by Mike Brophy - May 7, 2008 1:25 PM EDT
They don't get the spotlight shone on them too often, but the quartet of young studs is a big reason for Dallas's success.
Watching the Dallas Stars and San Jose Sharks go toe-to-toe through three complete overtime periods and into a fourth, it was hard to take your eyes off of star performers like Marty Turco, Brenden Morrow, Evgeni Nabokov and Jonathan Cheechoo.
by Mike Brophy - April 30, 2008 3:05 PM EDT
If San Jose could ever play up to their potential, they'd have an excellent chance to go deep rather than drown.
Right up until Mattias Norstrom scored at 4:37 of overtime, I had a sense the San Jose Sharks could overcome their horrible start in the second round of the playoffs and not only win the series against the Dallas Stars, but win the Stanley Cup, too.
by Mike Brophy - April 23, 2008 2:11 PM EDT
The newly-appointment main man in Vancouver will have a lot on his plate and lofty expectations as soon as he steps in the door.
Mike Gillis might turn out to be the greatest NHL GM since Sam Pollock. Still, it amazes me when a team hires a person at such an important position and does not go through an exhaustive search first.
by Mike Brophy - April 16, 2008 1:46 PM EDT
Senior writer Mike Brophy has a few thoughts on the first round of the playoffs, from Carey Price, to Ottawa's Big Three, to George Parros.
Does it get any better than this? Five playoff hockey games in one night! Because of my job as an analyst with Rogers Sportsnet, I have the good fortune of being able to watch all the games that are on TV in a nice lounge inside Rogers’ fancy new studios in downtown Toronto, even when two or three are being played at the same time.
by Mike Brophy - April 9, 2008 10:51 AM EDT
The Lightning would be better off swapping Steven Stamkos for a package of players and picks rather than adding more scoring up front.
“…and the winner of the Steven Stamkos lottery is (drum roll please)…the TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING!” Or are they? Without question, the Lightning earned the right to select first in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft; first by playing really, really poorly this season, and then by winning the draft lottery.
by Mike Brophy - April 2, 2008 12:16 PM EDT
For players whose skill won't take them to the NHL, a career in refereeing might be their ticket to the big leagues.
The NHL wants YOU! That is, if you are a graduating college or university hockey player and are interested in trying to climb the ladder to the big leagues – as an official.
by Mike Brophy - March 26, 2008 2:07 PM EDT
Cliff Fletcher was supposed to usher in a new era of rebuilding, but that hasn't transpired. So what should happen in Leaf Land this summer?
So where do the Toronto Maple Leafs go from here? Assuming Tuesday’s 6-2 home loss to the Bruins is the final nail in their coffin, perhaps now the Leafs can get down to business and begin doing what they should have done much sooner – start rebuilding for the future.
by Mike Brophy - March 19, 2008 11:45 AM EDT
When the Sharks were struggling, their goaltender kept them on the right track. And Evgeni Nabokov's top notch play hasn't slowed an inch.
The San Jose Sharks are hot at the right time of the year. Some will credit the re-emergence of Jonathan Cheechoo as a scoring force, the fine play of Patrick Marleau - who was a non-factor through the first half - and even the leadership Joe Thornton has displayed down the stretch as reasons why the Sharks are suddenly the hottest team in the NHL.
by Mike Brophy - March 12, 2008 11:33 AM EDT
No one gave the them a chance of making the playoffs this season, but thanks in part to the coaching of No. 99, the Coyotes have defied expectations.
The Great One is becoming a great coach. While many predicted doom and gloom for Wayne Gretzky when he stepped in behind the bench of the Phoenix Coyotes – based largely on the fact very few star players in any pro sport have gone on to be successful coaches – Gretzky has fooled ’em all.
by Mike Brophy - March 5, 2008 12:25 PM EST
We always hear about the stars of the league and their lofty point totals, but if you don't look closely, you may be missing out on some other impressive performances.
One of the great things about working at The Hockey News and covering the league, as opposed to just one team, is you tend to take a broader view of the league and the season.
by Mike Brophy - February 27, 2008 2:22 PM EST
The deals they made on Feb. 26 could push the Capitals into the playoffs for the first time in four seasons.
You would have to assume Washington GM George McPhee was trading for his life. So while the Pittsburgh Penguins made a huge splash in acquiring Marian Hossa to skate on a line with Sidney Crosby and the Dallas Stars enhanced their chances of winning the tough Western Conference by adding center Brad Richards, the Capitals made three moves to give them some hope of winning the “SouthLeast” Division and thereby making the playoffs for the first time in four seasons.
by Mike Brophy - February 20, 2008 12:13 PM EST
Recent struggles and injury problems have made the Wings a far cry from the dominant force they've been up to this point.
A few weeks ago the last team you’d worry about as the NHL approached its annual trade frenzy was the Detroit Red Wings. The Red Wings, like the late James Brown, have the well-earned reputation of being the hardest working team in showbiz and their efforts had them perched very comfortably on top of the overall standings.