by Rory Boylen - March 22, 2011 2:06 PM EDT
It took nearly half the season for the Sharks to kick it into gear, but now that they have, they sit atop their division once again.
When the San Jose Sharks woke up the morning of Jan. 14 they were floating in unchartered waters. Recognized as the poster team for regular season success, San Jose was more whale shark than tiger shark at the season’s mid-point, winning fewer than half their games and languishing in 12th place in the Western Conference.
by Rory Boylen - March 13, 2011 11:40 AM EDT
Analysts and fans who use incidents like the Chara-Pacioretty hit as an opportunity to belittle the NHL for being unwilling to change should look in the mirror.
I’ve been a passionate hockey fan for as long as I can remember. I’ve played, refereed and coached. I’ve lived it. I’ve breathed it.
by Rory Boylen - March 8, 2011 2:45 PM EST
Why Brian Burke is the man for Toronto; what the Panthers were thinking in trading Frolik; why Trevor Gillies isn't bad; and more.
Toronto GM Brian Burke takes a lot of guff from detractors who claim he’s overrated and has inherited every good team he’s ever managed.
by Rory Boylen - February 22, 2011 12:31 PM EST
Two massive trades came out of nowhere in the past few days, so we break down which teams came out on top.
Shortly after the 2004-05 lockout, Chris Pronger was traded from St. Louis to Edmonton for Eric Brewer, Jeff Woywitka and Doug Lynch. It was the dawn of a new era in the NHL and while most early moves such as this one were done to align teams in a new economic and competitive era, it brought a sense of excitement accentuated by the return of hockey in general.
by Rory Boylen - February 15, 2011 12:30 PM EST
The 2009 first-rounder, in his first AHL season, was recently called up to the NHL for the first time and it's been an experience he'll never forget.
If you’re reading this, at some point in your life you’ve probably dreamt about playing in the NHL. The odds are long, the journey is tough and, for the vast majority of us, the ultimate goal is never really within reach.
by Rory Boylen - February 8, 2011 2:27 PM EST
With about 30 games left before the post-season, we list a few names we're hoping to see make the top eight.
You know the saying “drive for show, putt for dough?” Well, in a way it can apply to hockey as well, with the long 82-game stretch from October to April representing the drive and the short best-of-seven-game bursts in the spring representing the putt.
by Rory Boylen - February 1, 2011 3:23 PM EST
As we get ready for the final months of the regular season, we take a look at some noteworthy stats.
Statistics, of course, don’t tell the whole story. The only way you can get a real sense of how good or bad teams are is to sit and watch them play out their games.
by Rory Boylen - January 25, 2011 1:40 PM EST
Instead of receiving flak for attempting a return to the NHL for the first time since 2008, Forsberg deserves admiration.
I can’t for the life of me understand why anyone wouldn’t want to see Peter Forsberg return to the NHL. This whole line of thinking that an aged player should just walk away instead of returning because he’d “make a fool of himself” is silly – and it runs directly against how any one of us would approach anything we wanted to keep doing, even if we knew our best before date had passed.
by Rory Boylen - January 14, 2011 11:50 AM EST
While the Red Wings are on top again and the young Blues and Blue Jackets are at the bottom, the Hawks and Predators fight for home ice.
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS THN pre-season prediction: 4th in West Scoring leaders: Patrick Sharp, 44; Jonathan Toews, 36; Patrick Kane, 34. Key stat: Despite the off-season losses, last year’s No.
by Rory Boylen - January 11, 2011 12:30 PM EST
The Rangers dealt their most experienced defender for 24-year-old Wolski, who has had a hot-and-cold start to his career.
It wasn’t all that long ago the New York Rangers spent gobs of money to bring in a laundry list of players to try and mish-mash together a Stanley Cup contender.
by Rory Boylen - January 4, 2011 2:40 PM EST
While a lot of stars have excelled at the WJC, there are also a lot of promising prospects who performed well at the tournament, but didn't make it in the big leagues.
It’s hard not to get caught up in all the action and excitement when the world’s top hockey prospects compete for gold. Not only are you cheering on your country, you’re witnessing the next generation of NHL stars before they make it.
by Rory Boylen - December 28, 2010 9:30 AM EST
Forget the NHL's Winter Classic, outdoor hockey at its finest is played on homemade rinks with friends and family, creating memories that last a lifetime.
The best part about the holiday season? Playing outdoor hockey on the rink, of course. Ever since I can remember we’ve had a rink at our house.
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