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Top Shelf: Players have to protect themselves, not hope for penalty

Top Shelf: Players have to protect themselves, not hope for penalty

by Ryan Dixon - November 12, 2008 11:57 AM EST

While the onus is on the attacker to not hit a fellow player in a vulnerable position, the other guy can't put himself in one.
Players don’t respect each other. You hear it all the time, usually following an incident where one player whacks or thumps another in a fashion that makes you think it’s true.


Top Shelf: Devils can change their ways in tough situation

Top Shelf: Devils can change their ways in tough situation

by Ryan Dixon - November 5, 2008 10:17 AM EST

Martin Brodeur's injury, while difficult to deal with, opens the door for New Jersey to depart from defense and focus on offense.
It could be the ultimate change on the fly. The New Jersey Devils, as everyone knows by now, are embarking on a three- or four-month glimpse into what life will eventually be like when Martin Brodeur packs in his pads.


Top Shelf: GM role more about vision than intuition

Top Shelf: GM role more about vision than intuition

by Ryan Dixon - October 22, 2008 2:22 PM EDT

With all the pressures a GM is faced with, the ones who are able to succeed stay the course and don't give in to others.
The Toronto Maple Leafs haven’t won the Stanley Cup in more than 40 years, but that doesn’t mean there haven’t been a lot of parade plans.


Top Shelf: Blueshirts' blueline making Atlantic foes see red

Top Shelf: Blueshirts' blueline making Atlantic foes see red

by Ryan Dixon - October 15, 2008 3:03 PM EDT

With a 'D' corps shaping up to be one of the East's best, it'll be difficult to knock the Rangers off their early perch.
The New York Rangers are starting to stand out from their Atlantic rivals and it’s not all just about a fast start. For the past couple seasons, the Rangers were a team most believed had two-thirds of a winning trinity covered.


Top Shelf: Montreal fan experience bridges generations

Top Shelf: Montreal fan experience bridges generations

by Ryan Dixon - October 8, 2008 10:50 AM EDT

A new generation of Habs fans have grown up without the success synonymous with the franchise, but all eras are connected.
It was a strange sight to behold. Over the course of their team’s glorious history, Montreal Canadiens fans never got too worked up about early round playoff wins.


Top Shelf: Dallas Stars for the Stanley Cup

Top Shelf: Dallas Stars for the Stanley Cup

by Ryan Dixon - September 26, 2008 6:24 PM EDT

The Stars have a lot working in their favor, so for a few reasons, they are this author's pick as pre-season Cup favorites.
I’m banking my Stanley Cup pick on the continuation of a post-lockout trend. Well, that and a fantastic goalie playing on a team with a tremendous captain.


Top Shelf: Fighting to be hockey’s flagship franchise

Top Shelf: Fighting to be hockey’s flagship franchise

by Ryan Dixon - September 19, 2008 2:33 PM EDT

Hockey doesn't have its version of the New York Yankees, but the Wings, Rangers, Habs and Leafs could all one day lay claim.
One of sport’s great venues, Yankee Stadium, will close up shop Sunday. “The House that Ruth Built” is being boarded up. For the first time since 1993, the Yankees won’t be part of baseball’s post-season.


Top Shelf: The Chris Chelios timeline

Top Shelf: The Chris Chelios timeline

by Ryan Dixon - September 5, 2008 11:56 AM EDT

A lot has happened during Chris Chelios's soon-to-be 24-year NHL career. Perhaps even more than you think...
When Chris Chelios began playing Jr. A hockey, listening to your favorite song involved buying an eight-track. Now, 29 years later, music is usually accessed with a finger tap.


Top Shelf: Q&A with Rick Nash

Top Shelf: Q&A with Rick Nash

by Ryan Dixon - August 22, 2008 11:44 AM EDT

In Toronto to promote the release of NHL 2K9, Rick Nash took time to speak to THN.com about his summer and the future of the Jackets.
Rick Nash has already been a first overall pick, a Rocket Richard Trophy winner and MVP of a World Championship tournament for a gold-medal Team Canada.


Top Shelf: Induct entire '96 U.S. World Cup team

Top Shelf: Induct entire '96 U.S. World Cup team

by Ryan Dixon - August 15, 2008 1:18 PM EDT

The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame is inducting Brett Hull, Mike Richter and Brian Leetch, but should take it a step further and honor the entire '96 World Cup squad.
No matter which side of the 49th you call home, it was one of those seminal events you couldn’t help but be severely affected by. This week, the U.


Top Shelf: B’s should have Boston fans buzzing

Top Shelf: B’s should have Boston fans buzzing

by Ryan Dixon - July 25, 2008 9:53 AM EDT

The Bruins' offensive additions could have the team making noise in the East if things fall into place in Beantown.
There’s one Garden out there I’m expecting to see some growth in this winter. The Boston Bruins surprised just about everyone by making the playoffs last year and nearly upped the ante to astonishment when they fell just short of upsetting the heavily favored Montreal Canadiens in the first round.


Top Shelf: Glory days a distant memory for Islanders fans

Top Shelf: Glory days a distant memory for Islanders fans

by Ryan Dixon - July 11, 2008 1:37 PM EDT

Winners of four Cups in the '80s, New York is now home to a team without any recent success and heading in the wrong direction.
I’m convinced every city that hosts the Olympics gets a coating of magic dust that never fully goes away. I visited Calgary 15 years after the 1988 Winter Games were there, but I swear there was still a glow to the city.


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