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NHL Recap and Analysis Week 7 - Between The Pipes

Alone on an Island – The 70's and 80's were a good time to be an Islanders fan. Four Stanley Cup victories in a row and 15 straight playoff appearances. But then the 90's reared it's ugly head and doom and gloom fell upon Long Island. After their 1st round loss to the Devils in 1987-88, the Islanders have only made the playoffs in seven of the next 21 seasons. Only once in those seven playoff appearances did they advance past the 1st round. Now the 2010-11 incarnation of the Islanders is mired in a 13 game winless streak.

During the Islanders heyday Bill Torrey was the GM. His last few bigger deals included Kelly Hrudey for Mark Fitzpatrick, Pat LaFontaine for Pierre Turgeon e...

Between the Pipes NHL Recap and Analysis Week 6

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.

Surprising

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...

The NHL All-Star Joke

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: ...

Some Random Stuff to Pass the Time

It isn't much, but here's some random items to pass the time away... A pair of Binny's commercials with Tony Esposito http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EMw8_EDCzA John Davidson's Famous Goaltenders School http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOoGtIlD1Lc The O.T. Zone: Game 7 between the New York Islanders and Washington Capitals http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rK1nO8flh9U

Give it to Canada

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...

In Pictures: 10+ Year Contracts

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NHL Recap and Analysis Week 5 - Between The Pipes

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 ...

Pass or Fail: GM Rule Changes

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...

Book Review: The Complete Hockey Dictionary

The Complete Hockey Dictionary Author: Andrew Podnieks ISBN 1-55168-309-1 247 Pages 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...