The addition of Lake Superior State defenceman Kevin Czuczman adds another impressive prospect to the Islanders blue line.
A week after Isles fans were left enraged by the return the club received for Thomas Vanek, it’s a signing that should give people some hope; albeit hope for the future.
Because that’s what the Islanders are selling – hope.
In a sport which constantly grapples with the need for personality versus pouring scorn on pretty much anything deemed to be ‘extrovert’, one man caught my attention this week.
Listeners to The Steve Dangle Podcast will know Adam Wylde – co-host of one of the more mad cap podcasts in the hockey world and co-presenter of the afternoon show on Toronto’s Kiss 92.5 radio station. Wylde floated one of the more, shall we say, controversial ideas on the latest episode of the podcast – but one I have to admit I kind of agree with.
The jist of it – Roberto Luongo’s Twitter comments could do more for the game than winning a Stanley Cup.
Ottawa Senators Content Producer and Editor Chris Lund joins me to talk about the Senators season, their strengths and weakness this season and franchise hopes of developing in to a contender again in the future.
Chris and I also covered:
- Roberto Luongo’s return to Florida
- Montreal acquiring Thomas Vanek
- Matt Moulson providing a boost to the Wild
- How Ryan Callahan helps the Bolts
- What the trade saga meant to Martin St Louis’s legacy
- New Jersey getting their draft pick back…
- …and what that means for future contract disputes
- Who we think we excel down the final stretch
- The return to form of Dallas
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Islanders GM Garth Snow has been taken to the cleaners by every writer, fan and pundit in every corner of the NHL for his failure to ‘cash in’ on Thomas Vanek at the trade deadline.
Arguably the most skilled forward available, Vanek garnered a conditional second round pick and Swedish prospect Sebastian Collberg – well below what Islanders fans were hoping to get in return for the talented Austrian.
But is there anyway at all you can defend what Snow got for Vanek?
The 2014 Winter Paralympics begin on Friday, with sledge hockey set to be a popular event in Sochi.
Interest in sledge hockey has grown in Great Britain over the past few years; with the national side aiming to qualify for the next Winter Paralympics in PyeongChang, and the British Sledge Hockey League set to expand to 9 teams this season, when Sheffield SteelKings join the league.
I caught up with British Sledge Hockey Association Chairman Matt Lloyd to learn more about the sport, and its expansion in the UK.
From the drawn out contract negotiations to yesterday’s trade to Tampa, everything about the New York Rangers dealings with former Captain Ryan Callahan has turned ugly for the Blueshirts.
The Team USA forward was sent to the Lightning along with the Rangers first round pick at the 2015 NHL entry draft and a conditional second round pick in 2014 for veteran forward Martin St Louis. Whilst there is little doubt St Louis offers an offensive boost for a club far from guaranteed a play-off spot, that is a bountiful haul to send Tampa’s way. And it makes the whole thing even more farcical.
In amongst the surprise of Roberto Luongo going back to Florida, the shallow return for Thomas Vanek and the Captain for Captain trade between the Bolts and Rangers, you could be forgiven for not giving a second thought to a move that sent to young D men to Chicago in exchange for a 2nd round pick at this years draft.
Mathieu Brisebois is a 21-year old, undrafted blue liner from Quebec. Signed as a free agent by Phoenix, he’s spent the season with Portland in the AHL. He is, in many ways, an unremarkable player who may never make the NHL.
The second player is David Rundblad – who will now move to his fourth NHL club.