Showing posts with label NHL hockey. Show all posts
Showing posts with label NHL hockey. Show all posts

Monday, June 20, 2016

Toronto Star: Hockey Has Gotten Boring

When I read this article, I can relate.
Vinay Menon, Toronto Star --- That’s right. Hockey has gotten downright boring.

This season that just ended in triumph for the Pittsburgh Penguins will be remembered by many Canadians as the season they forgot about hockey and didn’t miss it one bit. Yes, our national mediocrity — this was the first season no Canadian team earned a spot in the playoffs since 1970 — did much to torch our enthusiasm.

But the slow melting started years ago.

Forget who hosts on TV. The underlying apathy and malaise of who watches is what stakeholders should be scrutinizing through their corporate visors. Is the problem league overexpansion? Is it NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman’s remarkable capacity to be the most grating executive in any professional league? Is it on-ice changes?
Reading this article, I can relate. This year during the 2016 Stanely Cup Playoffs I found myself watching Netflix instead of some of the series. I told a buddy of mine that the matchup between the Lightning and the Penguins was the best series of the 2106 Stanley Cup Playoffs. In my humble opinion, the second best series was between the Capitals and the Penguins.

Also, during this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs, there were no villains, no players to despise. There were no real controversies. I found the playoffs to be very vanilla and at times very boring. There were no Kings, no Blackhawks after the first round. No players that you could vilify. For the first time in a very long time, there were no Canadian teams. Not one. There were no players like Alex Burrows or Brad Marchand to hate on. I thought the playoffs were very B-O-R-I-N-G.

To be honest with you, I am glad that the 2015-16 NHL season is over. After watching the hometown seal the deal for the first time in 16 years, I was emotionally drained. Nothing could compare to the UND's title drive. When the Wild took a dive in the first round, I basically lost interest. When the last UND alum was eliminated from the playoffs, I checked out. there was nothing there to keep my attention. So, again, I can relate with the Canadians.

Friday, May 06, 2016

A Trip Down Memory Lane

I was looking through some of my hockey cards yesterday and found these beauties. As we found out this week, the Florida Panthers have re-signed the tireless wonder Jaromir Jagr for another season. The fact that Jagr is still playing at a high level in the NHL is remarkable.  I would credit his offseason training regime. Next season, Jagr will be 45 years old. Also, check out my Denver Pioneers head coach Jim Montgomery.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

A Couple of Thoughts on the NHL's GM Meetings

I was kind of shocked by this, but I guess the GM's are cool with the current head rule that is known as NHL Rule 48.
BOCA RATON, Fla. – The NHL’s general managers didn’t see any reason to expand Rule 48 at their annual meetings.

A sub-group met with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety to go over the topic, amongst other issues. Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen was reportedly bullish on adding blindside hits to the rule, which was made to curb headshots. According to general managers who were part of the group, this was shot down.

”Watched a lot of video and unanimously felt the rule is working. And they’re doing an excellent job of having it policed,” Toronto Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello said. “I don’t have any numbers. There were no statistics presented in there. You look at isolated incidents and try to see how they could have been prevented, if they could have been prevented and is it part of hitting in the game. But certainly everybody’s concerned about the safety. We had a lot of people in the room today.” (Josh Cooper, Puck Daddy)

The goalie equipment in the NHL is going to get smaller. I would say it's about EFN time. I am very happy about this. I think you will see the goalies numbers go down a bit and the players stats actually improve. So, there are some good things coming out of the NHL's GM meetings.
“The question was asked today, ‘Well, what’s different this time around?' Well, we are attacking it together,” Whitmore said. “You are hearing from some of the best goalies in the game and they think this is what is right. They want a level playing field within their ranks.”

Whitmore said that the league will be “cutting away all the fat, the parts that extend out past the body and don’t wrap” in the chest, pants and upper body area.

He noted that goaltender safety won’t be compromised by changing equipment.

NHL hockey operations director Colin Campbell said there is currently a rule that goaltenders will be suspended two games and fined $25,000 if they cheat with equipment. Campbell said the rule will be better enforced for next season.

“When Kay makes a decision on the goaltending equipment now in place and suspends a guy, don’t holler and scream,” Campbell said. “Believe in the process.” (puck daddy)

Sunday, November 15, 2015

NHL Scoring: Is the Solution That Easy?

