Showing posts from October, 2020

Happy Retirement: Thank You Doc Emrick!

  Photo Credit: Charles Krupa - AP I will always stand by my opinion that there is no experience like watching a hockey game in person. Almost all sporting events are obviously better in person, but hockey is on another level. Television doesn’t do the speed and beauty of the game justice. That is, unless your listening to ‘Doc’ Emrick .  There has maybe never been anyone better to call a game than Doc Emrick, who retired on Monday, a bittersweet blow to an already trying 2020 year. Best wishes to Doc and his family in his much earned retirement, but what a blow to hockey not having him in the press box during the league’s biggest moments. Think back to any memorable moment. Think about the play call. It was Doc making that call, right? I have been watching hockey for over 20 years at this point, and as a Pittsburgh Penguins fan I’ve been lucky when it comes to listening to games. Between Mike Lange on the Penguins calls, two other broadcast teams stick out - Gary Thorne/Bill Clement

Nashville Predators: Luke Kunin In Line For Breakout Season After Offseason Trade

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Jim Mone The Nashville Predators went into the offseason knowing they needed to retool somewhat. They bought out underperforming Kyle Turris . They retooled their bottom-six, signing Brad Richardson and Nick Cousins to man their third and fourth line center roles. To free up one of those center positions, General Manager David Polie traded Nick Bonino to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for restricted free agent Luke Kunin . Embed from Getty Images Kunin, a former first round pick in 2016, spent two years at the University of Wisconsin before turning pro. Scoring isn’t new to him, as he has done it at each level he has been at. Level Games Played  Goals College 69 41 AHL 76 27 NHL 131 23 Kunin had a rough start to his NHL career, but a career high 15 goals last season put him on a map as he started to understand his potential and why he was drafted in the first round. With the trade, the Predators are adding one of the better goal scorers at 5v5 from the pas

Colorado Avalanche: New Additions Have Them All-In On Season

Photo Credit: Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports It’s not uncommon for teams to try and emulate the Stanley Cup champions. So seeing teams try and build themselves after the Tampa Bay Lightning isn’t a shocker. The Colorado Avalanche , sick of consecutive second round exits in the playoffs, decided to go all in on next season, something not unlike the Lightning did this past season before winning the Stanley Cup. It’s not something we’ve never seen before, but the way the Lightning doubled down on this season, trading so much to acquire players that would eventually play on the third line, they were confident enough in how close their team was to winning, they were willing to part with what it took to make their team better. All the while knowing this offseason they would have some difficult decisions to make with some of their younger core players due significant raises from their current salary. If any of this sounds familiar at all, it should, as it is the same pattern the Avalanche have

Detroit Red Wings Strengthen Goalie Position With Thomas Greiss

Photo Credit: Elsa/Getty Images It’s not likely that the Detroit Red Wings are in the thick of the playoff race this season, whenever it does begin. That didn’t stop them from being active the first couple of days of free agency when the signing period opened up on Friday. General Manager Steve Yzerman signed multi players to NHL level contracts, including forwards Vladislav Namestnikov and Bobby Ryan , as well as Jon Merrill on the blue line. Maybe the biggest name they added so far as been goaltender, and former New York Islander , Thomas Greiss . The German-born netminder has spent the last five seasons with the Islanders after starting his career with the San Jose Sharks with stops in Phoenix and Pittsburgh in between. Embed from Getty Images Greiss joins Jonathan Bernier in net in Detroit, and it actually creates an average  goaltending duo for the upcoming season. It certainly presents an upgrade to Jimmy Howard , who after playing his entire career with he Red Wings, was

Pittsburgh Penguins: Bottom-Six Lacks Scoring Depth After Free Agent Signings

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Kathy Willens   There may be no more entertaining general manager in all of sports than Jim Rutherford . Even with his Pittsburgh Penguins right up against the salary cap, that didn’t keep Rutherford from making deals on the first day of free agency. Even though he didn’t make any big moves, he took care of that already this offseason, Rutherford managed to get on the board with a couple of signings on Friday, one of which a very familiar face. It’s been an interesting 2020 for Evan Rodrigues (as well as everyone in the world, to be fair). Rodrigues, unhappy with his playing time with the Buffalo Sabres , requested a trade , banking on himself to produce given the proper opportunity. Embed from Getty Images He eventually got that wish, getting traded to the Penguins, along with Conor Sheary . Rodrigues would only play sparingly across seven games, registering a lone goal. A pending free agent, his rights were traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in the deal that