The Maven's Haven

  • 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...
  • 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...