My friend Ken Frank and I have had a few discussion about how the NHL can increase scoring. In other words, we would like to see more goals scored in the NHL. People don't come to watch Sidney Crosby being hacked, hooked, or held up and down the ice. They pay great wads of money to watch him score goal and make plays.

More specifically; let's push this point even further. It's not just about the regular season. I'd like to get more goal scoring during the Stanley Cup Playoffs? There's doesn't need to be a bunch of gimmicks to make this happen.

My buddies solution to the NHL's goal drought "BLOW THE F#(KING WHISTLE". Simple right? Call penalties when there are penalties. It's just a very simplistic solution. If the ref sees an infraction on the ice, i.e. a player takes his hand off of his stick to hold up an opposing player in any zone on the ice. Or if a player hooks another player with his stick going through the neutral zone. "BLOW THE F#(KING WHISTLE".

Well, I'll be damned, Adam Gretz from CBS Sports has this same suggestion in a recent blog post on how to increase scoring in the NHL.
1. Bring back the power play and call penalties

This is the most practical solution of them all when it comes to increasing scoring.

Just enforce the rules. It doesn't require any changes to the game. It doesn't require any changes to the equipment or the size of the ice. It's just a matter of enforcing what is already in the rule books.

There is a pretty direct relationship between the number of power plays teams get and the number of goals they score, and as goal scoring has plummeted in recent years, so to have the number of power plays. It's not a coincidence.
There it is. Just blow the whistle and call the penalties. Finally, don't have two rule books, one for the regular season and one for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. An obstruction penalty in October should be a penalty in June.

