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THN.com Blog: Teams that will be fun to watch in '08-09

THN.com Blog: Teams that will be fun to watch in '08-09

by Rory Boylen - July 17, 2008 10:04 AM EDT

Talk in the office has turned to next season, so with '08-09 on the mind, here's a few teams that should be exciting to watch.
Talk in the office lately has been fueled by ‘what ifs,’ ‘yeah buts,’ ‘ah c’mons’ and ‘no freakin’ ways.


THN.com Blog: Missing the 'Jammy' mullet already

THN.com Blog: Missing the 'Jammy' mullet already

by Rory Boylen - July 10, 2008 11:42 AM EDT

Nostalgia creeps in as the NHL '94 generation of superstars heads into the sunset... and the KHL shouldn't burn bridges.
Every time a veteran player who’s been around long enough to have been a part of NHL '94 retires - or signs in Europe - the kid in me throws his Sega Genesis controller to the ground in frustration.


THN.com Blog: Despite leaving, Hossa deal still worth it for Penguins

THN.com Blog: Despite leaving, Hossa deal still worth it for Penguins

by Rory Boylen - July 3, 2008 10:11 AM EDT

He played a total of 32 games with before bolting as a UFA, but the deadline deal helped the Pens reach the Cup and gain valuable experience.
Now that the Marian Hossa era has ended in Pittsburgh, let’s look back and reminisce… I must have blinked and missed it. OK, so Hossa wasn’t in Steeltown for long, no biggie.


THN.com Blog: Jokinen deal makes bad Panthers situation even worse

THN.com Blog: Jokinen deal makes bad Panthers situation even worse

by Rory Boylen - June 26, 2008 10:18 AM EDT

Florida seems determined not to learn from past mistakes, making the team's chances of a playoff berth seem farther away than ever.
Is there a bigger laughingstock in the NHL than the Florida Panthers? Seriously. Whenever I tell anyone that, yes, I wore a Panthers jersey as a kid in minor hockey practice, the same flabbergasted look always comes back at me.


THN at the NHL Draft: USHL important for the college bound

THN at the NHL Draft: USHL important for the college bound

by Rory Boylen - June 21, 2008 3:09 PM EDT

A lack of a transfer agreement with European nations has scouts looking to the USHL at college-bound players.
Without a transfer agreement between the NHL and the European nations, all the rules of drafting are starting to change and as a result, some of the United States junior leagues are standing to benefit.


THN at the NHL Draft: Round 1 winners and losers

THN at the NHL Draft: Round 1 winners and losers

by Rory Boylen - June 21, 2008 3:05 AM EDT

Round 1 was full of action, but after the dust settled, who came out on top and who could have done better?
OTTAWA - A ton of trades stole the Stamkos show in Friday’s first round and a lot of this year’s opening round winners added upgrades that will help them win right away.


THN.com Blog: The good and bad of the 2008-09 rule changes

THN.com Blog: The good and bad of the 2008-09 rule changes

by Rory Boylen - June 19, 2008 1:37 PM EDT

The NHL approved three rule changes Wednesday, two of which are troublesome in the eyes of this author.
I’m a little unsettled by two of the league’s three newest rulebook additions. The first: The first power play faceoff will automatically be taken in the penalized team’s zone.


THN.com Blog: The day the music died

THN.com Blog: The day the music died

by Rory Boylen - June 10, 2008 10:27 AM EDT

When Canada's second anthem changed its uniform, it was a sad, sad day for the traditional hockey fan.
Canadian Why (To American Pie) A long, long time ago… I can still remember How the Hockey Theme used to make me smile. And I knew if I had my chance That I could make the home crowd chant And, maybe, they would party for a while.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Don't taint exciting final with talk of poor officiating

THN.com Playoff Blog: Don't taint exciting final with talk of poor officiating

by Rory Boylen - June 5, 2008 12:36 PM EDT

The refs, as they always do, judged the game in an unbiased manner and to let talk of a conspiracy overshadow a wonderful Cup is a shame.
Can everyone stop the slinging, put down the mud and enjoy what was a thrilling Stanley Cup final, before this season becomes one for the long-term memory bank? Penalty count: Pittsburgh 40, Detroit 36.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Hoping the Cup is won on home ice

THN.com Playoff Blog: Hoping the Cup is won on home ice

by Rory Boylen - May 29, 2008 10:55 AM EDT

The presentation of Lord Stanley's mug is always special, but there's icing on the cake when it happens in front of home fans.
The time is near. It could be Monday, or it could still be more than a week away. One thing’s for sure, though, I just love when the Stanley Cup comes out of hibernation, especially when it’s presented in front of a hometown crowd.


THN.com Playoff Blog: NHL better with J.R. in it

THN.com Playoff Blog: NHL better with J.R. in it

by Rory Boylen - May 22, 2008 11:11 AM EDT

Roenick's new deal is good for Sharks fans and the league... can afternoon hockey be OK?... and it's time for the return of the World Cup.
I’m so glad Jeremy Roenick is coming back. Through his career I’ve never considered him among my favorite players – in fact, most of the time I found myself rooting against him - but you have to appreciate his passion for the game and his willingness to proudly display it.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Turco the story of Dallas's success

THN.com Playoff Blog: Turco the story of Dallas's success

by Rory Boylen - May 17, 2008 5:38 PM EDT

Win or lose, Marty Turco is the center of attention for Dallas... World Championship experience... and Dave Steinhart.
There goes another monkey off the back of Marty Turco. Despite being one of the world’s best players at his position, Turco is consistently one of the most underappreciated, as well.


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