Wednesday, February 29, 2012

TTM: Ted Lindsay

Sent: 12/?/11 sometime in December
Returned: 2/29/12
Wow this is a pretty huge return that I have been awhile for.

Lindsay is one of the Best Red Wings Legends next to Gordie Howe. I see that he did play for the Chicago Blackhawks for 2 seasons at the end of his career before finally finishing with 2 seasons in Detroit.

In 2010 the NHL renamed the Lester B Pearson award (which is given to the most outstanding player during the regular season.) to the Ted Lindsay award which is a nice honor. So far only Alex Ovechkin (2010) and Daniel Sedin (2011) have won since the name changed.It is very comparble to the Art Ross MVP Trophy as players usually win both at the same time. Players have even had a Hart-Pearson-Art Ross sweep(Lafleur, Gretzky, Lemieux, Jagr, St. Louis, Crosby, and Ovechkin. Ovechkin also added the Rocket Richard Trophy for top scorer in the same year, completing what is to date the only Hart-Pearson-Art Ross-Richard sweep. Although it's worth noting that, had the Richard Trophy existed during the years they completed their Hart-Pearson-Art Ross sweeps, Lafleur would have achieved the four award sweep once (1977–78), Lemieux twice (1987–88 and 1995–96) and Gretzky five times (1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1984–85 and 1986–87).

The Greats of the game cards always look good with autographs and the Fleer Throwbacks card with Lindsay kissing the Cup is really cool and had to be signed. I donated 5 dollars to The Ted Lindsay foundation for Autism in the mail and he sent a signed pamphlet with more info on it. He also added a nice touch with inscribing his Hall of Fame year on the cards and Pamphlet.

TTM: Thomas McCollum

Sent:To Grand Rapids Griffins

Drafted by Detroit Red Wings 1st round (#30 overall) 2008 NHL Entry Draft

McCollum saw one game and 15 minutes with Detroit earning him a All Goalies card. This year he has been playing with the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins in their farm team Toledo Walleye.

All Goalies: 12/100
2007-80 Between the Pipes: 29/60

Saturday, February 25, 2012

TTM: Justin Pogge


I sent this in after I found what team Pogge was on and after I saw Jon Wayne's post.

This return helps my Between my pipes set to 27/60

Friday, February 24, 2012

TTM: Alex Stalock

Sent: 1/15/12
Recieved: 2/24/12

Drafted by San Jose Sharks 4th round (#112 overall) 2005 NHL Entry Draft

Alex Stalock started his career by in College playing 3 years in Minnesota-Duluth and then was drafted by San Jose in 2005. He played 1 game last year in relief of Antti Niemi and a few games for the Worcester Sharks this year.

I sent him my all goalies card and 2011 Victory Rooike card which he signed both in blue and luckily the All Goalies card came out the best.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

TTM: Braden Holtby

Sent: in December
Received: 2/21/12

Drafted by Washington Capitals 4th round (#93 overall) 2008 NHL Entry Draft

Braden Holtby has seen 1 or 2 games with the Washington Capitals and he looks like he could backup Michal Neuvirth in the future when Tomas Vokoun is free agent.

These 2 cards help me with my Between the Pipes Set and my Panini All Goalies Set.
I usually put the cards in plastic protectors so that's why the autographs are a little choppy.

TTM: Darryl Sutter

Sent:sometime in December to the LA Kings

At first I thought Sutter played for more teams than Chicago because of all the teams he coached but he did play for the Chicago Blackhawks from 1979-1987. But he coached a good amount of teams including the Hawks, San Jose Sharks, Calgary Flames, and now the current head coach of the Los Angeles Kings.

I sent this card in because it's a part of a Blackhawks team set I am trying to complete. It would also be cool to have a collection of autographs from all the Sutter Brothers.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

TTM: Peter Mannino

Sent: to the Chicago Express
Received: 2/18/12

Peter Mannino wasn't drafted by anyone but was picked up and signed by the New York Islanders where he played 3 games and then sent to Atlanta where he played some games for the Thrashers and Chicago Wolves. Since the Thrasher moved to Winnipeg he's played some games there then for the St. John's Ice Caps and now for the Chicago Express.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

TTM: Ben Bishop

Returned: 2/16/12

Ben Bishop is in my opinion a very good prospect and being 6"7 he is pretty tall. Hopefully he will see some action with the Blues in a few years. It looks like he is a pretty reliable signed seeing in Jon's and Sal's Blogs

He nicely inscribed this card "To Kevin"

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

TTM: Michael Leighton

Received: 2/14/12

Drafted by Chicago Blackhawks 6th round (#165 overall) 1999 NHL Entry Draft

Michael Leighton was one of my favorite Blackhawks goaltender's back in the day and thought he had some potentent. He did make Blackhawks though by giving up the famous goal to Patrick Kane in the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals that was the Cup clinching goal that ended the Blackhawks 49 year cup drought. But Leighton has been tossed around most of his career being a backup or filling in last minute replacement jobs where the starter or backup gets hurt.

Card 1: Leighton in a Blackhakws uniform is actually a really cool card
Card 2: All goalies taking my set to 6/100 signed

Friday, February 10, 2012

TTM: Jacob Markstrom

Sent: 1/15/12
Returned: 2/10/12

Drafted by Florida Panthers 2nd round #31 overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft

Originally from Sweden after a year in the NHL he looked like he was going to start or backup this year until he got hurt and had to undergo knee surgery which as of recently he has been skating and could make a return soon.

For now I will let you enjoy 2 videos of him(Well worth watching for a good laugh)

Thursday, February 9, 2012

TTM: Cedrick Desjardins

Returned:2/9/12 (So far all my returns have come on Thursday's)so I haven't struck out yet.

Alright keep the All Goalies coming,

Desjardins played on the ultimate Rimouski Oceanic team with a young Sidney Crosby. He has been bouncing around the AHL with Montreal,Colordado and even saw 2 games with Tampa Bay last year earning him a card for this set.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

TTM: Jim Craig

Recieved: 2/2/12

Jim Craig was the legendary goalie that was between the pipes for the USA "Miracle" team that beat the Soviet Union in an upset nobody ever thought of happening. It was so good they made it into one of the best Hockey/ Sports/ Documentaries ever made. I wasn't born yet but I like the fact that the game was on February 22, 1980 and I was born 12 years later. The team would later go on to win Gold against the Finland. While the Soviet Union won silver against Sweden.

This makes the All Goalies set 3/100

TTM: Daryl Reaugh

Received: 2/2/12
Drafted by Edmonton Oilers round 2 #42 overall 1984 NHL Entry Draft

Don't know much about Reaugh's goalie career but he is currently a color/play by play analysis for the Dallas Stars.