Campbell's Cuts

Campbell's Cuts: 2008 playoffs have owners and players seeing dollar signs

Campbell's Cuts: 2008 playoffs have owners and players seeing dollar signs

by Ken Campbell - May 5, 2008 12:52 PM EDT

Thanks to a good chunk of first round series going deep and more fans paying more for tickets, the NHL's rich will continue to get richer.
The San Jose Sharks could not become the first team in 33 years to come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a series, but they can take comfort in the fact they did a small part to put more money in the pockets of both their employers and union brothers.


Campbell's Cuts: A greybeard's perspective on this year's playoffs

Campbell's Cuts: A greybeard's perspective on this year's playoffs

by Ken Campbell - April 28, 2008 11:36 AM EDT

The 2007-08 version of the NHL playoffs has given a grumpy old man plenty to be grumpy about.
I believe it was during the Pokemon/Yu-Gi-Oh crazes when I first noticed the generation gap. When my boys first came home with these cards and began talking about them in what seemed like a foreign language, I feigned interest, but quickly discovered I didn’t have a clue what they were talking about.


Campbell's Cuts: Preds owe it to fans, league to re-sign goalie Dan Ellis

Campbell's Cuts: Preds owe it to fans, league to re-sign goalie Dan Ellis

by Ken Campbell - April 21, 2008 11:55 AM EDT

To prove they are committed to winning Nashville needs to pony up and ink their UFA netminder to a long-term deal.
The Nashville Predators have played a total of 12 home playoff games in the past four post-seasons and 11 of them have been legitimate sellouts.


Campbell's Cuts: Malkin joins Crosby, Ovechkin in superstar club

Campbell's Cuts: Malkin joins Crosby, Ovechkin in superstar club

by Ken Campbell - April 14, 2008 3:44 PM EDT

The Penguins should feel blessed to have the game's best 1-2 punch, but if they had to choose only one, which way would they go?
When the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins were drafting No. 1 and 2 overall in 2004, the Penguins had to settle for Evgeni Malkin after the Capitals took the prize of the draft in Alex Ovechkin.


Campbell's Cuts: Campbellnomics chart toppers

Campbell's Cuts: Campbellnomics chart toppers

by Ken Campbell - April 7, 2008 11:41 AM EDT

This year's choice for MVP got easier when the Caps made it to the post-season. By looking at the Campbellnomics stats, we can gauge who the key contributors are.
Well, we can all breathe a sigh of relief now. With the Washington Capitals making the playoffs, it's almost certain the Professional Hockey Writers' Association has saved itself from potential embarrassment by naming the wrong player as the NHL's most valuable player.


Campbell's Cuts: Ovechkin's Hart-worthy, playoff bound or not

Campbell's Cuts: Ovechkin's Hart-worthy, playoff bound or not

by Ken Campbell - March 31, 2008 2:06 PM EDT

To discount Washington's super sniper from the MVP race if the Capitals don't make the playoffs would be an injustice.
When Mario Lemieux stopped Wayne Gretzky’s run of consecutive Hart Trophies at eight 20 years ago, there was no moral indignation, no raucous debate on the merits of awarding the most prestigious individual award to a non-playoff participant.


Campbell's Cuts: NHL must change philosophy on reckless physical play

Campbell's Cuts: NHL must change philosophy on reckless physical play

by Ken Campbell - March 24, 2008 2:34 PM EDT

The Torrey Mitchell hit on Kurtis Foster caused an uproar to institute no-touch icing, but where are these voices after other dangerous plays?
It was about as predictable as an episode of Three’s Company. The moment Kurtis Foster of the Minnesota Wild went hurtling into the boards and broke his leg last week trying to beat Torrey Mitchell of the San Jose Sharks to the puck, the usual hue and cry came from the hockey community calling for an immediate move to no-touch icing.


Campbell’s Cuts: An open letter to Chris Pronger

Campbell’s Cuts: An open letter to Chris Pronger

by Ken Campbell - March 17, 2008 11:03 AM EDT

If the Ducks defenseman doesn't want his legacy tainted, he should seriously consider changing his ways.
Dear Chris, I’ve known you for a long time. I remember the first time I saw you play. It was a Jr. B All-Star Game in Kitchener in 1991.


Campbell's Cuts: Gainey shows gumption making Price No. 1

Campbell's Cuts: Gainey shows gumption making Price No. 1

by Ken Campbell - March 3, 2008 11:56 AM EST

Successful GMs make bold, controversial moves, and that's exactly what the Habs GM did with his goalie situation.
The truth of the matter is Montreal Canadiens GM Bob Gainey has no better idea than anyone else in hockey whether Carey Price can carry his team through an extended playoff run this spring.


Campbell's Cuts: No-trade clauses here to stay

Campbell's Cuts: No-trade clauses here to stay

by Ken Campbell - February 25, 2008 2:43 PM EST

It's may put a damper on dealings, but NTCs are a new fact of life in the NHL at that isn't about to change anytime soon.
Unless GMs can somehow convince the league they need to be saved from themselves, no-trade clauses will continue to be an integral part of the NHL landscape.


Campbell's Cuts: Forsberg's decision saves GMs from themselves

Campbell's Cuts: Forsberg's decision saves GMs from themselves

by Ken Campbell - February 19, 2008 11:49 AM EST

There were plenty of intelligent hockey men lining up to sign Foppa, but his decision not to return to the NHL this season prevented teams from making a big mistake.
When you consider he probably could have successfully sold any number of NHL teams a bill of goods, you have to give Peter Forsberg high marks for honesty.


Campbell's Cuts: Leafs must do everything they can to hire Holland as GM

Campbell's Cuts: Leafs must do everything they can to hire Holland as GM

by Ken Campbell - February 11, 2008 11:25 AM EST

The Leafs must try and pry the current Wings GM out of Detroit by giving him complete control and wads of cash.
I had to chuckle when I read a piece in one of the Toronto dailies that said history suggests the Toronto Maple Leafs' Stanley Cup drought will only get longer if they go out and hire a "proven winner" such as Ken Holland, Jim Rutherford or Brian Burke to fill their GM vacancy.


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