by Adam Proteau - April 5, 2010 12:30 PM EDT
On paper, the Lightning looked much improved this season, but off-ice troubles have been keeping this team down.
I really wanted to be praising the Tampa Bay Lightning this time of year. Shame they’ve left me no choice but to bury them. The Florida Panthers are a franchise I expect to be underwhelmed by each and every season – and they never let me down come springtime.
by Adam Proteau - March 22, 2010 12:35 PM EDT
Whether or not Donald Fehr is involved or to what degree doesn't matter, the members of the NHLPA need to get involved in the decision-making.
Contrary to conventional thinking, there are some conscientious NHLers out there who want to get involved in the direction of their union. The problem is, once they indulge that inclination and join the battle against perennial greedmongers on the ownership side, it isn’t long before they pull their personal parachute and wind up singularly focused on just playing again.
by Adam Proteau - March 8, 2010 12:51 PM EST
With GMs meeting in Florida this week on the heels of two gruesome hits, the time to change a violent culture is now.
With another episode of the NHL’s GM meetings set to kick off today in Boca Raton, Fla., you can be sure of one thing: once again the epidemic of head shots will receive a whole lot of lip service, but not so much as a muscle twinge or batted lash of action to seriously address it.
by Adam Proteau - March 1, 2010 12:38 PM EST
Three teams have to be a little nervous about their goalies come playoff time; and why the owners' excuse for not going to the Games is laughable.
As much as the 2010 Vancouver Olympics confirmed Ryan Miller’s status as the planet’s best goaltender, it also planted some seeds of doubt for a few other well-known netminders – and I’m not referring to highly productive rebound factory Roberto Luongo, either.
by Adam Proteau - February 22, 2010 1:45 PM EST
Back in 2000, Calgary was in serious talks to land Roberto Luongo from the Islanders... and how Ron Wilson proved himself Sunday night.
I had an interesting discussion with former Flames GM/vice president and current NHL Network analyst Craig Button last week that’s worth sharing.
by Adam Proteau - February 8, 2010 1:30 PM EST
A few of the best aspects about the community and business that surround the game.
Next Sunday is Valentine’s Day – a.k.a. the day when the world’s greeting card and chocolate syndicates collude to tenderly and legally drain you of your legal tender – so this is as good a time as any to write about the aspects of the hockey business I have great affection for.
by Adam Proteau - January 31, 2010 1:08 PM EST
In acquiring Dion Phaneuf and J-S Giguere, Brian Burke is building the Leafs like he's built teams before: through bold trades.
Wow. A good, old-fashioned blockbuster. Those were the first words that came to me when news broke Sunday regarding the multi-team trade that will bring Calgary star defenseman Dion Phaneuf and Anaheim Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
by Adam Proteau - January 25, 2010 1:13 PM EST
The subjective nature of suspensions in hockey is a big part of the problem, as is the lack of an association for junior players.
Now that Quebec League boss Gilles Courteau has suspended Rouyn-Noranda Huskies center Patrice Cormier for the rest of this season and the playoffs, we’ll never have to worry about egregious violence in hockey again.
by Adam Proteau - January 18, 2010 2:05 PM EST
With the wildly popular series returning to the airwaves, the NHL should hop on the bandwagon. Here's four plotlines to get them started.
This weekend marked the Season 8 premiere of TV’s wonderfully preposterous 24 – and it’s about time. The action series has embedded itself so deeply in the zeitgeist, it has spawned equally (if not more) entertaining recap websites such as Dave Barry’s consistently hilarious 24 blog; and even if you take issue with the underlying politics of the show, you can’t deny its impeccable cast, its willingness to engage viewers from the first shot until the end credits and most of all, its fetish on establishing “security perimeters” at every turn.
by Adam Proteau - January 11, 2010 12:15 PM EST
The Thrashers GM missed the boat on dealing his soon-to-be UFA superstar and has set the organization back in its development.
Time flies when you’re covering the hockey world. Why, it seems like just yesterday I was suggesting the Atlanta Thrashers get with the program and trade star winger (and 2010 unrestricted free agent) Ilya Kovalchuk before it was too late to get full value for his services.
by Adam Proteau - December 14, 2009 1:45 PM EST
A horrible stretch has the Rangers once again in lost-season territory and again there's only one man to blame: the one sitting in the GM chair.
Before Michael Jackson’s death, master comedian Lewis Black told a great joke about the singer; essentially, Black said, Jackson had become such a joke, for all the wrong reasons, that you could simply state his name as the punch line to any setup – e.
by Adam Proteau - December 7, 2009 2:37 PM EST
A weekend where tradition was on grand display served as a reminder that holding onto the past isn't always in the game's best interest.
Sometimes, tradition can be a wonderful thing. The Montreal Canadiens proved that Friday night, with a centennial celebration that once again made me well up in the eyeball region.