Hockey Night in Canada , with Ron MacLean and Don Cherry at the forefront, is now officially absolutely awful. It has become a joke. I enjoyed working with Ron years ago. Today, he and Don Cherry have been allowed to become horrific caricatures. And the work they are doing is not suitable for a national network. Not even close. (more…)
This Sunday evening, watch the Windsor Spitfires win their second consecutive Memorial Cup. That’s right, win. They’ll play either the Calgary Hitmen or Brandon Wheat Kings. But Windsor’s opponent is inconsequential. The Spitfires are way too good. Way too savvy. Way too experienced to lose. And a second straight Memorial Cup will put them in very elite company. (more…)
On May 19, 1984, the Edmonton Oilers won their first Stanley Cup. And it was the beginning of the end of the last dynasty the National Hockey League will ever see. Salaries, free agency and greedy players have guaranteed that we will never see the likes of the Montréal Canadiens’, New York Islanders’ or Oilers’ dynasties again. And that stinks. (more…)
Montreal Canadiens’ head coach Jacques Martin is being completely outcoached by Philadelphia Flyers’ bench boss Peter Laviolette. It’s hard to watch. Coming into this series, Martin and his Canadiens’ had absolutely everything going for them. They were riding high. And Jacques has managed – or mismanaged – to fritter that all away. Michael Cammalleri’s production has hit a brick wall. And Laviolette’s Flyers have crawled all over Jaroslav Halak like little orange ants at a picnic. (more…)
Hey, George McPhee, when you lose every single marble you have, does it happen one at a time or in one big dump?
Yesterday, McPhee decided to sign centre Nicklas Backstrom to a ten-year, US$67-million contract. TEN YEARS – for a 22-year old who’s been in the league just three! Backstrom’s salary went from $850,000 to US$6.7M per. Hey, George, did you watch your Presidents’ Trophy-winning Caps tank in the first round against Montreal? Dude, you’ve officially lost it. (more…)