Rory Boylen's Column

Penguins and Hurricanes predictions, CBA talk and Taylor Hall's contract

Penguins and Hurricanes predictions, CBA talk and Taylor Hall's contract

by Rory Boylen - August 28, 2012 3:31 PM EDT

Why did THN pick the Penguins to finish first in the East? The reason is simple. Plus thoughts on the CBA negotiations and Taylor Hall.
Still trying to be optimistic we’ll have at least part of an NHL season, but if not, that means more sojourns to Ontario League towns and trips to the Ricoh Coliseum, home of the American League’s Toronto Marlies.


Analyzing both sides of the Rick Nash trade

Analyzing both sides of the Rick Nash trade

by Rory Boylen - July 24, 2012 2:00 PM EDT

The New York Rangers picked up an elite goal-scorer, while the Blue Jackets started a brand new rebuild.
The hockey world received a jolt when news of the Rick Nash trade broke Monday afternoon. Another of the league’s small-market franchises took a beating, days after Nashville cornerstone Shea Weber signed an offer sheet with Philadelphia (though it was matched Tuesday by the Predators).


Beware the unproven goalie, Mike Green risk and the Winnipeg Jets

Beware the unproven goalie, Mike Green risk and the Winnipeg Jets

by Rory Boylen - July 17, 2012 3:35 PM EDT

Why you can't always count on first-year starters; defending the cap hit for Mike Green; and how good are the Jets?
Got some good feedback on this three-pronged style last week and one reader on Twitter (@Jetzky18) came up with the #ODG hash tag, so if you have anything you’d like to see appear in one of these spaces, drop it there.


Overrated Lightning, hard-headed Flames and Mason Raymond

Overrated Lightning, hard-headed Flames and Mason Raymond

by Rory Boylen - July 10, 2012 6:00 PM EDT

Why Tampa's GM and coach need to achieve consistency; loving the Flames' tactics; and what will Mason Raymond be?
I wanted to attempt something different in this column space and will try it out at times over the summer. We’ll break it into three sections: offense, defense and goaltending.


Is the 2012 draft a down year?

Is the 2012 draft a down year?

by Rory Boylen - June 23, 2012 2:20 PM EDT

Many think the 2012 draft was going to be a little weak, and defense heavy, and this was a perception dating back three years.
“I’ve been in this racket for 15 years and straight across the board this is the weakest draft. Straight across the board, without question.


The humanity behind Stanley Cup celebrations

The humanity behind Stanley Cup celebrations

by Rory Boylen - June 12, 2012 3:24 PM EDT

As much as winning the Cup is about the championship team, it's also about the sport as a whole and all the sacrifices people make for the game.
The Stanley Cup. It’s what this is all about. If you don’t get a shiver of goosebumps or a tiny lump in your throat when the greatest trophy in all of sport is escorted onto the ice, with its historical records of all who lifted glory before gleaming from top to bottom, you just don’t understand.


The myth of the blocked shot problem

The myth of the blocked shot problem

by Rory Boylen - May 15, 2012 3:40 PM EDT

Shot blocking has become a major talking point in these playoffs, but with only one of the final four teams especially good at it, the logic doesn't add up.
We all know the story of Bobby Baun. His Game 6 overtime marker sent the 1964 Stanley Cup final to Game 7. He scored it on a broken foot sustained blocking a Gordie Howe slapper.


Cap hit no reason to pass up Roberto Luongo, Rick Nash

Cap hit no reason to pass up Roberto Luongo, Rick Nash

by Rory Boylen - May 1, 2012 3:55 PM EDT

To be a good team you need good players and to have good players you need to lay down some cap space.
This summer is heating up to be an interesting one. So many would-be contenders out early + a thin free agent market + big names rumored to be available via trade = loads of action.


Coaching, goaltending and discipline carry the West

Coaching, goaltending and discipline carry the West

by Rory Boylen - April 24, 2012 1:59 PM EDT

The Western Conference is all about shutting it down now that the high-powered offenses are gone - and if one of them wins, the off-season will get more interesting.
Look west and you’ll see a new crop of Stanley Cup challengers pushing through to the second round. You’ll see that three of the four higher seeds won, though they might have been regarded as underdogs by many for their lack of playoff pedigree.


Kings would be crazy to trade captain Dustin Brown

Kings would be crazy to trade captain Dustin Brown

by Rory Boylen - April 17, 2012 4:35 PM EDT

Remember when the Kings were talking about trading their captain? How awful would that move have been?
So many great games and performances, so little word space. • It’s hard to believe the Los Angeles Kings were closing in on trading Dustin Brown Feb.


Perseverance, not referees, win playoff games

Perseverance, not referees, win playoff games

by Rory Boylen - April 10, 2012 4:05 PM EDT

The season of referee bashing is set to begin, but the teams that best deal with challenges will win out.
It happens every year when a team falls behind in a game or a series or drops four out of seven. It’s silly, really, but there’s no avoiding it.


Jonathan Quick for the Vezina Trophy

Jonathan Quick for the Vezina Trophy

by Rory Boylen - April 3, 2012 1:50 PM EDT

Why the Kings goalie should be named the league's best goalie this season and be in the running for the Hart Trophy.
On a THN Puck Panel video a couple weeks back, Ryan Kennedy and I discussed a few awards and who the frontrunners were for each. When it came to the Vezina Trophy, I was ready to hand it over to Henrik Lundqvist.


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