Greetings pucksters, let's get it on.
Why are so many teams playing not to lose?Why dont they play to win?It's boring Hockey this blue line to blue line stuff.
Because there's a highest percentage playing that way. Look at Washington's transformation this year. They finally gave in after playing firewagon hockey for 3 years and having no playoff success because of it.
Pierre,I mentioned how concerned I was with the officiating in a prior "rant" and you stated you felt that NHL refs were the best of the major sports leagues. If that's the case how do they blow calls like the phantom "tripping" on Shawn Thornton that cost the Bruins a goal against Minnesota and Kostopolous blatant head shot to Stuart ( both of which occurred with a ref 15 feet away?)If Stuart had been hit like that in the early 80's it would have triggered a bench clearing brawl...now the Wings lose a solid defensemen for 8 weeks and Kostopolous merely gets minor?How can the players have any confidence in the "head shot" rule when it's not used in an obvious situation? Crosby's already complaining about it, and after this I'm sure the Wings will be too.
I didn't say they were perfect, just said they were the best of the Big Four and I'll stick to that.
After the success of HBO's 24/7 on the Caps and Pens, do you think the NHL should continue with these type of shows. To me, it was an extremely well done mini-series, and would love to see another retrospect, especially with playoff pushes and tight playoff races in the west.
Agree with you. My pal Scott Burnside spoke to HBO boss last Friday and it appears more of this will continue with NHL. Here's the story link, http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/columns/story?columnist=burnside_scott&id=5999713
Hey Pierre,I know i'm probably not the only one who's commenting on the recently released all star roster, but I am complaining for good reason. I am here to complain about the ridiculous snubs of Mike Richards and Danny Briere. Mike Richards finished top ten in fan voting, has a very respectable 37 points thus far, and is one of the best two way forwards in the game, not to mention he captains a fantastic Flyers team that is first in the east and just went to the Stanley Cup. Danny Briere's 21 goals has him tied for sixth in the NHL in goals with All-Star Corey Perry, and he is on pace to easily break his career high in goals. Both of these guys deserve playoff selections, and they are both having better seasons then some of the questionable selections (see Hemsky, Alex). I know i'm rambling a little bit, but I feel like these guys both deserve all star selections and it shows that maybe the new all star format isn't any better then the old one.
You won't get an argument from me. I texted Briere after his snub and told him he should have been named. He's disappointed but said, ''maybe next year." Great guy. And he responded on the ice last night with four points. Nice. Don't forget there may be injuries over the next few weeks so maybe Briere or Richards can get it that way as a replacement
Is Claude Giroux the best Flyer?
I still think Chris Pronger is
Pierre, The Caps are going to square off against the Canucks later this week. How do you see that game going? And could this be a preview of the Stanely Cup Finals? Keep up the great work!
Look for a 3-2 game with lots of intensity. Two teams wanting to prove a point to each other.Could be a Cup finals preview although my pick right now would be Philly-Vancouver
Heard a rumor that the Kings have big intrest in Senators Mike Fisher, any chance they land him or anyone from the Sens and for who from LA??
First I've heard of it, Alicia. Although I was told by a Sens source that several teams are calling about Fisher and Ottawa isn't really that keen on moving him
Hello Pierre, the kings have been expected to pick up a star winger for going on 3 years now. First it was Hossa or Gaborik, then when that didnt happen it was kovalchuk. When do we stop assuming the kings will acquire that "missing piece."
Well Mark it's not like they didn't try with Kovalchuk. They flew him to LA last summer ! They'll keep trying but for this trade deadline, not much really there at this point unless more teams fall out of it before Feb. 28
Will the Leafs continue with their recent play or is this just a flashback to the beginning of the season when they won their first 4 and then lost 16 of their next 20?
Too late to make the playoffs but I think they'll be decent most of second half
Pierre, if you had to choose one of the following scenarios...which would it be? 1. Having to sleep in the Atlanta airport for two days because of a blizzard, 2. flying cross country while seated between Bruce Boudreau and Ken Hitchcock, or 3. Flying from Buffalo to Moscow with the Russian Junior Team after a big victory?
Definiltely 2. Boudreau and Hitchock great story tellers and fun to be around
Despite the loss to Montreal, I still think the Rangers will be better off in the long haul in the Wolski deal. However, does a lack of experience on the blue line hurt the Rangers at year end?
I suspect they'll try and land a rental there before Feb. 28
One of the best teams in hockey, the Flyers, have only 1 allstar (Giroux). How come Briere didnt make it?
Lotsa good players didn't make it my friend, can't accomdoate everyone
What do think of the caps new defensive capabilities and is the year they finally reach the finals or even get the get?
I think they'll be better for it. As for the playoffs, we'll see !
Who do you think will have the biggest second half?
