NHL Blog Beat – March 28, 2012.

Bruins coach faces some important decisions…Ken Hitchcock’s goalie dilemma…Defending Braden Holtby…A comment on the NHL points system…The Avalanche continue to be “anti-blogger”…An interview with Patrick Burke…”The Hunger Games”, NHL style, circa-1940s…Spreading the blame for the Leafs woes…A look back at the notable happenings during the Leafs last playoff season.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Mike Miccoli on some of the important decisions facing Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien; specifically, which players to rest over the final regular season games.

ST. LOUIS GAME TIME: Brad Lee on the dilemma facing Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock: does he start the playoffs with Jaroslav Halak in goal, or Brian Elliott? That’s a problem every NHL coach would love to have.

Holtby didn't have a memorable game against the Sabres.

ON FROZEN BLOG: Elizabeth Meinecke defends Capitals goalie Braden Holtby following Washington’s 5-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres.

CANUCKS CORNER: Tom Benjamin is no fan of the current NHL points system.

MILE HIGH HOCKEY: David Driscoll-Carignan on the Colorado Avalanche’s puzzling “anti-blogger” policy. Someone should inform the Avs front office that bloggers are hockey fans, whose enthusiastic coverage of their team help attract more fans to the product. Might not be a bad idea to allow a couple of ’em into the press box now and again. Just sayin’…

RAW CHARGE: Clark J. Brooks interviews Flyers scout Patrick Burke, who along with his father, Leafs GM Brian Burke, head up the “You Can Play” project.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGEND: Joe Pelletier on the “hunger games” of Maple Leafs legend Turk Broda.

MAPLE LEAFS HOT STOVE: Matt Bracken on how there’s plenty of blame to go around for the Maple Leafs.

BACKHAND SHELF: Chris Lund points out all the things that happened during the Leafs final playoff season. Has it really been eight years since “Friends” signed off? I must drink a celebratory scotch to commemorate the occasion. Gawd, I hated that show…


  1. Hitchcock, is a well seasoned coach. He will pick his goalie according to his first round opponent. Halak with his previous playoff experience and good standing thru out the 2010 playoffs, gives him an advantage for sure.

  2. Write up a petition for you toget into some Colorado games and I’ll get my entire family to sign buddy!

    Halak definitely gets the nod with the playoffs. He got the big bucks for that reason.