Hockey Hustles for the Present—and Maybe the Future
With the NHL trade deadline now in the rear view mirror, it’s worth taking a quick look at a few of the notable points to come out of all the activity—including a possible warning sign about what might lay just over the horizon.
The weirdest part of the deadline had to be seeing the Detroit Red Wings selling for a harvest of draft picks. I guess it’s safe to say that Hockeytown’s latest era has well and truly come to an end. How did Detroit do in their quest to reinvigorate the franchise? Only the most devoted hockey scout could even guess at this point. Continue reading Hockey Hustles for the Present—and Maybe the Future
We’ve been hearing quite a bit of chatter about the NHL’s new policy of having teams have a “bye week” in the midst of their seasons, meaning they get a gift-wrapped and mandated five days off at some point in the schedule.
That “at some point” part of the equation seems to be the reason that many observers–Hockey Insider weighed in on the matter, as did NBC’s Pro Hockey Talk–have been grousing about what the layoff itself, as well as its inequitable distribution, has done to the principles of fair play. The bye is not popular with coaches, it turns out, and it seems to be putting teams at a disadvantage once they finally emerge from their enforced idleness.
Of course, it’s entirely possible that people are jumping to conclusions. ‘Seems,’ after all, is not always what it seems. Continue reading Bye Curious
Remembrance Of Posts Past
Since we’re here in the doldrums of February, and there’s really nothing of particular importance going on, now would be a good time to revisit certain past topics of discussion for expansion, edification, or clarification.
Let’s start by expounding a bit more on one recent post topic, NHL Network’s On The Fly. Continue reading Remembrance Of Posts Past
For several seasons, baseball fans have been able to enjoy a nightly dose of Quick Pitch, a condensed, no-nonsense highlight reel that covers all the day’s action without the blather and waste that plagues today’s other sports wrap-up shows (**cough** SportsCenter **cough**).
On The Fly‘s Jamie Hersch: “Explain it me, Mr. Random Hockey Guy! Tee-hee-hee!” (photo from NHL.com)
Now, the NHL Network has gotten into the act with their own show built on the Quick Pitch model, On The Fly. So hockey fans get to enjoy the same fast-paced, (mostly) fluff-free highlights package the baseball fans have come to know and love, right?
Well…let’s just say, leave it to the NHL to screw up a good thing.
Continue reading “On The Fly” Gets Swatted
Cleaning The Glass
I have been watching more hockey this season. Certainly more than last season.
This has at least a little bit to do with the local San Jose Sharks’ success last season. After all, a Stanly Cup Final run will get your attention.
However, I think my willingness to tune in and give over my valuable time has as much to do with what I’m not seeing as it does with what I am seeing. Simply put: I’m more willing to tune in because–mirabile dictu–those damn ads have disappeared from the glass at the ends of the rink. Continue reading Cleaning The Glass