Preview: Islanders (1-1-0, 2 pts, 4th in Atlantic, 11th in East)
The Islanders are coming off of a pair of games in which they have failed to put together 60 good minutes of hockey. A disappointing performance against the Panthers on Saturday was followed up by one good period and two "hang on for dear life" periods in Monday's matinee against the Wild. As discussed in Rob McGowan's post here at The Checking Line on Tuesday, New York's young forward unit is having difficulty getting pucks to the net. Rob also keys in on the Isles' difficulty staying out of the box through 120 minutes of competition. Against the highly skilled a...
The Washington Capitals opening-night 4-3 overtime victory against Southeast Division-rival Carolina in front of the 107th straight Verizon Center sellout Saturday didn’t lack for thrills. From the Caps’ perspective there was plenty to be excited about – a few standout individual efforts and enough mistakes to remind everyone that there is plenty of work ahead. All in all it was a pretty typical opening-night performance, with the team getting an overall grad of a B-minus for the effort. A further breakdown follows:
While we weren't blessed with Brendan Shanahan's beautiful face in one of his suspension videos, the Shanhammer did offer his take on the hit, and why no suspension was handed down.
“We felt that this hit was the most challenging one so far in this preseason for the Department of Player Safety to evaluate. In the end, we felt that Malone had committed to the hit when Campoli was upright. However, when the contact was made, Campoli's head posit...
Charles Wang has always had a very strict rule that he has enforced since the day he bought the New York Islanders; if any player that was considered property of the organization were to not have a new contract before the start of training camp, they would be forced to miss the entire season.
It's a rule that I have always approved of since it clearly sets the tone that this is Wang's team and he won't be jerked around by players who wish to play the waiting game for more money. He's also shown that he isn't shy about using it either.
Most Islanders fans remember the year that Sean Bergenheim spent playing hockey in Sweden since he refused to accept the con...
Any casual sports fan would think that Montreal's hockey team is named the Canadiens because they are Canada’s team, or that they have fans all across Canada. To be honest, only the last statement is true.
Les Habitants have always spelled Canadiens with an ‘E’ , so maybe that should give some the idea that the team itself doesn’t represent all of Canada. For now, the team represents all of Quebec, whether it be English or French, Catholic or Jewish. I say for now, because even the most die hard fan of the Habs cannot wait for the return of the Quebec Nordiques.
So understanding that the Montreal Canadiens are as ...
And now you see why I don't think most Leafs fans don't have brains. Well, all the Leafs writers here seem to be smart enough to figure out the inevitable was going to happen. They may have thought about it, and while a lot of teams probably did, it just wasn't going to happen.
Which leads us to today. Steven Stamkos is a Tampa Bay Lightning for another 5 years. He is making a little less than captain Vincent Lecavalier's $7.7 million salary at $7.5 per year, but I take this as a perfect contract. The term is enough that Stamkos will be around in his prime, and GM Steve Yzerman can build around him.
The Tampa Bay Lightning, who are still looking at a deal for forward Steven Stamkos, have made a signing prior to Friday's NHL Entry Draft.
Defenceman Eric Brewer has agreed to a four-year deal with the club that will pay him just under $16 million.
The 32-year-old, who recorded nine goals and seven assists in 76 games last season with the St. Louis Blues and the Lightning, was set to become a free agent on July 1.
This is a good signing by Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman. Brewer was a good fit on Tampa's big blueline, so retaining him was a must. Clearly he didn't work out in St. Louis, but Yzerman knows from his Detroit days that you need to give players a chance.
As for all the...
Simon Gagne scored the GWG in Game 4
On Saturday the Tampa Bay Lightning's performance in the first period of Game 4 didn't go as planned. Already down 2-1 in the series, the Bolts came out strong but three untimely goals by Boston's Patrice Bergeron (with two) and Michael Ryder stunned the St. Pete Times Forum crowd with Boston up 3-0, and Tampa Bay's season hanging in the balance.
Dwayne Roloson should have stopped all three goals, but all goalies have games like this. Roloson carried the Lightning into the playoffs and anyone who knocked him for his poor performance in Game 4 should give their head a shake. Mike Smith came in and stopped every shot he faced, again (he did it in Ga...
They might as well change their name to the Underdogs. As impressive as their playoff run has been so far, the Tampa Bay Lightning are still considered underdogs by most people, who seem to think that the Boston Bruins will take the series. I'm here to prove them all wrong.
Now that Detroit is finished, it's time to write more about my boy Stevie's team. I'll be wearing my Lightning hat and Stamkos jersey t-shirt when they hit the ice for the Eastern Conference Finals tonight and be cheering for Tampa Bay.
This team has what it takes to go all the way, and I believe they can beat the other three teams remaining if they want to. Here's my breakdown of how Tampa can beat Boston and poten...
The Tampa Bay Lightning acquired defenceman Eric Brewer from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a third round draft pick and defensive prospect Brock Beukeboom.
Brewer is a 31 year old player that was drafted 5th overall by the New York Islanders in 1997. He played for the Edmonton Oilers as well as the Blues.
Brewer is the perfect fit for Tampa, as I stated in earlier how the Lightning needed another defenceman.
He made his debut in a shootout loss to the Florida Panthers last night, a game in which both teams rested their number one goalies as Tomas Vokoun and Dwayne Roloson both sat out.
Tampa now has a solid blueline and has a player that can play in big games. Don't f...