by Ken Campbell - September 26, 2011 4:10 PM EDT
Are we OK with kids fighting?; Let's not not have a slip of the tongue over the banana peel; and more NHL madness.
Monday musings for your dining and dancing pleasure: Just thought we’d let you know if the kids in the Canadian League keep it up at the pace they’ve established so far, there will be around 2,000 fights in major junior hockey this season.
by Ken Campbell - September 19, 2011 11:59 AM EDT
Drew Doughty is still without a contract not because he's self-absorbed, but because he wants to get paid what he thinks he's worth.
Judging by the comments on most hockey websites concerning the impasse between Drew Doughty and the Los Angeles Kings, the overwhelming sentiment seems to be that Doughty is nothing but a petulant, snot-nosed young man with an overinflated sense of entitlement.
by Ken Campbell - September 12, 2011 5:35 PM EDT
A report came out Monday that New Jersey might end up in bankruptcy. Not good news for a league that already has its hands full of teams looking for new owners.
So you’re a fan of the New Jersey Devils. You remember the days when John McMullen owned the team and treated all the players like he was their grandfather.
by Ken Campbell - September 8, 2011 11:19 AM EDT
THN's senior writer recalls covering the two Russians when they were with the Toronto Maple Leafs and remembers them as classy individuals.
It was widely reported coach Brad McCrimmon was the only Canadian among the dead when the plane carrying members of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl crashed shortly after takeoff.
by Ken Campbell - September 7, 2011 1:19 PM EDT
One of the deceased in the plane crash, Brad McCrimmon left the Red Wings to earn credentials elsewhere. Meanwhile, the KHL tries to figure out what's next.
Brad McCrimmon decided his best route to a head coaching job in the NHL was to go behind the bench in the Kontinental League in Russia and it was a decision that cost him his life.
by Ken Campbell - August 22, 2011 2:30 PM EDT
While Douglas Murray evolves into one of the best shutdown defenders in the NHL, he's still not as good as his grandfather, Swedish legend Lasse Bjorn.
To hear Lasse Bjorn talk about it, Floyd Martin should spend every one of his waking hours in Kitchener, Ont., living in mortal fear of retribution.
by Ken Campbell - August 2, 2011 11:43 AM EDT
Mehrdad Zibanejad knows life is about
a lot more than just hockey after being going to war, being thrown in jail and forced to leave his country.
Standing in the lobby of a hotel in downtown Minneapolis the day after his son was picked in the first round of the NHL draft by the Ottawa Senators, Mehrdad Zibanejad seemed rather oblivious to it all.
by Ken Campbell - August 1, 2011 7:30 AM EDT
Don’t dump on Atlanta sports fans without acknowledging they never had a hockey team that provided the city with any hope.
The Atlanta Thrashers might have already morphed into the Winnipeg Jets, Version 2.0 by the time you read this, but whether the second death of NHL hockey in Atlanta is quick and painless or drawn out and excruciating, it is inevitable.
by Ken Campbell - July 11, 2011 3:25 PM EDT
It's a bit strange the most dynamic player available on this summer's free agent market has yet to be signed.
Dale Tallon stood on the draft floor in Minnesota two weeks ago and talked about being a fan of the game. He talked about how much he loves offense and players who can make great plays.
by Ken Campbell - July 4, 2011 2:25 PM EDT
In a surprising trade Sunday night, the Sharks traded out one of the league's top talents for a scorer who will be helped by having better players around him.
Hey, at least Dany Heatley didn’t bail out on his team this time. Come to think of it, though, with just five goals in 32 playoff games over the past two seasons, you could certainly make that case pretty easily.
by Ken Campbell - July 3, 2011 8:50 PM EDT
It's all gone wrong again. But this time it will be big-market owner versus small-market owner butting heads over a new CBA.
If you had asked anyone in hockey six months ago if there was going to be a lockout, you likely would have been greeted with a sense of optimism that this time the two sides had at least a decent chance of solving their differences without another labor disruption.
by Ken Campbell - June 25, 2011 5:31 PM EDT
Brian Campbell's contract and the fact Florida added him and still aren't near the cap floor is proof the current CBA isn't working.
ST. PAUL – It’s fair to say Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon bristled when he was asked whether his acquisition of Brian Campbell was tied to his organization’s need to essentially spend like drunken sailors in an effort to get up to the salary cap floor.
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