In today’s medley of notable posts from the NHL blogosphere: Evgeni Nabokov’s “lose-lose” situation, an update on Marc Staal, pitching a tantrum over the trap isn’t worth it, worthy all-star candidates from bottom-feeding teams, ways to trade big-salaried players, the return of Evgeny Dadonov, and how the former president of HBO Sports can improve the NHL’s profile.
ARMCHAIR HOCKEY: Jason Chen suggests the best thing for Evgeni Nabokov to do if he’s waiting for a starter role this season is to wait for Rick DiPietro to get hurt again.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If a playoff contender came calling for Nabokov, he’d probably waive his “NTC” in a hurry.
THE RANGERS TRIBUNE: Rangers defenseman Marc Staal might get some good news this week when he receives a checkup on his post-concussion symptoms from his doctor.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Here’s hoping Staal gets some good news and is able to return soon.
PUCK UPDATE: Steven Ovadia doesn’t believe a trapping system like the Tampa Bay Lightning’s “1-3-1” system was worth the “tantrum” pitched by the Philadelphia Flyers last week, though he conceded if the league wants to eliminate trapping hockey, the public shame via TV (which is what the Flyers recently did to the Lightning) might be a good way to go.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A lot of teams don’t want to get rid of trapping systems because it allows them to be more competitive against stronger teams, even if the result is boring hockey. Still, it’s not as bad now as it was in the “Dead Puck Era”, and if teams want to find ways to break or beat the trap, it’s going to take innovative coaching to do so. The same minds which dreamed up trapping style hockey are those needed to break it.
BACKHAND SHELF: Daniel Wagner looks at several All-Star worthy players on several current bottom-feeding teams.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Of those listed, I’d say Carolina’s Jeff Skinner and the NY Islanders John Tavares are the most all-star worthy so far this season.
TOO MANY MEN ON THE SITE: examines ways for teams to trade high-salaried players during the season, including the suggestion of third team involvement.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Again, it comes down to making the dollars fit, which is difficult enough to do when it’s a deal between two teams, but even tougher when a third get involved. That’s why most high-salaried players aren’t moved during the season, but in June and July, when teams have more available cap space and more willingness to deal.
THE RAT TRICK: Evgeny Dadonov is making his return to the Florida Panthers, called up to replace the injured Scottie Upshall.
PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski looks at how Ross Greenburg, the former president of HBO Sports, could improve coverage of the NHL, now that his production company will be working with the league’s new NHL Original Productions.