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THN.com Blog: Death of Brian Burke's son reinforces what’s really important

THN.com Blog: Death of Brian Burke's son reinforces what’s really important

by Sam McCaig - February 6, 2010 12:13 AM EST

Brendan Burke, who succumbed to injuries suffered in a Friday afternoon car crash, showed bravery in admitting to the world he was gay.
And just like that, hockey's place in the order of things that are truly important suddenly snaps back into perspective. The sad news that Brendan Burke, 21, son of Toronto Maple Leafs GM and Team USA GM Brian Burke, died Friday night after succumbing to injuries sustained in a car crash in Indiana is a tragedy that makes things like trade deadlines, NHL playoff berths and Olympic tournaments seem like little more than surreal, meaningless pastimes.


THN.com Blog: Who's hot and who's awful

THN.com Blog: Who's hot and who's awful

by Sam McCaig - January 30, 2010 9:00 AM EST

A look around the league at some of the hottest - and not-est - teams as we head down the final stretch of 2009-10.
The dog days of the NHL schedule has exposed a gap between the haves and have-nots among the league’s 30 teams, with some clubs tearing it up – and others getting torn up.


THN.com Blog: Who could be on the move?

THN.com Blog: Who could be on the move?

by Sam McCaig - January 24, 2010 2:45 PM EST

A rundown of some of the players who may be wearing different colors by the March 3 trade deadline.
With word out of Atlanta that the Thrashers are more likely to trade Ilya Kovalchuk than re-sign the all-star sniper, the NHL's trade derby has officially begun.


THN.com Blog: Race for the Rocket Richard

THN.com Blog: Race for the Rocket Richard

by Sam McCaig - January 9, 2010 10:19 AM EST

The NHL's goal-scoring race is a deep one with 12 skaters in position to take the crown. But who will win? We break down the odds.
Keep your eye on the race for the Rocket Richard Trophy – it’s going to be a doozy that goes down to the wire. Six top-notch goal scorers are in the running and another six snipers are within striking distance; 12 players have reached the 20-goal plateau as the league schedule turns into the second half.


THN.com Blog: 10 statistical surprises

THN.com Blog: 10 statistical surprises

by Sam McCaig - December 26, 2009 8:55 AM EST

A healthy Gaborik battling for the league's scoring lead? The reigning Calder winner falling from glory? It's been a topsy-turvy season to say the least.
Surprises? You want to talk surprises? How about the fact the Atlanta Thrashers made it to the holiday break in sixth place in the East, while the vaunted Philadelphia Flyers are buried in 13th – and with a different coach than the one who started the year behind the bench? Or that Phoenix, Nashville and Los Angeles each have a firm hold on a playoff spot in the West, while Vancouver and Detroit – Detroit! – are on the outside looking in? What's next, a breakout year from Dustin Penner? Here are 10 surprises among the NHL's scoring leaders, defense leaders, goaltenders and rookies: 1.


THN.com Blog: A holiday wish for each NHL team

THN.com Blog:  A holiday wish for each NHL team

by Sam McCaig - December 20, 2009 9:15 AM EST

'Tis the season for well wishes and we're not about to break tradition here at THN. So with that in mind, here's 30 glad tidings.
Ho ho ho-ly Christmas, it's the holidays again. A time of year when presents are exchanged, wishes are fulfilled and office parties get out of control.


THN.com Blog: From Anaheim to Zenon

THN.com Blog: From Anaheim to Zenon

by Sam McCaig - December 12, 2009 10:57 AM EST

Duck droppings... plenty PIMs... peculiar playoff pictures... helping hands... net noses... raging rookies... Western white-washes... and more.
Here are 10 snapshots from around the league, from the rise of the Kings to a brawler named Konopka:   1. Who knew the two California-based teams vying for Western Conference supremacy would be San Jose and Los Angeles? And that Anaheim would be w-a-a-a-y at the other end, at the bottom of the standings in the West? Congratulations, Kings – you’ve got a great chance at finishing ahead of the rival Ducks for the first time since the NHL lockout.


THN.com Blog: From top to bottom

THN.com Blog: From top to bottom

by Sam McCaig - December 5, 2009 9:37 AM EST

Things are settling into a predicable order in the standings... Oh no, Carolina... and get the PVR ready for a busy December.
The NHL regular season schedule hit the one-third mark with game No. 410 Friday night – which just happened to be the centennial affair between Boston and Montreal.


THN.com Blog: Picture perfect

THN.com Blog: Picture perfect

by Sam McCaig - November 28, 2009 10:35 AM EST

Taking your mind off the Leaf losses... packed NHL schedule... and pictures that tell the story.
So, the two biggest stories coming out of Toronto this week have been Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke’s son, Brendan, sharing the fact that he’s gay, and the apparent firing of long-time team mascot Carlton the Bear.


THN.com Blog: Olympic goalie picture taking shape

THN.com Blog: Olympic goalie picture taking shape

by Sam McCaig - November 22, 2009 10:25 AM EST

Plenty of snow will fall before the 2010 Games in Vancouver, but the pieces of the contenders' crease puzzle are beginning to come together.
Three months.   Three months from now, the men's hockey preliminary round at the 2010 Winter Olympics will be over and we'll be heading into the sudden-death quarterfinals.


THN.com Blog: Tidbits from around the NHL

THN.com Blog: Tidbits from around the NHL

by Sam McCaig - November 14, 2009 10:07 AM EST

From hot defensemen to cold goalies, there's a plethora of interesting nuggets of info from early on in the NHL season.
Nobody likes a know-it-all, but surely it’s better than being a know-nothing, right?   While you’re wrestling with that to-know-or-not-to-know dilemma, here are a few observations from around the NHL through the first month of regular season action.


THN.com Blog: Injuries ruling the day

THN.com Blog: Injuries ruling the day

by Sam McCaig - November 7, 2009 9:33 AM EST

With a ton of players on the injured list, including many stars, the story of the NHL season so far has been the players who aren't playing.
Who’s hurt?   More like, who isn’t?   It seems like every NHL team has an injured star player sitting on the sidelines nursing an injury and most teams are missing multiple key performers.


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