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Oilers, Lightning drama add sombre tone to NHL GM meetings

Oilers, Lightning drama add sombre tone to NHL GM meetings

by Adam Proteau - November 12, 2013 8:44 PM EST

There were no shortage of issues coming from the latest GMs meeting Tuesday. But while some of those issues were league-related – including goalie fights; the extension of overtime; and the new playoff format – other issues were specifically related to unfortunate teams.
There were no shortage of issues arising out of the latest GMs meeting at the NHL’s Toronto office Tuesday. But while some of those issues were league-related – including goalie fights; the extension of overtime; and the new playoff format – other issues were specifically related to unfortunate teams and those issues were not positive.


Islanders’ loss to Capitals underscores need to improve on defense and in goal

Islanders’ loss to Capitals underscores need to improve on defense and in goal

by Adam Proteau - November 6, 2013 9:25 AM EST

As they demonstrated in a 6-2 drubbing at the hands of the Washington Capitals, the new-look New York Islanders are having the same problems they had prior to the blockbuster trade that brought Thomas Vanek to the franchise.
As they demonstrated in a 6-2 drubbing at the hands of the Washington Capitals, the new-look New York Islanders are having the same problems they had prior to the blockbuster trade that brought Thomas Vanek to the franchise.


Should Preds trade Shea Weber? The answer may surprise you

Should Preds trade Shea Weber? The answer may surprise you

by Adam Proteau - October 24, 2013 4:40 PM EDT

Why the Nashville Predators, now without Pekka Rinne for a month, should explore trading their world-class defenseman for a nice haul.
The news couldn’t have been much worse for Predators fans: star goalie Pekka Rinne will be out of the lineup for a month because of a bacterial infection in his hip.


Sabres’ growing pains could last a while

Sabres’ growing pains could last a while

by Adam Proteau - October 17, 2013 4:22 PM EDT

Things couldn’t get much worse for the Sabres, right? Wrong.
In eight games this season, the Buffalo Sabres have won just once and that victory came in a shootout. They have the NHL’s most abysmal offense – they’ve been outscored by almost a 2:1 ratio – and their third jersey is sufficiently gaudy to make their fans consider emigrating.


Exciting Leafs-Habs debut marred by horrifying Parros injury

Exciting Leafs-Habs debut marred by horrifying Parros injury

by Adam Proteau - October 2, 2013 11:40 AM EDT

An otherwise entertaining, if sloppy opening-night game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the host Montreal Canadiens was stopped dead in its tracks early in the third period when Habs enforcer George Parros lost consciousness after an altercation with Leafs tough guy Colton Orr.
An otherwise entertaining, if sloppy opening-night game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the host Montreal Canadiens was stopped dead in its tracks early in the third period when Habs enforcer George Parros lost consciousness after an altercation with Leafs tough guy Colton Orr.


Ranking teams in each conference

Ranking teams in each conference

by Adam Proteau - September 26, 2013 11:46 AM EDT

Now that THN's group picks are out of the way, columnist Adam Proteau weighs in with his own feelings on how 2013-14 will play out.
It’s that time of year again – pre-season prediction time, when hockey writers subject themselves to torrents of reader abuse in the name of establishing some expectations for the NHL’s 30 teams.


Tribalism and the NHL

Tribalism and the NHL

by Adam Proteau - September 19, 2013 2:30 PM EDT

What unites fans under one sport divides them into 30 tribes. An identity, an allegiance, a passion the league and sponsors are eager to exploit.
“Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armor yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.


Nazem Kadri starts new chapter in career with Maple Leafs

Nazem Kadri starts new chapter in career with Maple Leafs

by Adam Proteau - September 11, 2013 3:09 PM EDT

Now that Kadri is signed, it's time for both team and player to move ahead into a bright future together.
The easy thing to do in the wake of Nazem Kadri’s recently concluded contractual staredown with the Toronto Maple Leafs is to hold it against the young man, to paint him as expectant, selfish, immature.


Brian Burke a boon for Calgary and the NHL

Brian Burke a boon for Calgary and the NHL

by The Hockey News - September 5, 2013 1:28 PM EDT

The Flames hired Burke as president of hockey operations Thursday and his boisterous, bellicose demeanor should be welcomed.
Let’s face it – the NHL can sometimes feel more like a mausoleum than a major sports league. By and large, hockey players, coaches and GMs bend over backward to crank out the most milquetoast, insight-free sound bytes this side of a beauty pageant.


Alfredsson departure left Senators in better place

Alfredsson departure left Senators in better place

by Adam Proteau - August 15, 2013 10:28 AM EDT

Bobby Ryan or Daniel Alfredsson? That's essentially what it came down to this summer for Eugene Melnyk's Senators.
The first of December is 108 days away - 108 too many for some people in Ottawa, because that’s the day Daniel Alfredsson returns to the city in a uniform that will look utterly foreign on him.


Boycotting Sochi Olympics would be missed opportunity

Boycotting Sochi Olympics would be missed opportunity

by Adam Proteau - August 9, 2013 10:50 AM EDT

Russia's anti-gay laws has led to some calls for a boycott, but the wrong people would pay the price in that situation.
Inside or outside the hockey world, there’s nothing wrong with taking a stand for what you believe in. Most of the time it’s quite admirable.


NHL can show goodwill to Canada through expansion

NHL can show goodwill to Canada through expansion

by Adam Proteau - August 1, 2013 12:49 PM EDT

There's a feeling in some Canadian cities that the NHL has something against them - a feeling that would go away by expanding to Quebec City and the GTA.
In spite of an owner-triggered, wholly needless lockout, the NHL has never enjoyed more support in Canada than it does today. Canada again has seven franchises and more crazed hockey fans than ever before.


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