Chat with Matthew Barnaby
Barnaby played 14 seasons in the NHL for eight different teams. He netted 113 goals and 300 total points. He was also one of the league's tough guys, accumulating 2,562 penalty minutes.
Send your questions now and join Matthew Thursday at 3 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (2:58 PM)
I just talked to Matthew and we're going to be pushing his chat back to 3:30 p.m. ET.
Matthew Barnaby (3:37 PM)
It's been a crazy week in the NHL. A lot of happenings. Look forward to answering all of your e-mails. Let's get started.
Chris (North Haven)
Matthew, how can the NHL players union let the NHL get away with suspending Avery indefinitely? Sure he said something dumb, but how is what he said even a punishable offense? He didnt even use a swear word...
Matthew Barnaby (3:38 PM)
I agree. That I don't think that he should be suspended. He has a right to free speech, as stupid as that speech might be. I think the players union will fight it. The real question will be how the Stars handle it.
Hey Matt, Is Dipietro going to play again this season?
Matthew Barnaby (3:39 PM)
Great question. I think he will be back. He's had a series of injuries and they want to make sure that he is 100% before he returns. Joey McDonald has played great for them, so it makes the decision easier to have him rest.
Robert (Raleigh NC)
Big news and a crazy day here in Raleigh yesterday. Most fans here seem to think this is all about groomy Ronnie Franchise to be the next coach. Your thoughts on the day here in Carolina and the fans' perdictions?
Matthew Barnaby (3:41 PM)
After winning the Stanley Cup and failing to make the playoffs two years running, something had to be done. Whether Paul Maurice is the right guy this was the time for a move. They have lost four of their last five and in their next 10 games play one team not in the top 8 in the conference. Power play 29th in the league, here's where Ron Francis comes in.
Steve (Washington, D.C.)
Are the New York Rangers for real? Will they actually be able to hold off the Penguins for long in the Atlantic division, or is it the penguins division to lose?
Matthew Barnaby (3:42 PM)
I think the Penguins, when they get Gonchar and Whitney back, will win the division. New York is finding ways to win in the shootout, which they are 7-1 in. They need to find a way to get the power play more productive or losses will start to mount.
King (Howell, NJ)
How big of a boost do you think it is for NJ to get Rolston back tonight?
Matthew Barnaby (3:43 PM)
To me, in the offseason, this was the best acquisition. He filled a need that the Devils desperately needed. Unfortunately, high ankle sprains take a long time to recover. With Marty Brodeur being out, they need more goals and Rolston coming back will provide some.
Hey Matthew, In your NHL career was there any one thing you wish you hadn't done that got you you into trouble like Sean Avery?
Matthew Barnaby (3:44 PM)
I really don't regret anything that I did. But I would love to have a lot of that money that I gave back in all the suspensions. The market the way it is, it would come in handy.
Paul (Lansing, MI):
How excited are you for this year's Winter Classic? Do you feel this is something the NHL should continue to do on an annual basis or should they only do it once every few years?
Matthew Barnaby (3:45 PM)
I attended the game last year between the Pens and Sabres. And it was an incredible event. This year at Wrigley Field with two Original Six teams, I look for it to exceed last year and hope the NHL continues to do it on an annual basis.
Mark (San Jose, CA)
Will Jonathan Cheechoo come back around this year? GO SHARKS!
Matthew Barnaby (3:46 PM)
Definitely. The way the Sharks are playing and the way they are coached Jonathan Cheechoo will find the net as he is too good at getting into open spots to find the net. Players struggle at times but it's a long year.
Matthew, Can the canes still make it to the playoffs even with a new coach mid-way through the season?
Matthew Barnaby (3:48 PM)
To me, with all of the injuries they've had, I still don't think they are in a bad position. Staal has been very average and if he can improve his game, I think the power play will improve and they will start winning games. I didn't pick them to make the playoffs and they are even closer than I thought they would be, but I will stick with my original prediction and say they won't make the playoffs.
Chris (Brooklyn, NY)
Could Dave Tippet be fired if the Stars don't turn things around quickly?
Matthew Barnaby (3:49 PM)
Dave Tippet is a terrific coach, who just received an extension. He can't get in net and stop pucks which has been their biggest problem. Having said that, it's a lot easier to fire a coach then trade 23 players. If they don't turn it around shortly, he will be on the hot seat.
With the great play of Khabibulin, do you think that the Hawks will try to resign him or will they let him leave and try to move forward with Huet and give Crawford or Niemi a chance to be his backup (assuming they resing Niemi)?
Matthew Barnaby (3:50 PM)
I don't think there's a chance that the Hawks will re-sign him. They have tried to move him several times but were unable. He has played great and has made himself an asset instead of a liability. They will trade him and he will be replaced by Cory Crawford by year's end.
Rory (Worcester, MA)
Should I buy Stanley Cup tickets for the Bruins?
Matthew Barnaby (3:52 PM)
Since there are a lot of empty seats in Boston, you probably could wait a bit. Haha. To me, Boston is the class of the East right now. enjoyable to watch. Great goaltending. Stellar offense. A team that rolls four lines and two D-men that are playing as well as any. Oh, did I mention well coached. Don't buy the tickets yet, but you have as good a chance as any fan in the East that your team will be in it.
Robert (Luverne, MN)
The Wild continue to win without Marian Gaborik in the lineup. Is it a foregone conclusion his days in Minnesota are finished?
Matthew Barnaby (3:54 PM)
I think so. It's unfortunate because in a system that stymies offense, he is the one guy that can break out. He has been injured way too much to get that kind of money out of Minnesota. Truth is, when you win without him it makes it easier to let him go. He will be a great player wherever he goes and Minnesota will receive a good package in return.
Sonny (West Seneca, NY)
What do you think about San Jose, can they go all the way?
Matthew Barnaby (3:56 PM)
San Jose has been by far the best team in the league this year. I try to find a weakness and I can't. The additions of Todd McClellan as coach and the two pick ups of Dan Boyle and Rob Blake have made a huge impact. I picked Detroit to win the Cup, but if I could do it all over again, I would have a tough time passing over San Jose.
Matthew Barnaby (3:56 PM)
Thanks everyone for the questions. A lot of great games this week. For those questions I didn't answer, I'll try to get to them next week. See ya!