In Red Wings’ Land
Trevor Daley Will Prove Invaluable For Red Wings
I like Trevor Daley. From the stories we've seen about him, he's an awesome person and will likely make a big impact off the ice. However, I have serious doubts about how valuable he'll be on the ice. Points for defensemen are often a product of the forwards they get to play with and the amount of time they see on the powerplay. Daley will go from playing with Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel, and more to a weaker forward group. Daley's also a riverboat gambler in the same way that Brendan Smith was, except that he doesn't suppress shots as well as Smith. I don't want to write the ending before the story begins, but I think Daley's on-ice contributions will be far less than people imagine.
Around The League
Zibanejad, Rangers agree to terms on five-year contract
The New York Rangers locked up forward Mika Zibanejad on a similar contract to the one that the Wings handed to Tomas Tatar. Zibanejad has been a borderline first-line player and has improved every year. With Derek Stepan out of the picture, Zibanejad has a chance to establish himself as a real force in the Big Apple. I like this deal a lot for the Rangers.
111 N.F.L. Brains. All But One Had C.T.E. - The New York Times
Another bonus article and one that's directly about hockey but relates. A neuropathologist discovered evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in 110 of 111 (99.1%) of brains donated by former NFL players. While the true incidence is inflated due to selection bias of the brains studied, the results are nonetheless terrifying. The NHL has fiddled around with their concussion policy but basically have nothing of substance in place. Gary Bettman - if you want proof that CTE is more prevalent in contact sports, here it is. The NHL needs to get their act together when it comes to managing concussions and head trauma.