by Adam Proteau - March 11, 2010 3:50 PM UTC
All 30 NHL teams ranked in order of who most deserves a championship based on history, location and meaning.
Anybody catch the remarks from former Cleveland quarterback Derek Anderson Tuesday? After he was released by the Browns, Anderson ripped Cleveland fans in a scathing email.
by Adam Proteau - March 3, 2010 10:35 PM UTC
It wasn't the most exciting trade deadline, but there was a lot that happened nonetheless. We take a closer look at who did well and not so well.
Beware, sensitive souls and touchy nitpickers – you’re about to read a column adjudging the winners and losers of the NHL’s annual trade deadline.
by Adam Proteau - February 25, 2010 2:15 PM UTC
These Games have been a top-to-bottom reminder of why the NHL's superstars must continue to take part in this premiere best-on-best event.
A little more than five years ago yesterday, the NHL and the hockey world suffered through ‘Black Wednesday’ – a.k.a. the day commissioner Gary Bettman announced the formal cancellation of his league’s 2004-05 regular season.
by Adam Proteau - February 18, 2010 9:35 AM UTC
To be a top-notch goaltender in the NHL you don't just have to play well, but it's a battle just to sustain consistency.
Somebody once told me the best way to think of goaltenders is to imagine them as tightrope walkers; the best of the bunch always are able to properly combine physical agility with mental mastery and can consistently limit the subtlest of shifts and remain focused despite the surrounding dangers.
by Adam Proteau - February 11, 2010 10:25 AM UTC
It's one thing to be passionate about the team that will represent Canada at the upcoming Games, quite another to be disrespectful of the competition in the process.
Consider this a pre-Olympic pre-apology on behalf of some of my soon-to-be embarrassingly overzealous Canadian compatriots. As I wrote in THN’s collector’s edition Olympics magazine, I’m a bit fearful the upcoming Vancouver Winter Games will collapse into a nauseating orgy of corporate-emboldened Canadian nationalism, especially when it comes to hockey.
by Adam Proteau - February 4, 2010 9:40 AM UTC
If the pair of panicked swaps to save Calgary's season don't pan out, it's Darryl Sutter who should pay the price.
Four short months ago, at the beginning of this 2009-10 NHL season, I made no bones about my fondness for the Calgary Flames. I thought they were solid enough on defense to make up for their offensive shortcomings.
by Adam Proteau - January 28, 2010 2:25 PM UTC
With the forward and defense corps shored up, Washington's only weakness is between the pipes - and that can be easily solved, too.
As with every NHL team – and every team, period – the Washington Capitals have their issues. But unlike every team, the Caps’ areas of concern are areas other teams would sacrifice their collective nether areas to be burdened by.
by Adam Proteau - January 14, 2010 10:15 AM UTC
We may never know exactly what happened, but we need to make sure we don't dwell or let it change our opinions of officials.
Attention, seekers of the obvious: the current brouhaha involving NHL referee Stephane Auger and Vancouver Canucks winger Alex Burrows has the potential to leave a particularly ugly stain on the league and the game.
by Adam Proteau - January 1, 2010 5:00 PM UTC
The 2010 version of the NHL outdoor game was the best yet, not only for the teams and fans, but for a pair of Flyers who used the game as a resurrection showcase.
BOSTON – The NHL’s Winter Classic, Version 3.0, couldn’t have been more of a hit if every storied slugger of Red Sox lore brought all of their collective batting prowess to a t-ball marathon.
by Adam Proteau - December 31, 2009 4:42 PM UTC
Some of the buzz in Boston leading up to Friday's Winter Classic involved how to increase the number of outdoor games and where they could go.
BOSTON – Before a single second of the 2010 edition of the NHL Winter Classic was played – and in spite of the fact the league has failed to include arguably its top star (Alex Ovechkin) in the process – the now-annual outdoor game has become a runaway, unqualified success.
by Adam Proteau - December 24, 2009 9:30 PM UTC
Fans in southern Ontario certainly deserve another NHL team, but if that franchise is the league's 31st it will have serious consequences.
This column is being posted on Christmas Eve – just in time to speculate on what many people are hoping to haul in this year from Santa’s Army of One.
by Adam Proteau - December 17, 2009 2:55 PM UTC
A glut of poor play and injuries amongst the men who patrol the crease will see the free agent and trade market heat up in the coming weeks.
For most of last summer and all of this hockey season, the market for NHL caliber goaltenders has been softer than listening to a Dan Fogelberg album with cotton balls in your ears while whacked out on Ambien.