Archive for July, 2009

KHL Grabs Zubov and Hudler

I’m very surprised Sergei Zubov is close to signing a KHL deal. Zubov is 39 and coming off an injury-plagued season, but I would think there might be a few NHL teams interested in signing one of the game’s all-time great offensive defensemen. If nothing else, Zubov could probably quarterback the powerplay as a special […]

Bruins Use Morris to Make a Point

Interesting. The Bruins traded defenseman Aaron Ward back to Carolina and signed Derek Morris for one year at $3.3 million. Not everyone thinks it’s a great move for Boston. Morris has lost a few steps, but he’s still got a great shot. And I think that’s all Boston really wanted — someone who could get […]

Honoring the Fog; Trading Hindsight

This weekend, Tim Panaccio had a great piece on the great Freddy Shero, who for whatever reason, isn’t in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Coach Shero was innovative, yet complicated. He was very old school, even for the 1970s, yet he was always ready to embrace a new idea. Panaccio says Shero might not be […]

Tortorella: ‘Yikes! The Rangers Need Work!’

Larry Brooks caught up with Rangers coach John Tortorella and found some interesting stuff. For instance, veterans are not a lock to make the team out of camp. Assuming this is true, this is a huge departure for a team that loves to talk about a youth movement but has never been willing to support […]

The Curious Tweets of Martin Havlat

I like the NHL offseason because it sometimes turns into high school. Like Dale Tallon gets whacked in Chicago, and Martin Havlat jumps on Twitter to drop some cryptic messages: I guess everyone saw what happened to Dale….yes, the story is starting to come out but it’s just the tip of the iceberg. What are […]

Lemaire Trapped in New Jersey; MacLean Ready to be Sprung

Does anyone else think Jacques Lemaire maybe wasn’t Lou Lamoriello’s first choice to coach the Devils? Otherwise, why wait so long to name him? Was he scared Lemaire’s defensive system would scare off potential free agents? Because the lack of a coach sure didn’t seem to entice anyone to sign with the Devils. In fact, […]

Four Brothers

Four Brothers A lot of people don’t know that in addition to hockey blogging, I’m also a prolific children’s book author. I’ve written over 800 children’s books, and while I’ve yet to sell one, I have a very good feeling about my latest, which I’m happy to be able to share here. Four Brothers I […]

Dallas Misses Out on a Jonas Glover; Goodbye Captain Joe

Kind of a crazy 24 hours in hockey. Wonder goalie Jonas Gustavsson signed with the Maple Leafs, leaving the Dallas Stars scrambling to find a “backup” for Marty Turco who can step in and start when Turco inevitably flounders. Again. Not that Turco is going to go quietly into the night. He wants to play […]

Smyth Goes Hollywood; Rangers Cast Big Body

The big shock of the weekend, for me, anyway, was Ryan Smyth accepting a trade out of Colorado. For someone who made a very big deal about where he would sign last year, he sure seemed ready to get the heck out of Denver. And while the Banff native was probably happy to get a […]

Senators Lose Leverage and Increase Demands

There’s a lot I don’t get about the Dany Heatley ransom demands. Like why are the Oilers so hot for a player who so obviously doesn’t want to play for them? Are they only interested because they know he’ll demand a trade in another two seasons? Do they think they can change him? And as […]