The NHL Week that Was…Not everyone was thrilled at the media coverage of Crosby’s return…A realistic look at the Maple Leafs…Putting the Red Wings slump into perspective…Is Jack Capuano on the hot seat?…The Stars are closing the void with their fans…Why the CBA is important to the Blue Jackets rebuild…Photographic proof of devoted Panthers fans…Eddie Shore’s one crazy night.
GRANTLAND.COM: Katie Baker presents her weekly review of this NHL; this week, featuring the potential return of Alexander Radulov.
UP THE PUCKS: Cait Platt showers scorn upon the NHL media for its recent orgy of coverage over the return of Sidney Crosby. Trust me, Crosby’s as uncomfortable by it as many of you were sick about hearing it.
THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Lukas Hardonk with a realistic look at the Maple Leafs, wisely dismissing the suggestion Phil Kessel should be dealt, but acknowledging the Leafs are a mess.
EIGHT LEGGED FREAKS: Jordan Calcafuoco reminds his fellow Red Wings fans upset over the club’s recent slump that the team’s goal is the Stanley Cup, not the President’s Trophy.
DEFENDING BIG D: Brandon Worley on how the Stars have closed the void between the team and its fans. Icing a winning product has certainly helped, but so has the marketing. A hockey resurrection seems to be taking place in “Big D”.
THE CHECKING LINE: Rob McGowan wonders if Islanders head coach Jack Capuano might be on the hot seat.
THE CANNON: Matt Wagner on how the CBA matters to the rebuilding Blue Jackets.
BACKHAND SHELF: Chris Lund provides photographic evidence of die hard Panthers fans. Believe it or not, kids,attendance is increasing for the Panthers, and that’s not just because of cheap tickets and giveaways. The possibility of the Panthers making the playoffs for the first time in 12 years is bringing back the fans.
GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier presents the determined effort of Bruins legend Eddie Shore to make a game in Montreal after he’d missed the team train. When I was a kid, I devoured books on NHL history, and Shore was one of my favorites. This guy was one tough SOB, as well as a hockey pioneer, though some of his theories were – to be blunt – batshit crazy. Don Cherry was spot-on when he called him “The Darth Vader of hockey”. Still, Shore ranks as one of hockey’s greatest characters, certainly hockey’s Ty Cobb in terms of temperament.