Category Archives: Opinion/Speculation
Every year since the lockout when Philly GM Bobby Clarke sent an offer sheet to Vancouver’s Ryan Kessler there has been speculation on who is going to be signed to an offer sheet, which team is going to be forced to overpay for a restricted free agent.
As most of you may have noticed, especially if one of them is your team, a lot of the team out there have yet to name their new captains.
Some of them, like Minnesota and Buffalo, have never actually had a full-time captain, they have always rotated the ‘C’ monthly.
“The Shootout will save hockey.” Words from so many NHL people around the league have all said the same thing. NHL is featuring the shootout during the end of every pre-season game to get the fans going….
But as I watch it… the truth is… it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.
Note to NHL: Bring back the hockey we all loved to watch.
WELL, they tried; but give the Ottawa Senators credit: they had, hands down, their greatest season ever and could promise to do even more damage next spring. Yes, it is very disappointing for Canadians to have sit through a record ninth straight year without a Canadian team in the Stanley Cup Finals, but, despite all the disappointment, there’s probably never been a better year than this in recent memory for Canadians to get excited about the Cup Finals, since these Finals are very Canadian in spirit.
Two articles here:
leafazoid29: Roberts Back Soon, but Problems Loom Large
matrix2003: Those Forgotten Players
FOR the past few years, the National Women’s Hockey League has been operating as an arena for the best female hockey players to showcase their hockey talents. It’s been, more or less, a success, providing a springboard to the Canadian national team, but now the NWHL was faced with a boatload of new problems, not the least of which is the issue of lucrative National Collegiate Athletic Association scholarships.
In this age of ridiculous contracts and overpaid stiffs there are still a few bargains out there in the NHL. The Hockey News recently published the salaries of each and every player in the NHL and I was surprised to see how many underpaid (as well as overpaid players there were out there).
Ok, I know I’ve sat here and defended the Red Wings spending spree until I was blue in the face. I still don’t think they’re overly guilty. However, I’m also an extreme homer and do recognize that there is an extreme money problem in the NHL. With the Rangers going out and spending about 25 million dollars on getting 4 of the top 10 free agents on the market, plus getting Bure for almost nothing at the deadline (up to 35 million dollars on 5 players who definately are not worth 35 million dollars), things have gotten out of control.
ONE of hockey’s greatest problems is depth. Many believe that the National Hockey League has too many teams and too few good players to go around, leaving most clubs with only one or two star players and maybe another ten decent ones, and, judging by the quality of play, that seems to be correct. The most popular solution to the problem is contracting the NHL by four, five or even six teams, with the targets pretty much unanimous, allowing the remaining teams to adequately fill the gaps in their lineup with the contracted clubs’ players. However, since the NHL may not be going to contraction, there may be another solution in the mix, and that would be to simply lower the limit of players NHL teams can carry on their roster, from the current 25 (23 skaters plus goalies) to as low as 14.
IT’s almost June. The sun is shining, the year is half gone and the Stanley Cup Play-offs are winding down. I’ve also decided, with the year half gone, to compose a list of my picks for the ten best and worst movers and shakers in the hockey world, listed in no particular order. The list is divided in two groups: the “Best”, those hockey figures who have distinguished themselves as elite individuals, while the “Worst” are, predictably, those figures who need to give their heads a shake. For a list of the movers and shakers on a world scale, visit my Web Site at www.theranter.4dw.com or click on the link at the end of the article.
Without further adieu, here’s the list:
The Philadelphia Flyers were one of the most talented teams (on paper) in the league. They were the natural favorites to win the eastern conference, and with good reason. They signed Jeremy Roenick (1,000 point scorer), John LeClair (50 goal scorer thrice), Simon Gagne (superb young talent, whose scoring numbers have improved each year), Roman Cechmanek (Vezina runner-up the year before), and after the deadline, they picked up Adam Oates, the best playmaer in the league. Now, the Flyers will be looking to add MORE talent, and I’ll look a the pros and cons of some of the rumored moves.
ACCORDING to Toronto Star and The Hockey News writer Ken Campbell, the Toronto Maple Leafs have re-invented themselves more times than Madonna. In the transitions, Campbell argues, the Leafs have gone from sluggish (1998), to skilled and soft (1999-2000), to slow and plodding (2001) to this year’s mishmash, which Campbell declines to describe. That is, until now, where his report on the Leafs’ constant yapping yielded the headline “the Lippy Leafs”.
Lumme on shelf
Anti-Clarke Site up
Canucks win “Spirit of Vancouver” Award
(Sources: TSN.ca, www.clarkemustgo.com, Canucks.com)
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(NOTE: This is NOT an anti-fighting rant. I want this to be an open argument)
WITH these play-offs some of the most violent on record, sportswriters and fans on both sides of the border are beginning to wonder where fighting stands as a part of the game of hockey. For some, fighting is as integral to the game as assists and hip checks are, while others see fighting as a disgraceful act that mars what should be a beautiful game. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of fighting, but, even so, I’m starting to have doubts that fighting should be taken away, as some writers suggest, as a “presentable” image of the “coolest game on Earth”.
With three days to go in the National Hockey League regular season and one of the closest Conference play-off battles in recent memory, I’ve decided to compile the mathematical possibilities of what each team still in the Western Conference play-off chase needs to clinch a play-off spot, and the likelihood of such an event. Those teams are (in order): the Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks, Phoenix Coyotes and Edmonton Oilers (No. 10 Dallas Stars are officially eliminated).
I know it seems a little late for the third quarter, but I’ve decided the fourth will come at the conclusion of the play-offs, so, techinically, I still have some room for this quarter. Anyway, here is this quarter’s list of those who are doing better than expected and those who would just be better off being rink rats.
A few days ago, Toronto Star columnist Jim Coyle wrote a piece on the issue of road hockey, debating it’s merits and wondering why politicians are considering banning the great Canadian tradition. Even though it’s not an ice hockey story, I felt this is an important subject to bring up with the HockeyTradeRumours.com community, because I’m sure many of us had played road hockey (like I did) and because so many of our hockey heroes played the game to get better at their ice game.
The Florida Panthers made a few moves this trade deadline. Here is my opinion on the deals, the rest of the Panthers season and some things they should do in the offseason.
Here are some suggestions on all 30 teams on what they need to do after the olympic break and before the trade deadline.
Watching the National Football League play-offs has made me wonder: what if the National Hockey League adopted the same idea, with single-game elimination rather than a full seven-game series? I know that my idea is increasingly idealistic, but I have my reasons.