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The Straight Edge: The pros and cons of a Penguins repeat

The Straight Edge: The pros and cons of a Penguins repeat

by Ryan Kennedy - April 9, 2010 10:37 AM EDT

Yes, Pittsburgh has played a lot of hockey lately, but some of their key guys are well rested and the desire for a back-to-back burns bright.
There’s been a lot of talk about the difficulty of repeating as Stanley Cup champion. After all, it hasn’t been done in more than a decade (the Red Wings in 1997 and ’98), but that doesn’t mean it’s an impossible feat.


The Straight Edge: Each team's best 2009 draft pick

The Straight Edge: Each team's best 2009 draft pick

by Ryan Kennedy - March 19, 2010 12:25 PM EDT

Just less than a full year between now and the '09 draft gives a sufficient cushion to judge the top selections of every club.
THN’s Future Watch is out now and in honor of the annual prospectus, I thought I’d take a look at the best draft selections made by all 30 teams in 2009.


The Straight Edge: Campbell needed to step up and punish Cooke

The Straight Edge: Campbell needed to step up and punish Cooke

by Ryan Kennedy - March 12, 2010 1:10 PM EST

By allowing the Penguins agitator to get off scot-free, the NHL and its chief disciplinarian has opened themselves up for vengeance-style retribution.
The date has already been circled on many a New England calendar, but NHL chief disciplinarian Colin Campbell better get his red marker out, too.


The Straight Edge: Coyotes succeeding despite poor prospect planning

The Straight Edge: Coyotes succeeding despite poor prospect planning

by Ryan Kennedy - March 5, 2010 11:29 AM EST

It's Phoenix's veterans, not their cadre of high draft picks, that have the team on the cusp of making their first playoff run since 2001-02.
The Phoenix Coyotes have found themselves in a good place on the ice this season. The fact trade deadline acquisitions Lee Stempniak and Wojtek Wolski scored in their Dog debuts is practically icing on the cake.


The Straight Edge: Ditch women's Olympic hockey? You must be joking

The Straight Edge: Ditch women's Olympic hockey? You must be joking

by Ryan Kennedy - February 26, 2010 11:05 AM EST

Once again its place in the Games is being questioned, but there's proof in the numbers that the women's game belong as much as any other sport.
It's not often I get to call out a group for being prejudiced. After all, as a white North American dude, it's a pretty small glass house I've lived in my entire life.


The Straight Edge: Swiss' near miss shows power shift

The Straight Edge: Swiss' near miss shows power shift

by Ryan Kennedy - February 19, 2010 11:55 AM EST

A young core on Team Switzerland – and Denmark, for that matter – will really start to show in 2014 as the Slovaks fade.
Be careful what you wish for, eh? As soon as hockey pundits bemoan the blowouts of minnows such as Norway in international play, up steps a team like the Swiss to give Canadians a panic attack on home soil.


The Straight Edge: For love, not money

The Straight Edge: For love, not money

by Ryan Kennedy - February 12, 2010 1:00 PM EST

Let's make sure we keep the focus of the Olympic tournament on the players, not on the corporate sponsors.
The Winter Olympics is supposedly the pinnacle of pure athletic achievement and a celebration of humanity at its finest. We have no reason to doubt the motives of the International Olympic Committee, right? After all, the IOC has always maintained an unparalleled level of nobility, which I have to assume also extends to VANOC, the Vancouver Olympic Committee.


The Straight Edge: Many questions surround Kovalchuk deal

The Straight Edge: Many questions surround Kovalchuk deal

by Ryan Kennedy - February 5, 2010 11:15 AM EST

Is Kovy suited for the Devils' D-first system? What else could Waddell have plucked from Lamoriello? What's next for ATL?
The Atlanta Thrashers have once again bid farewell to their franchise forward. Like Dany Heatley and Marian Hossa before him, Ilya Kovalchuk was dealt for a package of players to the New Jersey Devils, who now look all the better as Stanley Cup contenders.


The Straight Edge: Hockey show displays new-age protection for players

The Straight Edge: Hockey show displays new-age protection for players

by Ryan Kennedy - January 29, 2010 9:20 AM EST

A look at some of the new equipment such as mouthguards and the Messier-endorsed Cascade helmet from the Let's Play Hockey Show in Vegas.
LAS VEGAS – The Let’s Play Hockey Show took place at the MGM Grand Casino this week and while the emphasis was naturally on companies making deals, the sport itself will stand to benefit from some of the products being pitched.


The Straight Edge: O'Reilly factor helping keep Avs on top

The Straight Edge: O'Reilly factor helping keep Avs on top

by Ryan Kennedy - January 22, 2010 12:15 PM EST

The rookie 2009 second-rounder has been one of several revelations for the surprising Colorado squad, who continue to lead the Northwest.
Before the season started, I interviewed Colorado Avalanche star Paul Stastny for this very same column. Coming off an injury-riddled 2008-09, which not coincidentally was also the worst campaign in Avs history, Stastny was nonetheless upbeat about his team’s chances this year.


The Straight Edge: Stories and observations from the WJC

The Straight Edge: Stories and observations from the WJC

by Ryan Kennedy - January 8, 2010 12:16 PM EST

Upon returning from Saskatoon, Ryan Kennedy shares his experiences from his first trip to the world juniors.
I’m back from my first-ever World Junior Championship and it certainly was a whirlwind. Of course, not everything can be covered off in daily wrap-ups or video pieces, so here’s some behind-the-scenes buckshot to put a dagger in the Saskatoon experience with more finality than a John Carlson overtime rush.


The Straight Edge: Team USA missing experience, but not skill and excitement

The Straight Edge: Team USA missing experience, but not skill and excitement

by Ryan Kennedy - January 1, 2010 5:55 PM EST

The Americans will enter the Olympics with no shortage of youthful exuberance as Brian Burke and Co. decided make a break from the past.
The Americans will arrive at the Vancouver Olympics young, enthusiastic and inexperienced on the world’s biggest stage. Whether that hinders the team put together by GM Brian Burke remains to be seen.


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