by Ken Campbell - April 24, 2013 3:55 PM EDT
If you have the best record in the NHL over the last 10 games of the regular season, you're more likely to lose in Round 1 than to make a deep run.
As we make our way into the last days of the season, those among us who like to make the playoffs a little more interesting will undoubtedly be entering playoff hockey pools.
by Ken Campbell - April 22, 2013 12:10 PM EDT
Ottawa put together a strong season despite losing key players to injuries, and did it because of strong organizational depth.
If the Ottawa Senators can hold on for one more week and make the playoffs this season, it will be almost impossible not to vote for Sens coach Paul MacLean for the Jack Adams Award.
by Ken Campbell - April 19, 2013 11:25 AM EDT
The first overall pick of the 2009 draft always had a bright future, but the way he's worked on and improved his game has taken him to an elite level.
John Tavares picked the perfect stage to launch his late-season candidacy for the Hart Trophy, but the reality is the possible MVP you see before you now has been four years in the making.
by Ken Campbell - April 16, 2013 11:55 AM EDT
Toronto hasn't had much success developing and having success with goalies, but Reimer is changing all that.
Pop quiz time. When was the last time a goaltender drafted and developed by the Toronto Maple Leafs won a playoff game for the organization? If you guessed Felix Potvin in 1996, grab a gold star and head straight to the front of the class.
by Ken Campbell - April 15, 2013 4:18 PM EDT
The Oilers possess a wide selection of young, promising talent, but there are not enough support pieces in place.
You’d have to think Steve Tambellini saw this coming. Heck, he probably knew all along it would happen. That’s because there are precious few GMs in the NHL who have the luxury of both undertaking a rebuild and seeing it through.
by Ken Campbell - April 12, 2013 2:02 PM EDT
By making no comment at all about Hall's slash on Zbynek Michalek Wednesday night, the league failed to send a message.
On Wednesday night in Edmonton, a frustrated Oilers left winger Taylor Hall responded to Phoenix defenseman Zbynek Michalek holding his stick by taking his own stick from over his head, Paul Bunyan-style, and two-handing Michalek across the back of his calves.
by Ken Campbell - April 8, 2013 4:50 PM EDT
The Capitals star who appeared to be declining in front of us, has found a second wind and is leading his team back to contention.
Full disclosure: I was one of the many people in the hockey world who thought Alex Ovechkin was done. Not just for this season, but done for good.
by Ken Campbell - April 5, 2013 10:27 AM EDT
The way the Flyers have been playing lately is drawing comparisons to the 2010 team that squeaked into the playoffs and went to the final.
Ten days ago, the Philadelphia Flyers were seven points out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with six teams to catch. Today they’re two points out with three teams to overcome and figure to be in a dogfight for the final playoff spot until the last day of the season.
by Ken Campbell - April 4, 2013 1:10 PM EDT
No teams vastly overpaid for an asset they couldn't afford, which was a major difference between this year's deadline and recent ones.
The trade deadline is supposed to be the one day of the year when GMs make more mistakes than the other 364 days of the year combined. After all, Brian Burke said it, so it must be true.
by Ken Campbell - April 1, 2013 2:06 PM EDT
Has Crosby already done enough to be league MVP?; the ridiculous Ryane Clowe rumors; and the fishy Jarome Iginla deal.
Random thoughts for a Monday morning, two days before trade deadline: • If Sidney Crosby, as expected, misses the rest of the regular season, it will at least make the Hart Trophy race interesting.
by Ken Campbell - March 28, 2013 2:16 PM EDT
Ray Shero continues to prove himself the league's top manager and what helps set him apart is his aggressiveness.
After watching Ray Shero shake the balance of power in the NHL to its foundations over the past week, the temptation might be to compare the Pittsburgh Penguins GM’s stunning moves to 1991, when the Penguins acquired Ron Francis, Ulf Samuelsson and Grant Jennings before going on to win their first Stanley Cup.
by Ken Campbell - March 28, 2013 2:25 AM EDT
After a long, drawn out process the Flames traded their long-time captain, but could have received more if they pulled the trigger earlier.
First things first. Let’s dispense with the notion that the Great Jarome Iginla Trade of 2013 in any way, shape or form resembles the deal that brought him from the Dallas Stars organization to the Calgary Flames more than 17 years ago.
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