by Jason Kay - May 10, 2008 10:09 AM EDT
The debate over who was the better Penguin, or even the best in the world, used to be one-sided. But that's not the case anymore.
As recently as a few months back, the notion was preposterous: nobody in his right mind would take Evgeni Malkin over Sidney Crosby. But after ‘The Kid’ succumbed to an ankle sprain and endured a lengthy recovery, and Malkin emerged as a Hart Trophy finalist, the concept has nudged its way to “not as whacky as we first thought” on the credibility meter.
by Jason Kay - April 26, 2008 6:03 PM EDT
Colorado can't find an answer for Detroit's depth... Budaj should be No. 1 in Game 3... and the whistles go away in the third period.
At what point does secondary scoring become primary? That’s the question we asked ourselves as “second-liners” Johan Franzen (three goals) and Valtteri Filppula (one) helped propel the Detroit Red Wings to an easy 5-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche Saturday afternoon.
by Jason Kay - April 14, 2008 11:14 PM EDT
Things are swell for the Pens in their series and others... Arnott finally arrives... and a hat-tip for Alfie.
The stars are aligning perfectly for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Their secondary players are, too. The Pens weathered a remarkable return to action by Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson to put the Sens on their playoff deathbed, winning Game 3 by a 4-1 score.
by Jason Kay - April 14, 2008 10:48 AM EDT
What to do about Sean Avery and his in-Martin-Brodeur's-face antics?
Our knee-jerk reactions to Sean Avery’s ludicrous impression of Martin Brodeur’s windshield wipers were: a) you can’t do that b) should be an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty c) man, you can’t do that! The problem is, up until Monday afternoon when the league sent out a new directive, you could.
by Jason Kay - April 10, 2008 9:37 AM EDT
Ottawa flops while Theodore shines and other thoughts on the Game 1s from the Sens-Pens and Wild-Avs series.
The buzz from Ottawa-Pittsburgh, Game 1. If you’re a fan of the Senators, the harbingers were ominous. • You got Sidney Crosby on an average night – for Sidney – and couldn’t take advantage.
by Jason Kay - April 5, 2008 10:34 AM EDT
For the Leafs and their long-time captain to part ways now would be an unfit ending to their story... and some head-scratching stats.
It can’t end like this, can it? It shouldn’t. If Mats Sundin is the man of integrity we believe he is, and the Maple Leafs are sincere in their publicly expressed desire to bring him back, the 37-year-old will return to the “center of the hockey universe” for a swan song season, a chance to say a proper good-bye and give a fan base starved for gratification something to feel tingly about.
by Jason Kay - March 29, 2008 10:46 AM EDT
To prevent the travesty that is "tanking" the end of the season, make non-playoff teams earn the No. 1 draft position... and fighting in major junior hockey isn't necessary.
The NHL’s draft drawing system isn’t severely broken, but rewarding futility with the privilege of selecting the best prize available has always gnawed at me.
by Jason Kay - March 22, 2008 10:46 AM EDT
The NHL is often accused of giving preferential treatment to teams and players on each side of the 49th parallel.
Like parents of siblings with a spirited rivalry, the NHL is often challenged when it comes to meeting the needs of its Canadian and American children.
by Jason Kay - March 15, 2008 11:17 AM EDT
Controversy could brew over NHL's next outdoor game... no fear of tears... last-minute penalties... and the messed up points system.
Welcome to the adopt-a-pet blog, a handful of small treasures in need of a good home: • The only problem I have with an outdoor NHL game at Yankee Stadium next year is any backlash the game may incur from baseball zealots whose feelings are being bruised by the notion shinny may close the shrine.
by Jason Kay - March 9, 2008 12:04 PM EDT
He doesn't tend to get a lot of buzz when it comes to the Vezina, but the Ducks goalie looks good when you break down the stats.
About a month ago, we closed our Goalie Issue in which we anointed Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo the No. 1 stopper in the game this season in a ranking of the NHL’s Top 30.
by Jason Kay - March 1, 2008 11:27 AM EST
Less NTCs would mean more deals, and that's a good thing... thoughts on Sundin... is Pittsburgh the new T.B.?... and other deadline postulations.
Some post-trade deadline ruminations, now that the ice chips have settled: • No-trade clauses shouldn’t be banned in the next collective bargaining agreement, but they should be made available to a far smaller group.
by Jason Kay - February 23, 2008 11:54 AM EST
If the league hopes to produces more offense, they certainly have a funny way of showing it... and the over-the-glass rule isn't OK.
The recently completed GMs meetings in Florida produced a mixed message when it comes to offense in the NHL: do they want more or less of it? Of all the concepts the execs examined, the two generating the most buzz were smaller goalie gear and one-minute penalties in OT.