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Another regular season is behind us; before the playoffs begin, I thought it may be fun to share what 6 months of toil have taught me.
Anyone can win the Southeast division - and probably will. Thanks to the Panthers, it’s now the only division that all 5 of its members have won since the lockout. Like many, I had assumed that Dale Tallon’s collection of third-line stars would tread water in anticipation of younger stars emerging around them; their success this season speaks volumes not to Tallon’s genius but to the coaching ability of Kevin Dineen, a long-time candidate who I’m guessing several teams are now casting rueful eyes at.
When Brendan Burke, son of Toronto GM Brian Burke, was tragically killed in a car accident 2 years ago, it ignited a debate about homosexuals in hockey and sports and general. This debate raged everywhere from the mainstream media down to the blogs like this one. Whenever there was a post alluding to Brendan Burke or openly gay pro players, it seemed to always result in heated rhetoric on both sides. Despite being an extremely contentious issue, while still only in college, Brendan himself came out as openly gay and began to fight very publicly for acceptance of gay players within the game.
Restoring the red line will just open another can of worms, unless the other changes to the neutral zone are also reversed.
When they opened the game (supposedly) eliminating the 2 line pass, they also shortened the neutral zone by moving the blue line 2 ft closer to center ice**. They have also changed the faceoff positions. With the 2 line pass, the faceoff position was where the pass originated, but they have since changed the rules regarding the position of the faceoffs.
What would they do now..? According to today\‘s game logic a faceoff caused by a 2 line pass would be deep in the zone (faceoff circle right next to the net).
**At the same time, they moved the goal line back 2 ft. Increasing the defensive zone by 4 ft and making it nearly impossible to defend the points on the power play. This is one of the main reasons most teams best defense on the penalty kill is to collapse into the slot and try to block shots.
Looks like Sid has been cleared for contact and could be playing soon.
From the Penguins website,
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has been cleared for full contact, but there is not timetable for a possible return to the lineup.
“I was cleared to do contact,” Crosby said. “We’ll see how that goes. There is no real timetable, but it’s a good step. Hopefully, I can keep the momentum and get out there soon.”
Crosby, who has been out of the lineup since Dec. 6 with concussion-like symptoms and a neck injury, has been symptom free for “a few days” and resumed contact practice with his teammates Tuesday afternoon.
“I’ve been through this before,” Crosby said. “Contact is the big step. It’s nice to be symptom free, but it’s not as fulfilling until you get out there. I just want to make sure that I take the right steps here and get back out there soon.”
More of the story
Hockey Mom and family friend, Karen Schneider, has written a thoughtful article on Jack Jablonski.
The story is now available on-line on the SI IPad app (for $4.99) and it will be available on the news stands tomorrow. I have attached the link to the free print version (minus photos) below. I hope you will read it, and, if the spirit moves you, spread the word, as a way to support Jack and his family and the efforts of the enormous but intimate family of hockey players, but not only hockey players: of all parents who have to face difficult truths and make hard decisions as we take on the complex, daunting task of raising our children, and, in the process, striving to be the best role models and people we can be, one inch at a time. Jack\‘s story has both broken me like no other, and lifted me like no other. He is a remarkable, inspirational kid.
By now I’m sure most of you are at least aware of Google’s social network in Google+. It has not taken over Facebook by storm, but has actually done quite well with certain niches. Tech-types love it (my Tech circle son their are insane with activity), and so do photographers and artists, and so on.
The one niche I have never been able to find on G+ though is sports, specifically hockey.
Are there any hockey reporters, bloggers, writers, etc, on Google+ to follow? I have yet to find any. And quite frankly, I would prefer G+ to Twitter even because Twitter’s mobile clients have gotten just awful and clunky (while G+‘s Android client has gotten fast and slick in the last few updates). And as for Facebook… the less said about it (and its awful mobile clients), the better.
If you know of any writers, bloggers, hockey media types, etc, to follow on G+, could you please post them? I’d like to get a Hockey Circle going, and I’m sure some others would like to get a Hockey Circle going as well. G+ seems like the perfect place for this sort of thing…
I’m so sick of the political BS on this forum. I watch hockey to escape the soul crushing state of the world. Enough. Put a pin in it. There’s plenty of places to demonize your neighbors and treat them as some kind of alien thing. This isn’t it. I want to hate you for liking the St. Louis Blues, or something equally as silly where the hate is a facade. I want to be called arrogant because my favorite team is the greatest team in all of sports. I don’t like seeing political views distorted and getting distilled AM radio comments on my favorite hockey blog.
