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Michel Therrien a stopgap solution for Canadiens

Michel Therrien a stopgap solution for Canadiens

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.


Bob Hartley a smart hire, but will Flames rebuild?

Bob Hartley a smart hire, but will Flames rebuild?

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.


Nicklas Lidstrom, NHL's second-best defenseman of all-time, calls it a career

Nicklas Lidstrom, NHL's second-best defenseman of all-time, calls it a career

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.


CBC's women-focused endeavor is disrespectful

CBC's women-focused endeavor is disrespectful

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.


Loss to Slovakia not the end of the world for Canadian hockey

Loss to Slovakia not the end of the world for Canadian hockey

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.


Why a New Jersey-Phoenix final would be a nightmare for the NHL

Why a New Jersey-Phoenix final would be a nightmare for the NHL

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.


Light-hearted Marc Bergevin perfect fit as Canadiens GM

Light-hearted Marc Bergevin perfect fit as Canadiens GM

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.


Has Tim Thomas played his last game for the Bruins?

Has Tim Thomas played his last game for the Bruins?

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.


Hockey closer to having first openly gay player

Hockey closer to having first openly gay player

by Adam Proteau - April 19, 2012 2:31 PM EDT

The You Can Play project is meant to promote respect for all athletes and hockey is better for it.
For less than a year, Philadelphia Flyers scout Patrick Burke, son of Leafs GM Brian Burke and brother of the late Brendan Burke, has been working with professional hockey players on the You Can Play Project, founded in Brendan’s memory and tasked to ensure equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation.


Canucks do-or-die playoffs off to poor start

Canucks do-or-die playoffs off to poor start

by Adam Proteau - April 12, 2012 2:55 PM EDT

A first round loss would be devastating for a Canucks roster that is built to win right now.
It was only the first game of their opening round playoff series, but the Vancouver Canucks’ 4-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings Wednesday was a harbinger of things to come – and not a good one.


Who my award winners are and why

Who my award winners are and why

by Adam Proteau - April 9, 2012 3:18 PM EDT

Each year, the PHWA votes on five awards and Adam breaks down his ballot.
Voting on the NHL Awards is a big responsibility for members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association – and one that’s taken quite seriously.


Why the Lady Byng is a worthy award

Why the Lady Byng is a worthy award

by Adam Proteau - April 5, 2012 1:03 PM EDT

Every year the Lady Byng Award gets run through the mud, but here's why it should be an honor.
The conclusion of the NHL regular season means it’s time for members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association to submit their choices for many of the league’s individual awards.


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