In today’s collections of notable posts from the NHL blogosphere: How Sean Avery could’ve avoided being waived…Avery was no enforcer… Brendan Shanahan’s instructional videos on how to hit properly…Five major themes for the upcoming season…Remembering Maple Leaf Gardens…Scott Gomez talks about his first NHL fight.
PUCK UPDATE: Steven Ovadia on how Sean Avery could’ve avoided being waived by the Rangers, and also offered up suggestions on how Rangers coach John Tortorella could’ve avoided this situation.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ultimately, Tortorella wasn’t really a fan of Avery’s, and when the latter acted up, that just gave him a good reason to cut his ice time. Factor in the growing number of good young forwards on the Rangers, and Avery really was the architect of his own misfortune.
SWEET TEA, BARBECUE AND BODYCHECKS: The Acid Queen corrects the misguided perception of Sean Avery as an enforcer in her unique, caustic manner.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I find “AQ” to be one of the most refreshingly honest hockey bloggers around. Been a fan for some time and hope she’ll be posting more throughout this season.
PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski presents Brendan Shanahan’s instructional videos on how to levy clean checks, or as Wyshynski sub-titles it, “Don’t be stupid, Stupid!”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A worthwhile move by Shanahan, but it’s a shame he has to resort to this to remind players what should be common knowledge when it comes to body checks.
RED LIGHT: SI.com’s Stu Hackel offers up five themes to look for in the 2011-12 NHL season. One of them is, unsurprisingly, the strengthened enforcement of rules to crack down on head shots and boarding.
GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier remembers Maple Leaf Gardens.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I miss those grand old arenas, like Maple Leaf Gardens, the Montreal Forum, the Spectrum in Philadelphia, the old Chicago Stadium, and yes, the cramped old Boston Garden. Those arenas had character which reflected their teams, and were often as recognizable as the clubs which called them home. Today’s new arenas are bigger and more modern, but all lack the character of the great old barns.
HABS EYES ON THE PRIZE: presents, from 2010, an interview with Montreal Canadiens center Scott Gomez, in which he recalls his first NHL fight.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The ending is NSFW, as Gomez jokingly drops the “F” bomb with the interviewer.