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THN.com Blog: Top AHLers looking for NHL gigs

THN.com Blog: Top AHLers looking for NHL gigs

by Ryan Kennedy - July 27, 2010 1:20 PM EDT

Brett Sterling and Keith Aucoin are still trying to make the big time, but both have a solid shot at making that happen this season.
When THN did our “Best of the Decade” issue earlier this year, right winger Darren Haydar was named the American League's top player from the past 10 years.


THN.com Blog: Kings don't need Kovalchuk to make a Stanley Cup run

THN.com Blog: Kings don't need Kovalchuk to make a Stanley Cup run

by Ryan Kennedy - July 14, 2010 11:05 AM EDT

While Ilya Kovalchuk is known for scoring goals, the young Kings are about more than that and don't need to add via free agency to improve.
The THN road crew went down to London, Ont., Tuesday for an interview and photo shoot with Kings defenseman Drew Doughty, which got me thinking about the state of Los Angeles hockey.


THN.com Blog: How 'adding' Kovalchuk impacts the Devils

THN.com Blog: How 'adding' Kovalchuk impacts the Devils

by Ryan Kennedy - July 5, 2010 3:50 PM EDT

New Jersey couldn't get out of the first round with Ilya Kovalchuk in the lineup last season and his reported new deal will force out current roster players, so is this a good move?
The most bandied-about name in the 2010 summer free agent class now reportedly has a team to call his own. And in a minor surprise, it’s the team he finished the season with.


NHL Free Agent Preview: Northeast Division

NHL Free Agent Preview: Northeast Division

by Ryan Kennedy - June 29, 2010 11:11 AM EDT

A lot of needs in this division will make for an exciting off-season as one of the NHL's closest races heats up.
Boston Bruins Cap Space – $5.5 million UFAs – Steve Begin, C; Miroslav Satan, LW RFAs – Gregory Campbell, C; Adam McQuaid, D; Daniel Paille, C; Mark Stuart, D; Blake Wheeler, RW Needs – Defense; the Bruins are even thinner on the blueline since trading Dennis Wideman to Florida and need some warm bodies.


THN at the NHL Draft: Many surprises in Round 1 of NHL draft

THN at the NHL Draft: Many surprises in Round 1 of NHL draft

by Ryan Kennedy - June 26, 2010 12:55 AM EDT

The opening round of the NHL draft didn't play out as expected, as the order of selection skewed and big trades lacked.
LOS ANGELES – The draft never goes according to plan, but the first round of the 2010 edition was particularly volatile. But other than the destruction of most media mock drafts, I don’t think teams really swung for the fences that much.


THN at the NHL Draft: Pysyk, Connolly, Gudbranson learned to lead in major junior

THN at the NHL Draft: Pysyk, Connolly, Gudbranson learned to lead in major junior

by Ryan Kennedy - June 24, 2010 4:45 PM EDT

Draft prospects Mark Pysyk, Brett Connolly and Erik Gudbranson didn't play on the best junior teams, but they gained valuable experience along the way.
LOS ANGELES – Whereas top prospects such as Taylor Hall, Cam Fowler and Brandon Gormley all bathed in the glow of major junior league (and in the case of Hall and Fowler, Memorial Cup) titles this season to help their draft stock, other elite kids aren’t so lucky.


THN.com Blog: Byfuglien trade is a shrewd move for Blackhawks

THN.com Blog: Byfuglien trade is a shrewd move for Blackhawks

by Ryan Kennedy - June 23, 2010 6:25 PM EDT

Everyone knew the Hawks were going to have to make some moves to get under next season's salary cap and they did the best they could, given the circumstances.
The Chicago Blackhawks knew trades were inevitable after their Stanley Cup triumph, but in putting together a blockbuster deal with Atlanta, they're certainly not playing salary cap victims.


THN.com Blog: Blue Jackets must find a center for Rick Nash

THN.com Blog: Blue Jackets must find a center for Rick Nash

by Ryan Kennedy - June 16, 2010 11:35 AM EDT

Columbus' star hasn't hit 80 points in a season yet and much of it has to do with the lack of a center. With Patrick Marleau on the market, perhaps this is the year.
Every summer offers the chance for a post-mortem if you’re one of the 29 teams that fell short of the Stanley Cup, but some teams have more pressing needs than others.


THN.com Blog: Yzerman takes over Lightning team in good shape

THN.com Blog: Yzerman takes over Lightning team in good shape

by Ryan Kennedy - May 26, 2010 11:15 AM EDT

Though Tampa Bay is tight on cap space, they have a solid core that should easily make the NHL playoffs with a few minor additions.
As the new GM of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Steve Yzerman has been presented with the daunting task of rebuilding a franchise that has been in a constant state of flux for the past several years.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Chicago's role players becoming post-season stars

THN.com Playoff Blog: Chicago's role players becoming post-season stars

by Ryan Kennedy - May 21, 2010 11:56 PM EDT

Dustin Byfuglien and Dave Bolland played crucial parts in a Game 3 overtime win that gives the Hawks a firm grip on San Jose.
It had to be Dustin Byfuglien, didn't it? One of the most talked about players in this year's Stanley Cup tournament, the big kid from northern Minnesota may just have sunk the San Jose Sharks for good with his overtime tally to win Game 3 and give Chicago a 3-0 series lead.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Canucks not built to hang with Cup contenders

THN.com Playoff Blog: Canucks not built to hang with Cup contenders

by Ryan Kennedy - May 12, 2010 1:42 PM EDT

The Canucks were ousted by the same team in the same fashion as last year and have a lot of off-season work to do if they are to become a team to beat.
I’m not going to lie – I went to bed midway through Chicago’s series-clinching victory against Vancouver in Game 6. Why? Because with a quick-strike 2-0 lead and no pushback from the Nucks by the next commercial break, I knew how things were going to play out: same as last year when the Hawks ran over Vancouver to eliminate them in six games.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Why a Wings comeback would benefit the NHL

THN.com Playoff Blog: Why a Wings comeback would benefit the NHL

by Ryan Kennedy - May 5, 2010 1:35 PM EDT

The latest fan conspiracy surrounds Detroit, who trails San Jose 3-0. However, it would make no sense for the NHL to push out one of their dynasties.
With one of the strongest franchises in the NHL on the ropes in just the second round of the playoffs, there is obviously a lot of fear and loathing going on in Detroit right now.


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