Rory Boylen's Column

NHL referees do well to avoid ticky-tacky penalties

NHL referees do well to avoid ticky-tacky penalties

by Rory Boylen - May 3, 2011 1:02 PM EDT

An NHL game is better when referees use judgment instead of calling each and every penalty by the book.
For the life of me, I can’t understand why anyone would be steadfast in the notion that the NHL fixes playoff games through its officials and then still watch.


Too much whining and why Cory Schneider was still the right call

Too much whining and why Cory Schneider was still the right call

by Rory Boylen - April 26, 2011 2:27 PM EDT

What's with all the whining over penalties?; a great, gusty charging call by Dan O’Halloran; and why Schneider was the right move in Game 6.
The Stanley Cup playoffs bring out the best of the hockey world with passionate play, incredible comebacks and thrilling overtimes. But it also brings out the absolute worst in hockey, too.


Canucks should start Schneider in Game 6

Canucks should start Schneider in Game 6

by Rory Boylen - April 23, 2011 10:51 AM EDT

Roberto Luongo's the undisputed No. 1 in Vancouver, but the Blackhawks are in his head and sitting him in Chicago is a no-lose scenario.
It wouldn’t be an easy decision, but if the Vancouver Canucks management lost their minds and named me coach of the team effective immediately, I’d turn to Cory Schneider in Game 6.


THN.com Blog: Coyotes' Lauri Korpikoski one to watch during Stanley Cup playoffs

THN.com Blog: Coyotes' Lauri Korpikoski one to watch during Stanley Cup playoffs

by Rory Boylen - March 29, 2011 1:52 PM EDT

While Keith Yandle, Shane Doan and Ilya Bryzgalov are known names in Phoenix, Lauri Korpikoski is just as important.
As much as the Stanley Cup playoffs are about the ascension of players such as Jonathan Toews and Sidney Crosby into the championship elite, it’s also about the Dan Clearys, Maxime Talbots and Dave Bollands awakening national consciousness to their integral, less-pronounced roles on strong teams.


THN.com Blog: Surging San Jose Sharks back atop the food chain

THN.com Blog: Surging San Jose Sharks back atop the food chain

by Rory Boylen - March 22, 2011 2:06 PM EDT

It took nearly half the season for the Sharks to kick it into gear, but now that they have, they sit atop their division once again.
When the San Jose Sharks woke up the morning of Jan. 14 they were floating in unchartered waters. Recognized as the poster team for regular season success, San Jose was more whale shark than tiger shark at the season’s mid-point, winning fewer than half their games and languishing in 12th place in the Western Conference.


THN.com Blog: Unyielding demands for change not helping hockey

THN.com Blog: Unyielding demands for change not helping hockey

by Rory Boylen - March 13, 2011 11:40 AM EDT

Analysts and fans who use incidents like the Chara-Pacioretty hit as an opportunity to belittle the NHL for being unwilling to change should look in the mirror.
I’ve been a passionate hockey fan for as long as I can remember. I’ve played, refereed and coached. I’ve lived it. I’ve breathed it.


THN.com Blog: Six thoughts from around the NHL

THN.com Blog: Six thoughts from around the NHL

by Rory Boylen - March 8, 2011 2:45 PM EST

Why Brian Burke is the man for Toronto; what the Panthers were thinking in trading Frolik; why Trevor Gillies isn't bad; and more.
Toronto GM Brian Burke takes a lot of guff from detractors who claim he’s overrated and has inherited every good team he’s ever managed.


THN.com Blog: Who wins the weekend's blockbusters?

THN.com Blog: Who wins the weekend's blockbusters?

by Rory Boylen - February 22, 2011 12:31 PM EST

Two massive trades came out of nowhere in the past few days, so we break down which teams came out on top.
Shortly after the 2004-05 lockout, Chris Pronger was traded from St. Louis to Edmonton for Eric Brewer, Jeff Woywitka and Doug Lynch. It was the dawn of a new era in the NHL and while most early moves such as this one were done to align teams in a new economic and competitive era, it brought a sense of excitement accentuated by the return of hockey in general.


THN.com Blog: John Moore's journey to the NHL

THN.com Blog: John Moore's journey to the NHL

by Rory Boylen - February 15, 2011 12:30 PM EST

The 2009 first-rounder, in his first AHL season, was recently called up to the NHL for the first time and it's been an experience he'll never forget.
If you’re reading this, at some point in your life you’ve probably dreamt about playing in the NHL. The odds are long, the journey is tough and, for the vast majority of us, the ultimate goal is never really within reach.


THN.com Blog: Four players we'd like to see in the playoffs

THN.com Blog: Four players we'd like to see in the playoffs

by Rory Boylen - February 8, 2011 2:27 PM EST

With about 30 games left before the post-season, we list a few names we're hoping to see make the top eight.
You know the saying “drive for show, putt for dough?” Well, in a way it can apply to hockey as well, with the long 82-game stretch from October to April representing the drive and the short best-of-seven-game bursts in the spring representing the putt.


THN.com Blog: A collection of surprising stats

THN.com Blog: A collection of surprising stats

by Rory Boylen - February 1, 2011 3:23 PM EST

As we get ready for the final months of the regular season, we take a look at some noteworthy stats.
Statistics, of course, don’t tell the whole story. The only way you can get a real sense of how good or bad teams are is to sit and watch them play out their games.


THN.com Blog: Eagerly hoping for Peter Forsberg's return

THN.com Blog: Eagerly hoping for Peter Forsberg's return

by Rory Boylen - January 25, 2011 1:40 PM EST

Instead of receiving flak for attempting a return to the NHL for the first time since 2008, Forsberg deserves admiration.
I can’t for the life of me understand why anyone wouldn’t want to see Peter Forsberg return to the NHL. This whole line of thinking that an aged player should just walk away instead of returning because he’d “make a fool of himself” is silly – and it runs directly against how any one of us would approach anything we wanted to keep doing, even if we knew our best before date had passed.


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