Max Pacioretty is a Vegas Golden Knight, and San Jose played "top this" by acquiring Erik Karlsson days later. Tom Franklin returns from his moving sabbatical to break down the winners and losers of this deal. Hint: Ottawa loses. What else is new? (Photo by Christophe95 [CC BY-SA 4.0], from Wikimedia Commons)
Stan Mikita is one of the most interesting hockey players you'll ever find, from his upbringing in the Nazi-controlled...then Soviet-controlled Slovak Republic to the gifts he intentionally and unintentionally gave the game of hockey. Thank you Stan Mikita. May you finally rest in peace.
It's kind of a boring time to be a hockey fan, so Tom Franklin tries his best to spice things up with some NHL Power Rankings. One team collapsed, one team soared, and Tom's voice started dying on him about halfway through because when you talk about 31 NHL teams, you have to talk alot period.
Did the San Jose Sharks just fork over too much money for Evander Kane? Tom Franklin looks into just how much goalscoring is worth and weighs that against all the other maturity baggage that comes with Kane. Also, does the Kane deal hurt the free agent market by inflating it to crazy levels?
The Vegas Golden Knights are in the Stanley Cup Finals and your team probably helped get them there. Tom Franklin delves into how the Knights were built and also discusses how Vegas has brought far more good than harm to fandom and hockey.
How did we get here? None of the teams left in the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs (Tampa, Washington, Winnipeg and Vegas) should be in the conference finals. But here we are in this magical, amazing NHL playoff run. Tom Franklin gives his thoughts and predictions after going 4-for-4 in the Conference Semis.
As Vegas marches on in the NHL playoffs, Tommie Lee takes a look at the phenomenon that is the Golden Knights' fan outreach. And he does it from South Bend, which as he explains, seems appropriate for Vegas.
Instead of sleeping on it, Tom Franklin pulled out his Blue Yeti and spewed some truth and malice over Jake Allen after an embarrassing 4-3 loss to Chicago that puts the Blues hopes of the playoffs in jeopardy. Complete with depraved laughter, historical lamenting, and in the end, acceptance.
The St. Louis Blues are two points out of a playoff spot with nine games left to go. Can they actually make the playoffs after February's swoon? Tom Franklin explores that and the underappreciated Jaden Schwartz. (Thanks Silent Partner for the intro!)
As the season winds down, Tommie Lee catches up with the other love in his hockey life: the Golden Knights. He also examines the formerly-farcical notion that the Knights are Stanley Cup contenders. (Thanks Silent Partner for the intro!)
(Repost because Tom Franklin made a boo-boo in editing) The Quad City Mallards are leaving the hockey world and a new team from St. John's/Newfoundland is taking its place. Tom Franklin looks at the impact on the Komets, the impact on the conferences in the league, and looks at the struggle minor league hockey teams have in just staying solvent. (Thanks Silent Partner for the intro!)
It's been 30 years since Brett Hull was dealt to St. Louis from Calgary. Tom Franklin goes over a St. Louis Post-Dispatch article that offered a somewhat surprising opinion on the deal (upon hindsight) and notes that not all trade deadline deals, like this one, can be evaluated right away. Article: http://www.stltoday.com/sports/hockey/professional/years-ago-brett-hull-became-a-st-louis-blue-here/article_99167512-4b90-5cd6-86d6-7b47e1baf1cb.html (Thanks Silent Partner for the intro)
Fresh off Tex-Mex, a bit of tequila, and a disappointing Blues loss in Dallas, Tom Franklin directs his anger at two players in particular, but also the team in general. Also, there's a lot to like about Texas (and a little to dislike, but the good outweighs the bad). (Thanks for the intro, Silent Partner)