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THN.com Blog: Southeast feast helping to feed Bears

THN.com Blog: Southeast feast helping to feed Bears

by John Grigg - January 6, 2009 3:15 PM EST

The Bruins have clearly been tops in the Eastern Conference, but a slew of games against easy foes could see their pace slow.
The Boston Bruins are the surprise team of the season so far. Everyone knew Claude Julien’s squad could play defense, but nobody foresaw the team’s offensive explosion.


THN.com Blog: Learn from the kids and get rid of after-the-whistle scrums

THN.com Blog: Learn from the kids and get rid of after-the-whistle scrums

by John Grigg - December 26, 2008 10:26 AM EST

Recently attending a minor hockey game, this author noticed the lack of wrestling matches improved the overall game.
I recently went to my first minor hockey game – a bantam middle-of-the-pack tilt between the Glanbrook (Ont.) Rangers and the Tillsonburg Tornadoes – in, I realized while there, quite a few years.


THN.com Blog: Under-the-radar Bruin causing Calder blips

THN.com Blog: Under-the-radar Bruin causing Calder blips

by John Grigg - December 23, 2008 11:00 AM EST

There's a certain Boston rookie having a great season no one is talking about...and we don't mean Blake Wheeler.
With the Columbus Blue Jackets announcing Monday that rookie center Derick Brassard will undergo shoulder surgery and miss the rest of the season, the Calder Trophy race got a little more interesting.


THN.com Blog: Hall-uva way to start WJC for Canada

THN.com Blog: Hall-uva way to start WJC for Canada

by John Grigg - December 16, 2008 1:21 PM EST

Pat Quinn and Team Canada's decision to go to the WJC tournament without Taylor Hall robs fans of seeing a great talent.
It’s that time of year again when snow is on the ground – or has at least fallen – in about two-thirds of NHL cities (the others rarely, if ever, see such wintry, hockey-like weather…go figure).


THN.com Blog: Time is right for Panthers to trade Vokoun

THN.com Blog: Time is right for Panthers to trade Vokoun

by John Grigg - December 9, 2008 12:35 PM EST

With little hope to make a Cup run and the goalie trade market about to get saturated, Florida should look at a swap now.
My esteemed colleague – Rory Boylen – is a conservative sort. No he doesn’t wear sport coats and vote right wing, but he believes now is not the time for the Florida Panthers to trade Tomas Vokoun.


THN.com Blog: A quantitative look at Brian Burke and Euros

THN.com Blog: A quantitative look at Brian Burke and Euros

by John Grigg - December 2, 2008 3:00 PM EST

Pundits say Toronto's new GM is anti-European; Burke says that's a load. But what do the numbers say?
"My teams don't get run, we run people," Brian Burke said Saturday after being announced as Toronto's new president and GM. Burke's teams, he said, play with "pugnacity, testosterone, truculence and belligerence…a North American game.


THN.com Blog: Khabibulin back from the abyss

THN.com Blog: Khabibulin back from the abyss

by John Grigg - November 25, 2008 3:18 PM EST

Did you think Khabibulin would be Chicago's No. 1 goalie again? If you did, you look like a genius, because the 'Bulin Wall' is back.
What do you think the odds of Nikolai Khabibulin becoming Chicago’s No. 1 goaltender were in September? 4-to-1? 5-to-1? Remember, Khabibulin had injury problems and was generally unimpressive in recent seasons.


THN.com Blog: Boucher deal will pay dividends for Pens

THN.com Blog: Boucher deal will pay dividends for Pens

by John Grigg - November 18, 2008 12:14 PM EST

Most people chalked the recent trade up as a saw-off, but Pittsburgh gets a player who can help now and down the line.
Sunday’s trade that saw defenseman Darryl Sydor return to the Dallas Stars from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for fellow blueliner Philippe Boucher largely flew under the radar, with one THNer chocking it up to “When in doubt in Dallas, deal for Sydor.


THN.com Blog: Marketing campaign targets touchy subject

THN.com Blog: Marketing campaign targets touchy subject

by John Grigg - November 11, 2008 3:43 PM EST

The St. Louis Blues' attempt to draw fans to home games may backfire if they don't take kindly to it.
Yesterday in its daily NHL Today media release, the league giddily announced it had set October attendance records with a per-game average of 17,388 – the first time in history attendance had surpassed 17,000 fans per game during the first month of the season – and a capacity average of 94.


THN.com Blog: Don’t believe the Hab hype

THN.com Blog: Don’t believe the Hab hype

by John Grigg - November 4, 2008 1:16 PM EST

Despite a fast start and seemingly destined date with Stanley, the Canadiens have too many question marks to be successful.
Back in July, when the THN crew sat down to begin officially prognosticating about the upcoming season – yes, it begins that early around here – the Montreal Canadiens were more or less considered the de facto Eastern Conference champions.


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