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Today, join Andrew Berkshire and Conor McKenna along with James David and Will Martinez as they discuss the latest NHL headlines, including Toronto's off-season moves, the Habs "no-captaincy" decision and the new regulations concerning diving.

Remember to use the hashtag #IceLevel to join in the conversation on Twitter!

This episode brought to you by HabsEyesOnThePrize.com.

Ice Level – September 18th, 2014

Today, join Andrew Berkshire and Conor McKenna along with James David and Will Martinez as they discuss the latest NHL headlines, including Toronto’s off-season moves, the Habs “no-captaincy” decision and the new regulations concerning diving.

Remember to use the hashtag #IceLevel to join in the conversation on Twitter!

This episode brought to you by HabsEyesOnThePrize.com.

Join Corey Collard and Nick Murdocco, along with Steven Hindle, Rob Elbaz and Coach K as they discuss the Montreal Canadiens decision to go with four alternate captains to start the 2014-2015 season, moving Alex Galchenyuk to centre in the pre-season and the new NHL rule changes.

MHT: Under The Sun – Sept. 16th, 2014

Join Corey Collard and Nick Murdocco, along with Steven Hindle, Rob Elbaz and Coach K as they discuss the Montreal Canadiens decision to go with four alternate captains to start the 2014-2015 season, moving Alex Galchenyuk to centre in the pre-season and the new NHL rule changes.

Today, join Andrew Berkshire and Conor McKenna along with James David and Will Martinez as they discuss the latest NHL headlines, including Toronto's off-season moves, the Habs "no-captaincy" decision and the new regulations concerning diving.

Remember to use the hashtag #IceLevel to join in the conversation on Twitter!

This episode brought to you by HabsEyesOnThePrize.com.

Ice Level – September 15th, 2014

Today, join Andrew Berkshire and Conor McKenna along with James David and Will Martinez as they discuss the latest NHL headlines, including Toronto’s off-season moves, the Habs “no-captaincy” decision and the new regulations concerning diving.

Remember to use the hashtag #IceLevel to join in the conversation on Twitter!

This episode brought to you by HabsEyesOnThePrize.com.

Today, join Andrew Berkshire and Conor McKenna along with James David as they discuss the latest NHL headlines, including possible expansion to Toronto and Max Pacioretty's contract. Enjoy!
Remember to use the hashtag #IceLevel to join in the conversation on Twitter!
This episode brought to you by HabsEyesOnThePrize.com.

Ice Level – September 11th, 2014

Today, join Andrew Berkshire and Conor McKenna along with James David as they discuss the latest NHL headlines, including possible expansion to Toronto and Max Pacioretty’s contract. Enjoy!
Remember to use the hashtag #IceLevel to join in the conversation on Twitter!
This episode brought to you by HabsEyesOnThePrize.com.

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When the Canadiens stood eye to eye with the Bruins through seven games of high intensity, top quality playoff hockey, they competed in a battle of equals. This was no […]

Canadiens shed their underdog image in battle with Bruins

When the Canadiens stood eye to eye with the Bruins through seven games of high intensity, top quality playoff hockey, they competed in a battle of equals. This was no […]

Some trade deadline afterthoughts while watching the Bruins-Panthers game Sunday night:

–Seeing Roberto Luongo as a Panther again really has me in a time warp and feeling a bit old. So much has happened in my own life since he last donned what was a different Panthers jersey in 2006. But all that maybe some day gets told in a tell-all book that nobody will care about. For now, let’s think about what’s happened for Luongo since then and what may happen in the remaining six seasons on his contract that will pay him $4.5 million per season.

Murph’s Musings: Luongo Good Fit For Panthers And Trade Deadline Afterthoughts

Some trade deadline afterthoughts while watching the Bruins-Panthers game Sunday night:

–Seeing Roberto Luongo as a Panther again really has me in a time warp and feeling a bit old. So much has happened in my own life since he last donned what was a different Panthers jersey in 2006. But all that maybe some day gets told in a tell-all book that nobody will care about. For now, let’s think about what’s happened for Luongo since then and what may happen in the remaining six seasons on his contract that will pay him $4.5 million per season.

The NHL trade deadline has come and gone. The true winners and losers will be determined over the course of the remainder of the regular season, the Stanley Cup playoffs and of course the future with the draft picks and prospects that were moved. But until then, here’s one hockey scribe’s immediate but hopefully calculated reaction to arguably the two biggest of the 20 trades involving 38 players made Tuesday prior to the 3 PM ET deadline.

Murph’s Musings: St. Louis Looks Selfish; Bergevin Steals The Show And Snow Somehow Still Has A Job

The NHL trade deadline has come and gone. The true winners and losers will be determined over the course of the remainder of the regular season, the Stanley Cup playoffs and of course the future with the draft picks and prospects that were moved. But until then, here’s one hockey scribe’s immediate but hopefully calculated reaction to arguably the two biggest of the 20 trades involving 38 players made Tuesday prior to the 3 PM ET deadline.

In the words of one-hit wonders Timex Social Club: “Look At All These Rumors!” With the NHL trade deadline at 3 PM ET Wednesday, the rumors ramped up on Tuesday but thankfully the […]

Murph’s Musings: NHL Trade Deadline – After Saving Up, Ducks Going For it; Goalie Shuffling In Edmonton

In the words of one-hit wonders Timex Social Club: “Look At All These Rumors!” With the NHL trade deadline at 3 PM ET Wednesday, the rumors ramped up on Tuesday but thankfully the […]

Just hours after Marty St. Louis and Canada beat the United States to advance to the gold medal game last Friday, former NFLer Boomer Esiason who co-hosts the ‘Boomer and Cart Show’ on CBS New York tweeted this:

“Marty, Marty , Marty in a good way? Hard to believe.”

