All posts by Matthew Henriques

Understanding Crosby’s Slash

Thursday night, Pittsburgh Penguins’ superstar Sidney Crosby slashed Ottawa Senators’ defenceman Marc Methot.

Does Sidney Crosby deserve supplemental discipline for his slash?

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Looking to the Future with Babsocks, Laine/Matthews

This week, we have seen the Laine/Matthews debate continue. It’s full of hot takes. A number of people believe Laine deserves the Calder Trophy because he’s a prolific scorer, while others believe that Matthews deserves it because of his complete game.

The Laine/Matthews debate is just surface of what has been a fierce Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets rivalry. The teams simply do not like each other. Adding Laine and Matthews into the fold thanks to 2016 lottery balls is a YUGE add for what could make for a potential Stanley Cup Final between the two teams.

I had the (Babcock voice) OPPORTUNITY to interview the creators of Babsocks, Jake Mednick and Thomas McCole. They have some merch planned, but couldn’t reveal what’s coming. McCole and Mednick are life-long Leafs fans, and stand for a number of great initiatives as they continue their venture with Babsocks.

So who do you think should win the Calder trophy? Laine or Matthews? What’s coming next for Babsocks?

The Least of Your Worries

The Winnipeg Jets were awful against the Montreal Canadiens.

Yes.

Connor Hellebuyck was fighting the puck.

Yes.

The Winnipeg Jets need a better number one goalie than Connor Hellebuyck.

No.

At only 23 years-old, Connor Hellebuyck is learning what it takes to be a number one goalie. He isn’t perfect, but he’s showing to be a lot more capable than Ondrej Pavelec. Pavelec has only played one season where he’s had a save percentage higher than .914 in the NHL. Not particularly brilliant.

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Something Has to Give

If you haven’t watched last week’s video yet, check it out!

The Toronto Maple Leafs have had an interesting past couple of weeks. The team has gone 7-2-1 in their last ten games, but have given up leads in FOUR of their SIX recent games. The problem hasn’t been their lack of scoring. They’re averaging almost five goals per game. The problem hasn’t been their goaltending. Frederik Andersen has a .918 save percentage despite a forgettable 12-game start to the season! The problem has been the team taking the foot off the gas pedal after a period and a half.

Beneath their recent success has been a goaltending carousel. Jhonas Enroth was waived and sent to the Toronto Marlies. The Marlies had signed Karri Ramo to an Amateur Tryout, posting an unenticing 3.80 goals against average and an .880 save percentage in just three games. Antoine Bibeau posted a friendly .927 save percentage with a 1.99 goals against average in just two games with the Toronto Maple Leafs. And on January 10, the Leafs claimed goaltender Curtis McElhinney off of waivers from the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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Time for Change?

The Dallas Stars have not been the dominant team they were expected to be this season. The Calgary Flames however, have been RED HOT. In their last ten games, the Flames have been 7-2-1, while the Stars have struggled at 4-5-1 and sit 11th in the Western Conference.

In their most recent faceoff, the Stars showed that they need to clean up their defensive coverage. Johnny Gaudreau had two breakaway opportunities, only to score on the third try off a pretty 2-on-0 with Alex Chiasson.

http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/gaudreau-monahan-fuel-flames-win-stars/

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What Do You Mean?

Jacob Trouba signed a two-year, six million dollar contract with the Winnipeg Jets after a holdout that felt like an eternity. The 22 year-old right shot defenceman drafted ninth overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft ended the holdout with the Jets, for now. Trouba apparently asked for a trade out of Winnipeg last season because he wanted to play on the right side of defence within the top four. His trade request became public in September following the World Cup of Hockey, prompting a number of trade scenarios and questions of whether he likes the city of Winnipeg.

Trouba was expected to sign a contract similar to the contracts of Seth Jones, Justin Faulk, and Morgan Rielly. Instead, because of his holdout, he will still receive a pretty penny of three million dollars per season just the next two years. This is a tell-tale sign that he could be traded following the end of the bridge deal, or could receive a PK Subban-esque deal.

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Trade for Subban!

Do you miss PK Subban?

Maybe just a little, but Montreal Canadiens fans must be happy with newly-acquired defenceman Shea Weber. His shot continues to be scary, but it’s the return of the man behind him, the soul of the franchise, Carey Price.

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2016/17 NHL SEASON-EXPECTATIONS!

The 2016/17 NHL season is about to begin! Here are the four season preview that I’ve been working on in the past four days! Be sure to share the videos with friends!

Will the Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators push for playoff contention?

Is tanking over for the Oilers? Could the Flames clinch a playoff spot with NHL-calibre goaltending? Are the Vancouver Canucks looking to Nolan Patrick?

Could the Nashville Predators be the powerhouse of the Central Division? Will the Winnipeg Jets trade or sign Jacob Trouba?

Will the Washington Capitals win another President’s Trophy?

You didn’t Nail it

The Edmonton Oilers traded Nail Yakupov to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a third round pick and Zach Pochiro, who has played 44 games in the ECHL!

 

This reaches an absurdity level almost as close as the Taylor Hall trade. The Oilers never truly gave Yakupov a real opportunity. He often found himself on the third line, and after a year of speculation, he’s traded to a Western Conference competitor in the St. Louis Blues.

 

At only 23 years young, Yakupov is a special talent, and will probably excel with the Blues. Yakupov scored 31 points in the lockout shortened season, and hasn’t been able to find an offensive production near that level in a full season.

Expect to hear some comments from Yakupov that he was never truly believed in. And rightly so.

Imagine if Yakupov played a full season alongside McDavid in 2016-17. You could argue that Yakupov should be able to produce on his own, but it goes back to the Taylor Hall concept. The Oilers should have surrounded Yakupov with the right players in order for him to succeed, and now the new management has bailed on him.

The Oilers continue to make questionable decisions. They’re expected to sign defenceman Kris Russell to a one-year, $3.1M deal, after they already have a bottom pairing defenceman in Andrej Sekera locked up for five more years at a 5.5 million-dollar cap hit. So much for leaving room for Darnell Nurse and Brandon Davidson.

Look out for Yakupov to have a good season with the Blues.

Forgetting about Appealing to Children

The Edmonton Oilers unveiled their first mascot in team history on Monday morning. Hunter the Canadian Lynx was named after the team’s founder of 1972, Bill Hunter. Hunter will wear number 72 and has an authentic look. The mascot isn’t kid-friendly, so what will be the lifespan of the newest member of the Oilers?

Let’s begin with the wow factor.

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