Posts Tagged ‘Mark Messier’

Top Line: Hall of Fame debate; NHL free agency scraps; more links

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Scott Niedermayer is likely to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2013.

Defenseman Scott Niedermayer looks like the lone shoo-in for the Hockey Hall of Fame this year. (Kyle Ericson/AP)

By Allan Muir

An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

James Mirtle examines the field for this year’s Hall of Fame class. He hits most of the potential honorees, but overlooks one I think should be a no-brainer.

Two ex-Red Wings should earn admission to the Hall of Fame on Tuesday. And I’m right there with Helene St. James on pick No. 4.

• Look, we get it. The Senators are still curled up in the corner, eating Ben & Jerry’s by the pint and listening to Taylor Swift songs after being dumped by Daniel Alfredsson. But this is freaking ridiculous.

• So maybe Mark Messier wasn’t kidding when he said he had good reasons for leaving the New York Rangers.

• Here’s an in-depth look at the challenges and opportunities expected to come with the move of the New York Islanders to Brooklyn.

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  • Published On Jul 09, 2013
  • Top Line: Vincent Lecavalier’s legacy; Kris Letang off to Toronto?; more links

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    Vincent Lecavalier was bought out by the Tampa Bay Lighting.

    Many people think Vincent Lecavalier will end up with the Canadiens, but is Montreal a good fit? (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Hockey memories are only a small part of Vincent Lecavalier’s legacy in Tampa.

    • Adding Lecavalier would seem to go against the strategy of Montreal GM Marc Bergevin, but he has to give some thought to bringing in his former teammate. But not too much, right? Can you imagine Lecavalier playing in that fish bowl?

    Darren Dreger speculates on market interest in Lecavalier and on who else could be on the move.

    • Kris Letang has rejected an eight-year, $54 million offer from the Penguins. There’s probably still a little room for GM Ray Shero to work with here, but not much … and there’s not much time left either if he wants to get it done before the draft.

    • Here’s why Letang might be negotiating himself out of town.

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  • Published On Jun 28, 2013
  • Top Line: Bruins rattle Penguins; Crawford outduels Quick; more links

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    Evengi Malkin and the Penguins were thrown off their game by Patrice Bergeron and the Bruins in Game 1. (Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

    Evengi Malkin and the Penguins were thrown off their game by Patrice Bergeron and the Bruins. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Evgeni Malkin fighting Patrice Bergeron. Sidney Crosby taking a shot at Tuukka Rask as he heads to the bench. Safe to say the Penguins strayed a bit from the plan in Saturday’s 3-0 loss to the Bruins.

    • In Pittsburgh, they’re saying that Rask got his share of lucky bounces on the way to shutting out the Pens. Which pretty much describes any shutout by any goaltender ever.

    • There’s no need to panic in Pittsburgh, writes Dejan Kovacevic.

    • The one advantage Boston was supposed to have in this series was between the pipes. Rask showed why last night.

    • Whining about the officials shows how far the Bruins knocked the Pens off their game.

    • Here’s a good read on how the Penguins stole the Bruins colors and other long-standing elements of the Boston/Pittsburgh rivalry.

    • Jarret Stoll’s return was the best part of a bad day for the Kings.

    • Yesterday’s feeble offensive performance is a good reminder that these Kings are traveling a very different road than the team that won the Stanley Cup last season.

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  • Published On Jun 02, 2013
  • Top Line: Cup quest resumes; Gretzky, Messier to coach Rangers?; more links

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    Sydney Crosby and Patrice Bergeron

    Patrice Bergeron (right) will try to slow down Sidney Crosby who has been a dominant scorer in the playoffs. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Patrice Bergeron getting nice and cozy with Sidney Crosby is one of five keys to Boston beating Pittsburgh, according to Stephen Harris.

    • If this fight comes down to a battle of styles, can the Bruins’ hard forecheck beat the Pens?

    • Which Penguins team is the best all-time? This one, says one long-time observer.

    This Bruin poses a unique challenge for Pittsburgh’s forwards.

    • This is Corey Crawford’s moment, his chance to prove to everyone just who he is. But is the Blackkawks’ goalie ready to seize it?

    • Looks like Bryan Bickell is ready for his close-up. The big banger will start the series on Chicago’s first line and if you’ve watched him play at all this spring, you know why.

    • After years of being told to look up to others, this goalie has become the measuring stick of NHL success.

    • The Kings have undergone a long evolution, from punching bags to pretenders to Stanley Cup champs. Now they’re ready to take the next step: Building a dynasty.

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  • Published On Jun 01, 2013


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