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Win or lose, is it time to put Martin Brodeur in the Conn Smythe race?


By now we know Jonathan Quick is the front-runner for the Conn Smythe Trophy. He’s been dominant all playoffs long and has the Kings one win away from a Stanley Cup. But what about Martin Brodeur?

Brodeur has been oozing confidence all playoffs long and showed his cool demeanor last night. His teammates sung his praises wildly even going so far as to say he’s the underdog going up against Quick. Is it time to think maybe Brodeur has a shot at winning his first Conn Smythe Trophy whether the Devils comeback to win or not? It’s a good argument.

Overall, Quick has the better numbers through the playoffs but Brodeur is lurking in the weeds. He’s got a 2.00 goals against average and a .922 save percentage and, as his teammates have made sure to note, he’s the reason why there’s a Game 6 tomorrow night.

If the Kings wrap things up on Monday, the award is almost definitely going to Quick. But if it goes seven games and say Brodeur stands on his head in Game 6 to make it happen? All bets are off. We’ve seen losing goaltenders take home the Conn Smythe before. Jean-Sebastien Giguere stole it from Brodeur in 2003 and Ron Hextall got in 1987 for helping take the scoring machine Edmonton Oilers to seven games in the finals.

What do you think? Will Brodeur steal it from Quick?

Cocaine in the NHL: A concern, but not a crisis?

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Does the NHL have a cocaine problem?

TSN caught up with deputy commissioner Bill Daly, who provided some fascinating insight:

“The number of [cocaine] positives are more than they were in previous years and they’re going up,” Daly said. “I wouldn’t say it’s a crisis in any sense. What I’d say is drugs like cocaine are cyclical and you’ve hit a cycle where it’s an ‘in’ drug again.”


Daly said that he’d be surprised  “if we’re talking more than 20 guys” and then touched on something that may be a problem: they don’t test it in a “comprehensive way.”

As Katie Strang’s essential ESPN article about the Los Angeles Kings’ tough season explored in June, there are some challenges for testing for a drug like cocaine. That said, there are also some limitations that may raise some eyebrows.

For one, it metabolizes quickly. Michael McCabe, a Philadelphia-based toxicology expert who works for Robson Forensic, told that, generally speaking, cocaine filters out of the system in two to four days, making it relatively easy to avoid a flag in standard urine tests.

The NHL-NHLPA’s joint drug-testing program is not specifically designed to target recreational drugs such as cocaine or marijuana. The Performance Enhancing Substances Program is put into place to do exactly that — screen for performance-enhancing drugs.

So, are “party drugs” like cocaine and molly an issue for the NHL?

At the moment, the answer almost seems to be: “the league hopes not.”

Daly goes into plenty of detail on the issue, so read the full TSN article for more.

Jason Demers tweets #FreeTorres, gets mocked

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Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.

We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.

It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”

Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)

Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.

So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”

… You get the idea.

The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.

The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.