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THN.com Blog: Former Rangers netminder eyeing political future?

THN.com Blog: Former Rangers netminder eyeing political future?

by Adam Proteau - September 22, 2008 12:56 PM EDT

Mike Richter isn't shy about talking U.S. politics in his post-playing days... and the Blues new third jersey looking sweet.
I spoke with Mike Richter last week and couldn’t help but ask the politically-astute and legendary Rangers netminder what he thought about the current race for the U.


THN.com Blog: Eric Lindros's off-ice work continues

THN.com Blog: Eric Lindros's off-ice work continues

by Adam Proteau - September 17, 2008 3:58 PM EDT

A large charitable donation and his work with the NHLPA has the former Hart winner showing heart in his post-playing days.
Lost amid the hype of NHL pre-season chatter was Tuesday’s heartwarming news that former star NHLer Eric Lindros finalized what is believed to be the single-largest charitable contribution from any Canadian athlete in history – a $5-million donation to a London, Ont.


THN.com Blog: Six players worth watching in '08-09

THN.com Blog: Six players worth watching in '08-09

by Adam Proteau - September 15, 2008 1:42 PM EDT

Adam selects one player from each division he is looking forward to watching this season... and mourns the untimely passing of a legend.
I awoke Monday morning to the truly awful news that legendary Sports Illustrated hockey writer and journalism professor Jack Falla passed away as a result of a heart attack he suffered Sunday while on vacation in Maine.


THN.com Blog: Keith Ballard will stand tall on Florida's blueline

THN.com Blog: Keith Ballard will stand tall on Florida's blueline

by Adam Proteau - September 10, 2008 11:52 AM EDT

Ballard's production should improve on the Panthers' power play... Brady injury means more attention on the Bruins... and the Leafs' new toy.
• I still believe the Florida Panthers will be life-and-death to make the playoffs this season, but I’m also of the opinion the acquisition of burgeoning defenseman Keith Ballard (in the deal that sent Olli Jokinen to Phoenix) is going to pay handsome dividends for the franchise for years to come.


THN.com Blog: Laying down the Tort law

THN.com Blog: Laying down the Tort law

by Adam Proteau - September 8, 2008 11:45 AM EDT

John Tortorella has a new gig, and some new enemies... and are financial troubles ahead for NHL?
From The Hockey News’ Department Of John Tortorella Watching: Congratulations to the former Lightning coach and god’s gift to hockey writers on his new gig as a member of the G*#@&!% Media.


THN.com Blog: Shedding light on the Meszaros deal

THN.com Blog: Shedding light on the Meszaros deal

by Adam Proteau - September 3, 2008 1:33 PM EDT

Some have questioned the validity of the sources used to break the story, but the process played out exactly as detailed.
There still seems to be a bit of fallout worth addressing from the Andrej Meszaros-to-Tampa Bay story broken by THN.com: In some circles, the theory has been floated that yours truly was “used” to paint Meszaros as greedy and the Senators as savvy for the package they landed in trading him to the Lightning.


THN.com Blog: Put some English on it

THN.com Blog: Put some English on it

by Adam Proteau - August 27, 2008 12:29 PM EDT

The LPGA is mandating its golfers learn English and the NHL should take note... and the Sundin saga drags on.
Interesting news tidbit from the LPGA, which announced this week it will require its players to have at least a cursory grasp of the English language by 2009 if they wish to play for that organization.


THN.com Blog: Lightning to anoint Vincent Lecavalier as captain

THN.com Blog: Lightning to anoint Vincent Lecavalier as captain

by Adam Proteau - August 25, 2008 12:00 PM EDT

Fresh off signing an 11-year pact with the team, Lecavalier will captain the Lightning... fighting in the QMJHL... and Paul Newman.
• It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, but the Tampa Bay Lightning will name Vincent Lecavalier their captain sometime in the coming weeks, a Bolts official told The Hockey News.


THN.com Blog: Don't vilify Stefan Legein for stepping away

THN.com Blog: Don't vilify Stefan Legein for stepping away

by Adam Proteau - August 20, 2008 11:53 AM EDT

The Average Joe would give his left arm for the opportunity afforded to the 19-year-old prospect, but don't assume you know what's in his head.
The news out of Columbus late Tuesday – namely, that Stefan Legein, the Blue Jackets’ second round pick (37th overall) in 2007, was abruptly retiring at age 19 – left the team’s fans and management in a fair amount of shock.


THN.com Blog: The thin blueline

THN.com Blog: The thin blueline

by Adam Proteau - August 18, 2008 12:45 PM EDT

Ryan Whitney injury hits Pens where it hurts... and an idea for a new video game.
I’m not a video game fanatic by any stretch of the imagination, but as a service to readers, it’s my duty to alert you to the first glimpse of the always-anticipated NHL game made by EA Sports.


THN.com Blog: Time for hockey to change its culture of over-aggression

THN.com Blog: Time for hockey to change its culture of over-aggression

by Adam Proteau - August 13, 2008 1:35 PM EDT

A recent ruling by the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council is hopefully the first step towards improved sportsmanship.
Three cheers to the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council, which ruled Wednesday that a Montreal radio station host violated the Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ Code of Ethics when he suggested the Montreal Canadiens should use egregious violence as a strategy to win hockey games.


THN.com Blog: Paul Kelly confident new transfer agreement will be signed

THN.com Blog: Paul Kelly confident new transfer agreement will be signed

by Adam Proteau - August 11, 2008 12:18 PM EDT

The NHLPA's executive director said he is confident a new transfer agreement is coming, but it likely won't include Russia.
In a wide-ranging interview with The Hockey News last week, the executive director of the National Hockey League Players’ Association said he is confident a new transfer agreement will be signed between the NHL and the grand majority of the International Ice Hockey Federation’s member organizations.


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