With the 2019 NHL draft in the books, it’s time to look back with hindsight and see who went where. Who had the best draft? Who had the worst draft? Who is Mortiz Seider? And, can Carl correctly identify the names of NHL draft picks? In the midst of that, a trade happens as Calvin de Haan heads to Chicago for Anton Forsberg. Surprise! This is added to the Patrick Marleau, P.K. Subban and J.T. Miller trades from the weekend. Lastly, the NHL is changing the way that they are doing reviews next season. But is it for the better? All this and more onRead More →

Surely there are lots of Carl’s in the NHL. It’s a popular enough name, isn’t it? Turns out there aren’t. There have been so few, that we can take a look at and get to know most of the different Carl’s that have tried to earn a living in the NHL: Carl Brewer Blueliner Carl Brewer played 604 games in the NHL, mostly for his home town team the Toronto Maple Leafs. The four-time all-star lifted the Stanley Cup three times with Toronto (1962, 63 & 64) and was even inducted into the Finnish Hall of Fame. Aside from some time in Finland, the WHARead More →

While the NHL was preparing for the Stanley Cup Final; on the other side of the world, Finland were victorious in the IIHF World Championship final. The Finns won gold for only the third time, with victory over Canada. Russia beat the Czech Republic in the bronze medal game. Well done Team Finland, and to every team that took part, you provided a nice distraction for those of us whose teams didn’t make the playoffs. Embed from Getty Images Therein lies the problem. Unless your team is in the hunt for Lord Stanley’s mug, there’s nothing really else for your team to play for. Sure, there’sRead More →

‘Who will hoist the cup?’ NHL.com proudly asks as it promotes it’s TV service. Well Uncle Gary, I hope for your sake it’s the St. Louis Blues because who really cares about a Sharks-Bruins final? Aside from Sharks and Bruins fans. Obviously. This post-season has been dominated by two talking points. Firstly the officiating, which has been discussed and critiqued ad-nauseum. Secondly, the giant-killing comedy of the Carolina Hurricanes. Embed from Getty Images They took the reigning champions Washington to a game-seven decider then blew away the Islanders in a clean sweep to reach the Eastern Conference final. Alas it wasn’t to be. The StormRead More →

After all the buildup, installments of varying quality, the characters were set, the action incredible, glory within sight…then just like that, Gary Bettman snapped his fingers and the Stanley Cup playoffs were half over…This year’s post season has seen plot twists and underdog stories even the Avengers couldn’t conjure. With upsets a plenty, overtime thrillers and great hockey all around, there’s rarely been a dull moment. So, with the Conference Finals set, we take a moment to remember the fallen… Embed from Getty Images The First Round Tampa Bay: The Lighting struck quickly and often, holding a three goal lead after the first period ofRead More →

Steve Yzerman is back in Detroit, this time as the General Manager of his beloved Detroit Red Wings. It causes Nick to break out in song. But what will it bring to the Wings? The Colorado Avalanche have moved onto the 2nd round of the playoffs? What was it that led them to victory over Calgary? The Tampa Bay Lightning and Pittsburgh Penguins got swept. What do they need to do in the offseason to make up for it? What will Robin Lehner‘s deal look like? What about the Winnipeg Jets? Is Jacob Trouba on the way out? The Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston BruinsRead More →