June 17 2011 08:10AM
Now that the cup has been awarded and Vancouver has been razed to the ground, the NHL off-season can begin in earnest. First-up: the buy-out period, where gluttonous NHL general managers can buy some indulgences from the league for their past indiscretions. Glen Sather was the first guy reported to be readying a buyout for the ill-fated Drury contract, although the word out now is he can't (ha-ha!).
June 15 2011 09:07PM
The Boston Bruins outclassed the Vancouver Canucks in the last two games of the series and were full value for the championship. Congrats to them and, in particular, Tim Thomas who is perhaps one of the most compelling figures in hockey today.
Also, thank you Bruins for sparing us a summer of Vancouver fan gloating.
June 15 2011 10:32AM
One of the younger draft eligibles this year with a March 1993 birthday, the 6' 3" Mark Scheifele was a rookie for the dreadful Barrie Colts this season and finished second in scoring behind Colin Behenna (who was two years his senior). Like Zack Phillips, Scheifele is mostly projected as a middle-tier first round pick with many of his positives are balanced with negatives despite some decent counting numbers.
June 14 2011 10:34AM
While Mika Zibanejad projects to a top-10 draft pick despite lackluster totals in the SEL, Zack Phillips is probably going to go in the latter half of the first round despite managing 38 goals and 95 points in the QMJHL. Point totals can be deceiving at the NHL level, but they are orders of magnitude less useful when it comes to evaulating kids in different leagues it seems.
June 13 2011 10:59AM
After some rumors of a job offer last week, it's been announced today that Jim Playfair is leaving the Flames organization to become an assitant coach for the Phoenix Coyotes. Playfair had served in just about every coaching capacity for the Flames organization, jumping from minor-league head coach, to assitant in the bigs, to head coach of the Flames, back down to minor leagues. He's been with the organization since 2001, the year he guided the Flames affiliate St. John Flames to the Calder Cup.