- Tim Bozon is doing well in the WHL, registering 58 points in his last 49 games. [RDS]
- Daniel Carr won a NCAA championship before coming to Hamilton, and now he tries to bring that same attitude to the AHL. He's the first Hamilton Bulldog since 2011 to record 20 goals in a season. [The AHL]
- Tom Gilbert and Jeff Petry are a surprising effective D-pairing The two have actually played together in the past with the Edmonton Oilers. [Canadiens]
- The Vezina Trophy debate shouldn't even be going on at this point, because Carey Price is having one of the best seasons the NHL has seen in the modern era. [Washington Post]
A lot of great stuff about Montreal in Elliotte Friedman's 30 Thoughts this week: P.K. Subban is a better defenceman now than he was when he won the Norris, where he's improved the most on ice, and more about the Gilbert-Petry pair. [Sportsnet]
25. One Eastern Conference executive: "P.K. Subban is so much better a defenceman now than when he won the Norris Trophy. It’s not even close."
In fact, he (and others) believe Subban isn’t getting enough consideration for this year’s award.
28. Michel Therrien gave his players a day off after the 4-0 loss in San Jose, then held more of a practice than a morning skate in Anaheim. Tom Gilbert told Jeff Petry not to get down on himself when he made the inevitable early mistakes switching to the Canadiens’ system, because Montreal uses its defence on the neutral-zone forecheck a bit differently than most. They are asked to challenge more, so the forwards have to be prepared to cover. (Brian Flynn and Torrey Mitchell said it was much different than Buffalo.)
Around the League and Elsewhere
- NHL officials and the NHLPA met this week to discuss implementing player tracking technology (as seen in the All-Star game) by 2015-16. [Sportsnet]
- Hockey players have feelings too, or at least their families do, as Ryan Kesler tries to explain in his piece "The 30 Year Old Rookie". [The Player's Tribune]
- Nathan MacKinnon suffered a fractured foot (in addition to a broken heart) and will miss the rest of the Colorado Avalanche's regular season. [Denver Post]
- When teams do badly, two reasons are usually trotted out: bad coaching,or bad goaltending. The Minneosota Wild and the Winnipeg Jets are two examples of how the fate of the coach can lie in the success of the goaltender. [CBS Sports]
- The Toronto Maple Leafs are like a team from a sitcom.
Jokinen says he doesn't know why some free agents don't want to come to Toronto. Then he smiled and said: "maybe it's you guys (media).''— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) March 6, 2015