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THN.com Blog: UFA Day 1 winners and losers

THN.com Blog: UFA Day 1 winners and losers

by Edward Fraser - July 2, 2009 11:30 AM EDT

As the first day frenzy subsides, we look back at Day 1 and determine who won, who lost and who has work to do.
Well, that was fun. At least for those who didn’t have to work and try to keep a website up to date with the furious action that was the first day of the NHL’s free agent frenzy.


THN.com Blog: Center of the hockey universe needs center help

THN.com Blog: Center of the hockey universe needs center help

by Edward Fraser - June 25, 2009 11:02 AM EDT

With the Toronto Maple Leafs in full rebuild mode, the first place they should start restocking the shelves is up the middle, perhaps with Luke Schenn's brother, Brayden.
The NHL’s perennial possessing of prospects draws near and between all the selections and dealing, the news will surely be flying fast and furious.


THN at the NHL Awards: Win or lose, Vegas a good gamble

THN at the NHL Awards: Win or lose, Vegas a good gamble

by Edward Fraser - June 18, 2009 11:50 PM EDT

Whether you like the idea or not, having a ceremony in Las Vegas displaying the game's best can only help it grow.
LAS VEGAS – If you’re going to throw an event in one of North America’s most notorious party cities – a place where famous-people spotting is a sport unto itself – you best have the celebrities to back it up.


THN.com Playoff Blog: 2009 Stanley Cup final awards

THN.com Playoff Blog: 2009 Stanley Cup final awards

by Edward Fraser - June 14, 2009 11:00 AM EDT

Picking out the top individual performances from the enthralling 2009 final between the Wings and Penguins.
With the dust settled after the Penguins’ dramatic road victory in Game 7 over Detroit, here is my annual look at the best performers from the final series.


THN at the Stanley Cup: Sturdy Talbot puts Pens over the top in Game 7

THN at the Stanley Cup: Sturdy Talbot puts Pens over the top in Game 7

by Edward Fraser - June 13, 2009 12:52 AM EDT

Maxime Talbot's unexpected offensive surge in Game 7 makes him a part of history and forever engraves Pittsburgh on the Cup.
DETROIT – If the Pittsburgh Penguins were to march into Joe Louis Arena and upset the Red Wings, there was no doubt at least one of the Black and White crew would need to step up with a super-human effort.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Back-to-back-to-back Wings-Pens a good bet

THN.com Playoff Blog: Back-to-back-to-back Wings-Pens a good bet

by Edward Fraser - June 4, 2009 10:45 AM EDT

It's amazing enough the same two teams are playing in the final two years in a row, but both are set up for even more success.
Like a J.J. Abrams production, an NHL season is filled with unlikely plot twists and monsters (usually found in the games Pierre McGuire is calling), which makes predicting the future on ice somewhat of a fool’s game.


THN.com Playoff Blog: The best of the best from Round 3

THN.com Playoff Blog: The best of the best from Round 3

by Edward Fraser - May 28, 2009 1:35 PM EDT

With the Stanley Cup final on the horizon, we take one look back at the Conference finals and hand out the hardware.
While the games themselves in each of the conference finals were great, there was no Game 7, or even Game 6, drama on which to draw. The final, however, has all the makings of a classic with great storylines and two of the league’s most-talented squads going head-to-head in a rematch of ‘08.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Penguins march onto Stanley Cup final

THN.com Playoff Blog: Penguins march onto Stanley Cup final

by Edward Fraser - May 26, 2009 10:27 PM EDT

It was a good run while it lasted for the Canes, but don't expect them to just disappear. The Pens, meanwhile, are set for a Cup rematch.
If Paul Maurice could have scripted his team’s start to Game 4, it would have looked very similar to how things actually played out in the first two minutes.


THN.com Playoff Blog: League, refs deserve credit for maintaining crackdown

THN.com Playoff Blog: League, refs deserve credit for maintaining crackdown

by Edward Fraser - May 21, 2009 10:57 AM EDT

While the refs don't always make the correct call, by putting things into perspective, it's time to give kudos to those who have made the obstruction crackdown stick.
If you’re a fan of any one particular playoff team – especially one currently watching instead of playing – you’re likely not of the mindset to give credit to the officials this time of year.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Top two remaining teams get set to protect home ice in Game 7; and Round 2 awards

THN.com Playoff Blog: Top two remaining teams get set to protect home ice in Game 7; and Round 2 awards

by Edward Fraser - May 14, 2009 1:25 PM EDT

The Detroit Red Wings and Boston Bruins have both been down in their series, but now find themselves playing Game 7 in familiar buildings... and an admittedly early look at the top performers from the second round.
After early stumbles that had some thinking the heavily favored Bruins and Red Wings were down for the count, the two top remaining teams in the playoffs will try and squash the upset bug and advance to the conference final in do-or-die fashion Thursday night.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Need a hero? You must be Jokinen

THN.com Playoff Blog: Need a hero? You must be Jokinen

by Edward Fraser - May 6, 2009 11:19 PM EDT

In a great southern atmosphere the Carolina Hurricanes took the series lead on Boston on another clutch goal from their unlikely hero, Jussi Jokinen.
Starting with a charming rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner by Katherine Fritsch – with the obligatory “RED!” chant from the Carolina faithful – there was an air of electricity inside the RBC Center prior to puck drop for Game 3 of the Hurricanes-Bruins conference semifinal.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Handing out hardware for Round 1

THN.com Playoff Blog: Handing out hardware for Round 1

by Edward Fraser - April 30, 2009 9:55 AM EDT

Before the second round begins here's one last look back at the opening round's best performances.
In the latest edition of The Hockey News magazine, we hand out our annual regular season hardware after soliciting the opinion of 50 hockey experts.


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