The Maven's Haven

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Wednesday, January 02, 2013

    Greatest Rivalries: Gaborik's Goal Fest vs. Isles

    Two of the more perplexing questions confronting any hockey coach are: 1. When does he start his backup goalie in a tense rivalry game?  2. At what point in such a game does he yank a supposedly slumping netminder? These two challenges were presented to John Tortorella on the night of Dec. 2, 2010 during which Martin Biron was yanked and eventually replaced by Henrik Lundqvist at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum....
  • Tuesday, January 15, 2013

    The Maven's Rangers Season Preview

    For of all sad words of tongue or pen,
    The saddest are these: "It might have been!"
    --
    John Greenleaf Whittier, from his poem "Maud Muller." To this day Rangers fans hark back to that Brad Richards' playoff overtime breakaway against Martin Brodeur that just missed torpedoing the Devils last Spring. Ah, what might have been had the Blueshirts sharpshooter beaten New Jersey's netminder. But the goal never happened and a Cup march...
  • Tuesday, January 22, 2013

    The Maven Previews Rangers-Bruins

    RANGERS RECORD: 0-2-0. THEME: Oh-for-two-and-what-do-they-do? PLUS: Ryan Callahan is leading his club; hasn't missed a beat. Arron Asham still has a useful role and hasn't lost his punch. Jitter-less Rick Nash comes as billed; the real goods. MINUS: So far, Henny Lundqvist's goaltending has been somewhat spotty. A more physical Michael Del Zotto would help. This segue from playoff stardom to non-playoff...
  • 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, December 28, 2012

    Greatest Rivalries: Avery's Infamous Screening of Brodeur

    There are many ways to describe Sean Avery depending on your rooting interest.

    For example you can include his personality, his outlook on life, as well as your view of hockey decorum and personal fan favorites.

    Because of his idiosyncratic behavior -- mostly as a Ranger -- Avery has alternately been called Puck's Bad Boy, The Great Gabbo and Superpest, among the kinder nicknames.

    In the minds...