Monday, July 27, 2015

NBC's NHL Broadcast Schedule

Wed., Oct. 7N.Y. RangersChicagoNBCSN7:30 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 7San JoseLos AngelesNBCSN10 p.m.
Thur., Oct. 8MinnesotaColoradoNBCSN9 p.m.
Tues., Oct. 13Tampa BayDetroitNBCSN7:30 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 14ChicagoPhiladelphiaNBCSN8 p.m.
Tues., Oct. 20DallasPhiladelphiaNBCSN7:30 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 21PhiladelphiaBostonNBCSN8 p.m.
Tues., Oct. 27Tampa BaySt. LouisNBCSN8 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 28PittsburghWashingtonNBCSN8 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 28NashvilleSan JoseNBCSN10:30 p.m.
Tues., Nov. 3Los AngelesSt. LouisNBCSN8:30 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 4St. LouisChicagoNBCSN8 p.m.
Tues., Nov. 10BuffaloTampa BayNBCSN7:30 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 11MontrealPittsburghNBCSN7:30 p.m.
Tues., Nov. 17MinnesotaPittsburghNBCSN7:30 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 18WashingtonDetroitNBCSN8 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 25PhiladelphiaN.Y. IslandersNBCSN7:30 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 25ChicagoSan JoseNBCSN10 p.m.
Fri., Nov 27N.Y. RangersBostonNBC1 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 27ChicagoAnaheimNBCSN5 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 1MinnesotaChicagoNBCSN8 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 1PittsburghSan JoseNBCSN10:30 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 2N.Y. RangersN.Y. IslandersNBCSN8 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 8DetroitWashingtonNBCSN7:30 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 9BostonMontrealNBCSN7:30 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 9PittsburghColoradoNBCSN10 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 15ColoradoChicagoNBCSN8:30 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 16PittsburghBostonNBCSN8 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 22MontrealMinnesotaNBCSN8 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 22San JoseLos AngelesNBCSN10:30 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 29NashvilleSt. LouisNBCSN8 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 30N.Y. RangersTampa BayNBCSN8 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 30PhiladelphiaSan JoseNBCSN10:30 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 1MontrealBostonNBC1 p.m.
Mon., Jan. 4Los AngelesColoradoNBCSN9 p.m.
Tues., Jan. 5MontrealPhiladelphiaNBCSN7:30 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 6PittsburghChicagoNBCSN8 p.m.
Thur., Jan. 7PhiladelphiaMinnesotaNBCSN8 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 10New JerseyMinnesotaNBCSN8 p.m.
Tues., Jan. 12Tampa BayColoradoNBCSN9 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 13BostonPhiladelphiaNBCSN8 p.m.
Thur., Jan. 14ChicagoMontrealNBCSN7:30 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 17PhiladelphiaDetroitNBCSN7:30 p.m.
Mon., Jan. 18PittsburghSt. LouisNBCSN8 p.m.
Tues., Jan. 19ChicagoNashvilleNBCSN8 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 20St. LouisDetroitNBCSN8 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 20MinnesotaAnaheimNBCSN10:30 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 24PittsburghWashingtonNBC12:30 p.m.
Mon., Jan. 25BuffaloN.Y. RangersNBCSN7:30 p.m.
Tues., Jan 26ChicagoCarolinaNBCSN7:30 p.m.
Tues., Jan 26ColoradoSan JoseNBCSN10 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 27PhiladelphiaWashingtonNBCSN8 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 27ColoradoLos AngelesNBCSN10:30 p.m.
Tues., Feb. 2FloridaWashingtonNBCSN7:30 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 3DetroitTampa BayNBCSN8 p.m.
Thurs., Feb. 4N.Y. IslandersWashingtonNBCSN7:30 p.m.
Thurs., Feb. 4AnaheimLos AngelesNBCSN10 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 7PhiladelphiaWashingtonNBC12 p.m.
Tues., Feb. 9DallasMinnesotaNBCSN8 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 10N.Y. RangersPittsburghNBCSN8 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 14BostonDetroitNBC3 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 14PhiladelphiaN.Y. RangersNBCSN7:30 p.m.
Tues., Feb. 16DallasSt. LouisNBCSN8 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 17ChicagoN.Y. RangersNBCSN8 p.m.
Thurs., Feb. 18DetroitPittsburghNBCSN7 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 21PittsburghBuffaloNBC12:30 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 21ChicagoMinnesotaNBC3:30 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 21DetroitN.Y. RangersNBCSN7 p.m.
Mon., Feb. 22San JoseSt. LouisNBCSN8 p.m.
Tues., Feb. 23ColumbusDetroitNBCSN7:30 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 24PittsburghBostonNBCSN7:30 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 24San JoseColoradoNBCSN10 p.m.
Thurs., Feb. 25NashvilleChicagoNBCSN8 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 27DetroitColoradoNBC8 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 28WashingtonChicagoNBC12:30 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 28Tampa BayBostonNBCSN6:30 p.m.
Sun., Feb 28Los AngelesAnaheimNBCSN9 p.m.
Tues., March 1EdmontonBuffaloNBCSN7:30 p.m.
Wed., March 2ChicagoDetroitNBCSN8 p.m.
Sun., March 6St. LouisMinnesotaNBCSN8 p.m.
Mon., March 7ArizonaColoradoNBCSN9 p.m.
Tues., March 8PittsburghN.Y. IslandersNBCSN7:30 p.m.
Wed., March 9ChicagoSt. LouisNBCSN8 p.m.
Sun., March 13PittsburghN.Y. RangersNBC12:30 p.m.
Sun., March 13TorontoDetroitNBCSN7:30 p.m.
Mon., March 14Los AngelesChicagoNBCSN8 p.m.
Tues., March 15DetroitPhiladelphiaNBCSN7:30 p.m.
Tues., March 15BostonSan JoseNBCSN10 p.m.
Wed., March 16PhiladelphiaChicagoNBCSN8 p.m.
Sun., March 20WashingtonPittsburghNBCSN6 p.m.
Sun., March 20MinnesotaChicagoNBCSN8:30 p.m.
Mon., March 21PhiladelphiaN.Y. IslandersNBCSN7:30 p.m.
Tues., March 22Los AngelesMinnesotaNBCSN8:30 p.m.
Wed., March 23BostonN.Y. RangersNBCSN8 p.m.
Sun., March 27N.Y. RangersPittsburghNBCSN7:30 p.m.
Mon., March 28BuffaloDetroitNBCSN7:30 p.m.
Mon., March 28Los AngelesSan JoseNBCSN10 p.m.
Tues., March 29ColoradoSt. LouisNBCSN8:30 p.m.
Wed., March 30WashingtonPhiladelphiaNBCSN8 p.m.
Sun., April 3BostonChicagoNBC12:30 p.m.
Sun., April 3St. LouisColoradoNBCSN8 p.m.
Tues., April 5Tampa BayN.Y. RangersNBCSN7:30 p.m.
Wed., April 6PhiladelphiaDetroitNBCSN8 p.m.
Sat., April 9PittsburghPhiladelphiaNBC3 p.m.

