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Dixon: What Tyler Seguin can learn from James van Riemsdyk

Dixon: What Tyler Seguin can learn from James van Riemsdyk

by Ryan Dixon - May 4, 2011 1:37 PM EDT

Boston's second overall pick isn't playing, while Philadelphia's is having a breakout post-season, so what lessons can Seguin take?
A number of things are already going well for the Boston Bruins this spring. Actually, everything except Tomas Kaberle is going well for the B’s.


Dixon: 20 burning Stanley Cup playoff questions

Dixon: 20 burning Stanley Cup playoff questions

by Ryan Dixon - April 13, 2011 2:13 PM EDT

With the NHL playoffs set to get started, we ask a few questions everyone wants the answers to at this time of year.
In this line of work, the questions come fast and furious this time of year. More specifically the question - “So who’s gonna win it all?” - is on the mind of friends, sports-talk radio hosts and anybody who delivers anything to The Hockey News office.


THN.com Blog: Stan Smyl knows Canucks must make most of Stanley Cup run

THN.com Blog: Stan Smyl knows Canucks must make most of Stanley Cup run

by Ryan Dixon - April 6, 2011 12:15 PM EDT

Nearly 30 years ago the Canucks made it to their first Stanley Cup final. As this year's squad seeks a championship, past players know it's time to go big or go home.
Stan Smyl pauses to draw a deep breath before answering the question and you’re not sure if it’s because he’s contemplating the subject matter for the first time or because he never stops thinking about it.


THN.com Blog: Diminutive Nathan Gerbe plays big for Buffalo Sabres

THN.com Blog: Diminutive Nathan Gerbe plays big for Buffalo Sabres

by Ryan Dixon - March 30, 2011 12:35 PM EDT

Despite his small, 5-foot-5 stature, Nathan Gerbe walks tall and carries a big stick for Buffalo.
The good news for Nathan Gerbe is if and when he ever reaches his short-joke saturation point, he’s got a really big weapon to crack the comedian with.


THN.com Blog: Guy Boucher goes for broke with Tampa Bay

THN.com Blog: Guy Boucher goes for broke with Tampa Bay

by Ryan Dixon - March 16, 2011 11:48 AM EDT

The first-year Lightning coach is animated and aggressive, but he also expects more than just defense out of his depth players.
Guy Boucher needs room to operate even when he’s giving a post-game talk to reporters, so I can only imagine how animated he gets when he’s delivering an impassioned message to his players.


THN.com Blog: Letang emerging as another Penguins star

THN.com Blog: Letang emerging as another Penguins star

by Ryan Dixon - March 9, 2011 2:23 PM EST

If Kris Letang isn't scoring, that doesn't necessarily mean he's in a slump - the 23-year-old finds other ways to make an impact.
Earlier in the season, if Kris Letang had one point in his past nine outings, my take would have been that he wasn’t doing much out there.


THN.com Blog: Why Brendan Morrison and the Flames should enjoy the ride

THN.com Blog: Why Brendan Morrison and the Flames should enjoy the ride

by Ryan Dixon - March 2, 2011 1:00 PM EST

The Calgary Flames and Brendan Morrison are enjoying a fruitful relationship, but it won't last forever.
The grand plight of the Calgary Flames is perfectly embodied by their No. 1 center; there’s no assurance today’s success is a harbinger of a bright future, but the ride sure is fun right now.


THN.com Blog: Al in for Montoya with the New York Islanders

THN.com Blog: Al in for Montoya with the New York Islanders

by Ryan Dixon - February 23, 2011 3:30 PM EST

Injuries on Long Island give Al Montoya his second chance to prove he's strong enough to play in the NHL.
The New York Islanders are getting some pretty decent play out of a confident American goalie who has battled some injury troubles, but was selected higher than any other puckstopper in his draft class.


THN.com Blog: No questions with new Boston Bruin Chris Kelly

THN.com Blog: No questions with new Boston Bruin Chris Kelly

by Ryan Dixon - February 16, 2011 11:25 AM EST

In acquiring Chris Kelly, the Bruins didn't add the final piece to the puzzle, but they did add a key complementary part.
Chris Kelly is a classic deadline pickup. He’s not the best player out there, but he’s the best type of player in that you get great value for what you’re giving up.


THN.com Blog: Dave Bolland heating up for Blackhawks

THN.com Blog: Dave Bolland heating up for Blackhawks

by Ryan Dixon - February 2, 2011 12:50 PM EST

While Chicago has seen Patrick Sharp transform from defensive specialist to offensive dynamo, it can only hope Bolland will follow a similar trajectory.
From an outsider’s perspective, it would be easy to think the Chicago Blackhawks are on the road and on the ropes. The geographical aspect of that inference isn’t up for debate, as the Hawks are one game into a stretch of six straight away from home.


THN.com Blog: Carlson, Alzner contributing to Capitals evolution

THN.com Blog: Carlson, Alzner contributing to Capitals evolution

by Ryan Dixon - January 26, 2011 2:22 PM EST

As the Capitals tighten the strings on the defensive side of the puck, this young pair has been an important part of the shift.
Who says the Capitals have never won anything? Washington as a franchise has come up short in recent playoff ventures, but a couple Capitals already have decorated resumes, sans Stanley, of course.


THN.com Blog: Gorilla-sized goalies populate NHL

THN.com Blog: Gorilla-sized goalies populate NHL

by Ryan Dixon - January 19, 2011 12:59 PM EST

When Curtis Joseph, Mike Vernon and the like guarded NHL creases, small and fast goalies were in. But now it seems to be about size and technique.
How big are goalies these days? Big enough to fill in for the guys charged with the task of protecting them, if need be. Former NHL puckstopper Kevin Weekes is a large man himself, but even he can’t help but marvel at the current size of crease creatures such as Montreal’s MVP, 6-foot-3, 219-pound Carey Price.


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