RIP Jeff Hanneman.

It’s very rare that the death of someone I didn’t personally know affects me but this one has certainly rocked me to my core. As you may or may not know I am a member of the Slaytanic Wehrmact. I mean to the point where I honestly believe that Diabolus in Musica has a few decent songs on it. Yeah, one of those. I was certainly stunned and just sat in silence for a bit after hearing the news. There was a brief discussion about it on a New York Rangers message board I frequent where I discovered one of the other members had also been in the Roseland Ballroom in NYC in 1995 when Biohazard, Machine Head and Slayer played. This was a significant night to me as it was the first time that saw Slayer, but far from the last. When I got his response clarifying that we were indeed at the same show I teared up. Sort of wonder if he’s the dude who grabbed me by the collar and swung me around as we screamed the lyrics to South of Heaven in each other’s faces the whole time.

That’s one my main memories of Slayer, some random dude coming up and swinging me around and screaming in my face while I screamed in his only to never see him again. Also there were the countless times I saw them with good friends and more often than not my older brother who introduced me to the dark arts of metal. All the times Tom Araya didn’t bother with the second verse of War Ensemble, all the times he sped up the ending speech of Mandatory Suicide, all the times I said “Fucking Dead Skin Mask again?” warts and all I was never disappointed. I saw them a grand total of 15 times and even on the worst of nights I still had a blast. I know that he wasn’t coming back to the band anytime soon but it was nice to have some vague hope that one day I might see them again fully intact and I suppose that’s what hurts the most right now. The fact that I will never get to see a whole Slayer again. I’ll still get to scream, curse, drink, mosh and maybe even fight at plenty of shows, but Slayer were always my favorite soundtrack for it and I’ll never have that chance again.

RIP Jeff.


2013 NHL Trade Deadline breakdown.

I was going to do a video about this but sadly did not have the time so I’ll just jot down a few random thoughts about what happened.

Anaheim Ducks – Just added Matt Lombardi for the lower lines, no reason to mess around with things when you’re playing this well. The only reason people forget how good they are is because the Blackhawks and Penguins have been even better.

Boston Bruins – Lost out on Iginla but responded by getting Jaromir Jagr from Dallas. He’s already got a game winner for them and should boost the offense and maybe even get the powerplay working a bit. Also picked up Wade Redden because who doesn’t want a guy who got exiled to the minors for two years and then got dumped by a bubble team. Being a veteran might be overrated at times.

Buffalo Sabres – Got a pretty good return on their fire sale, especially from Minnesota who gave up quite a bit for Jason Pominville. They had plenty of assets to give up so this isn’t a backbreaker for them either. Getting second round picks for Robyn Regehr and Jordan Leopold should speed up the rebuild for whatever GM gets to handle that. He’d win Executive of the year if he had moved Ville Leino.

Calgary Flames – Due to Jarome Iginla’s no trade clause they didn’t get much from Pittsburgh but they did OK for the Boumeester deal. The two extra first rounders will be useful even if Pittsburgh’s isn’t going to be that high. Got nothing for Kiprusoff who declined to move through his no trade clause. Toronto was interested for some reason even though he has been in steep decline.

Carolina Hurricanes – Picked up M.A. Bergeron from Tampa to replace Joni Pitkanen’s offense but he’s even worse defensively. Also dealt Jussi Jokinen to Pittsburgh because they must have all the players. Didn’t get much and had to pick up half the contract. Probably should have just sold and retooled for next season when they have Cam Ward back.

Chicago Blackhawks – Got Michal Handzus from San Jose for the 4th line and that was it. No reason to mess with what’s worked all season long.

Colorado Avalanche – A team that is still in need of rebuilding did nothing other than move Ryan O’ Byrne to Toronto. I would expect big changes in the front office this summer.

Columbus Blue Jackets – Jarmo Kekalainen was a busy man in his first trade deadline. Decided to bolster the offense by moving Derek Brassard, Derek Dorsett and John Moore to the Rangers for Marian Gaborik and two minor leaguers. If Gaborik’s hands come back to life this was a good deal for the Jackets. His hot streaks could get them to the playoffs. Worked for the Rangers last year. He also moved Steve Mason to the Flyers for Mike Leighton giving the Flyers possibly the worst goaltending combination ever. Getting Blake Comeau from the Flames for a fifth rounder and not giving up any of it’s 3 first round picks makes this a great deadline for the Jackets.

Dallas Stars – Like The Calgary Flames Dallas finally realized the need to rebuild and moved Jaromir Jagr to Boston for two prospects. They also shipped Derek Roy to the Canucks for a prospect, Brendan Morrow to Pittsburgh for Joe Morrow and switched young players with the Avalanche getting Cameron Gaunce for Tomas Vincour. This fire sale is about 3 years too late but at least reality has set in.

Detroit Red Wings – Kent Huskins for a 7th round pick isn’t a whole lot for a team in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time since 1989-90. The reports of their demise may no longer be exaggerated unless they can find a new Nicklas Lidstrom.

Edmonton Oilers – Other than getting Jared Smithson from the Panthers they stood pat. Given what a young team they have this makes sense, though dealing Khabibulin could have helped out. Dubnyk is entrenched in goal.

