In today’s medley of notable posts from the NHL blogosphere: A debate over which goalie the Canucks should keep…Wondering if Michel Therrien might be a good head coach for the Blue Jackets…Breaking down Francois Beauchemin’s hit on Mike Fisher…A comment on the Canadiens firing Perry Pearn…An imagined conversation between Bettman and Fehr over visors.
RED LIGHT DISTRICT HOCKEY BLOG: A debate over which goaltender the Vancouver Canucks should retain: Roberto Luongo or Cory Schneider.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Luongo’s contract alone ensures he remains a Canucks, but more importantly, Luongo has proven himself one of the elite goalies in the league. Schneider has yet to demonstrate he’s capable of being the same or better. With Luongo, you know what you’re getting, whereas with Schneider, there’s no guarantee.
BOTTOM LINE HOCKEY: Alison Myers suggested former Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Michel Therrien might be a good fit behind the bench of the Columbus Blue Jackets, as he has experience in turning around a struggling team.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: True, but his fiery style also gives him a short shelf life. Still, he certainly couldn’t hurt at this point.
ON THE FORECHECK: Dirk Hoag does a good job breaking down Anaheim Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin’s hit on Nashville Predators center Mike Fisher during Saturday’s Ducks-Predators game. The photographic and video evidence suggests it was a shoulder-to-shoulder hit, rather than shoulder-to-head. Beauchemin received a two-minute minor for an illegal hit to the head.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It certainly appears as though the intent was shoulder-to-shoulder. Given the speed of the hit and the location of the on-ice officials, it was a tough call to make. I don’t think Beauchemin will receive any additional punishment, but that’s up to Brendan Shanahan to decide.
ARCTIC ICE HOCKEY: “Hawerchuk” weighs in on the Montreal Canadiens recent controversial firing of assistant coach Perry Pearn.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A lot of folks feel it was a classless move by Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier, but the Habs have won three straight since Pearn was fired, and have played a lot better. Draw your own conclusions.
KNEEL BEFORE ROD: draws from a “Seinfeld” episode to present an imagined conversation between NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr on the issue of visors.