by Adam Proteau - January 12, 2009 11:50 AM EST
Ringing in the new year by catching up on what's been making news around the NHL and beyond.
Nice to be back! (No, seriously!) For the first blog of 2009, let’s comment on some of the fun and games – and misery and outrageous shenanigans – that took place inside and outside the hockey world while I was staycationing.
by Adam Proteau - December 15, 2008 1:03 PM EST
Brian McGrattan entered the NHL's substance abuse program on the weekend, continuing a trend that is often ignored.
• The National Hockey League and its players like to tell people how “clean” the sport’s athletes are. But as we discovered this weekend, it’s more wishful thinking than actual fact.
by Adam Proteau - December 1, 2008 11:33 AM EST
With celebrities giving their offspring all kinds of wacky names, the NHL needs to step up and put a stop to the madness.
While leafing through the reading material at the local grocery store’s checkout line this weekend, I saw that alleged singer Ashlee Simpson and her bass-playing husband named their child Bronx Mowgli.
by Adam Proteau - November 24, 2008 11:47 AM EST
Mike Mottau's recent blast on Frans Nielsen and the subsequent lack of a decent suspension again shows how the league is failing the players.
Some people wonder why I keep returning to the same themes in my blogs and columns. And I always return to the same explanation – the same themes continually emerge in the hockey world.
by Adam Proteau - November 17, 2008 12:08 PM EST
An old letter from a political pundit... off-ice business news... and applauding Caps owner Ted Leonsis.
Here’s another reason why working for The Hockey News is so much fun: I was leafing through our archives last week for a special project we’re working on when my eyes quickly gravitated to a letter to the editor published in our Nov.
by Adam Proteau - November 10, 2008 11:11 AM EST
Continuing a vicious annual cycle, the forever re-building Florida franchise is stuck in an early-season rut.
• George Richards of the Miami Herald is, in my opinion, one of the best beat writers covering NHL hockey today. I just wish the guy had a good team to cover one of these years, so he doesn’t have to write things like this more often than his colleagues.
by Adam Proteau - November 3, 2008 12:18 PM EST
The NHL's injury disclosure policy is a joke... and two thumbs up for NHL senior VP of hockey ops Mike Murphy.
Allow me to join the legion of people (including Damian Cristodero and Arthur Staple) questioning the rationale behind the NHL’s injury disclosure policy.
by Adam Proteau - October 27, 2008 12:08 PM EDT
First she drops the puck in Philly and they lose six straight, next she visits St. Louis and they lose a goalie. What's next?
In an effort to prove lowbrow political stumping in the NHL can’t be limited to Ed Snider and the Philadelphia Flyers, Blues owner Dave Checketts allowed a divisive political figure to again use the sport for her own public relations purposes Friday night.
by Adam Proteau - October 20, 2008 1:10 PM EDT
It took guts for Patrick Kane to let his true emotions come out when Savard was fired... and the Oilers' blogging controversy.
I guess Blackhawks sophomore Patrick Kane read this Screen Shots column of mine during the off-season and realized that big boys do, in fact, cry.
by Adam Proteau - October 11, 2008 10:06 PM EDT
Jeers to both Ed Snider and the NHL for allowing Sarah Palin to make an appearance at the Flyers game Saturday.
Philadelphia Flyers owner Ed Snider makes it very difficult to root for his team. And I’m the guy who picked them to win the Eastern Conference this season.
by Adam Proteau - October 6, 2008 12:02 PM EDT
Capitals owner Ted Leonsis had a plan on how to build a team and it appears to have worked as Washington is now a contender.
If you take the Toronto Maple Leafs at their word, you accept they are in the infant stages of building a year-in, year-out championship caliber organization.
by Adam Proteau - September 29, 2008 1:22 PM EDT
Adam's luck took a turn for the better at last week's office pool and now he thinks his team is a shoo-in to win it all.
George Carlin, Jack Falla, and now Paul Newman. Up yours, 2008. • Last Wednesday, The Hockey News conducted its annual fantasy draft for the NHL’s upcoming regular season.