Archive for November, 2010

Review: The Ovechkin Project: A Behind-The-Scenes Look at Hockey’s Most Dangerous Player

THE OVECHKIN PROJECT by Damien Cox and Gare Joyce is supposed to be “A Behind-The-Scenes Look at Hockey’s Most Dangerous Player.” The book mainly focuses on the 2009-2010 season, perhaps the worst of Ovechkin’s career, featuring a stunning Olympic loss, a stunning Stanley Cup playoff loss, and a disappointing World Ice Hockey Championships loss. The […]

Islanders Might Find Winning in Queens

Photo by tedkerwin Yesterday Larry Brooks took the Islanders to task for just kind of wallowing in their failures. Brooks recommends the team move to Queens, where he says an arena is waiting for them. I assume he means in the Willets Point area, which New York City is trying to build up, and which […]

Ilya Kovalchuk Can Thank Martin St. Louis for the Failed Right Wing Experiment

Damien Cox has an interesting item on Ilya Kovalchuk’s struggles in New Jersey. He blames Kovalchuk’s time spent on his off wing. That’s not what’s so interesting. Most people picked up that Kovalchuk wasn’t comfortable playing right wing for the Devils. But Cox traces the origins of the off wing experiment to Devils assistant coach […]

Capitals’ Coach Boudreau Votes for Super Lines With His Super Line

Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau isn’t scared to put all of his top guys on one line. He liked the way Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Alexander Semin looked against Calgary Saturday, so he’s looking to keep the three together. Most coaches try and break up their best players, just to make matching a little tougher. […]

John Tortorella Discovers Coaching Can Actually Help Teams Win

It’s amazing how quickly a team can turn things around. Just a couple of weeks ago, I was speculating Rangers’ coach John Tortorella was just about done in New York. Shortly after that, the team had an amazing turnaround, discovering a physical style of play that’s translated to wins, mostly because of Tortorella’s suddenly smart […]