Archive for May, 2012

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Parallel Paths: Nash, Kovalchuk and the Reality of Change

As the calendar slips from May to June, Columbus Blue Jackets fans are likely facing what was unthinkable less than a year ago – the impending trade of team captain Rick Nash. Simultaneously, New Jersey Devils followers are relishing their involvement in the Stanley Cup Finals, due in large part [...]

by · May 31, 2012 · 2 comments ·
The 10 Best Contracts in the NHL

The 10 Best Contracts in the NHL

Before the NHL lockout of 2004-05, the second contract acted as a bridge between a player’s rookie/entry level contract (ELC) and a large pay day. The second contract now serves a different purpose, thanks primarily to two factors – the 2005 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), and Kevin Lowe’s 2007 summer [...]

by · May 31, 2012 · 9 comments ·
The Stanley Cup Reunion That Almost Was

The Stanley Cup Reunion That Almost Was

If the Rangers had defeated their cross-river rival Devils in round three, it would have resulted in the 8 year reunion of Tortorella and Sutter coaching in the Stanley Cup final—albeit coaching different teams.

by · May 31, 2012 · 0 comments ·
The Hockey Gods Must Be Crazy: Jeff Carter, Puck Luck, and the Predator Way

The Hockey Gods Must Be Crazy: Jeff Carter, Puck Luck, and the Predator Way

Penner to Carter to Penner on the series winning-goal, the very goal the Nashville Predators couldn’t score, against the goaltender they couldn’t beat.

by · May 30, 2012 · 1 comment ·
American Made: Thoughts on the Stanley Cup Final and Team USA

American Made: Thoughts on the Stanley Cup Final and Team USA

If you were to ask pretty much any hockey expert or fan who the best countries are in the world when it comes to level of hockey talent, you are going to get a couple of fairly standard answers. Most folks would agree that Canada and Russia are probably the [...]

by · May 29, 2012 · 2 comments ·
Have the Blackhawks Changed Direction Since 2010?

Have the Blackhawks Changed Direction Since 2010?

After enjoying a 2009-2010 campaign that culminated in a Stanley Cup championship, the Chicago Blackhawks have been unable replicate their championship success. While the last two seasons have seen the Blackhawks make the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the seasons have ended without the ecstatic calls from John Wiedeman. Forty-nine years of [...]

by · May 27, 2012 · 0 comments ·
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The Death of the Puck-Handling Goalie

Frustration had mounted. As Henrik Lundqvist made a mad dash to the bench, the pressure was now on his teammates to get the puck in deep and generate a scoring opportunity. The New York Rangers found themselves down 3-1 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals. And with 1:34 [...]

by · May 26, 2012 · 0 comments ·
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What Makes a Successful NHL General Manager?

Finding a leader for a $445 million hockey team doesn’t happen overnight. Montreal Canadiens owner and CEO Geoff Molson spent over a month carefully trimming a list of approximately 20 candidates before finally finding the man he hopes can rebuild the historic franchise. “We were looking for a candidate with [...]

by · May 25, 2012 · 2 comments ·