NHL Postseason Blog Beat – Friday, May 3, 2013.

Reaction to Eric Gryba’s hit on Lars Eller, a new system for determining the Norris Trophy winner, another playoff preview plus analysis of the Wild and Stars.

OFFSIDE: A SPORTS LAW BLOG: TSN legal analyst Eric Macramalla on the Eric Gryba hit and if it’s worthy of a suspension.

A headline in poor taste.

A headline in poor taste.

HABS EYES ON THE PRIZE: Andrew Berkshire believes whatever punishment Gryba gets isn’t good enough, suggesting if a player of Lars Eller’s caliber is sidelined for any length of time, the Senators should lose a similar player for the same amount of time.

BACKHAND SHELF: Justin Bourne defends Gryba, believing the intent was not to injure but to make a great play.

PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski on the Ottawa Sun being called out for exploiting Eller’s injury with a distasteful pun headline, but notes blood is is what sells in the NHL.

PENSION PLAN PUPPETS: Suggesting a new methodology for determining the Norris Trophy winner.

GRANTLAND: Katie Baker with an updated NHL playoff preview.

HOCKEY WILDERNESS: Tony Wiseau suggests the Minnesota Wild miss the sidelined Dany Heatley.

DEFENDING BIG D: Brad Gardner on new Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill’s attempt to change the club’s culture, starting with their young players.




  1. Kind of a tasteless headline for the Sun. “If it Bleeds it Leads” is such a classless approach to delivering news. Is the Ottawa Sun considered a tabloid in Canada? It just earned a spot right next to the NY Post in my book: its only use is to start the fireplace.

    In this age it seems silly for irate fans to write irresponsible posts demanding obscene penalties before the league’s held a hearing. Seems like the same thing happened to Hagelin with regards to Alfredsson last year. Sens fans were calling for Hagelin’s head even before the NHL reviewed it.

    The way this unfortunate play is being handled has me feeling nauseous.

    • Yeah, it’s a tabloid akin to the NY Post. Like the latter, their sports coverage is pretty good. Still, that headline was in poor taste. If it had been Eller injuring Gryba (or say, Ryan White injuring Daniel Alfredsson) in the same manner, and a Montreal tabloid did that, the Sun would be leading the cries of “Shame!”