NBC releases their tv schedule for the 2015-16 season.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Twenty players headed for salary arbitration

There are 20 NHL players headed toward salary arbitration. As you can see, there's a college hockey connection for some of the players on the list.

Arizona Coyotes: Philip Samuelsson (July 21) B.C., Brendan Shinnimin (July 20)
Calgary Flames: Lance Bouma (July 22), Paul Byron (July 30), Josh Jooris (July 28) UC
Colorado Avalanche: Andrew Agozzino (July 20), Mat Clark (July 22)
Edmonton Oilers: Justin Schultz (July 24) * UW
Minnesota Wild: Erik Haula (July 31) MN
Nashville Predators: Craig Smith UW (July 20), Colin Wilson (July 28) BU
New Jersey Devils: Eric Gelinas (July 21), Adam Larsson (July 29)
New York Rangers: Derek Stepan (July 27) UW
Ottawa Senators: Alex Chiasson (July 23) BU, Mike Hoffman (July 30)
Philadelphia Flyers: Michael Del Zotto (July 21)
Toronto Maple Leafs: Jonathan Bernier (July 31)*
Washington Capitals: Braden Holtby (July 23), Marcus Johansson (July 29)

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Play the GM for an Hour

by Redwing77

Ok, I heard an ad for this segment on NHL radio on Sirius/XM and I was unable to catch this segment but it got me thinking.

Here's what the host challenged:  You are the GM of your favorite team for 1 hour in which you can make any ONE move, no strings attached.  What would it be?

The host stipulated that it could be a front office move, a trade, a buyout, a signing, or whatever realistically possible and rational (so, no "I'd trade my 2015 7th round draft pick for Jonathan Toews" nonsense).

Which team would it be and what would you do?

After following the Blackhawks this postseason, and I was Bowman, I'd go against the grain and try to keep Sharp and get rid of....  Bickell and Crawford.  Look, Bickell is the next Dave Bolland.  Yeah, he's nice to have but he wasn't really visible.  And with the emergence of Shaw, you don't need him.  And Crawford may have two rings now but he's the most mediocre ring-winner I've seen.  I'd trade Crawford and Bickell to Philly for one of their logjammed D prosects, a 2015 3rd round pick, and a conditional 2016 midround pick.  The Blackhawks now have taken two nobody goaltenders and turned them into Stanley Cup champions (Niemi and Crawford).  They can do the same with Raanta and Darling... or they could go out and sign Ramo or someone.  Who really cares.  It's plug and play.

As for my Wings?  Yeesh.  They need depth at forward and, imo, a top 4 defenseman.  I think I'd do something rash like.... win the lottery again and try to steal Dougie Hamilton away from the Bruins.  NHL Radio suggests that Edmonton could do this very thing but comon Dougie, Motown is better than Edmonton!

So, what would you do?

Monday, June 22, 2015

Gwoz to leave Lightning to pursue other opportunities

Per the Tampa Bay Lightning team page, former Denver head coach George Gwozdecky is moving on after spending two season with the Lightning.
Tampa Bay Lightning team release - Assistant Coach George Gwozdecky is leaving the Tampa Bay Lightning to pursue other opportunities, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Gwozdecky has been with the Lightning on head coach Jon Cooper's staff for two seasons, most recently helping the franchise to the 2015 Eastern Conference Championship and a berth in the Stanley Cup Final.

"Jon Cooper and I, along with the entire Lightning organization, would like to thank George and his family for giving us the past two years," said Yzerman upon making the announcement. "He helped turn a young, unproven team into the Eastern Conference Champions and we appreciate his professionalism and dedication."

Gwozdecky joined the Lightning on August 9, 2013 after serving as the head coach at the University of Denver for 19 seasons. At Denver, Gwozdecky won back-to-back national championships (2004, 2005) and was named National Coach of the Year twice (1993, 2005). He also served as head coach at Miami (OH) University for five seasons and his 593 collegiate wins as a head coach rank 11th all-time in the NCAA.

"I have fulfilled my obligation with the Tampa Bay Lightning and I am going to take some time away to consider my next career step," said Gwozdecky. "I would like to thank owner Jeff Vinik, GM Steve Yzerman, coach Jon Cooper and the entire Lightning staff for two very memorable years."

