by Ken Campbell - November 17, 2008 2:39 PM UTC
Around the league there are a few players and executives who have to think about the future and make a decision on today.
It turns out Brian Burke isn’t the only NHL executive who will have some important decisions to make over the next little while. But while Burke will have to make some vital choices on where exactly he wants his parking spot at the Air Canada Centre to be, or whether he goes with the home or condo route in Toronto, others will be pondering matters of equal importance: So you’re Detroit GM Ken Holland…you’ve got Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen and Marian Hossa coming up to unrestricted free agency.
by Ken Campbell - November 10, 2008 11:31 AM UTC
Hockey Hall of Fame undid one injustice, now it's time they focus on another and put sniper Pavel Bure in, too.
When Glenn Anderson finally enters the hallowed Hockey Hall of Fame Monday, it will mark the end of one of the great injustices in the game. Anderson deserved to be enshrined among the all-time greats a long time ago and for reasons only it knows, the epitome of hockey’s old boy’s network kept him out.
by Ken Campbell - November 3, 2008 4:00 PM UTC
Don't count on Toronto making the right decision on Sundin... stars getting testy in Dallas... and Larionov's surprise friendship.
Some Monday musings for your dining and dancing pleasure: When faced with a decision, the Toronto Maple Leafs have historically been a franchise that has been uncannily consistent in pursuing the path of least resistance.
by Ken Campbell - October 27, 2008 4:25 PM UTC
The league may never institute policies like bigger nets or banning blocked shots, but at least they're thinking progressively.
Can you imagine what kind of response guys such as Mike Gillis or Brian Lawton would have received last week if they had proposed what Bob Gainey did at the GM meetings in Chicago? They would have been laughed out of the room and would have been vilified in the media for suggesting the league look at the possibility of penalizing players who leave their feet to block shots.
by Ken Campbell - October 20, 2008 1:50 PM UTC
While naming Steve Yzerman as executive director of Team Canada wasn't a bad move, it wasn't the best they could have made.
For Ken Holland, it’s all about winning and it’s what he continually preaches to his players and coaches. Every move he contemplates, every moment he spends working, is directed toward the goal of winning hockey games and, ultimately, the Stanley Cup.
by Ken Campbell - October 13, 2008 10:22 AM UTC
Bertuzzi's behavior bound to cost Flames... the Toronto media... the instigator rule... and things to be thankful for.
Some Monday morning musings for your dining and dancing pleasure: • When are NHL decision makers, most of whom are usually astute judges of hockey talent, going to finally come to the realization they should have years ago – that Todd Bertuzzi is not only no longer an impact player in the league, but he’s more of a detriment than a contributor to his team? If Bertuzzi were just lumbering and slow, that would be one thing.
by Ken Campbell - October 6, 2008 3:05 PM UTC
Franchise values are going up, making it good for owners looking to sell, but also making the deal fatally flawed.
Guys like George Gillett gave up a season of profits so that guys like Ted Leonsis could have a better chance to make some of their own. But, three years after the lockout, the collective bargaining agreement does not seem to be working so great for either of them.
by Ken Campbell - September 30, 2008 11:52 AM UTC
Toronto GM Cliff Fletcher was supposed to usher in a new way of doing things, but so far, it's same old, same old.
The temptation will be enormous and if Cliff Fletcher succumbs to it, he should be run out of Toronto immediately after being found guilty of selling people a bill of goods.
by Ken Campbell - September 22, 2008 4:14 PM UTC
With Holland, Nill and Yzerman all in the fold, it won't be long before one of them takes a GM job elsewhere.
When Hockey Canada names its braintrust for the 2010 Winter Olympics in a couple of weeks, there is every expectation Steve Yzerman will be named executive director.
by Ken Campbell - September 15, 2008 4:14 PM UTC
Brandon Sugden's plight is a touching story, but don't lose sight of the fact he's a goon, plain and simple... and goodbye to Jack Falla.
It certainly warms the cockles of the heart to see the NHL did the right thing last week when it came to Brandon Sugden. Everybody loves an underdog and, Lord knows, Sugden has been through enough personal turmoil to deserve a chance to play in the NHL.
by Ken Campbell - September 8, 2008 4:01 PM UTC
The already-chilly relationship between the NHL and Europe will go from bad to worse if a new deal isn't struck.
Shortly after THN.com published comments from Kontinental Hockey League president Alexander Medvedev Saturday, somebody named “Kjetil A” emailed us with the following thought: “I submit that THN’s reaction here is somewhat naively hopeful.
by Ken Campbell - July 31, 2008 4:24 PM UTC
Hired as advisor Thursday, industry insiders believe it won't be long before he's the coach or GM of the Hawks.
Don’t be the least bit surprised to see Scotty Bowman as either the GM or the coach of the Chicago Blackhawks before the end of next season.