As July becomes August, we're that much closer to October and a full season of hockey with Olympics as the cherry on top. Even though the NHL has the shortest offseason, it still seems interminably long. Here is another selection of news and views from across the hockey world.
We start with a part of our past. Jaromir Jagr. Thousands of words have been written about him, thousands of adjectives, good and bad, and yet sometimes I still feel that he's a mystery. What drives him still, at 42, to have yet another go with yet another team? Here is an interesting and very revealing view of Jags over the years through his own quotes and quotes of those close to him (Jaromir Jagr In Quotes).
Moving on to the Penguins present. The roster for 2013/14 is largely set, but we're over the cap. Meesh Shanmugam over at THW examines what moves need to be made to get under the cap as painlessly as possible. (Who Should the Penguins Trade for Cap Compliance?)
The Pens off-season was relatively turbulence-free. Ray Shero had a to-do list and plowed through it with his patented efficiency. This stands in stark contrast to, for example, Philadelphia, where fans and writers alike are pronouncing this off-season a success for the Flyers because Paul Holmgren didn't do anything profoundly stupid. Anyhow, here's the list of six most perplexing moves in this NHL off-season through the lens of Down Goes Brown (Six Most Perplexing Decisions of This NHL Off-Season).
Has Toronto's off-season really been that bad? A hilarious read rating each of their off-season moves on a bizarrometer scale of 1 to 10. All I will say is, they fired Brian Burke for this? (How Bad Has Toronto's Off-Season Been?)
From my perspective as a Penguins fan, I'm not too unhappy that neither Fleury nor Vokoun are headed to Sochi. Turns out, there are some statistical correlations to justify that feeling, and The Backhand Shelf lays them out (Why You Don't Want Your Team's Goalie to Play in the Olympics)
Speaking of the Olympics, I think it would be cool to do a series of articles with an Olympic focus. We could talk about the differences between playing on NHL-sized ice vs. bigger ice surface and what that would mean for certain teams and players. We could analyze each country's team in depth - it would be great to have people pick a country they know well, they hail from or have perhaps lived in, and share it with the rest of us. I can do Russia and Switzerland. Let's see if we can find people to contribute by covering other participating nations.