by Ken Campbell - January 18, 2010 2:55 PM UTC
No Selanne or Koivu will spell doom for the Finns... NHL and PA need to do more for Haiti... and the Caps should look to Big D for grassroots help.
Some Monday musings for your dining and dancing pleasure: It’s a shame one of the countries that can least afford to endure key injuries is suffering them just before the Olympics.
by Ken Campbell - January 11, 2010 2:10 PM UTC
A weekend trip to Sudbury, Ont., and a couple of days on the outdoor ice provided a wonderful sense of nostalgia.
Somebody said it was minus-27 Celsius in Sudbury, Ont., on Saturday. But as we peeled off the layers of sweat-soaked clothing and watched the steam waft off our bodies, it certainly didn’t seem that way to us.
by Ken Campbell - January 4, 2010 3:15 PM UTC
It used to be one of the most exciting and important tournaments on the hockey calendar, but attitudes towards the WJC are changing.
The theme of this year’s World Junior Championship in Saskatoon is, “Come for the hockey, stay for the party.” And if you’re a fan of Canadian hockey, that’s exactly what this WJC and almost every one of them in recent memory has been.
by Ken Campbell - December 30, 2009 3:05 PM UTC
Steve Yzerman and Co. should be applauded for selecting a team that will complement each other and has no head-scratchers top to bottom.
Those of you who a year ago would have predicted that none of Vincent Lecavalier, Jay Bouwmeester, Dion Phaneuf, Robyn Regehr and Mike Green would be named to Canada's Olympic team, don't bother reading on because your soothsaying powers are so strong you probably can predict every remaining word in this column.
by Ken Campbell - December 28, 2009 9:15 AM UTC
Montreal could end up looking stupid by trading either of their two 'tenders... Big Joe's historic Art Ross run... and the WJC bore.
Some Monday musings for your dining and dancing pleasure (for the last time in 2009): • Montreal Canadiens GM Bob Gainey has got to be counting his blessings that he wasn’t able to deal backup goalie Jaroslav Halak to the Philadelphia Flyers a couple of weeks ago.
by Ken Campbell - December 21, 2009 1:20 PM UTC
Whether Atlanta decides to sign their star sniper or not, the decision will have severe ramifications on the franchise for years to come.
Ilya Kovalchuk has the potential to put the Atlanta Thrashers in an almost untenable situation. Superstars who back a Brinks truck up to the arena doors and demand it be filled have a tendency to do that kind of thing.
by Ken Campbell - December 14, 2009 1:47 PM UTC
Think Ovechkin won't go to Sochi if the NHL doesn't? Think again... taking a mulligan on Philly... and poor attendance in Denver.
Some Monday musings for your dining and dancing pleasure: • If Alex Ovechkin chooses to thumb his nose at the NHL and participate in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, don’t expect any repercussions from his boss.
by Ken Campbell - December 7, 2009 3:30 PM UTC
There's no hiding from the fact attendance is down in the NHL this season and the Phoenix Coyotes aren't entirely to blame.
If I’m an NHL player, I’m not counting on getting any escrow payments back this season. In fact, the way things are looking, they might even need to sock away some more for when the nasty escrow man comes calling after this season.
by Ken Campbell - November 30, 2009 12:07 PM UTC
Expect to see plenty of KHLers on Russia's Olympic rosters... the most boring hockey of the year... and a too-many-men for the ages.
More Monday musings for your dining and dancing pleasure: • When Russian GM Vladislav Tretiak says only half his team at the Olympics will be made up of NHL players, he’s not blowing smoke.
by Ken Campbell - November 23, 2009 3:10 PM UTC
No blueliner has been named the league's best this far apart... More SO/OT than ever... should Hawks demote Huet?... and Big Joe shining in S.J.
Some Monday afternoon musings for your dining and dancing pleasure: • If Chris Pronger keeps playing the way he has through the first quarter of the season and remains injury free, he could be on the verge of doing something truly remarkable.
by Ken Campbell - November 16, 2009 3:35 PM UTC
Though GM George McPhee got basically nothing in return, shedding Double J's contract allowed Washington to become a contender.
You could certainly argue the Washington Capitals have risen to the upper reaches of the NHL using the tried-and-true method of building a contender – by being so bad for such a long period of time that they couldn’t help but have a number of potential NHL superstars fall in their lap.
by Ken Campbell - November 11, 2009 2:50 PM UTC
News out of the GMs meetings is that a sub-group will be formed to continue to look at the issue... and Team USA coming together.
Throughout the continuing and endless head shot debate, one thing has become crystal clear: the most vital stakeholders in the game at the NHL level can’t get beyond the notion that if you remove some of the devastating blows we’ve seen lately it will remove the physical element that makes the game so appealing.