Hi Pierre - I asked EJ yesterday if he thought the Kotsopoulos suspension was long enough for the hit on Brad Stuart and he said he thought something more than six games would have been justified. What's your take?
I would have done 8 games
Pierre, what exactly happened to the Stars? Last season they finished with only 88 points but now they look like the team to beat.
Real surprising. They are doing all the little things right, with and without the puck. Three forward lines deep which many teams aren't. Blue-line playing better than expected and Kari Lehtonen proving the GM right
Salut Pierre! Really enjoy your work on the worldwide leader and HNIC. Do you think it's safe to assume that Zach Parise will not be re-upping with the Devils? Have you heard any rumblings about where he might head if he does hit the open market? Merci.
Way, way, way too early on that front to discuss anything there..... He's just focused on getting healthy right now.
The Spokane cheifs WHL team is holding an outdoor game this Saturday -- has there ever been any rumors of the nhl ever moving to the pacific northwest? I think it would be a great move (if the fan support was there) -- Seattle Vancouver matchups would be great hockey
Seattle/Portland have been mentioned to me over the years by industry sources.... but right now Winnipeg/Quebec City are the two top re-location/expansion cities on the list
Terasenko looked great at the WJC. What do you think his upside is in the NHL, and do you think he's a KHL risk?
sorry didn't watch WJC my friend
I know it's not Rant Monday, but I just want to say my Rangers look like the Wild, East. Glenn Sather finally makes a move when needed, acquiring Wolski after Frolov gets injured, and getting younger on the wing. But the up-and-down play seems to never stop, season after season, most recently last night's 3-2 loss. What is the short-term answer, if there is one?
They've overachieved this season, enjoy it instead of wanting more !
Good afternoon Pierre. Biggest all-star snub in your eyes?
Pierre, any chance the Panthers make a run after the all-star break, or do they continue their run of (9?) straight non-playoff seasons?
Stas wise, Jack Johnson has had a much better year than Marc Staal or Karleson from Ottawa, still not elected to ASG? What gives?
Trying to spread love to most teams as possible
Ottawa needs to take a page from the recent past. Tank the season and get a lottery pick!! Flyers(Richards,Carter) Pens(Crosby,Malkin) Hawks (Towes,Kane) Capitals(Ovechkin,Backstrom).
Now that it seems Caps have learned the playoff hockey way, are they a real challenge to Philly and Pittsburgh as compared to last few seasons (barring the fact, anything can happen in playoffs)?
whats going on in calgary? seeing trades coming soon?
yes I suspect Feaster will move out some bodies before Feb. 28
Pierre, would you rather your team lead the standings wire to wire, run away with their division and have the #1 seed in the playoffs without playing hard...or face some adversity in the season, go through a losing streak, maybe even change coaches and have to play hard every night until the end even if they go to the playoffs with a 5-8 seed. Based on recent performances from Edmonton in '06, Pittsburgh in '09 and Philly last year....that answer should be obvious....so why do people get so crazy about losing streaks like those experienced by Washington, Chicago and now Pittsburgh this year?
Where do you see the avs finishing now that they are getting key players like stewart back..and also waiting for mueller and cumisky
between 5th and 9th
Any word on Logan Couture? that is a total shame if its significant. love watchin that kid play..
Spoke with Doug Wilson this morning and he still didn't know the severity, needed to wait for swelling to go down
Pierre, I have to think that Jonathan Toews is named a C of the All-Star game...he seems to be well-respected around the league and it would give the NHL a chance to showcase someone outside of Crosby/Ovechkin. Thoughts?
Toews a good choice but the guy that deserves most respect is Nick Lidstrom. If he isn't chosen captain I will lose my cool
Anything youre hearing about flyers trade possibilities? why do i keep hearing these rumors? i think they are good as is. We saw last year how they can do with average goaltenders. They now have the best 6 D-men combo in the league and 3 consistent scoring lines....i say stay put!
All I know is that Flyers source told me last week they were interesting in Langenbrunner so that should tell you their mindset... add veteran presence
Not even a mention of John Carlson in the Calder mid-season discussion? What's with that?!
he's having a good rookie year but I don't think he's the leader right now
James Wisniewski was a total steal. What do you think?
He's been a good pick-up but I wouldn't say a ''total steal." A second-round pick is a second-round pick.
Who are your picks to captain the All Star Game?
Lidstrom and Crosby
How do you see wojtek wolski finishing the year? i would think playing with gaborik we could see a significant spike, followed by a return back to earth next year...as weve seen in the past from him
He just needs to learn to bring it every night. He frustrated two excellent coaches in Tippett and Sacco but his lack of consistency
What is wrong with Marc Savard?...i know, standard response about concussions, etc. But he looks like hes never played the game before in his life?
answered your own question. Takes time to recover from those things. Ask David Booth, or Patrice Bergeron
I heard they dropped Dustin brown off the first line. Dont know how i feel about it. I liked him and Anze playing together...thoughts?
a bit of panic going on right now in LA
What do you think of the knee hit yesterday by Orr to Couture? He should have got fined for such a hit?
