Selfish Savard turns team player, Jackets meltdown, more notes
Hockey may be a game of sacrifice on the ice, but that selflessness rarely shows itself at the bargaining table. When the term "hometown discount" is tossed around, it usually means a haircut of a couple hundred thousand, maybe a million (case in point:
Rather than follow ex-linemate
The irony of it is rich. Savard, a guy ripped for much of his career as the epitome of me-first selfishness, proves to be the game's ultimate team player where it matters most these days. Good on him. Now the pressure's on Boston GM
The most shocking stat of the season? After Thursday night's 6-3 loss to the Leafs, the Blue Jackets have allowed six or more goals in seven of their 28 games this season. Do the math: that's a total defensive meltdown one out of every four games.
Ugly, sure. But the truth is that this isn't all Mason's fault. He's simply wearing down under the barrage of high-quality opportunities that are being created through an endless series of brutal turnovers, missed defensive assignments, and poor positioning by his teammates. And that's not new. Mason dealt with that hostile work environment much of last season, too.
It's not time for panic in Columbus, but collars are tightening. With just three wins in their last 10 games, it's expected that GM
The right move may be enough to shake the Jackets out of their competitive lethargy, but if it doesn't, it won't be long before the focus has to shift onto
Hitch has always been a guy who rides his veterans hard and keeps the kids on a short leash, which makes him an awkward fit for the league's youngest team. But it's been the veterans like
Unlike the situation in Philadelphia, where cold sticks are being mistaken for faulty coaching, the situation in Columbus is starting to feel like a team that's tuning out its leader. The Jackets hear what Hitchcock is saying about better puck management, but when they keep coughing it up in their end over and over again, it sure doesn't seem like they're listening.
His job may not be on the line yet, but another couple weeks of this inexcusably sloppy play could force Howson to make a difficult choice.
No one's losing sight of what's most important: The likelihood of a full recovery for
"I'm amazed by how quickly guys recover from injuries these days . . . [but] this isn't a knee or a shoulder. This is his heart," the executive said. "You know he's getting the best care and I read the success rate is high on the second surgeries...but you'd always be wondering [about the potential for a recurrence]. I mean, this is twice in two months and there are no guarantees. You saw what happened to [Rangers' first rounder Alexei] Cherepanov. You just never know.
"Toronto's starting to put some good games together and he may have a great finish and prove me wrong, but I don't think the Leafs will have to outbid too many teams to keep him now."
It happened like it always does when a Canadian national team is announced. The focus goes not to those who got the call, but those who didn't. So when the list of 36 invitees to the country's World Juniors selection camp was revealed on Tuesday, there was lots of talk about the absence of
That's a stout group to be left at home. But how about the kids that were eligible, but unavailable due to prior commitments? The rest of the field would be playing for silver if the Canadians could have dressed
As it is, the home side has a good chance to make it six golds in a row when the tournament gets underway in Regina and Saskatoon on Dec. 26, but the Swedes (led by Florida first-rounder
Another interesting angle out of the Team Canada camp involves a decision made by Calgary Hitmen right winger
Thursday's trade between the NHL's two worst teams didn't feature a lot of star power, but it still made a lot of sense for both sides. The Leafs picked up
Already 6-2, 197, Paradis projects to be a physical third-liner who'll make his presence felt along the boards and will drop the gloves when it's called for. And there's still a chance that his offensive game could develop. He won the hardest shot competition at the 2009 CHL Top Prospects Game with an impressive 95.7 MPH blast.
The Canes are hoping they've acquired a