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THN.com Playoff Blog: Long-time GM/coach duos need change of scenery

THN.com Playoff Blog: Long-time GM/coach duos need change of scenery

by Adam Proteau - April 13, 2009 9:46 AM EDT

The management teams in Nashville, Minnesota, Edmonton and Buffalo have great chemistry, but with each team missing the playoffs and struggling to find success it's time for them to mix elsewhere.
The end of the NHL’s regular season seems like a simultaneous baptism and wake. For the 53.3 percent of teams that qualify for the playoffs, now is the time to celebrate the creation of something good – and the promise of even better times ahead; for the league’s other 46.


THN.com Blog: Not all wins are equal

THN.com Blog: Not all wins are equal

by Adam Proteau - April 6, 2009 12:03 PM EDT

Nashville coach Barry Trotz would like to see a points system that rewards regulation wins... and thoughts on women in the HHOF.
The plucky Nashville Predators are in a dogfight to qualify for the post-season; to do so, they’ll likely need to win two of their last three regular-season games – and pray the St.


THN.com Blog: Hanson's Leafs deal makes famous father proud

THN.com Blog: Hanson's Leafs deal makes famous father proud

by Adam Proteau - March 31, 2009 3:43 PM EDT

Dave Hanson, known for his role in Slap Shot, beams with pride over the news his son Christian has signed with the Leafs.
Over the course of his hockey-playing days, Dave Hanson played 33 NHL games, starred in a movie that’s made him into a cult legend and saw the world – OK, maybe North America more than the world – all because of what he could do on a pair of skates.


THN.com Blog: Stoked over stretch drive games

THN.com Blog: Stoked over stretch drive games

by Adam Proteau - March 30, 2009 2:41 PM EDT

Thanks to the tight races in both conferences, each NHL game has a do-or-die feel... and why we're better off not Knowing.
The NHL’s home stretch has arrived and with it, the pulse of just about every hockey fan has been raised exponentially. Say what you will about the league’s smoke-and-mirrors standings system, but you can’t deny it has led to major-league intrigue and super-high stakes for just about every team, right up until the last game of the regular season.


THN.com Blog: Poddubny passing illustrates troubles for retired players

THN.com Blog: Poddubny passing illustrates troubles for retired players

by Adam Proteau - March 23, 2009 3:46 PM EDT

The passing of Walt Poddubny on the weekend was an eye-opener for former teammates and should serve as a wakeup call to look out for retirees.
The tragic death of retired Maple Leafs and Rangers forward Walt Poddubny over the weekend underscores an unfortunate reality many former NHLers struggle with once their playing days are at an end.


THN.com Blog: CWHL a hidden gem

THN.com Blog: CWHL a hidden gem

by Adam Proteau - March 9, 2009 2:05 PM EDT

Thoughts from a Saturday night in Burlington taking in some top-notch hockey... and does the NHLPA want to ban fighting?
Ventured out just west of Toronto on Saturday to watch THN designer and Insider Blogger Erika Vanderveer tend goal for her Canadian Women’s Hockey League team (the Burlington Barracudas) in their first playoff game of the year.


THN.com Blog: Playoffs just a mirage for Coyotes

THN.com Blog: Playoffs just a mirage for Coyotes

by Adam Proteau - March 2, 2009 12:20 PM EST

Phoenix looked like a good bet for a playoff berth, but it all went so wrong so quickly... and how about a 15-team NHL?
Now that the Columbus Blue Jackets are on the precipice of finally rewarding their trod-upon fan base with the first post-season appearance in franchise history – and yes, all you inquisitive emailers, I’m still prepared to pay up on my bet – the fans I feel worst for these days are the ones in Phoenix.


THN.com Blog: League should cultivate Sid-Ovie war

THN.com Blog: League should cultivate Sid-Ovie war

by Adam Proteau - February 24, 2009 1:02 PM EST

The burgeoning feud between Crosby and Ovechkin could be the best thing to happen since the forward pass if the NHL treats it right.
Since the NHL ended the sabbatical that was the 2004-05 lockout season, the league has done everything but officially pit Alex Ovechkin against Sidney Crosby in a steel cage, falls-count-anywhere match to create a rivalry hockey could dine out on for decades.


THN.com Blog: The sunny side of Brian Burke

THN.com Blog: The sunny side of Brian Burke

by Adam Proteau - February 9, 2009 12:48 PM EST

The Leafs GM wants players to know he cares... Jeremy Jacobs plays the Grinch... and Don Sanderson's father speaks out.
At first glance, Toronto GM Brian Burke’s decision to allow a young player (defenseman Staffan Kronwall) to move on via the waiver route for nothing in return was puzzling to some Maple Leafs fans.


THN.com Blog: Firing Hartsburg doesn't solve Sens' real issue

THN.com Blog: Firing Hartsburg doesn't solve Sens' real issue

by Adam Proteau - February 2, 2009 12:30 PM EST

Until Ottawa figures out that you can't commit the bulk of cap space to three forwards they will never right the ship.
The Ottawa Senators fired Craig Hartsburg late Sunday night, putting the now-former head coach on the breadlines after just 48 games helming the team.


THN.com Blog: Ovechkin steals the show

THN.com Blog: Ovechkin steals the show

by Adam Proteau - January 26, 2009 10:25 AM EST

Ovechkin shone the brightest on All-Star Weekend... highlight of the THN/NHL party... and strength in numbers.
A few mixed-theme thoughts from the NHL’s All-Star Weekend: • The title wasn’t in dispute beforehand, but if there was any doubt Alex Ovechkin is by a country mile the most charismatic player in the game today, the Capitals superstar erased it with extreme prejudice.


THN.com Blog: Kudos to Wilson for ignoring Cherry’s criticism

THN.com Blog: Kudos to Wilson for ignoring Cherry’s criticism

by Adam Proteau - January 19, 2009 2:28 PM EST

Why has Don Cherry decided to pick on Leafs coach Ron Wilson?... McGuire wins fight debate with Milbury... and a correction.
I don’t care if his withering brand of sarcasm scares off some people; Toronto bench boss Ron Wilson is my kind of guy – and certainly, more deserving of a regular interview segment during the first intermission of Hockey Night In Canada than the man who currently has it.


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