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Brian Duff's Blog: What's a Tim Thomas worth?

Brian Duff's Blog: What's a Tim Thomas worth?

by Brian Duff - January 30, 2009 10:10 AM EST

The NHL Network host explains what the Bruins goalie means to his team and what the odds are he'll be back in Beantown next season.
Tim Thomas will win the Vezina Trophy this year. And while it's not exactly breaking news, maybe it's time more people started reading that sentence aloud.


Brian Duff's Blog: The NHL's wacky Saturday night

Brian Duff's Blog: The NHL's wacky Saturday night

by Brian Duff - October 27, 2008 1:13 PM EDT

The NHL Network host looks at Saturday's full slate, with shutouts, penalty shots, last-minute heroics and more.
Unbelievable is the most overused word in sports. But, sometimes it might just be the most appropriate. Stay with me and you will see what I mean.


Brian Duff's Blog: Melrose tirade great for broadcasters

Brian Duff's Blog: Melrose tirade great for broadcasters

by Brian Duff - October 7, 2008 10:52 AM EDT

The NHL Network host examines the pros and cons of Tampa coach Barry Melrose's comments in Prague.
Call it a case of Torts and the Hair. “Our goalie gives us a chance after two periods and we can't put 20 minutes of disciplined, hard hockey together," said the Lightning coach in an expletive-filled tirade.


Brian Duff's Blog: Osgood deserves better

Brian Duff's Blog: Osgood deserves better

by Brian Duff - May 12, 2008 1:45 PM EDT

The NHL Network host explains why Detroit's goaltender continues to undeservedly get the short end of the respect stick.
What did Chris Osgood do to warrant this lack of respect? Is it possible that in three short weeks he’ll be hoisting the Cup for a third time, perhaps with a record of 14-0, and there will still be a significant collection of fans and media alike suggesting he is only a winner by association? Look, I’m the first to admit there were many times when the Osgood/No Good punch line seemed to roll off the tongue with great regularity, but isn’t it time we all got over some of the past long-range shots and bad goals that are part of every goaltender’s career? The 1995-96 season was a long time ago.


Brian Duff's Blog: Home ice not so sweet

Brian Duff's Blog: Home ice not so sweet

by Brian Duff - March 28, 2008 10:37 AM EDT

The NHL Network and radio host Brian Duff notes that home ice isn't always an advantage and mentions a few debatable points.
As the NHL boasts about record attendance in the month of March, home teams are doing precious little to reward their faithful fans. Tuesday night was the latest, eye-opening example.


Brian Duff's Blog: Mike Richards contract will be critical moving forward

Brian Duff's Blog: Mike Richards contract will be critical moving forward

by Brian Duff - March 11, 2008 11:41 AM EDT

The NHL Network host explains why the Flyers sophomore's long-term extension will be the measuring point many other deals are compared to.
When Mike Richards signed a 12-year contract extension worth $69 million dollars in December, an important standard was set. While it wasn’t the first time we had seen a deal of this length, and though it has already been trumped by the Alex Ovechkin extension, the Richards pact could be the most significant “comparable” contract as the game moves forward.


Brian Duff's Blog: Real bravery should be honored

Brian Duff's Blog: Real bravery should be honored

by Brian Duff - February 5, 2008 1:21 PM EST

The NHL Network and radio host talks about his experence meeting two Canadian Forces members at a recent game and why paying tribute is not a bad thing.
Sitting in the press box at the Air Canada Centre Saturday night, it was nice to see Canadian Forces members being recognized, as a few hundred season ticket holders had donated their seats to the troops for the game against Ottawa.


Brian Duff's Blog: Thomas Vanek set up for failure

Brian Duff's Blog: Thomas Vanek set up for failure

by Brian Duff - January 10, 2008 11:48 AM EST

The NHL Network and radio host explains why the Sabres frontman was put in a situation where success would be a challenge.
At 23-and-a-half, he had the world by the tail. Six months later, his family’s finances secure for generations to come, the world of hockey is spinning him by the tail, in a tale of too much too soon for a player who has yet to complete his third NHL season.


Brian Duff's Blog: Getting a few things off my chest

Brian Duff's Blog: Getting a few things off my chest

by Brian Duff - December 12, 2007 11:59 AM EST

NHL Network and radio host Brian Duff explores some aspects of the game he'd rather not see anymore.
Enough with the formal columns, it’s time for an all-over-the-map rant about a few things I have observed and unfortunately, in some cases, continue to observe all too frequently in the NHL.


Brian Duff's Blog: Will underrated Stillman cash in?

Brian Duff's Blog: Will underrated Stillman cash in?

by Brian Duff - November 20, 2007 2:16 PM EST

NHL Network host Brian Duff looks at Cory Stillman and how much he might get as a UFA this summer.
As of mid-November this forward was ninth in NHL scoring, third in points per game, sixth in goals per game and second in game-winning goals.


Brian Duff's Blog: Thoughts on the Big E

Brian Duff's Blog: Thoughts on the Big E

by Brian Duff - November 11, 2007 11:02 AM EST

NHL Network personality Brian Duff provides his take on Eric Lindros's controversial career.
In order for elite athletes to achieve ultimate success, a certain amount (more for some, less for others) of selfishness is required. In the case of Eric Lindros, being selfish brought about an inordinate amount of notoriety and scrutiny from the time he was a teenager.


Brian Duff's Blog: Goals-against down, winning games up

Brian Duff's Blog: Goals-against down, winning games up

by Brian Duff - October 30, 2007 12:46 PM EDT

NHL Network personality Brian Duff says defense still wins and using the backup goalie isn't that bad at all.
It’s still all about defense.  This is not breaking news, but for a league focused on generating more offense, it’s telling four of the most improved teams through the first 10 games are way better defensively than a year ago.


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