Saturday, September 1, 2018

Who is the Devils' GOAT?

Martin Brodeur, 2006

Upon hearing the news that Marty Brodeur is moving back to the Devils, it occurred to me that he is the Devils' Greatest of All Time (GOAT), if you ask me. However, when I mentioned this to Stefan, he had another opinion. He would throw Patrik Elias' hat into that ring for consideration. Both players are legends. They both have retired jerseys with the Devils, and both are likely hall of fame candidates. Who do you think is the Devils' GOAT? Feel free to vote in our poll on Facebook, or Twitter.

Patrik Elias - New Jersey Devils
Patrik Elias, 2014

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Why women's hockey is full of WIN right now

With the winter Olympics happening right now, we get to actually see women's hockey games being broadcast on network television at a reasonable time. And, with the NHL sitting out of this one (and the men's team USA off to a rough start), the real competition to watch is going to be the women's team vs. Canada. They already defeated Finland, and crushed the OAR (Olympic Athletes from Russia), so their only true rival is Canada. It should be a thrilling game.

One of the most exciting moments so far is when team USA player, Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, made Olympic history by scoring two goals in six seconds against OAR.
Seriously, check out that second goal - with a misdirection/fake, and a backhand - that was SICK. I am reminded of Sydney Crosby, who happens to be the best hockey player in the world right now.

...but I always knew this about women's hockey. It's every bit as technical, and full of finesse compared to the male counterpart. Female players are demonstrating an extraordinary level of skill these days. For example, remember that one time, at the NHL All-Star Skills Competition, where Hilary Knight showed us how she could hit five targets in <14 seconds? That would have placed her third among the men. Brian Boyle was even intimidated to follow her.

I'm not saying women's hockey is better than men's - I LOVE watching men's hockey! But women's hockey is super-fun to watch, too, and I can't get enough of it.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Fun fact: No NHL head coaches have been fired, yet

No one sits in a hotter seat than an NHL coach. Typically, by this point in the season, one or more coaches are fired. Last season (2016-2017) was particularly brutal; five coaches were fired between November and February:

Nov. 27 - Florida Panthers fired Gerard Gallant
Jan. 17 - New York Islanders fired Jack Capuano
Feb. 1 - St. Louis Blues fired Ken Hitchcock
Feb. 7 - Boston Bruins fired Claude Julien
Feb. 14 - Montreal Canadiens fired Michel Therrien

Not every season is so turbulent, but the NHL has fired more coaches (38) in the last 10 years than the NBA, NFL, or MLB.*

So, it's unusual to see everyone who started the 2017-2018 season to still be employed with their respective teams. However, that doesn't mean that everyone is safe from the ax this year. There are a lot of reasons that a coach can get sacked, from not making the playoffs, to more unusual circumstances. You can even get fired after having a good season.**

Who do you think, if anyone, will get their walking papers this season?


081128 Claude Julien
Claude Julien, 2008
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