by Rory Boylen - June 21, 2008 3:09 PM EDT
A lack of a transfer agreement with European nations has scouts looking to the USHL at college-bound players.
Without a transfer agreement between the NHL and the European nations, all the rules of drafting are starting to change and as a result, some of the United States junior leagues are standing to benefit.
by Rory Boylen - June 21, 2008 3:05 AM EDT
Round 1 was full of action, but after the dust settled, who came out on top and who could have done better?
OTTAWA - A ton of trades stole the Stamkos show in Friday’s first round and a lot of this year’s opening round winners added upgrades that will help them win right away.
by Rory Boylen - June 19, 2008 1:37 PM EDT
The NHL approved three rule changes Wednesday, two of which are troublesome in the eyes of this author.
I’m a little unsettled by two of the league’s three newest rulebook additions. The first: The first power play faceoff will automatically be taken in the penalized team’s zone.
by Rory Boylen - June 10, 2008 10:27 AM EDT
When Canada's second anthem changed its uniform, it was a sad, sad day for the traditional hockey fan.
Canadian Why (To American Pie) A long, long time ago… I can still remember How the Hockey Theme used to make me smile. And I knew if I had my chance That I could make the home crowd chant And, maybe, they would party for a while.
by Rory Boylen - June 5, 2008 12:36 PM EDT
The refs, as they always do, judged the game in an unbiased manner and to let talk of a conspiracy overshadow a wonderful Cup is a shame.
Can everyone stop the slinging, put down the mud and enjoy what was a thrilling Stanley Cup final, before this season becomes one for the long-term memory bank? Penalty count: Pittsburgh 40, Detroit 36.
by Rory Boylen - May 29, 2008 10:55 AM EDT
The presentation of Lord Stanley's mug is always special, but there's icing on the cake when it happens in front of home fans.
The time is near. It could be Monday, or it could still be more than a week away. One thing’s for sure, though, I just love when the Stanley Cup comes out of hibernation, especially when it’s presented in front of a hometown crowd.
by Rory Boylen - May 22, 2008 11:11 AM EDT
Roenick's new deal is good for Sharks fans and the league... can afternoon hockey be OK?... and it's time for the return of the World Cup.
I’m so glad Jeremy Roenick is coming back. Through his career I’ve never considered him among my favorite players – in fact, most of the time I found myself rooting against him - but you have to appreciate his passion for the game and his willingness to proudly display it.
by Rory Boylen - May 17, 2008 5:38 PM EDT
Win or lose, Marty Turco is the center of attention for Dallas... World Championship experience... and Dave Steinhart.
There goes another monkey off the back of Marty Turco. Despite being one of the world’s best players at his position, Turco is consistently one of the most underappreciated, as well.
by Rory Boylen - May 8, 2008 12:05 PM EDT
This edition of the playoffs has been great, but if you threw all law and order out the window you could create something spectacular.
Let’s build the ultimate 2008 Stanley Cup final. Like Dr. Frankenstein building a glorious marvel of scientific achievement with parts gathered, based on these playoffs, we’ll build a fantastic display of sporting competition with what we’ve seen so far.
by Rory Boylen - April 30, 2008 10:51 PM EDT
They're not the Broad Street Bullies, but the Flyers are getting gritty and the Habs have no answer... and debating the Begin hit.
As a traditional-minded hockey fan, it always makes me happy to see the physical aspect of the game alive and well and that it can still be the difference between winning and losing.
by Rory Boylen - April 26, 2008 9:51 AM EDT
Brendan Morrow, aka Brett Hull... who can stop Cheechoo?... and Thornton must step up if Sharks are to advance.
Wow. What a start to what should be a long, enticing series. It wasn’t the bloodbath some expected after their over-the-top season finale, but it was truly a back-and-forth game full of everything.
by Rory Boylen - April 24, 2008 12:33 PM EDT
For all the complaints about CBC's coverage, it's still the best thing going. And if you don't like it, turn it off.
You know what really grinds my gears? Here we are, at the very best time of the NHL season, surrounded with playoff hockey – a whole new level of the game – at every turn.
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