The NHL Week in Review…Analysis of the Hemsky signing…Will Nabokov remain an Islander?…Wondering why anyone would want to play for the Canadiens…The spectacle that is the NHL trade deadline…Rules for tweeting during the trade deadline…A fan’s guide to NHL deadline day.
GRANTLAND.COM: Katie Baker with the NHL Week in Review, including the Maple Leafs perhaps shopping for a goalie.
MC79HOCKEY.COM: Tyler Dellow defends the Oilers re-signing Ales Hemsky, and has a few choice words for those in the media who went overboard criticizing the deal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s one thing to question whether or not the Oilers should’ve re-sign Hemsky. It’s fine to even suggest they overpaid. Some in the press, however, really did go off the deep end in their criticism of this deal, and of Oilers management, as well as disparaging Hemsky in the process.
THE CHECKING LINE: Rob McGowan on the possibility of the Islanders re-signing Evgeni Nabokov.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I know there are fans of other teams wondering why Nabokov would consider staying with a team which a year ago he refused to report to. It’s because he’s gotten to know his teammates, the organization and the fans, likes what he sees, and honestly believes, as do a number of Islanders, the club is heading in the right direction. Don’t be surprised if they re-sign him.
PUCK DADDY: Harrison Mooney looks at the rather callous way Montreal Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier informed Jaroslav Spacek and Hal Gill they were being traded, and wonders why anyone would want to play for the Canadiens? Actually, the question should be, “Why would anyone want to play for Pierre Gauthier?”
HOCKEY IN SOCIETY: Matt Ventresca on “The Great Canadian Pseudo-Event” known as the trade deadline, correctly pointing out it’s a media-driven spectacle.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It certainly has become that over the past ten years. In 2002, it was only a few hours of coverage on a couple of sports networks. Now, it’s an all-day she-bang which, in the words of “The Bard”, is full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. Yes, I’ve contributed to the frenzy, but it’s harmless entertainment, which is what sports ultimately is, including the part of the business where players get traded. It’s hard upon the players, especially those who get dealt, but they know that’s part of the business, and one reason why they earn enough money to make Solomon blush.
DIRTY DANGLE: Rules for tweeting during deadline day.
DOWN GOES BROWN: The fan’s guide to NHL trade deadline.