The Maven's Haven

  • 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...
  • Monday, July 09, 2012

    A Storm's A-Coming, Back to Buffalo's Future, and a Devlish Replacement

     Jim Rutherford is turning the Hurricanes into a power. The acquisition of Alex Semin comes at a price, but it’s also a message to Carolina fans that the Canes mean business about becoming a contender. The real challenge—apart from Semin proving his worth—is for coach Kirk Muller, starting his first full season as the lead bench boss. It’s up to Muller to extract the best out of a gifted offensive force who has remained...
  • Thursday, July 05, 2012

    Putting Parise-Suter in Perspective

    Free-agency salaries have become so far beyond the realm of reality, they cloud a player's true worth. When it comes to the Zach Parise-Ryan Suter Show, a couple of factors should be considered. Let's start with The Maven's firm prediction that The Gold Dust Twins won't even guide Minnesota into the playoffs!

    My buddy, Gus Vic,  who I regard as the Albert Einstein of hockey analysts, puts it in even more meticulous pe...
  • Sunday, July 01, 2012

    Rangers, Islanders Get Good Start at Free Agent Line; Devils Still Playing Waiting Game

    It's called (TFAF) -- The Free Agent Frenzy; that mad scramble for NHL players that started on Sunday at Noon, and when and where it will stop, nobody knows.
    More to the point, as the clock heads toward Midnight, TFAF could be re-branded, TPP as in The Parise Pandemonium.
    Based on offers reportedly coming in from such points as Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Detroit -- just to name a few -- the...
  • Monday, June 25, 2012

    Baby Blueshirts, Awards Gaffes, and a New Alex Mogilny?

    • Since the Canadiens now are tilting heavily toward francophones from g.m. Marc Bergevin to coach Michel Therrien, the odds suggest that the Habs will offer crazy dough to land free agent P.A. Parenteau. • Erik Karlsson's triumph in the Norris Trophy race clearly indicates that voters pay little heed to defense. Karlsson is more of a rover than defenseman and was one of the chief reasons why Ottawa...