Archive for June, 2010

Rangers Should Pay Erik Christensen Because There’s No Plan B

The Rangers are a funny team. Last year, one of the few bright spots was the play of Erik Christensen, the waiver pickup who wound up centering Marian Gaborik. His eight goals and 18 assists in 49 games was hardly earth-shattering, but he gave the Rangers a down-low presence that often attracted enough attention to […]

Film Review: FORGOTTEN MIRACLE

FORGOTTEN MIRACLE is the story of the U.S.’s 1960 gold-medal-winning Olympic hockey team. It was the first U.S. team to win an Olympic gold medal in hockey. The premise for the documentary is that before there was a Miracle on Ice in upstate New York, there was a miracle on ice in Squaw Valley, California, […]

Disappointed They Never Got to Trade Him, Sharks Re-Sign Patrick Marleau

I was a little surprised when I saw the Sharks had re-signed Patrick Marleau (4 years/$6.9 million per). Apparently I wasn’t the only one. Marleau told David Pollak he didn’t know how San Jose felt about re-signing him until after the playoffs were over. And that’s the thing about Marleau and San Jose. It’s always […]

Evgeni Nabokov a Victim of Stanley Cup Finals Goaltending

San Jose goaltender Evgeni Nabokov was a victim of this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs. First of all, these playoffs allowed Nabokov to once again show he’s not a big-game goalie. He just wasn’t very strong. But also, watching goalies like Ryan Miller and Roberto Luongo fail to carry their teams had to register with Sharks […]

Eric Lindros Not Ready for the Hockey Hall of Fame

The Eric Lindros Hockey Hall of Fame question is a fun one. On the one hand, you have a guy who put up solid numbers for most of his career. On the other, you have a guy who didn’t live up to his potential and the expectations of the hockey world. But on the other […]

Lamoriello Has Devils Stuck in Past

I’m a little bit bummed the Devils re-acquired Jason Arnott. One thing that’s always impressed me about the Devils is that, for the most part, they hold no players sacred. The franchise respects talent, but more often than not, they’ve either traded it away or let it walk away. That’s because, more than players, GM […]

Devils Will Listen to New Coach John MacLean

John MacLean is finally coach of the Devils. It’s a solid move for the team, signing a guy with no NHL-level head coaching experience but who is a genuine Devils hero. In other words, what he lacks in experience he makes up for in street cred. But the experience issue was obviously a significant concern […]

Remind the Senators Jason Spezza Is Not Dany Heatley

You know a player is taking a beating when the anger floating around him actually creates a positive backlash. Jason Spezza is now in the middle of a positive backlash. James Gordon has a nice post defending Spezza. This comes on the heels of an Ian Mendes defense of Spezza. Gordon argues Spezza has strong […]

Weight Ready For More Trade Speculation with the Islanders

Doug Weight seems about to re-sign with the Islanders. Last year, the Islanders were ready to trade Weight by January. The only thing that kept him on Long Island was shoulder surgery that made him untradeable. That’s the thing about playing for the Islanders. If you’re any kind of solid player without a crazy contract, […]

Comparing Hossas to Hartnells

The playoffs are over so of course, eyes turn to next season. The Flyers, who lost in six games, are left with quite a few roster questions, from what to do about goaltending to how to where to find defensive depth. But the most intriguing question Tim Panaccio asks is what to do about Scott […]