Florida Panthers – Probably would have been more active other than dealing Smithson but no one wants their injured players and they aren’t dumb enough to move Huberdeau.

Los Angeles Kings – Added old Daryl Sutter player Robyn Regehr on the blueline and shipped Davis Drewiske to the Canadiens. Other than that they stood pat as they seem to have pulled out of their bad start.

Minnesota Wild – Went all in to get Jason Pominville but they have the prospects to do it. I didn’t think they’d have improved this much this soon but they’re going for it early.

Montreal Canadiens – Other than getting Davis Drewiske from the Kings they stood pat. Given how this season has gone for them they have no reason to change things up.

Nashville Predators – Moved Scott Hannan to the Sharks for a pick and Martin Erat to the Caps for top prospect Filip Forsberg. Hard not to like this deal as the Predators aren’t in it this year.

New Jersey Devils – Reacquired Steve Sullivan from the Coyotes for a 7th rounder. They need a lot more help than this to make the playoffs with Kovalchuk out and Henrique and Elias having off years.

New York Islanders – Decided to stand pat on the verge of making the playoffs for the first time in six years. Gutsy call Mr. Snow but probably the right one.

New York Rangers – Busy bees at the deadline moving the slumping Marian Gaborik to Columbus for Derek Brassard, John Moore and the injured Derek Dorsett. So far the deal looks good for both teams but we shall see further down the road. They also dealt three picks to San Jose for a goalless Ryane Clowe. Unless he really goes off this is a gross overpayment. Perhaps Clowe can make this look like a steal but it’ll take quite the effort.

Ottawa Senators – Added a Calder candidate in Cory Conacher for a third goaltender. Granted Ben Bishop has been great but he only played because Craig Anderson, like most of the Senators, has been hurt. Steve Yzerman may have overpaid for another goaltender.

Philadelphia Flyers – A porous, injury-plagued defense that couldn’t add anything so they decide to cover those issues by acquiring Steve Mason from Columbus. Apparently the Flyers don’t have goalie scouts, or any understanding of the basic concept. I give them credit, they managed to make their goaltending worse. Guys, just dress 20 skaters and try winning some 16-14 games.

Phoenix Coyotes – Moved Matt Lombardi to Anaheim, Steve Sullivan to the Devils and Raffi Torres to the Sharks. They got a prospect and two picks in return and kept Keith Yandle. Decent deadline haul for a bad team that is going nowhere.

Pittsburgh Penguins – Ray Shero kept busy getting Jarome Iginla, Brendan Morrow, Doug Murray and Jussi Jokinen. Murray was bad in San Jose this year but the lower lines got a real boost from those additions and Jarome Iginla finally gets to play with a true #1 center. He’s not what he used to be but hard not to like these moves. That said I’m not sure you should look to tamper with a team that was this hot.

San Jose Sharks – Odd to see a team firmly in the playoffs as sellers but the Sharks did as they dealt Ryane Clowe to the Rangers for 3 picks and Doug Murray to the Penguins for two picks. They did pick up Raffi Torres who is overdue for a lengthy suspension of some kind. Torres does the same things Clowe can do, especially given his scoring woes this season.

St. Louis Blues – They bolstered the blueline by getting Jordan Leopold from the Sabres and Jay Bouwmeester from the Flames. They alsodumping Wade Redden on the Bruins as he hadn’t been playing much.

Tampa Bay Lightning – The Bolts sent Cory Conacher to the Senators for yet another young, unproven goaltender in Ben Bishop. If he pans out the way Anders Lindback has not they could be in good shape next year.

Toronto Maple Leafs – The Leafs did good in picking up Ryan O’ Byrne from the Avalanche. However the best deals are the ones they didn’t make. Not getting a declining Miikka Kiprusoff and an expensive Roberto Luongo saved the franchise assets and there is really no reason not to see what James Reimer can do in the playoffs.

Vancouver Canucks – They strengthened the center position with getting Derek Roy but the inability to deal Roberto Luongo may have hurt this team. They expected a lot more than they could get as no one wanted to take on his titanic contract. Even Luongo admits his contract sucks in that regard.

Washington Capitals – They did add Martin Erat from Nashville who is a useful player but the price they paid for him seems rather steep. Not sure why the Caps made a short term move. I know they can still win this division but that’s because its terrible, not because they’re a cup contender. The should have looked to retool for next year. Also Mike Riberio has been great for them this year but is a free agent and may not return. The Caps are kind of caught in no man’s land right now.

Winnipeg Jets – They claimed Mike Santrorelli off waivers from the Panthers and signed one of their draft picks. I thought they might go for it as this division is still very winnable but they have decided to keep building towards the future. That said they can still win this division.

P.S. *laughing at the Flyers*

Getting blipped.

Going to take me some time but I’m going to be reuploading all of my videos to Youtube and then embedding those on the site. The reason for this is that has decided they are going to pare down the number of contributors to I believe 4000. Seeing as my audience is statistically insignificant by their standards I don’t see any chance of me not being one of the legions who are dropped.

I do plan to continue along, just have to move platforms first. An annoyance but not a deterrent.