by Mike Brophy - September 10, 2008 10:52 AM EDT
At first glance, writing for the Internet didn't seem right, but as he prepares to move on Mike Brophy has grown to appreciate the online world.
I am converted. When I was first informed part of my duties at The Hockey News would start to include writing for the Internet, I must admit to being less than enthusiastic.
by Mike Brophy - September 3, 2008 11:25 AM EDT
This trio of clubs may not make the playoffs this season, but their young talent makes them intriguing.
If you have picked up a copy of our annual Yearbook, then you already know we have chosen the Detroit Red Wings to win the Stanley Cup. And you may also know the last time we were right in our pre-season prediction was in 2004 when the Tampa Bay Lightning won the Cup.
by Mike Brophy - August 6, 2008 10:20 AM EDT
Today's prospects are playing too much hockey and by playoff time, some are burning out. Junior hockey needs to realize these kids need time off.
I was about to stand and shout, “Three cheers for Steven Stamkos!” When I heard he would not be attending Canada’s national junior team development camp, I thought finally somebody had come to their senses.
by Mike Brophy - July 23, 2008 12:18 PM EDT
Building a team through the draft is a long and painful process, but if Kings GM Dean Lombardi stays the course, this team could be good for a long time.
When the 2008-09 season kicks off in a few days, or weeks, whatever, my eyes will be on the Los Angeles Kings. It’s not that I have high expectations for the Kings next season; I just like the direction the team is going.
by Mike Brophy - July 16, 2008 10:14 AM EDT
Toronto and L.A. with my uncle at MLG, the Big Bad Bruins and the great Fred Speck all played a part in fostering a lifelong love of hockey.
Do you remember your first NHL game? I certainly do. It was the first year of expansion, Los Angeles at Toronto, and I was 11 years old and went with my uncle, Bill Ainsworth.
by Mike Brophy - July 9, 2008 12:29 PM EDT
He'll be a steady presence on the Ottawa blueline, but perhaps more importantly he'll help get the troops in line in the dressing room.
In Daniel Alfredsson, Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza, the Ottawa Senators have three of the best forwards in the NHL. You could make the case they rival Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and Marian Hossa in terms of front-line talent.
by Mike Brophy - July 2, 2008 11:37 AM EDT
The salary cap isn't doing what it was supposed to do, so midway through next season expect a lot of disappointed fans and teams.
Apparently it is going to take more than a salary cap to stop the insanity. The cap, after all, was supposed to be a mechanism that prevented NHL GMs from shooting themselves in the foot.
by Mike Brophy - June 25, 2008 1:20 PM EDT
On the ice, things appear to be shaping up nicely, but the off-ice structure could be setting up Tampa Bay for failure.
I don’t keep it a secret that I am a fan of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Reporters aren’t supposed to have friends in hockey or favorite teams, you see, but we all do.
by Mike Brophy - June 18, 2008 11:42 AM EDT
Despite a few personality flaws, Tom Barrasso came out of nowhere and proved to be one of the best goalies of his time.
It is popular this time of year to point out the shortcomings and errors of the ways of the men in charge of inducting newcomers into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
by Mike Brophy - June 11, 2008 10:35 AM EDT
No matter if the Penguins players aren't fond of their coach, he is teaching them the finer points that will lead to greater success.
I’d love to have a dollar for every time I’ve heard the Pittsburgh Penguins, most of them that is, can’t stand coach Michel Therrien.
by Mike Brophy - May 21, 2008 12:08 PM EDT
They don't get the headlines, but the two forwards who go to areas most avoid will play a big part in who wins the Stanley Cup.
While everyone in the hockey world will be focused on the exploits of Crosby, Malkin, Datsyuk and Zetterberg, you’ll have to forgive me if I zero in on two other players who I think will be paramount to their teams’ success: Tomas Holmstrom of the Wings and Ryan Malone of the Penguins.
by Mike Brophy - May 14, 2008 3:53 PM EDT
With so much happening in the NHL, Mike Brophy touches on the Stanley Cup final, the Leafs GM search, Martin Erat's contract, the Marian Hossa trade and more.
So much going on in the hockey world these days, it’s hard to settle on one topic for a column. So why bother? Here are a few things catching my eye: • It has been said time and time again the style the Stanley Cup-winning team plays dictates the way other teams will build the following season – there is no doubt Anaheim’s rough and tumble approach influenced many teams in the Western Conference to get bigger and stronger this season.