Tip Ins is a weekly update for all the news that happened in the NHL.
- Behind The Scenes: Shanabans. Ever wondered how Brendan Shanahan suspends your team’s players? Well, here you go. In the article Shanahan explains the entire process of what goes into suspending players. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
- Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby is highly regarded as the best player in the world. So in most cases, where there’s a best player argument, there’s a rival. Who would be considered Crosby’s biggest rival for the best player position. Alex Ovechkin used to be the comparable but that rivalry died off long, long ago. So who takes his spot? Claude Giroux? Steven Stamkos? Teammate Evgeni Malkin? (Puck Daddy)
- As you may have heard, Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis attended Sunday’s Capitals/Penguins game in D.C. last Sunday. Just him being there brought on the “Roberto Luongo-to-Washington” rumors. But hold off on your trade ideas because Capitals general manager George McPhee says,”I could never take [Luongo’s] contract.” (The Globe And Mail)
- The Philadelphia Flyers are pretty banged up with major injures at both the forward and defensive position. Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren has always been known for being aggressive in a time of need. Could he be pursuing Calgary’s Jarome Iginla? (CSN Philly)
- The Washington Capitals have gotten off to a slow start with a record of 2-7-1 and are currently in the basement of the NHL. The only way to fix their problems is with a sacrifice. Not in terms of blocking shots, but in the ritual sense. Caps forward Jay Beagle thinks a cow sacrifice might suffice. (CSN Washington)
- Former Washington Capital Alexander Semin has been called a lot of things during his NHL career, most notably, “enigma”. Last summer he signed with the division rival Carolina Hurricanes. They couldn’t be more happy with him. The change of scenery has treated him well. (Canes Country)
- No Las Vegas NHL Awards this year. Its become a casualty of the lockout. The NHL is still uncertain of when and where this year’s Awards will take place. (ESPN)