The Straight Edge

The Straight Edge: Stastny becomes face of young Avs

The Straight Edge: Stastny becomes face of young Avs

by Ryan Kennedy - September 18, 2009 11:55 AM EDT

As Colorado moves in a new direction, a younger generation, led by Paul Stastny, will be counted on to lead the team.
All 30 NHL teams go into the season with the goal of winning. For some, it’s winning the Stanley Cup. With others, it’s simply winning enough games to be respectable and grow as a squadron in the process.


The Straight Edge: The if-less predictions

The Straight Edge: The if-less predictions

by Ryan Kennedy - September 11, 2009 11:46 AM EDT

Pre-season prognostications are often built on what-ifs, but this rundown simply counts the facts.
It’s an important time of year for pundits, bloggers and other media types. Predicting the NHL standings can put your name in lights (or at least hyperlinks), should you choose to make a bold prediction.


The Straight Edge: Gustavsson seeking monster success in the NHL

The Straight Edge: Gustavsson seeking monster success in the NHL

by Ryan Kennedy - September 4, 2009 1:39 PM EDT

When players come to the NHL from Europe, goalies tend to thrive, while skaters rarely live up to the hype.
When I spoke with Jonas ‘The Monster’ Gustavsson in late August, the young Swedish netminder – charged with bolstering the Toronto Maple Leafs crease – was still new to the city.


The Straight Edge: Eating healthy an important step to the NHL

The Straight Edge: Eating healthy an important step to the NHL

by Ryan Kennedy - August 28, 2009 11:49 AM EDT

It's not all about weight-lifting and cardio. For a prospect to be ready for the NHL, he must also learn how to manage a healthy diet.
Even though there has been a recent trend of players jumping straight from junior to the NHL, it hasn’t been a simple coronation in most cases.


The Straight Edge: Potential junior powerhouses

The Straight Edge: Potential junior powerhouses

by Ryan Kennedy - August 21, 2009 12:45 PM EDT

Yes, the NHL season is fast approaching, but the CHL campaign is on the horizon, too, and we're just as excited about that. And for good reason.
The beauty of junior hockey is every season starts with new prospects and the chance to achieve glory; last year’s nightmare opponent probably saw its best players head off to the NHL – or at least the American League – where they are nonetheless no longer a concern.


The Straight Edge: Fun with the one-and-dones

The Straight Edge: Fun with the one-and-dones

by Ryan Kennedy - August 14, 2009 10:44 AM EDT

We take a look back at some of hockey's most (in)famous franchises that lasted only one season or less.
Poring over sweaters and leagues for our ultimate jersey tournament, I got a little reflective over the teams that didn’t quite make it through the summer.


The Straight Edge: ‘Die, Chara, die’

The Straight Edge: ‘Die, Chara, die’

by Ryan Kennedy - August 7, 2009 12:01 PM EDT

One Montreal-based clothing company is bridging the sometimes cavernous gap between hockey and hip.
For regular readers of TheHockeyNews.com, it’s probably becoming obvious that my tastes outside of hockey tend to be a bit out of the mainstream.


The Straight Edge: Finding a fresh start in a new place

The Straight Edge: Finding a fresh start in a new place

by Ryan Kennedy - July 31, 2009 11:00 AM EDT

Sometimes the best way to resurrect a career is to find a new home and we've seen no shortage of moving vans this off-season.
Technically I’ve been on vacation for the past two weeks, but since I spent that time moving into a new house and renovating it, the time was anything but relaxing.


The Straight Edge: One, but not done

The Straight Edge: One, but not done

by Ryan Kennedy - July 10, 2009 11:56 AM EDT

Taking a look at three rookies who got a brief taste of NHL action last season and will be looking to make more of a mark in the near future.
Back in the 2005-06 season, I happened to be in Boston when the Bruins were playing at home against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Other than being pretty entertaining (the B’s won 5-2 after trailing early), the game featured two very interesting historical footnotes.


The Straight Edge: Delivering a digital draft dream

The Straight Edge: Delivering a digital draft dream

by Ryan Kennedy - July 3, 2009 12:00 AM EDT

What goes through the mind of a prospect like the USHL's Mike Cichy during the draft when they don't even know if they'll be selected?
For kids like John Tavares and Victor Hedman, it's not a question of if they'll be drafted, but how high they will rank. And while 211 players were selected in this year's NHL draft, more than a few of the prospects taken weren't sure if their name would be called at all.


The Straight Edge: First round mock draft

The Straight Edge: First round mock draft

by Ryan Kennedy - June 19, 2009 11:18 AM EDT

With the draft in Montreal one week away, it seems a perfect time for this author to run through what he thinks will go down in Round 1.
With a week to go until the teenaged fanfare hits Montreal like so many Vermont grad parties, it seems like the perfect time to wade into the waters of prognostication and churn out a 2009 NHL mock draft.


The Straight Edge: Taking the pulse of a Stanley Cup final game

The Straight Edge: Taking the pulse of a Stanley Cup final game

by Ryan Kennedy - June 12, 2009 11:46 AM EDT

Attending a game in hockey's ultimate showdown is unlike any other fan experience as the atmosphere consumes the senses.
What is the atmosphere at a Stanley Cup game like? Well, it’s incredible and surreal, just as you would expect. But since I had the honor of covering Game 6 in Pittsburgh, I thought it would be fun to give you a behind-the-scenes look at what the joyous chaos was like.


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