by Rory Boylen - April 7, 2009 11:13 AM EDT
It wasn't long ago, before his injury woes, that defenseman Brent Burns was getting more buzz than Washington's Mike Green.
Oh, the difference a year makes. Prior to this season, one of the most explosive yet underrated players in the game was Washington defenseman Mike Green.
by Rory Boylen - March 24, 2009 10:55 AM EDT
With playoff races as tight as they are, every bandwagon is full of hopeful chatter. Here's why your wishes will not be granted.
Last week it was beautiful. So beautiful, in fact, you could spend lunch hour in the park enjoying a recreational activity. This week it’s cold again.
by Rory Boylen - March 17, 2009 11:19 AM EDT
Despite the suggestions of a recent study, kids would be safer if they learned how to deal with physical play at a younger age.
Last week, a study was released from a university in the Greater Toronto Area that concluded with a very bold declaration: Bodychecking in minor hockey was associated with an increased risk of injury to players.
by Rory Boylen - March 10, 2009 11:10 AM EDT
Oilers rookie Liam Reddox adapted his game and used hard work to make it to the show and become a full-time NHLer.
Located along the Otonabee River a little more than an hour northeast of Toronto, Peterborough, Ont., has been cultivating young NHL talent since the Montreal Canadiens planted the seeds of greatness there in the 1950s.
by Rory Boylen - March 3, 2009 12:31 PM EST
Ranking the teams one to 16 would help promote rivalrys and ensure the two top teams would meet in the final.
This past weekend, my colleague Brian Costello came up with a formula for a new playoff setup meant to bring in a few more teams and add to the second season’s excitement.
by Rory Boylen - February 24, 2009 11:32 AM EST
One of the league's most underrated and under-appreciated blueliners, Jan Hejda is a big reason the Jackets are making a playoff push.
Everybody likes a good underdog story. Rocky Balboa is perhaps the most famous: An undersized and unappreciated, honest boxer with a determined heart from the streets of Philadelphia who rose to the lofty, seemingly unattainable status of Heavyweight Champion of the World.
by Rory Boylen - February 17, 2009 12:13 PM EST
They may not be recognized as must-watch tilts just yet, but these two duos are ready to explode.
Montreal-Toronto. Detroit-Chicago. Montreal-Boston. The NHL – which some might say sells hate – was built and has thrived on rivalries.
by Rory Boylen - February 10, 2009 1:21 PM EST
Hindsight is 20/20, but the picture isn't clear enough to pluck one candidate from the pack of prospects who could have gone fourth overall.
With guys like Kris Versteeg, Bobby Ryan, Steve Mason and Patrik Berglund enjoying successful freshman years, a lot of people have been asking about the top pick in 2008.
by Rory Boylen - February 3, 2009 2:39 PM EST
Two of the leading candidates to emerge from the East will go only as far as their keepers will take them.
If I had to make a hard decision on which teams I think will be in the Eastern Conference final today – and I don’t, so this is a soft prediction – I’d pick the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers.
by Rory Boylen - January 27, 2009 2:12 PM EST
If Columbus wants to make the post-season for the first time in club history, they will have to get hot right out of the ASG break.
If the Columbus Blue Jackets are serious about making the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, these next few games are of the utmost importance.
by Rory Boylen - January 20, 2009 11:40 AM EST
A look around the wonderful world of hockey with a little of this, a little of that and a whole lotta YouTube.
And now for something completely different… • Jarrow, 1912 – I didn’t expect the Spanish Inquisition.
by Rory Boylen - January 13, 2009 10:53 AM EST
Getting rid of the fisticuffs would disrupt hockey's already unsteady equilibrium... and Pronger's bad rap gets him again.
I love hockey fights. I think they are part of what makes hockey the game it is and I think abolishing it would open it up for the yappers to reign, without fear of repercussion.