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Goalie Miikka Kiprusoff Needs Some Help From His Team

Photo by davidgsteadman The good news? Calgary Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff, pulled in two of his last three previous starts, managed to play the full 60 minutes against the Minnesota Wild. The bad news? Kiprusoff gave up six goals, including two on the first four shots. You have to give Flames’ coach Brent Sutter some […]

Leafs and Penguins Should Combine Lines

The Penguins and Leafs are both having a tough season. For the Leafs, this is nothing new. For the Penguins, it’s very new territory. What’s so interesting is they kind of have inverse problems. Toronto is weak down the middle, with strong wingers but no dominant center. The Penguins are strong down the middle, but […]

Phaneuf Bringing Leafs to Life

Larry Brooks’ Sunday column was all about how dull most of the season has been. This has been a slow season. The Olympic break took a lot of momentum out of the playoff chase. The trade deadline was quiet. This season has felt longer than previous ones. But that doesn’t mean there haven’t been some […]

Leafs End Suffering; Isles and Wild Continue Theirs

Oh wow! The Leafs finally won! The Leafs finally won! Who knew goaltending was such an important position? Jonas Gustavsson earned his first NHL win with his second solid NHL start. But credit Anaheim, too, for playing a very dull game. It’s almost like they wanted to give the Leafs their first win of the […]

Isles and Leafs Place Offense Before Winning

What are we? Two weeks into the season? And already the Doug Weight trade rumors are starting. This has to be some kind of trade rumor record. The Islanders are still waiting for their first win of the season and are in a challenging situation. Coach Scott Gordon has some talented, but undeveloped forwards and […]

NHL GMs: ‘I’ve Got a Tip on the Fourth Line’

David Pollak had a piece discussing how much competition the Sharks have for their third- and fourth-line slots. This seems to be the new GM move: spending an excruciating amount of time, and to a certain extent, money, on guys who will play 10 to 15 minutes a night. At least San Jose GM Doug […]

Heatley a Tough Sell/Trade

Kevin Allen has an interesting piece on something I’ve been noticing: There doesn’t seem to be any market for or interest in Ottawa’s Dany Heatley. Obviously, a lot of the disinterest is posturing by GMs, but Heatley’s contract just doesn’t make sense, financially, in a lot of places. And when you consider players like Jay […]

Blues in the Playoffs…For Now

What a crazy night last night. The Blues beat Detroit, the Blues on the second half of a back-to-back and the Wings coming off of three days of rest. The Blues are now in the playoffs. I don’t think anyone saw that coming a few weeks ago. The bottom of the Western Conference is crazy. […]

And the Academy Award for Best Coaching Performance Goes To…

The thing I love most about NHL coaching is that in a lot of ways, it’s really more about persona and performance than Xs and Os. You can have no understanding of hockey and still motivate your players, probably relying on your assistant coaches to handle the tactical issues, and you can probably have a […]

Phantoms Now Phantoms

Some more semi-random notes: The Flyers sold their Philadelphia-based AHL team and are looking for a new affiliate near Philly. Having an AHL affiliate across town is a tremendous advantage for a team. It makes call-ups much easier, but also makes scouting incredibly simple. The Phantoms played in the Spectrum, which is about to get […]