THN's Adam Proteau the news and issues around the NHL and the world of hockey
by Adam Proteau - June 15, 2013 1:00 AM EDT
Daniel Alfredsson was awarded for his leadership and Paul MacLean for his coaching Ottawa through a challenging season.
They didn’t feature the recently familiar glitz and glamor of Las Vegas thanks to the calendar crunch created by the league’s player lockout, but the NHL’s 2013 individual award ceremonies – at least, Part 1 of them – did not fail to provide ample opportunity for debate and discussion.
by Adam Proteau - June 13, 2013 1:20 PM EDT
In an attempt to make a full-on push for a championship, the Flyers have made many changes to their lineup, but haven't gotten results.
As the Stanley Cup playoffs near their completion, the NHL trade market is, as predicted, beginning to heat up. First, the Dallas Stars and new GM Jim Nill made a quick move for a veteran defenseman in a deal for Sergei Gonchar; and Wednesday afternoon, the Philadelphia Flyers got in on the action by acquiring blueliner Mark Streit (or at least, the negotiating rights for the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent).
by Adam Proteau - June 6, 2013 11:11 AM EDT
A weak free agent field, lower cap and the ability to absorb salary are sure to trigger more hockey swaps.
In every NHL off-season in recent memory, people have used the phrase “free-agent frenzy” to describe the monetary madness that takes place each July 1.
by Adam Proteau - May 30, 2013 1:03 PM EDT
The ex-Rangers coach thinks the game as well as anyone, but his style doesn't fit in modern NHL dressing rooms.
John Tortorella is many things – proud, prickly as a cactus-turfed football field, relentless in his drive to succeed, prone to fits of rage that would make late comedian Sam Kinison look like Little Miss Sunshine – but after this year’s playoffs, one thing he no longer qualifies as is a modern-day NHL coach.
by Adam Proteau - May 23, 2013 12:41 PM EDT
Coaches are often fired before the GM who hired them, but the former Canucks coach wasn't dealt any favors by his boss.
The list of those who have paid the price for the major miscalculations of Vancouver Canucks upper management had another name added to it Wednesday when head coach Alain Vigneault – the winningest bench boss in franchise history with a 313-170-57 record – was fired after the team’s first round sweep at the hands of the San Jose Sharks.
by Adam Proteau - May 9, 2013 2:44 PM EDT
The lockout could have driven fans away from the game, but the tempo and quality of these playoff games is hard to stay away from.
It’s tough to forgive sometimes, particularly when you’ve been hurt and lied to and taken for granted by the same people on more than one occasion.
by Adam Proteau - May 2, 2013 1:17 PM EDT
Game 1 against Boston wasn't an indictment on Toronto's standing, but a sign of the experience they still lack.
There is a scene in the 1980s cult classic movie “Porky’s” where a group of teenage boys excitedly make their way into a strip club for the first time in their lives, only to be exploited by the owner, robbed of their money and unceremoniously deposited into a lake via a trap door.
by Adam Proteau - April 25, 2013 11:07 AM EDT
The nebulous concept of MVP needs to be spelled out more clearly to make the Hart Trophy voting process more consistent.
Over the course of the next few days, the women and men of the Professional Hockey Writers Association will cast ballots that determine the winners of five categories of this season’s NHL Awards.
by Adam Proteau - April 18, 2013 2:10 PM EDT
With surprising teams in the playoffs and mainstays falling out, it's a season of change thanks to the cap.
Each time you stare at the NHL standings in this most unpredictable of seasons, you can’t help but do a double-take. Is that really the Nashville Predators – who have missed the playoffs just once since 2003 – in 14th place in the West and challenging Florida, Colorado and Carolina for best odds of drafting first overall this summer? Are the Detroit Red Wings (a.
by Adam Proteau - April 11, 2013 3:00 PM EDT
The league, its players and the gay rights group came together to promote tolerance and acceptance and is the first major pro sports league to do so.
In only 13 months, the You Can Play project has gone from fledgling concept to unstoppable cultural force. Its raison d’etre – the eradication of homophobia in all athletic endeavors – and the passion behind it has been embraced so swiftly and by so many people, YCP has become the go-to organization for anyone who wants to be educated about gay and lesbian issues in sport.
by Adam Proteau - April 6, 2013 10:20 AM EDT
With all the major roster moves behind us, name the executives, players and coach who will feel the most pressure down the stretch.
To say the stakes are higher in this lockout-truncated NHL season is to erroneously downgrade the stakes of previous years. In a league where playoff revenue can be the difference between turning a profit and crying poor, there is no such thing as low stakes.
by Adam Proteau - March 22, 2013 12:25 PM EDT
It finally looks as though the visor issue is gaining some traction on the players' side, though it should have happened long ago.
The debate about mandatory visors at the NHL level may finally, thankfully, be nearing an end. But it should have been over and done with long ago.
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