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Whimsical NHL Realignment by Expansion Eras

Found this on my hard drive. Meant to post it during the realignment debate. This is not a serious suggestion. It wouldn’t work for any number of pesky real-world practical reasons. Still, it’s fun, at least for me, maybe for you. Montreal Canadiens Toronto Maple Leafs Boston Bruins New York Rangers Chicago Blackhawks Detroit Red…

It’s here: the 2013 NHL CBA!

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2013 NHL CBA (NHL/NHLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement PDF) I am perversely excited to dive into this massive document, which is officially titled “Collective Bargaining Agreement between National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players’ Association, September 16, 2012 – September 15, 2022.”  

Suspension? Maybe — but that was an accident

Yeah, Duncan Keith probably earned himself a game suspension for his high-stick to the face of Jeff Carter. There’s no question it was a high stick. There’s no question he intentionally swung his stick in Carter’s direction. But. I think it’s pretty clear from the replay that they were picking at each other all the…

Game 1 post-game Game 2 pre-game bullets

Marian Hossa, Patrick Sharp and Justin Williams: three clutch players. That was one of those “tails, heads, heads” games, like in the St. Louis series. Very, very close, with a razor thin margin for error. Dave Bolland hit on Mike Richards? I can see the argument both ways. But I didn’t think it was outrageous,…

Pre-Game 1 perspectivizer

Kings are 2-0 all-time in Conference Finals series (Toronto, 1993; Phoenix, 2012). 8-4 in Conference Finals games. 2-1 (series) and 8-8 (games) if you count the 1969 series against the Blues, before there were conferences. The Kings faced the Blackhawks in one previous playoff series, in 1974. The Blackhawks won the series, 4-1. The Blackhawks…

First all black-pants final four in NHL history

Try adding that to your broadcast, NBC. UPDATE: Okay, so I’m an idiot. The Avalanche have black pants, so 2000 (Avs-Devils-Stars-Flyers) was also all black-pants. Tampa had a big swath of blue in their pants in 2004, so I cross them off the list. Not that I meant for this to be a serious stat……

And the winner of the 2013 Stanley Cup is…

…someone with black pants. And, as I said in this morning’s post, for the first time in the modern history of the league, the last four Stanley Cup winners are the last four teams standing. (Tonight, I saw that NBC was saying it’s the second time in NHL history this has happened; come on, with…