Rory Boylen's Column

Head shot embellishments must end in wake of concussion debate

Head shot embellishments must end in wake of concussion debate

by Rory Boylen - December 13, 2011 4:32 PM EST

If players are serious about tackling any concerns with concussions, they have to stop trying to take advantage of the situation.
With the news NHL scoring leader Claude Giroux is out indefinitely with a concussion, the NHL’s most talked-about issue stepped into the spotlight once again.


Jason Garrison breaks out with Panthers

Jason Garrison breaks out with Panthers

by Rory Boylen - December 10, 2011 10:30 AM EST

An undrafted player from college, Jason Garrison is the surprising early leader in goals among defensemen.
Jason Garrison isn’t a well-known name around the NHL. In fact, when he was asked for an interview in the dressing room after a game a voice from the next stall over cracked at the request.


Why Ken Hitchcock likes Kris Russell

Why Ken Hitchcock likes Kris Russell

by Rory Boylen - December 6, 2011 4:10 PM EST

Only days after hiring Ken Hitchcock the St. Louis Blues added Kris Russell, so the coach must see something in him Columbus fans didn't.
Even though Kris Russell was Columbus’ third round pick in 2005, by the time he reached the NHL two years later he was being marked as the elusive puck-moving defender the franchise had struggled to find in its infancy.


Giving thanks to the fallen

Giving thanks to the fallen

by Rory Boylen - November 11, 2011 9:25 AM EST

We take a little time out of our day to remember those who sacrificed to give us the lives we have today.
On the coasts of Normandy, in the air above Albion, wading across wide oceans and hunkered in trenches stitched through Europe, millions fought and gave their lives so we could enjoy the fruits of free life.


Teddy Purcell grows as a pro with Lightning

Teddy Purcell grows as a pro with Lightning

by Rory Boylen - November 8, 2011 4:06 PM EST

The undrafted college free agent didn't ever fit in with the Kings, but has come along fast since moving to Tampa Bay.
Undrafted college free agents are an interesting and unpredictable bunch. For every Martin St-Louis there are 10 T.J. Trevelyans. But that’s the risk-reward behind acquiring players this way.


Early treats of the NHL season

Early treats of the NHL season

by Rory Boylen - November 1, 2011 12:53 PM EDT

With Halloween on the brain this author writes about four players that have been a treat to watch so far.
Happy All Saints Day everyone – otherwise known as “my stomach hurts from eating too much candy” Day. It’s the time of year when early-season surprises begin to either slip back to reality or form into a trend.


Roberto Luongo Vancouver's best bet

Roberto Luongo Vancouver's best bet

by Rory Boylen - October 25, 2011 2:12 PM EDT

Some might think it's in Vancouver's best interest to trade Roberto Luongo, but this author thinks that is just plain dumb.
I’m often amazed at how confidently some people expect a prospect to come in and instantly fix a problem. The NHL is more of a young man’s league than ever, but this logic still spits in the face of reality.


That's your prediction? C'mon Man!

That's your prediction? C'mon Man!

by Rory Boylen - October 18, 2011 12:33 PM EDT

Are the Sharks slipping? Is Phil Kessel on his way to an award-worthy season? Is Ovechkin going to have another point drop? C'mon Man!
My New York Jets are coming off a nice and much-needed win over Miami Monday night, so I’m feeling pretty good and am optimistic at another playoff run.


Five favorite players to watch

Five favorite players to watch

by Rory Boylen - October 12, 2011 3:24 PM EDT

Some great players aren't great to watch. Others make it well worth the time to watch them work their magic.
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Exceptional start for prospect Aaron Ekblad

Exceptional start for prospect Aaron Ekblad

by Rory Boylen - October 9, 2011 11:35 AM EDT

The OHL's first overall pick is off to a good start for the rebuilding Barrie Colts and got on the board for the first time Saturday night.
BARRIE, ONT. – A little bit of history was written Saturday night just off Mapleview Drive when Aaron Ekblad, the first player since John Tavares to be granted exceptional player status and early entry into the Ontario League, notched his first goal (and point) of his junior career with a point shot on a man advantage against the Niagara IceDogs in a wild 8-6 win.


Panthers must send Huberdeau back to junior

Panthers must send Huberdeau back to junior

by Rory Boylen - August 30, 2011 4:16 PM EDT

More often than not, making prospects develop slowly in minor leagues works best and the Panthers have to handle Huberdeau correctly.
Inevitably – and usually immediately after – a prospect chosen in the first round of the draft will be visualized on the ice with a cast of current players.


What defines a sports dynasty?

What defines a sports dynasty?

by Rory Boylen - August 23, 2011 2:55 PM EDT

Is a dynasty all about winning consecutive championships, or is it more about continuous domination?
After 2009’s Stanley Cup championship, the hockey world was buzzing at the prospect of a Pittsburgh Penguins dynasty. Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal, Marc-Andre Fleury – all the main pieces that brought a title and back-to-back final appearances to Pittsburgh were in place and they were all still at the beginning of their careers.


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