Why Moving Schneider is the Canucks Best Move

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As the trade deadline approaches, so does the ever present debate on which teams might pull the trigger on a big trade.  Although the roar of the rumors sending Roberto Luongo to the Leafs, or was it the Panthers, or was it the Flyers, have mostly subsided, now would be the best time for the […] READ MORE


Don't Give Up on the St. Louis Blues

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In the Western Conference, there is a grid lock of teams currently sitting between 5th place through 11th place.  All the teams between 5th and 8th are in a tie for points in the standings.  Sitting at the bottom of that kerfuffle are the St. Louis Blues. This writer, and most everyone else in the […] READ MORE


Blackhawks Down! A Look Back at the Streak

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Earlier tonight, the Chicago Blackhawks’ record setting streak was halted at 24 straight games without a regulation loss, and 11 straight victories.  What team finally stopped the seemingly unstoppable Hawks?  The Colorado Avalanche, a team that is separated in the standings by 13 spots and 25 points. The Blackhawks have been teetering over the last […] READ MORE


Identity Crisis: 2013 New York Red Bulls Season Preview

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Rookie coach Mike Petke has his hands full. The newly minted general takes over a team that has undergone some major changes.  Rafa, and the question as to whether he will show up, is gone.  Kenny Cooper, and all of his 18 goals has been shipped to Dallas.  Gone are all but one of the […] READ MORE


Bring Me the Head of John Tortorella!

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The New York Rangers are in serious trouble.   This squad has lost five out of the last six, being outscored 16 to 11. Two of those losses came at the hands of the Montreal Canadiens, one of which was a lack luster 17 save shut out. The easy excuse is that within the last week […] READ MORE


Getting it Right: Why the NHL Needs a Coach's Challenge

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Let’s first set the scene. The Colorado Avalanche were up 2-1 on the Nashville Predators.  The Preds had scored a power play goal right before the end of the first period, and were most likely hoping to ride that momentum to tie the game after trailing 2-0. With a little over three minutes into the […] READ MORE


Calling Foul on the Tim Thomas Trade and Floor Circumvention

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Under normal circumstances, the announcement of a trade like this would have whipped throngs of Islanders fans into a joyous frothy frenzy.  But, the Islanders acquisition of Stanley Cup goaltender Tim Thomas was anything but normal.  The purpose of the Islanders trading a meaningless pick for Thomas was less about acquiring an upgrade in net […] READ MORE


Dead on Arrival: The Big Mick on the Rangers Power Play Woes

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First, some sound bites: Tortorella at today’s optional skate, regarding the team’s malfunctioning power play: “We’re in a jam and we don’t have a lot of time to work ourselves out of it.” More Tortorella on how to fix it: “We need some really good players to make some really good plays.” Really, John? The […] READ MORE


Depth Charge: The Big Mick Analyzes Rangers Moves

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The Rangers capped off a series of moves to bolster their forward depth by trading veteran tough guy Mike Rupp to the Minnesota Wild for penalty killing specialist Darroll Powe and depth forward Nick Palmieri.  Earlier last week, the Rangers traded prospect Chad Kolarik for Benn Ferriero, and brought the WBS Penguins product directly to […] READ MORE


The Story of Michael McBain and the tragedy of Sexual Abuse in Hockey

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If there is one thing any parent would turn homicidal about, it’s the abuse of their child. I know that I would. The thought of one of my friends’ children coming home with tales of abuse would send me right over the edge, and my normally mild mannered personality would turn into a mood that would be […] READ MORE