NHL Lockout Blog Beat – September 24, 2012.

Among today’s collection of notable NHL blog posts: the longevity of certain NHL owners, questioning how long the player can out-wait the league, Milan Lucic shrugs off “cattle” remark, Manon Rheaume made history 20 years ago, and of course, Absurd Goalie Monday.

BACKHAND SHELF: It’s a double dose of “Double E”, as Ellen Etchingham looks at the longevity of influential NHL owners like Philadelphia’s Ed Snider and Boston’s Jeremy Jacobs, and questions if the players can out-wait the league in this lockout, especially given how many have short NHL careers. Cam Charron, meanwhile, delves into the profit side of the NHL.

Lucic considers himself “Grade A prime”.

PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski noted Boston Bruins winger Milan Lucic wasn’t offended by Jimmy Devellano’s referencing players as “cattle”. “I guess I must be Grade A prime beef”, replied Lucic, his quick wit providing yet another example why Bruins fans love him.

RAW CHARGE: Cassie McClellan on the impact hockey pioneer Manon Rheaume had upon female hockey players when she became the first woman to play in an NHL game twenty years ago.

THE CHECKING LINE: Rob McGowan on how the lockout could affect the Islanders future beyond 2015, when their current arena lease expires.

THE CANNON: Blue Jackets fan Mike MacLean has his hockey fix for the NHL lockout: the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL.

 THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: Scotty Wazz with his weekly installment of “Absurd Goalie Monday”. This week: Detroit Red Wings goalie Hank Bassen.


  1. All those living in Halifax are going to be able to enjoy one hell of a hockey season.
    Can’t speak for Lucic’s quick wit, but his “I don’t give a *&^%” attitude is of great consideration to his fan base. Yet he was so respectful, you know that bland hockey response. Hopefully $6m won’t take the edge off his game.

  2. with apologies to Ms McClellan the “Skill Level” she talked about women obviously having back in Manon’s day clearly wasn’t there as there hasn’t been any women to break the gender barrier since then. arguably the best womens player in the world (Hayley Wickenheiser) didn’t have much of an impact playing in a 3rd tier men’s league in Europe. at this point Women’s hockey hasn’t evolved to the point where there are more than a couple of good teams (the battle at the Olympics is always for Bronze as everyone knows it’ll be Canada vs the US in the final with Canada being the favorite) and eventual winner Canada acknowledged that their competitive edge was tuneup games played against 16 year old boys teams (where they’ve gone 16-10). Women’s hockey is a completely different game than men’s (no bodychecking) and they clearly don’t have the size or strength to play with the men as the physical part of the game is an essential part at the elite levels.