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Saturday, April 9, 2022

Latest Puck Junk Podcast: The One In Which UDS1 is Lamented



The latest #PuckJunkPodcast is live with Sal & I getting back to what we do best...chatting about hockey and hockey cards.

In this episode, we discuss the latest goings on in the NHL including another Zegras highlight reel goal, retaliation for his "disrespect", and how the Flyers dropped the ball with Keith Yandle (shocker).

In our big topic, we give our run down on the latest Upper Deck release 2021-22 Series I.  We discuss the product break down, the break results, and our thoughts. 


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Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Hockey History As Told By Cardboard - Sidney Crosby

 

Crosby hit the century mark in points for the sixth time in 2018-19, when he ended the season by assisting on Jake Guentzel's late goal against the Rangers on April 6.

The last two seasons, with all the turmoil and health issues in the world, Crosby only put up 47 in 41 games in 2019-20 and 62 in 55 games in 2020-21.  Despite that, he is still a guaranteed future HHOFer.



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Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Hockey History As Told By Cardboard - - Barry Melrose

 

Melrose is to hockey viewers in the U.S. what Don Cherry is (was) to Canadian fans - minus the outrageous wardrobe perhaps.  Barry was born in Saskatchewan, but was sworn in as an American citizen in March 1998. He played 335 career NHL games with the Jets, Maple Leafs, and Red Wings.

Now broadcasting with ESPN, he's one of the leading proponents of hockey on the brand and towed the line even through the 2003-2021 time when ESPN ignored hockey completely.  Barry, like him or hate him, is a hockey icon.


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Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Hockey History As Told By Cardboard - - Stephane Morin


Stephane played extremely well down the stretch in '90-91. A fine skater, he was named the NHL's Rookie of the Month for March after picking up six goals and 12 assists in his final 10 matches.  Stephane had on of his best games on March 23, 1991 when he had four points (1 goal, 3 assists) in a 7-3 win over the Whalers. He also had a pair of two-goal efforts during the final week of the season.

Despite playing only 48 games, Stephane finished fourth on the Nordiques in scoring and his plus-6 rating was the club's best. He had a brilliant junior career in the QMJHL.  Stephane was named the circuit's MVP in '88-89 after notching a league-leading 186 points (77 gals, 1099 assists) for Chicoutimi.

Morin spent the majority of his hockey career in the minors but did appear in 90 NHL games.  Unfortunately after feeling unwell but still playing in the game, he collapsed on the bench from heart failure. The medical staff was unable to bring him back and he passed away. He was later diagnosed with chronic bronchitis and an enlarged heart.  It was suspected he had previous undiagnosed heart attack(s).

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Saturday, March 12, 2022

Hockey History As Told By Cardboard - - Mats Zuccarello

 

Zuccarello got the scoring started with a first-period goal and added an empty-netter later in the third period when the Rangers downed the visiting Hurricanes, 6-3, on March 12, 2018.

I don't have much to say about Zucc since he's always been a nemesis of the Penguins. He's a little ball of fire at 5'8" and great at doing dirty work. He's now doing it for the Minnesota Wild.





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Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Hockey History As Told By Cardboard - Andy Moog

On March 8, 1988, Edmonton Oilers netminder Andy Moog was traded to the Boston Bruins.  Unhappy with his situation, Moog held out and instead joined the Canadian Olympic program where he could be the starter.  Despite the Stanley Cup victories, he was tired of not getting a shot in net as his time in Edmonton was mostly spent backing up HOFer Grant Fuhr.  

Moog said, "My leaving was all about opportunity. I felt that I could be a starter elsewhere, and after three championships in Edmonton, I believed that the time was right for me to become the player and leader I knew I could be."  He wasn't going to get that opportunity in Edmonton so leaving for the Olympic team made him the best available free-agent goaltender that technically wasn't in the NHL.

Rumors floated around quite a bit prior to the trade and most folks were sure he would soon be a Pittsburgh Penguins. However, his new digs would ultimately be in the same colors but a different city.  Oilers GM Glen Sather made Boston's GM Harry Sinden an offer he couldn't pass up and Pittsburgh was priced out of the Andy Moog sweepstakes.  In a package that included Boston's Bill Ranford, Geoff Courtnall, and a draft pick, Moog was sent the Bruins.  The Oilers would win another Cup with Ranford backing up Fuhr in both 1988 and 1990. The team they beat??  Andy Moog and the Boston Bruins, both times.