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THN.com Blog: Five teams finished and five teams with work to do this off-season

THN.com Blog: Five teams finished and five teams with work to do this off-season

by Adam Proteau - July 12, 2010 2:15 PM EDT

With free agency nearly two weeks old, many NHL rosters have become set, while others still need some work around the cap.
It’s the middle of July, which means two things: one, millions of hockey fans are looking wistfully at any and all arenas they happen to pass by; and two, much of the important off-season roster shuffling among NHL franchises has been completed.


THN.com Blog: More cockamamie clichés

THN.com Blog: More cockamamie clichés

by Adam Proteau - July 5, 2010 12:47 PM EDT

They're the lines many NHLers fall back on when they're at a loss for words, but the hockey world would be a better place if we struck the following six sayings from the language.
Unfortunately, clichés are as much a part of the hockey world as any vulcanized mound of rubber or composite stick composed of uncooked spaghetti.


THN.com Blog: Maple Leafs add Kris Versteeg in another Blackhawks salary cap trade

THN.com Blog: Maple Leafs add Kris Versteeg in another Blackhawks salary cap trade

by Adam Proteau - June 30, 2010 11:45 PM EDT

On the eve of free agency the Maple Leafs traded for Kris Versteeg, with Tomas Kaberle still on the block.
Although the Much Music headquarters should now be placed on high alert, the Kris Versteeg to-the-Maple-Leafs trade is going to make a lot of otherwise miserable Toronto sports fans very happy.


NHL Free Agent Preview: Pacific Division

NHL Free Agent Preview: Pacific Division

by Adam Proteau - June 28, 2010 12:43 PM EDT

Some big names are getting set to head out of town, from Evgeni Nabokov to Teemu Selanne, as the division gets younger.
ANAHEIM DUCKS Cap space – $21.2 million UFAs – Saku Koivu, C; Teemu Selanne, RW; Aaron Ward, D; Joey MacDonald, G; Brennan Evans, D; Brian Salcido, D; Ryan Donally, LW; Kyle Calder, LW RFAs – James Wisniewski, D; Bobby Ryan, LW; Brendan Mikkelson, D; Shawn Weller; LW; Jean-Philippe Levasseur, G; Bobby Bolt, LW Needs – With Scott Niedermayer’s retirement, the Ducks are in need of a veteran, minute-munching replacement on the blueline.


THN.com Blog: Is the UFC better than the NHL?

THN.com Blog: Is the UFC better than the NHL?

by Adam Proteau - June 14, 2010 12:45 PM EDT

Dana White thinks his sport is better, but that's clearly not the case... and Proteau enters social networking.
• So UFC impresario Dana White thinks his brand of entertainment is “more exciting than hockey,” does he? If White means his mixed-martial arts fighters provide more of an adrenaline rush than does the NHL’s ham-fisted, dancing bear routines, I’ll give him that.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Nabokov must be better for Sharks

THN.com Playoff Blog: Nabokov must be better for Sharks

by Adam Proteau - May 16, 2010 6:59 PM EDT

San Jose outplayed Chicago in Game 1, but solid play from Antti Niemi and one shaky goal from the Sharks keeper was the difference.
The story of Game 1 of the NHL’s Western Conference Final between Chicago and San Jose really depends on who’s doing the telling.


THN.com Playoff Blog: GM Doug Wilson's patience paying off for Sharks

THN.com Playoff Blog: GM Doug Wilson's patience paying off for Sharks

by Adam Proteau - May 10, 2010 1:30 PM EDT

Blowing up the roster was a viable option after another playoff debacle last season, but instead a couple of minor adjustments have kept San Jose swimming straight.
At the conclusion of the first round of last year’s playoffs, San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson easily could have jammed sticks of TNT in his team’s roster and made a mint by holding an auction to decide which fan got to strike the first flame.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Claude Lemieux's playoff performances incomparable

THN.com Playoff Blog: Claude Lemieux's playoff performances incomparable

by Adam Proteau - May 3, 2010 12:20 PM EDT

An agitator in his time, Lemieux is unlike Sean Avery or Matt Cooke because of the statistics he piled up along the way.
To wonder whether there’s a player in the 2010 post-season who is the equal to Claude Lemieux is not to grasp the impact the legendary, polarizing NHLer had on the ice.


THN.com Playoff Blog: What to make of Matt Cooke?

THN.com Playoff Blog: What to make of Matt Cooke?

by Adam Proteau - April 26, 2010 1:20 PM EDT

Should we feel good or bad for the success of the Pens shift disturber after his hit on Marc Savard... how to get suspended... and Laperriere's wise choice.
I was of two minds watching Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke help screw the lid shut on the Ottawa Senators’ season Saturday night. One part of me was pleased to see Cooke enjoy some personal success after his deplorable hit on Boston’s Marc Savard caused some to paint him as the worst of hockey’s bad eggs.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Luongo not living up to 12-year deal

THN.com Playoff Blog: Luongo not living up to 12-year deal

by Adam Proteau - April 20, 2010 1:00 PM EDT

For a No. 1 goalie, Roberto Luongo gets pulled an awful lot and it makes you wonder if he really is elite and worth a 12-year contract.
As Roberto Luongo got the walnut treatment – shelled, swallowed and swept into the nearest trash receptacle – in Vancouver’s 5-3, Game 3 loss to Los Angeles Monday night, all I could think about was a conversation I had a year or so ago with a former NHL goalie who believed the Canucks’ star goaltender wasn’t as good as his reputation and salary suggest.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Coyotes resiliency on full display in Game 3

THN.com Playoff Blog: Coyotes resiliency on full display in Game 3

by Adam Proteau - April 18, 2010 7:01 PM EDT

Phoenix has faced more than their share of adversity this season and never back down. That was the case again Sunday in a 4-2 win over the Red Wings.
All season long, the Phoenix Coyotes needed neither stable ownership nor sellout crowds to be successful on NHL ice rinks. And after Game 3 of their Western Conference series against the Detroit Red Wings, you can add Shane Doan to the list of components not necessary for a Yotes victory.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Coyotes, Avalanche late attacks lead to Game 1 upsets

THN.com Playoff Blog: Coyotes, Avalanche late attacks lead to Game 1 upsets

by Adam Proteau - April 15, 2010 7:41 AM EDT

Back in the playoffs after a layoff, Phoenix and Colorado fly in the face of the favorites to take down tight Game 1 action.
After the upstart seasons both teams had, it was fitting on the opening night of the playoffs to see the Phoenix Coyotes and Colorado Avalanche serve notice they wouldn’t be the respective pushovers of the Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks.


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