Monthly Archives: March 2012

4.5 NHL Thoughts

29th
Mar. × ’12

Vacant Office With Gauthier and Gainey both out the door on Montreal, the search will begin in earnest for the new hand at the helm. If Molson is serious about getting the team to contend again, he almost certainly needs a person who’s crazy enough to want to step into the inferno that is the […]


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Season Story: Tim Thomas

28th
Mar. × ’12

Tim Thomas has had an interesting season. He opened the season playing behind a team with five players who were showing up skating in front of him. He played well through that. In October he had a less than modest .929 sv%, and then he got better. In November and December his numbers were off […]


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3 1/2 NHL Thoughts: Entry Draft, CBA, Rules

27th
Mar. × ’12

NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement: One of the things that might make sense to add into the next CBA is a provision to allow a larger roster from the trade deadline forward and or additional NHL contract. The argument for the first is that if additional roster players are allowed (under the salary cap)  players who […]


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If I Told You In September…

25th
Mar. × ’12

This is a feature that will run about every two weeks with improbable stats and situations in the National Hockey League. Teams: The Saint Louis Blues would be the first team to 100 points the New York Rangers would be first in the NHL in points with the 29th ranked powerplay the Pacific Division team […]


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Boston Bruins 7th Player Award

24th
Mar. × ’12

The Boston Bruins 7th Player Award is one of those awards that is so hard to judge. If you look at any given to week span of the marathon you could award it to a good dozen players in a deep team. Other years you wonder if anyone deserves it. This year is another hard […]


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If They Make It…

23rd
Mar. × ’12

We’re in that last sprint to the playoffs where will is even more important than skill and organization depth and a little luck can pay off like no other time before the sweet sixteen square off for battle. The bubble teams are the most exciting story this time of year. If the LA Kings: Are […]


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Missing Award

22nd
Mar. × ’12

One of the most surprising things about the NHL is how little it does to effectively give itself long terms stability in terms of fan attention. I’ve discussed once or twice or maybe, just maybe quite a few times, some of the NHL’s marketing failures opportunities for improvement. One of the ways that other industries […]


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7 Storylines To Get You To The Playoffs

21st
Mar. × ’12

With the playoffs oh-so-tantalizingly-close for some teams, and out of reach of many, here’s a few story lines to keep yourself busy while you wait for the second season. What franchise most needs to be blown up if they get anything less than the Cup? The Washington Capitals, San Jose Sharks? Or maybe its a […]


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$5 Million Dollar Forwards: Northeast Edition

20th
Mar. × ’12

The dividing line between the upper echelon of the NHL’s forwards in terms of pay and the merely competent is always sliding upwards. Right now the line is slipping from the five million mark upwards. Without knowing what the next CBA will look like, much less the next two or three annual caps we’ll take […]


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