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The Reason Your Team Didn’t Draft Cale Makar

Suppose you’re going to tweet that your team passed on Cale Makar and should have drafted him. Why did you wait until he won a Hobey Baker Award, Calder Memorial Trophy, a gold medal in the World Juniors, a Frozen Four appearance and a Conn Smythe, a Norris, and now

Cup Final: Five Things We Learned About Game 4

Tampa - -- The Colorado Avalanche are up 3-1 over the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Final. The Lightning lost 3-2 at home in a heartbreaking fashion. Here is what I saw: Jon Cooper was broken up after the game and only took one question. He saw there were

John Tortorella Has a Massive Challenge Ahead of Him

John Tortorella was introduced to the Philadelphia media today. To say he was very prepared would be an understatement. He had just come off nailing the interviews to get the job and he answered every question with great ease. In the summer, everything is easy, breezy. “Culture and accountability are easy

Skate or Die: The Last Voyage of the Icemen Review

Skate or Die is a fun read about a fictional hockey team called the “Charlestowne Icemen” a team that is about to end its 38th season. One of their players is telling the stories in this tome. I love the training camp stuff. How there are so many players there and

The Playoffs Haven’t Been Too Big For Shesterkin

Igor Shesterkin has come of age. At the age of 26, he is the perfect age to show his fans that he is ready. Ready to battle the two-time Stanley Cup champs. Ready to battle Andrei Vasilevskiy, who he surely respects. In what seems impossible, Vasilevskiy is just 27.  He already

What Do Trading Cards Mean To You?

Trading cards are fun to collect. For some it’s entertainment. For others, it’s an escape from the workweek. For the Fried Family, it’s different. Warren Fried has two children Aiden and Noa. The benefit they receive from card collecting is something I’d never heard about before. Noa has dyspraxia, and

Remembering Emile Francis

Emile was my hockey friend. An NHL legend. Most notably with the New York Rangers front office from 1964-1976. He was the head coach and general manager for much of that time. We would have long chats about hockey and baseball. Everything he told me about hockey is in my

How Owen Power and Jake Sanderson Lead Their Teams in Different Ways

This article was inspired by a tweet from Shawn Simpson. This is the kind of excitement that the 2022 World Junior Championship is bringing, and it’s early. https://twitter.com/TSNSimmer/status/1475279011710480386 Having seen both players and how they interact with their teams. Here’s what I have to say about this.  First off, hat trick aside, and