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THN.com Blog: Winning is the formula for survival down south

THN.com Blog: Winning is the formula for survival down south

by Rory Boylen - August 13, 2009 11:20 AM EDT

It's easy to see why a non-traditional market worked in Dallas, while Phoenix's future is up in the air: One gave new fans a reason to watch.
A tale of two (non-traditional hockey market) cities: The best of times and the worst of times. It’s been 12 NHL seasons since we last saw the Winnipeg Jets take to the ice.


THN.com Blog: Reaffirming the skill/sandpaper balance

THN.com Blog: Reaffirming the skill/sandpaper balance

by Rory Boylen - August 4, 2009 1:45 PM EDT

The fact that many teams have signed players who prefer the rough side of the game shows that hard-nosed hockey isn't going away any time soon.
This off-season, behind the big-ticket free agent acquisitions and rumors of blockbuster trades that have yet to come to fruition, there have been a few hard-nosed transactions that have put a smile on my face and reaffirmed to me that hockey’s best and most controversial characteristic still leaves a mark.


THN.com Blog: All-time favorite play-by-play calls

THN.com Blog: All-time favorite play-by-play calls

by Rory Boylen - July 28, 2009 2:23 PM EDT

Hockey is full of great play calls throughout its history from Foster Hewitt, to Bob Cole and more. So, what's your favorite?
There are moments in hockey that just stick with you, whether it’s a Cup-clinching goal, a glass-shattering bodycheck, a magical glove save or any other happening that holds a special place in your heart, for whatever reason.


THN.com Blog: Free agent Zubov a perfect fit in Columbus

THN.com Blog: Free agent Zubov a perfect fit in Columbus

by Rory Boylen - July 15, 2009 11:31 AM EDT

With the Jackets in need of an offensive defenseman and with plenty of cap room available, Sergei Zubov would be a nice addition in Ohio.
The Columbus Blue Jackets need an offensive defenseman…and fast. OK, so that may be the most obvious and biggest understatement of the year, but if the Blue Jackets want to return to the playoffs for the second year in a row and compete again in their powder keg of a division, they are going to need to address their biggest hole on the roster.


THN.com Blog: Thrashers shouldn't put Kovalchuk ahead of team

THN.com Blog: Thrashers shouldn't put Kovalchuk ahead of team

by Rory Boylen - July 7, 2009 11:13 AM EDT

GM Don Waddell is making a mistake by acquiring players simply to make his superstar sniper stick around.
It’s not easy being a GM. Aside from all the off-ice commitments and challenges facing whomever holds this position, assembling an exciting and contending team from ashes left over from a previous meltdown will tear your fan base in two over which direction the team should go.


THN Free Agency Preview: Northeast Division

THN Free Agency Preview: Northeast Division

by Rory Boylen - June 30, 2009 4:05 PM EDT

A division in turmoil, there will be a ton of turnover this summer in the Northeast when the calendar flips to July 1.
BOSTON BRUINS Cap Space - $200,000 UFAs – Manny Fernandez, G; P-J Axelsson, LW; Mark Recchi, RW; Steve Montador, D; Shane Hnidy, D; Stephane Yelle, C; Jeremy Reich, LW.


THN Free Agency Preview: Southeast Division

THN Free Agency Preview: Southeast Division

by Rory Boylen - June 30, 2009 2:30 PM EDT

Home to three of the league's best and two of the worst, the Southeast Division will certainly see a lot of movement come July 1.
ATLANTA THRASHERS Cap Space – $24.4 million UFAs – Eric Perrin, C. RFAs – Colby Armstrong, RW; Jim Slater, C; Chris Thorburn, C; Boris Valabik, D; Kari Lehtonen, G.


THN at the NHL Draft: Round 1 winners and losers

THN at the NHL Draft: Round 1 winners and losers

by Rory Boylen - June 26, 2009 11:54 PM EDT

Every team who grabs a fresh face on draft day feels like a winner, but what clubs went the extra mile and which fell short on Friday?
MONTREAL - There were no real surprises during Round 1, except maybe the dearth of big-ticket trades that were at the center of attention in the days leading up to the selection process.


THN at the NHL Draft: A day of dreams

THN at the NHL Draft: A day of dreams

by Rory Boylen - June 26, 2009 12:00 PM EDT

It's easy to feel good about witnessing a room full of young men realize their dreams after years of hard work and determination.
MONTREAL - From a fan’s standpoint, an NHL star can often seem larger than life and meeting one of them for the first time rekindles childhood memories or overwhelms with a kind of surreal moment that will never be forgotten.


THN.com Blog: Looking back at '08 draft trades

THN.com Blog: Looking back at '08 draft trades

by Rory Boylen - June 23, 2009 1:52 PM EDT

Sometimes it's not the prospects selected, but rather the deals consummated that have the biggest impact.
Think back to last year’s draft in Ottawa and it’s easy to forget the lack of suspense and build-up surrounding the early goings of the first round.


THN.com Blog: Feeling sorry for Hossa

THN.com Blog: Feeling sorry for Hossa

by Rory Boylen - June 16, 2009 1:33 PM EDT

Penguins fans have been giving Marian Hossa the business since their Game 7 victory and rightfully so, but you have to respect a guy who chases the dream and not the money.
My goodness, you just gotta feel sorry for Marian Hossa. Unless you’re a Pens fan, that is. And if you are, you have every right to be.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Don't forget about Datsyuk in best-player debate

THN.com Playoff Blog: Don't forget about Datsyuk in best-player debate

by Rory Boylen - June 9, 2009 11:47 AM EDT

Ovechkin, Crosby and even Malkin are the names most mentioned when discussing the NHL's top dog, but being the best is about more than just scoring points.
In many lines of work, it’s true that if you do your job well, nobody will notice you’ve done anything at all. However, that’s never really been the case in hockey, unless you’re talking about the referees.


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