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The Boylen Point: Datsyuk provides unique camp for kids in Russia

The Boylen Point: Datsyuk provides unique camp for kids in Russia

by Rory Boylen - September 28, 2010 3:15 PM EDT

As the old saying goes, actions speak louder than words, and Pavel Datsyuk's actions in his hometown speak volumes about his character.
Some guys just get it. Pavel Datsyuk, the superstar of few words, has taken a couple weeks out of his summer for the past three years to give back to the community and provide a lucky group of kids with a unique hockey school experience.


The Boylen Point: Three exciting teams to watch this season

The Boylen Point: Three exciting teams to watch this season

by Rory Boylen - September 21, 2010 3:15 PM EDT

It's a whole new season with many things to look forward to, so here are three teams this author is looking forward to seeing in action.
The final green has been played (even if it was a three-putt), the final out has been made (even if our team was blown out of the park) and the final bonfire has been slayed (by the fall rain, unfortunately).


The Boylen Point: Devils punishment a surprising and needless decision

The Boylen Point: Devils punishment a surprising and needless decision

by Rory Boylen - September 14, 2010 12:50 PM EDT

Just when you thought the summer of Ilya Kovalchuk was over, the NHL decided to fine the Devils; and why Roberto Luongo is not to blame.
Usually Labor Day marks the end of summer; the temperature always seems to suddenly dip and a chill starts to tingle the air the following week.


The Boylen Point: Memories from three years on the job

The Boylen Point: Memories from three years on the job

by Rory Boylen - September 6, 2010 11:23 AM EDT

Coming up on his third anniversary at The Hockey News, the author looks back at memorable times from NHL dressing rooms and beyond.
They say time flies when you’re having fun, so when I take a moment to stop and smell the roses it’s hard for me to realize I’ve been at THN for nearly three years now, but easy to recognize it’s because I’ve had an absolute blast.


The Boylen Point: Big-ticket goalies still worth the price

The Boylen Point: Big-ticket goalies still worth the price

by Rory Boylen - August 24, 2010 3:01 PM EDT

With the amount of upstart goalies making waves, it's easy to look past the traditional big names. However, those big names can still push the right buttons.
In the past three Stanley Cup finals, Marc-Andre Fleury, Chris Osgood, Antti Niemi and Michael Leighton were the starring goalies. Not exactly a collection that would rival a Patrick Roy-Martin Brodeur showdown.


The Boylen Point: Five players to watch in 2010-11

The Boylen Point: Five players to watch in 2010-11

by Rory Boylen - August 17, 2010 2:25 PM EDT

As we near training camps, the smell of NHL hockey is back in the air, so we are starting to look forward to a few performances.
In a recent THN Puck Panel, colleague John Grigg and I discussed two sophomores each whom we thought were going to have improved seasons. Aside from the obvious choices of John Tavares and Matt Duchene, I went with Jamie Benn of the Stars and Artem Anisimov of the Rangers, while John picked James van Riemsdyk of the Flyers and went a little off the board with Brandon Yip of the Avalanche.


The Boylen Point: Why rejecting the Ilya Kovalchuk contract was the right decision

The Boylen Point: Why rejecting the Ilya Kovalchuk contract was the right decision

by Rory Boylen - August 10, 2010 11:40 AM EDT

Ilya Kovalchuk's 17-year deal with New Jersey wasn't the first constructed to work around the salary cap, but it was the most egregious by far.
During the next few days you might hear how the ruling by independent arbitrator Richard Bloch on Ilya Kovalchuk’s contract was a shocking decision.


The Boylen Point: Will the Blackhawks miss Antti Niemi?

The Boylen Point: Will the Blackhawks miss Antti Niemi?

by Rory Boylen - August 3, 2010 3:00 PM EDT

The Hawks have made many moves to get under the cap, but is losing Antti Niemi the first that will impact the regular season?
For the most part, I think the impact the moves Chicago has been forced to make this off-season has been over-analyzed and that when the puck drops again in October the Blackhawks will continue to be a dominant team in the Western Conference.


The Boylen Point: Hurricanes timed to return to NHL playoffs

The Boylen Point: Hurricanes timed to return to NHL playoffs

by Rory Boylen - July 20, 2010 1:30 PM EDT

The Hurricanes franchise has made a habit of inconsistency, which is why they can't be taken lightly in making predictions.
Take your eyes off the NHL regular season or even the off-season for a split-second and there’s always at least one franchise that surprises you.


The Boylen Point: Why the Bruins shouldn't trade Marc Savard

The Boylen Point: Why the Bruins shouldn't trade Marc Savard

by Rory Boylen - July 13, 2010 3:15 PM EDT

Even in a cap crunch, the Bruins still have the mix to take a run at the Cup and trading their best offensive asset would only hurt those chances.
The Boston Bruins have 18 players under contract, less than $2 million in cap space and Blake Wheeler and Gregory Campbell heading to arbitration in the near future.


The Boylen Point: Baseball legend Tom Glavine keeps hockey at heart

The Boylen Point: Baseball legend Tom Glavine keeps hockey at heart

by Rory Boylen - June 15, 2010 7:30 AM EDT

Drafted by the L.A. Kings the same year he was picked by the Braves, the soon-to-be Hall of Famer never lost his puck love.
It’s one of hockey’s strange tales. Back in 1984, a little-known left-hander from Massachusetts was selected in the fourth round (69th overall) by the Los Angeles Kings, the same year he was picked in the second round (47th overall), by the Atlanta Braves.


The Boylen Point: Building from within beats buying a free agent goalie

The Boylen Point: Building from within beats buying a free agent goalie

by Rory Boylen - June 8, 2010 1:40 PM EDT

One look at the Flyers and Blackhawks reveals that top-tier goalies can be overvalued. It also begs the question: Why buy when you can build?
If the Philadelphia Flyers and Chicago Blackhawks have proven anything this season, it’s that you don’t have to know in October who your starter will be in April to be a successful club.


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