Hockey Blog Beat – September 19, 2011.

In today’s roundup of notable posts from the NHL blogosphere: Looking at what kind of start this year’s Blackhawks might have…The Rangers may be content with two-thirds of a top line…Five pre-season questions for the Red Wings…The Devils lack a true #1 defenseman…Turris for the Maple Leafs?…Habs fans freak out over Alexei Yemelin’s physique.

SECOND CITY HOCKEY: “Killion” examines what kind of start to expect from the Chicago Blackhawks this season compared to last, and if they’ll have trouble gelling.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: We can all speculate, but I admire “Killion’s” straightforward response: “Who the f**k knows?” 

PUCK UPDATE: suggested the NY Rangers might be content with two-thirds of a first line if Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik can find offensive chemistry.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: True, though they’ll likely be happier if, say, Wojtek Wolski can regain his scoring touch with those linemates.

HOCKEY TRACKER: Josh Beneteau offers up five pre-season questions for the Detroit Red Wings, the most notable being the ability of 41-year-old Nicklas Lidstrom to still perform at a high level.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Red Wings have a habit of answering potentially troubling pre-season questions with solid regular season performances. I expect the same this season.

HOCKEYBUZZ.COM: Roger Mussa points out the New Jersey Devils lacks a true number one defenseman..

SPECTOR’S NOTE: They’ve lacked one since Brian Rafalski left town four years ago.

PUCKIN’ EH: “Jon S” wonders if Phoenix Coyotes center Kyle Turris might be a good fit with the Maple Leafs.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If GM Don Maloney’s recent comments are anything to go by, nobody should start dreaming up trade scenarios involving their teams and Turris.

THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: Scotty Wazz with his regular weekly feature, “Absurd Goalie Monday”. Today’s subject: Marcel Cousineau.

EYES ON THE PRIZE: Andrew Berkshire noted Canadiens fans were upset over a recent photo of Habs Russian rookie defenseman Alexei Yemelin appearing to be out of shape when he reported to training camp, scolding Yemelin for his supposed lack of physical preparation.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yes, Yemelin looks a little doughy for a supposedly high-conditioned pro hockey player, but the best assessment of his fitness will be his performance in training camp and pre-season, not whether or not he’s got abs hard enough to cut diamonds. I suggest Habs fans remember the words of wisdom from goalie Carey Price: “Chill out, it’s preseason!”

1 Comment

  1. Looks like Yemelin was hanging out with Ovi and Big Buff at Burger King in the off season.