Archive for November, 2008

Nothing But Staal

I’d love to know the Versus ratings on last night’s Red Wings/Penguins game. It seemed liked everyone was watching it. The Wings blew a three-goal lead and were pretty much single-handedly beaten by Pittsburgh’s Jordan Staal. Staal has a lot of offensive talent for a natural shut-down center and he struggles with balancing the offense […]

Toews Scores; Kane Pilots Facial Hair Concept

Even with all of the goalie drama in Chicago, there’s something very likeable about the team. I think it has to do with how young everyone is. Last night, captain Jonathan Toews got his first goal of the season. His teammates had a great reaction: One retrieved the puck, ready to deliver it to him […]

NHL: ‘Shhhh. Something Hurts Someone Somewhere’

What the heck goes on in St. Louis that they can’t keep players healthy? Paul Kariya is the latest casualty. He’s the 10th Blues player to miss a game this season. Speaking of injuries, the Caps’ Shaone Morrisonn and Sergei Fedorov both left last night’s win over Carolina with injuries. Coach Bruce Boudreau usually has […]

Tough Times in Dallas and Colorado

So the wheels really seem to be falling off the Sean Avery Experiment in Dallas. This week’s mailbag with Stars beatwriter Mike Heika is practically all questions from fans asking about how and why Avery is ruining the team. Heika is very good about not putting the Stars troubles on Avery, but Avery’s salary does […]

Quick Hits

A few quick things: Bobby Clarke visited the Flyers to give the team some faceoff tips. Players were a bit surprised that he kept saying “Here’s another tip. You don’t need goaltending. It’s overrated. So is speed. You’ll see. You’ll all see…” SportsHubLA has a great interview with Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times. […]

Blues Lower Expectations; Shanahan a Week or Two Away

I think if Blues coach Andy Murray has a signature coaching move, it’s lowering expectations: Our plan is to get better over time…we knew that there would be games when we wouldn’t play as well. So I don’t think anybody in our organization, to be honest with you, had any swagger. I think everybody gets […]

Parrish a Star

Mark Parrish is joining the Dallas Stars, presumably to provide some offense and some defensive responsibility to the struggling team. Goalie Marty Tuco will be happy to have another defense-oriented player playing in front of him. I also suspect the Stars wanted a new character guy in the room, as the team seems to be […]

Blackhawks See the Joy of the Blue Line Bomb

How about those Blackhawks? They’ve yet to lose at home this season, including last night’s big 6-2 win over the Avs. One of the reasons for Chicago’s success? Coach Joe Quenneville’s Detroit-style offense, that features a lot of shooting defensemen. The defense either scores or creates rebound opportunities for the forwards. As I see more […]

Fall Back…On Trade Rumors

Trade rumors are finally starting up again. The one thing I hate about the start of the NHL season is that there aren’t a lot of rumors as everyone pretty much stands pat to see what they’re dealing with: The Ducks, Canucks, and Rangers are all still interested in Mats Sundin. I don’t see how […]