NHL Blog Beat – February 8, 2012.

Defending Ilya Kovalchuk and Ales Hemsky…Max Pacioretty’s new outlook on life…Ken Holland’s draft record…Why the Hurricanes still have much to play for…Who the Blues won’t trade…Why the Canucks shouldn’t trade Cory Schneider…Tim Thomas’ political views land him in hot water again…Hockey’s worst teeth…Down Goes Brown celebrates its fourth anniversary.


Kovalchuk's been a much better player this season than his critics believe.

BLOG DUDES: Stephen Todd Ives dispels a number of myths about Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk. No, he wasn’t the second gunman on the grassy knoll.

MC79HOCKEY.COM: Tyler Dellow proves Ales Hemsky isn’t a waste of molecules as his critics believe.

PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski on how Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty’s outlook on life changed after bonding with a formerly comatose teen last March.

THE COPPER & BLUE: Derek Zona examines the phenomenal draft success of Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Andrew Hirsh on how Kirk Muller’s Hurricanes have a lot to play for, as they set the stage for next season.

ST. LOUIS GAME TIME: A look at the players the Blues won’t trade by the deadline. In other words, forget about Jaroslav Halak,  Brian Elliott or David Backes being moved.

CANUCKS CORNER: Tom Benjamin explains to those who still can’t quite grasp the concept of why the Canucks won’t trade Cory Schneider at the deadline.

BACKHAND SHELF: Justin Bourne on how Bruins goalie Tim Thomas is using his political beliefs to make people forget what a great goalie he is.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier presents: “Hockey’s Worst Teeth”, aka, “The Big Book of Hockey’s Smiles”.

DOWN GOES BROWN: celebrates its fourth anniversaire with a look back at last year’s top ten posts. You’ll laugh, you’ll wet your pants, you’ll change ’em and laugh again.


  1. I’m sure if Tim Thomas espoused left-leaning views, his critics would instead be cheering him on. Hypocrites they are.

  2. I have to agree with you GBear. I don’t agree with Thomas at all, but I find the intolerance of his views unbearable. This latest incident is from a facebook posting. Shouldn’t that be the safest place to express his own stance? There’s a piece at Puck Daddy too.

  3. Thomas is going all Bono. Love it.

    Not a wings fan at all but any knowledgeable hockey fan HAS to respect their management and drafting team. They find diamonds everywhere.

  4. Thomas should wait till the offseason to be a political pain. Actually I hope he keeps it up and the bruins keep faltering. They had looked like big time cup favorites earlier, lately they look like chumps.

  5. With regards to the Canucks.. I think they might be keeping their options open with the new CBA coming about and the talk of teams getting a 1 time penalty free buyout period. Luongo as good as he is now is on the books for 5,333,333 until …. 2022!

    10 more years!!

    I as well would want to keep my hands on Schneider with such possible options opening up.

  6. Why in the world should Thomas’ personal beliefs and leanings affect his ability to play hockey, or the ability of Bruins fans to cheer for him. Supposedly we are talking about “the land of the free” where their own constitution guarantees him the right to feel and say whatever he chooses. Personally I don’t agree with his personal thoughts, but I still enjoy watching him play hockey, one has nothing to do with the other

  7. @ old soldier they shouldn’t but they do because of the negative attention it causes from the media. The media harasses him, and his team mates about what Thomas is saying which creates stress and gets them off their game it looks like. Just like the rest of us things that happen outside of work will affect our performance at work.