In today’s medley of notable posts from the NHL blogosphere: Making the case the Panthers won the David Booth trade…Have the Rangers young core peaked?…A look back at the Flyers front office changes five years ago…An interview with ESPN’s John Buccigross…Brett Hull torments Sabres fans on Twitter…Another edition of “Absurd Goalie Monday”.
THE BLEACHER REPORT: Tab Bamford suggests the Florida Panthers “win” the David Booth trade with Vancouver, ditching a long term salary of a forward (Booth) who hasn’t been the same since a concussion injury two years ago, giving him more cap space to pursue more free agent talent.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s an interesting point raised by Bamford. The Panthers do have some promising young talent in their system, but GM Dale Tallon also wants to ensure he’s got some quality veterans to keep the Panthers competitive while that young talent hopefully develops into stars, just as he did with the Blackhawks. If if there’s the salary cap floor is lowered, that’ll likely mean a rollback in existing salaries, so he’ll still have plenty of cap space to work with if he wants to pursue another quality UFA or two, or have enough room to absorb a big contract via trade. This deal could still work out for the Canucks, but this move could work out well for the Panthers in the long term, depending what Tallon does with the available cap space.
PUCK UPDATE: Steven Ovadia notes the NY Rangers difficulty with their secondary scoring this season, especially from young Blueshirts Brandon Dubinsky, Ryan Callahan and Brian Boyle, who had career years last season. Ovadia wonders if perhaps those young stars have peaked.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It may be premature to suggest we’ve already seen the best of those three, but their early struggles have been troubling. Still, there’s plenty of time remaining in this season for those three to regain their form. For the Rangers sake, they’d better.
FLYERS FAITHFUL: A look back at the ramifications of the Flyers front office reorganization five years ago, which saw Bob Clarke replaced as GM by Paul Holmgren.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’d say the past five years have proven that move was the best one they could make, as Holmgren understands how to operate under a salary cap system better than Clarke could have.
PUCK THE MEDIA: Steve Lepore interviewed ESPN’s John Buccigross, the former host of ESPN 2Nite.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Buccigross and Barry Melrose made a terrific team. When I lived in Alaska in the late 1990s, NHL 2Nite was the best way to get a complete roundup of each day’s games and other news. I know it’s still missed by many hockey fans in the United States. If ESPN ever resurrects NHL 2Nite, they’d better have Buccigross hosting it.
PUCK DADDY: Former NHL star Brett Hull has taken to twitter to good naturedly torment Buffalo Sabres fans over his infamous Cup-winning goal for the Dallas Stars over the Buffalo Sabres in Game Six of the Stanley Cup Final.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That was one of the low moments in NHL history. By normal standards, Hull’s goal was a good goal, but back then, the NHL had the “toe in the crease” rule, which nullifed goals scored if a player had as much as a toe in the crease. Yet the league failed to enforce that rule on Hull’s goal, resulting in the most controversial finish to a Stanley Cup Final in league history, and leaving a bitterness for the Sabres and their fans which has never abated.
THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: Scotty Wazz presents the latest installment of “Absurd Goalie Monday”. This week: Jamie McLennan.