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Kyle Wellwood fat jokes are about as fresh as the sashimi from which I contracted food poisoning over the weekend. Still, Kyle Wellwood lives on as the punchline for many a joke in the hockey blogosphere. Whether they’re fair or not, this .gif serves to embody the lazy, disinterested version of Kyle Wellwood that these jokes have led some hockey fans to believe is real.

For some context, TSN panned to Wellwood here prior to Sunday’s shootout versus the Devils right after Mike Johnson praised his effort in regulation and overtime. Thank you, Kyle Wellwood’s involuntary deep inhalation due to boredom.

Edmonton’s Nick Schultz (aka not Justin) could be forgiven for seemingly giving up on this play as the puck scooted back into the corner behind him. Yes, he could be forgiven if this was Pee-Wee house league. Jamie McGinn demonstrates what will happen when a 200 lbs man with a running start slams into an idle body.

Schultz can count his blessings that this happened at the end of the first period when the Rexall Place ice provided him with 10 cm of snow to cushion his fall.

7 Reasons to Love NHL 13

The newest effort from EA Sports’ perennial sports game of the year candidate hockey franchise arrived earlier this week and I’ve nearly burned my eyeballs out playing it. This year’s title boasts a new skating engine, smarter goalies, GM Connected mode, and plethora of other enhancements.

Here’s seven reasons why you need to own this game.

True Performance Skating

NHL 13 features an all new physics based skating engine that attempts to simulate true to life explosiveness, momentum and top end speed. The result is slower gameplay, but a more realistic hockey experience. There’s a fine line between speed and control now, and even the highest rated players will display a decreased ability to hold the puck, pass and shoot at top speed. You’re also given the ability to skate backwards at anytime by holding LT (Xbox 360) or L2 (PS3), which can lead to some creative passing and behind the net plays.

There’s a moderate learning curve to mastering True Performance Skating, but it presents an unprecedented level of individual player control as a prize for the few frustrating hours you’ll spend to get the hang of it. Read the rest of this entry »


As most readers of this site know by now, today will be the last day that theScore’s hockey blog will exist in its current format. We are very excited for Justin Bourne to launch his new blog, Backhand Shelf, early next week. Before Justin begins his tenure here, I’d like to take a minute to express some thanks to all of the people that made my job running Houses of the Hockey the best gig a guy could ask for.

I’d like to thank theScore for offering a guy who was running an irreverent hockey blog from his living room the opportunity to take things to a bigger stage. I’d also like to thank Jonathan Willis, Scott Herkes, Sean Tomlinson, Kent Wilson, Rick Moldovanyi, Bloge Salming, Down Goes Brown, John Matisz and Kevin Burgundy for providing the content that made our site one of the web’s more interesting stops for hockey news and insight. Most of all I’d like to thank the readers that came by HOTH on a daily basis.

Be sure to keep up with all of the latest work from our former contributors in the various places they’ll continue to pump out top notch hockey content around the web. As for me, I’ll be moving to a new role here at theScore with the Buzz section on our front page and lending some humour and sports knowledge to The Break.

With that, we’ll leave on a high note by republishing our award winning Hockey Cats series this afternoon. You’re welcome.

The Dump and Chase: 09/28/2011

Like the overly aggressive kid down the street that got away with whipping me in the face with a broken bicycle chain when I was six, if Wayne Simmonds says he didn’t do it then Wayne Simmonds didn’t do it. Mr. Simmonds met with NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan Colin Campbell on Tuesday to discuss Sean Avery’s allegations that Simmonds had called him a “faggot” on the ice during Monday’s exhibition game between the Rangers and Flyers. After reviewing the incident with Simmonds, Campbell announced that the league would not be handing down any punishment.

Simmonds, who had a sudden case of amnesia during his post-game chat with the media Monday, denied the allegations on Tuesday. Without an official able to back Avery’s claims, Simmonds will walk away unscathed by the NHL’s hammer of justice.

Here’s the crux of Campbell’s statement:

“… we have looked into the allegations relating to the possible use of a homophobic slur by a Flyers player in the Rangers/Flyers preseason game last night in Philadelphia. Since there are conflicting accounts of what transpired on the ice, we have been unable to substantiate with the necessary degree of certainty what was said and by whom. Specifically, Flyers Player Wayne Simmonds has expressly denied using the homophobic slur he is alleged to have said. Additionally, none of the on-ice officials close to the altercation in question heard any inappropriate slurs uttered by either of the primary antagonists. In light of this, we are unable at this time to take any disciplinary action with respect to last night’s events. To the extent we become aware of additional information conclusively establishing that an inappropriate slur was invoked, we are reserving the option to revisit the matter.”

So unless an official or the talking head between the benches magically remembers Simmonds shouting a homophobic slur in Avery’s direction, then this case would appear to be closed. And that’s a shame.

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This is how you disappoint people

Philadelphia’s Wayne Simmonds made headlines last week following an incident of racism that we wish never took place. Simmonds had a banana peel thrown at him during a shootout attempt versus the Detroit Red Wings at an exhibition game in London, Ontario. Although it was despicable act by one idiot fan, Simmonds was rightfully lauded for the manner in which he handled questioning from the media after the incident. Unfortunately, Simmonds was accused of committing his own act of intolerance during a Monday night exhibition match against the New York Rangers.

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Chris Campoli’s summer was one ripe with rejection. After turning in a satisfactory performance with the Chicago Blackhawks down the stretch following a deadline day trade, the 27-year old defenseman appeared to be a decent fit for the cap-strapped ‘Hawks. Alas, the team would part ways with Campoli after he was awarded $2.5 million in arbitration. It may have taken longer than Campoli would have hoped for, but he has found a home for the 2011-12 season with the Montreal Canadiens. TSN’s Bob McKenzie Tweets that the Habs have inked him to a one-year $1.75 million deal.

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