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Double OT: Patience will pay off for rebuilding clubs

Double OT: Patience will pay off for rebuilding clubs

by Mike Brophy - February 13, 2008 1:29 PM EST

While some teams are gearing up for a stretch run of exciting hockey, others, like the Kings, Hawks, Blues and Oilers are keeping an eye on the future.
With the trade deadline fast approaching and the playoffs just around the corner, this is an exciting time of year. For many fans, the best hockey they’ll see lies ahead.


Double OT: Not every check necessitates a fight

Double OT: Not every check necessitates a fight

by Mike Brophy - February 6, 2008 11:10 AM EST

Habs VP-GM Bob Gainey says players who take the body, much like his defenseman Mike Komisarek, shouldn't have to answer the bell every time they take the body.
Bob Gainey is one of the quiet, but respected voices in the game of hockey. So when the vice-president and GM of the Montreal Canadiens – and a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame – says something is wrong with the game, others should sit up and take notice.


Double OT: Toronto, L.A. must face facts

Double OT: Toronto, L.A. must face facts

by Mike Brophy - January 30, 2008 12:52 PM EST

The time has come for the Leafs and Kings - and a few others, as well - to throw in the towel. Problem is, it's easier said than done.
So here’s the thing, if you are the Los Angeles Kings or the Toronto Maple Leafs, it is probably in your best interest – speaking big picture, that is – to lose the remainder of your games.


Double OT: Making playoffs in Atlanta worth steep price

Double OT: Making playoffs in Atlanta worth steep price

by Mike Brophy - January 22, 2008 3:32 PM EST

Even though they had to give up a lot of their future last year, Thrashers GM/coach Don Waddell says it's worth it to make the playoffs.
There are those who will tell you the Atlanta Thrashers paid too high a price at last year’s trade deadline to make the playoffs, only to be blasted out in four games.


Double OT: Joseph is Flames insurance

Double OT: Joseph is Flames insurance

by Mike Brophy - January 16, 2008 1:05 PM EST

Curtis Joseph won't be a No. 1 goalie on the Flames, but his presence gives them a better shot at winning the Stanley Cup.
Did the Calgary Flames guarantee themselves a spot in the Stanley Cup final with the signing of Curtis Joseph? Hardly. But bringing the veteran goaltender into the fold for a stretch drive run was a very astute signing for a team with a really good shot at challenging for the Western Conference title.


Double OT: NHL will never get rid of instigator rule

Double OT: NHL will never get rid of instigator rule

by Mike Brophy - December 19, 2007 1:35 PM EST

Getting rid of the instigator rule will only allow goons to take over and run the show.
You hear it nearly every week – get rid of the instigator rule. That’s right. Let the fighters rule the NHL, just like the gunslingers did in the wild, wild west.


Double OT: Lightning must make trade

Double OT: Lightning must make trade

by Mike Brophy - December 12, 2007 12:20 PM EST

Having so much cap space tied up in Lecavalier, Richards and St. Louis has handcuffed the Bolts and if they hope to improve they need to deal one of them.
Watching the Tampa Bay Lightning lose 6-1 in Toronto Monday was downright painful. The Lightning was mediocre in the first period and then, when Brad Richards went down with a leg injury in the second, Tampa Bay allowed four goals in just over four minutes and were done.


Double OT: Downie's career already at crossroads

Double OT: Downie's career already at crossroads

by Mike Brophy - December 5, 2007 3:12 PM EST

Fresh off a 20-game suspension, Steve Downie is starting his NHL career under the microscope.
All eyes are on Steve Downie. It would be stretching it a bit to suggest that if he acts up and gets into more trouble now that he has been recalled by the Philadelphia Flyers, it will have an irrefutable affect on the rest of his career.


Double OT: Tim Thomas, Boston's yoga bear

Double OT: Tim Thomas, Boston's yoga bear

by Mike Brophy - November 28, 2007 10:18 AM EST

A new dedication to fitness has the Bruins veteran netminder playing better than ever.
When Tim Thomas arrived in the NHL against all odds, after a minor-pro career that took him to the ECHL, AHL, Sweden and Finland, he looked a little more Gump than goalie, if you get my drift.


Double OT: Leafs should try and deal Sundin

Double OT: Leafs should try and deal Sundin

by Mike Brophy - November 21, 2007 1:40 PM EST

The Leafs don't seem to be Cup contenders, so will the captain be open to being dealt by this year's trade deadline?
To trade him or not to trade him – that is the question. You know the notion of moving veteran scoring star Mats Sundin is not a front-burner issue for the .


Double OT: If I were Brett Hull...

Double OT: If I were Brett Hull...

by Mike Brophy - November 14, 2007 12:21 PM EST

Some well-wishes and friendly advice for the Dallas Stars' new co-GM.
I wish Brett Hull the very best on his new position as co-, soon to be fulltime, GM of the Dallas Stars.     I mean that. I have long admired The Golden Brett’s passion for the game, even if I think he could dig a little deeper if he is serious about making an impact on the sport at the professional level.


Double OT: Lindros belongs in the Hall of Fame

Double OT: Lindros belongs in the Hall of Fame

by Mike Brophy - November 7, 2007 2:49 PM EST

Despite a career cut short by injuries and a penchant for conflict, the Big E was still one of the game's best ever.
With Eric Lindros on the verge of announcing his retirement, the question on the tip of everybody’s lips is: Is The Big E a Hall-of-Famer? In a word, yes.


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