A salute to Manny Malhotra, Ryan Smyth’s decline, Jonathan Bernier’s role with the Kings, and more.
PUCK DADDY: Harrison Mooney lists five NHL teams which need to wear their third jerseys full-time, while Cam Charron examines the influence of the Canucks and Manny Malhotra on the NHL’s defensive strategies.
GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier looks back on Malhotra’s NHL career, which appears to have come to an end as a result of an eye injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Malhotra never turned out to be the star he was projected to become when he was drafted seventh overall in the 1998 NHL entry draft, but he did manage to carve out a 14-year career as a checking line center and a respected team leader, especially later in his career. He was also a key voice for the NHLPA during the recent lockout. Hopefully, he lands on his feet, either as a coach, scout or with the NHLPA.
THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: Scotty Wazz weighs in on the recent talks between the NHL and Olympic officials regarding NHL participation in the Sochi Winter Games.
MC79HOCKEY: Tyler Dellow wonders why some Alberta hockey pundits are so keen to trash a fading Ryan Smyth.
SUNBELT HOCKEY JOURNAL: Meesh Shanmugam believes the LA Kings need to reconsider goalie Jonathan Bernier’s role.
THE CHECKING LINE: Rob McGowan examines the NY Islanders at the quarter-mark of this shortened season.
LIGHTHOUSE HOCKEY: The end of the Islanders lengthy losing skid finally allows them off that crippled cruise ship.