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The Straight Edge: Stories of 2009 and looking ahead to 2010

The Straight Edge: Stories of 2009 and looking ahead to 2010

by Ryan Kennedy - December 25, 2009 12:45 PM EST

The past 358 days have had some enthralling stories - including the new Hawks-'Nucks rivalry, but there's plenty to look forward to in '10, too.
That was some year we had. The 2009 playoffs were amazing, capped off by a classic final between Pittsburgh and Detroit, while the draft landed the Islanders a new franchise hope in John Tavares.


The Straight Edge: Miller mental maturation paying big dividends

The Straight Edge: Miller mental maturation paying big dividends

by Ryan Kennedy - December 18, 2009 12:30 PM EST

A new level of focus has the Sabres goalkeeper the favorite to lead Team USA at the Olympics and his Sabres into the playoffs.
Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller is leading the league in almost every prominent statistical category and is a shoo-in right now to start in net for the young and exciting U.


The Straight Edge: Social networking's double-edged sword

The Straight Edge: Social networking's double-edged sword

by Ryan Kennedy - December 11, 2009 12:10 PM EST

Pages like MySpace and Facebook are seemingly a must for youngsters, but the posted content could come back to bite a fledgling prospect.
It’s amazing what a simple Internet search can uncover. For example, in researching prospects for The Hot List, I came across one particular player’s MySpace page that did not show him in the best of lights.


The Straight Edge: Pleading for patience in prospects

The Straight Edge: Pleading for patience in prospects

by Ryan Kennedy - December 4, 2009 12:57 PM EST

The Jiri Tlusty-Philippe Paradis deal was certainly a head-scratcher and makes one wonder why teams give up on some prospects so easily.
In acquiring left winger Jiri Tlusty from the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Carolina Hurricanes essentially threw in the towel on a player they drafted just more than five months ago – center Philippe Paradis, who went the other way in the trade.


The Straight Edge: Looking ahead to the world juniors, Pt. 2

The Straight Edge: Looking ahead to the world juniors, Pt. 2

by Ryan Kennedy - November 27, 2009 1:25 PM EST

We're more than a month away from the WJC, but the fervor is starting to build about the young sensations who will take to the ice in Saskatchewan.
Last week, I speculated about the rosters for Canada and the U.S., at the upcoming World Junior Championship being held in Regina and Saskatoon, Sask.


The Straight Edge: Looking ahead to the world juniors, Pt. 1

The Straight Edge: Looking ahead to the world juniors, Pt. 1

by Ryan Kennedy - November 20, 2009 1:35 PM EST

It's never too early to get excited about which players will be on display during the holiday festivities in Saskatoon and Regina.
We are just more than a month away from puck drop in Regina and Saskatoon for the 2010 World Junior Championship, so what better time to give a little primer on what once again promises to be an excellent display of elite hockey? Once again the tournament is on Canadian soil, so the Canucks will be extra-motivated to take home gold yet again.


The Straight Edge: Professional expectations shouldn't rule women's game

The Straight Edge: Professional expectations shouldn't rule women's game

by Ryan Kennedy - November 13, 2009 11:30 AM EST

There has become an underlying value placed on sports based on athletes' ability to go pro. And that philosophy is hurting women's hockey.
Women’s sports have been in the headlines several times in the past week and unfortunately the news couldn’t have been construed as positive in either case.


The Straight Edge: Contraction is the answer

The Straight Edge: Contraction is the answer

by Ryan Kennedy - November 6, 2009 12:13 PM EST

Instead of moving a failing franchise to a new market, why not just scrap it altogether to make the league better?
If the capitalist disasters that have dominated the world headlines in the past year have taught us anything, it’s that no business is above the bottom line.


The Straight Edge: Slow starts a reminder of disastrous 1974-75 Capitals

The Straight Edge: Slow starts a reminder of disastrous 1974-75 Capitals

by Ryan Kennedy - October 30, 2009 1:37 PM EDT

Toronto's sluggish October has been pretty bad, but is it as bad as the worst team in NHL history?
Nearly a month into the season, the Toronto Maple Leafs have collected one win through 10 games, putting them on pace to tie what is regarded to be the worst NHL team of the modern era, the 1974-75 Washington Capitals.


The Straight Edge: Going back to Buffalo

The Straight Edge: Going back to Buffalo

by Ryan Kennedy - October 23, 2009 10:25 AM EDT

An annual pilgrimage to a Sabres game provides a feeling you can't appreciate via TV. And a full belly.
BUFFALO – Growing up in Toronto, you get a very specific vision of the closest American city to the south, thanks in large part to the local feeds of American network TV stations.


The Straight Edge: Hasek ready for Olympic return

The Straight Edge: Hasek ready for Olympic return

by Ryan Kennedy - October 16, 2009 12:10 PM EDT

The Czech's savior in 1998, The Dominator could find himself between the pipes – and in the heads of opponents – in Vancouver.
When NHLers dream of the Olympics, he’s the face that quickly turns the scenario into a nightmare. And while he’s 44 years old and playing back home in the Czech Republic, legendary goaltender Dominik Hasek has a very real shot at playing at the upcoming Winter Games in Vancouver.


The Straight Edge: TV is dead to me

The Straight Edge: TV is dead to me

by Ryan Kennedy - October 9, 2009 12:06 PM EDT

This winter, Ryan Kennedy is ditching traditional television and going online to get his hockey fix from a variety of leagues.
I’m going rogue, folks. Television, in its traditional cable-based form, is dead to me. This shouldn’t have been too hard to see coming, though; most shows on TV right now are horrible and, here’s the key – the good ones can be downloaded for free off of official broadcaster websites.


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