The Hertl Turtle. (Photo: Photo by: Marcio Jose Sanchez, AP, The Starphoenix)
This is going to be a new weekly spot, where I go around the league and touch on certain topics that are news-worthy. This includes who’s hot and who’s not, the Rogers TV deal, players to watch, and much more. If you have anything in particular you want to hear about, be sure to let me know in the comments.
Hopefully this weekly wrapup hones up your water cooler skills, especially if you’re sick of talking football all the time.
1- San Jose Sharks
If you’ve been watching the Sharks this season, you’ve been impressed. They’re absolutely tearing up nearly every team they’re playing a la the Blackhawks of last season. They may not have the points that the Hawks of this season have, but they certainly play a tough game every time they hit the ice. If you like a two way game, check out them out; they’ve got 3 players with over a point per game, the second highest (by a point) goal differential in the NHL and a rookie to watch out for that Rangers fans are too familiar with in Tomas Hertl. My player to watch: Tommy Wingels.
2- Chicago Blackhawks
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Welcome to the final installment of the annual Top 30. It’s been a fun ride over the long summer months, but with hockey season upon us, let’s take a gander at the Top 10. In case you missed it, here are parts one and two. Before we get to the best tenders in the land, let’s take a look at the final two tenders who were relieved from their Top 30 duties of a year ago…
Miikka Kiprusoff- Retired: The reason Kipper is no longer on the list is pretty obvious: he chose to retire at the end of last season, even vetoing a trade to the Maple Leafs prior to calling it quits. The Finnish keeper was #15 on the list last season, and surely would have made another appearance had he not decided to hang ‘em up.
Nikolai Khabibulin- Chicago Blackhawks: The Bulin Wall checked in at #26 last season, when he was getting fairly consistent reps in Edmonton. However, since he decided to take on the role of veteran backup behind the newly extended Corey Crawford, he is sure to see his playing time significantly reduced. While I believe Khabby is still a solid keeper, the role change really forced my hand.
With that out of the way, ladies and gentlemen, rankings 10-1… Read more »