January 08 2014 10:30AM
Sean Burke played 17 seasons in the NHL, including a five year stint with the Hartford Whalers as well as stops in New Jersey, Carolina, Vancouver, Philadelphia, Florida, Phoenix and Los Angeles. He had a solid career, but now he's widely considered one of the best goalie coaches in hockey.
Burke is currently the goalie coach and assistant to the general manager for the Phoenix Coyotes as well as one of four members of Hockey Canada's Program of Excellence.
I caught up with Burke and got his views on goaltending coaches for young players, technical advice and how he works with NHL goalies.
January 07 2014 01:02PM
Ken Hitchcock's St. Louis Blues come to town on a five-game winning streak, and they are the 2nd highest scoring team in the NHL. That's right, the Blues are no longer just a great defensive team; they are a scoring machine.
The Blues have scored 150 goals and they are averaging 3.56 goals/game. Only five teams in the NHL score 3 goals/game: Chicago is at 3.62, the Blues 3.56, Anaheim 3.27, Pittsburgh 3.16 and San Jose is at 3.14.
The Oilers are in the midst of playing those five teams in a span of six games. Ouch.
January 07 2014 10:30AM
Canada finally announced their 2014 roster for the Sochi Olympics, and without a doubt the biggest surprise is Claude Giroux not making the team.
January 06 2014 10:41PM
Listening to some Oilers fans and pundits it sounds like Taylor Hall is a complete failure as a player, and any mention of him for the Olympic team is laughable.
I don't expect Hall to make the team, because the hockey world is infatuated with "safe" players, and a turnover is criticized 10x more than a great play, but mainly because Canada has a lot of depth.
However, I believe it is time for some clarity regarding Hall's game.
January 04 2014 12:03AM
The Oilers come home with 38 games left in the season sitting in 29th place overall. No one should be surprised they lost two games in 27 hours at San Jose and Anaheim, but once again the combination of bad defensive zone coverage and Bryzgalov allowing a weak goal cost them.
Eventually you hope the players make more correct decisions that wrong ones, but right now it is clear they have a long way to go before they can compete with the good teams in the western conference, and specifically in the pacific division.