June 13 2011 07:24AM
(Cam Charron is a our newest addition to the Nations Network. He will pop in now and then and add his thoughts on more general NHL matters from time to time.)
Lost in all the fuss this week over the Stanley Cup Finals is the implications of the Ilya Bryzgalov trade to the Philadelphia Flyers. Phoenix, of course, doesn't have the money to sign Bryzgalov to what are reportedly astronomical contract demands, and the rumour goes that Bryzgalov wants to be paid like a top player, and not necessarily like a top goalie.
June 12 2011 07:51AM
USA Hockey faces a hard task: how does it continue to promote the game we all love in America and how does it continue to develop elite athletes with concussions on the rise? Today the USA Hockey Board of Directors agreed on the Progressive Checking Skill Development Program the highlights of which are thus:
- Pee-wees (ages 11 & 12) will no longer be allowed to check. Full contact hockey in the USA will start at age 13 (Bantams).
- The program will emphasize more body contact pre-checking.
The goal here is to get players bumping and grinding along the boards but to remove the "intimidation" hits from the game. I coached 9 & 10 year olds this year and it was pretty sad at the end of the season knowing that some of the kids played their last game (whether they know it yet or not) because next year they'll move on to checking hockey.
June 11 2011 05:19PM
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June 09 2011 06:28PM
Though you may be distracted by the Cup Final going on right now the NHL Entry Draft is on the horizon. On June 24th the Leafs will pick 25th and either 29th or 30th before picking again at 39. This gives them 3 out of 14 picks at the end of the first / start of the second round and I know Leafs fans are getting excited about grabbing some prospects.
June 09 2011 12:06AM
Having been outscored 12-1 in the past two ice hockey matches and now tied in the series at two games apiece. That dead quiet you hear on the West Coast tonight is the shocked silence of hard core Canucks fans and the vacuum of tens of thousands of bandwagon fans who have suddenly disappeared.