This post is part of Tampa Bay Lightning day at PHT… On the surface, the whole thing just doesn’t seem fair. In this corner we have Ben Bishop — at 6-foot-7, the tallest netminder in NHL history — coming off a banner campaign in which he cemented himself as one of the game’s elite. Those covering Bolts almost unanimously agreed Bishop was the team’s MVP during the regular season, especially over a lethargic first three months in which Tampa Bay hovered around the playoff line. Bishop’s campaign concluded with the appropriate accolades: A second-place finish in Vezina voting, second team All-NHL, and a spot on Team USA for the World Cup of Hockey. At 29, Bishop is smack in the prime of his career
Corey Pronman lists the Rangers farm system at 28 in his yearly rankings. (ESPN Insider) Last year Pronman ranked the Rangers 29th. (ESPN Insider) He notes as a negative that the Rangers lack "high-end talent" after Pavel Buchnevich but notes how their prospect depth "isn't that bad" despite how few high picks the Rangers have had lately. (ESPN Insider) Pronman listed Buchnevich 7th on his list of the top 50 prospects this winter. He says that the Rangers situation is "bad, but it could be a lot worse." (ESPN Insider) In his top 100 prospects last summer, Pronman had Jimmy Vesey at #98 saying that his hockey sense and puck skills are both "very good" and he notes that Vesey should be NHL ready
One of the big recent trends in hockey over the past few years has been teams in need of coaches going outside the “old boys network” of the 40 or so guys who could reliably get coaching jobs in the NHL. It used to be that if your team fired a coach, the odds were that it would then hire a guy with plenty of NHL experience, but who had been fired from another team in the somewhat recent past. You typically only get an NHL job because you are one of the 30 best hockey coaches in the world at any given time.