During Tuesday’s edition of TSN’s Insider Trading, Pierre LeBrun discussed Chuck Fletcher’s efforts to improve the Philadelphia Flyers following his appointment as the team’s General Manager on December 3rd.
Surprise, surprise, acquiring another netminder is somewhere near the top of Fletcher’s list, with inconsistent goaltending a feature of the Flyers indifferent start to the season, which has left the two-time Stanley Cup winners near the bottom of the Eastern Conference.
Philadelphia needing a goaltender eh – who’d have thought it?
It’s one thing to go looking for a new goaltender in-season; it’s quite another to actually find one though.
The question is not so much whether Philadelphia needs to make a trade for a goalie, but whether there is anyone out there to actually trade for.
The recent Maple Leafs-Canucks and Penguins-Ducks trades also come under the microscope, while the Ottawa Senators soap opera continues.
We also discuss the NHL’s efforts in Europe, the influence of modern technology on growing the game and the significance of the All Star Game to the league.
Ice Hockey UK have confirmed that Team GB will take part in a triangular tournament with Hungary and Italy, as well as facing KHL sides Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod and Dinamo Riga, as part of their preparations for the 2019 IIHF World Championships.
The British national team stunned the hockey world last year when it secured promotion from Division 1A, beating hosts Hungary, Italy, Poland and Slovenia in Budapest to claim gold, and the opportunity to compete against the world’s top nations for the first time since 1994.
Ron Hextall is out in Philly, Dylan Strome and Brendan Perlini are in in Chicago, and the Sabres keep on rattlin’ on in Buffalo. At the other end of the standings, Los Angeles future continues to look bleak, while Rob takes a moment to sympathise with Scott Darling as the Hurricanes netminder hits the waiver wire.
The NHL may be faster than ever, with the style of play this season perhaps the most open we have seen in years.
It’s a far cry from the dead puck era (circa. 1994 to 2004), and modern equipment makes everyone capable of wicked wristers and sizzling slapshots in today’s game. It makes you wonder how those that dominated in years past would fare in 2018.
With that in mind, here are seven players from bygone eras I’d like to see in today’s NHL:
You’re the interim Head Coach of the team placed 31st overall in the NHL standings and, despite the tyre fire of a Division you’re currently playing in, a whopping (by NHL standards) 8 points outside of the playoffs – so what do you do?
It’s unlikely that many people will answer that question with ‘shunt my top scorer down to the fourth line’, but Los Angeles Kings interim Head Coach Willie Desjardins isn’t most people, apparently.