I didn't like it
Am I a good coach?
Pierre-The loss of Guillaume Latandresse (Spelling?) is starting to look like a heartbreaker. The Wild need a scorer. While we have good all around players in Koivu and Havlat, can you foresee any moves from the Wild to pick up a scorer? With Theodore playing well behind Backstrom, maybe shop a goalie and get good value?
Latendresse for spelling.I know GM Chuck Fletcher has been on lookout for offense. Easier said than done when you look at what's actually available
what the hell is going on with my Kings? I'm 25 and they are giving me gray hairs!!!
Spoke to an NHL scout the other day about the Kings. he said too many young guy on that team get full of themselves and aren't paying the price or putting in the work right now
Any explanation for the recent spike in John Tavares' production? I feel like it started after they unloaded wizniewski. Any chance it was a lockerroom thing? or perhaps they are just playing the PP different now without wiz on the point?
Eventually they get it (check out Stamkos in year 2)
Trading deadline is less than 7 weeks away. Who will be the biggest name moved? Will the trades be more of the depth deals than the blockbuster type deals? That has been the recent trend.
still too early to tell, need more seperation from playoff and non-playoff teams. Right now almost everybody things they're still in it so player available-pool is thin
Wah Wah, my team's players didn't make the All Star Game, Wah Wah - Can we get over the ASG as a meaningless game that is just for the fans? Thanks Pierre!
Hi Pierre. I see the Sens are in freefall and will most likely dump salary. I like Mike Fisher and his style of play. He's a strong defensive forward with scoring ability and would score more with a better supporting cast. How do you think he fits on my Penguins? Can he fit into the Pens cap? What would it take to get him?
I touched on Fisher earlier...
If you had to start a team and could only pick one of the Sedin twins, which one would you choose and why?
Geez, that's like having to choose between Milas Kunis and Natalie Portman.... I guess I'd go with Daniel cause he's the goal-scorer
What is going on with the Sharks? Is it defense, goal tending, or all of the above?
Your lucky day my friend. I spoke with Doug Wilson and wrote a Sharks blog today, http://espn.go.com/blog/nhl/post/_/id/3505/what-now-for-the-disappointing-sharks
Hey Pierre, do you believe the Canucks will keep schiender?
At least for this year, yes
Pierre, I know Crosby is out and all, but come on! These losses are starting to add up and Malkin better start playing how he is paid. It would have been nice too if Staal had been able to come back a little earlier to get his legs back and to help contribute during Crosby's absence. Who are you expecting a big game out of tonight in Montreal? Talbots been pretty quiet...
Habs are tired, played last night in NYR while Pens watched in their PJs from Montreal hotel room. I think Pens take it tonight
Pierre, I'm terrified! The Leafs have won 4 straight and I can sense myself getting excited for the season again.. maybe, even reach the playoffs. What's your take on Reimer and do you see him being the Leafs number one goalie?
LOL, were you the guy driving his car down my street last night here in downtown Toronto honking his horn ???? I love leaf fans, they're loyal to the end
Do you foresee a trend of cash-poor teams relieving big-market teams of players with huge cap numbers (eg, Rozsival) to hit the salary floor?
Clever question. The Islanders come to mind?
Are their some players that agitators, like Steve Ott and Sean Avery, won't bother during a game. Maybe because of the players status or there is too much respect for them, or is everyone in the league fair game? If so, who would those players be?
Don't see many guys bothering Lidsdtrom
Pierre, how are the Canucks going to the Stanley Cup Finals if they have to face the Blackhawks first in the playoffs?
Don't the Blackhawks play in Atlanta now? :)
Pierre, the injury situation in Detroit is starting to remind me of last year. How far do you think the Wings dip with the losses of Datsyuk, Stuart, Osgood and Modano? And do you think it will end up hurting them in the playoffs like it did last year?
They'll be alright
Remember the free agent C class of Briere, Gomez and Drury? As a Flyers fan, let me say "phew." 22 goals and the lowest cap number of the three.
yeah Philly picked up the right dude. How the Rangers dumped Gomez on Montreal is still beyond me
I know it stinks the flyers only got one guy in the allstar game. What do you think about possibly doing away with the "every team should have a representative". I like patrik elias and all, but lets face it...there are 4 guys on the flyers alone who should be there over him...
Well, not all 30 teams got a player selected, only 26 did
Devils fan wondering a few things about our fire sale. What kind of draft pick could we get for Arnott? Do you see any takers for Zubrus and Rolston (on re-entry waivers) at the deadline?
