In today’s roundup of notable posts from the NHL hockey blogosphere: Seven reasons why anything less than the Stanley Cup won’t do this season for the Capitals…Parise or Kovalchuk should switch wings…It may be too hasty to predict elite scoring from young Oilers stars…Advice for Fantasy Hockey GMs…Colin Campbell’s video explanation of the Savard/Cooke incident.
BLEACHER REPORT: Ryan Davenport with seven years why anything less than the Stanley Cup will do for the Washington Capitals this season. Among them: they can’t play the “blame the goalie” card, there’s not much more GM George McPhee can add to this roster, and the depth in talent at forward.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I think Caps fans would still be forgiving if they were to at least advance to the Conference Final this season, but they’re definitely getting restless and want to see this team, loaded with so much talent, win the franchise’s first-ever Cup championship.
PUCK UPDATE: Steven Ovadia suggests Devils wingers Zach Parise or Ilya Kovalchuk should consider switching sides in order to put all three on the first line, rather than risk two imbalanced second lines.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I know they trade without success moving Kovalchuk to right wing last season and it didn’t work out. Perhaps moving Parise might be a better idea, but for now it appears we could see perhaps Parise-Patrik Elias-Petr Sykora to open the season on their first line, or at least that was the speculation in the NY Post.
MC79HOCKEY.COM: Tyler Dellow scolds those in the Edmonton media who scold Oilers fans for predicting elite scoring from young Oilers like Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Magnus Paajarvi, only to turn around and engage in the practice themselves.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Those young Oilers who were with the club last season – Hall, Paajarvi and Eberle – will be better this season, but I agree with Dellow that it might be expecting too much of them to reach elite status this season.
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DOWN GOES BROWN: proves Brendan Shanahan wasn’t the only one who used video to explain his disciplinary decisions. Behold! The long-lost Colin Campbell video decision on Matt Cooke’s hit on Marc Savard.