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Braden Holtby pulling a Ken Dryden; will 2015 be first all-European Hall of Fame class?

Braden Holtby pulling a Ken Dryden; will 2015 be first all-European Hall of Fame class?

by Ken Campbell - April 27, 2012 3:54 PM EDT

A number of goalies have been leading their teams in these playoffs so far, none more unexpected than Holtby; and 2015 Hall of Famers.
When you look back at the first round of the playoffs, you could legitimately make the case for five different players as the most valuable player.


Early exits will lead to unpredictable off-season

Early exits will lead to unpredictable off-season

by Ken Campbell - April 23, 2012 3:00 PM EDT

With a number of contenders having their season come to an abrupt finish, the summer theater will be intriguing to watch unfold.
Aside from the teams that actually make it out of the first round, you’d have to think the two people most thrilled with the early developments in these playoffs would be Rick Nash and Scott Howson.


Why the Oilers should keep the No. 1 pick and take Nail Yakupov

Why the Oilers should keep the No. 1 pick and take Nail Yakupov

by Ken Campbell - April 20, 2012 3:27 PM EDT

Trading away the opportunity to select the best player available would be a bad idea for the still-rebuilding Oilers.
No team has ever held the No. 1 overall pick in the NHL draft four consecutive years, but don’t bet against the Edmonton Oilers doing just that in 2013.


NHL being dragged back into the dark ages

NHL being dragged back into the dark ages

by Ken Campbell - April 16, 2012 3:40 PM EDT

Hard-headed violence is quickly returning to the game because the league allows it to, but it's worse off for it.
This has so far been a great playoff for the people over at NHL.com, the league’s sanctioned website, who specialize in highlighting violence with a “Must See” headline.


Butch Bouchard a cherished captain in Montreal Canadiens history

Butch Bouchard a cherished captain in Montreal Canadiens history

by Ken Campbell - April 14, 2012 7:48 PM EDT

Emile 'Butch' Bouchard, who came to the Canadiens while the organization was at a crossroads, passed away at 92 Saturday.
Butch Bouchard didn’t have a pair of skates to call his own until he was 16 years old, but five years later, having a pair of wheels was just as important to making the Canadiens as having a pair of blades.


Shea Weber non-suspension a missed opportunity for the NHL

Shea Weber non-suspension a missed opportunity for the NHL

by Ken Campbell - April 13, 2012 2:55 PM EDT

By choosing to only fine Shea Weber, the NHL missed a chance to send a message about egregious play early.
It’s early in the playoffs, so it’s best we get these things out of the way as soon as possible. To its credit, that’s what the NHL has done.


Edmonton Oilers one step closer to contending

Edmonton Oilers one step closer to contending

by Ken Campbell - April 10, 2012 10:25 PM EDT

After taking the No. 1 pick by winning the draft lottery Tuesday, the Oilers move closer to becoming a playoff team.
The last time an organization had a run like this at the draft table, it went on to win the Stanley Cup. So logic would dictate we can expect the Edmonton Oilers to have a parade down Whyte Avenue sometime in June of 2017.


Poor management sinks Canadian franchises

Poor management sinks Canadian franchises

by Ken Campbell - April 2, 2012 3:45 PM EDT

Rather than needing a competitive dollar or any other economical help, Canadian teams just need to be handled competently.
All anyone heard from Canada’s NHL teams prior to the lockout was that cost certainty and a Canadian dollar at or near par with the American dollar was what they needed to be consistently competitive.


Rewarding divisional winners hurts NHL

Rewarding divisional winners hurts NHL

by Ken Campbell - March 26, 2012 2:25 PM EDT

It's time to stop guaranteeing a divisional winner a top three spot in order to create a better stretch drive and first round matchups.
So it’s the last day of the regular season and the Chicago Blackhawks are visiting the Detroit Red Wings in an afternoon game. Just for kicks and giggles, let’s say the Blackhawks and Red Wings go into that game either tied in the standings or separated by a single point.


Five Friday thoughts

Five Friday thoughts

by Ken Campbell - March 23, 2012 1:15 PM EDT

How Tortorella should have handled the Devils; NHL propping up more than just Coyotes; and more.
Some random thoughts to end the work week: • If you’re going to have fighting in the NHL, I thought the manner in which the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers handled it Monday night – by staging three fights after only three seconds of play – was perfect.


CWHL Clarkson Cup preview

CWHL Clarkson Cup preview

by Ken Campbell - March 22, 2012 3:15 PM EDT

Meghan Agosta's ascension to becoming the best women's player in the world is nearly complete; plus a preview of the CWHL playoffs.
NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. - When you watch Meghan Agosta play, it’s almost as though you’re looking at a female version of Joe Sakic – sublimely skilled, great skater, terrific shot, big-time difference maker.


Graham James plaque returned to The Hockey News

Graham James plaque returned to The Hockey News

by Ken Campbell - March 20, 2012 12:45 PM EDT

Graham James, sentenced to two years in prison on Tuesday, had his 1989 Man of the Year honor revoked earlier this season and returned the plaque.
When Tom Thompson showed up at our Toronto office a couple of weeks ago declaring he had a present for me, I had no idea what it could possibly be.


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