Links from the Loop
I’m going to make this a recurring feature here, poking around the North American hockey media and looking for and sharing items of interest.
Today’s first stop on the must-read list is a wonderful piece on one of the most underrated Capitals, Brian Sutherby. John McGourty wrote it for nhl.com and it’s very well done. Nice to see Suts getting some love from folks up in New York.
In a piece that has been around for a few days but is well worth the read if you missed it, offwingopinion.com’s (and nbc.com’s) Eric McErlain offers a lucid take on the league’s ludicrous mirrored-visor ban.
Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal has an outsider’s look at what’s going on in Philly in the wake of Tuesday night’s massacre in Buffalo.
The Flyers aren’t the only one of the Caps’ former Patrick Division rivals to run aground recently. John Dellapina of the New York Daily News chronicles the Rangers’ recent woes.
Newsday’s John Jeansonne has proclaimed Evgeni Malkin to be “this year’s Sidney Crosby.” Guess that means Jeansonne has Malkin pegged as this year’s Calder Trophy runner-up.
The Delaware County Times’ Anthony SanFililppo has the grim details of the Flyers’ meltdown. According to team owner Ed Snider, “The whole damn team stinks.” Pass the tissues, please.
How far has Philly fallen? So far that a Tampa pizza joint (Westshore Pizza, founded in 1994 to bring “the Taste of Philly” to Florida) has guaranteed a Lightning win over the Flyers on Thursday night.
Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review writes about Pittsburgh’s new-found 1-2 punch with Evgeni Malkin in the lineup. Malkin and Sidney Crosby both scored their first NHL against Marty Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils. Both goals were the lone Pittsburgh tallies in Penguin losses.
Finally, Mats Sundin gets some love after netting his 500th NHL goal the other night.