I also ponder whether Tampa Bay might consider moving Jonathan Drouin for Andrew Ladd and whether moving Matt Carle might be a factor in the Lightning’s decision.
Following the recent revelations that there was some interest in bringing a KHL team to the UK, The Purple Army Podcast hosted a round table discussion to mull over the news and what it might mean for hockey in Great Britain.
Hosted by Graeme of the Purple Army Podcast, the panel included Jono Bullard of The Cats Whiskers, current Braehead Clan netminder and former KHL puck stopper Chris Holt, KHL writer Aivis Kalnins and yours truly, with conversation ranging from possible locations for a KHL team in the UK to whether Great Britain could support a team as well as those all important financial commitments that come with submitting a side in to the game’s second biggest league.
You’ve just made one of the best starts in franchise history, top of the NHL, flying high. One injury – even if it is to your best player – can’t derail you that much, can it?
Well, yes, apparently it can.
Since Carey Price went down, Montreal have fallen from 1st overall to 23rd overall – a shoo-in for the playoffs to six points adrift.
Worse still for Habs fans, it often feels like there is no end in sight for this ‘death spiral’.
Adrian also gives us his reaction to the NHL All Star weekend in Nashville, and we discuss Dennis Wideman’s 20 game suspension.
Elsewhere, NHL Game Centre becomes NHL.tv and the Rangers lose a key member of their defence.
With the 2016 NHL All Star Game done and dusted, focus switches back to league action tonight with 12 games on the schedule.
While many would consider Washington, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, St. Louis and probably Florida to be ‘safe’, there are post season places still up for grabs with around 30 games left on the regular season calendar.
The impending February 29th trade deadline adds an extra layer of intrigue for a number of clubs, who will need to decide whether they stick or twist, while Auston Matthews’ continued success in Switzerland should be an enticing carrot for those battling at the bottom.
Here One Puck Short looks at five key questions as the regular season heads toward the home straight:
A few weeks ago, during the KHL All-Star weekend, President of the KHL – Dmitry Chernyshenko – spoke up and revealed that there are applications on his desk for new KHL teams across the Europe and Asia. He highlighted Sweden, Bejing, and the United Kingdom among others.
It went quiet for a little while, until recently when two of the countries mentioned above took off, each on different paths.
Beerability rankings were originally produced by Justin Bourne, formerly of The Score but now part of the Toronto Marlies coaching staff. Justin has kindly allowed One Puck Short pick up the the format.
For those unfamiliar with the term, beerability it is defined as:
Beerability (BEER-ah-bill-ih-tee): A measurement that quantifies how much fun it would be to sit at a pub with a person and drink a bunch of beer. They should seem likable. Subjective.
Ever wanted to sit down a sink a few beers with your favourite player? Of course you have, we all have. But I think it’s fair to say some personalities lend themselves to that sort of situation better than others.
Paul Bissonnette has always seemed to be more of an ‘in da club’ kind of guy, and while Jarome Iginla always seems like an intelligent and well spoken fella, it’s hard to see that professional exterior breaking. As such, the Avs’ veteran seems like someone it’d be nice to talk to, but probably not someone you can really sit down with at the bar for a Banana Bread Beer or three.
Fortunately the NHL provided the perfect opportunity to re-examine the ‘beerability’ of some of the sports best known players this weekend, as Nashville played host to the 2016 All Star Game.
And so, after three days of country music and surprisingly entertaining hockey (not the skill’s contest relay though, ditch that please Gary), here’s seven guys I’d really quite like to share a pint with.