Welcome back to One-Touch Passes, our periodic feature that hits on the most important stories of note from around the hockey world, quickly provides some opinion, and moves on even quicker. Get it, like a one-touch pass. It’s clever, shut up. Let’s get to it.
Justin Schultz’s professional hockey career is off to a mind-blowing start
If you’re leading the AHL in scoring after a month, you’re doing something right. If you’re leading the AHL in scoring after a month as a defenseman? Geez. That’s some kind of tear.
If you’re leading the AHL in scoring after a month and you’re a defenseman and you’re a rookie and you’re up by a couple points…yeah. High five.
The last sentence can be attached to the Edmonton Oilers’ prospect Justin Schultz, a kid who was courted by just about every team in the NHL after not signing with the team that drafted him, Anaheim (sorry to remind you, Ducks fans). Here’s the AHL’s top 20 scorers: Read the rest of this entry »
Well, here we sit, September 12th, and the current NHL collective bargaining agreement expires on the 15th. I think it’s safe to say most of us are nervous about what’s about to happen.
More on that at the bottom of the post – let’s look at a few pieces of info and interest from around the hockey world today.
Today was Lubomir Visnovsky’s arbitration hearing about his “trade” to the Islanders – he maintained that since he got traded with a no-trade clause on his way to Anaheim (or at least he thought he had one, for some reason), that he still had one, and Anaheim had no right to deal him to a team that wasn’t on his list. Read the rest of this entry »
Pic from people.com
OMG, you guys, did you hear? Dion Phaneuf proposed to his now-fiance Elisha Cuthbert and she said YESSSSSS. Cray cray.
By all accounts (okay, one), they had 40-some people go to a lobster restaurant in PEI, where he proposed. At least he didn’t do it like this asshole.
How is this news relevant to you, you ask?
….I got nothin’. Read the rest of this entry »
Fred Brathwaite. (Pic from the TorontoSun.com)
While there’s not a ton of major breaking news today, there has been a handful of interesting stories coming out that I thought I’d touch on today by bringing back “One Touch Passes” – my thoughts on the latest tidbits from around the world of hockey. It’s like what “Bourne’s Blog” used to be, minus the cat pictures. (Though I’d be willing to include them, y’know, if anybody wanted such a thing…)
The NHL’s latest offer:
The League came back at the NHLPA yesterday with their latest proposal for a new CBA. In a nutshell, they don’t want to roll back salaries, but want to drop the salary cap a whole whackload of money…which would mean the players would pay more in escrow, which would be the same as a rollback, so…for them, what’s the difference? Read the rest of this entry »
One-Touch Passes is your Monday afternoon feature that gets you up to speed on tidbits from around the NHL with a look back at the weekend that was.
Explanation, please: Zach Bogosian isn’t going to get suspended for the hit he put on Andreas Nodl yesterday, despite getting enough air-time to clear a KIA and throw down a dunk. The video:
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Lemieux speaking at his statue unveiling, via @Kevin_McGran
Well-deserved: The Pittsburgh Penguins unveiled a statue of Mario Lemieux today in front of Consol Energy Center.
“”Arguably, no one in sports is more closely associated with a team or a city than Mario Lemieux is with the Pittsburgh Penguins,” team president David Morehouse said, adding that Lemieux declined five times to have a statue built for him before owner Ron Burkle did it on his own.”
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