looking through the current NHL rosters I’m blown away by the amount of changes that have (evidently) happened over the course of these past three months (it’s hazy) or so.


Loose Change: It was 20 years ago today (roughly)

Loose Change: It was 20 years ago today (roughly)

by Charlie Teljeur - August 21, 2008 10:20 AM EDT

It seems like yesterday when Canada's large hockey community came crashing down to earth.
I remember it like it was yesterday. Wayne Gretzky, traded from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Rams for Johnny Carson, three Mexican chefs, Kurt Rambis and $385 million (U.


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