by Brian Costello - April 11, 2008 9:35 AM EDT
Both goalies shine as S.J. draws even... the good and bad of refereeing... and Big Bert goes ballistic as Stars shine.
It was a battle of exceptional goaltending last night as Evgeni Nabokov and the San Jose Sharks out-dueled Miikka Kiprusoff and the Calgary Flames 2-0 to even that series 1-1.
by Brian Costello - April 6, 2008 10:11 AM EDT
With the regular season almost complete, let's list which team has what chance in the NHL's draw to determine draft ranking.
We’re all use to the expression: Don’t believe everything you hear on TV or read in the newspaper. That has never been more accurate than with reports regarding the NHL draft lottery.
by Brian Costello - March 30, 2008 11:28 AM EDT
News of Ed Chynoweth's failing health left us with a moment to reflect on a career of success, dedication and admiration.
It was with sadness this week I received an email from my esteemed colleague Rob Vanstone that Western Hockey League icon Ed Chynoweth is not doing well in his fight with kidney cancer.
by Brian Costello - March 23, 2008 11:28 AM EDT
Coaching may not be in cards, but maybe some NHL coaches might want to pick up on these outside-the-box strategies.
Having never coached at any level of hockey, the chances of me getting an NHL job running the bench and stunning the world with these unorthodox strategies is diminishing every day.
by Brian Costello - March 16, 2008 10:24 AM EDT
The salary cap has forced teams to plug prospects into holes in their lineup earlier than they would have in the past.
A growing trend in the NHL’s salary cap era is the fast-tracking of talented youngsters into prominent roles strictly for financial reasons.
by Brian Costello - March 8, 2008 1:53 PM EST
There's not much to like about the Buds and Bolts this season, or in the near future... the Raycroft dilemma in T.O.... and it's time for hi-def.
Two of the NHL’s weakest teams, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs, won’t be much better next season if they’re relying on youth to come to the rescue.
by Brian Costello - March 2, 2008 10:51 AM EST
The league's undisputed No. 1 prospect turned undisputed No. 1 NHL goalie still looks superb as Future Watch's main man.
Our popular Future Watch issue is now in the hands of The Hockey News subscribers and the first thing the reader sees is our terrific sense of timing.
by Brian Costello - February 24, 2008 2:17 PM EST
Ian Laperriere's hit on Nicklas Lidstrom had some up in arms, but there's no reason to chastise this clean hit.
It didn’t occur to me that anyone would find fault with the Ian Laperriere hit on Nicklas Lidstrom until a colleague sent me a video feed of the incident with the subject line: Foul or fair? The shoulder-to-shoulder collision looked, to me, so clean and so, well, hockey, I just assumed the colleague was inviting me to lunch.
by Brian Costello - February 17, 2008 1:41 PM EST
The CBC's HNIC first-intermission commentator doesn't like the rule, but players have fans have accepted it, so Grapes should let it go.
It’s getting to be that time of year when the growing importance of stretch-drive games will lead Don Cherry to gripe about his biggest pet peeve.
by Brian Costello - February 9, 2008 11:00 AM EST
Can't wait to see where prospects are ranked in The Hockey News's upcoming Future Watch issue? Here are a few hints at the risers and fallers.
In the weeks leading up to the publishing of The Hockey News Future Watch issue, which hits newsstands in early March, I get hundreds of calls and emails from diehard hockey fans eager to get a jump on the competition.
by Brian Costello - January 27, 2008 10:56 AM EST
The former blueline great will head to the HHOF next year, but other deserving players will have to wait.
It’s nice to see Brian Leetch’s No. 2 retired by the New York Rangers. He’s easily one of the most talented and classiest defensemen of the past generation.
by Brian Costello - January 19, 2008 11:19 AM EST
The HHOF needs to follow the Baseball Hall of Fame's lead and release the names of the people nominated, not just the inductees.
The Hockey Hall of Fame should take a lesson from the National Baseball Hall of Fame on marketing and publicity 101. The crystal-clear transparency in annual voting results at the Baseball Hall of Fame should be the envy of its hockey cousin.