Four Fantasy Hockey Footnotes: NHL Rookie Management

By:
NHL Rookies

Perhaps the hardest choices to make as a fantasy hockey GM involve the treatment of rookie NHL players in your roster. Two days ago I found myself staring at a brick wall when it came to having to make the choice between a “prodigy” NHL rookie and a “veteran” player, the choice of playing goaltender Cam Ward or newcomer and incredibly hyped Andrei Vasilevskiy was probably the toughest roster decision of the season for me (and yes I have the unreliable Cam Ward as my secondary behind Varly… unfortunately goalies never seem to be in abundance in deep leagues). In the end I went with Vasilevskiy and in the end it was the wrong choice… not that he played bad but Ward played better. The weird thing is that if I have to choose again between the two, I would probably feel just as torn in my decision and not be any more likely to choose Ward just because he performed better the first time I had to make a decision between the two. Below are some thoughts on why this is and how in general to treat hyped NHL rookies/minor league players that have been called upon by their NHL teams and are on your fantasy hockey roster.

Read More…

NHL Playoffs 2015: NHL Goalies of current contenders

By:
ngbbs534aed5a4eafa

The season is more than halfway over. We’ve finished the All-star game and with the trade deadline being the only major event left, it won’t be long until we’re getting into the playoffs. We’ll be seeing huge hits, shot blocks, and my favorite; desperation saves. However, who will be making these desperation saves this year? As it stands, before trade deadline, the match ups are quite interesting. We may be in for the lowest scoring playoffs in years with so many good net minders making appearances this year, I’m sure of this for many reasons.

Read More…

What’s Next for the Toronto Maple Leafs?

By:

The Toronto Maple Leafs have now lost 9 straight games, and before their current losing streak, they were an abysmal 3-8-0. Adding up to a grand total of 3-16-1 in their last 20 games. The only humour in the otherwise bleak situation might be that before this current 3-16-1 stretch they went on a 10-1-1 streak. The Leafs recent record has many scratching their heads. Not many people thought the Leafs were a cup contender, but many had them at least battling for a playoff spot. Currently, the only thrills Maple Leaf fans can hope for after the regular season will be possessing a draft lottery pick. The struggling Maple Leafs have not technically been eliminated from the playoff race. However, it would take something like a 22-8-1 record in their remaining 31 games to get them to 93 points, which was how many it took to get into the playoffs from the Eastern Conference last season.

Read More…

NHL Weekly Summary: Week 17

By:
nhl-wallpaper-15321-15794-hd-wallpapers

Sunday January 25th 2015 – Saturday January 31st 2015

Here is this week’s top NHL news. This post is just meant to be a convenient way for some people out there who are busy during the week and need a nice condensed list of what has happened in the NHL each week. All headlines are linked to articles with further detail. Please let me know if there is any errors/anything that you think I should add to this list and I will fix it/deem if it is worthy.

Read More…

The Ramblings of a Delusional Fan

By:
Delusional Fan

In terms of how the Flyers season has gone, the team has genuinely turned a corner.  They have won eight of their last twelve and have won four in a row.  On top of that they have been playing a much better brand of hockey lately.  They seem to either finally understand, or have at least bought into the systems that Coach Craig Berube has them playing.  As well, they have been hanging with some of the NHL’s better teams (Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Washington).  That certainly sounds like a recipe for success.  So I have found myself suddenly optimistic about the stretch drive to the end of the season.  The question is, am I being realistic?

Read More…

Around the Arena: NHL Arenas as City Anchors

By:
Rogers Place NHL Arena

Suburban sprawl is far from disappearing but there has definitely been an increasingly heavy movement back to cities and downtown cores across the cities of North America. And with this populous migration back to city cores, the passions of those people have followed. One of these passions is sports. As the last two decades have passed, professional sports teams have showed a trend of moving from suburban venues to city centers and the teams of the NHL have been a huge part of this trend. This has strengthened the NHL’s image and its relativity to the culture of the markets it has teams in. The importance of having NHL arenas in downtown cores can be explained through a couple case studies. To understand how superior a result can come from putting an NHL arena in city cores we must first look at the last NHL arena to be built in a suburban community.

Read More…

Pricing Out Protection: The Best Hockey Equipment On A Budget

By:
1958325_1451358945112454_6989188211841239295_n

In 1979, the NHL laid down the law: All players signing new contracts had to wear helmets on the ice. This rule didn’t affect older players like Craig MacTavish, who was the last NHLer to play without protective headgear. Oilers fans used to joke that this explained some of his more … unique coaching decisions. The introduction of composite sticks to the league in 1994 made stepping on the ice even more of a risk; heavy hitters like Zdeno Chara were now able to send pucks screaming toward the net at over 105 miles per hour. Bottom line? Even if you play beer league or casual pick-up games, you need protection.

Read More…

The 2015 NHL All-Star Game

By:
photo by: Gettys images

 

Boy, now wasn’t that a bit of fun? With the all-star game and its showcase passing this weekend, it might be a good idea to highlight the showcase and shed some light on the spectacle of hockey skills we get treated to each year at the mid-season point.

The All-star game, as it’s known has been around since the beginning of the NHL, and in a manner of speaking actually predates the NHL itself. There are multiple cases of respected Canadian hockey clubs hosting benefit games, notably for deceased, injured, or retiring players. For example in 1908 an “all-star” game was held in Montreal featuring the Montreal Wanderers and all-star players from the Eastern Canadian Amateur Hockey Association. This game was held for Hod Stuart, a Montreal player who drowned only months after winning the Stanley Cup in 1907. There are three more instances of “benefit” games being played for players or their families, and one of the last benefits was actually played to the same cause as the first, as Babe Siebert, a player for the Canadiens at the time, would drown in Lake Huron in 1939.

Read More…

NHL Weekly Summary: Week 16

By:
nhl-wallpaper-15321-15794-hd-wallpapers

Sunday January 18th 2015 – Sunday January 25th 2015

Here is this week’s top NHL news. This post is just meant to be a convenient way for some people out there who are busy during the week and need a nice condensed list of what has happened in the NHL each week. All headlines are linked to articles with further detail. Please let me know if there is any errors/anything that you think I should add to this list and I will fix it/deem if it is worthy.

Read More…

At the NHL Halfway Mark: If the season ended today…

By:
The Stanley Cup NHL

Writer’s Note:  This article is going to focus on the League at the completion of 41 games.  Technically, that was achieved about a week and a half ago, but I figured the All-Star Break was a good a time as any to focus on and make these predictions.  Enjoy!

Well here we are, the All-Star Break.  A good a time as any to look back and reflect upon the season we have had thus far.  About a month and a half ago, I wrote an article focusing on what teams would be in the NHL playoffs at that point in the season (after each team had completed 20 games).  Well here we are, 21 games later, the NHL halfway mark. Within the first article, I discussed how much the hockey media seemed to set the American Thanksgiving as an unofficial D-Day for the teams inside and out of the playoff picture.  Although there seems to be quite a bit of truth to that assertion (75% of the teams have returned), the fact that there is now 4 new teams included in the dance makes for an interesting race down the stretch.  Well, here are the standings at the Halfway Mark:

Read More…