Hockey’s complex relationship with booze, especially regarding Patrick Kane, defending Rangers coach John Tortorella, a Sabres love/hate story, and more.


Does Kane have a drinking problem?

BACKHAND SHELF: Patrick Kane’s drunken antics sparked the erudite Ellen Etchingham to examine hockey’s complex relationship with booze. If you haven’t read Etchingham’s work before, this post is a good place to start.

PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski defends NY Rangers head coach John Tortorella over his curt, sometimes combative press conferences. Tortorella’s antics may be garnering headlines, but he’s also taking the burden and pressure of dealing with the media off his players and putting it upon himself. Some reporters won’t like it, but it’s worked out pretty well for the Rangers.

VINTAGE LEAFS MEMORIES: Michael Langlois (another articulate, insightful blogger you should be checking out regularly) wonders why some players continue playing well past their “best-before” date.

DIE BY THE BLADE: Matthew Stewart begins a series examining the similarities between the Sabres era circa 1999 and the Sabres today.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Eli Rassi explains why Nashville Predators’ goalie Pekka Rinne fell short in this year’s playoffs.

ST. LOUIS GAME TIME: Brad Lee asks if this season was a success for the Blues. Considering where they were a year ago, yes.

OFFSIDE: A SPORTS LAW BLOG: Eric Macramalla with the details of the NHL’s notification to the NHLPA of its intent to terminate/modify the current CBA on September 15th.