In two seasons with Gwozdecky as an assistant, the Lightning won 96 of 164 regular season games, making back-to-back playoff appearances. The team begins the 2015 offseason after losing the Stanley Cup Final in six games to the Chicago Blackhawks. En route to the Stanley Cup Final, the Lightning defeated the Detroit Red Wings, the Montreal Canadiens and the New York Rangers
It will be interesting to see where Gwoz ends up next.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Phoenix Coyotes: Glendale City Council votes 5-2 to nullify the Gila River Arena lease agreement

The Phoenix Coyotes saga is really turning into a gong show. This is a huge Charlie foxtrot. Last night, the Glendale City Council voted to nullify the Gila River Arena lease agreement. Here's the release by from the Coyotes. At what point does the NHL pull the pin on the Coyotes and move the team to another city that might actually appreciate them? I just don't see an end to this mess.
GLENDALE -- The City Council of Glendale on Wednesday night voted, 5-2, to cancel its arena lease agreement with the Coyotes – a 15-year deal established in July of 2013.

After the vote, attorney Nicholas Wood said the team would file for injunctive relief and a temporary restraining order, and file a $200 million lawsuit against the City.

"What we have witnessed here tonight is possibly the most shameful exhibition of government I have ever witnessed," Coyotes Co-Owner, President and CEO Anthony LeBlanc said. "The citizens of Glendale should be very concerned about the government that they have leading them right now, because this was not appropriate… We have been absolutely wronged this evening by a group that is acting in incredibly bad faith."

He added: "Our view is the team will remain here, but the City is not acting in a business-friendly way and should be ashamed."

While the City Council meeting was taking place, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman told Hockey Night in Canada viewers: "I'm not concerned about the Coyotes. If I lived in Glendale, I'd be concerned about my government." LeBlanc said he was pleased by the number of Coyotes fans who attended the meeting and especially pleased by those who took the time to vocally support the team during the portion of the meeting designated for public comments.

"One thing that was illustrated tonight is that we have fantastic fans,” LeBlanc said. “God love them for coming back to this council chamber after all the times they’ve been in here over the years."

Monday, June 08, 2015

NHL Rules Committee Recomends Expanded Video Review

The NHL Rules Committee has recommended expanding the video review process. Obviously, the league's board of governors will have to sign off on it before it becomes law.

I think it's a step in the right direction, but I am not so sure I like the part where teams must have a time out available to have a coaches challenge.
Michael Russo, Russo's Rants -- Expanded Video Review: Coach's Challenge - The Committee recommends that a Coach's Challenge be adopted for expanded video review for goals that may have resulted from (1) goaltender interference and (2) offside plays. The video review process and all decisions on goals where goaltender interference may have occurred will be the responsibility of the Referees at ice level, in consultation with the NHL’s Situation Room in Toronto; similarly, goals that may have resulted from an offside play will be reviewed and determined by the on-ice officials, in consultation with the NHL's Situation Room in Toronto. In order for a coach to make a challenge, the team must have its timeout available.

Friday, June 05, 2015

Former Gopher Mike Reilly Being Courted by 9 Teams

One of the major news stories making the rounds the last couple of days is that Former Minnesota Golden Gopher Mike Reilly is being courted by nine NHL teams.

The Minnesota Wild are one of the teams that are included on the list of teams in pursuit. I read multiple twitter stories and a couple of blog posts that said that the Chicago Blackhawks were tops on Reilly's list. Russo also confirmed this in a blog post, too.
The 9 clubs Reilly meeting with: CHI, CBJ, DET, EDM, LA, MIN, MTL, NYR, PIT. Reilly officially becomes UFA on June 16. — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 4, 2015

Sunday, April 26, 2015

First Round Shaking out Like I Thought

So far, the First round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs has been pretty fun to watch. Last night's games in Calgary and Chicago were top notch. The Saddle Dome in Calgary was rocking as the Calgary Flames advanced to the second round for the first time since 2004.

The action on the ice has been fantastic. Taking a look at my 2015 Stanely Cup picks, my favorite to win the Stanley Cup is on the verge of being eliminated from the playoffs by the Detroit Red Wings. The Red Wings have given the Lightnings fits and they haven't allowed them to generate offense. The Red Wings also have gotten good goaltending from Petr Mrazek (3-2, 1.92 GAA, .937 SV%). Mrazek also has two shutouts.

