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THN.com Blog: The Four S's - one's signed, so who's next?

THN.com Blog: The Four S's - one's signed, so who's next?

by Sam McCaig - September 12, 2008 10:04 PM EDT

Sakic's back for at least another year, but the waiting game continues with Sundin, Selanne and Shanahan.
Colorado captain, franchise face and all-time leading scorer Joe Sakic, as anticipated, re-signed for one more year (and counting?) last month, putting to rest the retirement question for the 39-year-old future Hall of Famer.


THN.com Blog: Even with Meszaros, Tampa's blueline issues remain

THN.com Blog: Even with Meszaros, Tampa's blueline issues remain

by Sam McCaig - September 2, 2008 3:43 PM EDT

The Lightning's defense might be OK in a couple of years, but it's going to be a long season for Tampa tenders if more isn't done.
The Tampa Bay Lightning obtained the best player – defenseman Andrej Meszaros – in its recent trade with the Ottawa Senators. And that’s obviously a significant factor to consider.


THN.com Blog: Time to move it or lose it

THN.com Blog: Time to move it or lose it

by Sam McCaig - August 12, 2008 3:56 PM EDT

There are a few teams that need to have a good season to avoid dropping off the radar and into the league basement.
Every season in the NHL is important, but some franchises are facing make-or-break campaigns in 2008-09. Here’s a rundown of which teams are looking at turning points in the near future.


THN.com Blog: When they will be Kings

THN.com Blog: When they will be Kings

by Sam McCaig - July 29, 2008 3:14 PM EDT

There hasn't been much to like about Los Angeles lately, but with the youth they currently have in the fold, it won't be long before they're competitive.
The Los Angeles Kings have dropped further and further down the NHL standings since they last made the playoffs in 2002. In the two seasons before the lockout, the Kings placed 18th and 20th overall.


THN.com Blog: Sweet 16 questions

THN.com Blog: Sweet 16 questions

by Sam McCaig - July 24, 2008 4:07 PM EDT

The season's a ways off yet, but it never to early to start wondering about how things will turn out during the '08-09 campaign.
Hey…want in on a poorly kept non-secret? Here’s the scoop: We’re working on The Hockey News Yearbook right now and, thus, are enjoying some sneak peeks ahead to the 2008-09 season.


THN.com Blog: Hit and miss UFA signings

THN.com Blog: Hit and miss UFA signings

by Sam McCaig - July 17, 2008 3:54 PM EDT

The open market is still, well, open, but most of the products have been bought. Let's look back at some of the best and worst summer '08 deals.
Bless Mike Commodore. Bless his humongous red afro, bless his shaggy red playoff beard and bless his hard-rock, defense-first approach to the game.


THN.com Blog: Who's left on the UFA market

THN.com Blog: Who's left on the UFA market

by Sam McCaig - July 8, 2008 9:57 PM EDT

The small barrel of unrestricted free agents is almost empty, so who is left that can help your team?
The pickings, they are slim. Unless you believe Kyle Wanvig is finally going to turn the corner, there's not much left in an NHL free agent market that was pretty bare to begin with.


THN.com Blog: Hossa chasing Cup, not cash

THN.com Blog: Hossa chasing Cup, not cash

by Sam McCaig - July 2, 2008 3:46 PM EDT

Marian Hossa's deal with the Red Wings came as a bit of a surprise, especially since Detroit will have a few big expiring contracts after next season.
If you can’t beat ’em - sign a one-year, $7.4-million contract and - join ’em. That appears to be Marian Hossa’s logic as the unrestricted free agent sniper agreed to a surprising one-year deal with the Detroit Red Wings.


THN.com Blog: Where does Ray Emery fit?

THN.com Blog: Where does Ray Emery fit?

by Sam McCaig - June 24, 2008 6:56 PM EDT

A year ago Ray Emery was in the Stanley Cup final, but after a controversial season who will take a chance on him?
Where now, Mr. Emery?   A year ago, Ray Emery had just finished backstopping the Ottawa Senators to the Stanley Cup final and was poised to reign as the team’s No.


THN.com Blog: Other players who belong in the Hall of Fame

THN.com Blog: Other players who belong in the Hall of Fame

by Sam McCaig - June 17, 2008 7:47 PM EDT

After waiting too long, Glenn Anderson is finally in the HHOF, but there are others who have been ignored who should join him.
Eight years later, the Hall of Fame got it right. Glenn Anderson, a six-time Stanley Cup champion and fifth all-time in playoff goals (93), was finally deemed Hall-worthy after first being eligible in 2000.


THN.com Blog: Can Chris Chelios continue?

THN.com Blog: Can Chris Chelios continue?

by Sam McCaig - June 10, 2008 6:07 PM EDT

Of course he can. His teammate Dominik Hasek hung 'em up Monday, but don't expect the 46-year-old Chelios to follow suit.
Dominik Hasek has decided to call it a career, but what about his Red Wings teammate Chris Chelios? No way. Not a chance. In the days after the Wings won their fourth Stanley Cup in 11 years (and 11th all-time), Chelios was announcing he has “every intention of coming back.


THN.com Blog: Skewed views on the week's news

THN.com Blog: Skewed views on the week's news

by Sam McCaig - June 8, 2008 4:15 PM EDT

Dented Cups... league screw-up... Del Biaggio corrupt?... Mt. Tortorella erupts... and other goings on from around the NHL.
The Detroit Red Wings won the Stanley Cup in the biggest NHL news story of the week. But a few other things happened, too, from a 'Boots' who cried bankruptcy to a championship chili incident.


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