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THN.com Blog: Shaking hands with the legend, Gordie Howe

THN.com Blog: Shaking hands with the legend, Gordie Howe

by Ryan Dixon - October 20, 2010 12:35 PM EDT

One of hockey's greatest legends, Gordie Howe is full of good stories and provided this THN author with an unforgettable experience.
At this point, I’m not sure I could pick out one player from NHL history and identify him as my favorite, but I definitely know who my favorite player to hear stories about is.


THN.com Blog: NHL missed opportunity with Hjalmarsson, Wisniewski suspensions

THN.com Blog: NHL missed opportunity with Hjalmarsson, Wisniewski suspensions

by Ryan Dixon - October 13, 2010 1:05 PM EDT

The NHL had two opportunities to send an early message about a couple of issues, but didn't take any substantial stand.
Neither of the actions taken by the NHL on Tuesday will move the needle much with respect to the things Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller has been talking about.


THN.com Blog: Montreal's P.K. Subban looking to balance two-way game

THN.com Blog: Montreal's P.K. Subban looking to balance two-way game

by Ryan Dixon - October 7, 2010 11:25 AM EDT

P.K. Subban jumped onto the scene in the post-season last year, but if he wants to stick as a favorite, he must reel in his offensive instincts.
There’s not much that isn’t exciting about P.K. Subban. From the way he carries the puck on the ice to the way he carries himself with a healthy confidence and large grin off of it, Subban is one of those people in life you just can’t miss.


THN.com Blog: Expect David Clarkson to do more for Devils

THN.com Blog: Expect David Clarkson to do more for Devils

by Ryan Dixon - October 6, 2010 1:22 PM EDT

The Devils have garnered a lot of off-season attention because of their star players, but it's a role player like Clarkson who could really make a difference.
The Devils’ top-six forward crew is home to a hired gun, a homegrown stud and a player returning to the scene of his greatest triumph. Ilya Kovalchuk, Zach Parise and Jason Arnott, the man who scored the overtime Cup-winner for Jersey in 2000, will all be counted on for big things as the Devils move toward being a more goal-hungry club under new coach John MacLean.


THN.com Blog: Would John Tavares take to wing?

THN.com Blog: Would John Tavares take to wing?

by Ryan Dixon - September 21, 2010 10:45 AM EDT

John Tavares' skating has sometimes been called his weakness, so would a move to the wing make him a more effective player?
The game ‘Version 2.0’ gets played so often in the offices of THN you’d swear we were actual nerds, not just hockey nerds. For those unfamiliar with the activity, Version 2.


THN.com Blog: Byfuglien on the blueline, Lecavalier’s potential and sorting out the Central

THN.com Blog: Byfuglien on the blueline, Lecavalier’s potential and sorting out the Central

by Ryan Dixon - September 14, 2010 2:40 PM EDT

Before the season swings in, here are a few quick thoughts on Dustin Byfuglien, Vinny Lecavalier, the Central Division and more.
Some quick hits before the hits start for real shortly. • I, like most, assumed Dustin Byfuglien would hold a forward post with the Atlanta Thrashers, but he’s moving back to defense, the position he’s apparently most comfortable at.


THN.com Blog: Will the Kostitsyns be better apart?

THN.com Blog: Will the Kostitsyns be better apart?

by Ryan Dixon - August 31, 2010 1:30 PM EDT

Unable to fit into Montreal, Sergei Kostitsyn was shipped to Nashville for a new start. At the same time, brother Andrei may improve without the distraction.
No matter how well they get along during the course of their lives, invariably, there are moments when brothers need to be apart. Sometimes just a brief separation is all that’s required for both parties to restore proper perspective with regard to the perils of things like flinging food across the dinner table or having the living room couch double as the top rope in a wrestling ring.


THN.com Blog: Blackhawks still have pieces to win in 2010-11

THN.com Blog: Blackhawks still have pieces to win in 2010-11

by Ryan Dixon - August 24, 2010 3:19 PM EDT

The Chicago Blackhawks underwent a lot of change this off-season, but the players who came in are fully capable of filling the void.
Most of the off-season focus in Chicago has centered on the departed, but don’t forget about the arrivals, not to mention the internal growth Blackhawks management is counting on.


THN.com Blog: Impressions from the first female hockey draft

THN.com Blog: Impressions from the first female hockey draft

by Ryan Dixon - August 17, 2010 10:58 AM EDT

The CWHL held its first draft last week and this author was there reporting on the event. It was a special night for women's hockey, one that left this reporter impressed.
As a reporter, you learn quickly that the best events to cover are often the ones that don’t attract hordes of people like yourself. First of all, there’s less of a chance you’ll find yourself buried in the back of a scrum, arm fully outstretched, hoping your recorder can still digitally detect a cliché from three feet out.


THN.com Blog: NHL GMs no longer willing to dish out big bucks for goalies

THN.com Blog: NHL GMs no longer willing to dish out big bucks for goalies

by Ryan Dixon - August 10, 2010 1:16 PM EDT

In the ever-changing goalie landscape, contracts like Roberto Luongo's are becoming a thing of the past as the position seemingly gets more volatile.
That sound you hear is the furious scratching of Mike Gillis’ pencil as he scrambles to include a couple more ludicrous clauses in Roberto Luongo’s contract in the hopes it gets voided by the NHL.


THN.com Blog: Examining the Frolov and Ponikarovsky signings

THN.com Blog: Examining the Frolov and Ponikarovsky signings

by Ryan Dixon - July 28, 2010 11:40 AM EDT

A pair of UFAs inked similar deals, but one has the potential for boom or bust while the other will provide exactly what's on the brochure.
The fact Alexander Frolov and Alexei Ponikarovsky signed one-year contracts worth virtually equal amounts offers a lot of insight into what their respective employers value.


THN.com Blog: Red Wings and Modano a perfect match

THN.com Blog: Red Wings and Modano a perfect match

by Ryan Dixon - July 6, 2010 12:53 PM EDT

At 40 years of age, Mike Modano still has enough left in the tank to help a Detroit team that could use his savvy on the third line.
When your nickname is ‘The Professor,’ it’s only fitting you’d continue producing quality work in the late stages of your career.


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