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THN.com Playoff Blog: Crosby vs. Malkin - still ludicrous?

THN.com Playoff Blog: Crosby vs. Malkin - still ludicrous?

by Jason Kay - May 10, 2008 10:09 AM EDT

The debate over who was the better Penguin, or even the best in the world, used to be one-sided. But that's not the case anymore.
As recently as a few months back, the notion was preposterous: nobody in his right mind would take Evgeni Malkin over Sidney Crosby. But after ‘The Kid’ succumbed to an ankle sprain and endured a lengthy recovery, and Malkin emerged as a Hart Trophy finalist, the concept has nudged its way to “not as whacky as we first thought” on the credibility meter.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Avalanche the ones getting buried by Wings

THN.com Playoff Blog: Avalanche the ones getting buried by Wings

by Jason Kay - April 26, 2008 6:03 PM EDT

Colorado can't find an answer for Detroit's depth... Budaj should be No. 1 in Game 3... and the whistles go away in the third period.
At what point does secondary scoring become primary? That’s the question we asked ourselves as “second-liners” Johan Franzen (three goals) and Valtteri Filppula (one) helped propel the Detroit Red Wings to an easy 5-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche Saturday afternoon.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Eastern promising for Pens; Preds take a bite out of Wings

THN.com Playoff Blog: Eastern promising for Pens; Preds take a bite out of Wings

by Jason Kay - April 14, 2008 11:14 PM EDT

Things are swell for the Pens in their series and others... Arnott finally arrives... and a hat-tip for Alfie.
The stars are aligning perfectly for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Their secondary players are, too. The Pens weathered a remarkable return to action by Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson to put the Sens on their playoff deathbed, winning Game 3 by a 4-1 score.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Avery - innovator or cheat?

THN.com Playoff Blog: Avery - innovator or cheat?

by Jason Kay - April 14, 2008 10:48 AM EDT

What to do about Sean Avery and his in-Martin-Brodeur's-face antics?
Our knee-jerk reactions to Sean Avery’s ludicrous impression of Martin Brodeur’s windshield wipers were: a)    you can’t do that b)    should be an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty c)    man, you can’t do that! The problem is, up until Monday afternoon when the league sent out a new directive, you could.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Shameful Sens and super Sakic

THN.com Playoff Blog: Shameful Sens and super Sakic

by Jason Kay - April 10, 2008 9:37 AM EDT

Ottawa flops while Theodore shines and other thoughts on the Game 1s from the Sens-Pens and Wild-Avs series.
The buzz from Ottawa-Pittsburgh, Game 1. If you’re a fan of the Senators, the harbingers were ominous. • You got Sidney Crosby on an average night – for Sidney – and couldn’t take advantage.


THN.com Blog: Why Sundin should return to T.O.

THN.com Blog: Why Sundin should return to T.O.

by Jason Kay - April 5, 2008 10:34 AM EDT

For the Leafs and their long-time captain to part ways now would be an unfit ending to their story... and some head-scratching stats.
It can’t end like this, can it? It shouldn’t. If Mats Sundin is the man of integrity we believe he is, and the Maple Leafs are sincere in their publicly expressed desire to bring him back, the 37-year-old will return to the “center of the hockey universe” for a swan song season, a chance to say a proper good-bye and give a fan base starved for gratification something to feel tingly about.


THN.com Blog: Teams should win the right to select No. 1 overall

THN.com Blog: Teams should win the right to select No. 1 overall

by Jason Kay - March 29, 2008 10:46 AM EDT

To prevent the travesty that is "tanking" the end of the season, make non-playoff teams earn the No. 1 draft position... and fighting in major junior hockey isn't necessary.
The NHL’s draft drawing system isn’t severely broken, but rewarding futility with the privilege of selecting the best prize available has always gnawed at me.


THN.com Blog: Does Canada-U.S. bias really exist?

THN.com Blog: Does Canada-U.S. bias really exist?

by Jason Kay - March 22, 2008 10:46 AM EDT

The NHL is often accused of giving preferential treatment to teams and players on each side of the 49th parallel.
Like parents of siblings with a spirited rivalry, the NHL is often challenged when it comes to meeting the needs of its Canadian and American children.


THN.com Blog: Is backlash over Yankee Stadium game a concern?

THN.com Blog: Is backlash over Yankee Stadium game a concern?

by Jason Kay - March 15, 2008 11:17 AM EDT

Controversy could brew over NHL's next outdoor game... no fear of tears... last-minute penalties... and the messed up points system.
Welcome to the adopt-a-pet blog, a handful of small treasures in need of a good home: • The only problem I have with an outdoor NHL game at Yankee Stadium next year is any backlash the game may incur from baseball zealots whose feelings are being bruised by the notion shinny may close the shrine.


THN.com Blog: Numbers say J-S Giguere’s the best goaltender

THN.com Blog: Numbers say J-S Giguere’s the best goaltender

by Jason Kay - March 9, 2008 12:04 PM EDT

He doesn't tend to get a lot of buzz when it comes to the Vezina, but the Ducks goalie looks good when you break down the stats.
About a month ago, we closed our Goalie Issue in which we anointed Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo the No. 1 stopper in the game this season in a ranking of the NHL’s Top 30.


THN.com Blog: Make no-trade clauses tougher to get

THN.com Blog: Make no-trade clauses tougher to get

by Jason Kay - March 1, 2008 11:27 AM EST

Less NTCs would mean more deals, and that's a good thing... thoughts on Sundin... is Pittsburgh the new T.B.?... and other deadline postulations.
Some post-trade deadline ruminations, now that the ice chips have settled: • No-trade clauses shouldn’t be banned in the next collective bargaining agreement, but they should be made available to a far smaller group.


THN.com Blog: Little hope for more goals

THN.com Blog: Little hope for more goals

by Jason Kay - February 23, 2008 11:54 AM EST

If the league hopes to produces more offense, they certainly have a funny way of showing it... and the over-the-glass rule isn't OK.
The recently completed GMs meetings in Florida produced a mixed message when it comes to offense in the NHL: do they want more or less of it? Of all the concepts the execs examined, the two generating the most buzz were smaller goalie gear and one-minute penalties in OT.


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