NHL Off-Season Mayhem

NHL Off-Season Mayhem

The NHL season is over, with the Pittsburgh Penguins claiming Lord Stanley by winning the series 4-2 over the Nashville Predators. For once in my life, I was cheering on Pittsburgh. I have never been able to gain much respect for the Nashville club due to its dirty play and, let’s just say, not very classy fan base. In my opinion, it was the least desirable Stanley Cup Final that I wanted to witness. As I stated in a previous article, with upcoming changes for my Chicago Blackhawks, those changes have come and more are on the way. The inevitable trade with Scott Darling being traded to the Carolina Hurricanes for a 3rd round draft pick in the upcoming 2017 NHL Draft. I was very sad to hear about it, but at the same time, I was surprised by the return that Chicago did get, considering the return that Los Angeles Kings received by trading Ben Bishop to the Dallas Stars for a 4th round draft pick in this upcoming draft. There has already been another deal arranged, although not ofically announced with Trevor van Riemsdyk, and Marcus Kruger being sent to the new Las Vegas Golden Knights. Details of the arrangement have yet to be specified. One player at least will be taken by Las Vegas via the NHL Expansion Draft coming on the same day as the NHL awards presentation, which is June 21st. Here is a brief rundown of the laws of the day for the expansion draft: Las Vegas must select one player from all existing clubs totaling 30 players. They must select 14 forwards, 9 defensemen, and 3...
My Brainless Generation

My Brainless Generation

The number of issues Donald Trump has had to faced since becoming President is astounding from the health care bill to North Korea, the topic shifts have been dramatic from week to week. Fox News has been another topic as several news media personnel have been accused of sexual harassment, adding to the nonstop media circus of the 24/7 news cycle. What have we become as a people? Our obsessions change so rapidly. We are in the middle of a pendulum swing with our current and upcoming generation. Too much technology and convenience have caused us to become selfish and impatient. It’s hard to even put our minds around it.  As much as I love technology, it is so scary at the same time. How do we slow down from here? At what point do we say no more? At what point do we let it stop affecting our relationships so much? It has greatly affected mine, that’s for sure. People are so immersed in their own stuff, it’s like they don’t know how to be a friend anymore. It’s all surface based relationships.  Take Google Home and Amazon Alexa. I saw the clips about them when the staff on The Glenn Beck Radio show were experimenting with them. I first thought, “Wow, I want one,”  but then questioned are we, as a society, really that lazy? Are we really willing to let a device listen in to every conversation and take orders from us? I do like some of these smart devices that actually make sense. Take, for example, the Google Nest, which I hope to be purchasing at some point soon....
Hawks Fall and Get Swept

Hawks Fall and Get Swept

The pain of last night was deep, to say the least. The number 1 seed, Chicago Blackhawks against the lowly 8th seed, Nashville Predators. I won’t use the name I like to use for them. I’ll keep it clean here.  A total of three goals were scored in all four games. The last one came from Captain Jonathan Toews. The only other player that tried to get something going besides him, was Duncan Keith. He was superb as he continually kept pucks from going out of the zone, keeping the pressure on. The only thing I can be positive about this is, it gives the Blackhawks a long summer to recuperate and reenergize the roster. Something needs to change. We will lose at least one player this year due to the Las Vegas Knights coming into existence ( which I am not happy about at all!). A lot of people think it will be Marcus Kruger or Scott Darling. I would be ok with them selecting Kruger in the draft, which will be happening during the NHL Awards Ceremony. Next, they should trade Scott Darling for a 2nd and a 3rd round draft pick. He is worth at least that much, if not more. For right now, I would love to see an Edmonton Oiler and Toronto Maple Leaf in the Stanley Cup Final, even though that is HIGHLY unlikely. As long as Nashville or St. Louis isn’t there, I will be happy!   ...
LANTERNS WELCOMES NEW CONTRIBUTOR

LANTERNS WELCOMES NEW CONTRIBUTOR

Good day, my friend. My name is Matthew Wood and I am very excited to be apart of the Lanterns community. I have just relocated to Nampa, Idaho from Colorado Springs, Colorado. There are a few reasons that drove me out of Colorado other than the now legalized marijuana and the quickly declining political climate. For me, the job climate is poor if you are not in the military or you don’t have a college degree. My wife’s family also lives here in the area as well What you will be reading from me from time to time is posts about the Christian walk, posts about sports (Blackhawks are down 3-0 to the Nashville Predators, but will they come back? I am not so sure) and some on politics. Chicago and Nashville in Game 3 Even throughout the whole move, I have seen God work through the details. From the sale of the house (we received an offer $15,000 more than we were asking for!) to the moving truck and the purchase of new current house, God has blessed us despite my stuborness along the way. RELATED: VINTAGE RETIREMENT COMMUNITIES THE FUTURE? One thing I know is that God has blessed me with a skill of writing, even though it is still in the process of being sharpened. My desire is to let him speak in whatever means necessary through my posts. With that said, I will leave you with my first ever poem written in 2005: From the moment I was born The Thief tried to ruin my life He tried to shut me up But God made a way out of my strife. He provided...