The Maven's Haven

  • Tuesday, September 11, 2012

    Rating the 'Delicious Dozen' Met-Area Players

    One of my personal all-time favorite books -- among the 100 or so that I've written since 1967 -- happens to be titled HOCKEY'S 100; otherwise known as the best hundred players ever.
    That was written before anyone else in our scribbling business got around to such a listing and, with that in mind, The Maven figures it's time to do an abridged, contemporary, listing of the BEST DOZEN among our local...
  • Monday, September 10, 2012

    Beefed Up Sabres, Nash's Dog Debut and Young Studs in Nassau and New Jersey

    • A key question that has Sabres fans wondering is: How the Sabres high command beefs up its muscle to balance with the satisfactory skill level? The acquisition of Steve Ott -- in exchange for Derek Roy -- appears to be the answer that only will be confirmed once Buffalo seeks playoff capability. "We want to be a tougher team against which to play," says general manager Darcy Regier. Ott already has made...
  • Wednesday, September 05, 2012

    The "Why-Because" Hour

    Will Josh Bailey finally blossom into the star anticipated by the Islanders when he was their high, 2008 Draft pick?

    His late-season move to the wing from center -- remember, he totaled 18 points in his last 20 games last season -- means that Josh isn’t joshing anymore.

    Did Jim Rutherford sign Alexander Semin for his Hurricanes considering The Sad Russian's history as...
  • Monday, September 03, 2012

    The Hockey News 2012-13 Predictions: Slander, or Sure Thing?

    Ever since its inception in 1946 The Hockey News has been known as "The Bible Of The Sport." That said, its annual predictions hardly turn into Gospel nor do they achieve Biblical proportions -- except for mis-calls! Last year for example, The Hockey News made the following forecasts for MSG Network's four teams which it regularly televises. At a glance you can tell how poor the prognosticators'...
  • Friday, August 31, 2012

    The Darkhorse Sextet From Uniondale, and Rangers Who Should be in the Hall Of Fame

    If, exactly a year ago, you ventured that the New Jersey Devils would reach the Stanley Cup Final, your best friend likely would have suggested a sedative and a long rest somewhere on the Cocos Islands.   Egad! Did Peter DeBoer's sextet fool us or what? Hey, they made darn fools out of just about every prognosticator this side of Sunnyside's crystal ball factory.   At the very least Martin Brodeur & Company proved that one should never take a dark horse lightly; or a light...
  • Wednesday, August 29, 2012

    An Ode to Don Raleigh

    One of the outstanding Rangers playoff heroes of the post-WWII era has died at the age of 86. Don “Bones” Raleigh scored two of the most spectacular goals in Blueshirts playoff history during the 1950 Stanley Cup Final against the Detroit Red Wings. Raleigh's game resembled the smarts we see now in Brad Richards. Plus, "Bones" centered one of the NHL's best lines, doling smooth passes to left wing ...
  • Monday, August 27, 2012

    Optimism In the Face of a Lockout, Roasting Lou, and More Progress In Nassau

    • With labor-management negotiations resuming today (Tuesday) at the NHL’s Sixth Avenue offices, fans are eagerly seeking any optimistic tidbits. Ditto for Henrik Lundqvist. The Vezina Trophy-winner sees a silver lining amid the cloudy reports on talks up until now. At a charity event, Taste of Tennis, last week, The King observed, “I’m approaching it that it’s going to be good to go when it’s time to go....
  • Monday, August 27, 2012

    The Maven Chats With Torts:Part II

    Pardon John Tortorella if he's feeling a bit antsy these days; the onset of September means that a hockey season is just around a calendar-flip ... we hope.
    Whatever happens on the labor front, Torts has to plan for training camp and climb even higher than the 2011-12 Eastern Conference Championship. 
    Completing a respite at his Wisconsin vacation home, the coach has reason to be optimistic...
  • Wednesday, August 22, 2012

    One-Shot Wonders or For Real?

    You don't have to be a philosopher, such as Socrates, to know that a star one night could turn into a storm-cloud one evening later.
    Ditto for hockey players who enjoy a "simply-mahvelous" season. Yeah, what about next year?
    How many "One-Shot-Wonders" have been waxed ecstatic about one semester only to find them disappear into the ether the second time around?
    Just off the top, there were...
  • Thursday, August 16, 2012

    Is There Another Sean Avery in the NHL?

    The thrill is gone; or maybe The Maven should say that the "chill" is gone.
    Any way you look at it, the 2012-13 National Hockey League season won't be the same without Sean Avery.
    Call him Puck's Bad Boy, call him The Great Gabbo; call him anything you want, but Avery appears to be sincere about retirement from The Game that has made him rich beyond reason and foes such as Martin Brodeur furious...