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Games lost to injury

Games lost to injury

by John Grigg - April 7, 2010 3:45 PM EDT

Which teams were hurt the most by injuries this season and did it keep them out of the playoffs?
Injuries are a bummer. There’s no two ways about it. And every season injuries hit a few teams hard – real hard. Some squads, the deeper or more talented ones, muddle through and come out the other side with a modicum of success.


21-and-under NHLers

21-and-under NHLers

by John Grigg - March 31, 2010 2:33 PM EDT

We count down the best youngsters making their presence felt in the NHL.
A few weeks back, we took a look at some of the relative greybeards plying their trade on NHL ice pads. Today we’re going to look at some kids who might not even be able to grow beards yet.


Best mascots

Best mascots

by The Hockey News - March 24, 2010 10:35 AM EDT

They're the beasts that keep us entertained between whistles with their antics and acrobatics. Here are our favorites.
It’s the most famous tongue snatching of all-time. In an incident that belies the much-celebrated relationship between man and dog, Edmonton Oilers coach Craig MacTavish once ripped the tongue of Flames mascot Harvey the Hound right out of the Calgary canine’s furry mouth.


NHLers with Irish surnames

NHLers with Irish surnames

by John Grigg - March 17, 2010 10:50 AM EDT

As the world celebrates all that is green, we pay homage to the best NHLers who sport Gaelic-derived monikers.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day, hockey fans. The Irish have a long history of producing excellent hockey players west of the Atlantic. Kennedys, Fitz-somethings, O’Reillys, O’Donnells, O’Connells, O’-everythings.


35-and-over NHLers

35-and-over NHLers

by John Grigg - March 10, 2010 4:05 PM EST

The game has certainly skewed young, but there's still plenty of experienced skill to go around. Here's the best of the lot.
The NHL is a young man’s league. Unrestricted free agency at 27, the salary cap and the sheer speed of the game under post-lockout rules have conspired to change the league’s demographics.


Olympic records

Olympic records

by John Grigg - February 24, 2010 3:10 PM EST

There's been some phenomenal career, tournament and single-game records during the history of the Olympics.
Let the real games begin. Now that the Olympic hockey tournament is into the quarterfinal stage and none of the international gnats-on-ice upset one of the big boys, the excitement gets ratcheted up another notch with some serious one-and-done drama.


Teams with Olympians

Teams with Olympians

by John Grigg - February 17, 2010 2:45 PM EST

We get into the Olympic spirit and count down which club teams from around the globe are most represented in Vancouver.
There has been much talk concerning how the Olympics will affect the fortunes of teams moving forward this season. Will Olympians be burnt out by the tight Games schedule and intense play? Will teams with few or no Olympians benefit with the time off to rest battered and bruised bodies? And what about young teams with key players not accustomed to an 82-game schedule, will the Olympic break afford them an advantage? And, of course, just how many pina coladas can a pro hockey player have without ruining the last quarter of his season? Those are all questions that have been bandied about since late December when Olympic rosters began trickling out from the various national federations.


Longest team streaks

Longest team streaks

by John Grigg - February 10, 2010 2:20 PM EST

With the Capitals on the verge of setting the consecutive wins record, we look back at the top winning and losing streaks.
This has been a streaky year for the NHL. The Maple Laughs began the season 0-8-0; the Big, (really) Bad Bruins recently lost 10 games in a row; the Hurricanes were blown away in 14 consecutive contests in October and November; and the Oilers struck nothing but losses in December and January, an unlucky straight 13 to be exact.


Players traded for Olli Jokinen

Players traded for Olli Jokinen

by John Grigg - February 3, 2010 2:10 PM EST

Traded five times in his career, we look at the best returns teams got for the big Finn.
When the Los Angeles Kings selected Kuopio, Finland native Olli Jokinen third overall in 1997, he was billed as a skilled big body who played a North American-style game.


Disappointing players

Disappointing players

by John Grigg - January 27, 2010 3:10 PM EST

Expectations were high for these 10, but they haven't lived up to the hype.
This week the Top 10 takes a decidedly negative look at the NHL: which players have disappointed to the point of being one of the top 10 underperformers of the season.


2010 UFAs

2010 UFAs

by John Grigg - January 20, 2010 2:20 PM EST

The summer is shopping season for GMs and it's never too early to prepare that wishlist.
As we get closer to the Olympic break, the chatter surrounding unrestricted free agents-to-be this summer is beginning to heat up. Don’t forget, the NHL resumes play post-Olympics March 1 and the trade deadline is March 3.


AHL rookie prospects

AHL rookie prospects

by John Grigg - January 13, 2010 3:10 PM EST

Counting down the best American League freshmen, all of whom are sure to be NHL regulars in short order.
These aren’t the halcyon days of the six-team NHL, when the American League was full of players who would, relatively speaking, put many of today’s millionaire NHLers to shame.


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