When I wrote Part 1 of my 2-part article outlining the ills that plague the Columbus Blue Jackets, they possessed the worst record in the National Hockey League (NHL) with a record of 0-6-1. Since Part 1 was written, the Blue Jackets have descended to even lower depths, with a record of 2-12-1. While the Blue Jackets did win two games since … [Read more...] about Who’s to Blame For Columbus Blue Jackets Mess Part 2
It’s being reported by multiple NHL sources, that Columbus Blue Jackets team President Mike Priest has contacted Ken Hitchcock about returning to coach the Jackets. Priest has also contacted former Calgary Flames General Manager (GM) Craig Button about assuming the reigns as the Blue Jackets GM. For a team that’s off to a woeful 1-9-1 record, particularly ironic when you … [Read more...] about Blue Jackets to Have New GM and Coach in Place by Monday?
When Stan Bowman assumed the position of Chicago Blackhawks GM in July 2009, it came at a time when the Hawks brass were looking for any excuse at all to jettison then incumbent Dale Tallon. The first day of free agency contract mailing snafus served as the perfect "reason." Stan's been John McDonough and Rocky Wirtz's "boy" ever since they took over in 2008. Dale Tallon … [Read more...] about Blackhawks Extend GM Stan Bowman 3 Years, I’m Still Not Sold
The NHL will start its regular season this weekend without Mike Modano. Modano, a star forward played 21 (yes 21 seasons) for the Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars franchise. He leaves the game as the highest-scoring American born player in history with a total of 1,374 points in 1,499 season games (561 goals, 813 assists). He added another 58 goals and 88 assists for 146 … [Read more...] about Longtime Dallas Stars, Minnesota Legend Mike Modano Retires
This is the third year Ed Cmar has offered predictions as to how the Western Conference will sort out. But unlike how he assessed the predicted outcomes in prior seasons by determining who would be in (the playoffs), who would be out of playoff consideration and who would be on the fringe, he's modified my predictions by where I believe each team will place, overall. While … [Read more...] about NHL Western Conference Predictions/Previews
The Detroit Red Wings today announced another round of cuts. 16 more players have been dismissed from the team’s training camp roster, leaving 39 players remain in camp. Members of both the Red Wings and Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL) will hit the ice at Western Michigan University’s Van Andel Arena (see pic of WMU cheerleader below) later today for a Red-White intrasquad game. … [Read more...] about Detroit Red Wings Announce Another Round of Cuts
2011 NHL ENTRY DRAFT RECAP The dust has settled on the floor of the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, as the 2011 NHL Entry Draft has completed. The hometown Minnesota Wild made the first big splash at the draft, trading Brent Burns to the San Jose Sharks. The rest of the NHL Entry Draft weekend saw more trades, a lot of picks, and the … [Read more...] about 2011 NHL Entry Draft Recap