For comparison sake, Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk is (3-2, 2.61 GAA, .898 SV%).  The Wild can look to end that series this afternoon.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Midnight Hockey Causing Problems for Hockey Fans

This has become a subject of much discussion on twitter the past couple of night. Games aren't starting on time, games for central time zones are an hour and a half later than usual.

First NBC has done us a favor by having all of the game on during the Stanley Cup Playoffs for a second year in a row. For that, most of us are thankful. There's been some really good hockey during the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Unfortunately, there’s has been some really late night hockey games. Hopefully, that will change during the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs when there are fewer games on.
Dan Caesar, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – And because of television, fans of several teams in the Central time zone also have been subject to games that are scheduled to start 90 minutes later than is the norm in the regular season — 8:30 p.m. instead of 7 o’clock. Three contests in the Blues-Wild series have been tabbed for that inconvenient time. The reason: The networks often show an earlier game and hope it will end before the later contest begins. But that 8:30 “start” time isn’t really when the game begins.

The opening faceoff for a weeknight game last week in St. Louis was 8:40. And Wednesday in Minnesota it was 8:45 p.m.

The worst case occurred Tuesday in Chicago, where the Blackhawks’ contest with Nashville didn’t start until 8:45 — 15 minutes after the listed time. The game wasn’t decided until the third overtime period and ended at 1:16 a.m. A normal start of shortly after 7 p.m. would have had that ending about 11:15 p.m. — much more palatable for fans who still had to get home and to bed before getting up for normal weekday activities a few hours later.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Taking a Look at the Subban Slash on Stone

It's the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and on the opening night there's already some controversy.

At the 8:23 mark of the second period, Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban was assessed a five-minute major and a game misconduct for slashing Mark Stone. Some have said that the slash was weak and Stone embellished the call. I don't know. Stone suffered a microfracture on the play.

The Senators want Subban to be suspended for his slash on Stone and the Senators head coach Dave Cameron had some interesting things to say after the game.
Failing that, Cameron warned darkly, his team might have to inflict its own brand of justice on the Canadiens. “I think it’s quite simple,” Cameron said. “It’s a vicious slash on an unprotected part of his body and you either do one of two things. I think it’s an easy solution: You either suspend him or one of their best players gets slashed and you just give us five. It’s not that complicated.” Those are fighting words – literally, if Chris Neil dresses for Game 2. (Habs Inside Out)

According to the NHL, Subban will not be suspended for his hit on Stone.

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Tuesday at the Links: Wild Finish Expected

This is the last week of hockey in the NHL. The Frozen Four kicks off this weekend. There's a lot of hockey news breaking.

The NHL’s 2014-15 regular season is over this weekend. Apparently, Ron MacLean has fallen out of favor with Rogers Sport Ca.

David Shoalts, the Globe and Mail -- The start of the NHL playoffs next week will likely bring a significant change for television viewers. For the first time in 28 years, Ron MacLean is not scheduled to be in a host’s chair for any of the first-round series. MacLean will only be seen in his role as Don Cherry’s sidekick on Coach’s Corner, although the plan is to have the popular duo on the air almost every night.

When Rogers Communications Inc. wrested the Canadian national broadcast rights away from the CBC and TSN before this season, MacLean was replaced as the main Hockey Night In Canada host by George Stroumboulopoulos. MacLean retained his role with Cherry, but his host duties were confined to Rogers Hometown Hockey broadcasts on Sunday nights on the Sportsnet and City networks. Hometown Hockey wrapped for the season last Sunday.
Brett Slawson of the Hockey Writers has his top-ten free agents.

Devan Dubnyk has been likely the most inspiring story in the NHL this year. After a disastrous 2013-14 season, Dubnyk’s NHL career looked to be coming to an end, however, since being given an opportunity with Arizona and now Minnesota, Devan has established himself as one of the top goaltenders in the NHL today.

Like Soderberg, Dubnyk is also in an interesting situation. Prior to this season, Dubnyk struggled to say the least, making it difficult for a club to reward Dubnyk for one stellar season amid a career of inconsistency.

At the age of 28, Dubnyk has a ton of hockey ahead of him, while his current cap hit of 378K with the Wild, per conditions of his trade from Arizona, make Dubnyk the best bargain in the NHL. His 2014-15 contract, which pays 800K in total, is likely much less than the Wild or any other team will be willing to pay Devan for his services.

