Opening the 'Bag
No way to tell how long it's going to take Bergeron to recover from his injuries. Although it's possible he could be back on skates by Christmas, the Bruins probably aren't expecting him back this season. That leaves an empty locker that's impossible to fill. Bergeron isn't just a key offensive weapon in a limited arsenal, he's a solid, two-way player who sets a tone with his work ethis.
A trade sounds great, but they're not likely to pick up a suitable replacement in a deal any time soon because players with Bergeron's game simply aren't being offered. The grim reality is that this team likely will ride it out with what they have ... and that means reaching the playoffs will be a struggle.
There's certainly pressure on Chiarelli, but if ownership really expects the playoffs to happen this year, their expectations are unreasonable. Despite a few boneheaded moves (that
Well, Tampa Bay GM
So the onus is on Feaster. Not sure Lightning fans should expect much the cavalry any time soon, though. The options out there, like Anaheim's
And if you want an update on coaches in trouble, look no further than Washington. With owner
I've been surprised by some of the selections made by the Hall committee in the past, so anything's possible, but to my mind, the answer is no.
Lindros will be remembered as one of the most complex characters in NHL history, and certainly one of its greatest villains. I can't think of another player in my time covering the game who has been the target of as much enmity as Eric, a man who was hated as much for his abundance of natural talent and rambunctious physical style as for his often questionable decision making.
Until the arrival of
He had the hands of a safe-cracker and the body of Bluto and he was going to change the way the game was played. Along the way, he tacked a few skins on the wall, including a Hart Trophy in 1994-95 (and recognition as a finalist the following year), and a career average of 1.14 points per game, a stat that ranks him 14th all-time.
Ultimately, though, he'll be remembered as perhaps the game's greatest disappointment, a player who never lived up to his massive potential. Fair? Probably not. He certainly ranks as one of the greatest players of his era, much the same way recent Hall inductee
Don't know if I'd say "key" -- the bulk of the praise should be heaped on coach
I haven't had a chance to talk to Kelly yet, so I'm going strictly on second-hand information, but the general consensus is that the PA did an excellent job in picking a successor to
I think when he's finished with his 30-city tour, he'll likely embark on a very important mission: improving the marketing of the game and its stars. The league has talked about making that a priority since the end of the lockout, and has made some significant strides. Ultimately though, the players are the best selling tools the game has, and given the power to market themselves, and improve their lot, we should see some revolutionary activity on that front under Kelly's leadership.