When a defenseman waits behind his goal to complete changes, why does the other team let them make that change and reorganize instead of forechecking when they’re disorganized?
– Joss (@jossbee81) May 27, 2023
What’s up gang. Here’s this week’s article. Thanks again to all of you.
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Three on-ice rule innovations will be in place starting with the upcoming season.
– Champions Hockey League (@championshockey) May 25, 2023
The second rule isn’t something that happens regularly, but when a referee has his arm in the air, you take off your goalie and count a goal, why not keep the penalty and go on the power play?
Believe me, I’ll be watching this closely next season and asking a lot of questions.
It’s also a question of mentality that the systems of play against a control breakout are a little more passive and let the defender go out with the puck and close off as many options as possible or follow player X or Y.
If you look at Vermont in the NCAA, for example, on the other hand, they don’t want their players to stop behind the net to settle in and make a “control breakout”. But there’s a philosophy of getting the puck to 200 feet from the net as quickly as possible (play fast).
Teams also analyze other teams. So, if a team is putting a lot of pressure on the net. They’ll adjust and do everything they can to avoid getting caught. Also, don’t think that this happens 100 times a game as a normal zone exit.
For my part, there have been years when I’ve said to myself, we’re better off not having a controlled zone exit, because we don’t control much in the end, and other years, the zone exit has given us a few goals over the course of the season.
Do you think it’s better to build from the back forward? Goalie#1 + Defenders#2 + Center#3 etc.
– Yann Laplante (@yann_laplante) May 27, 2023
There’s no better saying in field hockey than, name me a good goalie and I’ll name you a good coach.
On the other hand, I’d put a little asterisk in this sentence: name me a goalie on fire in the playoffs and I’ll name you a good team in the playoffs.
In the sense that sometimes, goalies who come out of nowhere, or aren’t number 1s with good stats or whatever, make it to the playoffs, make the key saves, have a say night after night and make it to the finals (Dallas a few years ago, for example).
So, as far as I’m concerned, goalie, forward, defenseman. But in the end, you owe it to yourself to take the best player you can, especially if we’re talking about a top 6 forward, top 4 back.
Instead of a contract buyout impacting the payroll, how do you see the idea of punishing the team that buys out a contract by taking away a draft pick instead? That way, the impact of a buyout wouldn’t last as long and it would encourage trades.
– Marc-André Dion (@marc_le_pro) May 28, 2023
I don’t hate the idea, sincerely. It all depends on the goal. In the sense that for me, if a team wants to buy out a contract, it’s because it didn’t do its homework by giving players a big contract.
Why not make it so that since Montreal signed him at too high a price, they have a penalty on their mass or have to pay him back too? We’re just talking here, of course.
For a pick, I find it difficult, especially if there’s new management in place that has nothing to do with the moves before. Depriving them of a good pick is pretty cruel, but also, at the league level, it complicates everything with the draft, marketing and so on.
But if a team wants to buy him out, there won’t be 20 dancers either, as most teams are very close to the cap. It would be similar to what he’s already doing. Instead, we’d have to remove players who haven’t been in the league for several years, but who still count on certain payrolls.
What if I told you that the picture regarding Matvei Michkov is immensely less alarming than the 736282 rumors?
One of his SKA instructors agreed to talk to me.
His words are both reassuring… and very exciting.https://t.co/vbK880QA1v
– Anthony Martineau (@Antho_Martineau) May 29, 2023
I told you a while ago about Michkov and how he’s a born competitor. I’m glad that people, after the smear campaign, are starting to ask the right people.
I’ve been lucky enough to know Daniel Bochner for several years. I was in Calgary with him in 2016 from memory for Hockey Canada. We’ve kept in touch ever since, and of course our paths have crossed in the KHL.
I’m lucky enough to know a lot of the players in Sochi, as well as the field hockey staff who were there that season. They all said the same thing, and I say the same thing to everyone who came to ask me the question: Michkov is a born competitor and he wants to win.
Not to mention that he pushes the other players to be better and challenges them regularly. There isn’t a player in the room who doesn’t like him or who will say something bad about him. It’s the same everywhere he’s been.
I called some of my team-mates this week, because I’m keeping up to date with the contacts I’ve made in Russia, and when I talk about him, it’s always the same story.
I can’t go into details, but with a Google search and a good translator, you’ll be able to understand what really happened and you’ll understand better.
And in the end, for my part, it shows character and not a bad attitude, far from it. Now, will it be available at number five? I can’t wait to see, and especially if the decision to take him or not comes back to haunt the Habs. Stay tuned.
Are you interested in a head coaching position in the CHL?
Would you prefer a calm, disciplined player with average perfo or a player who’s hard to control but who clashes when it’s time?
Evander Kane or Tatar?
– ToeBlake151 (@toeblake_151) June 2, 2023
For the first question. I’ve never dwelt on that, to be very honest. My aspirations are other, so I’d tell you no, I have no interest.
I don’t even know if I’m going to be a coach in a year’s time.
The second question, it takes a mixture of both, you have no choice. The same goes for a team: it takes a mix of different players to make the recipe work. You can have calm, disciplined players, but having people with no character isn’t necessarily better either.
Conversely, having too many problem players doesn’t help a team either. A lot of coaches don’t like to try to work with a difficult player, but one who’s good, so they often get pushed around?
I’m not saying you should take them all, but sometimes you have to find out why they are the way they are and try to work with them.
Sometimes, he just needs some coaching. Personally, I take Kane for what he can bring when he’s not on the scoreboard. He’s a problem off the ice, but from what we can hear, on the ice and in the room, he’s appreciated.
Pat: Will Auston Mathews sign an extension in Toronto? If not, where is he going to sign and is he worth it or is he a bad apple?
– Mitch Giguere (@Mitch_Giguere) June 3, 2023
The news came out this week. Matthews isn’t aiming for a long-term contract so he can sign a new one when he’s 30, at the top of his game.
Is this a good thing for Toronto? It’s hard to say, but we’ll soon find out with the new general manager’s moves. No one yet knows what direction the Maple Leafs will take and what they’ll have on the ice at the next training camp.
When he signs his new contract at the age of 30, the advantage he’ll have at that point is that several teams will be interested, but more importantly, will be able to sign him, given the increase in the payroll that’s now in place.
I’m not ready to say it, but I don’t think he’s fully appreciated in Toronto, and he’s getting tired of it. We still don’t hear anything about him though. I don’t think he’s a nuisance either.
I still wonder about him, but for the time being,I’lltake him on my team with my eyes closed.
Redgie: There will soon be a post-Bettman era, since he’s getting on in years, like the rest of us… Mitch, I’d like to know what big changes you’d like to see in his succession, either on specific issues, or on a philosophical level?
– Mitch Giguere (@Mitch_Giguere) June 3, 2023
Player promotion and the level of marketing. I sincerely believe that field hockey is the sport with the least marketing. It’s not normal that McDavid isn’t talked about more than that. The guy is literally God on the ice and apart from the BioSteel ads, we don’t see him.
It’s a real shame not only for him, but for the NHL.
Otherwise, markets that don’t work, you have no choice but to move them. I’m not saying you need a team in Quebec City, but you have to move teams from one place to another. Especially now that more and more players are coming out publicly to talk about it. It’s a shame.
I don’t have a solution, but it’s unthinkable to me that in 2023 and with today’s technology, you can’t make the right decision in video replay or that so many flagrant penalties aren’t called.
You have no choice but to be too severe, to send a clear message, but to stick to it. A $5,000 fine… would you please laugh in my face, but more discreetly?