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.
by Ken Campbell - June 25, 2011 12:32 AM EDT
The Sharks' acquisition of Brent Burns clearly indicates their window to win is now, while the Wild eye the future.
ST. PAUL – The moment Mike Babcock learned the San Jose Sharks had acquired defenseman Brent Burns, he instantly got the look of a guy who’s team just let one get away.
by Ken Campbell - June 24, 2011 10:15 AM EDT
Oilers unlikely to trade No. 1 overall pick; Winnipeg staff has new draft leader; Ramsay and the Red Wings?; and Nugent-Hopkins grateful for parents.
MINNEAPOLIS – There has been a lot of speculation that the Florida Panthers are trying to swap picks with the Edmonton Oilers in an effort to get Nugent-Hopkins first overall.
by Ken Campbell - June 23, 2011 10:27 PM EDT
On a wild day of trading, the Flyers abandoned their anti-goalie plan, the Kings beefed up down the middle and the Blue Jackets also added a key piece.
MINNEAPOLIS – A lot of teams and a lot of GMs talk boldly about making their teams better. They talk about doing what it takes to build a winner.
by Ken Campbell - June 23, 2011 5:10 PM EDT
The Philadelphia Flyers traded both players who were supposed to be the core of the franchise for years to come in a shocking development.
To Philadelphia: Jake Voracek, first round pick, third round pick To Columbus: Jeff Carter To Philadelphia: Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schenn To Los Angeles: Mike Richards My, how time flies when you’re underachieving.
by Ken Campbell - June 20, 2011 3:00 PM EDT
There's a developing trend of teams hiring young, inexperienced coaches, but will it continue or will we see a return of the old guard?
With the game of musical chairs when it comes to NHL coaches approaching its conclusion, there’s an excellent chance that at least two of Ken Hitchcock, Craig MacTavish and Craig Ramsay will be left standing when the music stops.
by Ken Campbell - June 16, 2011 2:55 AM EDT
When his team needed him most, Roberto Luongo didn't keep them in it, so the question has to be asked: is he their guy?
VANCOUVER – Tim Thomas will never have to buy a beer – heck he may never have to pull his wallet out – in Boston ever again.
by Ken Campbell - June 16, 2011 2:20 AM EDT
The Bruins won their first Cup since 1972, but with the way this team has been put together, it may not take that long for another.
VANCOUVER – Gary Bettman has been commissioner of the NHL since 1993, which just happens to be the last year a Canadian team won the Stanley Cup.
by Ken Campbell - June 15, 2011 3:00 PM EDT
Both teams are talking about the stress of the do-or-die final contest, but neither the Canucks nor Bruins feel it'll be a negative.
VANCOUVER – Based on their recent history in Vancouver and the fact that a team has never won three Game 7s in the same playoff season, the Boston Bruins should logically have no reason to think they’ll win the Stanley Cup tonight.
by Ken Campbell - June 15, 2011 12:25 AM EDT
Mason Raymond will still be in Boston, but just as Nathan Horton's concussion inspired the Bruins, Raymond's injury may have the same effect for the Canucks.
VANCOUVER – So here’s the situation going into Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final. The Boston Bruins will have their emotional touchstone, Nathan Horton, in the building as they try to win their first Stanley Cup since 1972.
by Ken Campbell - June 14, 2011 2:17 AM EDT
Will Roberto Luongo be able to make a save? Will the Sedins get rolling on the power play? Nobody knows what's going to happen anymore.
BOSTON – Had Brad Marchand pounded Daniel Sedin square in the face one more time late in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final, he would have matched his team’s scoring punch with his own punch count.
by Ken Campbell - June 13, 2011 8:35 PM EDT
The NHL had a chance to make the game much safer, but failed by not recommending an all-out ban on head shots.
BOSTON – The NHL has essentially taken one word out of Rule 48 and believes it will go a long way toward making players safer. In a change that was endorsed by the competition committee Monday afternoon, the league will basically take the word “blindside” out of the lexicon when it comes to applying the rule that governs head shots in the NHL.
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