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THN.com Blog: Troubled youth

THN.com Blog: Troubled youth

by John Grigg - November 17, 2009 12:15 PM EST

While some under-20 players have managed to thrive in the NHL, GMs should still play it safe when it comes to their fresh-faced prospects.
Despite the fact more 18- and 19-year-olds are ready for NHL duty than ever before, an NHL kid’s confidence can still be ruined these days by rushing him for no good reason.


THN.com Blog: Columbus' Voracek growing into his own

THN.com Blog: Columbus' Voracek growing into his own

by John Grigg - November 10, 2009 2:00 PM EST

Whether it's his play on the ice or his hair off of it, the Czech sophomore is getting noticed for his impressive growth.
One of the NHL’s up-and-coming – if a little off-the-radar – players and personalities is Columbus right winger Jakub Voracek.


THN.com Blog: Flyers cap masters catch a break

THN.com Blog: Flyers cap masters catch a break

by John Grigg - November 3, 2009 1:22 PM EST

The Flyers can't like being without Simon Gagne and Daniel Briere...except when it comes to the salary cap.
Injuries are a bitch. Especially injuries to important players, like top-six forwards. And especially to two top-six forwards at the same time.


THN.com Blog: Holding WJC during Olympic break would have been a hit

THN.com Blog: Holding WJC during Olympic break would have been a hit

by John Grigg - October 27, 2009 2:30 PM EDT

Having all the top junior-aged players facing off while the best in the world did the same would have made for a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle.
Anaheim defenseman Luca Sbisa’s demotion to the Western League’s Lethbridge Hurricanes for the second season in a row got me thinking about junior-eligible players in the NHL; just how many there are and what the World Junior Championship would be like if they could all play.


THN.com Blog: The dressing room difference between Toronto and Pittsburgh

THN.com Blog: The dressing room difference between Toronto and Pittsburgh

by John Grigg - October 13, 2009 2:01 PM EDT

Not only are the Penguins and Leafs opposite on the ice, but they're nothing alike off it either.
Night and day. That’s pretty much the only way to describe what it was like in the Pittsburgh and Toronto dressing rooms Saturday night at the Air Canada Centre.


THN.com Blog: DirecTV-Versus spat leaves fans in the dark

THN.com Blog: DirecTV-Versus spat leaves fans in the dark

by John Grigg - September 29, 2009 10:35 AM EDT

Untangling the mess that is the negotiations between the two parties is a nightmare, but one thing is certain: it's a raw deal for hockey fans.
After a too-long pre-season, the NHL mercifully gets going for real Thursday and there is still no end in sight for the Versus-DirecTV dispute, meaning millions of U.


THN.com Blog: Rival leagues and franchise woes all too familiar to NHL

THN.com Blog: Rival leagues and franchise woes all too familiar to NHL

by John Grigg - September 22, 2009 2:25 PM EDT

The troubled finances of the Coyotes and competition from the KHL are storylines seen before with the Cleveland Barons and the WHA.
I find it fascinating how history always manages to repeat itself, no matter the subject. Look at the NHL: Today the league faces competition from a rogue rival with the money to lure players – even stars – away.


THN.com Blog: Sophomore slumps and second-year stars

THN.com Blog: Sophomore slumps and second-year stars

by John Grigg - September 15, 2009 1:42 PM EDT

We look at six players who will see their numbers shoot up or drop off during their second NHL campaign.
The old sophomore slump is a disease dreaded by all players coming out of their rookie seasons. It’s not a myth, it’s reality; a function of fatigue sometimes, over-confidence others.


THN.com Blog: Balsillie routine wears thin

THN.com Blog: Balsillie routine wears thin

by John Grigg - September 8, 2009 1:25 PM EDT

The hopeful-owner would have been a great addition to the NHL power ranks had he just played by the rules instead of going rogue.
All right, I’ll say it. Jim Balsillie is the perfect NHL owner; a hockey-fanatic billionaire. And I’d love to see another Canadian NHL team, especially in the under-served southern Ontario market.


THN.com Blog: Summer trade winds slowed since lockout

THN.com Blog: Summer trade winds slowed since lockout

by John Grigg - September 1, 2009 2:11 PM EDT

Because of no-trade and no-movement clauses, the summer just hasn't been the same since the NHL returned from the lockout.
Since the Pittsburgh Penguins hoisted the Stanley Cup June 12, there have been 23 NHL trades involving 51 players and 18 draft picks – a little below average for a post-lockout off-season, but not a bad amount of action in a salary cap world.


THN.com Blog: The buyout effect

THN.com Blog: The buyout effect

by John Grigg - August 25, 2009 3:06 PM EDT

It's interesting to look at each team's salary cap situation and notice just how much cap space in the NHL is being taken up by bought-out players.
With the salary cap being such an important player in the way teams are managed and talent is paid, it’s hard to believe some of the ludicrously long contracts doled out in recent years.


THN.com Blog: Lightning set to strike in 2009-10

THN.com Blog: Lightning set to strike in 2009-10

by John Grigg - August 18, 2009 2:25 PM EDT

Adding another high draft pick and complementing him with a strong set of defensemen, the Lightning will be a playoff contender.
There are a couple of up-and-coming teams I’m excited to see play this season. In the West, St. Louis looks like a team that can sneak up on a few foes.


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