The Maven's Haven

  • 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...
  • Friday, July 27, 2012

    Impertinent Thoughts on Pertinent Topics - Parise, Shanahan, and More

     WHITHER ZACH PARISE: Not even Albert Einstein, if he had produced a hockey Theory of Relativity, could have figured the future of Zach Parise. Which means neither The Maven, nor you, nor your Uncle Dudley knows how the Devils captain's gyroscope is working. With Free Agency arriving on the weekend, ongoing talks between Parise's main rep -- Don Meehan -- and Lou Lamoriello conceivably could produce a deal by Saturday night.  But...
  • Wednesday, July 25, 2012

    About Nash, Cash And Dash

    1. CLASS LINEMATES: Since he became a Blue Jacket in 2002, Nash has been saddled with mediocre sidemen. Yet he still managed a 40 and 41-goal season. Imagine how much better he'll perform with the likes of Brad Richards, Marian Gaborik and Ryan Callahan as teammates. Coming to New York for Rick is like the guy who kept hitting himself in...
  • Tuesday, July 24, 2012

    Goalies In Limbo, CBA Talks & More Isles' Arena Rumors

    • Considering that they were starting goaltenders in the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, Tim Thomas and Roberto Luongo have seen their stars plummet off the "Leading Man" doors. The Conn Smythe Trophy-winner when his Bruins won the mug, Thomas has turned into a more confusing enigma than Sean Avery; and that's no small feat. Right now, Un-Timid Timmy is playing the "Maybe I Will And Maybe I Won't" game,...
  • Monday, July 23, 2012

    Rangers Get Their Man, The Nash Era Begins On Broadway

    Glen Sather won the battle of the minds. Translated: Slats hit the Red Light Jackpot. For months it had become apparent that Columbus had to unload Rick Nash. Plus, everyone and his third-cousin-twice-removed knew that the Rangers were pursuing the big fellow with the potent shot. The obstacle for months was purchase price; or, to put it another way, how much Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson would demand in return....
  • Wednesday, July 18, 2012

    This Year Picking 28th Could Be Good, Maybe Even Another Blueshirt Named Matteau!

    When he was running the Islanders back in the 1970s, Bill Torrey described the Entry Draft as "a crap shoot."
    All things considered Bowtie Bill knew how to roll the dice. Thanks to his annual pickings Torrey landed Hall of Famers Denis Potvin, Bryan Trottier and Mike Bossy among others. An unprecedented -- for an American team -- four straight Stanley Cups were Torrey's rewards.
    The Rangers...
  • Wednesday, July 18, 2012

    A Quick Analysis, Marty & Moose, and Is Gomer a Goner?

    • IS GOMER A GONER? Once upon a time Scotty Gomez was a prized playmaker and then he got rich and traded and traded again. At last look the Canadiens high command still was kicking itself for the deal that dispatched defense-wonder Ryan McDonagh to New York. What new Habs boss Marc Bergevin now must determine is whether Gomer is a goner or if there's still some worthwhile hockey in his body -- and h...
  • Tuesday, July 17, 2012

    The Chase for Nash, NHL in Vegas & Honors for Lou

    • The Rick Nash Derby could very well conclude with the large scorer remaining in Columbus. Furthermore, the Blue Jackets’ captain knows this — he’s been told in no uncertain terms — and will have to adjust, if necessary. Nash understands that his boss, g.m. Scott Howson, must get a big return on his investment. Nash is Columbus’ only asset and the g.m. cannot afford to be wrong. Other potential...
  • Sunday, July 15, 2012

    Sabres Prospect Camp, New Hope In Nassau, Rangers and Devs Moves

    • The Sabres' prospect camp running this week features five first-round picks, including centerCody Hodgson, who’s slated to be either a first or second-liner for Buffalo. Fans also are getting their first looks at center Mikhail Grigorenko and Zemus Girgensons, taken 12th and 14th overall in this year’s Draft. Right wing Joel Armia (2011) and Mark Pysyk (2010) are other first-rounders at the camp....
  • Wednesday, July 11, 2012

    Once Over Lightly, but Not Politely -- Free Agent Frenzy

    • DOAN DO THAT: It's hard to believe that a player who has devoted his entire career to one franchise would allow a political referendum to signal whether he stays with or leaves that team. But that's what it comes down to with Shane Doan and Phoenix. The Coyotes captain is dutifully eyeing an anti-hockey-club referendum in Glendale, Arizona which essentially would put the NHL team's fate on a November b...