NHL Blog Beat – March 29, 2012.

A couple of views on the Canadiens firing their general manager, looking at the positives from the Leafs season, the Sabres are looking higher than eighth, how to properly fit a hockey helmet, and a parody Leafs commercial.

HABS EYES ON THE PRIZE/THE HOCKEY WRITERS/LIONS IN WINTER:  Bruce Peter,K. Ross Read and “Topham” offer up their views on the Montreal Canadiens recent firing of Pierre Gauthier as their general manager.

NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Jason Brough listed ten candidates to replace Gauthier. Yes, Patrick Roy and Pierre McGuire are on that list.

Two notable brights spots in this disappointing Leafs season.

VINTAGE LEAFS MEMORIES: Michael Langlois examines the positives from an otherwise disappointing season for the Maple Leafs. Topping the list: Phil Kessel’s elite offensive performance.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Stephen Stoneman on why 8th is not enough for the Buffalo Sabres.

ST. LOUIS GAME TIME: How about “Jerry” as a nickname for Halak? I like it!

CANUCKS ARMY: How the Canucks can avoid last year’s playoff problems.

RED LIGHT DISTRICT HOCKEY BLOG: Ryan Porth examines how the trade deadline acquisitions are faring.

HOCKEY GEAR HQ: Dirk Hoag on how to properly fit a hockey helmet. This isn’t a laughing matter, given the increasing numbers of concussion injuries in hockey.

BACKHAND SHELF: presents the latest parody video from Down Goes Brown and Bloge Salming: “Because of the Cap” Leafs commercial.


  1. What Canucks playoff problems? They were 1 game away from the championship.

  2. Quit diving and whining for calls and actually stay on your feet and play hockey. That is all the Canucks need to do.

  3. I appreciate the link, Lyle. Between loose chin straps and guys chewing their mouthguards like they’re cigars, it’s a wonder more players don’t get seriously hurt.

  4. My pleasure, Dirk, and I agree wholeheartedly.