Archive for January, 2009

Shanahan Pays Off Very Quickly

So Brendan Shanahan’s return to New Jersey went pretty well. He scored a powerplay goal, saw a decent amount of ice time, and skated with Bobby Holik and Mike Rupp on the fourth line. Jay Pandolfo was a healthy scratch and wasn’t happy about it. Also, Tim Panaccio had a nice look at the NHL’s […]

Shanahan Right for Jersey

I haven’t written much about Brendan Shanahan joining the Devils but seeing as how he’s expected to suit-up in Nashville tonight, it seems like a good time. Devils coach Brent Sutter hasn’t announced who Shanahan will replace in the line-up, but it seems to be down to fourth-liners Jay Pandolfo and Mike Rupp. Pandolfo used […]

KC the New Hockeytown?

I kind of a have a feeling Kansas City is about to become a hot NHL city. Hot on the heels of the announcement the Islanders are going to play the Kings in an exhibition game in KC comes Wayne Gretzky’s confirmation the Coyotes are looking for new investors to help keep the team in […]

No Giant Cell Phones in Phoenix

OK. We’re going dim sum style today: Does anyone else feel the Alex Ovechkin-Evgeni Malkin is either entirely faked or will end with one of them getting shot in Las Vegas? Flyer Scott Hartnell gets awful stage fright in shootout/penalty shot situations. Unlike a breakaway, where you’re just reacting, with shootouts/penalty shots, you have the […]

Isles Love Starting a Backup

I really love the Islanders because their franchise goalie could be about to be shut-down for this season and they’re thinking Wade Dubielewicz, all the way. This is a team that’s just so scared to dream. If the Islanders got three wishes, they’d probably wish for a cup of coffee, a pair of socks, and […]

Blue Jackets Learn Patience; Tampa Not So Much

The youth movement is going well in Columbus, with lots of rookies stepping up to help the team. Columbus isn’t a powerhouse, but they’re right on the playoff bubble. And people are noticing the team has something going on; attendance and TV ratings are up for the team. The Blue Jackets have always relied on […]

Turco Can’t Do It Alone. And Really, a Backup Probably Won’t Help Much Either

Ouch. Rough night for Dallas in Detroit last night. It was surprising in that the Stars were hot going into that game. It was unsurprising in that they’ve given up five goals or more 13 times this season. Interestingly, Stars coach Dave Tippett has been leaning on goalie Marty Turco pretty hard this season, with […]

Turmoil in Ottawa? May Comes Early in Toronto

Are Senators coach Craig Hartsburg and GM Bryan Murray both out in Ottawa? Maybe. Le Journal de Montreal reported they’ll be replaced by Hockey Canada’s Bob Nicholson (as new GM) and Pat Quinn (as coach). Eugene Melnyk, the owner of the Senators, says no decision has been made. Quinn has got to be close to […]

Doing More with Less

Do you know that Twilight Zone episode where the world ends and the one guy who survives, an avid reader, has all the books he could ever wish to read and no glasses? Well that’s kind of what it’s like to have cap space when pretty much the rest of the NHL is capped out. […]

Isles Need Emotional Weight Lift

It’s no secret the Islanders are looking to trade Doug Weight. It’s a logical move in the sense that the Islanders aren’t going to do anything this season and they can get some future value back for Weight. But it’s a pretty crummy move in that Weight really wants to be a part of the […]