Hockey Rambling

Yep, haven’t rambled about hockey for a while, and with the Stanley Cup Final tomorrow night this seems like as good a time as any. Also, I just upgraded to a new version of WordPress and want to test it out.

As at least some of you are already aware, I’ve been working on a comic about mutants playing hockey in post-apocalyptic Canada called Hockeypocalypse. Since getting out of school in late April  I’ve been doing a ridiculous amount of work on it. There are six pages already posted on this site (here). As of this writing, there are twenty-two completed pages sitting in a file folder next to my drawing desk. I’ve got two more pages to go until I’ve finished the first of three “periods” (chapters. For those who don’t get it, hockey is played in three periods, which coincides nicely with the three act structure). After that I’m going to draw the four page prologue (“Morning Skate”) before starting work on the second period (which I’ve almost finished the script for). Hopefully you guys will be able to see the whole thing later this year (or early next year, perhaps. There are gears in motion!)

Detroit and Pittsburgh are playing in the Stanley Cup Finals tomorrow, although at this point I’m more interested in the draft on June 25th and what the Oilers will do then. Dany Heatley wants to leave the Ottawa Senators, and apparently Oiler GM is looking into acquiring him. Reportedly the Oil would need to give up a top four defenceman (probably Tom Gilbert, to make salary cap room) and a top six forward (ideally Dustin Penner or Robert Nilsson). I don’t know if Heatley could solve the Oilers’ offensive woes from last season, but seeing as he’s scored more than 50 goals in each of the past two seasons while part of a weak Sens team I’m pretty sure he could add some punch to an offence that only had two players score more than twenty goals. There’s also a rumour floating around (which the Edmonton Journal’s hockey writers seem particularly fond of) that the Minnesota Wild are trying to deal goaltender Josh Harding to the Oilers in exchange for a forward (probably Patrick O’Sullivan, who they drafted a few years ago). That deal makes a lot of sense if Dwayne Roloson isn’t resigned, but I think ol’ Roli still has enough fire in him to last until Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers is ready to take the starting goalie job.

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