Tagged: New York Islanders

Season Preview: The Impact of Coaching Changes and Ranking the Eastern Conference Coaches

Season Preview: The Impact of Coaching Changes and Ranking the Eastern Conference Coaches

Another September, another new coach for the New Jersey Devils. Peter DeBoer becomes the seventh coach the Devils have had since the NHL lockout, following Jacques Lemaire, John Maclean, Brent Sutter, Claude Julien, Lou Lamoriello and Larry Robinson. The question is – do these moves have any impact? I took a look at NHL coaching changes since 2005 and grouped them into three categories: Off-season change (one coach replaces another in the off-season) Mid-season change (one coach replaces another and finishes the season) Mid-season change-turned-permanent (mid-season coaching replacement sticks around, leading the team into the next season) Here’s what was...

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Penguins/Islanders Aftermath: Difference Between Physical Hockey vs. Goonery

Penguins/Islanders Aftermath: Difference Between Physical Hockey vs. Goonery

In the aftermath of the Islanders/Penguins brouhaha on Friday night, the NHL decided to issue suspensions to Eric Godard (10 games), Trevor Gillies (9 games) and Matt Martin (4 games). They also fined the Islanders organization $100,000. Here’s the video, for reference (via “HockeyFights.com): Yesterday, Penguins’ owner Mario Lemieux issued this statement. “Hockey is a tough, physical game, and it always should be. But what happened Friday night on Long Island wasn’t hockey. It was a travesty. It was painful to watch the game I love turn into a sideshow like that. “The NHL had a chance to send a...

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Out of Town Notebook: All-Star Game, Hall of Famers and Comeback Attempts

Out of Town Notebook: All-Star Game, Hall of Famers and Comeback Attempts

[Every weekend, Canucks Hockey Blog goes out of town as Tom Wakefield (@tomwakefield88) posts his thoughts on what’s happening around the NHL.] Photo credit: Puck Daddy It really is a crapshoot which has undergone more cosmetic change – Heidi Montag’s body or the NHL All-Star Game. Next Friday, the NHL will again try to create interest for this event by broadcasting a live player draft to determine each team’s roster. Interestingly, looking back through the years on Hockey-Reference.com, the average NHL All-Star Game has featured roughly 17 Hall of Famers*. By decade: 40s: 18 Hall of Famers per All-Star game...

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Out of Town Notebook: The Naughty and Nice List

Out of Town Notebook: The Naughty and Nice List

[Every weekend, Canucks Hockey Blog goes out of town as Tom Wakefield (@tomwakefield88) posts his thoughts on what’s happening around the NHL.] Photo credit: oilers.nhl.com I never knew Santa was a hockey fan. And yet, when I sat on his lap at the mall this week, and asked him who he thought had been naughty and nice this year, he was quick to hand me the following list. Surprisingly, I agree with everything he wrote. Naughty – That Charles Wang continues to own and operate the New York Islanders franchise like it’s the Cleveland Indians from the film “Major League”....

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