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Thanks Shawn, plus splitting hairs

Thanks to Shawn Roarke of NHL.com @sroarke_nhl for challenging my initial Tweet on Christian Dvorak. I did initially say “college numbers” in reference to Dvorak’s career, when of course he played junior. It was a case of green jersey transference. My mind saw a player winning a spring championship in a green jersey on a

Jimmy Hat

The GM of the Penguins pulled off another Stanley Cup championship for the Pens franchise and his personal resume, yet I wonder if Jim Rutherford is lucky or good.  In his 20 years as GM of the Hartford/Carolina franchise he did win a Stanely Cup right in the middle of his tenure. That 2005-06 Hurricanes

Summer on Ice

Past the drama of the draft and the flurry of free agency, we now sit in late July with the major excitement being the anticipation of arbitration hearings. Will he or won’t he, avoid arbitration that is? With Mike Milbury working on TV and Tommy Salo back home in Sweden we are unlikely to be

Grab the money or the ring?

With the World Cup of Hockey on the horizon I have heard the term ‘money grab’ thrown around a lot. While there are some aspects of the tournament that warrant criticism, I don’t understand the vitriol from many. By locating the event only in Toronto and charging high ticket prices I get that there will

Draft Aftermath

The 2016 NHL entry draft has come and gone. The big trades that were rumored did not occur. This week is the free agency talking period in which teams can communicate with unrestricted free agents, but not make them a contract offer until July 1. With that it will be a wait and see week

Expansion: the NHL’s obesity problem

So here we are again, time for the NHL to expand. Purpose: easy money as always. Oh wait, the politcally correct answer is ‘to grow the game’ and treat the world to the great sport of hockey. Sorry I let reality seep in there for a moment. To go along with the fantasy world, Mr.

Stamkos Watch

Seen Stamkos?!? Well his banker will soon and he will have a lot of work to do. First off, if you play the odds, the Tampa Bay Lightning still have the best chance to sign him. Familiarity, success, and tax benefits all factor in to make Tampa the favorite. Also, while most view Steve Yzerman

Is 18 the new 19?

Traditionally the NHL entry draft has even the top players coming from their junior, college, or European backgrounds with only token World Junior Championship experience at best. However, this year 6 of the top 9 prospects not only played at the WJC, but played major roles for their respective countries. With the state of the

Stanley Cup Finalists

The entire season now culminates with two teams fighting for four wins to claim Lord Stanley’s Cup. The Pittsburgh Penguins open up at home versus the San Jose Sharks on Memorial Day. The way these playoffs have unfolded this appears to be a very even battle between East and West. Each team had a 5

Do you feel lucky?

So the Draft Lottery is done and the 2016 draft will see Toronto #1, Winnipeg #2, and Columbus #3 – while Buffalo stays at #8. The Oilers and Canucks fell 2 spots and the Flames fell 1. Getting into the top 3 in this draft is huge, so Winnipeg is obviously happy. For me, I