Welcome back to The Morning After The Night Before! It has been a very difficult two-and-a-bit weeks, as our parent company introduced a two-factor authentication system with no advanced notice which resulted in several of your more handsome NM writers to be locked out.
From my own perspective, I couldn’t do what I wanted to do - write. I was desperate to do so, but couldn’t. This is why I will never support the players during a lockout situation - either you want to play, in which case take the deal from the NHL which allows you to do so - or you want the money, in which case you’re dead to me.
Moving on...let’s take a peek at what’s happening around the league at the moment. Besides all the laughing at the Canucks after the capitulation against the Canes. That laughter will reverberate around Bettman HQ for some time.
- I want to see less of this crap, and more of this team actually giving a damn. Forget haircuts, what about a bet like this: "if you let anyone get behind you 5-on-5 I get to attack you with a weapon of my choice from behind". I get that Hutton and Guds need to build chemistry, but I want this stuff kept out of the media. This team is playing so badly that this only reflects negatively on them. [NHL]
- I had forgotten this was happening. I LOATHE the Ring of Honour, and wish we could take it down and forget we ever mentioned it. But hey ho, Ohlund was a good player for a long time.
- This looks bad too, and gives you an indication of what’s going on. For years this team was the best in the league in the 3rd period.
- At least Troy Stecher continues to impress! [Globe and Mail]
- Make of this what you will.
- Sad time for Canucks prospects. And not just because they’ll end up playing for us.
- I’m sure you all know by now, but Ron Wilson is recovering from a stroke. I remember him as being particularly hard done-by in Toronto. We wish him a full recovery. [LA Times]
- It’s not often that the hockey world mourns a celeb passing, but Alan Thicke’s death aged 69 saw an outpouring of love and great stories throughout the hockey world. [NHL]
- What happens to Jarome Iginla at the deadline, as he nears the end of his current deal in Colorado (and potentially his career)? Here are five teams that may be interested (although I’d dispute the top 2 immediately). [The Hockey News]
- 1,500 games now for my favourite non-Canuck player. I once thought he’d make 2,000, but age really does appear to have caught up with him in a Sedin-like way.
Jarome Iginla was honored tonight for hitting 1,500 games played.— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) December 15, 2016
Check it out! pic.twitter.com/N1MHbMqTJN
- In case you didn’t realise Joe Thornton isn’t all right in the head, read on...[The Score]
- Don’t know about you, but it’s hard to hate these Flyers. I think my hate died when Chris Pronger moved on.
- Chris Neil reached 1,000 games. Which for a guy who plays the game as he does is some achievement.
- What the actual hell?
Werk. Werk. Werk. Werk. Werk. pic.twitter.com/32dz8mxjQf— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) December 15, 2016
Question of the day:
Did you miss me Where do the Canucks go from here?*
*I want your management, coaching and playing changes in the comments section so we can thrash this out once and for all.