by Adam Proteau - March 10, 2011 2:22 PM EST
How has the salary cap helped keep coaches employed through this NHL season?
They say that, in the world of highly paid professional athletes, it’s much easier to fire an underachieving team’s coach than it is to fire the players.
by Adam Proteau - March 3, 2011 1:45 PM EST
If the NHL decided to move back to Winnipeg it would create a great buzz for fans, but it wouldn't all be rosy.
As the rumblings of an NHL return to Winnipeg grow louder, the excitement building in that city is almost palpable. That’s fantastic, if not for the poor people of Atlanta or Phoenix, who may have no choice but to sit back helplessly and watch their team be plucked from their hometown and their hearts, then certainly for fans in Manitoba who went through the same misery back in 1996 when the Jets left for Arizona.
by Adam Proteau - February 24, 2011 12:05 PM EST
To spice up the playoff races and yearly schedules, the NHL should create a more balanced atmosphere.
Seventeen years ago, in an effort to continue modernizing its operation, the NHL decided to discontinue naming its divisions and conferences after famous figures from hockey history.
by Adam Proteau - February 18, 2011 2:35 PM EST
The Tomas Kaberle for Joe Colborne and a first round pick trade is exactly what both the Bruins and Maple Leafs were searching for.
Finally, two things happened this week that people have been speculating about for the past seven years or so: The Rock returned to a pro wrestling ring for the first time since 2004; and in Toronto, the omnipresent trade rumors surrounding defenseman Tomas Kaberle mercifully came to a conclusion when the Maple Leafs sent their longest-serving player to the Boston Bruins.
by Adam Proteau - February 17, 2011 12:20 PM EST
Even though the Maple Leafs are still outside the playoffs after a few years with him as the boss, Ron Wilson should be kept around.
NFL legend Vince Lombardi, arguably the greatest coach in any sport, once said, “the difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.
by Adam Proteau - February 10, 2011 1:12 PM EST
From a couple trades, to a couple suspensions and a crazy game, we look at what happened Wednesday and tell you what it all means.
It was a wild, wooly Wednesday in the NHL, featuring trades, suspensions and at least one game that will lead to more suspensions. Let’s take a brief look at all the things that made headlines: Headline No.
by Adam Proteau - February 3, 2011 12:00 PM EST
If Terry Pegula runs the Buffalo Sabres with a dedication to winning, it will be a boon to the city of Buffalo.
As the Terry Pegula Ownership Era begins in Buffalo, my hope is that it’s an improvement on the Tom Golisano Ownership Era. This is not to say that Golisano, the exiting owner of the Queen City’s Sabres, is a perfidious cad on par with Jon Gosselin or ‘Boots’ Del Biaggio.
by Adam Proteau - January 27, 2011 12:40 PM EST
As the Flames veteran prepares for retirement, his presence won't be missed by just teammates, but by fans and journalists, too.
When I spoke to Flames center Craig Conroy just prior to the start of this season, he was as cheerful as ever. “I’m just glad to be playing another year,” the 39-year-old said at the time.
by Adam Proteau - January 20, 2011 1:02 PM EST
With injury lists filling up across the league, it's time for the NHL to consider dropping the amount of pre-season and regular season games that are played.
On Wednesday night, Rangers left winger Ruslan Fedotenko was knocked out of action for two-to-four weeks with a separated shoulder. Earlier in the day, the Blueshirts announced their MVP this season, center Brandon Dubinsky, would be out for three-to-four weeks with a stress fracture in his left leg.
by Adam Proteau - January 13, 2011 1:05 PM EST
Philadelphia and Pittsburgh look like Cup threats, the Rangers are in the middle, while the Islanders and Devils are in poor standing in this grouping.
NEW JERSEY DEVILS THN pre-season prediction: 5th in East Scoring leaders: Patrik Elias, 30; Ilya Kovalchuk, 23; Travis Zajac, 21. Key stat: Devils have league’s worst 5-on-5 goals-for/against ratio (0.
by Adam Proteau - December 28, 2010 4:15 PM EST
Thanks to a plethora of puzzling personnel moves, Darryl Sutter is no longer the Flames' GM. And his eventual successor has a big mess to clean up.
A while ago, a former NHL GM gave me a great insight into his profession – specifically, the reason why GMs make what most people would consider to be stubborn decisions: “Look, GMs are supposed to believe in their players, in their coaches, in their entire staff,” the ex-GM said.
by Adam Proteau - December 16, 2010 1:45 PM EST
One of the bigger trades from last season is still resonating in Toronto and Calgary, but now that we've had time to judge, who won?
Since the Maple Leafs and Flames consummated one of last season’s most notable NHL trades – one that sent Dion Phaneuf, Fredrik Sjostrom and Keith Aulie to Toronto and Matt Stajan, Niklas Hagman, Ian White and Jamal Mayers to Calgary – there’s been no shortage of debate as to who won the deal.
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