by Mike Brophy - December 24, 2007 11:40 AM UTC
Troy Crosby knows better than anyone what life is like for Sid the Kid.
You think Sidney Crosby gets tired playing hockey? Try spending a game in his dad’s slippers. “I’d rather be playing than watching,” says Troy Crosby, a former goaltender who was drafted in the 12th round (240th overall) by the Montreal Canadiens in 1984.
by Mike Brophy - December 17, 2007 12:41 PM UTC
Trading a young star may not seem like a great idea, but history suggests it's a good option for the Caps if they want to inch closer to contention.
It is generally assumed Alex Ovechkin will sign with the Washington Capitals and remain with the team that drafted him first overall in 2004.
by Mike Brophy - December 10, 2007 2:07 PM UTC
Thanks in big part to the coaching of Brent Sutter, New Jersey has turned their season around to become one of the league's best squads.
The New York Rangers drew the biggest headlines last summer when they signed free agents Chris Drury and Scott Gomez. But it was their neighboring rivals, the New Jersey Devils, who made the most significant signing in the off-season.
by Mike Brophy - December 3, 2007 11:59 AM UTC
Mike Keenan has to use his weapons differently if the floundering Flames hope to reach the heights many expected them to coming into this season.
When I predicted the Anaheim Ducks and New York Rangers for the 2008 Stanley Cup final, I had it in the back of my mind the defending champs were the riskier of the two picks.
by Mike Brophy - November 26, 2007 11:50 AM UTC
Bruce Boudreau didn't live up to his potential as a player, but now he has a chance to leave his mark with the young Caps.
Bruce Boudreau is finally where he belongs – in the NHL. It’s a shame his promotion to coach of the Washington Capitals, albeit on an interim basis, came at the expense of hard-working Glen Hanlon, but that’s the way things go in this business.
by Mike Brophy - November 12, 2007 11:43 AM UTC
With the 2007 HHOF induction ceremony Monday, let's look at three other players also deserving the honor.
Let us put the Eric Lindros Hall of Fame debate aside for a few moments. Here are three other former NHLers (listed alphabetically) I believe should be inducted into the Hall: Glenn Anderson: OK, he was accused of not paying his child support; that may make him a bad person, but it should not take him out of the running for the Hall.
by Mike Brophy - November 5, 2007 12:23 AM UTC
The first month of the 2007-08 campaign has had plenty of eye-openers, on both the good and bad sides.
Each NHL season is filled with surprises and disappointments. The trick is to not be too quick on your assessment as to which is which.
by Mike Brophy - October 29, 2007 8:34 PM UTC
Where do we draw the line when it come to players being held responsible for the injuries they occur?
Twenty years ago you would have heard about the Randy Jones hit on Patrice Bergeron, but chances are you would not have seen it. And if you did, there may have been one camera angle capturing the play.
by Mike Brophy - October 22, 2007 12:48 AM UTC
After years of carving them for their defensive style, Mike Brophy says the Devils are now exciting to watch.
Sorry New Jersey Devils fans, but it's looking like you might need to find a new hockey writer to hate. Because if what I saw last Wednesday in Pittsburgh is any indication, I don't think I'm going to be able to rag on the way your team plays anymore.
by Mike Brophy - October 15, 2007 12:00 PM UTC
Mike Brophy looks at some interesting storylines from the first two weeks of the NHL season.
It's early, butÂ… Â• It looks like Jason Spezza will win the Art Ross Trophy with no goals and 128 assists. Â• The Bill Guerin, Mike Comrie and Ruslan Fedotenko signings look better, and, perhaps, more significant, than the Scott Gomez-Chris Drury signings.
by Mike Brophy - October 8, 2007 12:30 AM UTC
Mike Brophy explains why Anaheim should be miffed over their schedule to start the season.
So this is the thanks the Anaheim Ducks get for winning the Stanley Cup. Not only does the NHL send the defending champs on a two-game trip to England, of all places, to open the 2007-08 season, upon their return to North America they immediately embark on a three-game road trip to Detroit, Columbus and Pittsburgh.