NHL Blog Beat – April 2, 2012.

A CTV reporter has enough of the Maple Leafs woes, preparing for the Blue Jackets next captain, guessing the cost to the Predators to re-sign Radulov, the Stars still hold their fate in their hands, A Coyotes fan has had enough of the negativity aimed at the Phoenix fanbase, a farewell to Avs, a look at the Maple Leafs and Sabres all-time head-to-head records, a look back at professional hockey’s first notable free agent, the career of Derek Sanderson, and Absurd Goalie Monday.

PUCK DADDY: Harrison Mooney recently found a recent rant by a CTV reporter covering the Maple Leafs unintentionally hilarious.

Future Blue Jackets captain?

THE CANNON: Matt Wagner looks at the potential candidates to replace Rick Nash as captain of the Blue Jackets. My choice remains R.J. Umberger.

PREDLINES: Dan Bradley on what the cost might be for the Nashville Predators to retain Alexander Radulov.

DEFENDING BIG D: Brad Gradner believes the Stars still have time to seize control of their destiny. In other words, clinch a playoff spot.

HIPCHECKS: “Jenna” has had enough of the bashing the Phoenix Coyotes and their fans are getting in the national media, especially when there are other teams also struggling at the gate, or believed being floated by the league this season. She has a point, folks.

MILE HIGH HOCKEY: David Driscoll-Carignan looks at the potential UFAs the Avalanche could be saying goodbye to after this season.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Stephen Stoneham recently examined the all-time head-to-head records of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres.

BACKHAND SHELF: Ellen Etchingham looks back over 100 years at the career of Fred “Cyclone” Taylor, professional hockey’s first notable free agent, and how his career and “mercenary” free agent tactics would result in those who built the NHL ensuring players would operate under the most restrictive contracts in sports history for decades.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier examines the life and career of Derek Sanderson, whose promising career was derailed by drug and alcohol abuse, and how Sanderson was able to overcome his addictions and go on to establish a successful career as an analyst and financial planner.

THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: Scotty Wazz with the latest installment of “Absurd Goalie Monday”. This week: the well-traveled Earl Robertson.

1 Comment

  1. I read the Cyclone Taylor and Turk Sanderson articles earlier today. I remember the start of the WHA, and the then absurd contracts handed out. That ended the career servitude of a player to one team. It’s interesting to read how the monopoly was in a pre-NHL era.