I’ll be joining hosts Craig Anderson and Chris Duke on Eklipse Sports Radio’s Behind The Glass tonight to discuss all the latest news from the NHL.
Behind The Glass is on the air from 9pm; with Craig and Chris also talking to Allan Crow of the Fife Free Press about Fife Flyers weekend, while Greg Collins will provide the inside track on the Edinburgh Capitals recent good form.
With the Russian economy in free fall, the Kontinental Hockey League’s future appears increasingly precarious.
Rumours of teams on the verge collapse are rife, with some player and coaches going unpaid for several weeks. And the situation looks set to get worse before it gets better.
But the impact of any of the leagues 28 teams folding mid-season won’t just be felt in the Russia, the knock on effect could reach across the hockey world.
Wingers Damien Brunner and Matt Martin both hit the headlines last week.
Despite one being under the microscope for his poor play, and the other seemingly in the Department of Player Safety’s cross hair, their situations may not be as different as they first appear.
In the highly competitive world of the NHL; players need to ‘justify’ their place in the line up, on an almost nightly basis in some cases.
There’s always someone else who wants to take their job – and both Brunner and Martin have fallen ‘victim’ to that need to ‘make an impression’ over the past 7 days.
When a lower body injury sidelined Brian Elliott for an undetermined amount of time, it seemed inevitable Blues GM Doug Armstrong would pick up the phone.
As encouraging as Jake Allen’s early NHL outings may have been, rolling with the 24-year old and 21-year old Jordan Binnington wasn’t on the cards for an aspiring Cup winner like St Louis.
Enter the most successful netminder of all time, whose bonus laden $700k deal helped the Blues out of a tight spot, but whose presence now raises questions over the impact on Allen’s development.
With rumours surfacing that Andrew Barroway’s proposed purchase of the Arizona Coyotes might fall through, the embattled franchise looks to be facing an uncertain future once again.
Three straight post season appearances, including a Pacific Division title and run to the Conference Final in 2012, suggested things on the ice were (generally) improving – but financials woes have continued to dog the club.
Now, with the organisation slumping on the ice and Barroway allegedly on the verge of pulling out, the knives are out for the Arizona Coyotes again.
Sunday’s overtime win against the high flying Vancouver Canucks was not enough to save Paul MacLean’s job as Ottawa Senators Head Coach.
The writing appeared to be on the wall for the former Red Wings Assistant long before the British Columbia franchise arrived in the Canadian capital.
With only a shoot out win against St Louis on November 25th preventing what would have been a 10-game losing skid prior to the weekend, and h an increasing sense MacLean had lost the room, GM Bryan Murray dismissed the former Jack Adams winner on Monday morning.
But the 56-years old fall may ultimately say more about an organisation in decline than his own ability behind the bench.
New York Times and XN Sports writer Pat Pickens joins me on this week’s Podcast to talk about the Flyers difficult start to the season.
We also look at Pittsburgh’s acquisition of Rob Klinkhammer, the Isles progress this year as well as discussing Thomas Vanek’s gambling woes and Daniel Alfredsson’s career.
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