One Puck Short End of Season Awards

Waaaaay back in October, I penned the customary ‘Awards Prediction’ post. 2,460 regular season games later, 16 teams advanced to the Stanley Cup play-offs, whilst 14 advanced to the first tee.

Now the dust has settled (at least in terms of the regular season), here are the One Puck Short End of Season Awards:

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‘Free’ Stastny Excels for Avs

With 3 goals and 7 points, Paul Stastny leads the NHL play-off scoring race.

Well, sort of – he’s tied with team mates Nathan MacKinnon for points and Gabriel Landeskog for goals, as Colorado leads Minnesota 2-1 in their first round match up.

A far cry from struggles Stastny has had for the last few seasons, as declining numbers a $6.6m cap hit put him under the microscope.

He was oft criticised, dubbed ‘over paid’ by many. But then, he never had the quality support he has now.

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The Secret is Out

For those that didn’t already know, the secret is out – Great Britain isn’t quite as good as people seem to think it is on the international stage.

Today’s 4-0 loss to Croatia was the ninth straight defeat for Team GB; for some it represented a new low, as Doug Christiansen’s side went down to a side ranked ten places below them. For others, this had been coming for some time.

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One Puck Short Podcast – Play-Off Time!

Sportsnet and New York Times writer Pat Pickens is my guest, as the Stanley Cup play-offs get underway!

Pat and I looked at each series, and some of the sub stories within them; including:

  • Why can’t Philadelphia win at Madison Square Garden?
  • Mike Babcock for the Jack Adams
  • Marc Andre Fleury and the ghosts of play-offs past
  • Dan Bylsma’s future in Pittsburgh
  • A Bishop-less Tampa Bay
  • Paul Stastny’s re-emergence as a star
  • Ducks Cup chances
  • Dodgy defence
  • Martin Brodeur’s future

You can listen to the podcast now on Spreaker; or you can find The One Puck Short Podcast on iTunes, so you never miss an episode!

Thanks to Pat for joining me today. You can follow him on Twitter @Pat_Pickens.

As always; any questions, comments or thoughts on the NHL, the British game or anything else hockey related can be fired across to me on Twitter, @RobMcGregor35, or you can email onepuckshort@gmail.com.

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Play-Off Predictions – Round 1

With the Stanley Cup play-offs set to being tonight, it seemed only fitting to throw my two pence in to the ring and make some predictions for the first round.

There’s no question the new format has led to some mouth watering ties, with at least a couple of serious contenders for the Cup set to fall at the first hurdle. Here’s how I see things shaping up:

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Wylde About The Leafs

On the latest One Puck Short Podcast I’m joined by Adam Wylde, co-host of The Steve Dangle Podcast and one half of Blake and Wylde In the Afternoon on Kiss 92.5 in Toronto.

Naturally the main topic of conversation was the Maple Leafs roller coaster season; including:

  • What went wrong?
  • Randy Carlyle’s future
  • Is Pete DeBoer the man for the Leafs?
  • Tim Leiweke as the man to fix the Maple Leafs (the interview with George Stroumboulopoulos that Adam referred to can be found below)
  • James Reimer’s future
  • Personality in hockey

You can listen to the podcast now on Spreaker; or you can find The One Puck Short Podcast on iTunes!

Thanks to Adam for joining me today. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamWylde – and as promised, here’s Tim Leiweke’s interview on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight:

As always, any questions, comments or thoughts on the NHL, the British game or anything else hockey related; you can email onepuckshort@gmail.com.

Size and Style Changed Goaltending; Not Gear

Two photographs of former Chicago Blackhawks netminder Darren Pang and current Tampa Bay #1 Ben Bishop have sent the hockey world in to a spin.

The sight of the diminutive Pang stood next to 6’7″ Bishop proved to be both amusing and enlightening – bringing in to sharp focus just how much those acting as the last line of defence have changed over the past 30 years.

The Colorado native is just the latest in an increasingly long line of tall netminders to establish themselves in the NHL. And whilst goaltending equipment is under constant scrutiny, you can’t change the inalienable truth that modern goaltenders size, and style, prove the position has changed forever.

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