The NHL week that was, tips for the Canadiens on how to hire an anglophone GM, comparing Luongo and Schneider, calling on Flames fans to demand a rebuild, the reason behind the Islanders signing John Grahame, critiquing the NHL new Stanley Cup promos, suggestions on who the Leafs fans should cheer for, and a brief history of bad Maple Leafs ownership and management.

GRANTLAND.COM: Katie Baker with her weekly look at the notable NHL news, including the races for the final playoff spots.

BACKHAND SHELF: Ellen Etchingham doesn’t buy into the theory the Canadiens have a better chance of landing a quality GM if they don’t make bilingualism a priority, believing  the next GM will be bilingual, but agrees to play along and offers up tips if the Habs were to go that route.

Who should start in the playoffs for the Canucks?

NUCKS MISCONDUCT:  In-depth stats comparisons of Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider to determine which one should start in the playoffs.

MATCHSTICKS AND GASOLINE: Mitch Smith on why Flames fans must demand a rebuild, something which has been overdue for at least a season.

THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: Scotty Wazz on why it made sense for the NY Islanders to bring John Grahame out of retirement.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Geoff Rosenthal believes the NHL’s “Because It’s The Cup” promo misses the mark, compared to their recent efforts. I agree, but it does create a gold mine for parody commercials.

THE LEAFS NATION: John Lofranco on which team Leafs fans should cheer for in the playoffs. Good advice also for Habs fans…and Jets fans…and Oilers fans….and Flames fans…

BITTER LEAF FAN PAGE: A brief history on over three decades of bad Leafs ownership and management. It’s a vicious cycle.