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Sean Avery's gay marriage stance, fans' attack on agent shows evolution in NHL community

Sean Avery's gay marriage stance, fans' attack on agent shows evolution in NHL community

by Adam Proteau - May 12, 2011 1:35 PM EDT

Sean Avery's public service commercial in support of gay marriage stirred a new kind of debate in hockey circles.
Sean Avery has carved out a place as an NHL legend in large part for his unnatural ability to lure on-ice opponents into flying off the handle and committing acts they almost immediately regret.


Flyers must make bold off-season move to solve goaltending problem

Flyers must make bold off-season move to solve goaltending problem

by Adam Proteau - May 5, 2011 2:00 PM EDT

Goalies have been an issue in Philadelphia for far too long. If management has any sense, it'll fix the problem once and for all.
It’s all so very tired, this unending goaltending saga in Philadelphia. For yet another season, all of the Flyers’ good deeds on the ice are being undermined by an ownership and management group that sees goaltending as Posh Spice sees minimum standards of nutrition: unnecessary, overrated and something only ordinary folk worry themselves sick over.


Focused Capitals poised for deep playoff run

Focused Capitals poised for deep playoff run

by Adam Proteau - April 21, 2011 2:20 PM EDT

This year's Washington Capitals are a different breed. Instead of folding at the first sign of adversity, this team is battling through.
The jinx-o-phobe in me is always wary about writing an “I believe in this team” type of column. I know there will be fans who read such a piece and want to throw their computer or smartphone against the wall, while cursing me to high heaven for not just shutting the hell up and keeping my positivity on the inside.


How I voted for each NHL award

How I voted for each NHL award

by Adam Proteau - April 14, 2011 12:05 PM EDT

The ballot is in and Adam tells you exactly who he voted for on each major award and why he voted that way.
Being able to vote on the NHL Awards is a privilege I don’t take lightly. Along with the other members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association who cast a ballot, I carefully consider a number of factors before emailing in my choices and can justify all of them.


THN.com Blog: Re-visiting pre-season predictions

THN.com Blog: Re-visiting pre-season predictions

by Adam Proteau - April 7, 2011 1:45 PM EDT

Adam looks back at his personal prognostications from the start of the season to see how they all turned out.
It’s that time of year. Yes, playoff season, but also time to look back at NHL pre-season predictions and see how well you did. Let’s skip the niceties and get right to it.


THN.com Blog: Four points on NHL's concussion problem

THN.com Blog: Four points on NHL's concussion problem

by Adam Proteau - April 2, 2011 9:10 AM EDT

In the second part of this two-part article, we present the final four points on how the NHL can tackle its concussion problem.
In the March 21 issue of THN magazine, Adam Proteau canvassed people inside and out of the NHL to outline ideas on how to solve the concussion problems plaguing hockey.


THN.com Blog: Discussing solutions to NHL's concussion epidemic

THN.com Blog: Discussing solutions to NHL's concussion epidemic

by Adam Proteau - March 31, 2011 11:55 AM EDT

We present seven points on how the league could tackle its most important issue. Points 1-3 appear Thursday and 4-7 will appear Saturday.
There are few NHLers tougher than Ian Laperriere. In fact, The Hockey News named the Flyers right winger the league’s toughest player last season.


THN.com Blog: NHL coaches have power to change the game

THN.com Blog: NHL coaches have power to change the game

by Adam Proteau - March 24, 2011 3:44 PM EDT

Whether it's getting away from defense-first hockey or not punishing players who don't finish their checks, coaches at the highest level have to adjust to the times.
As everyone scrambles to assign blame for the issues that hamstring hockey from being as good as it can be, there’s one group that doesn’t take a fair share of the heat: the men in the cheap suits behind the benches.


THN.com Blog: Why so few coaches have been fired this season

THN.com Blog: Why so few coaches have been fired this season

by Adam Proteau - March 10, 2011 2:22 PM EST

How has the salary cap helped keep coaches employed through this NHL season?
They say that, in the world of highly paid professional athletes, it’s much easier to fire an underachieving team’s coach than it is to fire the players.


THN.com Blog: Winnipeg relocation would have growing pains

THN.com Blog: Winnipeg relocation would have growing pains

by Adam Proteau - March 3, 2011 1:45 PM EST

If the NHL decided to move back to Winnipeg it would create a great buzz for fans, but it wouldn't all be rosy.
As the rumblings of an NHL return to Winnipeg grow louder, the excitement building in that city is almost palpable. That’s fantastic, if not for the poor people of Atlanta or Phoenix, who may have no choice but to sit back helplessly and watch their team be plucked from their hometown and their hearts, then certainly for fans in Manitoba who went through the same misery back in 1996 when the Jets left for Arizona.


THN.com Blog: Time for the NHL to do away with divisions

THN.com Blog: Time for the NHL to do away with divisions

by Adam Proteau - February 24, 2011 12:05 PM EST

To spice up the playoff races and yearly schedules, the NHL should create a more balanced atmosphere.
Seventeen years ago, in an effort to continue modernizing its operation, the NHL decided to discontinue naming its divisions and conferences after famous figures from hockey history.


THN.com Blog: Kaberle trade helps both Bruins, Leafs

THN.com Blog: Kaberle trade helps both Bruins, Leafs

by Adam Proteau - February 18, 2011 2:35 PM EST

The Tomas Kaberle for Joe Colborne and a first round pick trade is exactly what both the Bruins and Maple Leafs were searching for.
Finally, two things happened this week that people have been speculating about for the past seven years or so: The Rock returned to a pro wrestling ring for the first time since 2004; and in Toronto, the omnipresent trade rumors surrounding defenseman Tomas Kaberle mercifully came to a conclusion when the Maple Leafs sent their longest-serving player to the Boston Bruins.


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