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THN.com Blog: Lidstrom looking forward to 19th season

THN.com Blog: Lidstrom looking forward to 19th season

by John Grigg - September 9, 2010 11:50 AM EDT

The 40-year-old blueliner and all-time great is still itching to hit the ice and help the Red Wings bounce back from an off-year.
Had a chance to speak to one of the all-time greats, Nick Lidstrom, this week for an upcoming project - how is it, by the way, that so many Swedes speak better English than I do? Lidstrom and I chatted about his career from beginning to end; even a little about what it’s like as it winds down.


THN.com Blog: Antti Niemi a no-lose signing for Sharks

THN.com Blog: Antti Niemi a no-lose signing for Sharks

by John Grigg - September 2, 2010 1:50 PM EDT

The San Jose Sharks got a Stanley Cup-winning goalie on the cheap to run with; and when did the NHL get this aggressive?
It’s official. The San Jose Sharks will welcome Stanley Cup-winning goaltender Antti Niemi to the fold on a one-year, $2-million. And I say, good on them.


THN.com Blog: New-look Tampa Bay Lightning full of optimism

THN.com Blog: New-look Tampa Bay Lightning full of optimism

by John Grigg - August 26, 2010 1:45 PM EDT

After enduring a couple years of turmoil, the Tampa Bay Lightning hope new management can bring stability to a franchise loaded with potential.
If I was new to NHL fandom and was picking a team to follow, it’d be Tampa Bay. The present looks pretty good with Steven Stamkos, Martin St-Louis, Victor Hedman, Vincent Lecavalier and Simon Gagne.


THN.com Blog: Making a case for the Edmonton Oilers

THN.com Blog: Making a case for the Edmonton Oilers

by John Grigg - August 12, 2010 1:37 PM EDT

THN officially picked Edmonton to finish last in the Western Conference, but this lone voice believes they'll be much better than that.
A few weeks back in this space, I began with an apology to Buffalo fans for something that had to do with Edmonton. This week I’m apologizing to Edmonton fans.


THN.com Blog: Why the Penguins are better than the Capitals

THN.com Blog: Why the Penguins are better than the Capitals

by John Grigg - July 29, 2010 1:20 PM EDT

Playoff experience, better goaltending and a deeper blueline gives Pittsburgh the edge over fellow favorite Washington for top spot in the East.
You know it’s nearly August when Max Talbot saying he hates Alex Ovechkin before calling him a “real douche” while on Pittsburgh radio to promote the Winter Classic gets more publicity than the fact the Pens and Caps will actually play the Winter Classic Jan.


THN.com Blog: What if Thomas Vanek became an Oiler?

THN.com Blog: What if Thomas Vanek became an Oiler?

by John Grigg - July 24, 2010 10:10 AM EDT

In 2007 the Sabres sniper nearly became an Edmonton Oiler and the compensation for Buffalo would have been substantial.
You’ll forgive me, Sabres fans, if these next several hundred words come off as cheeky or even heart-wrenching. But last week I got to thinking about the exciting crop of rookies Edmonton has joining them this coming season – and how they all could have been Buffalo Sabres.


THN.com Blog: How much should Habs' Carey Price earn?

THN.com Blog: How much should Habs' Carey Price earn?

by John Grigg - July 15, 2010 12:25 PM EDT

With Jaroslav Halak out of the picture, Carey Price is the go-to guy in Montreal's net, but how much should they pay him?
The Montreal Canadiens have 20 players signed and about $4.7 million to spend under the salary cap. Not bad. But they have one glaring hole as of Thursday: no No.


THN.com Blog: Hamhuis hopes people don't forget about Haiti

THN.com Blog: Hamhuis hopes people don't forget about Haiti

by John Grigg - July 11, 2010 7:24 AM EDT

As part of the Hockey for Haiti group that traveled to the earthquake-torn country, the new Canucks D-man got a first-hand view of the amount of work still to be done.
The NHL Players’ Association continued its history of good deeds done without much fanfare when it sent a delegation to Haiti in June to help with the earthquake relief efforts in the country.


NHL Free Agent Preview: Central Division

NHL Free Agent Preview: Central Division

by John Grigg - June 28, 2010 10:11 AM EDT

While the Cup champs need to work around the cap, Detroit looks to promote from within and the Blues and Blue Jackets have plenty of cap space.
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS Cap Space – $6.0 million UFAs – Kim Johnsson, D; John Madden, C; Nick Boynton, D; Adam Burish, RW; Kyle Greentree, LW; Danny Richmond, D; Jassen Cullimore, D; Richard Petiot, D; Mark Cullen, C; Danny Bois, RW RFAs – Andrew Ladd, LW; Jack Skille, RW; Nathan Davis, C, Evan Brophey, C; Antti Niemi, G; Mike Brennan, D; Niklas Hjalmarsson, D; Jordan Hendry, D; Hannu Toivonen, G; Jean-Claude Sawyer, D; Adam Hobson, C; Peter MacArthur, LW; Bryan Bickell, LW Needs – The Cup champs would love nothing more than to bring their entire team back, but that’s not happening.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Why the Flyers will win and the Blackhawks won't be back

THN.com Playoff Blog: Why the Flyers will win and the Blackhawks won't be back

by John Grigg - May 27, 2010 1:49 PM EDT

This author thinks Philadelphia has the tools to pull an upset...and how the cap will dismantle the Hawks next season.
I fully expect this year’s Cup final to be one of the best we’ve seen in years. The Blackhawks and Flyers are deep, quick-strike teams with oodles of talent and a rough-and-tumble style of play built for post-season success.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Resilient Blackhawks do it all to sweep Sharks

THN.com Playoff Blog: Resilient Blackhawks do it all to sweep Sharks

by John Grigg - May 23, 2010 6:38 PM EDT

Just when it looked like the Sharks were going to push back, the Blackhawks proved their mettle and pulled out the brooms in Game 4.
It was as if the Chicago Blackhawks needed to be scared straight before they could prove themselves the prohibitive Stanley Cup favorite. During a 4-2 victory Sunday afternoon, they were; and, after a series sweep, they are.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Flyers outmatching Canadiens in all zones

THN.com Playoff Blog: Flyers outmatching Canadiens in all zones

by John Grigg - May 18, 2010 10:13 PM EDT

Whether it's the speedy forwards, strong defensemen or outstanding goaltender, Philadelphia is taking it to Montreal with two shutouts.
Daniel Briere’s power play marker 4:16 into the first period proved to be the winner and Michael Leighton notched his second-consecutive shutout as the Flyers won 3-0 to take a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal versus Montreal.


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