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.
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.