by Rory Boylen - January 26, 2010 11:20 AM EST
With a penchant for making a big splash in the trade market, the cap room to sign him, and depth in the system, the Avs have the tools to swing a trade.
I never like coming up with trade possibilities because the attempts are futile and the unexpected always happens, but I can’t get this thought out of my head.
by Rory Boylen - January 19, 2010 11:35 AM EST
San Jose's grit-guys will make a difference this spring... Why Burrows doesn't get respect... and there's no need for a head-shot rule.
Sure they have a great amount of star power, but the San Jose Sharks have some other interesting pieces that will be integral to a playoff run.
by Rory Boylen - January 12, 2010 1:55 PM EST
From his days in St. Louis, to his upset in Edmonton, to his move to Toronto, Curtis Joseph provided a treasure trove of memorable moments.
The earliest memory I have of being a hockey fan (though I know I watched before that) involves a dash to the television, flicking on Pittsburgh-Minnesota (because the Cup could be won that night) and enthusiastically getting pumped up by the old – and the real – Hockey Night in Canada Theme Song.
by Rory Boylen - January 5, 2010 2:15 PM EST
With injuries running rampant through the NHL it's worth discussing who should be first to step in if somebody goes down.
Since there are no taxi squads for the Olympic teams this time around – replacements for injured players can be added anytime between now and the start of the tournament – all we can do is speculate and debate about who Canada’s first call-up should/will be.
by Rory Boylen - December 22, 2009 11:55 AM EST
The WJC is great, but there's another historic holiday hockey tournament that's worth watching.
There’s no doubt in my mind the best hockey tournament to watch over the holidays is the world juniors. It’s some of the best hockey on television all year long with exuberant, fast-paced action showcasing the NHL players of tomorrow.
by Rory Boylen - December 13, 2009 10:35 AM EST
With a new owner and a stable, quality team pushing for a playoff spot, fans in Phoenix finally have something to smile about.
Reports of the Coyotes demise have been greatly exaggerated. Off the ice, a new owner will soon be in place, one who is not seeking an out-clause in a handcuffing lease that has 26 years remaining on it.
by Rory Boylen - December 8, 2009 10:35 AM EST
The names honored on the NHL's trophies are there for a reason and shouldn't be changed just because their origins are a distant memory.
What is with the incessant cry for change in this game? The latest needless cause is to re-name the trophies given out to the NHL’s best at the end of the season.
by Rory Boylen - December 1, 2009 12:00 PM EST
Injuries in Buffalo have forced extra responsibilities amongst their young blueliners, but players like Chris Butler are holding the fort.
As surprising as it is to have a gangly rookie Tyler Myers currently setting the time-on-ice pace for the Sabres, the fact 23-year-old Chris Butler is the only other 20-minute player on the team is an equal eye-opener.
by Rory Boylen - November 17, 2009 1:10 PM EST
Taking a look at the bottom half of past drafts, we construct some of the best two-line teams.
Every once in a while I like going back and looking at old trades or draft orders because there are usually a few things that lift the brow and have me thinking “Really!?” I especially like browsing over the late rounds of past drafts to see who got through, who had impactful careers and which teams were able to find that needle in a haystack.
by Rory Boylen - November 14, 2009 10:55 PM EST
The power forward's development may have been a slow one, but good things come to those who wait.
When big-body players breakout after spending a few years in the development leagues, not only do they surprise commentators and fans, they give an unexpected boost and fortification of depth to the team.
by Rory Boylen - November 3, 2009 12:35 PM EST
Hockey is a physical game and injuries are going to happen. And a much-ballyhooed head-shot rule isn't going to change that.
For lack of a better, appropriate term, crap happens. It’s crude, harsh and to the point. And it’s also an explanation for a lot – not all, but the majority – of hits in hockey that lead to injury and ensuing outcry.
by Rory Boylen - October 27, 2009 11:45 AM EDT
Overshadowed by the talent around him, including his defense partner, Brent Seabrook deserves more recognition.
Who is the most underrated player in the NHL? It’s a tough question and one with many answers. In fact, everyone probably has their own favorite radar dodger and the variety of the type of player will span all spectrums and roles in hockey.
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