The Maven's Haven

  • Thursday, June 21, 2012

    NHL Awards Show Recap

    • MISTAKEN AWARDS, PART ONE:  Since NHL awards fail to take into account three months and four rounds worth of playoffs, the prizes become less than meaningful. A classic example has to be the mistaken vote for rookie-of-the-year.  I say "mistaken" because playoff performance is omitted.
    That's why The Maven says that Colorado's Gabriel Landeskog winning the Calder Trophy as Rookie of the Year...
  • Monday, June 18, 2012

    Devils Keep Pick, Prospect Watch and the Junior Rangers

    • Fooling most of the experts, Lou Lamoriello decided to retain his first-round draft pick—number 29. While Nervous Nellies in the media thought otherwise, the Devils' boss will forfeit a pick in one of the next two drafts as part of the Ilya Kovalchuk signing that miffed Bettman, Inc. • It looks like the Sabres got a good one: Buffalo signed 2011 first-round pick Joel Armia to a three-year ent...
  • Wednesday, June 13, 2012

    Ten Things I Learned After Four Rounds of Playoffs

    1) VITAL MOMENTS: In a sense the Devils-Kings Final was decided in the first period of the opening game at The Rock. Instead of being spurred by the home crowd, Peter DeBoer's club played tentative hockey. By contrast the visitors appeared to be shot out of a cannon. Before you could say "Where's Kovalchuk?" New Jersey had lost two straight sudden-death games, finally finding equilibrium when it...
  • Monday, June 11, 2012

    Cheers for Rick, Devils Four(th) of a Kind, and the Next Messier?

    • Congratulations to Rick Jeanneret, the voice of the Sabres! The longest tenured play-by-play announcer in NHL history has been selected to receive the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award, the most prestigious honor given to hockey broadcasters. Jeanneret will be formally recognized at a Hockey Hall of Fame ceremony this fall. “Our organization has always been extremely proud and humbled to have a legend...
  • Thursday, November 15, 2012

    Greatest Rivalries: Rangers-Islanders: April 10, 1984

    To some observers-- mostly Islanders fans-- this was the greatest hockey game ever played. To other critics, it was the best of any Met Area showdowns. And there were plenty of reasons to underline the point.  For one thing, the Islanders-Rangers rivalry had reached the white heat level by the 1983-84 season. Having won four straight Cups, the Isles were hell-bent on a Drive For Five. On the fl...
  • Friday, January 25, 2013

    Mave's Saves: Rangers vs. Maple Leafs

    Rangers record: 1-3 Maple Leafs record: 2-2 Theme: Getting back on track—and staying there! Plus: Don’t look now, but the Blueshirts' secret weapon -- is get this! -- Taylor Pyatt. Even John Tortorella has been praising the Blueshirts’ offseason acquisition.  Pyatt collected his third goal in as many games. Which means he should get extended minutes against Toronto; even on the power play. Minus...
  • Thursday, January 24, 2013

    Stan Fischler Previews Rangers vs. Flyers

    RANGERS RECORD: 1-2-0 (2 PTS)
    THEME: UP, UP AND AWAY PLUS: Marian Gaborik hot after hat trick against Boston. Ryan Callahan leading more than ever; finished with nine hits against Boston and four blocked shots. Getting the first pair of points relieves a lot of pressure; media and otherwise. Top line of Gaborik, Brad Richards and Rick Nash was dominant; borderline scary. MINUS: The power play,...