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THN.com Blog: NHL backup far from easy

THN.com Blog: NHL backup far from easy

by John Grigg - December 26, 2010 9:45 AM EST

When all the pressure's on the No. 1, the role of backup goalie would seem like the easiest job in the world. But the opposite is the case, just ask Montreal's little-used keeper Alex Auld.
Is there a tougher job in major league sports than the seldom-used backup NHL goaltender?   Being a pro football kicker sure requires a thick skin and steely nerves; the line between hero or goat is thin and crossing it can be at the mercy of weather, even a bad snap.


THN.com Blog: Suspended coach deserves a break

THN.com Blog: Suspended coach deserves a break

by John Grigg - December 18, 2010 9:57 AM EST

A minor hockey coach who pulled his team off the ice after one of his players had a racial slur directed his way has been suspended for the rest of the season. And that's not right.
Imagine you’re at work or school. You’re about to give a presentation and someone calls you fat, or ugly, or stupid. Or, worse yet, hurls a racial slur your way.


THN.com Blog: No doubt Crosby is NHL's best

THN.com Blog: No doubt Crosby is NHL's best

by John Grigg - December 5, 2010 9:30 AM EST

There's been a lot of debate over Sidney Crosby's career as to where he sits among the game's active great, but his play this year makes it clear he's No. 1.
Is there any doubt 'The Kid' is the best player in the world? If there was before this season began, there shouldn’t be anymore. We’ve been hearing the Sidney Crosby-Alex Ovechkin debate for five years and it’s always gone the same way: Ovie is more dominant and wins a lot of individual accolades, but Sid has some of his own along with a Cup, another final appearance and a gold medal.


THN.com Blog: New York NHL hockey no fun

THN.com Blog: New York NHL hockey no fun

by John Grigg - November 28, 2010 10:00 AM EST

Between the Islanders, Sabres, Rangers and even the Devils, it's a terrible time to be a fan in New York State.
You know what sucks? Being an NHL fan in New York right now. The Islanders and Devils (hey, if the NFL’s Giants and Jets can play in New Jersey and still call New York home, I’m counting the Devils, too) are holding down two of the league’s bottom three spots and have the two worst offenses in the game.


THN.com Blog: New Jersey coach John MacLean on the firing line

THN.com Blog: New Jersey coach John MacLean on the firing line

by John Grigg - November 20, 2010 10:20 AM EST

With only five wins in 19 games, if John MacLean's Devils don't turn it around soon, he'll follow Scott Gordon to the unemployment line.
Scott Gordon was the first coach to go this season – banished from the Isle after just 17 games – and you don’t need the Oracle at Delphi to figure out where the next coaching casualty will come from.


THN.com Blog: Young Blues will continue competing in NHL's tough Western Conference

THN.com Blog: Young Blues will continue competing in NHL's tough Western Conference

by John Grigg - November 14, 2010 9:45 AM EST

After a hot start the St. Louis Blues have begun to face the injury bug, an issue they'll overcome to return to the post-season.
St. Louis has been one of the better feel-good stories of the young NHL season. Riding the hot goaltending of Jaro Halak, the ‘Little Team that Could’ finds itself battling the mighty Detroit Red Wings in the Central Division and in the thick of the nascent Presidents’ Trophy chase.


THN.com Blog: Capitals taking advice they didn’t know they got

THN.com Blog: Capitals taking advice they didn’t know they got

by John Grigg - October 31, 2010 10:15 AM EDT

Washington needed to tightening up defense and become more responsible this season, and so far they've answered the call.
The next cover story in The Hockey News magazine is entitled “On the Clock.” Senior writer Ken Campbell delves into the Washington Capitals and how there are simply no more excuses for this team; the time to win is this season.


THN.com Blog: No solution for Senators

THN.com Blog: No solution for Senators

by John Grigg - October 24, 2010 9:13 AM EDT

It's been a rough start to the NHL season for Ottawa and there's no quick fix available via the trade market.
We here at THN took some heat over our 2010 Yearbook predictions, not the least of which came from Ottawa. Senators fans were pretty upset we picked their team to finish 10th in the East and let it be known fairly vociferously.


THN.com Blog: Canadiens should have kept Guy Boucher

THN.com Blog: Canadiens should have kept Guy Boucher

by John Grigg - October 17, 2010 2:33 PM EDT

Though it would have been a bold and unexpected move, Montreal would have been wise to offer its coaching job to the man now at the helm in Tampa Bay.
There’s an unwritten rule in sport that you never block your best people from moving on to bigger and better things. Sure, sometimes you hear of a team refusing another’s request to interview a coach or executive, but no franchise wants to be known as one that stalls the careers of its personnel.


THN.com Blog: Comparing the '67 Maple Leafs and this year's Red Wings

THN.com Blog: Comparing the '67 Maple Leafs and this year's Red Wings

by John Grigg - October 10, 2010 9:05 AM EDT

An aging team, the Red Wings still have a lot of fight left in them and can be compared favorably with the last Leafs team to win it all.
It’s been 43 years since Toronto last won the Stanley Cup and it’ll be 44 come next June. But the 1966-67 Maple Leafs season was a magical one.


THN.com Blog: The upside to Rangers GM Glen Sather

THN.com Blog: The upside to Rangers GM Glen Sather

by John Grigg - September 30, 2010 1:00 PM EDT

While Glen Sather hasn't put together a dynasty since his Oiler days, he still makes magic happen and shouldn't be labeled as the league's worst GM.
As a kid in the mid-to-late 1980s, I remember shinny on the frozen creek behind my parents’ house during downtime in the winter and pretending to be various Edmonton Oilers in the driveway during warmer months – never a guy who needed to be a star, I replayed Mike Krushelnyski hopping out of the way of a shot that got through for a goal over and over again.


THN.com Blog: Maple Leafs’ Komisarek needs to calm down

THN.com Blog: Maple Leafs’ Komisarek needs to calm down

by John Grigg - September 23, 2010 2:25 PM EDT

After a fight during scrimmage and in a pre-season game, Mike Komisarek has to tone it down before he gets injured again.
When the Maple Leafs signed defenseman Mike Komisarek to a five-year 22.5-million contract in July 2009, it was seen as one of GM Brian Burke’s initial steps towards creating a rough-and-tumble team with skill, much like his Anaheim squad that won the Stanley Cup in 2007.


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