Latest

I Don’t Care How You’re Doing in Europe

I derive great satisfaction from following prospects, especially Kings’ prospects, playing in other leagues. But it turns out I don’t care at all how established NHL players are doing while playing in other leagues. Aside from an over-riding concern that everyone stays healthy for that distant day when the NHL returns, I don’t have an…

Gary Bettman is either (a) incompetent or (b) evil

Choice A: Why the NHL needs to rid themselves of Gary Bettman – Grantland The case against Bettman in one sentence: The NHL sacrificed an entire season so they could reimagine their entire salary structure … and only seven years later, that “reimagining” went so poorly that they might have to sacrifice a second season…

Yes, the NHL is a banana republic

If you ask for remedies to fix a broken economy, and get everything you want (2004), and then revenues explode to historic levels of more than $3 billion, and you say YOUR ECONOMY IS STILL BROKEN, then — well — YOU SUCK AT YOUR JOB. Or you’re a thief (see kleptocracy, below).

[POLL] Biased take on Roenick vs. Marleau

Well, Jeremy Roenick is an ex-King, so I am biased. In favor of Marleau. Marleau: “Just because I don’t jump up and down acting like a buffoon on the ice doesn’t mean I’m not into it” | ProHockeyTalk On Tuesday, the Sharks forward responded to critiques in Roenick’s new book by saying allegations of him…

Which players got screwed the most by the two lock-outs?

The 2004-2005 lock-out took a year out of the careers of a generation of players. Now, the 2012-13 lock-out is robbing a second group, and it’s doing it to some people for the second time. Some players — Mike Cammalleri, Dustin Brown, come to mind — may even have benefitted from playing an entire season…

Shorter Darren Dreger vs. Allan Walsh

DREGER: NHL makes major concession to players! Be optimistic!

WALSH: Maybe it would be better to wait for the details. Be pessimistic!

DREGER: Details, shmeetails! This is breaking news!

WALSH: It’s not news. It’s propaganda.

DREGER: What’s the difference?

February 2, 1993: Gary Bettman’s first day on the job

Bettman’s legacy of expansion into non-traditional markets is responsible for the current lock-out. Without the political support of those same franchises — one of which is owned by the NHL — we would be watching NHL hockey now.

Shorter me: the Bettman experiment has blown up in his face. And this is what that looks like.