In today’s collection of notable posts from the NHL blogosphere: A debate on the Bruins ability to repeat as Stanley Cup champions…A question about the viability of Alexander Radulov returning this season…A video tribute to P.K. Subban…25 under-appreciated NHLers…Two veteran Rangers fighting for the 13th forward spot…New cuisine at Sabres games.
RED LIGHT DISTRICT HOCKEY BLOG: Carolyn Christians and Chris Tremulis debate over the Boston Bruins possibly repeating as Stanley Cup champs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Winning back-to-back Cup championships is a rarity in today’s NHL, but I believe the Bruins, returning with pretty much the same roster that won the Cup last spring, stand a very good chance of doing it again.
ON THE FORECHECK: Dirk Hoag suggests Alexander Radulov might not be able to return to the NHL without first passing through waivers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not that I expect Radulov to return to the NHL and the Predators this season, but if he wants to, he’d better do it before the start of the NHL regular season on October 7th. That’s because Radulov has been playing in the KHL, who begin their season before the NHL. Under the CBA, if Radulov plays one KHL game after October 7th, he’d have to pass through waivers. It’s a moot point anyway, he’s not going to return this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yes, he’s cocky, he’s brash, and he can get under opponents skin at times. And he’s very, very talented, perhaps the best Canadiens defenseman I’ve seen since Larry Robinson in his prime. Few blueliners have the skills to go end-to-end and still play responsible, physical defense like Subban. He and goalie Carey Price are the bedrock of the Canadiens franchise.
THE BLEACHER REPORT: Alison Myers presents 25 under-appreciated NHL players that don’t get enough press. Among them: Anaheim’s Lubomir Visnovsky, Calgary’s Rene Bourque, Columbus’ R.J. Umberger, Florida’s Stephen Weiss, Minnesota’s Niklas Backstrom, Philadelphia’s Matt Carle, St. Louis’ Alex Pietrangelo, Washington’s Karl Alzner and P.A. Parenteau of the NY Islanders.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Myers is right, many of those players don’t get their just due. Some because they’re in smaller hockey markets, others because they’re overshadowed by bigger name teammates.
BLUESHIRT BANTER: Joe Fortunato observers veterans Sean Avery and Erik Christensen are now fighting for the 13th forward spot on the Rangers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It wasn’t that long ago when there would’ve been no question about this pair making the Rangers roster.
DIE BY THE BLADE: Zachary Zielonka reports on the new cuisine you can expect at Buffalo Sabres home games this season. And no, they haven’t invented a new way to make buffalo wings!