by Adam Proteau - December 20, 2007 2:30 PM EST
Adam gives a reality check to the second half of NHL teams.
Let’s continue this week with the second half of our look at the delusions suffered in NHL circles, and the wakeup calls required for each pipe dream (Pt.
by Adam Proteau - December 13, 2007 1:36 PM EST
Some teams aren't willing to face the facts, but they all deserve a wakeup call.
Denial is all the rage in the NHL these days. The league denies it has any real problems on or off the ice to solve; GMs guiding wobbly franchises deny the need to make any drastic changes to their rosters; and goaltenders deny they could survive so much as a deflected wrist shot without the protection of gargantuan-sized equipment.
by Adam Proteau - December 6, 2007 1:59 PM EST
Reckless on-ice play could become a serious legal problem for the NHL in the near future.
Ream out the Philadelphia Flyers organization for their seemingly weekly parade of suspendable on-ice actions if you must. But I’m not laying all of the blame – or even the majority of it – at the feet of Ed Snider, Paul Holmgren, John Stevens or any particular twit who pulls a Black and Orange jersey over their head before committing a dangerous offense during a game.
by Adam Proteau - November 29, 2007 1:13 PM EST
If Toronto is to ever turn the ship in the right direction, one man needs to control the process without meddling from above.
Sometimes the hockey gods serve up analogies that are far too easy for simple-minded sportswriters to pick up on. Such was the case Tuesday at the Air Canada Centre, where not even the Zamboni driver could do his job without embarrassing the Toronto Maple Leafs.
by Adam Proteau - November 22, 2007 12:44 PM EST
With Thanksgiving upon us everyone, including the NHL, has something to be thankful for.
Of all the holidays out there, Thanksgiving is my favorite. Compared to Christmas and Valentine’s Day, the crass commercialism involved is at a relative low; it’s usually the last multi-day break you get before heavy snowfall turns the grand majority of drivers everywhere into even bigger twits than they are when the weather is ideal; and turkey is the dietary staple it should be every day.
by Adam Proteau - November 15, 2007 1:20 PM EST
Overpaying players with both money and term can handcuff your team for years to come.
Desire is a powerful, wonderful and occasionally dangerous thing. It can keep some people motivated to realize a lifelong dream; it can deliver others to heights they never previously imagined; and, as demonstrated by dozens of American Idol episodes, it also can cause many to hold tight to those dreams, even when they don’t possess the tools to achieve them.
by Adam Proteau - November 8, 2007 12:21 PM EST
The job Ottawa's management team has done to build the Sens into a perennial contender is often overlooked.
Already this season, the NHL has been beset by a swarm of on-and-off-ice predicaments that assuredly won’t make the end-of-year highlight DVD.
by Adam Proteau - November 1, 2007 11:44 AM EDT
It's never too early to take note of who has surprised and who has gone missing in the NHL.
As every player on a sub-par NHL team is saying these days, it’s still early in the season and there’s still a lot of hockey yet to be played.
by Adam Proteau - October 25, 2007 12:37 AM EDT
The launch of the NHL Network in the U.S. is fantastic, but what to do with all that programming space between games?
I admit it Â– I'm a TV junkie. The Wire, The Shield, Nanny 911, America's Next Top Model, Battlestar Galactica, The Office, America's Top Wire-Wearing Nanny At The Office Â– you name the show, and I can probably provide full episode recaps off the top of my head.
by Adam Proteau - October 17, 2007 12:15 AM EDT
Chris Chelios has a new target in his sights Â– prominent agent Don Meehan.
Over the course of his storied NHL career, Chris Chelios has not only rocked opponents with his physical play on the ice, but also with his words off it.
by Adam Proteau - October 11, 2007 12:35 AM EDT
Despite the rose-colored ramblings from the league's higher-ups, the NHL is in trouble and in need of direction.
If you're like me, you believe all groups or organizations are reflections of, or reactions to, the society in which they function. And if we share such a philosophy, you're not surprised that, just as a certain world superpower's citizenry wonders and worries about the merits and consequences of its present-day political leadership, the NHL's fans see Gary Bettman at the league's helm and reach for the depression suppressants.
by Adam Proteau - October 4, 2007 12:35 AM EDT
The divisional analyses are behind us, so let's move on to ranking the two conferences one through 15.
With my NHL division previews and predictions now archived for all to laugh at and lampoon over the coming decades (see them HERE), the only start-of-season task that remains is posting my overall conference picks.