Archive for October, 2010

Flyers Not Waiting For Their Gray Blue Line to Break Down

Running an NHL GM team has always meant sticking with what worked. If your team won a Cup, you did whatever you could to make sure that same exact team was with you the following season. Sure, Chicago got rid of a lot of players from their Cup-winning team, but I doubt they would have […]

NHL’s European Tour Shows League Where It’s Loved

The more I think about the structure of the NHL, the more I think it needs to be more of an international institution. We have six NHL teams starting the season in Europe this year: The Hurricanes and Wild are in Helsinki, the Blue Jackets and Sharks are in Stockholm, and the Bruins and Coyotes […]

Banishing Sheldon Souray is the Right Call for the Oilers

I’m proud of the Oilers for banishing Sheldon Souray to the AHL. The AHL demotion isn’t about his talent (or lack of talent) so much as it’s about his attitude. Souray’s tenure in Edmonton has been defined by injuries and complaints about the organization. GM Steve Tambellini decided to take a risk on eating Souray’s […]

Penguins Learning the Bounces of Their New Home

The Penguins have had a tougher preseason than the rest of the NHL. In addition to doing the usual preseason stuff, the Penguins have also had to get used to their new arena, Consol Energy Center. The Penguins have gone from playing in the Igloo, which was built in 1961, to an arena that’s now […]

Guy Boucher Has Some Nice Pieces to Work With in Tampa

As the start to the NHL season grows near, you have to be curious about the Tampa Lightning. It was just two years ago that the season started with Barry Melrose as coach. Melrose would last just 16 games before being replaced by Rick Tocchet. During that same time, the Lighting would be sold, Steve […]