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THN.com Blog: Ron Wilson still the man for the job in Toronto

THN.com Blog: Ron Wilson still the man for the job in Toronto

by Adam Proteau - February 17, 2011 12:20 PM EST

Even though the Maple Leafs are still outside the playoffs after a few years with him as the boss, Ron Wilson should be kept around.
NFL legend Vince Lombardi, arguably the greatest coach in any sport, once said, “the difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.


THN.com Blog: Breaking down a wild and wacky Wednesday

THN.com Blog: Breaking down a wild and wacky Wednesday

by Adam Proteau - February 10, 2011 1:12 PM EST

From a couple trades, to a couple suspensions and a crazy game, we look at what happened Wednesday and tell you what it all means.
It was a wild, wooly Wednesday in the NHL, featuring trades, suspensions and at least one game that will lead to more suspensions. Let’s take a brief look at all the things that made headlines: Headline No.


THN.com Blog: Terry Pegula brings promise to Buffalo

THN.com Blog: Terry Pegula brings promise to Buffalo

by Adam Proteau - February 3, 2011 12:00 PM EST

If Terry Pegula runs the Buffalo Sabres with a dedication to winning, it will be a boon to the city of Buffalo.
As the Terry Pegula Ownership Era begins in Buffalo, my hope is that it’s an improvement on the Tom Golisano Ownership Era. This is not to say that Golisano, the exiting owner of the Queen City’s Sabres, is a perfidious cad on par with Jon Gosselin or ‘Boots’ Del Biaggio.


THN.com Blog: Class act Craig Conroy always a joy

THN.com Blog: Class act Craig Conroy always a joy

by Adam Proteau - January 27, 2011 12:40 PM EST

As the Flames veteran prepares for retirement, his presence won't be missed by just teammates, but by fans and journalists, too.
When I spoke to Flames center Craig Conroy just prior to the start of this season, he was as cheerful as ever. “I’m just glad to be playing another year,” the 39-year-old said at the time.


THN.com Blog: Too many NHL games lead to too many injuries

THN.com Blog: Too many NHL games lead to too many injuries

by Adam Proteau - January 20, 2011 1:02 PM EST

With injury lists filling up across the league, it's time for the NHL to consider dropping the amount of pre-season and regular season games that are played.
On Wednesday night, Rangers left winger Ruslan Fedotenko was knocked out of action for two-to-four weeks with a separated shoulder. Earlier in the day, the Blueshirts announced their MVP this season, center Brandon Dubinsky, would be out for three-to-four weeks with a stress fracture in his left leg.


NHL Mid-Season Report: Atlantic Division

NHL Mid-Season Report: Atlantic Division

by Adam Proteau - January 13, 2011 1:05 PM EST

Philadelphia and Pittsburgh look like Cup threats, the Rangers are in the middle, while the Islanders and Devils are in poor standing in this grouping.
NEW JERSEY DEVILS THN pre-season prediction: 5th in East Scoring leaders: Patrik Elias, 30; Ilya Kovalchuk, 23; Travis Zajac, 21. Key stat: Devils have league’s worst 5-on-5 goals-for/against ratio (0.


THN.com Blog: Sutter's loyalty his undoing in Calgary

THN.com Blog: Sutter's loyalty his undoing in Calgary

by Adam Proteau - December 28, 2010 4:15 PM EST

Thanks to a plethora of puzzling personnel moves, Darryl Sutter is no longer the Flames' GM. And his eventual successor has a big mess to clean up.
A while ago, a former NHL GM gave me a great insight into his profession – specifically, the reason why GMs make what most people would consider to be stubborn decisions: “Look, GMs are supposed to believe in their players, in their coaches, in their entire staff,” the ex-GM said.


THN.com Blog: Looking back at the Phaneuf-Stajan trade

THN.com Blog: Looking back at the Phaneuf-Stajan trade

by Adam Proteau - December 16, 2010 1:45 PM EST

One of the bigger trades from last season is still resonating in Toronto and Calgary, but now that we've had time to judge, who won?
Since the Maple Leafs and Flames consummated one of last season’s most notable NHL trades – one that sent Dion Phaneuf, Fredrik Sjostrom and Keith Aulie to Toronto and Matt Stajan, Niklas Hagman, Ian White and Jamal Mayers to Calgary – there’s been no shortage of debate as to who won the deal.


THN.com Blog: Potential Leafs sale wouldn't translate to immediate improvement

THN.com Blog: Potential Leafs sale wouldn't translate to immediate improvement

by Adam Proteau - December 2, 2010 1:50 PM EST

While the idea of a new owner has been welcomed by many in Leafs Nation, the rumored sale to Rogers Communications more likely means more of the same.
Fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs were rocked Wednesday by reports that controlling interest in Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, the corporate colossus that owns the franchise (as well as other sports properties), could be sold to Canadian cable giant Rogers Communications for $1.


THN.com Blog: Elmer Ferguson Award winner Jim Kelley passes away at 61

THN.com Blog: Elmer Ferguson Award winner Jim Kelley passes away at 61

by Adam Proteau - November 30, 2010 10:35 PM EST

Honored by the Hall of Fame, the long-time Buffalo News writer was one of the best and most respected in the hockey writing business.
Jim Kelley had a passion for hockey and a gift for language and storytelling. And when he passed away at the age of 61 Tuesday after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer, the hockey writing business lost a giant.


THN.com Blog: Avalanche get the better player in Fleischmann-Hannan trade

THN.com Blog: Avalanche get the better player in Fleischmann-Hannan trade

by Adam Proteau - November 30, 2010 6:15 PM EST

While both Colorado and Washington benefit this season from the deal, the Avalanche come out on top for upgrading in talent.
As with all trades, the Tuesday deal that sent defenseman Scott Hannan to the Washington Capitals and left winger Tomas Fleischmann to the Colorado Avalanche has to be examined and judged by its current and future implications.


THN.com Blog: What I'm thankful for

THN.com Blog: What I'm thankful for

by Adam Proteau - November 25, 2010 11:55 AM EST

On this American Thanksgiving, Adam Proteau shares his appreciations from around the world of hockey.
From too much love of living, From hope and fear set free, We thank with brief thanksgiving Whatever gods may be That no life lives forever; That dead men rise up never; That even the weariest river Winds somewhere safe to sea.


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