Archive for November, 2008

It Takes a Village to Build an NHL Team

Fluto Shinzawa had a great piece in the Globe, looking at which of the Bruins recent GMs brought in which current player. I suspect current GM Peter Chiarelli is not quite getting all of the credit he deserves. He didn’t start as GM right away due to his contract with Ottawa, but some moves have […]

NHL Fights the Fighting

Lately, there’s been a lot of talk about how to protect NHL players. Two weeks ago, Don Cherry was going on about it for like eight minutes. I wish I could follow what he says. I think he might have said something about no-touch icing potentially saving lives, but I’m not quite sure. To be […]

The Unstoppable Melrose Autopsy

I feel like we’ll be doing the post-mortem on Barry Melrose’s coaching tenure in Tampa for years to come. Eventually, I suspect a dissertation or thesis will be written on the topic. Or at least a song. Erik Erlendsson seems pretty sure Melrose wasn’t “fired” by superstar Lecavalier, saying it was more Melrose who got […]

Blues Banged Up. Again. Still.

Just how injured are the Blues? It seems unlikely Paul Kariya will play this weekend and Patrik Berglund is doubtful for tonight. Jeff Gordon has the Blues in line behind Chicago for Washington’s Michael Nylander as a fill-in for Andy McDonald, another St. Louis casualty. Gordon isn’t a Nylander fan, but I suspect Blues president […]

Julien Discovers Joys of Offense

People talk about the defensive play of the Bruins, but one of the things that seems to make them such a great team is their ability to shift gears. When coach Claude Julien switches on the offense, it’s a very impressive thing to watch. The Bruins can be very aggressive in transition and forecheck as […]

Brother Trouble in Anaheim?

Wow. Over in Anaheim, Rob Niedermayer is in coach Randy Carlyle’s dog house. You don’t often see a respected veteran benched like Niedermayer was. I’m most surprised because of Niedermayer’s connection to his brother, Ducks defenseman Scott Niedermayer. It’s well-documented that Scott joined the Ducks to play with his brother. If his brother isn’t playing, […]

Avs Find Goaltending But Lose Everything Else

The Avs lost 4-1 to the Flames last night, with one unlikely hero emerging for Colorado: the much maligned goalie Peter Budaj. Adrian Dater said it might be the worst Avs game he’s ever seen. Budaj at least kept it close. The Avs can’t expect the calvary to come any time soon: there’s no update […]

Devils in the Details for Elias

Larry Brooks had a column recommending the Devils figure out a way to unload Patrik Elias and his relatively ginormous contract. I’m shocked that Elias, once an offensive powerhouse, now has a regular shift on the Devils checking line. But what do the Devils do? Brooks operates on the assumption the Devils can trade Elias […]

NHL Goalies: ‘It’s Been a Hard Day’s Night’

Last night was a tough night for goalies. Over in Buffalo,

Burke Leaves Anaheim; Carney Retires

Brian Burke stepped down as GM of the Ducks and Bob Murray is taking over. Burke is expected to take over the Leafs. Both GMs will have similar issues: capped-up teams with a lot of obvious holes and not a lot of salary maneuverability to fix them. Burke is a smart guy, though. He really […]