Then just over 24 hours later Esiason tweeted this:

“Its coming and it will be huge. Surprising, shocking, inevitable, and all about business. $$$ #NHL#tradedeadline”

On Monday, Esiason explained whom he was referring to when he said “Marty” making sure his New York and New Jersey listeners didn’t think he meant Devils netminder Martin Brodeur who is also the subject of trade rumors.

Murph’s Musings: Martin St. Louis for Ryan Callahan Trade Unlikely At This Point

Just hours after Marty St. Louis and Canada beat the United States to advance to the gold medal game last Friday, former NFLer Boomer Esiason who co-hosts the ‘Boomer and Cart Show’ on CBS New York tweeted this:

“Marty, Marty , Marty in a good way? Hard to believe.”

Then just over 24 hours later Esiason tweeted this:

“Its coming and it will be huge. Surprising, shocking, inevitable, and all about business. $$$ #NHL#tradedeadline”

On Monday, Esiason explained whom he was referring to when he said “Marty” making sure his New York and New Jersey listeners didn’t think he meant Devils netminder Martin Brodeur who is also the subject of trade rumors.

As if we all needed another reminder that hockey is — and until another country can produce as many quality and winning players – Canada’s sport. What Canada did in their semifinals and gold medal wins at the 2014 Men’s Olympic hockey tournament can only be described as the type of dominance that we haven’t seen at the Olympics or international level since the Russian Red Army teams owned the international hockey scene. That’s why it’s no surprise to have just read these stats from the NHL public relations department’s always-resourceful “Morning Skate” email:

“With the win, Canada became the first country to earn back-to-back gold medals since the Soviet Union in 1984 and 1988.”

Murph’s Musings: Canada is Hockey

As if we all needed another reminder that hockey is — and until another country can produce as many quality and winning players – Canada’s sport. What Canada did in their semifinals and gold medal wins at the 2014 Men’s Olympic hockey tournament can only be described as the type of dominance that we haven’t seen at the Olympics or international level since the Russian Red Army teams owned the international hockey scene. That’s why it’s no surprise to have just read these stats from the NHL public relations department’s always-resourceful “Morning Skate” email:

“With the win, Canada became the first country to earn back-to-back gold medals since the Soviet Union in 1984 and 1988.”

The seedings are set for the qualification and medal rounds of the Men’s Olympic hockey tournament and Sweden, United States, Canada and Finland all earned byes and automatic spots in the quarterfinals.

Murph’s Musings: Olympic Hockey Picks For Qualification And Quarterfinals Rounds

The seedings are set for the qualification and medal rounds of the Men’s Olympic hockey tournament and Sweden, United States, Canada and Finland all earned byes and automatic spots in the quarterfinals.

Came away with some interesting tidbits on my weekly show “Murphy’s Hockey Law” this Saturday. NHL Vice President of Player Safety & Hockey Operations Damian Echevarrieta joined me to give a behind the scenes look on how suspensions and fines are determined. He also gave some interesting insight into what he agreed was one of the toughest decisions he and NHL Vice President of Hockey and Business Development and Director of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan have had to make and that is the 15-game suspension handed down to Shawn Thornton in December. As Echevarrieta pointed out, suspending a guy they want other players to emulate was very difficult.

Murph’s Musings: NHL Safety Exec: Shawn Thornton “Poster Boy” of Tough Hockey

Came away with some interesting tidbits on my weekly show “Murphy’s Hockey Law” this Saturday. NHL Vice President of Player Safety & Hockey Operations Damian Echevarrieta joined me to give a behind the scenes look on how suspensions and fines are determined. He also gave some interesting insight into what he agreed was one of the toughest decisions he and NHL Vice President of Hockey and Business Development and Director of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan have had to make and that is the 15-game suspension handed down to Shawn Thornton in December. As Echevarrieta pointed out, suspending a guy they want other players to emulate was very difficult.

The NHL roster freeze went into full effect Friday at 3 p.m. and there was not the flurry of trade activity many in the media were expecting. But while all was quiet on the trade front, the chatter around the league went into full Olympic mode. One of the big debates for years now has been whether or not NHLers should be participating in the Winter Olympics. But when the NHL and NHLPA ended the lockout of 2012-13 and agreed on a new CBA, they both agreed that the players would participate in the Sochi games and then reevaluate for South Korea in 2018. But as of late, it doesn’t appear that most owners and teams are upholding the spirit of that agreement.

On Thursday, Flyers owner Ed Snider didn’t hold back when asked what he thought of NHLers traveling to Sochi or any Olympic tournament mid-season.

Murph’s Musings: NHL Teams Should Respect Olympic Agreement With Players

The NHL roster freeze went into full effect Friday at 3 p.m. and there was not the flurry of trade activity many in the media were expecting. But while all was quiet on the trade front, the chatter around the league went into full Olympic mode. One of the big debates for years now has been whether or not NHLers should be participating in the Winter Olympics. But when the NHL and NHLPA ended the lockout of 2012-13 and agreed on a new CBA, they both agreed that the players would participate in the Sochi games and then reevaluate for South Korea in 2018. But as of late, it doesn’t appear that most owners and teams are upholding the spirit of that agreement.

On Thursday, Flyers owner Ed Snider didn’t hold back when asked what he thought of NHLers traveling to Sochi or any Olympic tournament mid-season.

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