Hockey Blog Beat – October 18, 2011.

In today’s medley of notable posts from the NHL blogosphere: an interview with Eric Lindros, the look at the struggles of the Columbus Blue Jackets, comparing the current rebuilding of the Avalanche to that of the Nordiques twenty years ago…The improved performance of Guilluame Latendresse…Chris Phillips new role…A hockey fan’s guide to the World Series.


Lindros interested in LOD reunion at Winter Classic.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Justin Johnson recently interview former NHL star Eric Lindros, who is now working in the tech industry, in good health, and open to considering a reunion with old Flyers linemate John LeClair and Mikael Renberg at the Winter Classic Alumni game.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Terrific interview by Johnson, and it’s good to find out Lindros has finally put his concussion issues behind him and is moving on with his life post-hockey.

THE CANNON: Andy Newman fears the Columbus Blue Jackets could be digging a hole too deep to climb out of this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: You’re not the only one, Andy. The Jackets are in deep trouble barely two weeks into this season.

MILE HIGH HOCKEY: suggests the Colorado Avalanche are following the same path in rebuilding as they did twenty years ago, when they were the Quebec Nordiques.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Interesting comparison between how the Nordiques/Avalanche built themselves into a champion and the path currently being taken by the Avs. Time will tell if this version can emulate that of their predecessor, but they’ve certainly acquired a solid foundation of quality talent upon which to build.

HOCKEY WILDERNESS: Examines the maturation of Minnesota Wild winger Guillaume Latendresse, who entered this season in better shape and playing a more complete game than he did a year ago.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Latendresse can stay healthy this season he could provide the Wild with invaluable scoring depth from the second line.

SILVER SEVEN: Observed veteran Senators defenseman Chris Phillips is no longer being used on the top defense pairing, but the reduced role may be beneficial to him.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Phillips will also be invaluable as a mentor for young blueliners like Erik Karlsson, Jared Cowen and David Rundblad.

DOWN GOES BROWN: presents: “A hockey fan’s guide to the World Series”. Caution: hilarity ahead.

1 Comment

  1. Phillips is a liability, both on offense and plus minus. Eriksson is a juicy defenceman with tons of promise. Step down.

    Latendresse on a good year playing first line could score high 30s, maybe even 40 goals. Bit of a puck hog, though. On the second line, he could probably still get 30.

    What put the Avs over the hump was an elite goaltender and two elite forwards. They have “good” forwards and a “good” goaltender, but they have not yet established themselves the way Forsberg, Sakic, and Roy were. Though it’s funny, Duchene does remind me of Sakic, and Landeskog of Forsberg (who scores messier goals and may not be quite the skilled guy Forsberg was).