NHL Blog Beat – February 3, 2012.

The NHL Week in Review…Would Jeff Carter be a good fit with the Leafs?…Ryan Suter not being dealt…Suggested moves for the Rangers…The Stars long, difficult path to improvement…More on the Canadiens management…Former NHL goalie Clint Malarchuk is one tough hombre.

GRANTLAND: Katie Baker with her NHL week in review, including a look back at some poor predictions. Don’t feel bad, Katie, everyone makes their share. Remember, predictions are for gypsies!

RANT SPORTS: Jeff Zeffer wonders if Jeff Carter would be a good fit with the Maple Leafs. The player, yes. The contract? No.

BLOG DUDES: Steven Todd Ives on why Ryan Suter won’t be dealt by the Predators.

BLUESHIRT BANTER: A look at some suggested trade targets for the NY Rangers. Dustin Penner? Um, no…

DEFENDING BIG D: Brandon Worley on why the Dallas Stars still have a ways to go on the road to improvement.

BACKHAND SHELF: Ellen Etchingham on why sometimes it’s best if general managers do nothing. Sometimes, the best trades are none at all.

PUCK DADDY: Ryan Lambert believes Pierre McGuire couldn’t possibly do a worse job than Pierre Gauthier as Canadiens GM.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Which is fine, if the goal here is to hire someone who can’t possibly be worse than his predecessor. The goal, however, is to hire the best possible person for the job. If the Canadiens do replace Gauthier as GM this summer, the last person they should hire is an entertaining hockey analyst who hasn’t held an NHL management role in nearly 20 years. Ask the Tampa Bay Lightning how well it worked for them hiring a hockey analyst as head coach who hadn’t been in the NHL coaching ranks in fifteen years.

DEADSPIN: Former NHL goaltender Clint Malarchuk is one tough hombre, considering he’s survived getting this throat slashed with a skate blade and shooting himself in the head. With a first name like “Clint”, you’d expect nothing less than toughness, especially as he battles obsessive-compulsive disorder and depression. Check out this story, it’s a worthwhile read.


  1. As much as I dislike McGuire I would not count him out. He’s been on a few teams lists of potential GM’s when they have had vacancies so some folks do have him in mind as a possibility.

  2. Pierre McGuire is a very smart guy, just ask him.

  3. I think your off the mark on McGuire he would make a great GM. Read Mitch Melnyks column his arguments are for more valid then he hasn’t held a position in 20 years. That’s about as smart a saying you can’t be PM because you lived outside of the country. Don’t start going the way of Eklund and Engels on me here. LOL

  4. Get Patrick Roy as asst GM and jim Nill of Detroit or Brisebois of the lightning as GM. Then bring back Carbonneau. That should shut everyone up and satiate the hardcore french fanbase. Actually, just get a lottery pick and grab the biggest center with potential you can.