by Adam Proteau - July 5, 2007 12:33 AM EDT
Despite all the good things GM Paul Holmgren has done in Philly, the Flyers still have holes to fill.
Based on the tornado of hype that's been rolling through the Philadelphia area the last couple weeks, one presumes the Philadelphia Flyers have been pre-approved to hoist the Stanley Cup next spring.
by Adam Proteau - June 28, 2007 12:59 AM EDT
The UFA trading card game begins Sunday with plenty of teams needing mint-to-excellent players to complete their set.
Rather than provide a list of the top free-agents out there Â– you're not going to believe this, but Chris Drury, Scott Gomez and Sheldon Souray are among the best available Â– here's a quick rundown of what each of the 30 teams need, as well as some potential targets.
by Adam Proteau - June 21, 2007 12:14 AM EDT
It's time for the league to get out of Jim Balsillie's way and let him do what he wants for the good of the entire league.
The entry draft was a day away, yet the main topic of conversation among many in the hockey world was the soon-to-be sold Nashville Predators Â– and the fascinating sidebar stories that have arisen since Jim Balsillie began silently storming the NHL's gate.
by Adam Proteau - June 14, 2007 12:30 AM EDT
Rabid nationalists and fans of one team love to proclaim hockey as their game, but the sport we love has no single home.
Taken on its own, the comment recently made by Anaheim Ducks owner Henry Samueli seems relatively harmless. Â“Sorry, Canada!Â” Samueli told the assembled throng at Anaheim's Stanley Cup celebration.
by Adam Proteau - June 7, 2007 11:14 PM EDT
It's hard to not to have the heart-strings tugged upon by some of this team's storylines.
In a February 28, 2006 Proteau Type article for The Hockey News, this is a snippet of what I wrote about the then-Mighty Anaheim Ducks: Â“It's hard not to like what the Ducks have done this year.
by Adam Proteau - May 31, 2007 12:54 AM EDT
Why you should want a healthy NHLPA... UFA role players will be in demand... and Crosby is ready for the 'C'.
Items That Wouldn't Fit Into My Daily Blog, Vol. 1: Â• You hear it all the time in hockey circles: Who really cares about the never-ending drama at the NHL Players' Association? Well, I do, for more than a few reasons.
by Adam Proteau - May 24, 2007 12:46 AM EDT
If an NHL game is played on NBC, does anybody see it?
Imagine you're a young movie director eager to show off your work to the world. You struggle for months and months to put together a vision that will establish you as a film force to be reckoned with Â– and when it's time for the premiere, you spare no expense in finding the biggest theater in the best location.
by Adam Proteau - May 17, 2007 12:35 AM EDT
With apologies to the Buffalo Sabres, the Ottawa Senators hold the true blueprint for on-ice glory.
For the better part of the last two years, the chic, sleek Buffalo Sabres have been held up by many as the NHL's model franchise. However, during the same period, the Sabres have twice been held up at the Conference final Â– and this year in particular, they've collapsed as swiftly and painfully as Bobby Orr's knees.
by Adam Proteau - May 10, 2007 12:45 AM EDT
Any paradigm shift must come from the top... Emery's candor a breath of fresh air... and how the Leafs GM situation will play out.
News and views Â– OK, mostly views Â– as the NHL Conference finals draw near: Â• Had an interesting discussion with a former NHL head coach a couple days ago.
by Adam Proteau - May 3, 2007 12:36 AM EDT
Like a nun with a ruler, this season's NHL playoffs have metered out a variety of lessons.
It's true that you learn something new every day. Why, not too long ago, I learned that mocking an awkward white guy Â“raising the roofÂ” is fine if you're doing it in front of a co-worker Â– but if someone else at your office who doesn't know you happens to pass by at the same time, those geeky arm motions lose their irony real quick-like.
by Adam Proteau - April 26, 2007 12:40 AM EDT
Blades of Glory co-star Will Arnett tells us about his love for the Leafs and life as a hockey fan in the spotlight.
Rather than take the latest stab at defining what went wrong with the Toronto Maple Leafs' 2006-07 season, We hand over the butcher knife to major-league Leafs fan Â– and, with all due respect to Jason Bateman, the real star of Arrested Development Â– Will Arnett: The Leafs won't win the Stanley Cup for the 40th straight season.
by Adam Proteau - April 19, 2007 12:59 AM EDT
To err is human, so stop blaming the guys in black and white stripes when your team can't get it done.
There's nothing better than a good, blind referee. Â– Bobby Heenan, legendary former pro wrestling manager I used to be convinced all sports fans really wanted from their officials was a fair shake.