We’ve known for some time the NHL is at a crossroads when it comes to concussions and protecting the heads of players. In the past – and in putting the sport ahead of those who participate in it – the league has had a default position of giving aggressive players the benefit of the doubt on borderline actions. But maybe things are starting to change for the better. And that’s because we’re starting to see the other side of that spectrum: referees making headshot-related calls that err on the side of caution.
Such was the case Sunday night, when Canadiens defenseman Jarred Tinordi was ejected in the third period of Montreal’s game against Washington after he hit Capitals forward Nate Schmidt at the Habs blueline:
Although some argued Tinordi’s hit was dirty, closer examination – at least, by this viewer – shows Tinordi hit Schmidt cleanly. Read more
If Erie Otters goaltender Devin Williams is looking for someone to blame after he was victimized by Josh Wesley, perhaps he should write a terse letter to Colin Muldoon.
See, defensemen don’t usually have moves like the ones Wesley pulled off against Erie, but there’s an explanation for that.
Muldoon was Wesley’s coach with the under-14 Carolina Jr. Hurricanes and the reason the son of retired Stanley Cup-winning defenseman Glen Wesley went from playing forward to back on the blueline. Soon after, Wesley joined the Ontario League’s Plymouth Whalers as a rearguard, but as you can see here, his offensive instincts are still pretty honed:
Here’s a blast from the past: Phil Hartman (you might remember him from such shows as The Simpsons, Saturday Night Live and NewsRadio) in a commercial for “Ice Hockey,” a 1981 video game for the Atari system.
Look at those graphics! You really think you’re ready for all that? Read more
If you followed and enjoyed HBO’s 24/7 hockey series, you’ve heard the news by now: the marriage is over. HBO has walked away from the NHL. We’ll still see a behind-the-scenes show covering the Winter Classic, plus an additional outdoor game. It’ll appear on a carrier called EPIX in the U.S. and Sportsnet in Canada.
The “EPIX fail” headlines are unavoidable already. But I question if they’re warranted. More importantly, I question why HBO left the partnership. Sure, the network insisted the split was amicable and that there was never an assumption HBO would cover the Winter Classic every year. But it’s difficult not to blame the breakup on the decline in content quality – which stemmed from a decline in access.
If you take a closer look at what played out between the Wings and Maple Leafs last season, it’s apparent 24/7 as we know it ended with the previous entry, the outstanding Flyers/Rangers season.
On Tuesday night, Vancouver Canucks prospect Jordan Subban scored his first NHL pre-season goal on the first shot of his first shift in the 2014 exhibition period. Pretty cool, right?
Unfortunately, when the Vancouver Sun ran a photo of the goal celebration, the racist caption below it became a bigger story than Subban’s big league tryout. Note the horribly offensive description in parenthesis. Read more
If the Carolina Hurricanes are going to make the playoffs this season, a lot of things need to go just right for them. On Tuesday, things went very wrong when Jordan Staal suffered a broken leg in a pre-season game against the Buffalo Sabres.
Th injury occurred when he was hit by Sabres defenseman Josh Gorges in the third period of Buffalo’s 2-0 win. Staal left the game and was using crutches afterwards. The team said Staal will return to Raleigh to be evaluated and no timetable for recovery has yet been determined. Read more
So it seems like former NHLer Ryan ‘Hollywood’ Hollweg is having himself a tricky start to the year in the Czech Republic. The physical winger for Plzen has raised the ire of the hockey nation with his play, which has sometimes gone over the line and garnered extra discipline, including a 10-game suspension for kneeing Slavia Praha’s Tomas Vlasak.
But this post is not about that hit, which you will see below. No, this post is about the reaction, where Vlasak’s linemate, Michal Poletin, feigns as if he is going to defend his buddy, then drops like a rock when Hollweg takes a swing at him. But watch the video, specifically at the 40-second mark: Hollweg misses him with the punch!
The Pittsburgh Penguins unveiled a third jersey they’ll use during the 2014-15 season today – and we’re big fans of the throwback look.
The “Pittsburgh Gold,” a color scheme used way back in the Mario Lemieux Stanley Cup days, returns for 12 games this season. When the Penguins moved away from these jerseys in the early 1990s, they were a league powerhouse with back-to-back Stanley Cups. And although we ranked the current Penguins logo – with its dulled gold color – eighth-best in the NHL, we would rank the Pittsburgh Gold penguin even higher. It’s a sharp look.
Check it out. Here are the third jerseys the Penguins will use. Excellent stuff, right? Read more