by John Grigg - January 6, 2009 3:15 PM UTC
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.
by John Grigg - December 26, 2008 10:26 AM UTC
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.
by John Grigg - December 23, 2008 11:00 AM UTC
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.
by John Grigg - December 16, 2008 1:21 PM UTC
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).
by John Grigg - December 9, 2008 12:35 PM UTC
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.
by John Grigg - December 2, 2008 3:00 PM UTC
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.
by John Grigg - November 25, 2008 3:18 PM UTC
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.
by John Grigg - November 18, 2008 12:14 PM UTC
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.
by John Grigg - November 11, 2008 3:43 PM UTC
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.
by John Grigg - November 4, 2008 1:16 PM UTC
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.