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Erik Karlsson injury could benefit Senators long-term

Erik Karlsson injury could benefit Senators long-term

by Adam Proteau - February 14, 2013 1:20 PM EST

While the Senators suffered a major setback this season, any shortcomings will pay off in high draft picks and blue-chip prospects.
As Erik Karlsson fell to the ice in agony Wednesday night, you could almost hear millions of Senators fan voices crying out in terror before being suddenly silenced.


Sharks GM Doug Wilson, others, say it's time to shrink goalie pads

Sharks GM Doug Wilson, others, say it's time to shrink goalie pads

by Adam Proteau - February 9, 2013 6:05 PM EST

It comes up every year, but Doug Wilson has finally had enough and will put the subject on the agenda at the GM meetings in March.
The debate around the dimensions of goalie pads has been around for years, if not decades. And San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson isn’t about to allow the contentious issue to fade into the background, because he and others believe the padding has become less about protection and more about stopping pucks from going through a netminder’s five-hole.


Off-ice referee needed for crucial calls

Off-ice referee needed for crucial calls

by Adam Proteau - February 7, 2013 1:00 PM EST

With the margin for error so thin in the NHL, it's time the league added an off-ice official to weigh in on calls that could determine the outcome of a game.
Hockey referees make mistakes. Everybody knows it and everybody expects it. But some mistakes are worse than others. Some errors in judgment leave a more lasting bitter residue under the tongue.


Calgary Flames rebuild long overdue

Calgary Flames rebuild long overdue

by Adam Proteau - January 31, 2013 2:35 PM EST

With Iginla coming up to free agency this summer and Kiprusoff in 2014, will Flames management finally blow it up?
There have been a slew of surprises in this truncated NHL season: the Edmonton Oilers and New York Islanders currently sit fifth and sixth in their respective conferences; on certain nights, the Pittsburgh Penguins and defending Stanley Cup champion L.


One-on-one transcript with Brendan Shanahan

One-on-one transcript with Brendan Shanahan

by Adam Proteau - January 24, 2013 10:48 AM EST

The NHL's chief disciplinarian talks about this year's officiating standard, the culture of hockey and more.
Now in his second season as the NHL’s chief disciplinarian and senior vice-president of player safety, Brendan Shanahan has no shortage of issues to deal with: there are new rules, changes to the suspension process and adjustment periods for virtually everyone involved in the league.


Personal predictions for 2013

Personal predictions for 2013

by Adam Proteau - January 17, 2013 3:00 PM EST

Adam offers up his projections and his thought process behind them for this 48-game season.
Finally – and I mean, finally – it’s time for NHL pre-season predictions. Normally, I do not look forward to dealing with fans incensed by my picks, but after the nonsensical lockout, I’m welcoming it this year.


Four NHL transaction 'hot spots' to watch

Four NHL transaction 'hot spots' to watch

by Adam Proteau - January 6, 2013 3:15 PM EST

As some teams will need to do a little work around the salary cap, will rumors such as Luongo to the Leafs play out?
With the NHL lockout at an end, the race to finish off franchise rosters will be swift. Some teams have few changes to make – most notably, the defending-champion L.


Nationality shouldn't cloud great international events

Nationality shouldn't cloud great international events

by Adam Proteau - December 27, 2012 10:11 AM EST

Some go a little too far in supporting their home country, to the point where they have to drag others down.
Some call the annual IIHF World Junior Championship the most wonderful time of the hockey year. For the most part, it is. The best collection of the sport’s blossoming talent converges to battle not for money, but for their homelands.


Contentious issues would be magnified in 48-game season

Contentious issues would be magnified in 48-game season

by Adam Proteau - December 20, 2012 2:30 PM EST

The obstruction standard, player safety issues, the loser point and more would all take on greater meaning in a shortened season.
For argument’s sake, let’s suppose the NHL comes to its collective senses and decides to play games this season. Millions of hockey fans will be relieved and thrilled to have some semblance of normalcy back to their sports-watching routine – and as players who were around for the 48-game season in 1994 will tell you, the games that were played took on more importance because there were fewer of them.


How well do you know the NHL lockout?

How well do you know the NHL lockout?

by Adam Proteau - December 13, 2012 1:45 PM EST

Adam presents a 10-question quiz for you to see how well you understand why NHL hockey isn't being played.
As the NHL labor war between owners and players extends into its fourth month, it can be easy to lose track of all the people and events that led us to where we are today.


Trust issues will linger into next CBA negotiation

Trust issues will linger into next CBA negotiation

by Adam Proteau - December 6, 2012 4:30 PM EST

Regardless of when and how this lockout ends, the NHL and NHLPA have significant trust issues - much like MLB used to have.
As we heard increasing rumblings that the end of the NHL lockout was nigh, we also heard a sentiment that marked the end of the 2004-05 labor war and lost season: “I just hope both sides get it right this time and we don’t have to go through this nonsense again the next time they need a new collective bargaining agreement.


NHL expansion draft would cause tough decisions

NHL expansion draft would cause tough decisions

by Adam Proteau - November 29, 2012 3:40 PM EST

If the NHL expansion rumors come true, an ensuing draft would force teams to leave some players unprotected.
In the Dec. 17 magazine edition of THN, we decided to use growing rumors of NHL expansion – to Quebec City and southern Ontario/Markham – to have a little fun in the form of an expansion draft.


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