by Adam Proteau - July 7, 2012 9:10 AM EDT
Brad Richards feathered his nest in New York, but the Rangers grew their wealth, too. They got a natural-born winner
and fiercely loyal leader.
By now, most people are fully aware of what New York Rangers star center Brad Richards can do once he steps on the ice. But few people understand how all the things that define him on the ice – the dedication, the loyalty, the burning desire to help in any area he’s able – also define him off of it.
by Adam Proteau - July 4, 2012 1:21 PM EDT
After the signings of Parise and Suter, Long-suffering fans now have a team with serious Cup aspirations to cheer for.
These two are for you, Norm Green. The Benedict Arnold of the Minnesota hockey scene – a.k.a. the former owner of the North Stars who relocated the franchise to Dallas in 1993 – had to be on the minds of long-time local puck-lovers as the Wild signed Zach Parise and Ryan Suter to gargantuan contracts and became the biggest winners so far this off-season.
by Adam Proteau - June 21, 2012 1:17 PM EDT
The Leafs will get a great prospect with the fifth overall selection, as long as they don't succumb to the mounting pressure to deal it away for a quick fix solution to their long playoff drought
On the eve of the 2012 draft, there are more than a few Maple Leafs fans uncomfortable enough to make you think they’re wearing underwear made of fire ants.
by Adam Proteau - June 14, 2012 3:00 PM EDT
After the owners got everything they wanted in the last CBA, it'll be difficult to believe they're still suffering seven years later.
I’ve got bad news and I’ve got worse news: The bad news is NHL fans are now stuck in the sticky-haze days of summer, far from their natural habitat of ice-cold arenas and innards-soothing hot drinks.
by Adam Proteau - June 5, 2012 1:30 PM EDT
Michel Therrien returns to Montreal for a second go as coach, but don't expect it to lead to anything special.
The Montreal Canadiens have hired Michel Therrien for his second stint as coach of the storied Original Six team. But something tells me this go-around will be much the same for him as the first one: he’ll enjoy a moderate amount of success, but not enough to keep him around long enough to take the Habs to the elite level.
by Adam Proteau - May 31, 2012 2:50 PM EDT
As good of a hire as Bob Hartley is as coach, it won't mean anything to the Flames unless they redefine their roster.
Bob Hartley has never been a man who lacks self-confidence. That’s a good thing, because in his new role as coach of the middling, fading Calgary Flames, he’s going to need all of it and then some.
by Adam Proteau - May 31, 2012 12:40 PM EDT
Where does Nicklas Lidstrom rank on the all-time defenseman list? How about right behind the great Bobby Orr.
There are hard games to play and there are hard games to play. You could try your hand at a game of Where’s Waldo while blindfolded, or maybe Sudoku against a bank of supercomputers is your thing.
by Adam Proteau - May 24, 2012 4:00 PM EDT
A partnership between the CBC and whilethemenwatch.com has some up in arms. And rightfully so.
Whenever someone is nice enough to follow me on Twitter, I receive an email alert and make a point to read the accompanying short biography. I find it fun to see how varied hockey fans are, not simply in their geography, but in terms of their age, race and gender.
by Adam Proteau - May 17, 2012 12:54 PM EDT
Canada was shocked by the Slovaks in the quarterfinal round at the World Championship, but there's no shame in that.
Team Canada’s skate blades were barely dry after the team’s 4-3 quarterfinal loss to Slovakia at the 2012 IIHF World Championship when the handwringing at home began in earnest.
by Adam Proteau - May 10, 2012 4:20 PM EDT
Shot-blocking and defense have taken over the game and a Coyotes-Devils final would bring out the worst of it.
Of all the teams remaining in the 2012 NHL playoffs, the New Jersey Devils are the most offense-minded. I’ll pause for a second while that sinks in.
by Adam Proteau - May 2, 2012 1:10 PM EDT
Montreal needed a whole new feel in the organization and going from Pierre Gauthier to Bergevin accomplishes that.
The refurbishing of the Canadiens’ storied-but-battered reputation got a big boost Wednesday with the hiring of former NHLer and Chicago Blackhawks assistant GM Marc Bergevin as the 17th GM in Montreal history.
by Adam Proteau - April 26, 2012 1:47 PM EDT
With one year left on his deal, Tim Thomas is a prime candidate to be traded; plus John Tortorella's tired act.
A few playoff thoughts as the first round of the NHL’s post-season winds down: • As I said on Twitter after the Capitals eliminated the Bruins, I believe we’ve seen Tim Thomas play his final game in a Boston uniform.
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