Talkin’ Pucks-Will Maetzold (March 8)

MARCH 8-Full Show

This week’s guest: WIll Maetzold

SEGMENT 1-Show Open

The Blues are for real; It’s good to see Halak emerge as this team’s legitimate goaltender; Halak & Elliot have been driving force behind this PK streak; Detroit is slumping which is always good; Folks who make NHL schedule are morons; Who’s the team MVP (other than Halak & Elliot)?

SEGMENT 2-Will Maetzold

Will Maetzold, video producer for the Columbus Blue Jackets joins the show to talk chances of Rick Nash being a Jacket next season (he thinks they’re real good) and CBJ’s horrific season

SEGMENT 3-Eastern Conference

Let’s take a stroll around the NHL; There’s a good chance Washington misses the playoffs; Ovi is getting fat; Hopefully Crosby can stay healthy; Pittsburgh organization has a completely different (and better) culture to it than Washington’s; NHL should learn from the PGA and Tiger Woods;

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Another 2 Points for the Note; A 3-1 Win over Anaheim and FIRST IN THE LEAGUE

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – I’ve run out of good things to say about this team. They just don’t play bad games anymore.

After Tuesday’s 5-1, emotional beat-down of the rival Chicago Blackhawks, Blues fans were concerned about a letdown tonight against the 12th place Anaheim Ducks. But not only was there no letdown, the Blues played one of their best 3rd periods of the year and picked up another 2 points. In the process, coupled with The New York Rangers’ loss to Ottawa (with Ben Bishop picking up the win) the Blues moved into sole possession of first place in the NHL.

Today’s date is March 8th. There is less than a month remaining in the regular season. And the Blues are the best team in the NHL. Let that soak in for a minute.

Tonight, it was about surviving the first 2 periods against a desperate Ducks team. Anaheim took a 1-0 lead on a Corey Perry snapshot over the blocker of Jaroslav Halak early in the 2nd period.

Anaheim was out-skating the Blues and beating them to loose pucks. But it was the Blues’ (suddenly red-hot) power play that bailed them out. David Perron let a shot fly from the left wing, David Backes got a stick on it, and it snuck through the legs of Jonas Hiller. The Blues tied the game at 11:38 of the 2nd.

It was still tied heading into the 3rd. Early in the 3rd, the speedy Andy McDonald sped into the offensive zone, had a give-and-go with Ian Cole, and then fired a pass right onto Patrick Berglund’s stick, which poked the puck through Hiller’s 5-hole for a lead.

The Blues put the game away with another power-play goal 2:01 later, when Kevin Shattenkirk took the face-off, got the puck through traffic, and into the back of the net.

The Blues moved to–brace yourselves–35-0-0 when they score at least 3 goals. The penalty kill has killed off 35 consecutive penalties. And in their last 24 home games, the Blues are 20-1-3. Those stats tell the story.

The Blues are in first place in the entire league at 43-18-7. The next two are a home and home against the last place Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday and Sunday.

Talkin’ Pucks-Trade Deadline Special (February 27)

February 27-FULL SHOW

This week’s guest: Kevin Lorenz

SEGMENT 1-Kevin Lorenz

InsideSTL Blues’ writer Kevin Lorenz joins the program to talk about deadline deals; Ben Bishop is being sent to Ottawa’s AHL affiliate, that’s surprising; Blues’ ownership situation is a lot worse than people think; CBJ simply wanted too much for Nash; Nashville didn’t make any sense; Seems like Rangers did all they could to land Nash; Preds are good, but not good enough to knock off Detroit; What’s going on in Minnesota?; Rank your three deadline winners

Kevin was kind enough to give Talkin’ Pucks/HSB a plug Tuesday night during his appearance on The Joe Roderick Show on Team 1380. You can listen to that clip here!

SEGMENT 2Blues Talk

Happy birthday Trevor!; Blues did exactly what everyone thought they would…nothing; Ben Bishop is going to the AHL; I guess it doesn’t matter to us anymore; Is the ownership situation that bad?; All NHL teams lower revenue numbers because of pending labor negotiations;

SEGMENT 3-NHL Talk

Trevor and Brian break down the major moves from Monday’s trade deadline

Talkin’ Pucks-Trade Deadline Special (February 27)

February 27-FULL SHOW

This week’s guest: Kevin Lorenz

SEGMENT 1-Kevin Lorenz

InsideSTL Blues’ writer Kevin Lorenz joins the program to talk about deadline deals; Ben Bishop is being sent to Ottawa’s AHL affiliate, that’s surprising; Blues’ ownership situation is a lot worse than people think; CBJ simply wanted too much for Nash; Nashville didn’t make any sense; Seems like Rangers did all they could to land Nash; Preds are good, but not good enough to knock off Detroit; What’s going on in Minnesota?; Rank your three deadline winners

Kevin was kind enough to give Talkin’ Pucks/HSB a plug Tuesday night during his appearance on The Joe Roderick Show on Team 1380. You can listen to that clip here!

SEGMENT 2Blues Talk

Happy birthday Trevor!; Blues did exactly what everyone thought they would…nothing; Ben Bishop is going to the AHL; I guess it doesn’t matter to us anymore; Is the ownership situation that bad?; All NHL teams lower revenue numbers because of pending labor negotiations;

SEGMENT 3-NHL Talk

Trevor and Brian break down the major moves from Monday’s trade deadline

Blues Trade Bishop to Ottawa for 2nd Round Pick

The Ben Bishop era in St. Louis is over almost before it began. Regarded as the best goalie not currently in the NHL, Bishop was rumored to have been shopped to several teams before landing in Ottawa. The native St. Louisan and graduate of Chaminade High School, Bishop went 4-5 in 13 games with the Blues over 2 years, with 2.83 goals against average and a .896 save percentage.

Some fans are upset with the return for Ottawa (a 2nd round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft) but unproven goaltenders don’t usually fetch much. Speculation was rampant that the Blues could have packaged Bishop with another player or a draft pick to bring back something more substantial, but GM Doug Armstrong decided against that strategy. The Blues’ negotiating position was made weaker by the fact that Bishop will be an unrestricted free agent after this season unless he plays in 28 NHL games by the end of the year. The Senators only have 19 games left this season but are currently 7th in the Eastern Conference standings.

This is a good trade for the Blues. They weren’t going to get anything major for him, and they were going to lose him after the year anyway. Once Brian Elliott was re-signed, the writing was on the wall for Bishop in St. Louis. 2nd round picks are pretty valuable. It’s another asset the Blues have, and keep this in mind: David Backes was a second rounder.

Beyond a Calculated Risk: Concussions in the NHL an Epidemic

The first assignment in my Feature Writing class was to cover a hard-news story. Being the sports nerd that I am, I decided to report on concussions in the NHL.

My report includes data on the number of concussions in the NHL since its internal study concluded in 2004. For those interested, I linked each article/website referenced in my feature and included audio from the interviews I conducted for this story.

The NHL is not the most transparent professional sports organization, especially when it comes to an issue like this. So, for the graph on the number of concussions since 2004, I had to pull data from three different independent sources, therefore, the numbers may be a bit higher from the ones released by the NHL (if and when they do so).

Since the final product was almost 1700 words, I decided to split it into two parts to make it a bit easier to read online.

As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the issue, as well as any thoughts or criticisms of my article. Enjoy!

Part 1: A Mind-Boggling Issue

Part 2: The Double-Edged Sword

Part 3: Interviews