Could get a low second- or high third- for Arnott I think
will we ever see an "ovechtrick"? what is the most goals scored in one game...id imagine its the great one?
Most goals in one NHL game: seven, Joe Malone, 1920
And while we're at it, most goals in one NHL season, 92 by Wayne Gretzky. Good luck ever seing that one touched.
pierre any help comeing detroit ways like another goalie or defenst player
Holland told me last weekend he's hoping the Wings can deal with injuries from within and not have to make a deal... we'll see
Did you know NHL 11 will not let you trade Rozsival for Wolski? Hilarious.
Funny.I played video games int he 90s. EA hockey '93 I was a beast
Ive have always cursed our luck in losing the draft order and ending up with JVR instead of Patrick Kane. But i have to say, JVR has really impressed me this year. He is way more physical and aggressive in the offensive zone. What do you think?
alweays takes power wingers longer to develop compared to quick, skilled players.Power wingers that took a while to bloom: John LeClair, Cam Neely, Todd Bertuzzi, etc...
Grettings Pierre...Do you think Vancouver is the favorite to win it all this year ?
Right now, yes
What's the chance a Winter Classic/Heritage Classic is ever staged in a non sports stadium? The Rideau Canal(Ottawa), St.Lawerence River(Montreal) or Lake Louise would make for a spectacular event. I mean it is a made for TV event, right?
NHL COO John Collins really likes NFL stadiums right now
Do you think if teams like the devils and islanders were in a spot to make the playoffs, guys like parise and streit would see the ice again this year? Does their teams stinkin up the joint slow down their "recovery time' per se?
Jack, I want you to step away from the bottle and make yourself some coffee.Devils/Islanders... playoffs ?????????
Pierre, would the Stars have been doing this good if they were able to find a place for Modano to play? If the Stars go to the Finals (obviously meaning the Wings don't), how much does Modano regret not hoping something happened with Dallas to stay there?
Eric, Stars didn't want him back.
How would you grade Stevie Y's first year at GM?
Pierre, Who should get the most credit for the Bruins goals against? I think Chara is underappreciated here.
Do you find it odd that all these people are complaining about certain teams not having more players on the all star team when the best team out west (Detroit) only has 1?
well... let's not forget the league (in my opinion) was told by Detroit not to pick Zetterberg...
Pierre, thoughts on Keith Yandle not making the all-star game despite leading his team in points as a defenseman? Grew up in the same town as him. Would've been cool to see him in the all-star game.
Do you see the Wild becoming a power anytime soon?
Hi Pierre,Just Wondering where Bob Hartley(former avalanche coach) is these days.How come he's been unemployed for so long?Are the Senators a potential destination?
He's in Montreal and does NHL analysis for one of the networks there (in French)
Who would you rather start a team around? Crosby or Ovechkin?
Lidstrom _ 20 years ago
In your opinion, who has the best line in hockey?
sorry Sedins with Burrows
Pierre, I love your chats. In fact, you're one of the few sports writers who really seem to relish taking on questions and just talking hockey. No one else takes as many questions as you do, and no one else at ESPN would ever actually show up early to a chat. I wish you would spend all of your chats on the Red Wings, but I understand the need to a greater audience, of course. Keep up the good work and I'll keep reading!
Do you think the Wings will be able to make it through this latest rash of injuries and stay in the top half? Guys are dropping like flies agian and I'm starting to have 'Nam flashbacks to last year.
Don't blame you for being worried because it does indeed look a bit like last year. Hopefully once Datsyuk is back after all-star break, he can stay healthy along with Zetterberg and Lidstrom. The Big 3 is really the key
How much credibility would the Rangers earn if they were to beat Vancouver tomorrow?
Well, the Islanders almost beat Vancouver so let's not carried away :)
We are half way through the season now. What is your biggest surprise so far?
Stars and Lightning (positive)Sharks and Devils (Negative)
I don't think the Leafs will make the playoffs.. but that being said how is it too late to do so? 40 games left and 11 pts out..
According to sportsclubstats.com, Leafs as of today have a 4.2 percent chance. So I was wrong, they do have a chance. Four percent.
Pierre, I've been debating with my friends for two years now and I'd like your take on this: Is the NHL better off having Versus and NBC broadcasting games or switching over to ESPN? I say stick with Versus due to the fact they solely focus on hockey, not MLB, NBA and NFL. I'm under the belief that changing networks is not a smart move if you're just trying to draw in casual fans who aren't fully committed to the game. Your thoughts?
Derek, not really cool for us to be discussing the ''TV" question since I work for one of those networks, you know?
Pierre, what would the Sabres have to give up for Iginla?
The secret recipe to Anchor Bar chicken wings sauce. Mmmmmm
OK kiddos, a blast as always this week. Let's do it again next week, ok?Stay classy San Diego.Pierre Burgundy