So here we stand. It's August and the NHL offseason is two months done. And I am bored out of my skull.
Every year we go from training camp to the exhibition season, the regular season starts, the trade deadline comes and goes, the stretch run gets exciting, the playoffs start, the Finals happen, and then the draft comes up and free agency ensues. And then there's August.
Nothing happens! Even in late July there was at least a signing a day. But now all we have is Scott Hannan going to Calgary. I guess I could report on Fabian Brunnstrom signing a tryout contract with Detroit, but it isn't that exciting, even for a Wings fan like myself.
There had been talk since the start of free agency that the Islanders were going to look to add a top six forward as well as a top four defenseman. So far, General Manager Garth Snow has traded Trent Hunter to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for veteran winger, Brian Rolston. It was seen as mostly a cap floor move as his salary brings them closer to that goal, but he also will provide veteran leadership, a booming slap-shot and a top-six presence as long as he stays healthy.
But the defenseman has yet to be found.
The Islanders went into the off-season with six defenseman already under contract with Mark Streit, Andy MacDonald, Travis Hamonic, Mark Eaton, Mike Mottau and Mil...
One of the most enjoyable facts surrounding sports is that there will always be a new debate. The fun part about these debates is that they have no parameters and at the end of the day, maybe there isn’t a right answer. Who is the better boxer, Ali or Pacquiao? If LeBron James and Michael Jordan were in the dunk contest, who would win? If the great Wayne Gretzky played for the Edmonton Oilers, would they be any better?
Wouldn’t it be amazing if we actually knew all of the answers? I would pay big money to watch Ali step into the ring versus Pacquiao. I would definitely buy...
I remember a time not too long ago when Scott Hannan was considered one of the premier shut down defenceman in the NHL.
I even remember him being constantly compared to another shut down defenceman – Robyn Regehr.
Where did the time go?
Regehr is gone and Hannan is now a Flame. Not traded for one another, but you can’t help but think that one is replacing the other – even if Hannan is not on the same level as a Regehr at this point in his career.
Hannan had his best days as a San Jose Shark and most of them before the lockout. He is 32-years old, so not quite over the hill. For one million dollars, there is no real risk in the signing.
The San Jose Sharks have made some noise this offseason through trades and free agency. Once again, they look to have one of the most prevalent top six forward groups in the league. Now that we know all of the Sharks' moves this summer, its time to breakdown that top six and make my predictions on point totals.
Line One: Marleau-Thornton-Pavelski
With the departure of Dany Heatley this summer to the Minnesota Wild, the door is now open for Joe Pavelski...
I thought I would start this blog off with the first picture of newly acquired Sharks' defenseman Brent Burns in San Jose gear, via Brodie Brazil:
While the Sharks didn't go after any of this year's big-name free agents, it is probably for the best, as many of those players were grossly overpaid and will almost certainly be disappointments to their respective clubs. The Shark...
Part one of the evaluation explored the idea of no longer giving a team points just for getting to overtime and emphasized the concept of a higher reward for teams that win games. Part two will build upon that concept and question the role of the shootout as well as make an argument for a change in the entire points system.
The shootout was implemented as a way to eliminate the sour taste left by ties, as well as to make sure that every game ended with a definit...
The NHL's current rules regarding overtime and shootouts were implemented to improve the game of hockey. However, the rules have presented some issues of their own. This is part one of a two-part look at some steps the NHL could take in order to make overtime/shootouts less controversial.
The NHL’s current overtime system was put into place in 2005-06 when the shootout was added onto the five-minute, 4-on-4 overtime period that was originally debuted in 1999-2000. In the current system, teams receive a point for getting to overtime, then earn an additional point if they score in overtime or win the shootout.
It has been five days since the August 1st referendum failed. The vote was tallied at 9 PM after the day concluded in a dramatic fashion. Many Islanders fans and Nassau County residents who went out to vote yes did so in the later part of the afternoon, just as thunderstorms began to cloud the Island. Although it is unlikely that mother nature is to blame for the loss, many voters were stuck on trains that were delayed and didn't make it home in time for the vote.
But at the end of the day, the turn out, as expected was incredibly low. Despite that being the goal, hoping to get many of Long Island's younger voters to push this referendum through, the new arena plan was rejec...
Not a soul could have predicted it before the start of the 2010-11 season, but the trio consisting of Clarke MacArthur, Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin was the Toronto Maple Leafs' most productive line since the lockout.
In fact, the line amassed 110 points, which ranked as the second most productive line in the National Hockey League last season. Considering the fortunes of the Leafs in the past decade, the fact that all three players had breakout campaigns in the same season while also establishing chemistry was nothing short of a miracle.
However, with the Leafs missing the playoffs for a sixth-straight season, the short-term significance of the MGK line me...