You can forgive 2K Sports for shaking in their boots a bit. After years of being the only licensed hockey game on all the big three consoles (Nintendo’s Wii, Microsoft’s XBox 360 and Sony’s Playstation 3), Electronic Arts announced their first-ever Wii hockey title “NHL Slapshot” while 2K decided to go Wii-only with “NHL 2K11.”
There hasn’t been a ton of information on EA’s newest hockey title, though. All I know is that Wayne Gretzky would be the cover star, the game would employ a miniature hockey stick controller and the game would include a mode in which you take a player form “the peewees to the pros.”
While this trailer won’t tell you everything about the game (no shots of people using the controller? Are there any standard hockey games or do you just play with your character the whole time?), it gives an indication for the look and pace. Of course, you have to wonder about the realism of the game when you see a polygonal Wayne Gretzky checking people as if he’s Cal Clutterbuck. It’s also really strange to see Mike Comrie passing to Gretzky … does that mean they’re using the NHL license plus “The Great One” or are there some other legends/former Oilers teammates in the game? I’m sure there will be more information soon, but I’m intrigued nonetheless.
Either way, take a look at the official trailer for EA’s upcoming “NHL Slapshot.”
Friday’s loss serves as ‘harsh lesson’ for Blue Jackets
Luckily for Columbus, they won’t have to wait very long to try and get their revenge.
The Blue Jackets and Rangers will finish off their home-and-home series at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night, which might not be such a bad thing for Columbus.
“It’s good that we get another chance tomorrow,” Saad said after Friday’s game. “We were high on emotions (after the go-ahead goal) and they scored and it took the wind out of our sails, but we have to keep playing. We have to learn to keep doing our thing, regardless of the score.”
Kings GM says Mike Richards went into ‘a destructive spiral’
The Los Angeles Kings may owe Mike Richards money until 2031 (seriously), but in settling his grievance, the team and player more or less get to turn the page.
Not before Kings GM Dean Lombardi shares his sometimes startling perspective, though.
Lombardi has a tendency to be candid, especially in the press release-heavy world of sports management. Even by his standards, his account of Richards’ “destructive sprial” is a staggering read from the Los Angeles Times’ Lisa Dillman.
“Without a doubt, the realization of what happened to Mike Richards is the most traumatic episode of my career,” Lombardi said in a written summation he provided to the Los Angeles Times. “At times, I think that I will never recover from it. It is difficult to trust anyone right now – and you begin to question whether you can trust your own judgment. The only thing I can think of that would be worse would be suspecting your wife of cheating on you for five years and then finding out in fact it was true.”
Lombardi provides plenty of eyebrow-raising statements to Dillman, including:
He believed he “found his own Derek Jeter” in Richards, a player who “at one time symbolized everything that was special about the sport.”
Lombardi remarked that “his production dropped 50 percent and the certain ‘it’ factor he had was vaporizing in front of me daily.”
The Kings GM believes that he was “played” by Richards.