Campbell's Cuts

Campbell's Cuts: Holy CBA, Batman!

by Ken Campbell - July 3, 2007 5:41 PM EDT

Front-loading contracts a way around the cap... and the Sabres and Devils big UFA losers.
Well it took a little more than a year, but it looks as though the players and owners have found a creative new way around the collective bargaining agreement.


Campbell's Cuts: Big drama, little action?

by Ken Campbell - June 22, 2007 12:31 AM EDT

All the rumors could be just that... and the Toskala deal could cost the Leafs big time.
COLUMBUS – It's five hours before the first pick of the 2007 draft and the hotel lobbies – all 50 of them, it seems – are abuzz with speculation about blockbuster deals.


Campbell's Cuts: Euro trash?

by Ken Campbell - June 22, 2007 12:22 AM EDT

First round light on players from across the pond, but plenty of players from the good ol' U.S. of A.
COLUMBUS - There was a distinct and shocking lack of European flavor to the first round of the NHL draft. Just four European players were taken in the first round, which is the lowest total since 1990.


Campbell's Cuts: Mucked up firing?

by Ken Campbell - June 18, 2007 12:59 AM EDT

If Muckler got canned because he couldn't land Roberts, then shame on Melnyk... there's no Tier II... and the politics going on in T.O.
It has been speculated that John Muckler is out as GM of the Ottawa Senators because he defied owner Eugene Melnyk's direct order to go out and get Gary Roberts at the trade deadline.


Campbell's Cuts: Lies, damn lies and Alanis

by Ken Campbell - June 4, 2007 12:49 AM EDT

Neil gives his best winged-routine prior to Game 4... Sens better watch their step... and pop goes the anthem singer.
OTTAWA- Chris Neil of the Ottawa Senators said the biggest difference between him and Chris Pronger is that he's not a back-stabber. Neil, of course, prefers to do his damage head-on, even if it means taking 53 strides before hitting a player.


Campbell's Cuts: What was that?

by Ken Campbell - June 3, 2007 12:55 AM EDT

Don't expect the Pronger hit to change the league... a Comrie lookalike... and what Neil really said.
On the heels of the Chris Pronger suspension, blows to the head will undoubtedly be on the agenda when the league's GMs meet in Ottawa Monday.


Campbell's Cuts: Oh baby!

by Ken Campbell - June 2, 2007 12:54 AM EDT

Neil welcomes a new addition to the family... looks like this series is going five... and the Big 3 must be better.
OTTAWA – Chris Neil of the Senators had a lot more on his mind than his team's 2-0 deficit in the Stanley Cup final yesterday. The rugged left winger and his wife welcomed their first child into the world yesterday.


Campbell's Cuts: Can Kunitz return?

by Ken Campbell - June 1, 2007 12:28 AM EDT

He's been cleared to practise, but will the Ducks forward see game action?... and Cup fudging galore.
OTTAWA - Anaheim Ducks left winger Chris Kunitz remains a longshot for the Stanley Cup final, but don't rule out a return – a la Eric Cole last year – should the series go six or seven games.


Campbell's Cuts: Out of touch

by Ken Campbell - May 23, 2007 12:51 AM EDT

Neither the Coyotes nor Blue Jackets have found the right man for their vacant GM jobs.
Reports out of Phoenix suggest the GM search is down to three candidates, but other sources in the hockey industry insist the final choice will be Chicago Wolves GM Kevin Cheveldayoff.


Campbell's Cuts: Off-ice experience

by Ken Campbell - May 4, 2007 11:26 PM EDT

Lack of playing background hasn't hurt Rangers coaching staff... you aren't what you eat... and splitting hairs a playoff fad.
BUFFALO - Here's something you might not have known about the New York Rangers coaching staff. It's the only one of the 30 in the NHL that doesn't have a single guy who played in the NHL on it.


Campbell's Cuts: Therrien helps Pens turnaround

by Ken Campbell - April 25, 2007 9:59 PM EDT

Few expected them to reach the playoffs, but thanks in big part to their coach, the Pens defied the odds.
Michel Therrien's road to becoming a legitimate Jack Adams Award candidate began under the bleakest of circumstances. It was midway through last season and the Penguins had just lost 3-1 to the Edmonton Oilers, dropping their 16th game in their past 20, and Therrien had seen enough.


Campbell's Cuts: How stupid are we?

by Ken Campbell - March 21, 2007 12:38 AM EDT

Suggesting the Belak-Janssen bout wasn't scripted isn't giving fans enough credit.
It's great to see that all is well in the world of hockey and everyone can now get back to some sense of normalcy in their lives now that Wade Belak has exacted revenge on behalf of the Toronto Maple Leafs on New Jersey Devils enforcer Cam Janssen.


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