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Is Roberto Luongo preparing to battle with Canucks?

Is Roberto Luongo preparing to battle with Canucks?

by Adam Proteau - July 25, 2013 2:25 PM EDT

The Vancouver goalie may be getting ready to make a power play in the future by hiring agents Pat Brisson and J.P. Barry.
Roberto Luongo’s decision to change agents isn’t a confirmation he’ll never play for the Vancouver Canucks again. However, it absolutely is an indication the saga that has developed between the star goalie and his current team is anything but at an end.


Sabres, Caps must stop standing pat

Sabres, Caps must stop standing pat

by Adam Proteau - July 18, 2013 1:17 PM EDT

Buffalo and Washington have stuck with the status quo this off-season. They need to make some moves, and soon, to boost their moribund franchises.
It’s nearly August, for hockey gods’ sake. Does anyone want to tell Sabres GM Darcy Regier and his Capitals counterpart George McPhee? Both are doing their best statue impersonations at a time in each team’s history that cries out for at least a modicum of change.


Nill making 'Big D' the Winged-Wheel way

Nill making 'Big D' the Winged-Wheel way

by Adam Proteau - July 16, 2013 1:55 PM EDT

Rebuild be damned. Jim Nill is retooling on the fly, giving the Stars playoff hope now and Cup dreams for the future
When the Dallas Stars failed to make the playoffs in 2012-13 – the fifth such result in the past five seasons – owner Tom Gaglardi had seen enough.


Five best and worst off-seasons

Five best and worst off-seasons

by Adam Proteau - July 11, 2013 2:55 PM EDT

Looking at five teams that have had the best off-seasons, and five teams that have had the worst off-seasons, so far.
We’re well into the summer and that means team rosters are beginning to take shape for the 2013-14 campaign. Which teams have had the best and worst off-seasons (factoring in trades, free agent signings and their haul at the entry draft)? Here’s my view of the top and bottom five: BEST 1.


Wayne Gretzky, Toronto Maple Leafs no dream match

Wayne Gretzky, Toronto Maple Leafs no dream match

by Adam Proteau - July 4, 2013 1:26 PM EDT

There have been rumors The Great One may join the Maple Leafs front office, but there's no guarantee that marriage would work out.
There’s always been an irresistible connection between the Toronto Maple Leafs and hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, a karmic tractor beam that began in No.


Seven destinations for Vincent Lecavalier

Seven destinations for Vincent Lecavalier

by Adam Proteau - June 28, 2013 12:39 AM EDT

With Vincent Lecavalier on his way out of Tampa via buyout, where will he end up?
The most shocking compliance buyout announcement of the NHL off-season went down early Thursday morning when the Tampa Bay Lightning amnestied the contract of longtime star center Vincent Lecavalier.


When personality matters in professional sports

When personality matters in professional sports

by Adam Proteau - June 26, 2013 12:20 PM EDT

John Tortorella and Ilya Bryzgalov have had their share of controversial moments in recent years, which had something to do with their dismissals this week.
“Personality is the glitter that sends your little gleam across the footlights and the orchestra pit into that big black space where the audience is.


Don't rush to condemn Maple Leafs for Bernier trade

Don't rush to condemn Maple Leafs for Bernier trade

by Adam Proteau - June 23, 2013 3:30 PM EDT

Many are saying Toronto gave up too much to bring in another goalie, but even if everything comes up roses for the Kings, it's still a good move for the Leafs to make.
The NHL trade market began to heat up Sunday afternoon when the Toronto Maple Leafs acquired goalie Jonathan Bernier from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for winger Matt Frattin, goalie Ben Scrivens, Toronto’s second-round draft pick in either 2014 or 2015 and $500,000 in salary cap space.


Senators shine in first half of NHL awards

Senators shine in first half of NHL awards

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.


Frequent Flyers trade activity hurts more than helps

Frequent Flyers trade activity hurts more than helps

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).


NHL’s art of trade will return this summer

NHL’s art of trade will return this summer

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.


John Tortorella not manager enough to be NHL coach

John Tortorella not manager enough to be NHL coach

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.


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