I’m of the mind that John Tortorella would make one hell of a junior coach. I’ll elaborate on that in a second.
Today came news via ESPN’s Katie Strang that John Tortorella has been fired as the head coach of the New York Rangers, after a tumultuous, disappointing season for the blueshirts. Many, including myself, had them pegged to win the Eastern Conference before the season, yet they limped into the playoffs as a six-seed, snuck by round one and got dumped in round two. He’s been behind the bench since 2008-09, taking over for Tom Renney.
Here’s why I said Torts would be a great junior coach: he treats players like kids. His motivational tactics are very similar to what you see used with 16-20 year olds. If you aren’t doing what he wants you to do, he takes away your ice time
so now you can’t get a college scholarship and makes it harder to get out of his dog house. He takes a small, bad snowball, and rolls it down a hill of awful snow. Read the rest of this entry »
Should of learned to take a hit in peewee. #shouldof
Over the weekend, Hockey Canada came to a fairly overdue decision about hitting in minor hockey:
Body-checking rule change approved at 2013 Hockey Canada Annual General Meeting
-A modification to playing rule 6.2b was approved, removing body-checking from Peewee levels and below within leagues governed by Hockey Canada, starting in 2013-14.
-In addition to this rule change, a work group has been directed to build a mandatory national checking and instructional resource program to support the progressive implementation of checking skills at the Novice to Peewee levels to better prepare players for body-checking at the Bantam and Midget level.
Don Cherry, naturally, slammed the decision as the “politically correct” way to go, shrugging off the reasoning for the decision that Ron MacLean provided. Cherry waxed with “I don’t understand” in response to number of reported injuries at the bantam levels in Québec, where peewee body-checking isn’t allowed, and Alberta, where it was allowed. Read the rest of this entry »
Yesterday after the Ottawa Senators were royally trounced by the Pittsburgh Penguins 7-3 to fall behind in the best-of-seven series 3-1, Daniel Alfredsson spoke to reporters. One asked him a fairly generic question that, for once, drew an original response. He was asked if it was feasible to beat Pittsburgh three straight times, which is the type of rote exercise that usually launches Athlete Answer Playlist 16, which starts “of course, we’ve beat them before, one game at a time…”
Alfredsson said “Probably not.”
He added: “With their depth and power play right now it doesn’t look too good.”
Fearing that might come off as too negative (or that’s my guess, anyway), he continued with what might as well have been “blah blah blah”: “I know what we’re going to do – we’re going to go out and we’re going to play one hell of a game. That doesn’t worry me at all. We know the odds are against us in every way but we never quit.”
So what we have today is people around the hockey world weighing in on Alfie’s comments, some berating his leadership, some saying he’s rolling over, and some just flapping their internet gums because hell, that’s what we do now. I’m in the process myself.
So let’s get to it. Here are all the reasons Alfredsson’s brief initial comments were awesome: Read the rest of this entry »
Tonight’s Senators/Penguins game will feature Cory Conacher in the pressbox instead of on the ice, which is nothing if not surprising. For one, coaches are known to be extremely superstitious, and rarely like to change their lineup after a win. Especially after a win against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Read the rest of this entry »
As I wrote prior to the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs:
This may not be the case for all hockey fans out there, but when I turn on the TV to watch a hockey game, my enjoyment of said game is affected by the uniforms being worn, the way they work together, and how they work with the crowd around them. I can barely watch the Panthers, for example, regardless of opponent.
A couple simple things matter:
* Contrast: for example, Oilers/Flames is going to be better than Senators (white/red/black)/Hurricanes (white/red/black).
* Simplicity: Clean, two-coloured jersey matchups – say Red Wings/Leafs – is going to be better than busy, multi-colour jersey matchups – say Florida/Colorado or something. (Guh, the thought of that.)
We all have our personal preferences – for me, I find red-on-red matchups less pleasurable than cooler colours, and tend to prefer all of the Original 6 jerseys. So we might not agree entirely on the order of the list below, but that’s only because you probably have bad taste and I don’t.
Wow, I was particularly mean that day. Anyway, obviously home/away sweaters make some difference, so take my opinion as an overview of the teams sweaters minus thirds. For the record, this round was extremely hard. Read the rest of this entry »
By now you know the story. The Toronto Maple Leafs surged out to a 4-1 lead against the Bruins in Boston in the third period of Game 7. Their stars had answered the bell in the biggest game of their young careers. Kessel from Kadri, Kadri from Kessel, the scoresheet showed Gardiner, it showed van Riemsdyk.
And then hockey happened. It all came undone.
For fans, a three-goal lead is enough to talk to one another comfortably. It’s enough to laugh, it’s enough to text, it’s enough for most people to get up and go pee and miss a minute of the game. But when the lead was cut to two by Nathan Horton with ten minutes left, it was time to quiet down and pay attention again. Too much time, not enough of a cushion. The stress-factor was reintroduced. Read the rest of this entry »
When the bells rang out in Nassau Coliseum to indicate that it was six-past-Fleury on Tuesday night, a very real question starting surfacing around the hockey world: who in the hell do the Penguins start in Game 5?
We now have our answer:
So what now? Is this the right call?
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