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Canada's Finest Provides What NHL Can't: Justice

Zdeno Chara's hit on Max Pacioretty has certainly made news around the NHL community. Chara's run at Pacioretty into a stanchion along the boards gave Pacioretty a major concussion and a vertebra neck fracture and cost the Canadiens a solid young depth player for the stretch run. If you have... Continue reading "Canada's Finest Provides What NHL Can't: Justice" »

Hitting the Panic Button

Every team in the NHL experiences ups and downs over the course of an 82 game season, some with higher ceilings and others that are bottom feeders. The contenders, pretenders, and the ones that are just out of it half way through or even from the get-go it seems. When... Continue reading "Hitting the Panic Button" »

The Draft Builds a Team More Than the Deadline

The February 28 Trade Deadline and rampant rumors surrounding it is one of the most exciting times off the ice on the NHL calendar. Deadline deals and free agency are the flashy ways to try to put a contender together in this league, but it has not always panned out... Continue reading "The Draft Builds a Team More Than the Deadline" »

Brian Burke's Failed Toronto Model

Brian Burke is one of the most high profile GMs in the NHL over a career spanning a few decades in the league. Before taking the job with the Toronto Maple Leafs, he shrewdly drafted the Sedin twins in Vancouver by trading to acquire the 2nd and 3rd picks in... Continue reading "Brian Burke's Failed Toronto Model" »

The Canadian Classic

In just about a week and a half the Heritage Classic is going to be put on between the Montreal Canadiens and the Calgary Flames. The Flames are playing host in McMahon Stadium, which hosts the University of Calgary Dinos and Calgary Stampeders football games. I love getting to take... Continue reading "The Canadian Classic" »

Jeff Skinner: the NHL's Youngest Phenom

The 2010 NHL Entry Draft was initially highlighted with the debate between Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin going #1 with identical junior totals in points and skill sets that would springboard them into great NHL careers and immediate impacts in the league. Lost in the initial hype was Jeff Skinner,... Continue reading "Jeff Skinner: the NHL's Youngest Phenom" »

How can Nabokov skip out on Long Island?

So it looks like Evgeni Nabokov is finally going to make it back to the NHL after a tumultuous offseason, and I'm counting his 22 game stint in the KHL where he managed to post a 3.02 GAA for SKA Saint Petersburg. After initially signing with the Detroit Red Wings,... Continue reading "How can Nabokov skip out on Long Island?" »

The Impact of Dustin Byfuglien and the Atlanta Turnaround

It was an interesting summer for Dustin Byfuglien. After having a huge impact in the spring and helping the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup last June, "Big Buff" was traded away as part of the largest salary cap roster overhaul since the lockout. If it wasn't for Jonathan Toews' amazing... Continue reading "The Impact of Dustin Byfuglien and the Atlanta Turnaround" »

The Flaws of the 2011 All Star Game Part 2

We are now two weeks away from the 2011 NHL All Star Game, and while it is going to be a fun weekend for hockey fans I'd like to continue to look into what the NHL still hasn't gotten right with the overall structure of the game and its players.... Continue reading "The Flaws of the 2011 All Star Game Part 2" »

The Flaws of the 2011 All Star Game Part 1

I'm sure that almost all hockey fans are aware by now that this year's NHL All Star Game in Raleigh, NC will have a pick-up game format. Instead of a East-West or North America-World matchup, two team captains will go back and forth picking players for their teams. NHL executive... Continue reading "The Flaws of the 2011 All Star Game Part 1" »

Welcome to The Frozen Pond!

Welcome to The Frozen Pond NHL blog! The spot on MTR Media for all things NHL as the season goes on! Here you'll find my take on what's going on in the league and some other interesting tidbits about the game as it continues to be, in my mind, the... Continue reading "Welcome to The Frozen Pond!" » Video Corner

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