If you can’t beat ‘em (up), join ‘em

By Simon Darnell Yesterday, the Vancouver Canucks traded prized rookie Cody Hodgson to the Buffalo Sabres for prized prospect Zack Kassian. (Other players were involved, but let’s call this a straight up deal. In fact, for some commentators, this was a chance to reminisce over the ‘good old days’ of hockey trades, when ‘dumping salary’…

Brian Burke’s Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

By Simon Darnell When Kanye West dropped a bomb on the musical world in 2010 with My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, music critics lost their collective shit trying to process, internalize and communicate what they had just absorbed. So sprawling and epic, so contradictory, so unabashed in its assessments was the album that it could…

Is Sidney Crosby Breaking the Rules?

By Simon Darnell In the October 3rd issue of Sports Illustrated, David Epstein and Michael Farber wrote a story about Sidney Crosby (‘Getting Inside the Head of Sidney Crosby’). Not surprisingly, given that Crosby hasn’t played in months, the piece focused on The Kid’s efforts to recover from post-concussion symptoms and re-join the Pittsburgh Penguins…

Arron Asham and the Impossible Hockey Fight

By Simon Darnell What Arron Asham did was ‘classless.’ This is according to no less an authority than Arron Asham. After knocking out Jay Beagle with a vicious (but fairly standard) haymaker in an NHL fight on Thursday, Asham issued an immediate mea culpa after the game. His apology made reference to the way that…

The Unbearable Lightness of Sean Avery

By Simon Darnell Sean Avery has transformed before our very eyes. From the tough guy, bad boy of the NHL, known for his cheap shots, on-ice antics, and off-ice dalliances with femme fatales – and provocations of the masculinity of other NHLers in comparison to his own – Avery has somehow turned into a Renaissance…