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THN.com Blog: Don't forget about Wild's Burns

THN.com Blog: Don't forget about Wild's Burns

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.


THN.com Blog: Why your team will not win the Stanley Cup

THN.com Blog: Why your team will not win the Stanley Cup

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.


THN.com Blog: Introduce bodychecking earlier, not later

THN.com Blog: Introduce bodychecking earlier, not later

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.


THN.com Blog: ’Little Liam’ shows big heart

THN.com Blog: ’Little Liam’ shows big heart

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.


THN.com Blog: Do away with conferences come playoff time

THN.com Blog: Do away with conferences come playoff time

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.


THN.com Blog: Hejda becomes Columbus' Rocky Balboa

THN.com Blog: Hejda becomes Columbus' Rocky Balboa

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.


THN.com Blog: Burgeoning rivalries worth watching

THN.com Blog: Burgeoning rivalries worth watching

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.


THN.com Blog: Who should have gone No. 4 in the '08 draft?

THN.com Blog: Who should have gone No. 4 in the '08 draft?

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.


THN.com Blog: Goaltending will dictate Bruins, Flyers success

THN.com Blog: Goaltending will dictate Bruins, Flyers success

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.


THN.com Blog: Jackets must come out buzzing to keep playoff hopes alive

THN.com Blog: Jackets must come out buzzing to keep playoff hopes alive

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.


THN.com Blog: Off the wall potpourri

THN.com Blog: Off the wall potpourri

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.


THN.com Blog: Fighting keeps a balance

THN.com Blog: Fighting keeps a balance

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.


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