by Jason Kay - May 8, 2009 1:12 PM UTC
Getting behind Carolina is easy when they feature a plethora of players unwanted by other squads... and will McPhee's ref-bash pay off?
Journalism school is mostly a misty, water-color memory for me, but I have retained some of the basic tenets I learned at Carleton University back in the 1980s, including: get two unconnected sources to corroborate facts; strive to always write clearly and succinctly; and don’t mix alcoholic beverages the night before a big exam (OK, I suppose I didn’t need to attend J-school for that lesson).
by Jason Kay - April 23, 2009 10:12 PM UTC
There will be plenty of pressure for both the Penguins and Flyers heading back to Philly for Game 6 after the Black and Orange's 3-0 Thursday win.
We’re not sure who’s going to prevail in the Battle of Pennsylvania, 2009 edition, but we do know this: the winner will be bucking long odds in the process.
by Jason Kay - April 17, 2009 11:05 AM UTC
After flat Game 1 performances, Philly and Carolina will be looking to find new legs... and what can St. Lou do to crack Luongo's armor?
While it’s hard to fathom any team lacking intensity for the first game of the second season, two Eastern Conference clubs came out flat in their Game 1s on Wednesday and will need to rectify that Friday night.
by Jason Kay - April 10, 2009 9:21 AM UTC
A return to the days where teams stayed within their division until the conference final is something the league should explore.
I suppose when you do anything long enough, you run the risk of breeding blasé. Nearly 20 years into my career at The Hockey News, however, I can’t ever envision that happening with the NHL playoffs.
by Jason Kay - April 3, 2009 10:45 AM UTC
With some playoff games likely to be aired on TSN2, fans who subscribe to Rogers will be left in the dark.
When I first started watching the NHL as a kid, I was lucky if I got to see two periods a week. Hockey Night in Canada viewing was a ritual and bedtime was usually when the buzzer sounded after the first; on special occasions, I got to see the second.
by Jason Kay - March 27, 2009 9:57 AM UTC
It'll be 16 straight years if a team north of the 49th doesn't claim Stanley this spring, leaving some to question the fairness of the NHL's construction.
Barring the unlikely, June 2009 will mark the 16th anniversary of the last time a Canadian-based franchise won the Stanley Cup. A drought of such epic proportions would have been heckled back in 1993, when the Montreal Canadiens dealt with the Los Angeles Kings in five games to win their 24th title.
by Jason Kay - March 13, 2009 11:14 AM UTC
If the league passes the GMs' suggested 10-minute staged-fight misconduct, it will signal a movement to rid the game of goons.
I received an email the other day from Szymon Szemberg, the communications director for the International Ice Hockey Federation and a man with a deep appreciation, affection and understanding of the North American version of the game.
by Jason Kay - March 6, 2009 9:33 AM UTC
The trade deadline is the highest traffic generator for TV stations and websites, so why not put it on a weekend so everyone can enjoy it?
Trade deadline day came in like a lamb and went out like a house cat (but a really angry one) and it was all good fun for those of us immersed in its machinations.
by Jason Kay - February 27, 2009 11:07 AM UTC
The early data from the post-lockout era suggests that things aren't much different, or perhaps even worse, than before '04-05.
The NHL founded the great lockout of 2004-05 on several key issues, imploring anyone who would listen that a new system needed to be implemented to heal the business.
by Jason Kay - February 20, 2009 11:55 AM UTC
Whichever way Leafs fans feel about their former captain, there's one way to show him that you've moved on.
It’s a great, big wide world of shinny out there with scores of storylines and intrigue around the NHL. The highlight on Saturday should be Hockey Day in Canada, the CBC-initiated love-in from sea-to-shining-sea in that communities across the Great White North will embrace and celebrate our shared passion.
by Jason Kay - February 13, 2009 10:36 AM UTC
The veteran goalie will finish fourth in all-time wins, but with no Cups and no Vezina's, will he get a place of honor?
If Curtis Joseph’s NHL career indeed comes to an end at the conclusion of this season, he’ll retire with the fourth-most goalie wins of all-time and a giant question begging to be answered: has he done enough to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame? Most people I talk to instinctively say no.
by Jason Kay - February 6, 2009 10:15 AM UTC
If the maddening math and other problems associated with OT/SO bonus point weren't bad enough, how about losing fans due to the system?
I was at a sporting event recently – OK, it was the freakin’ Super Bowl – and struck up a conversation with my seatmate, a 20-something fellow Steelers fan who works for NASCAR.