NHL Blog Beat – January 23, 2012.

Making the case for Ken Hitchcock to win the Adams Trophy… Puzzling over a curious move in a recent Oilers game…Wayne Simmonds becoming a fan favorite in Philadelphia…Should Dan Girardi get a Norris Trophy nod?…Mixed feelings over the Ducks recent improvement…Why the Leafs need to improve their goaltending…The Panthers overtime woes…Do the Stars have enough time to right the ship?…Can the Sabres rebound?…Absurd Goalie Monday.

INSIDE HOCKEY: Ed Cmar points out Ken Hitchcock has never won the Jack Adams trophy as NHL coach of the year, and makes the case as to why he could get it for his work with the St. Louis Blues.

MC79HOCKEY: Tyler Dellow, like Taylor Hall during Saturday’s Oilers-Flames game, wondered why Oilers coach Tom Renney pulled his goalie late in a game that was obviously lost.

Simmonds endearing himself to Flyers faithful.

THE CHECKING LINE: Matthew Brigidi find thats Wayne Simmonds style of play has made him a fan favorite in Philadelphia. Just as I predicted he would be last summer when he was dealt to the Flyers in the Mike Richards trade.

BLUE SEAT BLOGS: Making the case for Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi to at least receive a nod for this year’s Norris Trophy.

ANAHEIM CALLING: “Daniel AC” has mixed feelings over the Ducks recent improved performance.

BLUE CHIP PROSPECTS: “Darren K” believes the Maple Leafs need to upgrade their goaltending – listing some potential trade candidates – either at the trade deadline or off-season.

THE RAT TRICK: Patrick McLaughlin on the Florida Panthers overtime problems and how to address them.

DEFENDING BIG D: Brad Gardner looks at the Dallas Stars current funk and if they have enough time and depth to reverse their fortunes.

DIE BY THE BLADE: Ned Naukam suggests the Buffalo Sabres still have time to turn their season around. Yes, they do, but if their recent performance is anything to go by, I wouldn’t get my hopes up if I were a Sabres fan.

THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: Scotty Wazz with the latest installment of “Absurd Goalie Monday”. This week: Peter McDuffe, whose hockey card I still have, back when he played for the Kansas City Scouts.


  1. You should get in on the hockey card segment of the FOHS, Lyle. How can you pass up a chance to win so much nothing!

    Girardi for the Norris is a real tough sell. He’s certainly a leader on the Rangers, but there’s a few faults to his game that make him less than Norris-worthy. His defensive game is as good as anybody’s: he’s a leader when it comes to blocked shots, he’s an outstanding penalty killer, he will clear out the front of the net because he’s better than Danny Briere at everything, and he’s not afraid to throw his weight around in the corners.

    All those good qualities aside, he doesn’t have the offensive numbers of a Shea Weber or a Zdeno Chara. Del Zotto and Richards run the first power play unit, so it makes sense to put Girardi and McDonough on the second unit, but only because the Rangers don’t exactly have better options. That said, 8 of his 17 points have come on the power-play. But Chara and Weber definitely have the offense.

    The Norris trophy is awarded to the top defenseman who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position. That has to include both sides of the puck. Girardi is arguably as good as anyone in his own end, but he’s not as good as those who will win the Norris in the opponent’s end.

  2. Penguins should get Benn seeing how they only wanted a Dman last year you can have Lovejoy 😛