by Ken Campbell - October 31, 2006 10:28 PM EST
Hey Dave, don't like the CBA? Complain to your owner... Staal could still be sent down... and the league's case of denial.
Some early-week random thoughts: You have to love Vancouver Canucks GM David Nonis for speaking his mind about NHL free agency and the unbalanced schedule, unless of course you're the NHL or the owner of the Canucks, who was made to look like an idiot for signing off on the deal.
by Ken Campbell - October 27, 2006 12:59 AM EDT
Despite getting fired last week, Ken Hitchcock could still find himself employed in Philly.
The Philadelphia Flyers essentially blamed Ken Hitchcock for their early-season woes by firing him last weekend, but don't expect Hitchcock to harbor any bitterness toward his old team.
by Ken Campbell - October 25, 2006 12:40 AM EDT
The Maple Leafs are going to start showing games on movie screens at Toronto theaters. We can't make this stuff up.
In what can only be described as a shocking development, the Toronto Maple Leafs have stumbled upon a new source of revenue. As though they weren't already making enough money by showing some of the games on Leafs TV, the Buds will now allow fans, who don't have access to the digital channel, to watch their games on the big screen, and we're not talking about Hal Gill standing in front of the net.
by Ken Campbell - October 17, 2006 12:24 AM EDT
Many NHL cities are seeing more empty seats, a fact which may have an impact on player salaries.
Gary Bettman and the rest of the NHL's head office staff likely aren't as concerned about the slight drop in goals this season as they are a significant drop in attendance.
by Ken Campbell - October 10, 2006 4:00 PM EDT
Goal scoring is down to start the season, should the league be worried?; Zherdev shows his true worth; and some players to watch in the OHL.
It's probably a little early to get too concerned about, but a trend that bears monitoring has emerged in the first week of the season. After 38 games through Monday night, NHL teams had scored a total of 217 goals for a per-game average of 5.
by Ken Campbell - October 2, 2006 12:46 AM EDT
Malakhov's trade to the Sharks will have San Jose rooting against the Devils and shows, once again, the Devils' GM's genius.
Look for the Sharks to be cheering hard for the Devils to miss the playoffs this season, then bottom out in 2007-08. That's because the conditional first-round pick the Sharks received for taking on retired defenseman Vladimir Malakhov from the Devils will depend on whether or not the Devils make the playoffs in 2006-07.
by Ken Campbell - September 28, 2006 12:54 AM EDT
Malkin is the man, but keep and eye on Penner and Radulov; what the heck is the Hall of Fame thinking?; and the reason some Leafs are dropping like flies.
With all the pre-season rookie chatter surrounding Evgeni Malkin Â– with the likes of Gilbert Brule, Matt Carle and Wojtek Wolski tossed in for good measure Â– there wasn't much said about two of the more intriguing prospects in this year's NHL pre-season.
by Ken Campbell - September 26, 2006 12:21 AM EDT
The league finally plans to make stars out of its stars.
Some early-week random thoughts: Wednesday in New York, deputy commissioner Bill Daly and the NHL's marketing team will be meeting with a number of high-profile agents to discuss its strategy on how to market the league's star players.
by Ken Campbell - September 22, 2006 12:13 AM EDT
Why the Leafs are likely to pick up their captain's one year option and some thoughts on Brian Savage.
A published report speculated the Toronto Maple Leafs might decline the option year on Mats Sundin's contract next season in order to sign him to a long-term deal that would save them cap space.
by Ken Campbell - September 20, 2006 12:19 AM EDT
Despite 16 seasons of getting punched in the head for a living, Tie Domi showed he still has common sense by retiring now.
Aside from having a devastating right hand and a pair of quick feet, Tie Domi survived for 16 years in the NHL by being one of the most politically astute players in NHL history.
by Ken Campbell - September 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT
Despite wearing out his welcome in several cities, Mike Keenan has put many teams back on the map.
With this column we welcome Ken Campbell back into the The Hockey News folds. Campbell spent a decade at THN before taking a position with the Toronto Star in 1998, where he forged a reputation as one of the premier hockey writers in North America.