Some 11 hours before Ottawa Senators head coach Bryan Murray collected NHL win number 600 in Tuesday evening’s 4-3 shootout win over the Edmonton Oilers at Scotiabank Place, the wily bench boss harkened back to his days with the Hershey Bears.
Hockey lore has it that no less than Gordie Howe once remarked, “Everybody who is anybody in hockey has played in Hershey.” Howe’s words certainly apply to Martin Brodeur.
Good luck trying to find an American city whose hockey fans are more angst-ridden than those in Philadelphia, where the big checks that Flyers general manager Bob Clarke dished out last summer amidst much hope now give way to grey gloom and doom, Philadelphia-style.
More than a few AHL observers raised an eyebrow when the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers engineered an AHL-style blockbuster just prior to Clear Day.
Did leaving the hot zone that is Leafs-Habs at the Bell Centre on a Saturday night for the quiet confines of New Jersey’s Continental Airlines Arena in New Jersey benefit Pat Quinn’s Leafs?
No charter flight awaited to whisk Ottawa Senators defenseman Filip Novak back to the nation’s capital and to the NHL’s good life after the Philadelphia Flyers flattened Novak’s Sens by a 6-3 count Saturday night at the Wachovia Center.
The Toronto Marlies have more or less cruised this season, and defenseman Ian White has been a significant part of that steady-as-she-goes picture for head coach Paul Maurice’s Marlies.
As difficult as this season has been for the Rochester Americans, the Rochester-Buffalo pipeline continues to churn.
New NHL, new rules, new brand of hockey. This was supposed to be season in which players like John Erskine were tossed to the pro hockey scrap heap. Instead, Erskine has found a new NHL life in a new organization.
Can someone hold a job with one of the NHL’s best teams, have a first-round pedigree and yet be completely adrift? If you are Maxime Ouellet, the answer appears to be yes.