On Monday, Sportsideo Co-Founder Steve Vesce posted a great piece highlighting the sites first 3 months and the month of March in particular.
In the spirit of retrospection, I decided to take a look back at a some of the 25 blogs posted on the “Rink Round Up” from January-March and provide a few updates on what has happened with regards to the storylines since these pieces were published.
1/25/12- Red Bull Crashed Ice Takes St. Paul
Update: BJ Bayers has fully recovered from all bumps and bruises sustained at the hands of the challenging Crashed Ice Course, but the video of his epic spill remains awesome.
2/2/12- "In" At All Costs
Update: I have resisted the urge to suit up and return to the crease in the months since this post. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for Erie Otters Forward Connor Crisp who was unable to avoid a similar fate as I once did in a recent OHL game…
2/8/12- College Hockey's Next 200 Point Scorer
Update: UMD’s Jack Connolly fell 3 points short of joining an elite and rare club of 200 point scorers in college hockey, but a Hobey Baker Award Friday night could help ease some of that pain.
2/17/12- A Tale Of Two Conferences
Update: It has been about six weeks since we looked at the NHL standings and with just a couple of games to go, some significant changes have been made in that time. Out West the once Conference leading Wings have slipped a bit in large part due to some key injuries while the St. Louis Blues have shown they are a legitimate threat. The most compelling remaining race looks to be between the Sharks and Kings (and to a lesser extent the Stars) to determine who wins the Pacific and takes 3rd place and who gets 7th or 8th. The East has remained largely the same with the exception of the 8th spot which the Leafs have given up since mid February with a historic collapse. The Sabres and Caps are currently battling it out for the chance to take on the Conference champion Rangers in Round 1.
2/28/12- Preds And Canucks Active At Deadline
Update: The trade deadline was a relatively quiet one, and for most clubs the moves they made or did not make will ultimately be judged by playoff success. For now, it appears as though Dean Lombardi’s pre-deadline move to acquire Jeff Carter and perhaps more importantly not unload other key pieces will be enough to get the Kings in to the playoffs. The Predators were among the league’s biggest movers in the weeks leading up to and on deadline day, but have made little movement in either direction in the standings since. While their contributions have not necessarily shown on the stat sheet, the Canucks have enjoyed some of their best hockey since acquiring Sami Pahlsson and Zach Kassian in late February as they look to make another run at the Cup finals.
3/13/12- Who Are These Guys?
Update: The St. Louis Blues have locked up the 2 seed out West. They have struggled a bit of late with a 3-3-4 record in their last 10 since this post, but their League best 30-5-5 home record will make them a very difficult opponent for whoever secures the 7th spot this week.
3/14/12- The Game's Greatest Goal Scorer
Update- After praising Steven Stamkos’ abilities but questioning if we had seen the best of the young sniper, he looked like he would make a prophet out of me yet when he was held scoreless in his next 4 games…..He has since proceeded to post 8 goals in his last 7 games and is now just two shy of 60 for the season. Stay tuned.
3/16/12- Phone A Friend
Update: Little change in the status on this one. South Carolina Stingrays Captain Matt Scherer still has yet to pay out any portion of his winnings to his best “Phone A” friend. Perhaps he is just waiting for a Kelly Cup Championship bonus check to come in this Spring? In the meantime, I won’t hold my breath.
3/26/12- The Record Setting AHL Winning Streak
Update: The Norfolk Admirals just kept rolling, closing their regular season by extending their record win streak to 23 games. The Binghamton Senators have the less then desirable task of playing the red hot Lightning farm club in Round 1 of the AHL playoffs beginning this weekend.
So there you have it, 25 blogs in. Hopefully you found some of them entertaining and all somehow informative. Thanks for checking out the Rink Round Up and be sure to check back for more anecdotes, insights, and all of the upcoming playoff action!