May 28 2012 10:20AM
Max Reinhart's final junior season this year was neither under nor overwhelming - he didn't blow the doors off a la Sven Baertschi, but he also didn't fall off the map either. The former third rounder led the admittedly punchless Kootenay Ice in scoring this season with 78 points in 61 games and by all accounts was a key cog in just about every situation for his club.
May 27 2012 12:02PM
Hands up anyone who picked an LAK/NJD Stanley Cup final heading into the season. Anyone? Bueller?
It's been an especially odd post-season, with favorites falling and previously apathetic fanbases awakening suddenly to their team's unexpected success. If the Kings win the cup, as they should, will that victory be met with a bang or a whimper in Los Angeles? To be fair to that city, it has been so long since their team enjoyed any notable success that they can be forgiven if they forgot about hockey for awhile.
Allan discussed this and a variety of other topics with Kent Wilson, David Staples, Kirk Luedeke and others on this week's show.
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May 26 2012 10:48AM
(Frequent commenter and...ugh...Oiler fan RexLibris recently contacted me about contributing a series of posts on rebuilding. As an unfortunate devotee to that perpetually incompetent organization just up the road, I figured he might have insight on the matter. Today we present his first article on the matter)
How many times have you heard the following?
“I don’t want my team to do a nuclear-style rebuild like the Oilers”? Or “the Penguins intentionally tanked so they could draft high”? How about “the only way to rebuild is to trade away all of your best players for high draft picks and blue-chip prospects”?
Whether you agree or disagree with any of those statements, they all beg the question “Is that really true?” I contend that there are as many ways to rebuild a team as there are winning styles of hockey and that success or failure in a rebuild is often as fickle fickle as winning a championship.
May 25 2012 12:20PM
Image From Colin Stuart
It's hard to remember a player with a stranger tenure in Calgary than Olli Jokinen. As a guy who was traded for (and at a hefty cost), rumored to be traded away, told to play, actually traded away, and signed back in the offseason, Jokinen has been through it all.
May 25 2012 06:58AM
I n a recent interview with Jason Gregor, Mark Edwards of Hockeyprospects.com hinted at an upcoming book on probable first round pick Brendan Gaunce of the OHL Belleville Bulls. I was able to track down author John Matisz and ask him a few questions about the book.
Kent Wilson: What can you tell me about how this project got started and how you got involved?
John Matisz: I met Mark at the Memorial Cup in Mississauga last year. We kept in touch over the summer and then re-acquainted at a London Knights game early on in the season. He gave me a call a few days later with an idea he's had for a couple of years — to follow a top prospect through his draft year and tell the story in book form — and we ran with it.