With the Flyers defeating the Canadiens last night, they won their series and advanced to the next round. The Eastern Conference now has the next round of matchups all set:
- Philadelphia Flyers vs New York Islanders
- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Boston Bruins/
Those should both be pretty interesting series, especially because they’re both divisional matchups. The Flyers-Isles series should be quite physical, but also probably a bit defensive and boring otherwise. The goalies might be what decides it in the end. Don’t believe me? We know the Isles are boring and defensive, and the Flyers.... well....
5v5 shot rates for PHI - MTL. Flyers got the better goaltending, a little bit. pic.twitter.com/bZpf7jhyad— Micah Blake McCurdy (@IneffectiveMath) August 22, 2020
As for the Western Conference, Vancouver played the role of the Harlem Globetrotters against the defending Stanley Cup Champions...
Canucks are just ballin' out right now pic.twitter.com/ONXbIge5vw— Dimitri Filipovic (@DimFilipovic) August 22, 2020
The Canucks won the series 4-2, and now the Western matchups are set as such:
- Colorado Avalanche vs Dallas Stars
- Vegas Golden Knights vs Vancouver Canucks/
The Avalanche vs Stars should be a pretty fascinating series as far extreme offense vs extreme defense.
MIKE DINGLEBURY FALLOUT
Of course, the other big news in the hockey world was about Mike Milbury showing his ass for the third or fourth time since the NHL resumed games. Let’s run through the list:
- Made it seem like Muzzin was faking his injury.
- Called out Tuukka Rask for leaving the season to be with his wife, and eventually we learned his child may have had an emergency health scare.
- Compared the empty NHL arenas without fans to beer league hockey or women’s hockey games.
- Made that bizarre tweet about the Space Needle/CN Tower where I’d put money on him being drunk as hell/
Now this, which actually makes it FIVE incidents! If you’re not familiar with what happened, I assume that means you don’t use Twitter, so here’s a video of what he said. Today, we got some fallout.
First, in a genuinely surprising move, the NHL made a public statement condemning it. Now this might not seem like a lot, but keep in mind that they’re basically calling out their broadcast partner — NBC — for their employee. Their broadcast partner that might be bidding on a new contract with the NHL very soon.
A statement from the National Hockey League. pic.twitter.com/YCOTcoaK5l— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) August 21, 2020
Then NBC and Milbury himself responded not long after:
Then, news broke that Milbury was at least pulled from last night’s broadcast between the Flyers and Habs.
I had heard that Mike Milbury is not going to be part of the Flyers/Habs broadcast tonight, before this was sent out by the League. I think this seals it. https://t.co/cbOtxGBWLe— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) August 21, 2020
I think Alan (@loserpoints), the former head of Raw Charge, wrote one of the better looks at this situation: https://scraps.substack.com/p/get-mike-milbury-off-my-television
“Hey finally we can play some fuckin hockey with the boys without all these broads around, eh?” No, asshole. That’s a you problem. The rest of us want to be with our families. And for a lot of these players, the idea of having to choose between being with their families or fulfilling their lifelong dream must be a devastating choice. Milbury sounds like a caricature of a guy from the 1950s. It’s 2020! Get this guy off my television.
ONTO THE LINKS
Systems Analysis: Fixing the Toronto Maple Leafs Power Play | a great article by Kevin Papetti at MLHS
Kasperi Kapanen trade rumours: so hot right now...
It's Kasperi Kapanen bidding war SZN pic.twitter.com/4g3Ijage3C— J (@Account4hockey) August 21, 2020
AROUND THE HOCKEY WORLD
A top player agent called out the NHL, specifically their DoPS, for how they’re handling discipline (read: poorly).
I think we can all agree the NHL’s “Department of Player Safety” should be renamed. The last thing they are promoting is “Player Safety”. How about “Department of Acceptable Brain Trauma and Broken Jaws”? The new motto can be “Nothing to see here”.— Allan Walsh (@walsha) August 21, 2020
Apparently the Flames are already shopping Johnny Gaudreau, according to known mouthpiece for Flames ownership Eric Francis: https://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/flames-gaudreau-likely-trade-candidate-recent-playoff-stumble/
Stupid Columbus will have more stupid cap space to make their stupid team better.
Kekalainen admitted that Brandon Dubinsky’s wrist injury is a situation where he “most likely can’t play anymore.” #CBJ— Mark Scheig (@markscheig) August 21, 2020
Maybe they can afford Taylor Hall!
Taylor Hall said he will take a few days and talk to his agent (Darren Ferris) before formulating a UFA plan, "but saying that, I had a really good experience playing in Arizona and playing for the Coyotes."— Craig Morgan (@CraigSMorgan) August 21, 2020
Because the Coyotes might not be able to...
BREAKING: Sources say the #Coyotes have furloughed and laid off a significant number of employees today. Team has confirmed a number of layoffs. Exact details not yet known. Story coming soon @azcentral— Richard Morin (@ramorin_azc) August 21, 2020
So hear me out... what if the Leafs trade Hyman, Kapanen, Johnsson, Kerfoot, Dermott and Holl either to get Gaudreau or to get assets for him, then use the rest of the space to sign Hall!
Hall — Matthews — Marner
Gaudreau — Tavares — Nylander
Robertson — Engvall — Mikheyev
Barabanov — Brooks — Malgin
And while we’re at it, Dubas will give us all a pony.
If you could make Dubas take either player, who would it be?
|Beating Mike Milbury with his own shoe