Monthly Archives: March 2011

WHO SHOULD BE NAMED NHL COACH OF THE YEAR?

Behind every great team is a great coach. And the NHL has more than it’s fair share of distinguished bench bosses this season.

The Vancouver Canucks and Philadelphia Flyers have enjoyed a great regular season and you have to tip your hat to Alain Vigneault and Peter Laviolette for the job they’ve done.

Tomas Kaberle-Bruins talks on hold

Bruins defenseman Tomas Kaberle has made significant contributions to Boston’s blue line since the team acquired him on Feb. 18 from the Toronto Maple Leafs.

At the time of the deal, where the Bruins surrendered prospect Joe Colborne, a 2011 first-round pick and a 2012 conditional pick in the second round, Boston’s general manager Peter Chiarelli said he had every intention of signing Kaberle to an extension at the end of the 2010-2011 season.

De Costa to make decision today

Stephane De Costa is expected to come to a decision today on where he will sign. Over 20 teams are interested in this college hockey player, but only a few front runners left on where he will sign.

Is this Martin's last year in MTL?

I’ve been watching the Montreal Canadiens since I was 6 years old and am now 35, in all those years of watching the Habs I’ve never seen such of an incompetent coach! Even with all those injuries the Habs still have a decent team but don’t seems to be able to bring it to the next level, even with all the signings 2 years ago Martin doesn’t seems to be able to get the maximum out of his players, he never shows emotions, always has his hands in his pocket and mumbles all the time and after every games the Habs lose he tells us that things seems worste then what they really are?

Oshie to sit out two games for unexcused absence

T.J. Oshie missed a practice on Monday. He will miss two Blues games as a result.

Blues general manger Doug Armstrong said Oshie will be scratched from the Blues’ next two games, beginning with tonight’s faceoff with Minnesota at Scottrade Center. Oshie also will not make the trip to Detroit for Wednesday’s game with the Red Wings.

Oshie, who has 10 goals and 20 assists in 30 games, missed practice on Monday with what was described as an “unexcused absence.”

Burke must make a Sundin/Gilmour type impact trade.

Remember the days of having a true bonafide 1st line center, one that was a reliable point per game player or better. Remember the trades that brought in Gilmour, and Sundin. Players that some may consider Franchise players, or pretty close to it, players that were able to carry a team on there backs, and actually make an impact. This is exactly what the Leafs are in need of, Richards is not the answer, here’s the player Burke must target in the off-season.

Canucks might move Schneider in the offseason

In his first full NHL season, Vancouver’s Cory Schneider has become one of the league’s top backup goaltenders.

Serving as Roberto Luongo’s understudy is not the most stressful or demanding job, but it’s hard to argue with his results – a 14-3-2 record and 2.22 goals-against average.

Chris Osgood's future unknown

Chris Osgood’s future is murky after the Detroit Red Wings placed the 38-year-old goaltender on long-term injured reserve Wednesday.

Osgood, who was activated last week, had hoped to play in a couple of games before the end of the regular season and be ready to back up Jimmy Howard in the playoffs.

But he continues to experience soreness in his groin after surgery on Jan. 11 for a sports hernia. And now his status for the postseason is in doubt.

Lemaire will consider returning next season

However it ends, record miracle or three-month tease, Jacques Lemaire will deserve consideration for a second Jack Adams Award as NHL Coach of the Year (the first in 1993-94). That wouldn’t do it, by itself, but don’t be surprised if the Devils’ Preposterous Dream is enough to bring him back next season.

Rangers coach John Tortorella scratches Sean Avery Friday, forward may no longer

Sean Avery has played 70 games this season, the most appearances he has made in any of the five campaigns he’s been with the Rangers, but it appears more and more that the one-time Broadway sparkplug no longer fits into the Blueshirts’ plans.

Oilers after Weber?

Would the Edmonton Oilers make an offer-sheet raid on Nashville Predators defenceman Shea Weber if Nashville can’t sign him? Why not? They’ve done it twice with Thomas Vanek and Dustin Penner, have tons of cap room and the requisite two first-round draft picks, a second and a third rounder, to give up. Now, would Weber sign it to play on a rebuilding team? Iffy.

The Big Free Agent The Leafs Must Chase

James Reimer has had a terrific little run. He stepped into the breach when the Leafs needed somebody – anybody – who could stop the puck with consistency, and turned the club from a team wallowing in the depths of the Eastern Conference into a squad that has at least been able to make the final weeks of the season interesting.

It’s clear Reimer has a chance to be a good NHL goalie, or maybe more.

Look at the Leafs

The story since the All star break has been yes the Toronto Maple Leafs, going 10-3-5 since then, and playing great hockey with players eager to stay in the Leafs line up and showing they can play in the NHL, which is helping them out greatly; names like Reimer, Crabb, Aulie, and few others. Most of all has been the production of Kessel and Lupul, and Bozak stepping up a bit after hes been struggling most of the year, and most consideration goes to the second line of Kulemin-Grabovski-MaCarthur.