If there’s any goalie who can speak about the differences between “The Dead Puck Era” and the post-lockout changes, it’s probably Martin Brodeur. His career essentially covers both spans, give or take.
While it’s perfectly reasonable to state that obstruction and low-scoring games are creeping back into the picture – just look at how crucial the first goal has been in this series and many other ones – it’s still a more wide-open game now. Brodeur told the press that this “new era” made a 3-0 deficit seem a little less dire.
“Well, I think hockey’s changed in the new era. I think the way the game is called by referees, they let guys skate … [it] really makes it anybody’s ballgame,” Brodeur said. “There’s always time, regardless if you’re down 1-0, 2-0. We’ve done it to ourselves. I think you have to play 60 minutes of hockey now. You can’t just coast like you used to.”
Sure, Brodeur’s quote probably would have made more sense from, say, 2006-08, but the mindset might still be there. Either way, the Devils are just two coast-free contests away from completing the kind of comeback that would transcend style and rule changes alike.
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
Here’s a detailed look back at Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin‘s first 10 years in the NHL. (NHL.com)
Speaking of Crosby, he’s signed a multiyear partnership with adidas. (Newswire)
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will play a key role in easing Connor McDavid into the NHL. (Edmonton Sun)
After two polar opposite seasons, the jury is still out on Patrick Roy as a head coach. (Denver Post)
Marc-Andre Fleury enjoys pulling off pranks on his teammates. “I play better when I’m looser, laughing and having fun,” he said. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
Art McDonald, a Canadian who won recently won a Nobel Prize, talked to the committee members about the Toronto Maple Leafs. (SB Nation)
The St. Louis Blues named Rob DiMaio their director of player personnel on Tuesday.
He’s been with the organization for some time. He joined as a pro scout in 2008 and was the pro scouting director starting in August 2012.
He was also a scout for the Dallas Stars before landing with the Blues (one would assume his biggest connection is GM Doug Armstrong, then).
In case his nose didn’t give it away, he also enjoyed a lengthy hockey career over 19 seasons.
No doubt about it, this is a pivotal season for the Blues after multiple campaigns in which strong regular seasons dissolved into playoff disappointments. Perhaps DiMaio can make a difference in a heightened role?