Archive for September, 2011

Parise or Kovalchuk Should Consider Switching Sides

I’m always amazed how NHL teams will let their rosters fall out of balance. For example, how did the Devils not consider the ramifications of investing so much in left wings? The Devils have a lot of money and talent in Ilya Kovalchuk and Zach Parise, both of whom play the left side. Last year, […]

Jaromir Jagr Looking Downright Contemporary for Flyers

I’m shocked by how good Jaromir Jagr has looked for the Flyers. When he left the NHL in 2008, he looked exhausted. He was playing for a coach who didn’t mind static, half-court offensive sets without much stretch-passing or speed, but the league was changing around Jagr and around the Rangers. It was becoming harder […]

Two-Thirds of a Top Line Is Enough for Rangers

It looks like the Rangers are considering Wojtek Wolski for the top-line wing spot, which would have him playing with Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik. It would be a nice gig for Wolski, especially since there were rumors the Rangers might buy out his contract this summer. But the Rangers really don’t have many options […]

Islanders Still Dream of a Healthy Rick DiPietro

Yesterday’s New York Post had a nice, long profile of New York Islander goalie Rick DiPietro. DiPietro is perhaps best known for signing a 15-year contract in 2006, putting together two very strong seasons, and then spending the next three seasons being perpetually injured. DiPietro is once again trying to get his career on track, […]

NHLers Enjoy Aggressive Coaching Just As Much As Fans Do

After the last NHL lockout, the league put an emphasis on trying to take trapping out of hockey, saying that fans didn’t want to watch a team trap for three periods. So the league tweaked some rules and did what it could to put some more speed into the game. And for the most part […]

Time For NHL to Treat All Players Like People, Regardless of Role

Over in New Jersey, Todd Fedoruk is trying to survive the pressures of addiction and an NHL comeback, as he works to catch on with the Canucks. Fedoruk is a 32-year-old enforcer who was out of hockey last season while he worked on some personal issues. Down in Tampa, Steven Stamkos is trying to establish […]