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Andie Sawmill

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The only freelance journalist in Australia, writing about hockey. Probably.

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Then rolled Toronto!

How good is the parity across the NHL.

NHL Weekly Wednesdays: McDavid, Habs and a new Devils GM

Kassian was certainly played and you’re right that all that matters in the end is the W.

I just can’t believe Calgary’s double standards…

The way that they carried on last season after Dumba hit (cleanly, mind you) Backlund, then was made to ‘answer the bell’ by fighting Tkuchuk after the opening face off in their next meeting.

Dumba injured his peck, missed the entire rest of the season and hasn’t been the same since.

I see that Kassian’s first game back just happens to be against Calgary.

Should be a good opening to that one!

Edmonton hockey player has meltdown as a flurry of punches are thrown

The coaching change is Nashville has really invigorated their offence! 😂

Nashville player becomes the first goaltender to score in seven years

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I feel for Kassian. You can’t hit someone on the ground sure, but for Tkuchuk to deliver multiple blindside hits like that, then refuse to answer the bell when confronted, is garbage.

Edmonton hockey player has meltdown as a flurry of punches are thrown

Check out the endless memes on Twitter with the sound overlays during Perry’s long trek back to the dressing room. You’re welcome 😂

Dallas hockey player ejected for brutal elbow just three minutes into Winter Classic

Skate injuries huh… They’re the ones that’ll give you chills!

NY Islander hockey player leaves ice after wrist is slashed by skate

Well it gave me a chuckle… 😂

NHL Weekly Wednesdays: Hall and Yotes! Taylor Hall traded to the Coyotes

Ah, the old honeymoon period 😂

But we’ll just have to wait and see. I truly hope he does find his game and has some success in the desert. He’s a number 1 draft pick 10 years into his NHL career, who’s only ever made the playoffs once in his career. It’s almost sad.

NHL Weekly Wednesdays: Hall and Yotes! Taylor Hall traded to the Coyotes

I appreciate the kind words, mate. Just happy to be contributing to some hockey discussion in Aus!

As for Hall, his issue no matter where he plays, seems to be his work rate off the puck. Nobody questions his offensive ability when it’s on his stick, but he’s not the type of player that’s going to do the dirty work, backchecking for his team to get it there.

I can’t imagine how you’re feeling, because he frustrates me even without an allegiance. Did you see his first assist for the Yotes? Where he hunted down the puck, forechecking like the dirty desert dog that he now is, before putting it on a platter for OEL? Wow!

He can do the work if he’s motivated to. But history suggests this motivation might not last long…

NHL Weekly Wednesdays: Hall and Yotes! Taylor Hall traded to the Coyotes

Kudos to the trainers and medical staff from both teams who make no mistake, saved the kid’s life! 👍

GRAPHIC: Canadian junior hockey goalie suffers gruesome leg cut in high-speed collision

Whether you put your big guns on a clear top line or spread them out is an interesting one. I’ve always thought it was a weakness, but take a look at Colorado now killing it with their bohemouth top line of Landeskog, MacKinnon and Rantanen all together.

Talk about stacked!

NHL Weekly Wednesdays: Walker, the reckoning and throat punches

Thanks mate, appreciated. I’m just happy people are finding some value in my words and starting to talk about hockey. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

Yeah, the Western Canadian teams at least will all be there or thereabouts come the playoffs. The Edmonton Connor McDavids certainly seem to have gotten their act together too. I mean it was bound to happen after their 1000th top draft pick, right? 😂

NHL Weekly Wednesdays: Walker, the reckoning and throat punches

To be fair, the linesman didn’t do anything wrong by staying against the boards. Just a really unfortunate accident. All the best Eric!

Worrying scenes as Minnesota hockey player injured after collision with linesman

With the Blues losing their last 2, Walker will sit out against Buffalo today as Kyrou and Poganski get their chance. Brutal.

