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THN.com Blog: Kane charge gets overblown from all angles

THN.com Blog: Kane charge gets overblown from all angles

by John Grigg - August 11, 2009 1:47 PM EDT

Reports and opinions regarding the Blackhawks sniper's run-in with a Buffalo cabbie spread like wildfire in the wake of the incident.
It really is amazing in this day and age how quickly celebrities are vilified. Reports surfaced Sunday that young Blackhawks star Patrick Kane and his cousin had been arrested and charged with felony robbery and misdemeanor counts of theft and criminal mischief for allegedly beating and robbing a cab driver after an altercation over 20 cents.


THN.com Blog: Summertime fun ruined by NHLer

THN.com Blog: Summertime fun ruined by NHLer

by John Grigg - August 4, 2009 1:20 PM EDT

For some NHLers, the off-season is a time to relax and travel, but some can't shake the competitive spirit if they play in summer leagues.
While sharing a few drinks and talking hockey with one of my buddies at a cottage this past long weekend, the exploits of a fringe NHLer/American League goon came up.


THN.com Blog: Central Division singing the Blues in 2009-10

THN.com Blog: Central Division singing the Blues in 2009-10

by John Grigg - July 28, 2009 3:05 PM EDT

After coming on strong at the end of last year, look out for the young Blues as they charge towards the Wings and Hawks for top spot in the division.
This is the time of year when pundits and fans alike make grandiose, off-the-wall predictions about teams, something of which I am a big fan.


THN.com Blog: Are there Sharks in the water?

THN.com Blog: Are there Sharks in the water?

by John Grigg - July 21, 2009 11:55 AM EDT

Changing the culture in San Jose won't be as easy as some think, but when the Sharks do make a move expect many more to follow.
As we make our way through the dog days of the NHL summer, there are a few interesting, potentially season-altering changes still to come – Dany Heatley, Tomas Kaberle and Phil Kessel are all expected to be moved; Alex Tanguay would look really nice as a contending team’s second-line left winger; and, as discussed during Monday’s THN Shootout, defensemen Derek Morris, Mathieu Schneider and Sergei Zubov are still looking for work, as are second-tier forwards Todd Bertuzzi and Mike Comrie.


THN.com Blog: Off-season changes put Ducks in good position for 2009-10

THN.com Blog: Off-season changes put Ducks in good position for 2009-10

by John Grigg - July 14, 2009 1:17 PM EDT

Since they won the Cup in 2007 Anaheim has seen many players move on, but next year's edition is already looking like another contender.
It’s been a summer of transition in Anaheim. In fact it’s been a couple years worth of transition. The Ducks won the Stanley Cup in 2007 and since September of that year, the team has made an astounding 27 trades, involving 51 players and 23 draft choices.


THN.com Blog: Blue-collar blueline taking shape in Toronto

THN.com Blog: Blue-collar blueline taking shape in Toronto

by John Grigg - July 7, 2009 11:56 AM EDT

Fans hoped for an injection of free agent offense, but the Leafs GM is making a wise move by building from the backend up.
Last season the Maple Leafs were easily the NHL’s worst defensive team, surrendering 3.49 goals-against per contest. The Buds managed to stay competitive-ish by potting 2.


THN.com Blog: Weighing development and economics

THN.com Blog: Weighing development and economics

by John Grigg - June 23, 2009 1:05 PM EDT

For an 18-year-old player to jump right into the NHL he has to possess some tremendous skills, but that's not the only reason a player that age might make it.
In advance of the NHL’s draft this weekend, I talked to a team scout about some of the players expected to go early Friday and just what it takes for 18-year-old kids to make an NHL squad these days.


THN.com Blog: Plenty of issues still remain in Phoenix

THN.com Blog: Plenty of issues still remain in Phoenix

by John Grigg - June 16, 2009 2:22 PM EDT

Will Balsillie ever get his team? Will the Coyotes suffer on the ice? Where will the team eventually end up?
Can’t say I was much surprised by Monday’s ruling in a Phoenix courtroom – the most interesting hockey happening in the desert since Roadrunners forward Robbie Ftorek was named MVP of the World Association in 1977.


THN.com Blog: Bettman wrong to dump on OHL over head-shot rule

THN.com Blog: Bettman wrong to dump on OHL over head-shot rule

by John Grigg - June 9, 2009 12:30 PM EDT

The NHL has the right not to adopt a penalty for hits to the head, but don't use the Ontario League's results as a reason why.
I have to say I was surprised and perturbed by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman’s comments last Tuesday during CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada broadcast of Game 3 of the Cup final.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Pressure mounts for Pens heading into Game 3

THN.com Playoff Blog: Pressure mounts for Pens heading into Game 3

by John Grigg - June 2, 2009 1:38 PM EDT

Down 2-0 heading home, Pittsburgh - led by Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin - must find a way to crack the Red Wings' armor.
Game 3 Tuesday in Pittsburgh is, of course, a must-win for the Penguins – when you’re down 2-0 in a series, that’s a no-brainer statement.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Penguins easily weathering Carolina's storm

THN.com Playoff Blog: Penguins easily weathering Carolina's storm

by John Grigg - May 26, 2009 11:13 AM EDT

The fat lady's warming up, so Hurricanes fans should enjoy what's remaining of the Eastern Conference final.
Well, it’s all mercifully coming to an end for the thoroughly overmatched and outplayed Hurricanes. That’s not to say the Canes can’t pull one out Tuesday at the RBC Center for their fans, but there’s no way they win four straight against the high-octane Penguins.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Perilous predictions revisited…the horror

THN.com Playoff Blog: Perilous predictions revisited…the horror

by John Grigg - May 16, 2009 5:44 PM EDT

Through two rounds many brackets and projections have been busted in the THN office and around the hockey world, so it's time to reflect.
With the playoffs half over and three-quarters of the qualifiers now on vacation (Does that math seem weird to anyone else?), it’s time to take a second look at my predictions from the eve of the post-season — and I’ll throw in a few of my colleagues’ as well, to prove there actually are experts around the THN offices and for some comic relief.


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