Jason Kay is the Editor in Chief of The Hockey News and has been with the brand since 1989. No, that's not a typo. Born in England, raised in Toronto, he arrived in his home and adopted land as a baby in 1967, just in time to see the Maple Leafs win their last Stanley Cup. A stay-at-home defenseman once upon a time, Kay knows his NHL dreams are long dead, but he hasn't given up hope of winning the Brier.
In today’s NHL, it’s almost unfathomable that a player would compete for an entire season and not take at least one minor penalty.
Ryan O’Reilly, one of the finalists announced for the Lady Byng Award on Tuesday, came with a broken stick/delay-of-game-penalty of accomplishing the feat. He joins Butch Goring as the only skaters to ever play 80 games and be assessed two or few PIM.
So imagine a regular minute-muncher doing it four times in a career?
How could you not like the brilliant goal Minnesota’s Mikael Granlund scored to get the Wild back into their series with Colorado?
It was an outrageous display of effort and skill, punctuated by an-the-ice/falling down maneuver that makes any goal seem more dramatic.
And, most of all, it wasn’t scored by Matt Cooke.
It’s not tough to see why the David Poile and the Nashville Predators kept Barry Trotz behind their bench for 16 seasons. Aside from his proficiency at maximizing results, he is a classy and decent human being.
Trotz underscored those character traits on the weekend when he took out a full-page ad in the Tennessean, thanking the organization and community for a tremendous ride.
Predators’ play-by-play man Pete Weber, seen in the photo above, posted the ad in a Tweet.
It’s not unusual for championship-caliber NHL teams to take several days, maybe even a couple weeks, to find their playoff identity.
For the Boston Bruins, it’s become a bit of a trend.
In 2011, when they eventually trounced the field to win their last Stanley Cup, they struggled early against the sixth-seed Montreal Canadiens, coming within an overtime goal of a first-round exit.
At the end of the first period of Bruins-Red Wings Game 2, Brendan Smith gets tied up with Zdeno Chara, and the two spar before eventually going their separate ways.
Chara, widely recognized as the strongest man in the NHL, is particularly amused at Smith’s, umm, moxy at kind of, sort of challenging him.
We sure hope the time of year had nothing to do with the length of suspension the NHL handed Brent Seabrook.
The Chicago defenseman got three games for charging and interference, not to mention knocking David Backes into a different dimension during Game 2 of the St. Louis-Chicago game the other night.
Fair enough. The NHL department of player safety explains its decision in the video below. That Seabrook is not a repeat offender factors into the punishment.
But too often we hear that because it’s the playoffs, when more is on the line, disciplinarians modify the suspension. That is, one playoff game equals two or three regular season games, giving the offender, ostensbily, a lighter sentence..
The problem with that thinking is the same holds true for the victim – in this instance, Backes and Blues.
Time of year should not matter. When the stakes are higher, so are the consequences and the perpetrators should be held fully accountable.
Like the boxers he so much admires, Ray Emery has pulled himself off the mat and given the Philadelphia Flyers a chance, maybe even a good one, of succeeding in their first round series against the New York Rangers.
While Emery wasn’t solely to blame for Philly’s Game 1 egg in Manhattan, he didn’t help. Sure the offense was non-existent, the team took undisciplined penalties and their overall compete level was too flat.
But Emery failed to come up with big saves in the third period when he was most needed as the Rangers exposed a flaw in his game: diminished lateral movement.
Montreal Canadiens’ GM Marc Bergevin, known as a hard-core prankster during his playing days, is the subject of some guffaws thanks to a viral video.
Bergevin did his happy dance after Dale Weise scored the overtime goal for the Habs over Tampa Bay the other night, celebrating with moves rarely seen in NHL arenas. Quebec-based Les Satiriques took the footage and ran with it, creating a “Dance Party” mix that’s widely making the rounds. Read more