The Maven's Haven

  • 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...
  • Friday, June 22, 2012

    Rangers-Devils-Isles: Caught in the Draft

    It likely will be months -- if not years -- before we know who won in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft which began on Friday night in Pittsburgh. But for now, at least, we know who was catchable among the Locals.
    Picking in fourth place -- first among the three Met Area teams -- Islanders general manager Garth Snow plucked defenseman Griffin Reinhart, son of former NHL backline ace Paul Reinhart. Standing...
  • 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...