He may not have been a household name, but Mike Knuble has been one of the top complementary players in the NHL for quite some time. Retirement is a likely possibility for him this year and while his eventual departure from the league won’t garner the same press others like Teemu Selanne and Daniel Alfredsson will, he was still able to forge a fantastic career as one of the NHL’s quietest warriors.
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The Hockey Hall of Fame announced its newest members last week and in November will officially welcome two defensemen, one with sublime skill and the other highly physical, an all-time great power forward, an innovative coach and possibly the best female defender ever. And as with every induction year, the rallies of praise towards those selected are met with the cry of foul for those some feel are unjustly snubbed from being immortalized in downtown Toronto.
It wasn’t supposed to be like this. After suffering through a terrible stretch of years that saw the Edmonton Oilers make the playoffs just once between lockouts (in 2005-06 no less), change was supposed to be on the horizon. Buoyed by a triumvirate of first overall picks from 2010 to 2012, netting them Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nail Yakupov, the Oilers were quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with. Such reckoning, however, has yet to come – perhaps the result of Edmonton’s concerning lack of depth.
The trade that sent Cory Schneider from the Vancouver Canucks to the New Jersey Devils took a lot of hockey fans by surprise. Now the up and coming star won’t be limited by the indefinite presence of Roberto Luongo in the organization. Will the move behind 41-year-old Martin Brodeur a good one for the netminder in the long-term?
The Canadian Hockey League recently made the bold decision to ban all European goaltenders from playing in the CHL. The decision comes on the heels of what the organization has perceived as decreased opportunities for homegrown netminders. Yes. It’s as ridiculous as it sounds. Nick Faris explains.