The NHL week in review, the dumbest rule in hockey, a cold war could be brewing between the NHL and NHLPA, why the Devils beat the Flyers, and much more.
GRANTLAND.COM: Katie Baker checks in with her weekly look on the notable NHL happenings, while Sean McIndoe (the genius behind the hilarious “Down Goes Brown” blog) suggests the “over the glass” rule is not just the dumbest in hockey, but in pro sports.
RAW CHARGE: John Fontana suggests the silence in CBA talks between the NHL and NHLPA means a new “cold war” could be brewing between the two sides. I respectfuly disagree with John, but his piece is still a worthwhile read.
HOLIK ON HOCKEY: Bobby Holik (Yes, THAT Bobby Holik) explains why the New Jersey Devils shut down the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers losing their focus was one factor. Bobby explains several more.
THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: Scotty Wazz with his post-mortem for the Flyers.
SMASHVILLE: Ryan Porth suggests if Alexander Radulov is sincere about wishing to return to the Predators, he’ll have to change his ways. Not being hampered by a knee injury would help, too.
SECOND CITY HOCKEY: A plea from a Blackhawks fan for Patrick Kane to stop drinking, as he keeps embarrassing himself publicly when he does.
Ordinarily, I don’t care to post very much about a hockey player who might get a little rambunctious in his social life. Though I was never a millionaire athlete in my early twenties, I do recall at that age doing silly, sometimes downright stupid and embarrassing things when intoxicated, so I certainly don’t expect athletes at Kane’s age to be above that kind of behavior when they’ve had a few too many pints or shots. However, the author of this post does have a point that Kane, to be blunt, doesn’t hold his booze well, and it’s leading to more embarrassing photos and stories about him. There were some dark mutterings Kane’s drinking might be hampering his performance, though to date there’s nothing substantive to prove this. Still, I’d expect those insinuations will continue if Kane doesn’t get a grip.
PUCK DADDY: The Bikini Hockey League: because you can’t objectify the female body enough.