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THN.com Blog: The NHL-KHL divide

THN.com Blog: The NHL-KHL divide

by Ryan Kennedy - August 26, 2009 2:43 PM EDT

It seems like the feud between the NHL and KHL is only escalating and there are a number of reasons why the two sides can't seem to agree.
When the latest issue of THN hits your mailboxes or corner stores, you’ll find an opinion column by yours truly about the fractured relationship between the Kontinental League and the NHL.


THN.com Blog: Nash set to explode into superstar status

THN.com Blog: Nash set to explode into superstar status

by Ryan Kennedy - August 24, 2009 11:34 AM EDT

Rick Nash is a household name, but he has yet to hit 80 points in his career, so is the Columbus captain officially a first-class star yet?
What makes a player worthy of being deemed a first-class NHL star? For goalies and defensemen, numbers don’t always tell the story. Grant Fuhr, for example, never had a great goals-against average, but he stopped the right pucks at the right time and has the wins and Stanley Cups to back up his Hall of Fame clout.


THN.com Blog: Big Bert curse will do in Wings

THN.com Blog: Big Bert curse will do in Wings

by Ryan Kennedy - August 19, 2009 11:15 AM EDT

Todd Bertuzzi has brought bad luck wherever he's gone since the Moore-incident and there's no reason to think the same fate won't follow him to Detroit.
Much is made about our summer pre-season predictions by both press and fans - and if the home team is seen to have gotten short shrift, we hear about it.


THN.com Blog: Bubble teams so close, but so far

THN.com Blog: Bubble teams so close, but so far

by Ryan Kennedy - August 17, 2009 12:00 PM EDT

For three teams - the Panthers, Sabres and Wild - that barely missed out on the dance in 2008-09, the fact they were close doesn't mean diddly.
It’s a common point to rally around whence wallowing over a season unfulfilled: We were sooo close to making the playoffs… And for teams such as Florida, Buffalo and Minnesota last season, mathematically that may have been true.


THN.com Blog: Waddell's record not as bad as advertised

THN.com Blog: Waddell's record not as bad as advertised

by Ryan Kennedy - August 12, 2009 10:30 AM EDT

While Don Waddell gets ripped for poor trades and decisions, Dean Lombardi gets the benefit of the doubt. But why?
August is the month where we at THNHQ spend our days ranking jerseys and getting into arguments over things that haven’t happened yet. Case in point, yesterday, when web editor Edward Fraser and myself debated the future of two lowly teams.


THN.com Blog: What will poor judgment cost Kane?

THN.com Blog: What will poor judgment cost Kane?

by Ryan Kennedy - August 10, 2009 11:36 AM EDT

The Chicago star's alleged dust-up with a cab driver in Buffalo continues the NHL's run of off-season ruckuses.
To the benefit of no one, Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane became a punchline this weekend. By allegedly assaulting a Buffalo cab driver in the wee hours of the morning, Kane and his cousin found themselves immediately on the pop culture radar and having more than just hockey fans incredulously wondering; “Twenty cents?” That’s purportedly the amount of money the well-to-do youngster fought over, but let’s blow this thing out, shall we? To understand the bizarre nature of the dust-up, you need to think about the focused lives of pro athletes.


THN.com Blog: For Tavares to produce, supporting cast is needed

THN.com Blog: For Tavares to produce, supporting cast is needed

by Ryan Kennedy - August 5, 2009 11:25 AM EDT

John Tavares has been lauded as the next big natural goal-scorer, but if he is to put up numbers right away, the Isles need to make a few upgrades.
More often than not in recent years, the No. 1 pick in the draft has quickly become a savior for the franchise lucky enough to win, or at least not lose, the lottery – Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, Rick Nash, Ilya Kovalchuk, for example – but for sustained success, those players can’t do it by themselves.


THN.com Blog: Looking at the 2009-10 NCAA classes

THN.com Blog: Looking at the 2009-10 NCAA classes

by Ryan Kennedy - August 3, 2009 9:43 AM EDT

From Harvard to Boston College, there are a few interesting programs to watch for in the NCAA this season.
When the games aren’t being played on the ice, speculation becomes the favored pastime. With that in mind, I’m starting to get excited about the 2009-10 NCAA season.


THN.com Blog: An early NHL arrival would be good for Duchene's development

THN.com Blog: An early NHL arrival would be good for Duchene's development

by Ryan Kennedy - July 13, 2009 12:00 PM EDT

Rushing a prospect can be detrimental to his long-term development, but with expectations low in Denver, keeping the 18-year-old is the right move.
The retirement of Joe Sakic naturally leaves a huge void in the Colorado Avalanche organization, but it also creates a big hole in the lineup.


THN.com Blog: Beasts of the Northeast

THN.com Blog: Beasts of the Northeast

by Ryan Kennedy - July 8, 2009 11:57 AM EDT

Thanks to fortuitous UFA signings and an influx of toughness, the Northeast Division will be the league's most exciting to watch for fans of old time hockey.
One of the knocks on free agency is that the chasing of dollars ultimately leads to a lot of roster turnover, dulling rivalries in the process.


THN.com Blog: Most-missed UFAs

THN.com Blog: Most-missed UFAs

by Ryan Kennedy - July 6, 2009 11:44 AM EDT

A look at some of the free agents who will have their old teams wishing they'd kept them in the fold.
Free agency has been a fun ride so far, but sometimes you don’t know what you got ’til it’s gone. Sometimes it’s the player who doesn’t re-sign who has one of the biggest impacts on the team he leaves, which may explain why Carolina GM Jim Rutherford rarely lets any of his charges out of the family.


THN Free Agency Preview: Central Division

THN Free Agency Preview: Central Division

by Ryan Kennedy - June 29, 2009 1:55 PM EDT

The capped-out Red Wings are still the top dogs in the division, but with the right off-season additions Chicago, St. Louis and Columbus could start nipping at Detroit's heels.
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS Cap space - $22.3 million UFAs – Martin Havlat, RW; Samuel Pahlsson, C; Matt Walker, D; Aaron Johnson, D; Nikolai Khabibulin, G.


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