Sunday, April 29, 2012

Ryan McDonagh

Date sent: February 26th, 2012
Date received: March 14th, 2012
Total time: 17 days
Total players responses: 433
Total 2012 responses: 36

A nice, kind of surprise return from Ryan McDonagh, from the NY Rangers.  I believe I sent this one through the practice facility, but that's surprisingly fast!  Ryan is a solid defenseman for the NY Rangers who has pretty steady numbers, having been on the plus side of the +/- rating ever since he broke into the league.  Good job Ryan!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

David Musil

Date sent: September 26th, 2011
Date received: April 12th, 2012
Total time: 199 days
Total players responses: 432
Total 2012 responses: 35

David Musil is a Vancouver Giant whom was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers going 31st overall in the 2011 entry draft.  He's a strong defenseman, that can help a bit with the offensive side.  Through 133 games played in the WHL, he's racked up 57 points with a +/- rating of 34.  Standing at 6'3, he could use some extra size to push over opposing forwards.  Good luck David!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Darby Hendrickson

Date sent: January 29, 2012
Date received: March 12, 2012
Total time: 15 days
Total players responses: 431
Total 2012 responses: 34

Another former Canuck Darby Hendrickson signed this Maple Leafs rookie card for me.  Darby is currently the assistant coach for the Minnesota Wild.  Although Darby only played 40 games for the Canucks, I remember him as a good player (although not a top 6 forward).  Thanks for the auto Darby!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Gino Odjick

Date sent: January 26, 2011
Date received: February 28, 2012
Total time: 398 days
Total players responses: 430
Total 2012 responses: 33

A nice return from former Canuck Gino Odjick.  He was one of Vancouvers' tough guys for a number of years, as well as a fan favorite.  I'm always happy to see a well known player, well at least well known to me, send me back a return.  Gino was apart of the 94' cup run back in the day, with the likes of Pavel Bure and Trevor Linden.  Thanks for the auto Gino!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Mike Brown

Date sent: April 1st, 2011
Date received: March 22nd, 2012
Total time: 356 days
Total players responses: 429
Total 2012 responses: 32

Tough guy for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Mike Brown.  Mike signed this card for me in just under a year, in a nice blue sharpie.  His autograph is little to be desired, but still glad I got his return.  He signed on my Ultra Rookies card, which must mean it raises about .00000001 cent in value. 

Monday, April 16, 2012

Carey Price

Date sent: January 21st, 2012
Date received: February 27th, 2012
Total time: 37 days
Total players responses: 428
Total 2012 responses: 31

A nice autograph from Habs' netminder Carey Price.  A great goalie, on an okay team, but obviously they didn't do so well this year.  Carey is an elite goaltender and will help lead the team into the post season.  I've gotten Carey's autograph before, and he's been really nice through in person and TTM, being a very consistent signer.  Thanks Carey!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Mikael Samuelsson

Date sent: July 18th, 2011
Date received: January 15th, 2012
Total time: 181 days
Total players responses: 427
Total 2012 responses: 30

A smudged return from Mikael Samuelsson of the Florida Panthers.  Mikael is a decent player, although not known for his blazing speed, he's a player that can bring leadership and experience through winning the cup with the Detroit Red Wings in years past.  Thanks for the return Mikael!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Lubomir Visnovsky

Received IP: February 26th, 2012 
Total players responses: 426
Total 2012 responses: 29

A nice auto, but slightly smudged, autograph from Lubomir Visnovsky.  Lubomir is one of the top D men for the Anaheim Ducks, and remains one amidst the trade rumors this past year.  Although lubo is now on the tail end of his career, he still can be an effective player and continues to put up decent numbers.  This year, on a non-playoff team Anaheim, he was a +7.  Not bad!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

George Parros

Received IP: February 26th, 2012 
Total players responses: 425
Total 2012 responses: 28

My first autograph from George Parros.  He's the resident tough guy and all around nice guy from Anaheim.  With his trade mark mustache and massive size, he's one guy you don't want to mess with.  He was a giant when I got his autograph!  Thanks very much George!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Andrew Cogliano

Received IP: February 26th, 2012 
Total players responses: 424
Total 2012 responses: 27

Andrew Cogliano has been a pretty consistent IP/TTM kinda guy.  I've gotten his autograph a few times, once in Calgary, and also through the mail as well.  You can view his previous autographs here and here.  Thanks for the autograph again Andrew!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Anze Kopitar

Received IP: February 26th, 2012 
Total players responses: 423
Total 2012 responses: 26

Another sweet auto from a LA Kings player.  This time, Anze Kopitar was nice enough to sign this City Lights jersey card for me.  Anze has been lights out for the LA Kings this year, and will hopefully find more success in the playoffs, perhaps facing my team, the Canucks.  LA has significantly upgraded their offense, with the addition of Mike Richards and Jeff Carter this year.  

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Jason Blake

Received IP: February 26th, 2012 
Total players responses: 422
Total 2012 responses: 25

A beautiful autograph from a stud player in Jason Blake.  Ok ok, I kid, but Jason was a decent player in the late 2000's scoring a career high in points with the NY Islanders.  I managed to get Jason's auto while touring California with my girlfriend.  I'm sure she was the one who got this one, as I've gotten Jason before.  Regardless, I'm still always happy to get more autographs from the players who play in the NHL.  Thanks Jason, and good luck next season!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Bobby Ryan

Received IP: February 26th, 2012 
Total players responses: 421
Total 2012 responses: 24

Another auto, this time from Bobby Ryan.  I've managed to snag Bobby's autograph while I was in other cities, so its no surprise that he would sign.  I'm actually grateful that someone, of his talent is still willing to sign so much stuff.  Thanks a bunch Bobby!  You can see my other returns here and here!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Davis Drewiske

Date sent: June 22nd, 2011
Date received: February 27th, 2012
Total time: 250 days
Total players responses: 420
Total 2012 responses: 23

I managed to snag Davis Drewiske's autograph through the mail, which took nearly 2/3rds of the year!  I don't doubt that Davis gets fan mail, but it's a bit funny to see it take so long!  I'm happy regardless, as I'll wait as long as it takes for any return, which makes the hobby so enjoyable!  Thanks for the return Davis!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Saku Koivu

Received IP: February 26th, 2012 
Total players responses: 419
Total 2012 responses: 22

Going along with the Ducks theme, I present you Saku Koivu.  Saku was a long time Montreal Canadien, captaining the team for nine season, but never leading the team to a Stanley Cup.  Now he obviously plays for the Ducks, playing in a secondary role, most likely for his experience and leadership on a young Ducks squad.  Thanks for the signing of the card Saku!