by Ken Campbell - January 16, 2012 11:53 AM EST
Steve Yzerman made a mistake in signing Dwayne Roloson in the off-season, but is making a bigger one in sticking with him now.
Karma’s a bugger sometimes, isn’t it? Take the Tampa Bay Lightning, for example. Ever since the Philadelphia Flyers exposed and mocked them for playing their insidious trap, the Lightning have posted a 10-18-2 record and tumbled to the basement of the Eastern Conference.
by Ken Campbell - January 13, 2012 12:15 AM EST
Mike Cammalleri's comments may or may not have hastened his trade out of town, but the Montreal-Calagry deal is risky both ways.
Something in Michael Cammalleri’s comments about the Canadiens being “losers” may or may not have been lost in translation, but the team could not have been more clear and unequivocal than it was by trading him 24 hours after they came out.
by Ken Campbell - January 9, 2012 12:16 PM EST
The rejection of the NHL's realignment proposal was the first sign of tough negotiating tactics. But it shouldn't come as a surprise.
Let me see if I have this straight. Without as much of an ounce of advance input from its Players’ Association, the NHL devises a significant realignment structure which it fully knows affects the terms and conditions of the players’ employment, then announces to the world it’s a done deal before getting the union’s approval on it.
by Ken Campbell - January 6, 2012 12:39 PM EST
While the Maple Leafs GM thinks the game is going in the wrong direction, this author sees nothing wrong with Colton Orr's NHL days likely coming to an end.
Only someone of Brian Burke’s ilk would see the possible extinction of one-dimensional enforcers like Colton Orr from the NHL as “a dangerous time in our game,” and one that, “makes me sick to my stomach.
by Ken Campbell - January 2, 2012 11:08 AM EST
Looking ahead to the New Year, Ken Campbell writes about the CBA, the Coyotes, award winners and more.
With all the 2011 retrospectives now mercifully out of the way, it’s time to move on to previewing the hockey world for 2012. There is no shortage of hot-button issues that will need to be resolved over the next 12 months.
by Ken Campbell - December 29, 2011 12:33 PM EST
A Vezina Trophy, the all-time save percentage record, a Stanley Cup and a Conn Smythe. And now, THN's 2011 MVP award.
The indisputable low point of 2011 for Tim Thomas came in a 7-6 loss to the Buffalo Sabres when he allowed all three skaters to score in the shootout.
by Ken Campbell - December 23, 2011 10:45 AM EST
The idea that Canada's best junior players are in the NHL is flawed, because they aren't junior players.
Every year during the World Junior Championship, we hear the usual bleating about how Canada doesn’t have access to its best junior players because they’re playing in the NHL.
by Ken Campbell - December 19, 2011 12:55 PM EST
Why must new Canadiens coach Randy Cunneyworth speak French? And Why must cut world junior players speak at all?
In the absence of news about another coach being fired – but hey, the day is still young – here are a bunch of things that have been bothering me lately: • That Hockey Canada insists on forcing a perp walk on the young men who have just been cut from the Canadian junior national team.
by Ken Campbell - December 17, 2011 1:17 PM EST
The Montreal Canadiens weren't built for Jacques Martin's style and his dismissal means more could be on the way.
If it turns out that Randy Cunneyworth can’t learn French or improve the Montreal Canadiens power play, does Jacques Martin’s firing finally open the door for Patrick Roy to ascend to the throne? After all, it’s not unprecedented that a former star who is the owner-coach-head-bottle-washer of a junior franchise is plucked from the team bus to take over an NHL bench.
by Ken Campbell - December 16, 2011 9:50 AM EST
The tough as nails Flyers defenseman has played through all kinds of injuries over the years, but he may not be able to come back from this one.
Chris Pronger is, simply put, a mess right now. For most of the past month he’s been stumbling around, regularly forgetting very simple things and constantly feeling severe nausea.
by Ken Campbell - December 13, 2011 12:05 AM EST
If the Kings move on with a recycled Sutter on the bench, the results won't be an improved team.
We get that Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi felt he had to fire Terry Murray, even though his timing couldn’t have been worse. The guy was one win away from 500 in his career and who knows now whether he’ll ever get another chance to reach the milestone? But nobody said life in the NHL was fair and that is especially true for NHL coaches.
by Ken Campbell - December 12, 2011 11:47 AM EST
The Pension Plan wasn't about to give up its monopoly, but Rogers and Bell would love the additional content.
The first impression the new owners of the Toronto Maple Leafs made on you probably depends upon which target audience you comprise. If you’re a member of the business or investment community, they likely hit a tape-measure home run.
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