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Archive for February, 2011

Canucks Get Three Players

It took until the last few seconds of the NHL deadline, but the Vancouver Canucks have addressed some of their needs.
The first deal was with Anaheim. The Canucks sent Joel Perreault and a third-round pick in exchange for Maxim Lapierre. As Vancouver were in the hunt for a fourth-line center, Lapierre will [...]

Washington Capitals: With the Deadline Approaching, What Will George McPhee Do? (Part 3)

In my previous posts, I looked at who the Capitals might be looking at bringing in. Now it’s time to think about what the organisation may be willing to give up.
Starting from the back, in net the Caps may be looking to bring in a more experienced goaltender, and if so it would make [...]

San Jose Sharks ‘Assault’ Continues

I was only kidding when I used the word ‘assault’ to describe the San Jose Sharks slump-ending win streak. In fact I was upset with myself because no sooner had I written that title that the Sharks lost two straight road games. But now the Sharks have won another 5 in a row [...]

Washington Capitals: With the Deadline Approaching, What Will George McPhee Do? (Part 2)

As I said in my previous post, many expect a few moves from Caps GM George McPhee; and second line center is the most likely spot for McPhee to strengthen. But where else could McPhee look to bring players in? 
Since the departure from Washington of Olaf Kolzig, the Capitals have struggled to find a definitive [...]

Detroit Red Wings: Injuries Instill Important Instincts‏

Since my last blog, the Nabakov situation has all died down. Nabby doesn’t want to play for the Islanders, and Garth Snow is telling him he has to. Meanwhile the Red Wings have posted 6-3-0 and despite some defensive lapses, have looked pretty strong. Victories over New Jersey, Ottawa, New York [...]

San Jose Sharks: Nabokov Versus Niemi

A little while back the hosts of one of the programs on NHL Home Ice was introducing a guest.  They mentioned that, dispite whatever his specific area of expertise was, he also had his own blog.  As a quick note, they commented that unlike the hundreds of blogs written by people who don’t know what [...]

Washington Capitals: With the Deadline Approaching, What Will George McPhee Do? (Part 1)

After a generally poor season so far, with the trade deadline approaching on February 28th Caps fans look to GM George McPhee. In the summer, the organisation changed the style of play, rather than the roster; but still the team is not playing to its full potential. So the expectation is that there will be [...]

Checking Is Integral To Hockey But The NHL Needs To Avoid Hits To The Head

For those that can’t remember January 15th 1968, it was just another average day in the 60’s. Although for the family and friends of Bill Masterton, it was a day consumed by tragedy. Two days earlier Masterton took to the ice as a member of the Minnesota North Stars against the Oakland Seals in what [...]

Memo to the Phoenix Coyotes

To: Phoenix Coyotes
From: PuckGal
Subject: Winning in Regulation
Thank you Phoenix Coyotes for last night’s Valentine’s Day win over the Washington Capitals. The 3 - 2 victory in regulation at home and on Versus was particularly satisfying. A mention needs to go out to Ilya Bryzgalov for his solid work in net and keeping us out of [...]

San Jose Sharks Resume Their Assault On The NHL

Okay I know it’s not really so dominating that you could call the San Jose Sharks’ recent point streak an ‘assault’, but it sounds good and feels good. Winning is fun! After a remarkably poor start, including dropping as low as 11th in the Western Conference and last in the Pacific Division, [...]

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