• NHL BUILDING BLOCKS

    THE WAR ROOM – Season 9 TOPIC:  NHL Building Blocks The assignment is simple, yet there are a myriad of ways to go about it.  Choosing from the current pool of National Hockey League players, select two in which to build your mythical franchise around. One has to be a goaltender, while the other has [...]

  • HTM Diary – Week of September 22-26 Guests included: Kurt Overhardt, agent for Columbus Blue Jacket restricted free agent Ryan Johansen. Given how public the Blue Jackets have been with some details of the negotiations, we asked Overhardt if/when a deal does get done with the Columbus, how easy or difficult will it be to [...]

  • Today on HTM

    Paul Holmgren  President of the Philadelphia Flyers Last season, the Flyers had quite the month of October. They lost their first 3 regular season games.  They fired their head coach after the 3rd loss.  They replaced him with one of the assistant coaches and were adamant that they were NOT putting an interim label on [...]

  • Ryan Johansen’s agent on HTM

    Kurt Overhardt, agent for Columbus Blue Jacket restricted free agent Ryan Johansen was a guest on Hockey This Morning on Monday. Given how public the Blue Jackets have been with some details of the negotiations, we asked Overhardt if/when a deal does get done with the Columbus, how easy or difficult will it be to [...]

  • My Summer In The Big Leagues

    My Summer in the Big Leagues It’s not exactly George Plimpton pitching to a bunch of All-Stars, or suiting up to face a Reggie Leach penalty shot.  And Alan Alda won’t be playing me anytime soon in a movie. But it’s in the neighborhood. Late at night, huddled in front of my flat screen, headphones [...]

  • Let Me Expand On This….

    So, reports recently surfaced saying that the NHL would be expanding by 4 teams.  That the league would be setting up shop in one new city, returning to two cities and adding one team to a market that already has a team.  To decode that last sentence:  Las Vegas, Quebec City, Seattle and Toronto.  And [...]

  • ABANDON HOPE ALL YE HOCKEY FANS

    HOCKEY INFERNO Life ain’t fair, particularly sports.  Most of us experience way more lows than highs during our tenure as sports fans.  In the interest of piling on, we present, in a nutshell (because only a nut could write this, and only a nut could care passionately for a professional sports team, the ultimate Divine Comedy)…why your favourite [...]

  • THE HOCKEY DIARIES #18 – First Year in the GTHL

    The Hockey Diaries #18 – First Year in the GTHL The 2013-14 Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL) regular season was a marathon that tested the will, strength, and patience of each of the 16 members of the Don Mills Mustangs Minor Atom A team, the coaches, and their respective parents. A motley crew thrown together [...]

  • Islanders Finally Have No. 1 Goalie in Halak

    **Originally appeared on FanIQ** For what seems like the past several years, the New York Islanders have bounced around when it comes to goaltenders. Rick DiPietro, Wade Dubielewicz, Kevin Poulin, Anders Nilsson, Evgeni Nabokov and some others have all tended the net for the Islanders and for the most part, all have come up short [...]

  • Where is The Real Rick Nash?

    **Originally appeared on FanIQ** Going into the Stanley Cup Final against the Los Angeles Kings, the New York Rangers needed to have all hands on deck to compete with the Kings’ offensive firepower. While the likes of Martin St. Louis, Carl Hagelin, Derek Stepan, Derick Brassard, Mats Zuccarello, and Chris Kreider all stepped up for [...]