NHL Blog Beat – February 25, 2012.

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.

Could Nabokov stay on the Island?

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.


  1. I love trade deadline day, and draft day. I love that they have become such big events. It is entertainment but also provides a better look into the building off the teams we all follow.

  2. hey guys, gonna be a lot of time spent on this site and TSN.ca and twitter over the next couple of days. If you’re a Leafs fan follow me @DrCoolSexy it will be all Leafs (and some other deadline) related tweets for the next 2 days. Lemme know who u are from this site if you do follow and I’ll get you back.

  3. I find it hard to pin all this “Deadline Day” hysteria as being created by the media only. The fervor which we hockey fans propose and react to even the slightest hint of a player’s availability (see Dustin Brown) is evidence that there is an already existing market. The media is giving the audience what it wants.
    Is the coverage excessive and hyperventilated? You betcha. Is it eagerly anticipated? Oh god yes.

  4. Thanks for the comment of Nabokov and Isles organization and its fans. Its been a long struggle on Long Island, but the team is respectably coming out of it. A game under .500 for this squad is commendable. They have grown as a unit, and have a real core centered around Tavares. JT is NOT the only player the Isles have, and fans around the NHL may want to take notice of players like Travis Hamonic, Andy MacDonald, Frans Neilsen, P.A. Parenteau and Michael Grabner. The future looks bright with the likes of Kevin Poulin, Casey Cizikis, Calvin de Haan, Nino Niederreitter, Ryan Strome, Matt Donovan and many others. Nabokov has to see that the organization has been stable for a few seasons now, and that it is growing in the right direction. And for those who think Long Island is a poor place to be — we have some of the greatest public schools in the country and are 30 minutes from a world class city…. and you dont need to wear that crummy Rangers uniform 😉

  5. Montreal is a tough enough town to play in spotlight wise without having the GM be a jerk on top of that.