It seems every time Thomas gets mentioned, certain posters feel it is their duty to defend Thomas (as if he needs it) or attack “libs,” “libtards” or some other variation of the enemy-other people construct to make it easier to attack or dismiss other views. It isn’t helpful. It isn’t constructive. It makes me think less of you when I read the silly knee-jerk political hack-job you post. Hockey is supposed to bring us together (at least as far as the rivalry lines anyway). This is a toxic subject, and is the worst aspect of Thomas’ rejection of the invitation.
One last thing, I have a MA in a social science directly related to politics. I’ve read way too much and studied this stuff for a long time. I deal with these subjects professionally, I have a full-time job where I teach and discuss this stuff. I don’t want to feel like I’m working when I check into KK. This is the site I hit when I’m supposed to be working and don’t want to deal with stuff like Tim Thomas and the White House.
So can we give it a rest?
So I was watching the highlights from the Lightning-Leafs game last night (7-3 TOR) and trying to think of a decent shakeup for TB, especially in net after watching what happened.
What about Nikolai Khabibulin for Dwayne Roloson straight up (or maybe a pick going with Rollie given Khabby’s play this year)? This would give Khabibulin the chance to return to a place where he has had success (‘04 Stanley Cup) and is comfortable and likewise with Roloson (‘06 Finals). In addition, it would get Khabby’s (1 year remaining on his deal) $3.75M off next year’s books for Edmonton while giving Tampa the time to figure out a long-term solution. The teams’ caps would barely be affected this year as Roloson’s cap hit on his one-year deal is $3.5M.
If Khabby can keep up his strong play upon his return to Tampa, it will give them a chance to turn things around a bit and possibly give them the shake up they need without having to rattle their core before they’re sure that’s necessary. In addition, it would be good for PR bringing back the cup-winning goaltender (although I’m not sure how bitter people are about Khabby darting to the $$ in Chicago upon becoming a UFA). This could give Tampa a good jolt without anything too drastic.
Does anyone else think this is feasible/a good way to shake things up in Tampa?
Just a couple of comments on the IIHF World Juniors so far.
Team USA has been very disappointing. After a good first game against Denmark (winning 11-3) it’s been pretty sparse for USA junior hockey. After loosing 4-1 to Finland, USA lost to the Czech Republic today and are done for the tournament. Not good.
Every time I watch the Juniors I wonder why the NHL doesn’t go to the modified icing rule they use.
Petr Mrazek (Detroit Red Wings) has looked pretty darn good. Even in the lose to Team Canada he looked decent. Hopefully the Wings have their goaltender for the future. Or at least a solid back-up (think Rask in Boston).
Canada is the cream of the crop again this year. Yea, that was obvious.
Recent conversation among pundits has been sobering with Crosby shut down and Ovechkin not playing like Ovechkin for the second season in a row. They claim that the NHL currently does not have a face because the two biggest names (they chose and marketed the eggs in one rivalry basket) are not currently the best players.
As Colonel Potter would say, horse hockey!
The NHL has a face, and it\‘s shared by two players! They happen to be twins who play on the top line for the Vancouver Canucks. Over the past two seasons they became the first brothers to alternately lead the league in points in consecutive seasons. They are the Sedin twins. It started in \‘09-\‘10 with Henrik winning the Art Ross and the Hart Memorial Trophies as well as making the first All-Star team. It continued last season, \‘10-\‘11, with Daniel winning the Art Ross Trophy and the Ted Lindsay Award. Both brothers made the first All-Star team last season. The rise of the Sedin twins began after the lockout, in the \‘05-\‘06 season. After helping Sweden win Olympic Gold the Sedin twins completed their first breakout seasons together. (1)
But why hasn\‘t the NHL awakened to its current face[s]? Is it the same reason Nicklas Lidstrom was a bridesmaid three consecutive years before they had to hand him the Norris Trophy the following three years and not denied him any season since then that he has earned it, because he\‘s Swedish? (2) Or has the NHL finally gotten past the most ridiculous of all its prejudices only to fall into its worst one: The Sedin twins play for a Western Canadian team and that is simply not marketable to the rest of the league?
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