Rat Trick Harmony

For the past few months the Monday column on this site has been called Monday Morning Reading, and most recently the Monday Rat Pack. Monday Morning Reading was essentially a link up to other FanSided NHL sites and their stories for the past week that you may have missed. That has since been moved to our NHL main page: Too Many Men On The Site

The Monday Rat Pack  was supposed to be about 10 to 15 thoughts on the past week of activity in the NHL, along with a few links from the blogosphere. While both may have worked well, we are always tweaking what it is that we do, and once again, another change is in store.

Going forward this post on Monday’s will be called “Rat Trick Harmony“. Until I come up with something better. Kind of like Eharmony, but without the dating. My idea is to post what I feel is can’t miss news from some of the other sites from the worldwide interweb. It’s all about the brotherhood of bloggers and giving attention to others as I’m sure they will someday give to me, as many have already. Some of my favourites will appear every week, and you’ll see some new links too. In any case, let’s get started.

As always, Down Goes Brown  has a certain way of enlightening us on news in and around the NHL.  Last week among other things, he gave his buyers guide of the remaining free agents who have yet to find a home for next season.

Intent to Blow describes what could have been a blockbuster deal involving Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Tomas Kaberle.  While you might be tired of this players drama, these guys at least make it bearable.

Stay Classy writer Kevin Burgundy actually had an interview with the NHLPA over the past few weeks.  He describes the process that he went through, and the end result.

The Vancouver Canucks have been ousted twice in a row by the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Semifinals.  They’ve had to revamp a few things and View From My Seats takes a look at the changes on defence, and what that brings for next year.

Mike Chen at From The Rink  takes a look at the “Mega” contracts that have been signed recently, asking which one would you actually accept.

What if Pierre McGuire ran the Montreal Canadiens?  The Active Stick takes a look at what the situation in Montreal would be like with the bald headed wonder in the hot seat.

TSN reported that the family of Bob Probert has decided to publish the memoir that Probie was working on.  I would imagine that this will be one of the most popular reads after it is published. 

Steve Ovadia from Puck Updatewants Gary Bettman to remember what the purpose of the NHL is.  Can’t say I blame him.

Jim Neveau from The Hockey Writersis pleased about the decision on the Ilya Kovalchuk contract.  Read why.

Sean Leahy from Puck Daddy did some Q & A with Ryan over at Red Light Hockey District.   Well done Ryan.  Well done.

That wraps it up for this week.  I hope you enjoyed the links that I brought your way this week.

One last quick note.  My business partner’s son is chasing the dream of becoming an NFL player.  Michael Greco will be wearing number  41 for the New York Giants tonight as they take on the New York Jets.  Michael plays safety, but could also see some action at tight end as well.   He was signed as a free agent this summer after graduating from the University of Central Florida.  He’s a great kid, and here’s hoping that the dream continues!

Thanks for reading.

Your comments are always welcomed and appreciated.

You can follow me on Twitter @TheRatTrick  and my Facebook Fan Page.

Cheers

Topics: Bob Probert, Gary Bettman, NHLPA, Pierre McGuire, Tomas Kaberle

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  • http://fansided.com Zach

    Welcome to the network Marty!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1423208792 Marty Hobe

    The fact is that Campbell is made of glass. He missed a good chunk of the season and we made the playoffs despite him not in the line-up. On top of that he was out much of the playoffs in 2010 too and we still made it to the Finals. That being said he will be missed but with Montador we get a defensive presence that is much needed. 

    • Nadroj925

      Campbell was not made out of glass, he had a streak of over 240 consecutive games played ended by a broken collarbone suffered as a result of a cheap shot.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1423208792 Marty Hobe

    You make Campbell sound like he’s a Norris Trophy candidate every time he steps on the ice. Which isn’t much considering all his injuries. The truth is he is an 3rd winger when he’s on the ice. Montador can kill penalties and rough up the other teams forwards. Kane hits harder than Campbell. 
    In regards to using the term replacement, you’re right, they are black and white. But assuming there are no big defensive acquisitions, he will most likely take the spot of Campbell this season. Hope that clears it up. 
    And as for the jersey cheap-shot, I think I’ll hold off. In fact if your in love with Campbell so much, you’ll fit right in with the Panthers new marketing ploy. They stole the “See Red” slogan from the Bulls. I figured you hopped on that bandwagon when they started winning too.

  • Schligen29

    So you would rather have a player like Campbell who can not kill penalties and was consistently on the 2ND pp line making 7.1 million dollars as the hawks 5th best defender?? Go buy a panthers jersey! You can be a fan of bad hockey there!

  • Mark

    Campbell was fast and thats about it.