Considering Minnesota’s lack of goaltending options, the Wild will likely retain Dubnyk with a one to two year contract, as despite his stellar play this year, it’s hard to see a large number of NHL teams bidding for Dubnyk’s inconsistent services.
Hockey Wilderness: Wild Fail to Punch their Ticket to the Postseason

NHL Rumors: Bruins could look to trade Marc Savard's contract

SBN College Hockey: Goaltending key to Frozen Four Teams

Julien: We aren't out of the woods for playoff spot

Saturday, April 04, 2015

New York Post: Refs’ Dangerous Let-Em-Play Policy Is Killing Offense

Recently, I had this discussion with a friend of mine. His argument was, if you want to increase scoring, the refs need to blow the whistle more. If you think about this, it sounds like a simple solution.

Basically, in a nutshell, it would appear that the number of penalties being called on the ice in the NHL are down this season.
Brett Cyrgalis, New York Post – So many games I’ve seen this year have devolved into something out of Jacques Lemaire’s Devils playbook. And you know who does about as well at it as anyone? Those fast-paced Rangers. That one-goal lead they held in the third period Thursday night against the Wild — there was no chance they were letting that slip away, because there was no chance they were letting Minnesota players get out of arm’s reach. Dump it in, get a third man high, clog the neutral zone, double-team in corners — and if someone happens to get a good look, let it be one-on-one with the goalie.


Yes, there are other factors in why scoring is so low. The goalie equipment is huge, and the nets are the same size. The talent pool is now fully international, and the teams are deeper.

But if the league wants more scoring — which you would think it does — they have to start with the officiating. And it’s too late now, the regular season is practically over, and the new version of officiating is about to take effect
What do you think? There may be something to the argument. This season, there’s not one player close to scoring 100 points. The NHL only has five players that have a shot a making 80 points. Currently, only Sidney Crosby has scored (26g-54a—80pts).

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Ovie Takes Krug Slap Shot in the Junk.

S/t to Pete Blackburn.... Alex Ovechkin takes a Torey Krug slap shot in the junk. Dead center.

Friday, February 06, 2015

Globe and Mail: Are the Refs tough on Subban and the Habs?

Here's a great article that I found in the Globe and Mail. Obviously, this article is written from the perspective of a Hab's writer, but it’s still worth the read. That being said,  I do think that Hab’s and P.K. Subban have earned the reputation of being divers. They’re not the only ones, either.
There is an irony to the Subban decision.

In one of the incidents cited on his rap sheet, he was zestily pitchforked in the nether bits by noted miscreant Brad Marchand of Boston. In the second, he fell while turning away on one skate after a light crosscheck from behind by Chris Kreider of the New York Rangers.

Kreider took vigorous exception to Subban falling over, which can happen when ice and skates are involved. Perhaps he would have been more understanding if Subban had barrelled into a goaltender while losing his footing, as Kreider does with alarming regularity.

Neither example is egregious, but trust the NHL and its officials to miss a truly objectionable bit of poor sportsmanship from Subban last month, when he literally dived to the ice after being tripped by Tampa Bay’s Jason Garrison.

Some of the received hockey wisdom about Subban is deserved; he occasionally exaggerates in order to influence the refs (he does it far less than in the past). This does not differentiate him from his peers. (Globe and Mail)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Half Way NHL Power Rankings

It is time to give my mid season NHL Power Rankings. Like always, if you think different from me, please share your opinions with a comment on the article or contact me on twitter @siouxhockey33.

1. Nashville Predators
2. Pittsburgh Penguins
3. Anaheim Ducks
4. Chicago Blackhawks
5. New York Islanders
6. St. Louis Blues
7. Montreal Canadians
8. Tampa Bay Lightning
9. Washington Capitals
10. New York Rangers.
11. Detroit Red Wings
12. LA Kings
13. Boston Bruins
14. Winnipeg Jets
15. San Jose Sharks
16. Vancouver Canucks
17. Florida Panthers
18. Toronto Maple Leafs
19. Calgary Flames
20. Dallas Stars
21. Minnesota Wild
22. Colorado Avalanche
23. Ottawa Senators
24. Columbus Blue Jackets
25. Philadelphia Flyers
26. Arizona Coyotes
27. New Jersey Devils
28. Carolina Hurricanes
29. Buffalo Sabres
30. Edmonton Oilers