A collection of notable hockey blog posts which caught my eye this weekend. In today’s roundup: Wondering if Kings fans will forgive Drew Doughty if he holds out…How Tyler Myers contract extension will impact the Sabres salary cap next season…Martin Brodeur is among 34 goalies to play in NHL beyond age 38…A preview of the Washington Capitals…Why NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman isn’t the devil.
PUCK DADDY: Harrison Mooney wonders if LA Kings fans will forgive defenseman Drew Doughty for holding out?
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Doughty returns, wins the Norris trophy and carries the Kings to the Stanley Cup, yes. If he returns and has a solid season and helps the Kings at least advance to the second round of the 2012 playoffs, yes. If he plays up to whatever salary he earns per season on his new contract with the Kings, yes. God help him if he falls short.
DIE BY THE BLADE: Zachary Zielonka takes a look at the impact Tyler Myers’ new contract will have upon the Sabres payroll next season, noting they’ll have over $20 million invested in six blueliners, and over $55 million invested in 16 players.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Even if the salary cap is lowered and players salaries are rolled back, the Sabres are likely to find themselves in need of dumping some payroll to make room for those they re-sign.
IN LOU WE TRUST: John Fischer points out Devils goalie Martin Brodeur is, well, old, noting he’s one of 34 goalies in NHL history to play over the age of 38.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As long as he can play well, it won’t matter how old he is, but it’s clear age has been catching up to him in the form of injuries.
HOCKEY INDEPENDENT: Jeremy Scriven offers up a season preview of the Washington Capitals, observing this talented team which has under-achieved in the post-season, are running out of excuses.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Another early playoff exit and the Capitals will be hung with the label of “chokers”.
PASS IT TO BULIS: Qris Johnson offers up a fair assessment of NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, pointing out he’s not the devil many hockey fans seem to believe him to be.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bettman isn’t perfect, and Buddha knows I haven’t shied away from taking him to task whenever I believe he’s made mistakes (hello there, ‘cost certainty’), but as Johnson noted, he’s presided over the NHL for nearly twenty years and has helped grow the product considerably. That being said, no matter how eloquent the defense, most NHL fans will continue to feel hatred toward him. Much of it is unjustified, often unfair, but that’s the way it goes.