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THN.com Blog: Prospects on the verge of the NHL

THN.com Blog: Prospects on the verge of the NHL

by Edward Fraser - November 13, 2008 10:55 AM EST

Listing a few blue-chip prospects who have a couple NHL games under their belts, but haven't become full-timers, yet.
Surely I’m biased, but I think we have a plethora of great features here on THN.com. Among the stand-outs is Ryan Kennedy’s weekly prospect countdown, The Hot List, an inventory of 10 youngsters from near and far who are sure to one day make it to The Show.


THN.com Blog: Wild about relocation

THN.com Blog: Wild about relocation

by Edward Fraser - November 6, 2008 10:46 AM EST

Relocation is always a topic of conversation, but recently a few players from Minnesota chimed in... and boring Crosby.
Peruse any Internet article referencing relocation or expansion and fans post in droves with suggestions of cities that should and should not be home to NHL teams.


THN.com Blog: Tampa tender Mike Smith scary, good

THN.com Blog: Tampa tender Mike Smith scary, good

by Edward Fraser - October 30, 2008 9:56 AM EDT

Tampa Bay goalie Mike Smith is striking fear in opponents with his fast start and his horror movie-themed mask.
At 2-3-3 after eight games, the drastic turnaround some expected after the Lightning’s off-season overhaul hasn’t come to fruition.


THN.com Blog: A few ideas to increase offense

THN.com Blog: A few ideas to increase offense

by Edward Fraser - October 23, 2008 11:22 AM EDT

Scoring has been falling in the NHL since its spike after the lockout, so what can we do to see more red lights lit?
I consider myself a hockey purist. Rule changes – or even rumors of rule changes – that alter the fabric of the game I grew up with and hold dear to my heart get my proverbial panties in a bunch.


THN.com Blog: Giving thanks for early-season gifts

THN.com Blog: Giving thanks for early-season gifts

by Edward Fraser - October 16, 2008 10:50 AM EDT

From Fabian Brunnstrom's fabulous opening to Chris Pronger's scruff, here are a few things this author is thankful for.
With Canadian Thanksgiving still fresh in my mind – thanks to copious amounts of leftovers still filling my gullet on a daily basis – it feels like a good time to follow in Ken Campbell’s footsteps and list a few of the things I’m thankful for early on in this NHL season.


THN.com Blog: Pre-season happenings with regular season impacts

THN.com Blog: Pre-season happenings with regular season impacts

by Edward Fraser - October 9, 2008 12:07 PM EDT

The Lightning's trade with Vancouver wasn't a logical one... pre-season fighting is for dummies... and cap may hinder trade deadline activity.
As we head full-steam into the NHL regular season tonight – it’ll be nice to have a bread-and-circuses reprieve from the crumbling financial situation  – three things caught my attention as the pre-season wound down: BOLT OF INSPIRATION? They may have lost a pair of games to the Rangers, outshot 80-40 in the process, and had their new coach tear a strip off them publicly, but the most embarrassing thing coming out of Tampa this week was trading highly touted prospect Logan MacMillan for depreciating defenseman Lukas Krajicek…in a round-about way.


THN.com Blog: ‘South-least’ Division no longer

THN.com Blog: ‘South-least’ Division no longer

by Edward Fraser - October 1, 2008 4:04 PM EDT

Long-known as the worst overall division in the NHL, the Southeast has quickly transformed itself back into respectability.
The Washington Capitals, defending Southeast winners, have become a sexy choice to make more noise in the East this season. And for good reason.


THN.com Blog: A New York state of mind

THN.com Blog: A New York state of mind

by Edward Fraser - September 24, 2008 2:27 PM EDT

From the very top to the very bottom of the Eastern Conference, New York’s three NHL teams are all over the map.
As the NHL season draws tantalizingly near, the hockey mind can’t help but be consumed with thoughts of days to come, both near and far.


THN.com Blog: Schneider clearing waivers leaves Selanne a lame duck...for now

THN.com Blog: Schneider clearing waivers leaves Selanne a lame duck...for now

by Edward Fraser - September 19, 2008 1:37 PM EDT

Scott Niedermayer's indecision last year is still having a negative affect on the club and it isn't going to be getting better any time soon.
Thanks a bunch, Mr. Niedermayer. Due in large part to the all-world defenseman’s dithering last season, Anaheim GM Brian Burke is surely in a fowl (sorry, couldn’t help it) mood in the days following Mathieu Schneider’s waiver-wire clearing that leaves the Ducks short of the cap space necessary to bring Teemu Selanne back into the flock (apologies again).


THN.com Blog: 10 scrappers worth talking about

THN.com Blog: 10 scrappers worth talking about

by Edward Fraser - September 9, 2008 11:36 AM EDT

A fight will always bring a crowd to their feet and raise the excitement level of a game, so here's a list of some of the NHL's best.
Coming off a week that put me in a fighting mood, I figured it was a good time to have some fun and look at 10 of the NHL’s top pugilists.


THN.com Blog: Career tough guy’s latest fight against NHL

THN.com Blog: Career tough guy’s latest fight against NHL

by Edward Fraser - September 5, 2008 1:24 PM EDT

Brandon Sugden has been told he can’t play in the NHL despite receiving an invite from the Islanders.
A recent email from a reader alerted me to the story of Sugden, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound pugilist drafted by the Maple Leafs in the fifth round back in 1996.


THN.com Blog: Still pulling for Berard despite better judgment

THN.com Blog: Still pulling for Berard despite better judgment

by Edward Fraser - August 29, 2008 9:48 AM EDT

Watching the defenseman's development since his junior days has developed a connection that's hard to break.
What he did is unforgivable, but regardless past troubles that will always taint my opinion of the former Calder winner, I still hope Bryan Berard catches on with the Flyers.


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