What constitutes an outstanding coach? By The Maven’s standard, it’s a bench boss who gets the most out of his players. Nor does it hurt if he wins a Stanley Cup in the process, or reaches the Final as Alain Vigneault did against Los Angeles in 2014; or Lynn Patrick in 1950 for that matter […]
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The National Hockey League’s trade deadline is a month away (Feb. 28, 3 p.m.) and there’s no doubt that the Rangers, Islanders and Devils will be considering a move. After all, everybody talks deals, but few make them. The Game’s bible, The Hockey News, proclaims that St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk should have “five trade destinations.” […]
@StanFischler Pardon John Tortorella if he’s feeling a bit antsy these days; the onset of September means that a hockey season is just around a calendar-flip … we hope. Whatever happens on the labor front, Torts has to plan for training camp and climb even higher than the 2011-12 Eastern Conference Championship. Completing a […]
@StanFischler The calendar tells John Tortorella that the 2011-12 hockey season is in the dim, distant past. Torts is with family at his Wisconsin retreat, where he hikes and does some fishing. Relaxing is a luxury sprinkled around his Summer that somehow remains consumed with hockey thoughts Still, I couldn’t resist asking John whether […]