Edward Fraser

Edward Fraser, The Hockey News’ managing editor, joined THN in 2005 after covering the Jr. B Stratford Cullitons for a couple of seasons. The London, Ont., native graduated from the University of Western Ontario – where he did campus radio color commentary for both men’s and women’s hockey – with a Master’s in Journalism. He really, really hates the loser point.

Why are the Penguins struggling? It’s not Fleury; Crosby & Co. are to blame

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Marc-Andre Fleury (Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)

The big question mark coming into this series (other than, perhaps, how many games would it take for the Penguins to dispose of the Blue Jackets) was whether Marc-Andre Fleury could shake his recent playoff demons and take his team on a deep playoff run. And surely, after misplaying the puck to allow a late tying maker and letting in the OT-softy that has this series knotted at two, most will say he’s still haunted.

 

 

But if you’re looking to place blame, look at the big-name forwards in front of him first.

Coming off a sweep at the hands of the Bruins last year, where the Pens managed a total of two goals, the stars have once again gone AWOL: Sidney Crosby, zero goals. Evgeni Malkin, zero goals. James Neal, one goal. Read more

Matt Cooke gets seven games. Let the outrage begin…

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Matt Cooke

The judgement has come down and the Minnesota Wild’s Matt Cooke (a.k.a. The Most Hated Man In Hockey) has been given a seven-game ban for kneeing Tyson Barrie in Game 3, which put the Colorado D-man out 4-to-6 weeks with an MCL injury.

Stephane Quintal, the NHL’s new sheriff, explained the decision as such:

 

 

Not surprisingly, the consensus among pundits and non-Wild fans is the suspension was too short, far too short. But the league got this one about right. Read more

You make the call: should Tampa Bay’s disallowed goal have counted?

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Subban-Killorn (Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

The Montreal Canadiens deserve full credit for their Game 3 win – and their 3-0 series lead – against Tampa Bay, but if you’re a Lightning player, coach or fan, you’ve got to wonder if things would have taken a different turn had Ryan Callahan’s goal with less than five minutes left in the second period counted instead of being waived off for goalie interference.

 

 

I, like most people, thought at first that the goal should have counted, but after digging into Rule 69.3 (after reading a tweet from former NHL referee turned TSN analyst Kerry Fraser), I started to waiver.

Rule 69.3 states… Read more

Canadiens’ pre-game 3-D light/laser show was pretty friggin’ awesome

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Canadiens

On the heels of the Quebec League’s Halifax Mooseheads’ incredible light show from last week, the Montreal Canadiens rolled out their own must-see laser/highlight-projection production prior to Game 3 against the Lightning. From classy tributes to electrifying entertaining, no one, and I mean no one, does pre-game like the Habs.

If you tuned in late, here it is…

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NHL gives Sidney Crosby MVP two months before awards ceremony (spoiler alert!)

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(Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Seems Sidney Crosby is such as obvious choice for Most Valuable Player that the league didn’t see any point in waiting until June 24 in Vegas to announce it.

Thanks to long-time loyal THN reader Louis-Pierre Smith Lacroix who pointed out Crosby already has “Voted 2014 Most Valuable Player” listed under Sid’s 2013-14 regular season accomplishments on his nhl.com bio page.

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We’re obviously huge fans of the NHL’s website and everyone makes mistakes (we know it referred to the team MVP award, not the league), but it gave us a chuckle nonetheless.

The NHL’s top 5 “geriatric” rookies (a.k.a. who’s old & new)

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When, at 30 years and 72 days, Mark Van Guilder made his debut with the Nashville Predators Sunday, he became the oldest player to suit up for his first NHL game this season.

The NHL Network spoke to Van Guilder about his (long) road to the NHL and his first game. It’s worth a watch if for no other reason than his opening line: “First of all, 400 games (in the minors)? Holy crap!”

 

 

With Van Guilder at No. 1, here are the other four oldest NHL debuts from 2013-14:

Anton Belov, Edmonton, D, 27 years, 64 days
No player on this list has contributed more to his team than Belov, who spent nine years in the Russian/Kontinental League before signing with the Oilers in May. He’s had his ups and down – including several scratches both healthy and due to injury, but he’s logging more than 17 minutes a night in his 50 games played. He also suited up for Russia in Sochi.

Julien Brouillette, Washington, D, 27 years, 63 days
The undrafted Brouillette, who’s played more than 200 games in both the American League and ECHL, picked up an assist in his first game and a goal in his second during his first stint with the Capitals in early February. He was recalled Sunday and played his third NHL game, against Nashville.

Reto Berra, Calgary, G, 26 years, 304 days
Expectations were high for Berra after he came over from his native Switzerland. Following some early struggles, specifically with rebound control, the Flames dealt Berra to the Avalanche, who, somewhat questionably, gave him a three-year contract extension. Can goalie guru Francois Allaire work his magic with another big stopper?

Cam Talbot, Rangers, G, 26 years, 141 days
He’s seen just 20 games this season – he’s stuck behind some guy named Lundqvist after all – but when he has played he’s been phenomenal: his .940 save percentage is first in the league and his 1.67 goal-against average is second (behind Minnesota’s Josh Harding). Talbot toiled in the AHL from 2010 to 2013 after spending three years in college with Alabama-Huntsville. If the Rangers make a deep playoff run, Talbot will have played a huge part by allowing ‘The King’ to get his regular-season rest.

(a nod to the always-excellent hockey-reference.com for saving me a lot of time doing math.)

Edward Fraser, The Hockey News’ Managing Editor, joined THN in 2005 after covering the Jr. B Stratford Cullitons. The London, Ont., native graduated from the University of Western Ontario – where he did campus radio color commentary for both men’s and women’s hockey – with a Master’s in Journalism. He really, really hates the loser point.

“Trick” goal in women’s junior game pretty damn cool

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Trick play (Screen Cap via YouTube)

 

A link to this goal from the Junior Women’s Hockey League semifinal game between the North American Hockey Academy and Notre Dame came across my desk this morning and I wasn’t totally sure what to expect. Needless to say, it’s pretty awesome. In fact, I think the people on the other side of the floor – and it’s a pretty big office – heard my “OOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHH.”

And now that I’ve (over)sold it…

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