NHL Blog Beat – April 23, 2012.

Commentary on the Penguins and Canucks playoff eliminations, praise for Flyers GM Paul Holmgren, Panthers no longer selling rubber rats, suspended NHL players, their salaries and the cap, the Islanders may be on the move in 2015, and Absurd Goalie Monday.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Justin Glock lists five reasons the Pittsburgh Penguins faltered against the Philadelphia Flyers. Interestingly, Marc-Andre Fleury’s shaky goaltending isn’t one of them.

Holmgren's extreme roster makeover worked.

RED LIGHT DISTRICT HOCKEY BLOG: Ryan Forth praises Flyers GM Paul Holmgren for last summer’s roster makeover. While it’s still too early to tell if that makeover will result in a Cup run this year, Holmgren has proven capable of icing a strong lineup each season while working within the constraints of a salary cap.

CANUCKS ARMY: Jonathan Willis asks, “Does The President’s TrophyMatter?” In my opinion, no, it doesn’t and should be scrapped. Being the best regular season team means squat compared to the trophy which really matters.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier eulogizes the Vancouver Canucks season.

LITTER BOX CATS: Donny Rivette with one of the interesting headlines of the day: “Thanks to Human Rats, Panthers no longer selling Rubber Variety.”

OFFSIDE: A SPORTS LAW BLOG: Eric Macramalla answers the question of whether a suspended player’s salary counts against the salary cap.

THE CHECKING LINE: Rob McGowan believes the NY Islanders will be on the move by 2015.

THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: Scotty Wazz with another installment of “Absurd Goalie Monday”. This week: former Minnesota North Star Garry Bauman.

1 Comment

  1. I believe Holmgren has proven that a major roster shake up, including moving your franchise players (Richards & Carter), doesn’t mean you’re throwing in the towel and giving up. It simply means, that if done right, you can have major changes in your roster and still compete all year and make the playoffs.

    Teams like Calgary (Iginla, Kipper) should take notice and start doing the things that have to be done to ensure success now and in the future.