At the quarter pole – We have just about hit the quarter mark of the NHL season, though some teams have played more than others. It always bothers me when one team has played five more games than another team. You think they could schedule that better. Let's take a look at which teams have been surprising and which have been disappointing. I didn't want to go overboard, so I just picked a few.
Anaheim – Well the Ducks started out worse than anyone in the league but they have since quickly turned it around. For a team loaded with offensive talent and a great goalie, it was really about whether the defense would be anything good. It turns out it that it's...
This year, the NHL put the perennially boring All-Star game on the defibrillator in an attempt to bring the once interesting contest back from the dead. The result is a weird format in which "captains" get to choose their teams from a pool of players selected by the NHL and the fans.
While I applaud the NHL's effort to change things around, their solution doesn't fix my biggest beef with the All-Star game: the players selection.
The All-Star game should feature the NHL's best player RIGHT NOW. Not players who were good 5 years ago or who are picked by reputation alone.
Here are players who were selected by the NHL this year and who should be replaced by someone more deserving:
It isn't much, but here's some random items to pass the time away...
A pair of Binny's commercials with Tony Esposito
John Davidson's Famous Goaltenders School
The O.T. Zone: Game 7 between the New York Islanders and Washington Capitals
The following is an editorial which I wrote for my writing class in school, since it has to do with hockey, and my teacher told me to publish it, where better to post it, but the site! Most of it is things you know, but its my view on why Canada deserves another team! Enjoy.
Hockey; It’s Canada’s Game
Adam Reid argues why Canada deserves a seventh hockey team
Go anywhere in the world and ask the question, “What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Canada?” and the reply you will get more often than not will be hockey. Now, if you ask the same question about the United States, chances are hockey will not be your response. Just a simple question, but...
Is the Central Division the best division? – For awhile most people thought the Atlantic was the best division in the NHL. For three consecutive seasons they had four teams who made the playoffs, the only division recently to accomplish that. They just missed out on sending four again last season. They have also sent the Eastern Conference Stanley Cup representative three seasons in a row. However the Central Division has also sent the Western Conference Stanley Cup representative the past three seasons as well. (Whenever you feel like playing hockey other divisions, let us know.) This season the Central Division is outperforming the Atlantic by far. If the playoffs started today, the ...
As part of their biannual meeting, the NHL's general managers always come up with some ridiculous rule changes, as well as some realistic ones.
Here's what we know so far:
The idea of an NFL-like "coach's challenge" has been officially shelfed by the GMs. Dale Tallon, current Panthers GM, called the instant replay challenge system "a dead issue." More here from the NHL's official website.
NHL analyst Darren Dreger recently tweeted about the NHL's plans to completely revamp the format of the All-Star game. One possible change includes designating two “captains” and having them pick their team, ala 6th grade kickball. Although nothing has been confirmed yet, NHL VP Brendan Sha...
The Complete Hockey Dictionary
Author: Andrew Podnieks
Published by: Fenn Publishing Company Ltd.
Did you ever wonder what an "Oilman" was? Did you know that the Winnipeg Victorias were Stanley Cup Champions in 1896, 1901, and 1902? I bet you never knew that Collaring was a type of penalty, similar to holding, from the 19th Century. How about sorrel-topped (red-headed) or baffle-play (fast deke)?
The prolific writer Andrew Podnieks adds another selection to the hockey book library by compiling the definitions of the game of hockey. In the introduction, Podnieks states that "...a few words or phrases may have slipped through the cracks;". I must say t...
Various news outlets reported today that Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller will not be in the lineup when his team takes on the Boston Bruins tonight.
Miller was ruled out due to the oh-so-common "lower body injury." According to Coach Lindy Ruff, the USA-Olympian does not have a groin injury and is listed as day-to-day.
In his place will most likely be Patrick Lalime, who gave up four goals in both of his two starts this season. Jhones Enroth was called up from the team's AHL affiliate and will suit up for tonight's game as well.
While it doesn't appear that Miller's injury is too serious (just yet), the Sabres aren't taking any chances.
Furthermore, Miller is the latest...
You signed him for how long, for how much? – Any fans ultimate dream job is to be the GM of his or her favorite team. If I was ever a GM one thing I would never do is give anybody a contract longer than five years. There's too many things that could happen in even that short amount of time that the thought of giving a longer one makes no sense even if the player is a franchise talent. Some things that could go wrong include the player getting injured, no longer producing, not fitting in with a new system or teammates, not performing well in the postseason or the team just wants to rebuild. Certain players are not motivated to perform at the same level once they receive their mega deals...