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No reason to fear another NHL lockout

No reason to fear another NHL lockout

by Adam Proteau - July 28, 2011 12:23 PM EDT

With a salary cap already in place and the league unlikely to demand any major concessions, some are getting riled up over nothing.
The NHL is a year away from the conclusion of its current collective bargaining agreement, but a few members of the hockey community are peering into their crystal balls and steeling themselves for another labor war.


30 NHL teams, 30 big questions

30 NHL teams, 30 big questions

by Adam Proteau - July 21, 2011 2:32 PM EDT

Each and every team has a huge unknown headed into the 2011-12 NHL campaign.
It’s the middle of July as I write this and as you read this, which means there are some very serious questions that should be asked about the both of us.


The NHL's five least-improved teams

The NHL's five least-improved teams

by Adam Proteau - July 14, 2011 3:04 PM EDT

Many teams feel they got better this off-season, but a handful of team can't say with a straight face that they improved or even stay on level ground.
On Wednesday, the THN.com Top 10 list looked at the NHL’s most improved teams this off-season. Today, let’s complete the circle and focus on the opposite end of the spectrum - the teams that improved the least.


Veterans Arnott, Langenbrunner key for young Blues success

Veterans Arnott, Langenbrunner key for young Blues success

by Adam Proteau - July 7, 2011 2:00 PM EDT

While the NHL's biggest stars are the young players, veterans still play an integral role in the league and we've seen their value on the UFA market.
You hear NHL people say, “this is a young man’s game now” so often, you half expect the best hockey league on the planet to eventually resemble women’s gymnastics and feature a bunch of rosy-cheeked pre-teens bouncing all over the ice like cherubs with blades for feet.


Five free agents you don't want

Five free agents you don't want

by Adam Proteau - June 30, 2011 2:28 PM EDT

On the eve of free agency, Adam Proteau lists five guys you either shouldn't want, or shouldn't invest too much in.
Calling the start of the NHL’s free agency period the league’s “silly season” doesn’t do the process enough justice.


Recap of the NHL Awards Show

Recap of the NHL Awards Show

by Adam Proteau - June 22, 2011 11:15 PM EDT

All the awards have been handed out so here's a look back on the ups and downs of the evening in Las Vegas.
Hey, it’s another year of the NHL Awards in Las Vegas! This year, the star-studded celebrity lineup includes Mad Men star Jon Hamm and, uh, Donny Osmond! And Dierks Bentley! And I’ve seen only the first two of those people! And only one of them more recently! Here’s a minute-by-minute recap of the highlights and sighlights of the televised festivities, hosted for the second straight season by the ironically surnamed comedian Jay Mohr: 7:06 p.


Reviewing NHL teams through the movies, Pt. 2

Reviewing NHL teams through the movies, Pt. 2

by Adam Proteau - June 18, 2011 10:40 AM EDT

In the second part of this two-part column, Adam recaps the season for Western Conference teams through the silver screen.
With the end of the NHL season, it’s time for an annual tradition: looking at each of the 30 teams, finding a recent movie title (via RottenTomatoes.


Reviewing NHL teams through the movies, Pt. 1

Reviewing NHL teams through the movies, Pt. 1

by Adam Proteau - June 9, 2011 2:10 PM EDT

Starting with the East, we look back at each NHL team's season with movie titles and actual reviews.
With the end of the NHL season almost at hand, it’s time for an annual tradition: looking at each of the 30 teams, finding a recent movie title (via RottenTomatoes.


Does Brendan Shanahan's hiring mean the NHL is getting serious about discipline?

Does Brendan Shanahan's hiring mean the NHL is getting serious about discipline?

by Adam Proteau - June 2, 2011 12:17 PM EDT

Colin Campbell exits the most thankless job in hockey as Brendan Shanahan takes over. So does this signal a new era in supplemental discipline.
Colin Campbell, the preferred piñata for hockey fans who don’t understand the NHL’s power structure, stepped down Wednesday from his role as the league’s chief disciplinarian.


Winnipeg erupts with excitement over return of NHL

Winnipeg erupts with excitement over return of NHL

by Adam Proteau - May 31, 2011 5:05 PM EDT

After years of waiting, Winnipeg has its NHL hockey team back as the Thrashers relocate from Georgia.
And after the seventh NHL hockey team returned to Canada, the hockey gods rested. But the long-suffering people of Winnipeg rejoiced well into the last day of May and the first day of the rest of their professional hockey-loving lives.


Red Wings don't need big-money defenseman to replace Brian Rafalski

Red Wings don't need big-money defenseman to replace Brian Rafalski

by Adam Proteau - May 26, 2011 12:55 PM EDT

With one big name defenseman calling it a career, the Red Wings don't need to add another to replace him. Instead, they just need to plug holes.
You know how it goes when there’s an unexpected breakup in your life: denial and confusion to begin with, followed by the determination to find a better relationship as soon as you can.


Western Conference final Game 3 will define San Jose Sharks

Western Conference final Game 3 will define San Jose Sharks

by Adam Proteau - May 19, 2011 2:10 PM EDT

After melting away in Game 2, the Sharks have to go back to the drawing board to prepare for a make-or-break Game 3.
The notion of a make-or-break moment gets tossed around a ton during this time of the hockey year. Remember those alleged franchise defining games the Canucks had against the Blackhawks in the first round? They’re already at the bottom of our collective memory hole, almost instantly forgotten in favor of Vancouver’s next contest, period, or shift.


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