Archive for July, 2011

NHL GMs Go Hollywood and Embrace the Reboot

Here in the United States, we seem to be in a period where we’re enthralled by the idea of a reboot, with reboot defined as the reconceptualization of a previously developed idea. The Tobey Maguire Spider-Man movies were popular but to breathe new life into the character, the franchise is getting rebooted, giving a slightly […]

Rangers Give Brandon Dubinsky Four Years to Live Up To Potential

The Rangers did a relatively impressive job in holding Brandon Dubinsky to a four-year, $16.8 million, arbitration-avoiding contract. According to some, the big issue in getting the contract done was money and length of contract. According to others, the issue was just contract length. If the proceedings had a feeling of deja vu, it’s because […]

Next Devils’ Coach Might Want to Learn He’s Hired

I’m not quite sure why the Devils have yet to pick a new coach but my gut feeling is that it can’t be a good thing. After last season’s coaching misfire, with rookie NHL head coach John MacLean destroying the season, followed by former coach Jacques Lemaire returning to his old job, almost managing to […]

Chemistry Between Gaborik and Richards Isn’t a Given

The most interesting thing about the Brad Richards signing in New York is the assumption that he’ll click with Marian Gaborik. The assumption is so prevalent, the only question people seem to be asking is who’ll play left wing on the Richards-Gaborik line. But I think we need to take a step back. Because just […]

Sharks and Flyers Fix What’s Not Broken in Search of Cup

The most interesting part of last week’s roster moves (and this weekend’s) was that two very successful NHL teams were willing to dramatically reinvent themselves, even though the previous season’s versions of the teams were successful. Both the Philadelphia Flyers and San Jose Sharks, two teams that, had some things gone just a little bit […]