There’s a proverb that says “don’t bite the hand that feeds”. Toronto Marlies’ veteran forward Brooks Laich seems to be unfamiliar with it. In an interview with The Athletic, he said: “You don’t win a Stanley Cup playing in the American League. If the Leafs don’t have a plan for me with them then I would like to pursue a Stanley Cup somewhere else You can read the full text from the interview here. Brooks Laich said he wants in on Leafs' plans or would rather chase a Cup 'somewhere else.’ He’s on waivers today: https://t.co/oGI35Vjf0t pic.twitter.com/z7xY7QeIC9 — The Athletic (@TheAthleticTO) February 21, 2017 ItRead More →

Detroit Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist has been suspended six games, for high sticking Minnesota Wild blueliner Jared Spurgeon in the Wild’s 6-3 win on February 12th. If you haven’t seen the offence, here it is: Alternate angle of Nyquist/Spurgeon. How do you spear a guy in the face and not get tossed from the game? pic.twitter.com/6j1i662vOn — Jeff Veillette (@JeffVeillette) February 12, 2017 Scary stuff. Spurgeon missed a few minutes while betting stitches to his upper lip and came out relatively unscathed (by hockey standards). Still though, he was lucky. Shortly before the spear, Nyquist was knocked down by Spurgeon Nyquist declined an invitation to an in-personRead More →

Claude Julien was the fourth head coach to be fired during the 2016-17 season, this led podcast co-host Carl to ask the following question: In general, does firing a coach mid-season make things better? Mid-season firings are part of sport but the NHL’s GMs seem to drop head coaches with alarming regularity. Since the start of the 2013-14 season, 15 coaches have lost their job mid-season. Specifically Claude Noel, Kevin Dineen, Ron Rolston, Peter Laviolette, Randy Carlyle, Peter DeBoer, Dallas Eakins, Paul MacLean, Mike Yeo, Mike Johnston, Todd Richards, Gerard Gallant, Jack Capuano, Ken Hitchcock and Claude Julien. There’s a perception that bringing in aRead More →

Amidst the backdrop of the Patriots’ parade of honor, the Boston Bruins’ head coach Claude Julien was being notified that he no longer had a role with the 2011 Stanley Cup Champions. Julien had been with the organisation since 2007 and had taken the team to two finals, bringing home one Stanley Cup. Embed from Getty Images Happier times. The internet’s reaction to Julien’s dismissal has been supportive of the former Montreal Canadiens coach, and critical of the Bruin’s timing: https://twitter.com/BruinsMafia/status/828981522401259522 https://twitter.com/Jared_Carrabis/status/828980740268388353 https://twitter.com/MikeFromWoburn/status/828964114663890945 Toronto  Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock had this to say: Coach Babcock says @NHLBruins better have someone good lined up, becauseRead More →

Yesterday was National Women & Girls in Sports Day* so here’s a quick guide to the NHWL and why you should be watching it. Currently playing its second season; The NWHL is North America’s first professional Women’s hockey league.  The National Women’s Hockey League was formed in 2015 and is the first to pay its players and it operates a salary cap system.  The teams compete for the Isobel Cup, appropriately named after Lady Isobel Gathorne-Hardy, daughter of Lord Stanley. The league held an entry draft in 2015 and many of the league’s players have represented their countries at Olympic and other levels. In 2016Read More →

After a weekend with no hockey, news has emerged that the owners of Brooklyn’s Barclays Center are looking to part way with the New York Islanders. Neither party has commented on the situation, but several sources have reported the story, and that’s good enough for some wild internet speculation. Whatever the truth is, the Islanders’ tenure in Brooklyn has been dogged with controversy. Players hate the ice, and fans can’t see the action thanks to restricted sight lines. The building was primarily designed for the Brooklyn Nets so hockey suffers. Attendance is down and the team is struggling. The Center’s financial projections don’t show theRead More →

As we continue our look at how the NHL became the league we see today, the next step on our journey takes us to 1979 when the NHL expanded to absorb four World Hockey Association teams. Before we do that, we’ll pause for a moment to take a brief look at the 12 other WHA teams for whom fate was not so kind. We’ll save the Edmonton Oilers, New England Whalers, Quebec Nordiques and Winnipeg Jets for another time. ‘Forgotten’ is of course a tough word; some of the teams below will live long in hockey memory, others are just a mere blip in the historyRead More →

“Stop signing guys with ‘B’s just cos you’re the Boston Bruins” – Carl Landra You may have heard Carl’s insight into Boston’s problems on episode 115. But what if instead of not signing guys whose surnames start with the letter B, the Bruins only signed them. Is it possible to build a good 20 man roster using just one letter of the alphabet? Would any of the current Boston roster make the team? The below positions are as per NHL.com Embed from Getty Images Based purely on points scored at time of writing, here are Boston’s new forward lines:   Jamie Benn (DAL) – NicklasRead More →