The Maven's Haven

  • 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...
  • Thursday, August 16, 2012

    Torts' Soft Side, Brooklyn's Exhibition Endangered, and Early Cup Odds

     There’s a soft side to John Tortorella of which many of his friends and family are aware, but which has been hidden from the public. One of the Rangers coach’s favorite projects is the taking care of animals, especially stray dogs. In that regard he has worked closely with the Westchester Shores Humane Society and other organizations for the humane treatment of animals. This soft side of Torts will...
  • Thursday, August 09, 2012

    P.A. Who? And Six Locals to Keep an Eye On In 2012-13

    WHY P.A. PARENTEAU WILL BE QUICKLY FORGOTTEN IN NASSAU As a player and as a person, P.A. Parenteau was a delight to be around. Ever-smiling, he made himself available to the media, win or lose. On the ice, he proved to be one of those out-of-nowhere success stories; literally rags to riches; the recent riches -- alias moolah -- being provided by Colorado.  But there should be no mourning among ...
  • Tuesday, August 07, 2012

    The Maven and Torts Have a Chat

    The calendar tells John Tortorella that the 2011-12 hockey season is in the dim, distant past.
    Torts is with family at his Wisconsin retreat, where he hikes and does some fishing.
    Relaxing is a luxury sprinkled around his Summer that somehow remains consumed with hockey thoughts
    Still, I couldn't resist asking John whether he was, in fact, relaxing. If nothing else, he sure sounded cool,...
  • Monday, August 06, 2012

    DP’s Relentlessness, Torts the Sports Star and the Doan and Luongo Sagas

    • The fact that Rick DiPietro is back on the Islanders roster may have drawn some yawns in Nassau but The Maven insists that there's a more positive way to interpret the club's recent announcement. Throughout a career bedeviled by injury DiPietro has never quit. He has proven tenacious and determined to find a way to justify management's faith in him when Garth Snow handed the New Englander one of the most...
  • Saturday, August 04, 2012

    Devils Crash Line, Spotlight on Sabres, and a Bargain Blueshirt

    • Once the labor-management war ends, the NHL will start thinking seriously about expansion.  Seattle and Quebec City are virtually guaranteed as the 31st and 32nd teams. Some wise insiders predict that if Seattle joins the Bettman club, it will instantly become one of the "five best franchises" in America. Others believe that Quebec City looms as a Winnipeg-like success story, only with a French...
  • Wednesday, August 01, 2012

    Doan Drama, Life's Not Fehr, and Progress in Nassau

    • DOAN DO DAT -- DAT DOAN DO: As I impatiently wait for Shane Doan to make a decision on his 2012-2013 team choice I'm reminded of an old-time radio character named The Mad Russian. When cautioning a friend against doing something foolish, The Mad Russian would say, "Don't do dat."  (Then a pause.) "Dat, don't do." The Maven's updated version is, "Doan do dat; Shane, dat, don't do." In other words,...
  • Sunday, July 29, 2012

    Free Agency Frenzy: It's Not Free!

    So, the report has it that Martin Brodeur engaged a big-time -- as in Pat Brisson -- agent as Free Agency Day descends on us this Sunday. Do you believe it? Me? Nay.
    Meanwhile, Marty's buddy -- at least for the moment -- Zach Parise has had an equally large-image rep (Don Meehan) ready to find a pot 'o NHL goal for the Devils' (for now) captain.
    Apart from the fact that they have been teammates in New...