by Ken Campbell - January 23, 2013 11:05 AM EST
Even after losing a star, New Jersey hasn't missed a beat. But, really, should anyone be surprised anymore?
NEWARK – Contrary to popular belief, the New Jersey Devils are not a bunch of automatons. Too much personality. But you’d be excused for thinking that GM Lou Lamoriello spends his time in some elaborate control room in the Prudential Center meticulously guiding all the movements of his players.
by Ken Campbell - January 21, 2013 8:08 PM EST
While New York's top line will do most of the heavy lifting, if Michael Grabner can lead a strong secondary unit, this team should see improvement.
UNIONDALE – Unlike most NHL teams, the New York Islanders do not hold an annual skills competition. Stop it, now. That’s not nice.
by Ken Campbell - January 21, 2013 11:37 AM EST
With so many young stars, the Penguins' window for a championship should remain open for a long time, if they remain healthy.
NEW YORK – For each and every road game this season, the Pittsburgh Penguins will have one of their own team doctors in tow. With a roster this valuable and this prone to serious injuries, they obviously want all their medical angles covered by someone they trust.
by Ken Campbell - January 18, 2013 3:00 PM EST
Travis Zajac's new contract and Ted Leonsis' proclamation show that, no matter what, the players always come out on top.
It was the opinion of many in the hockey industry – this corner included – that it didn’t really matter what the final result of the collective bargaining agreement negotiations turned out to be because the players would come out ahead anyway.
by Ken Campbell - January 14, 2013 4:32 PM EST
Starting with the Brian Burke firing, George Cope and the other new Toronto bosses are immediately putting their stamp on the franchise.
In our recent issue ranking the Top 100 People of Power and Influence in hockey, we had George Cope at No. 26 and Brian Burke at 22. Oops.
by Ken Campbell - January 11, 2013 4:15 PM EST
It appears the Flyers are, in fact, interested in acquiring Roberto Luongo, which is a move they should be looking into making at the start of this CBA.
For the record, Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren has categorically denied having any interest in entering the Roberto Luongo Sweepstakes.
by Ken Campbell - January 9, 2013 5:10 PM EST
After more than four years on the job and no playoff games to show for it, the brash GM didn't do enough to keep his job.
Whether it was because of his personality or his performance, Brian Burke deserved to be fired. It’s as simple as that, really. Let’s start with personality.
by Ken Campbell - January 6, 2013 3:35 PM EST
Why the dismissal of the long-standing commissioner would be the first step towards healing the NHL's relationship with its fans.
It’s impossible to determine whether all of this would have/could have been avoided if someone other than Gary Bettman had been occupying the commissioner’s chair in the NHL office for the past two decades.
by Ken Campbell - January 4, 2013 2:40 PM EST
Whether it's head games or outrageous, inconsistent demands, both sides in this lockout are getting more ridiculous by the day.
Since the beginning of this lockout, your trusty correspondent has done his level best to respect the process. At no time did I ever think the lockout was needless or silly or all about egos or settling scores.
by Ken Campbell - December 31, 2012 10:50 AM EST
The least the nHL could do for its fans is go ahead with approving their involvement in a best-on-best tournament every four years.
It would come as no surprise if NHL Players’ Association executive director Don Fehr spends the next couple of days trying to wring more out of the NHL’s latest offer.
by Ken Campbell - December 30, 2012 11:05 AM EST
NHL players should resolve to stop making themselves look bad on Twitter. And I’ll aim to do likewise now that I’ve finally signed up.
Assuming you’re reading this, the end of the 5,125-year “Long Count” Mayan calendar – which coincided with Lou Lamoriello becoming the GM of the New Jersey Devils when they were established – did not mean the end of the world.
by Ken Campbell - December 29, 2012 12:10 AM EST
With the latest CBA proposal, the league has folded on issues it said it wouldn't budge on. Why is the NHLPA winning once again?
The NHL players reportedly pay Donald Fehr about $3 million a year to run the affairs of their association. Given recent developments, all 750 of them should be tripping over themselves to give him an enormous raise.
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