by Rory Boylen - December 9, 2008 1:00 PM EST
With a playoff appearance of extreme importance in Florida, dealing one of the game's elite goaltenders doesn't make sense.
A message to Florida Panthers GM Jacques Martin from a long-time follower of the team: Don’t trade Tomas Vokoun. Not yet, anyway. Yes, I realize Craig Anderson – who I’m a big fan of – is the best backup goalie in the NHL right now.
by Rory Boylen - December 2, 2008 11:01 AM EST
In each NHL city you'll find different fans and coverage of the game, but that's part of what makes hockey great.
Hockey is recognized – and rightly so – as Canada’s gift to the world. Its cold, rough, team-first demeanor, combined with its soft off-ice character and sense of mutual respect among its competitors (see: The Code) are the characteristics of a foreigner’s stereotypical Canadian.
by Rory Boylen - November 25, 2008 11:25 AM EST
While players like Iginla and Ovechkin get the ink, there are plenty of players worth talking about who aren't household names.
As much fun as it is to watch Alex Ovechkin, Rick Nash, Jarome Iginla and Vincent Lecavalier, you just gotta love those guys you never see in the spotlight and rarely in TV highlights.
by Rory Boylen - November 18, 2008 10:20 AM EST
The Blue Jackets have never made the post-season, but it's looking like this could be the year.
Gather ‘round all ye Blue Jackets fans and listen to my tale... <crickets> OK, OK, so there may not be many of you out there.
by Rory Boylen - November 11, 2008 7:00 AM EST
Taking time on this Remembrance Day to salute those who protect our country and allow us to enjoy hockey and other pastimes.
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.
by Rory Boylen - November 4, 2008 10:06 AM EST
If the former Leafs captain signs elsewhere, his hypocrisy will comeback to haunt him... and the goal that wasn't, then was.
Anyone else getting tired of the Mats Sundin saga? I know you’re out there. I’m sick of it, too, but I’m using my space to write my two cents about it.
by Rory Boylen - October 28, 2008 12:28 PM EDT
With talk of instituting new rules to create more 'O', let's not lose sight of the aspects that actually make hockey great.
I’m a young guy, but I’m old-school. So old school, in fact, that if it was at all logical, I’d revert back to the days when players didn’t wear helmets (By the way, just one of the things new rules have robbed us of: Kerry Fraser’s hair).
by Rory Boylen - October 21, 2008 11:04 AM EDT
There's a plethora of things a player can do to get on the bad side of his or her coach, but one stands above the rest.
You know what the worst play in hockey is? It’s not a winger leaving the zone before the puck gets past his point man. It’s not challenging the shooter on a 2-on-1.
by Rory Boylen - October 14, 2008 12:16 PM EDT
Alexei Cherepanov's death is another sad reminder not to take life, or hockey, for granted.
It’s a sad day in the hockey world. The passing of 19-year-old Rangers prospect Alexei Cherepanov is yet another unfortunate and unfair example of why you can never take anything for granted; life is just too short.
by Rory Boylen - October 7, 2008 1:43 PM EDT
The Leafs forward's suspension is yet another indicator of the league's need to cut down on dangerous hits.
Joke – “Somebody or something that is laughably inadequate or absurd.” (slang) Would anybody think it was a joke if Ryan Hollweg’s picture was now printed next to this definition in the dictionary? Anybody? I will defend the pesky agitators of the game to my death – heck, I used to be one of them – but if there is one thing in this great game I have absolutely no tolerance for, it’s when someone carelessly drives an opponent into the boards face-first.
by Rory Boylen - September 30, 2008 2:06 PM EDT
Their free agent losses coupled with blueline injury woes will keep the Pens from marching to the Cup again this season.
On the surface, the Pittsburgh Penguins have some of the best young talent in the game. On forward, defense and in between the pipes, the Pens have their future covered.
by Rory Boylen - September 25, 2008 11:18 AM EDT
Nobody wants to see players getting hurt on chases for the puck, but the the rule's ambiguity and poor focus is troubling.
Here we go again. In Ken Campbell’s blog Tuesday, our senior writer talked to Mike Murphy, the NHL’s senior vice-president of hockey operations, about a couple of the new rules the league is adopting this season.
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