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THN.com Blog: NHL deserves kudos, not carving, for NBC deal

THN.com Blog: NHL deserves kudos, not carving, for NBC deal

by Jason Kay - July 18, 2009 12:28 PM EDT

Despite rumors of a windfall national TV deal, the league is back with NBC for the next two seasons. But that's not the bad thing some are making it out to be.
For a hockey fan, NBC these days could either stand for “No Bloody Cash” or “Not a Bad Contract.” I gravitate towards the latter.


THN.com Blog: How will Hawks fly through cap mess?

THN.com Blog: How will Hawks fly through cap mess?

by Jason Kay - July 11, 2009 9:52 AM EDT

After some questionable signings, GM Dale Tallon will face some tough decisions about who to keep and who to move this season and beyond.
The Chicago Blackhawks have gone from amazing to a maze. Last season’s feel-great story, the Hawks, under GM Dale Tallon, have constructed a salary cap labyrinth from which navigation could prove anywhere from tricky to heartbreaking.


THN.com Blog: New Leafs not better yet, but certainly nasty

THN.com Blog: New Leafs not better yet, but certainly nasty

by Jason Kay - July 3, 2009 12:12 AM EDT

Toronto may have added little more than additional toughness so far, but they are still in a good spot with plenty of cap space moving forward.
My son’s baseball coach is employing a tactic to make the kids more aggressive at the plate: anyone who watches a called third strike gets extra running after the game.


THN.com Blog: Costly choices

THN.com Blog: Costly choices

by Jason Kay - June 26, 2009 11:27 AM EDT

Not taking Tavares No. 1 would be a mistake... overpaying UFAs unwise... keep the outdoor games classic... the heat in Calgary... and more.
I was trying to explain to my kids the other day what an oxymoron is. I should have cited the example of “off-season” when it comes to hockey and their dad’s place of employment.


THN at the NHL Awards: Is Vegas a viable hockey market?

THN at the NHL Awards: Is Vegas a viable hockey market?

by Jason Kay - June 18, 2009 10:13 AM EDT

Upon arriving in Las Vegas, a few conversations with people on the street revealed hockey isn't exactly on everyone's radar.
LAS VEGAS – Palm trees, poker, poolside piña coladas and…pucks? When the NHL announced its 2009 awards gala would be moved from traditional Toronto to exotic Las Vegas, it begged and pleaded the question: “Why?” Why hold one of your marquee events in a town saturated with marquees? A town that is firmly surrounded by desert, about 300 miles from your closest franchise location? A town in which NHL hockey barely registers on the radar screen, let alone the gambling board.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Sid not himself so far

THN.com Playoff Blog: Sid not himself so far

by Jason Kay - June 11, 2009 12:07 PM EDT

Sidney Crosby's ice time has been dropping since Game 3, to the point where he was fifth among Pens forwards in Game 6. So what's up with the superstar?
The question that niggles and nags me as we approach what we all hope is an epic Game 7 is: What’s up with Sidney Crosby? I’m not talking about the anaemic production – one goal and three points through six games.


THN at the Stanley Cup: Pens becoming the new Wings

THN at the Stanley Cup: Pens becoming the new Wings

by Jason Kay - June 9, 2009 11:01 PM EDT

With the way the Pens beat the Wings in a critical Game 6, it looks like this young team is learning from and emulating their Stanley Cup rivals.
PITTSBURGH - Was this the night the Pittsburgh Penguins became the Detroit Red Wings? Coming off an acutely disappointing Game 5 blowout loss in which they not only dropped the game, but their cool, the Penguins were faced with a choice: fight or flight.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Cup non-calls a slippery slope

THN.com Playoff Blog: Cup non-calls a slippery slope

by Jason Kay - June 5, 2009 10:00 AM EDT

An overabundance of power plays kills the flow, but completely overlooking obvious penalties undoes all the good work that's been done to open up the game since the lockout.
Two minutes or not two minutes? That is the question. There has been much chatter the past week about an obstruction crackdown slip during the Stanley Cup final.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Eight 2009 Wings could fly into HHOF

THN.com Playoff Blog: Eight 2009 Wings could fly into HHOF

by Jason Kay - May 29, 2009 11:48 AM EDT

From the GM to the coach to their immense on-ice talent, this year's edition of the Red Wings is as stacked as any in history - and that's quite a feat.
If in two weeks or so the Detroit Red Wings win their fifth Stanley Cup in 12 seasons, we’ll have had the privilege of being witnesses to a remarkable period in hockey history.


THN.com Blog: Phoenix fans deserve a chance

THN.com Blog: Phoenix fans deserve a chance

by Jason Kay - May 22, 2009 10:30 AM EDT

There's something that just doesn't sit right about taking a team out of a market before the fans have had a chance to witness a winner.
As much as I’d like to see another NHL team or three in Canada, there’s a part of me that feels there’s unfinished business in Phoenix.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Detroit-Chicago opener builds foundation for great series

THN.com Playoff Blog: Detroit-Chicago opener builds foundation for great series

by Jason Kay - May 17, 2009 6:34 PM EDT

After an exciting Game 1 the Wings and Hawks have set the stage for a series to rival last round's Crosby-Ovechkin matchup.
Move over Sid vs. Ovie, we may just have a new best playoff series of 2009. The anticipation for the Detroit-Chicago Western Conference final was offense-on-offense; the No.


THN.com Playoff Blog: New blood help Pens buck the trend

THN.com Playoff Blog: New blood help Pens buck the trend

by Jason Kay - May 15, 2009 11:45 AM EDT

It's not often the team that loses in the Cup final has another strong run the following season... and other thoughts heading into Round 3.
In the dying embers of the Penguins series win over the Capitals the other night, the Hockey Night in Canada crew mused about the reasons for Pittsburgh’s triumph.


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