HBO 24/7 was awesome. If you don’t agree, I don’t think we could ever be friends. I’m not going to do a full recap of episode one for 2 reasons:

1) Justin Bourne will be doing that (lucky bastard)

2) We will be doing a special recap podcast today (I guess I’m a lucky bastard too!)

What I am going to do is talk about hockey documentaries. No one does it better than HBO 24/7, but, if last night gave you the bug to watch some more hockey docs, here are three that I highly recommend:

Kings Ransom

This was part of ESPN’s 30 for 30 and it was directed by Peter Berg. It’s the story of the biggest trade in hockey history (no Leaf fans I’m not talking about the Gilmour to Toronto deal) . I’m talking about THE Trade (yes it warrants all those capital letters) . Wayne Gretzky to the LA Kings. As you may or may not know, I am a huge Gretzky fan/geek. I pretty much own every book, video, magazine the Great One has appeared in. When I first heard this doc was being made ,I didn’t think I would see anything new. I was wrong. Personal video’s, numerous sports casts from that day, and candid interviews from all the main players involved. A must see (Gretzky fan or not)

Broad Street Bullies

Surprise, surprise, HBO made an awesome hockey documentary. For someone like me who wasn’t alive in the 1970′s, all I knew about the Broad Street Bullies was what I have read about in articles and the few clips I have seen. Basically, I knew they were tough SOB’s. This doc opened my eyes to this team and made me realize they were still tough SOB’s, but they were humans beings too. For some reason, Bernie Parent used to smell everything, like everything, that’s GOLD.

The Boys on the Bus

I love any sports doc that takes a team or player and follows them around for a long period of time. That is exactly what happens here. This is the story of the Edmonton Oilers through the 1986-87  season. This was 24/7 before there was 24/7. Plenty of cool Gretzky stuff for fans like me, but also some in depth footage of players like Marty McSorley. Including John Muckler telling him what side of the ice to play on.

Like I said, nothing beats HBO’s 24/7, but when you have 6 days until episode two, these will help the time go by a bit quicker.

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Lets head to the Links

Last night there were rumours of an Eric Staal to Toronto trade, what does Canes GM Jim Rutherford say? (Pension Plan Puppets)

Hockey Fans come in all shapes, sizes and ages! (Puck Daddy)

If you don’t have Dirty Dangle bookmarked right now, you don’t know what you are missing. They go through what different players in the NHL’s Christmas trees would look like. Great stuff

Hear that back peddling? That’s Dave Bolland (Chicago Tribune) …For the record, his comments were made in a restaurant in front  of a bunch of fans, listen to it and you will realize its not as bad as people are making it out to be.

Number 25 on the Capitals “things that must be fixed” list: Goaltending (Washington Post)

The Fourth Period tells us why trading Alexander Semin is not the easiest thing in the world

Some injury notes for you Devils fans out there (Fire and Ice)

I know its really only a big deal in Canada, but the World Junior team has been picked (Vancouver Sun)

Chris Pronger injury update coming up today (Philly.com)

And while we were all watching 24/7 Patrick Kane pulled this INSANE shootout off