The NHL suspended Edmonton Oilers captain, Andrew Ference, for 3 games following his headshot on Zack Kassian. On its own, that probably sounds fair. But as Kerry Fraser notes, this isn’t Ference’s first run-in with NHL DoPS. In fact, he’s been suspended twice recently for dangerous hits – in other words, he’s exactly the league’s definition of a repeat offender.Click here to read more.
Author: J.J. Guerrero
While the hit wasn’t late like Burrows, it’s clear that Ference leaves his feet, elevates his shoulders, and hits Kassian in the head. If Burrows got 3 games for his hit, you be the judge, should Ference be suspended?Click here to read more.
Burrows’ hit on Emelin had all the trademarks of the kind of hit the NHL is trying to eliminate. Emelin was admiring his pass, which placed him in a vulnerable position, Burrows’ point of contact was high, and there were a couple of steamboats from the point that Emelin got rid of the puck to the point that Burrows hit him – the hit was high, the hit was late, and the hit was to a guy in a vulnerable position.Click here to read more.
(Photo credit: cbc.ca) It was heartbreaking to read about Gino Odjick last night. It was even more heartbreaking to read his letter to his fans. It’s just hard to picture the guy with one of the biggest hearts in the game now battling a terminal heart disease and may only have weeks to live. Gino has always been a big favourite of mine. I started watching the Canucks in the early 90’s and worked for Orca Bay for almost a decade starting in the mid-90’s. As many players and team personnel from that era have already commented, Gino was the...Click here to read more.
Hard to believe that the two biggest US TV markets have never met in the Stanley Cup playoffs. But here we are, and I’m sure, somewhere out there, Gary Bettman is giddy with glee. New York Rangers vs. Los Angeles Kings Victoria: This is tricky. My gut says Kings in 6. But let’s be honest. Dustin Brown and his gang seem to be drama queens this year so I wouldn’t be surprised if they go to yet another Game 7 and finish this off in the most dramatic way possible. No matter what, Kings win. Now if you’ll excuse me,...Click here to read more.
The Bruins have been eliminated. That’s pretty much all we cared about. Now on to the conference finals. Western Conference Chicago Blackhawks vs. Los Angeles Kings Victoria: Kings in 7. Because the Kings are the Goonies, they never say die. Chris: Blackhawks in 7. I will give credit to the Kings at knowing how to clutch up when elimination is in sight. Unfortunately for them, doing it the hard way has likely warn them down and they’ll be facing a ready and rested Blackhawks team. Remember, even Joffrey Baratheon finally met his maker. J.J.: Blackhawks in 7. Because the penny...Click here to read more.
We have to admit, the first round of the 2014 NHL playoffs was pretty darn exciting. Let’s see how the second round stacks up. Western Conference Chicago Blackhawks vs. Minnesota Wild Victoria: Blackhawks in 4. Hawks have had some rest. Wild fought tooth and nail for 7 games. Wild will be tired and aren’t as strong a force as the Hawks to begin with. Matt: Blackhawks in 5. The Wild are simply outmatched and outclassed by the defending champions at every position. Ryan Suter will likely be matched against some combination of Jonathan Toews and/or Patrick Kane, but Chicago’s immense...Click here to read more.
With the puck ready to drop for the 2014 NHL playoffs, a few of us at CHB make our predictions for the first round. At least with the Canucks not making it, we can make our picks with our brains, rather than our hearts. Well, mostly our brains. We flipped coins, drew straws and other things too. Western Conference Colorado Avalanche vs. Minnesota Wild Victoria: Avalanche in 5. This prediction is based on the real fear that if Minnesota makes it too far in the playoffs we’ll all fall into a coma. Most boring hockey ever. So come on Avs,...Click here to read more.
It’s been a memorable season, though mostly for the wrong reasons. Last night, the Canucks handed out their awards; today, it’s our turn to handpick some of the best of the best and the worst of the worst of the 2013/2014 Canucks season. ***** Manny Malhotra Award for Most Underappreciated Forward (presented by Clay) Winner: Mike Santorelli It’s no coincidence that the Canucks’ woes started at around the same time that Mike Santorelli went down thanks to Martin Hanzal of the Phoenix Coyotes. Up until that point, Santorelli was enjoying a career year with 28 points in 49 games, including...Click here to read more.