NHL Blog Beat – June 14, 2012.

More on the Kings and Devils, Stanley Cup Finals ratings, plus commentary on the Flyers, Stars, Bruins, Rick Nash, Milan Michalek and Alexander Radulov.

BACKHAND SHELF: Ellen Etchingham explains how the LA Kings overcome the odds to win the Stanley Cup.

Do Flyers have seller's remorse over Carter and Richards?

BROAD STREET HOCKEY: Travis Hughes on why the Kings winning the Stanley Cup with former Flyers Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, only a year after they were traded, changes nothing for the Flyers.

HOLIK ON HOCKEY: Bobby Holik calls out the Flyers for trading away Richards and Carter, and for the circumstances leading up to those deals.

IN LOU WE TRUST: John Fischer examines the status of the Devils free agent not named Zach Parise.

PUCK THE MEDIA: Steve Lepore reports the ratings for the 2012 Stanley Cup Final were the lowest since 2007.

SBNATION: Mike Chen believes the Stanley Cup, not ratings, is the ultimate grassroots marketing tool.

THE CANNON: Understanding why Rick Nash wants out of Columbus should bring a sense of peace to Blue Jackets fan.

PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski on the latest involving Alexander Radulov and his KHL rights.

SILVER SEVEN: Mark Parisi examines the pros and cons if the Senators were to trade forward Milan Michalek.

DEFENDING BIG D: Brad Gardner looks at this summer’s possible Dallas Stars trade bait.

STANLEY CUP OF CHOWDER: Singing praises to the NHL for rejecting the Boston Bruins new contract with Chris Kelly. Too bad this deal will likely be re-signed and resubmitted on July 1st, when the Bruins won’t be in violation of the “tagging” rule.

1 Comment

  1. i’m not a Flyer fan but even with the result in this years final i still believe Holmgren should be executive of the year for the trades he made involving Richards and Carter. the players Philly landed in those deals reinvigorated the team and will keep them competitive while Richards and Carter’s abilities decline. if there’s one mistake Holmgren made it was in overestimating Bryzgalov’s abilities and i don’t think he was alone in that respect.
    i believe LA just got hot at the right time and had some good fortune in their matchups (a healthy Daniel Sedin would’ve certainly made things more difficult in the first round … Vancouver won one game with him in the lineup and took the other to overtime).
    i would also like to point out that Vancouver didn’t “give up” on Willie Mitchell. Willie had suffered a serious concussion in Jan. 16 2010 (his second concussion while with the Canucks) and was out for the rest of the season and playoffs. he was a free agent July 1st and the Canucks offered him a one year contract as his health was far from certain, LA rolled the dice and offered him a 2 year contract that Vancouver declined to match.