Hockey Blog Beat – September 27, 2011.

In today’s roundup of interesting posts from the NHL blogosphere: A Toronto fan bashes the city as a sports town, prompting the inevitable rebuttals…Criticizing the Canucks for not playing their veterans during preseason…Photoshopping fun with a shirtless Ron MacLean…Hilarious tips on dominating your fantasy hockey draft.

GRANTLAND.COM: Stephen Marche (a native Torontonian, no less) considers his hometown the worst sports city in the world.

PENSION PLAN PUPPETS/HOUSES OF THE HOCKEY: “Chemmy” and Rick Moldovanyi offer up rebuttals.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: On the surface, Marche appears to talks a good game when it comes to the Maple Leafs and their fans, but read deeper and you’ll find “Chemmy” and Rick do a fine job picking apart his argument. I’ll side with the two who are obvious hockey fans over the guy who, while a talented writer, appears to be more of a casual fan.

TOM BENJAMIN’S HOCKEY BLOG: Tom acknowledges the Vancouver Canucks strategy of not playing their veterans in preseason to avoid injuring them in meaningless games and providing them more rest following a short off-season, but scolds them for not providing fans attending those games the full entertainment value for their overpriced tickets.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I usually agree with Tom, but in this instance, I don’t. Folks, it’s preseason hockey. If you’re dumb enough to pay big bucks to watch preseason hockey, you take your chances with the roster of your favorite team. Preseason is for evaluation, and I have no sympathy for anyone who pays expensive ticket prices to watch an inferior product.

OFF THE STANCHION: Hockey Night in Canada host Ron MacLean was recently photographed shirtless in a bar, leading to the inevitable fun with photoshopping.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hey, who does MacLean think he is, Tyler Seguin? Brad Marchand?


DOWN GOES BROWN: offers up tips for dominating your fantasy hockey draft.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Those who lack a sense of humor should probably avoid this, lest they take this as serious fantasy draft tips.


  1. Canucks fan here, thought i’d comment on the vet-resting.

    Overall, i think Vancouver is behind it, i for one love it anytime Gillis out-smarts the system, a lot of GM’s work a couple angles well, Gillis and his team leave no stone upturned, he deservedly one exec of the year last year, and for anyone who doesnt follow Vancouver, watch what this guy does. It is incredible.

  2. The funny thing about the criticism of Vancouver’s roster is that it isn’t coming from fans. Out here people actual follow the marginal players and want to get a look a them.

  3. The Canucks should not have forced their season ticket holders to purchase the preseason games if they didn’t want any controversy over not playing their regular vets. The tickets would have sold anyways