by Adam Proteau - April 26, 2010 1:20 PM EDT
Should we feel good or bad for the success of the Pens shift disturber after his hit on Marc Savard... how to get suspended... and Laperriere's wise choice.
I was of two minds watching Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke help screw the lid shut on the Ottawa Senators’ season Saturday night. One part of me was pleased to see Cooke enjoy some personal success after his deplorable hit on Boston’s Marc Savard caused some to paint him as the worst of hockey’s bad eggs.
by Adam Proteau - April 20, 2010 1:00 PM EDT
For a No. 1 goalie, Roberto Luongo gets pulled an awful lot and it makes you wonder if he really is elite and worth a 12-year contract.
As Roberto Luongo got the walnut treatment – shelled, swallowed and swept into the nearest trash receptacle – in Vancouver’s 5-3, Game 3 loss to Los Angeles Monday night, all I could think about was a conversation I had a year or so ago with a former NHL goalie who believed the Canucks’ star goaltender wasn’t as good as his reputation and salary suggest.
by Adam Proteau - April 18, 2010 7:01 PM EDT
Phoenix has faced more than their share of adversity this season and never back down. That was the case again Sunday in a 4-2 win over the Red Wings.
All season long, the Phoenix Coyotes needed neither stable ownership nor sellout crowds to be successful on NHL ice rinks. And after Game 3 of their Western Conference series against the Detroit Red Wings, you can add Shane Doan to the list of components not necessary for a Yotes victory.
by Adam Proteau - April 15, 2010 7:41 AM EDT
Back in the playoffs after a layoff, Phoenix and Colorado fly in the face of the favorites to take down tight Game 1 action.
After the upstart seasons both teams had, it was fitting on the opening night of the playoffs to see the Phoenix Coyotes and Colorado Avalanche serve notice they wouldn’t be the respective pushovers of the Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks.
by Adam Proteau - April 5, 2010 12:30 PM EDT
On paper, the Lightning looked much improved this season, but off-ice troubles have been keeping this team down.
I really wanted to be praising the Tampa Bay Lightning this time of year. Shame they’ve left me no choice but to bury them. The Florida Panthers are a franchise I expect to be underwhelmed by each and every season – and they never let me down come springtime.
by Adam Proteau - March 22, 2010 12:35 PM EDT
Whether or not Donald Fehr is involved or to what degree doesn't matter, the members of the NHLPA need to get involved in the decision-making.
Contrary to conventional thinking, there are some conscientious NHLers out there who want to get involved in the direction of their union. The problem is, once they indulge that inclination and join the battle against perennial greedmongers on the ownership side, it isn’t long before they pull their personal parachute and wind up singularly focused on just playing again.
by Adam Proteau - March 8, 2010 12:51 PM EST
With GMs meeting in Florida this week on the heels of two gruesome hits, the time to change a violent culture is now.
With another episode of the NHL’s GM meetings set to kick off today in Boca Raton, Fla., you can be sure of one thing: once again the epidemic of head shots will receive a whole lot of lip service, but not so much as a muscle twinge or batted lash of action to seriously address it.
by Adam Proteau - March 1, 2010 12:38 PM EST
Three teams have to be a little nervous about their goalies come playoff time; and why the owners' excuse for not going to the Games is laughable.
As much as the 2010 Vancouver Olympics confirmed Ryan Miller’s status as the planet’s best goaltender, it also planted some seeds of doubt for a few other well-known netminders – and I’m not referring to highly productive rebound factory Roberto Luongo, either.
by Adam Proteau - February 22, 2010 1:45 PM EST
Back in 2000, Calgary was in serious talks to land Roberto Luongo from the Islanders... and how Ron Wilson proved himself Sunday night.
I had an interesting discussion with former Flames GM/vice president and current NHL Network analyst Craig Button last week that’s worth sharing.
by Adam Proteau - February 8, 2010 1:30 PM EST
A few of the best aspects about the community and business that surround the game.
Next Sunday is Valentine’s Day – a.k.a. the day when the world’s greeting card and chocolate syndicates collude to tenderly and legally drain you of your legal tender – so this is as good a time as any to write about the aspects of the hockey business I have great affection for.
by Adam Proteau - January 31, 2010 1:08 PM EST
In acquiring Dion Phaneuf and J-S Giguere, Brian Burke is building the Leafs like he's built teams before: through bold trades.
Wow. A good, old-fashioned blockbuster. Those were the first words that came to me when news broke Sunday regarding the multi-team trade that will bring Calgary star defenseman Dion Phaneuf and Anaheim Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
by Adam Proteau - January 25, 2010 1:13 PM EST
The subjective nature of suspensions in hockey is a big part of the problem, as is the lack of an association for junior players.
Now that Quebec League boss Gilles Courteau has suspended Rouyn-Noranda Huskies center Patrice Cormier for the rest of this season and the playoffs, we’ll never have to worry about egregious violence in hockey again.
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