NHL Weekly Wednesdays: Walker, the reckoning and throat punches

Aussie Pens fans are alright by me. If you’re a hockey fan who invests the time to follow any team from afar, you have my respect!
It is interesting though how basketball fans idolise players above teams, yet it just doesn’t happen in hockey. Is that because hockey doesn’t have the showman element that basketball has or just because there’s no such thing as a super team in the NHL?
Comparing Crosby to Lebron also made me laugh a little too. Like chalk and cheese, aren’t they.
As for Nathan Walker, how good is it to see. After the work he’s put in and having to bounce between organisations and teams in the minors, I’m so happy for him to be rewarded with NHL success. Just remember that the Blues have the likes of Tarasenko and Steen to return to their top 6 and it’s going to take a monumental effort for the lad to stay up.
You’re certainly right that playing in the NHL is an unbelievable achievement that is too often overlooked by the mainstream media in Aus. But people like what they understand and right now, that’s not hockey. So it’s up to the little guy, like those of us on the Roar, to fly the Nathan Walker flag. Cheers for taking the time to chat hockey!
While the Flames and Ducks aren’t having the starts you would have wanted, the parity in this league means they just need to find some momentum and they’ll have snuck into the playoffs before you know it.
If that’s not enough for you, then just use the old “well the Blues won the Cup after being dead last at Christmas” saying that every struggling team seems to be now be using!

St Louis Blues vs Pittsburgh Penguins preview; featuring Aussie Nathan Walker

Hey NaBUru38,

Ratings deserved to be terrible for that joke of a tournament. How were they even allowed to call that tournament owned by the NHL a ‘world cup’?

The NHL must allow players to compete at the Olympics

This site’s main readership would be full of casual hockey fans who watch the Olympic tournament once every four years.

Would you even watch if it was a watered down tournament void of the worlds best players?

The NHL must allow players to compete at the Olympics

That Hall hit! Beautifully clean hockey hit, just unlucky for Larsen that he was totally blindsided. That sort of hit within the game isn’t being questioned. It’s hockey, that’s the game.

The only question I’m asking is why there has been such outrage around the concussion protocols proven to be beneficial for the player’s health and the league’s financial bottom line.

Ice hockey needs to grow up when it comes to dealing with concussion

It would be naive to think that staff wouldn’t be influenced, but that’s why you put proper verification and most of all penalties as far as docking points for if a team medical staff member doesn’t put the health of his player first.

Ice hockey needs to grow up when it comes to dealing with concussion

The issue is that ‘journalists’ from other sports feel that their opinion is needed on something they don’t understand and have a vested interest in seeing stay as a minority.

Do you see football journalists having opinion pieces on what they think about AFL racism or NRL domestic violence? No, of course not.

Stick to your own sport Wally, your opinion isn’t needed here.

A-League fans need to learn to cop criticism

Interesting point you bring up in regards to concussion in the UFC, Swampy. I’m sure someone with a legal background can tell us what the difference is between fight sports and hockey/football codes.

Ice hockey needs to grow up when it comes to dealing with concussion

Hey Northerner. If they players are still questioning and complaining then it could be argued that the league hasn’t done enough to educate their players and media on the medical science behind why they have the concussion protocols that they do. My point is that it shouldn’t even be questioned. Do the test and get on with it. It’s for the player’s safety and to protect the league from further getting sued. 2016 huh…

Totally agree with your second point. They don’t call a goal, an assist and a fight a Gordie Howe hattrick for nothing!

Ice hockey needs to grow up when it comes to dealing with concussion

I totally agree Johnno. What makes hockey unique is that physicality and human stamina is still such a huge part of the games. The NRL for example could take a leaf out of their book in this regard to stop the ‘cheap shots’ and unaccountability that is now plaguing that particular code.

But the point of the article was to question why there was such a backlash to the concussion protocols when the medical and legal precedents have been made so clear. Is it purely a lack of education of players and media from the NHL?

Ice hockey needs to grow up when it comes to dealing with concussion