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10 Things I Want To See This Year in the NHL

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on November 8, 2010 by thomaskrulikowski

What  do you do when you are bored? Make some arbitrary posting about ten random things (in no order) that you want to see happen in (or to) the NHL this year.

1)  Florida Panthers  to make noise in the playoffs

Yeah, I think expansion was overkill by Gary Bettman, but the problem for the Panther’s attendance issues is not lack of interest in hockey, but rather lack of success. If they can get back to the playoffs and make noise, maybe this young team can create loyal fans.

2) Taylor Hall to win MVP

Two years in a row that a non-number 1 overall draftee won the award. As an elitist I can not stand for this.

3) Tomas Kaberle to get traded

So Eklund can finally stop promising us it will happen “this time.” And in the same vein, for the trade deadline to actually be good this year.


4) St. Louis Blues finish where they started

The franchise in Missouri has put in a few years to get where they are, if the rug is pulled out from under them this year it may just break the good fans’ hearts.

5) Colin Campbell and the NHL stop over-calling hits to the head

Rules against head contacts are good but penalizing clean hits because players are not responsible enough to keep their chin up is only going to ruin hockey. I would like to see a clause for players with their head down, a clear and concrete clause.

6) The NHL changes the home uniforms back to white

Home fans should be able to see the color spectrum of the NHL jerseys, not every visiting team’s white.

7) Steve Stamkos to finally enter Ovechkin/Crosby level

This one is for Matthew O’Brien, you know what you did.

8 ) The Winter Classic to bomb

Teach the NHL to use the Penguins two times so soon. I want the 30 team league to enjoy the Winter Classic.

9) The Coyotes to move back to Winnipeg.

Or somewhere back north. They had to bring in NHL employees to sit in the arena during the playoffs to make it “appear” to be packed.

10) Iginla to escape the Flames

The guy would be a clear first ballot hall of famer if he didn’t have to be the whole damn team his whole career in Calgary. How they ever got to the Stanley Cup amazes me. I want him to go to a team that will give him a chance to win. Philly needs another winger….


Peter DeBoer Just Not Cutting It

Posted in Florida Panthers with tags , , , on November 4, 2010 by matthewfobrien

Panthers Coach Peter DeBoer

Peter DeBoer has been the Panthers coach since June 2008 and has, like many other coaches in the franchise history, failed to get the team into the post-season. Although in his first season the team finished with the second most points in franchise history (93) they finished 9th in the standings. Last year, the Cats had only 77 points, good for 14th in the conference. This year the Panthers are off to not so hot a start, going 4-6 through their first 10 games. Although you cannot blame that all on the coach, the way they have lost some games, you can, particularly last night’s game against the Thrashers. It was not the first time this season that the Panthers tried to sit back and protect a lead in the third period, only to see it vanish, and thanks to goals by Byfuglien and Bergfors, the Thrashers actually prevailed despite trailing with only half a period left to play. DeBoer fails to realize that the Panthers blue line men, and really the team defense as a whole, are not good enough to just sit back and try to protect the lead. The Panthers dominated that entire game, putting pressure on the Thrashers, and particularly their lackluster goalie Chris Mason last night. The Panthers tied a franchise record for shots on goal with 55 last night, but failed to win.

This isn’t really the coaches fault, Tomas Vokoun played less than his usual self, he probably should have had all four goals. DeBoer also is not putting the right lines together and the right players on the ice at certain times. For example, last night was not the first time that David Booth, Michael Frolik, and Stephen Weiss were put on the same line and they have dominated their opponents every time they play together. That line should be kept together so that the struggling Panthers offense may find some goals. Although that would be putting the three best players on the team on the same line, the rest of the roster is good enough to chip in their share of goals while letting that line take the majority of the scoring, as they should. By splitting those three players up he is actually making their offense a lot less potent than it could be.

Also, he decided to put Dvorak, Stillman, and Reasoner out on the ice (although Reinprecht was responsible for the lost face-off that led to the tying goal). Those three really should not have been on the ice in that situation. With the one goal lead the best offensive players on the team should have been out on the ice.  The Panthers should have been pressing to extend their lead to 2 rather than hold on to the 3-2 score. DeBoer should rethink his philosophies if he wants to get the Panthers back onto the winning track, they have to beat teams in their offensive zone, they are simply not good enough to play in their own end (I’m not sure why you would want to anyway), or else I think it is the duty of Dale Tallon to find a replacement that will get this team to win like they are capable of. They really are not the fourteenth best team in the Eastern Conference and need to start living up to their potential. There really is no reason why this team cannot make a push for the playoffs like they did two years ago.

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