Mike Ross of NHL Network Radio Talks First Month of the Season
From surprising starts, to disappointing beginnings, to great coaching and more, the NHL has had it all so far this season.
To break it down for us is Mike Ross, the host of Hockey This Morning on NHL Network Radio. "Rossy" has been a staple at NHL Network Radio for many years and as you will see below, clearly loves talking puck.
Without further adieu, here is the e-mail interview I was lucky enough to conduct with Rossy:
PH: Since we're over one month into the season, what teams have surprised you so far this season? Why?
MR: I think I have been most impressed with the start of three teams: Anaheim, Colorado and Tampa Bay.
The Ducks have rolled with offense and impressive goaltending. There is no individual performance more impressive than that of goalie Frederik Andersen.
Colorado has simply been the polar opposite of the last few seasons and have clearly bought into the type of game Patrick Roy has asked of them.
Tampa seems to have rebounded well from the departure of Vinny Lecavalier and enjoyed the early results from Ben Bishop.
PH: What teams have disappointed you this season? Why?
MR: The Flyers, Panthers and Sabres have been the biggest disappointments for obvious reasons. Two of these times have fired their coaches (the Flyers and Panthers) and I don't know what else any of these teams can do.
Having been to Buffalo many times in the last several years, I feel for their fans who are still waiting for their first win at FNC.
PH: I know you're a big Ottawa Senators guy so why do you think the team is struggling so far this season?
MR: The team has faced some tough opponents early on and western travel against Anaheim, San Jose and the Kings is not going to be easy for anyone this season. Too many penalties have hurt them too.
PH: Being that NHL Network Radio is based out of Toronto, what are folks saying up their about the success of the Leafs? Is it too early to talk or are the fans north of the border already going crazy because of how well the team is playing?
MR: The talk is about how their record is better than their play has indicated, though no one can question their goaltending 1-2 punch of Reimer and Bernier as they have looked good so far.
PH: What do you think of the job that Patrick Roy has done behind the bench for the Avalanche. Do you think he will be able to help the club sustain this kind of play all year long or is this simply a team that is looking to impress their new coach and not ride the pine?
MR: I love it. I think as long as Roy remains communicative with his players as to his expectations and desires from a system's standpoint, he'll be fine, which should not be an issue.
You see, Roy played for one of the most stubborn, unaccommodating coaches ever in Mario Tremblay, so Roy knows what NOT to do.