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DemocraThree Special Trade Deadline Edition

by J.R.

demo210With the trade deadline looming, we’ve asked our usual cadre of bloggers from around The Heptarchy to give us some idea of what the hay is going on with each team. Yes, we ripped this off from TRH’s Pacific War Room; no, we don’t care. For our special trade deadline edition, we’ll go in alphabetical order:

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Quarter Life Crisis

by J.R.

Last night, at the conclusion of the Minnesota-Montreal game, 25 percent of the Conference III schedule was complete (yes, I did the math).

This is a traditional time of examination for NHL teams and with just one game on the Conference III slate tonight, the schedule affords a good place to take a breather and see what’s happened through the season’s first quarter.

Thanks to everyone who commented and emailed.

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Buzz3eed: How Conference III Can Win The Buffalo Way

by J.R.

Today, the Buffalo Sabres fired pretty much everybody, presumably because Terry Pegula was bored, and then hired as coach Ted Nolan — presumably because coaching Latvia isn’t an exhausting job and because, I guess, Peter Laviolette didn’t answer his phone.

In addition, Pegula brought in Pat LaFontaine as President of Hockey Operations, presumably because bringing back Old Heads is working so well in Colorado.

Buffalo being an example of a winning franchise, the concept of bringing in the team’s center from 1994 is something that might just catch on.

So what would happen in Conference III?

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33 Predictions For 2013 & Programming Notes

by J.R.

I made these standings predictions over at Second City Hockey, but we’ll repeat them here for posterity ahead of the beginning of Conference III:

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Hot August Nights: Nashville Predators

by J.R.

neildiamondThis week, III Communication presents “Hot August Nights.” At one minute past sundown local time we’ll be reviewing the off-seasons of each Conference III team using the songs of American legend Neil Diamond.

Tonight, we head to the home of Black Diamond and review the Nashville Predators.

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Hot August Nights: Colorado Avalanche

by J.R.

Neil+Diamond+-+Coming+To+AmericaThis week, III Communication presents “Hot August Nights.” At one minute past sundown local time we’ll be reviewing the off-seasons of each Conference III team using the songs of American legend Neil Diamond.

Tonight, our lone Mountain time entrant — the Colorado Avalanche.

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Regressing To The Mean: The 2013 Off-Season and Conference III’s Rude Awakening

by J.R.

themanwhoshotlibertyvalanceposter“This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” — Maxwell Scott (Carleton Young) in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence

In the four months since III Communication opened for business, we’ve variously described Conference III as a collection of raccoons, prison, a gang fightBattle of the Network Stars meets The Running Man, Hell, a structure of steel and human sinew and dinosaur bones, forged and melted in the very fires of Phlegethon, and a Joy Division song.

The allegorical and metaphorical intent was clear — Conference III would be the world’s largest Thunderdome, stretching across a large section of North America. Because of geography, because of the nature of the teams and cities involved, because of their history, it was easy to appropriate the mythos of the American frontier and the Old West and imagine Conference III’s future as an echo of a past — as a sort of lawless id of a hockey division.

And then the offseason happened and the legend became fact.

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Thursday Thirteen: The Final…Well, You Know

by J.R.

Every Thursday we bring you the III Communication’s Conference III Power Rankings, the Thursday Thirteen.

This week, we offer the final rankings of the 2013 season and prepare for the coming glory of Conference III.

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Happy Hour In The Heptarchy: Pasties & Scrumpy

by J.R.

It’s five past 5 across Conference III (leave work early, Colorado — you have our permission), time to hit bricks and get that freakin’ weekend started, am I right?

Of course I am.

It’s been a tough week for some of you so loosen your belt, pop a top, grab a spoon and stop being such a sourpuss. III Communication’s got good news for everybody.

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