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THN.com Blog: Visors a no-brainer for NHL

THN.com Blog: Visors a no-brainer for NHL

by Adam Proteau - August 17, 2009 11:40 AM EDT

Why wouldn't an NHLer wear a visor? Why wouldn't fans want their teams to cover up? It makes sense for health, wellness, and Cup aspirations.
Hockey has been fairly lucky so far this summer. No tragic, off-ice player deaths to report, no catastrophic, freak injuries – a la St.


THN.com Blog: Hockey's deteriorating culture

THN.com Blog: Hockey's deteriorating culture

by Adam Proteau - August 10, 2009 12:10 PM EDT

According to a study, there is waning interest in hockey amongst Canadians... Ownership duels... and Pat Kane.
A few short-form ponderings on a sticky August morning in Toronto: • In case you missed it, an upcoming book from a leading Canadian sociologist argues that the presumed death-grip hockey holds on Canada’s teenagers isn’t quite so tight after all.


THN.com Blog: Roenick's mouth, heart will be missed

THN.com Blog: Roenick's mouth, heart will be missed

by Adam Proteau - August 5, 2009 1:45 PM EDT

Say what you will about the outspoken, soon-to-be retired J.R., his skill and determination can't be questioned.
Jeremy Roenick has been many things – superstar, court jester, gruesome-injury guy – over the course of his NHL career. Thankfully, one thing he’s never been is quiet.


THN.com Blog: Changes the CBA needs, from a GM's perspective

THN.com Blog: Changes the CBA needs, from a GM's perspective

by Adam Proteau - July 27, 2009 1:21 PM EDT

In response to Adam's column from last week, Toronto GM Brian Burke discussed what he thinks needs to be changed in the CBA and why.
A quick follow up to my collective bargaining agreement-related column from last week: a couple readers wrote in to wonder why I didn’t mention term limits on player contracts as one of the potential areas of change for the next CBA, scheduled to arrive sometime after the fall of 2012.


THN.com Blog: Choking on the cliches

THN.com Blog: Choking on the cliches

by Adam Proteau - July 20, 2009 1:15 PM EDT

With little happening on the news front, the mind wanders into territories of annoyance directed at un-notable quotables.
Are you like me? Do you cringe and/or grind your teeth any time you hear cliches and done-to-death buzzwords? Well, since the NHL doesn’t have much in the way of news to comment on, I figured we could take another periodical look at the verbal junk that passes for insight both inside and outside the hockey world and break that junk down to its nonsensical essence.


THN.com Blog: Calamitous Coyotes in for a long 2009-10

THN.com Blog: Calamitous Coyotes in for a long 2009-10

by Adam Proteau - July 13, 2009 1:00 PM EDT

With their off-ice troubles dragging on into the summer, the Coyotes are starting to be limited on how much success they can have on the ice.
Are you one of those NHL fans who believe your team hasn’t done much to keep up with the off-season changes made by front-running franchises this summer? Feeling as if there won’t be much on-ice action for your eyeballs to enjoy this season? It could be worse.


THN.com Blog: Quite a racket

THN.com Blog: Quite a racket

by Adam Proteau - July 6, 2009 12:15 PM EDT

The tennis-hockey connection... one boring negotiation... how will Smyth's mullet play in L.A.?... and more UFAs in play?
I’m not the most fervent tennis aficionado on the planet, but watching the Wimbledon men’s tennis final between Andy Roddick and Roger Federer was a privilege for any sports fan.


THN Free Agency Preview: Pacific Division

THN Free Agency Preview: Pacific Division

by Adam Proteau - June 29, 2009 3:50 PM EDT

Featuring some of the league's best and worst, the Pacific's off-season will be defined more by the trade market than any big UFA signings.
ANAHEIM DUCKS Cap space - $18 million UFAs – Francois Beauchemin, D; Bret Hedican, D; Todd Marchant, C; Rob Niedermayer, C; Scott Niedermayer, D.


THN.com Blog: Olympic hockey not about nationalism

THN.com Blog: Olympic hockey not about nationalism

by Adam Proteau - June 22, 2009 1:08 PM EDT

When the Winter Olympics roll around it'll be all about the great hockey being played and not which country owns the game.
It’s almost time for professional hockey’s unseemly of seasons to begin. I’m not referring to the increasing hype surrounding this Friday’s NHL draft, nor of the rumor-rama that precedes the July 1 opening of the league’s unrestricted free agent period.


THN.com Blog: Let Sid grow before chastising him

THN.com Blog: Let Sid grow before chastising him

by Adam Proteau - June 15, 2009 12:50 PM EDT

What's with the Crosby hate? Just let it go... Fleury's slip of the tongue... Bettman does it again... and a hockey wake-up call.
Have to agree with writers questioning those who questioned Sidney Crosby’s championship etiquette Friday night after his Penguins won the Stanley Cup in Detroit.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Datsyuk a difference-maker

THN.com Playoff Blog: Datsyuk a difference-maker

by Adam Proteau - June 8, 2009 12:54 PM EDT

The return of the Red Wings Hart Trophy candidate makes it very unlikely the Penguins can win two straight... and the laughs keep coming out of Phoenix.
Even after the world-class walloping Detroit laid on Pittsburgh in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final Saturday, I’m not prepared to suggest the series is over.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Selective discipline making joke of NHL

THN.com Playoff Blog: Selective discipline making joke of NHL

by Adam Proteau - June 1, 2009 1:09 PM EDT

After Evgeni Malkin was the latest to escape from an automatic one-game suspension, one has to wonder why the refs are there at all.
• Seeing as the NHL is in for a penny as well as a pound(ing) when it comes to selectively applied supplementary discipline – as it was in record time following Game 2 of the Stanley Cup final between Detroit and Pittsburgh Sunday night – it ought to follow through on its collective convictions and entirely rescind its rulebook.


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