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Time for the Senators to bench Craig Anderson, run with Robin Lehner

Time for the Senators to bench Craig Anderson, run with Robin Lehner

by Rory Boylen - November 29, 2013 1:31 AM EST

As Craig Anderson struggles, Robin Lehner has played so well in a backup role that the Senators need to start leaning on him some more.
Craig Anderson’s first start of the season was a 35-save shutout over Buffalo and it’s been all downhill since. The American started 2013-14 with very real aspirations to grab a No.


Five reasons why Kings-Sharks is the best NHL rivalry today

Five reasons why Kings-Sharks is the best NHL rivalry today

by Rory Boylen - November 28, 2013 2:13 AM EST

Los Angeles and San Jose don't exactly make up a traditional rivalry, but they have everything you could want to see between two evenly-matched teams. From talent, to geography, playoff history and more, there's a lot to like when the Kings and Sharks meet up.
A San Jose Sharks-Los Angeles Kings game is about as good as it gets these days. Wednesday's 3-2 shootout win for the Sharks was an absolute beauty that I could have watched go into 12 overtimes.


Toffoli, Pearson, Vey making a difference for battered Los Angeles Kings

Toffoli, Pearson, Vey making a difference for battered Los Angeles Kings

by Rory Boylen - November 14, 2013 11:23 PM EST

When it comes to building an NHL contender, the name of the game is depth. Quality depth. It’s one thing to hit rock bottom and acquire a high end talent with a draft pick, but if you can’t develop any players after that into NHLers, you end up like the Edmonton Oilers.
When it comes to building an NHL contender, the name of the game is depth. Quality depth. It’s one thing to hit rock bottom and acquire a high end talent with a draft pick, but if you can’t develop any players after that into NHLers, you end up like the Edmonton Oilers.


Sabres hires a good start, but new GM is most important piece

Sabres hires a good start, but new GM is most important piece

by Rory Boylen - November 13, 2013 4:04 PM EST

The Buffalo Sabres’ road to recovery is still going to be a long, uphill one full of losses. But at least they’re on that road. Wednesday’s hiring of Ted Nolan as interim coach and, especially, Pat LaFontaine as president of hockey operations started them down the right path. The question is: will they stay on it?
The Buffalo Sabres’ road to recovery is still going to be a long, uphill one full of losses. But at least they’re on that road.


Matt Duchene building a case for superstardom

Matt Duchene building a case for superstardom

by Rory Boylen - November 7, 2013 1:35 AM EST

After a down season in 2011-12, Matt Duchene has been proving himself as a superstar player all over again. He is becoming more of a lock for a Canadian Olympic spot with each game and is leading one of the biggest surprise teams of the young season.
Matt Duchene is really exploding as a player. “No duh,” right? Everything he’s done so far this young season has legitimized his case for inclusion on Canada’s Olympic team.


Daniel and Henrik Sedin's four-year, $28 million extensions a great deal for team and twins

Daniel and Henrik Sedin's four-year, $28 million extensions a great deal for team and twins

by Rory Boylen - November 1, 2013 4:25 PM EDT

The Vancouver Canucks signed their two franchise cornerstones to extensions on Friday, as Daniel and Henrik Sedin received matching four-year, $28 million contracts. It’s the perfect deal for both sides.
The Vancouver Canucks signed their two franchise cornerstones to extensions on Friday, as Daniel and Henrik Sedin received matching four-year, $28 million contracts.


Maxim Lapierre hits Dan Boyle from behind, continues history of garbage

Maxim Lapierre hits Dan Boyle from behind, continues history of garbage

by Rory Boylen - October 15, 2013 10:09 PM EDT

Shortly after Buffalo's Patrick Kaleta was suspended for 10 games by Brendan Shanahan, St. Louis' resident rat Max Lapierre laid out his second dangerous hit from behind in five days.
Shortly after Buffalo's Patrick Kaleta was suspended for 10 games by Brendan Shanahan, St. Louis' resident rat Max Lapierre laid out his second dangerous hit from behind in five days.


Why Phil Kessel is worth $8 million to the Toronto Maple Leafs

Why Phil Kessel is worth $8 million to the Toronto Maple Leafs

by Rory Boylen - October 1, 2013 12:40 PM EDT

The price tag may seem hefty for Kessel, but the alternative is not an option for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The moment the Toronto Maple Leafs traded two first round picks and a second-rounder to Boston for a 21-year-old Phil Kessel, he became the centerpiece of their rebuild.


New hybrid icing rule a sensible change

New hybrid icing rule a sensible change

by Rory Boylen - September 30, 2013 8:38 PM EDT

On the eve of the 2013-14 season, NHL players voted in favor of hybrid icing, which will reduce risk, but put a judgment call in the officials' hands.
In general, I'm what you'd call a traditionalist. I like my fights, I appreciate my defensive, low-scoring hockey and I think every fan should wear a fedora to the game.


Rookies to watch at NHL training camp

Rookies to watch at NHL training camp

by Rory Boylen - September 16, 2013 11:55 AM EDT

Looking at a vast collection of rookies around the league who have a shot at cracking an opening night roster.
Taking a look at some rookies with varying degrees of potential to crack an NHL roster out of training camp. We elected to skip over the highest picks from the 2013 draft – Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Drouin, Aleksander Barkov and Seth Jones – since they are expected to be there.


Hockey community feels loss of Jordan Boyd

Hockey community feels loss of Jordan Boyd

by Rory Boylen - August 13, 2013 2:02 PM EDT

The on-ice death of Jordan Boyd at a QMJHL rookie camp brought the hockey community together over a tragedy once again.
Being a hockey fan is being a lot of things. It’s being passionate. It’s being opinionated. It’s being diehard. It’s getting involved.


New core seeks new identity for Sharks

New core seeks new identity for Sharks

by Rory Boylen - August 2, 2013 4:10 PM EDT

The San Jose Sharks have broken the hearts of so many who proclaimed them as Cup favorites in recent years that they've become a punchline - but a new era is on the horizon.
How many times have you heard this before: the San Jose Sharks are different this time. No. Seriously. For real. For most of its life, the Sharks franchise has put a remarkably consistent team on the ice.


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