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THN.com Blog: One-minute OT penalties a terrible idea

THN.com Blog: One-minute OT penalties a terrible idea

by Rory Boylen - February 21, 2008 11:59 AM EST

Changing the rules for overtime would be a step backwards for the NHL... and Laperriere's hit on Lidstrom was clean.
The NHL is trying to increase scoring and excitement, while decreasing obstruction and deadlocked games. So why are they even considering implementing one-minute penalties in overtime? Why would the league want to decrease the length of penalties in a period that is supposed to be all about offense; that is why they decided to make overtime 4-on-4 in the first place.


THN.com Blog: Neck protection for youth players is a must

THN.com Blog: Neck protection for youth players is a must

by Rory Boylen - February 14, 2008 1:48 PM EST

USA Hockey doesn't mandate it, but they should... and why there's nothing wrong with not waiving your no-trade clause.
Three days after Richard Zednik’s freak neck injury, Boston Bruins defenseman Aaron Ward had a scare of his own. Going in to check Sergei Gonchar, Ward got hit in the neck and fell to the ice gasping for air.


THN.com Blog: Boyle and Purcell make L.A.'s future even brighter

THN.com Blog: Boyle and Purcell make L.A.'s future even brighter

by Rory Boylen - February 7, 2008 11:23 AM EST

The cupboards are already stocked with young talent, but two former college players make the Kings a future force... and is Forsberg Philly bound?
The Los Angeles Kings continue to toil in the Western cellar, but with up and coming stars such as Mike Cammalleri, Alexander Frolov, Anze Kopitar and Patrick O’Sullivan – not to mention a full cupboard of impressive prospects - there is plenty of excitement on the horizon.


THN.com Blog: Commit to a better slogan, Chicago

THN.com Blog: Commit to a better slogan, Chicago

by Rory Boylen - January 31, 2008 11:40 AM EST

When looking for a new slogan to try and turn a team around, Blackhawks fans need to be a little more creative... and welcome back Gilbert Brule.
There is nothing wrong with having a team slogan to live by or draw motivation from, but in this world of political correctness you have to use a little common sense when selecting one for a respected, professional sports franchise.


THN.com Blog: Hits from behind have to stop

THN.com Blog: Hits from behind have to stop

by Rory Boylen - January 23, 2008 8:45 AM EST

The NHL needs to learn from minor hockey and get tough on hits from behind before someone gets seriously injured.
Is there a game that goes by without a check from behind anymore? A player being hit against the boards with their back to the play is the most dangerous form of contact in hockey, and yet the NHL seems like it can’t be bothered to send a strong message about it to its players.


THN.com Blog: The bright side of long-term deals

THN.com Blog: The bright side of long-term deals

by Rory Boylen - January 17, 2008 12:02 PM EST

It would appear as though teams are out of their minds with the money and term they're throwing at young players, but keeping your own is favorable on many fronts.
In a league desperately seeking rivalries, new fans and a way to appease traditionalists who are afraid their baby is growing up too fast, long-term player contracts aren’t such a bad concept.


THN.com Blog: Minnesota fans Wild about Voros

THN.com Blog: Minnesota fans Wild about Voros

by Rory Boylen - January 10, 2008 2:18 PM EST

The gritty 26-year-old first-year player has brought a new element to the Wild's lineup and the team would be wise not to send him back to the AHL... and what's a Comrie worth?
OK, so let’s all agree there have been a few brutal headshots this season (no need to name names) and that there is no place in the game for contact that blatantly puts a fellow player’s health at risk.


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