Ronnie Shuker is an associate editor with The Hockey News. He brought his philosophy and journalism graduate degrees to THN in 2011 and has been living the dream since. By day he mans his desk, crushing copy and weaving yarns for the magazine. By night he’s either at home or in the press box watching dump-truck loads of hockey.
They’re the last-minute Larrys of the Stanley Cup playoffs year after year – the college kids with PhDs in procrastination yet so whip-smart that they can cram study before the final exam and pull out an ‘A.’
Problem is, though, they’re supposed to be the NHL’s professors, the grizzled veterans of the league – post-season shrewd and crunch-time wise from their vast playoff experience the past three years. In short, the Boston Bruins should know better than to play around with “procrastination.”
All right. Don’t overthink this. It’s almost as easy as giving out the Art Ross Trophy.
Patrick Roy is the obvious, slam-dunk, no-brainer award winner of the Jack Adams Trophy. Mike Babcock and Jon Cooper take a bow, since you’re both worthy of being finalists, but take a step back behind Roy as you do, because he’s the rightful winner in 2014.
There’s a curious coincidence when it comes to cash and Rick Nash. When the money stops flowing, so does his production.
Come playoff time, when players play for glory instead of green (aside from the occasional, obscure post-season bonus), the New York Rangers’ most expensive regular season asset of $7.8 million scores at the pace of a minimum wage NHLer.
As the calendar rolled into May, only 180 or so NHLers on eight teams were left standing after Round 1 concluded last night. The rest? They’re either on the links perfecting their golf game, or on the beach soaking up some sun, right?
Sure, the guys who were eliminated Wednesday will likely jet off soon for some well-earned R ’n’ R. But for those whose season ended mid-April, May means the start of off-season workouts to prepare for training camp.
Yeah, you read that right. The 2013-14 season isn’t even over, and players are already preparing for 2014-15.
After using up their three mulligans, the San Jose Sharks completed their collapse on the back nine of their first-round series against Los Angeles. All that’s left for them now is to book tee times following their 5-1 loss to the Kings in Game 7.
Cue the cries for immediate change, which will quickly come externally from fans and media. That outside pressure will be matched, if not surpassed, internally as the franchise is forced to consider everything from selecting a scapegoat to making wholesale changes.
After becoming just the fourth team in NHL history to be eliminated after holding a 3-0 series lead, it’ll be hard for the Sharks to stick with anything resembling the status quo. Unpopular as that would surely be, however, it could be the best thing for the franchise to do.
Montreal Canadiens fans take note: your GM is anything but a bore.
Marc Bergevin, a veteran of 1,191 NHL games before retiring in 2004 and joining Chicago management, was an inveterate prankster. And everyone was fair game, including his then-St. Louis Blues GM Larry Pleau.
According to a story from THN’s 2004 Yearbook, Pleau got Bergevin good with a gag, leading to this gem by Bergevin in return:
The options can be overwhelming and the information endless when trying to pick a protein powder. What look like giant vitamin bottles populate the supplement shelves, each putting a claim on the consumer to deliver peak results.
When it comes to pure performance, however, there is a sure-fire No. 1.
“Whey protein is the gold standard in terms of the most bang for your buck, getting the most essential amino acids per serving per gram – there’s no question about that,” said Matt Nichol, a strength and conditioning coach and creator of BioSteel Sport Supplements. “It’s not just how many grams of protein you take, but how many grams of amino acids your body is able to extract from the protein you take.”
What did Michael Jordan once say? “To learn to succeed, you must first learn to fail.”
There’s not much basketball and hockey have in common, other than the fact they both have nets. But that statement from basketball’s greatest player ever is just the right balm for the battered and bruised pride of the Tampa Bay Lightning, who would do well to memorize that advice verbatim, because their future has success written all over it.