More speculation on Sean Avery, analysis of a NY Times series on the life of Derek Boogaard, a letter to the Colorado Avalanche roster, some comments on the role of fighting in the NHL, potential candidates to replace Terry Murray as Kings head coach, and Absurd Goalie Monday.


Is Avery about to return to the minors?

BLEEDING ALL BLUE: Could Sean Avery return to the minors?

THE BIG LEAD: Sam Eifling offers his take on the three-part series by the New York Times on the short life of Derek Boogaard.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Times series on Boogaard is a worthwhile read, not just for hockey fans, but anyone who follows pro sports. We have the impression the lives of all pro athletes is glamorous, but this series will have you rethinking that opinion.

DEFENDING BIG D: Brandon Worley with his take on fighting in the NHL, and encourages your take, too.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I agree completely with Worley, but he and I are in the minority.

MILE HIGH HOCKEY: An open letter to the players of the Colorado Avalanche. In short: Die hard Avs fans still love you, but please play better.

MAYORS MANOR: A list of potential replacements if the LA Kings decide to fire Terry Murray as head coach.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s understandable why this list is published, and certainly there’s plenty of speculation about the Kings coaching job, but it does feel a little unseemly to talk about Murray’s possible replacements when he hasn’t even been fired yet. 

THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: Scotty Wazz checks in with another edition of “Absurd Goalie Monday”. This week: Fredric Chabot.