July 08 2009 02:27PM
Oh yes, the cap hit the Philadelphia Flyers incurred for Chris Pronger on that seven-year deal seemed big, especially because he's 34 years old already. But what the hell, right? If he retired at any point in the final three or four years, it would cost them next to nothing, right?
Well, the NHL doesn't think so, and the fallout is a cautionary tale all NHL teams should really keep an eye on.
July 07 2009 08:15PM
Those ill-conceived knee-jerk rushes to judgment after the first few days of the free-agency period are so annoying, mostly because they get in the way of our own ill-conceived knee-jerk rushes to judgment.
July 04 2009 12:13PM
For years, the common lament around Calgary was the lack of a true #1 center. Some guys weren't skilled enough (Conroy) and some guys weren't big enough (Langkow) to fit the commonly held profile of the archetypal #1 pivot. As a result, Darryl Sutter busied himself for a couple of seasons pursuing the 6'3", 215 pound Olli Jokinen - and this past March, he finally landed the big Fin. Problem is, the team didn't get any better with Jokinen's addition. The mythical "big body presence" trumpeted by shrill, talking heads on hockey broadbasts couldn't overcome Kipper's poor SV% or the rash of injuries. It didn't even prevent a damaging power play drought that afflicted the team for the last 10 games of the year. And it didn't overcome many of Jokinen's individual failings.
July 03 2009 12:34AM
So far, the war that was furiously waged in baseball between statheads and “stats?-we-don’t-need-no-steenking-stats” traditionalists has been a relatively under-the-radar skirmish in hockey.
July 01 2009 11:57AM
Things have gotten more than a little crazy here in the Northwest division in the last 24 hours (and I started writing this at FA-Day plus 18 minutes).