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NHL Free Agent Preview: Northwest Division

NHL Free Agent Preview: Northwest Division

by Ryan Dixon - June 29, 2010 12:00 PM EDT

There aren't many big names set to leave the Northwest, but each team is looking for some big upgrades.
Calgary Flames Cap Space – $6.8 million UFAs – Craig Conroy, C; Christopher Higgins, LW; Jamal Mayers, RW; Brian McGrattan, RW; Garth Murray, C; Eric Nystrom, C; Colin Stuart, LW; Vesa Toskala, G RFAs – Kris Chucko, RW; Matt Keetley, G; Matt Pelech, D; Brett Sutter, LW; Ian White, D Needs – Stop us when you’ve heard this before, but Jarome Iginla could really use a center to play with.


THN at the NHL Draft: Florida Panthers stay busy on Day 2

THN at the NHL Draft: Florida Panthers stay busy on Day 2

by Ryan Dixon - June 26, 2010 6:55 PM EDT

After selecting three times in the opening round, the Panthers didn't sleep on Day 2 and stayed busy on the draft floor.
LOS ANGELES – It’s amazing how much added motivation and extra night’s sleep can provide a young man. The early moments of Day 2 at the 2010 NHL draft confirmed falling draft stock and incentive to succeed share an inverse relationship.


THN at the NHL Draft: News and notes from the board of governors' meeting

THN at the NHL Draft: News and notes from the board of governors' meeting

by Ryan Dixon - June 24, 2010 10:55 PM EDT

The new head shot rule was approved by the NHL owners, but it will take getting used to; Coyotes update; and lots of trade talk.
LOS ANGELES – Cam Neely’s touch of trepidation over the NHL’s new head-shot rule stems from the fact hockey is a reactionary game.


THN at the NHL Awards: The view from Las Vegas

THN at the NHL Awards: The view from Las Vegas

by Ryan Dixon - June 22, 2010 8:15 PM EDT

While flying from Toronto to Las Vegas for the NHL Awards, a lot happened in the hockey world in a manner of only a few hours.
LAS VEGAS – It took less than five hours for me to fly from Toronto to Las Vegas on Tuesday as part of the THN team descending on the desert for the NHL Awards.


THN.com Blog: Phaneuf's challenge as Maple Leafs captain

THN.com Blog: Phaneuf's challenge as Maple Leafs captain

by Ryan Dixon - June 15, 2010 7:35 AM EDT

While Dion Phaneuf has all the tools to be an elite NHL defenseman, he has to reel in some aggressive tendencies now that he's captain.
Dion Phaneuf is a loud man at a position often best served by subtlety. The newest captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs was awarded that distinction based partially on a generally brash approach to life, whether it’s his frequent attempts to tattoo his shoulder crest on opponents’ foreheads or just having the internal jam to play DJ Dion in the dressing room immediately upon landing in Leafland.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Canadiens couldn't match Flyers' desire

THN.com Playoff Blog: Canadiens couldn't match Flyers' desire

by Ryan Dixon - May 24, 2010 10:21 PM EDT

Simply put, hard work was the defining factor of the NHL's East final and Philadelphia took it to Montreal in that respect.
Everything you really need to know about why the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference final occurred on the last scoring play of the series.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Big Buff's crease crashing causing nightmares for Nabokov, Sharks

THN.com Playoff Blog: Big Buff's crease crashing causing nightmares for Nabokov, Sharks

by Ryan Dixon - May 19, 2010 8:06 AM EDT

Dustin Byfuglien's presence was felt on two big goals as the Chicago Blackhawks earned a 2-0 series lead on the road.
There’s a new king of the crease, but the heavyweight belt might need to be resized before being passed on. Longtime Detroit Red Wing Tomas Holmstrom has made a career of scoring big goals at this time of year from the lip of the blue ice, but right now, no net presence is the equal of that provided by Chicago Blackhawk Dustin Byfuglien.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Game 1 blowout not indicative of Flyers-Canadiens matchup

THN.com Playoff Blog: Game 1 blowout not indicative of Flyers-Canadiens matchup

by Ryan Dixon - May 18, 2010 9:30 AM EDT

Despite a 6-0 shellacking to start off the series, if the Habs can stay focused and adjust, this series is far from over.
The Montreal Canadiens learned first-hand that the ‘Broad Street Bullies’ are a different beast than they’re used to facing in these playoffs.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Canadiens proving to be the real deal

THN.com Playoff Blog: Canadiens proving to be the real deal

by Ryan Dixon - May 11, 2010 12:15 PM EDT

Originally counted as first round fodder, Montreal has hung in with the East's beasts and shouldn't be considered a surprise anymore.
Belief comes pretty naturally to fans. The blind backing of your favorite team is what makes the sports-watching experience equally rewarding and crushing.


THN.com Playoff Blog: P.K. Subban bolsters Montreal's excitement

THN.com Playoff Blog: P.K. Subban bolsters Montreal's excitement

by Ryan Dixon - May 3, 2010 1:25 PM EDT

While the team has been winning upsets with great goaltending and gritty play, the way the young defenseman has stepped up is a great side story.
Regardless of how the rest of the spring plays out for the Montreal Canadiens, a few lessons will be gleaned from this unlikely voyage into the second round of the NHL playoffs.


THN.com Blog: Plekanec, Price and Halak lead Canadiens' off-season questions

THN.com Blog: Plekanec, Price and Halak lead Canadiens' off-season questions

by Ryan Dixon - April 27, 2010 9:15 AM EDT

Trying to fit their No. 2 center and a co-No. 1 duo of keepers under an already tight cap ceiling will give GM Pierre Gauthier some tough decisions.
The summer of 2009 was an off-season of change for the Montreal Canadiens and while there is no shortage of things on the to-do list in the coming months, don’t expect the same volume of movement this time around.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Luck and shrewd trading turned Capitals into contenders

THN.com Playoff Blog: Luck and shrewd trading turned Capitals into contenders

by Ryan Dixon - April 19, 2010 12:47 PM EDT

While they got lucky drafting Alex Ovechkin, smart trades in 2004 and a wise pick in Mike Green really turned this franchise around.
When you watch Alex Ovechkin rip around the ice, it’s easy to think the Washington Capitals just fell into their role as a league superpower.


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