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Screen Shots: NHL teams and the silver screen

Screen Shots: NHL teams and the silver screen

by Adam Proteau - June 12, 2008 4:04 PM EDT

Hockey is life, so therefore art must imitate hockey. Using that logic, we marry the silver screen with ice for each NHL club.
A couple years ago, Screen Shots summarized the seasons of each NHL team by identifying a real movie, showing how its title meshed quite nicely with each franchise’s performance that year, and picking out a genuine review that also offered some valuable insight into that particular team’s fortunes.


Screen Shots: Wings a great team full of better people

Screen Shots: Wings a great team full of better people

by Adam Proteau - June 5, 2008 12:10 PM EDT

The Stanley Cup presentation isn't just about celebrating the moment, but also all the people who accomplished the feat.
It’s not a widely known fact, but beneath my menacing, cynical veneer, I’m actually one of the biggest softies you’ll ever meet.


Screen Shots: Where the NHL should expand

Screen Shots: Where the NHL should expand

by Adam Proteau - May 29, 2008 12:12 PM EDT

No, not Winnipeg; not even Las Vegas. Before adding new teams, the NHL needs to further specialize front office jobs.
The concept of specialization has steadily been gaining momentum in the hockey world for a long time. For example, in the NHL’s olden, golden days, a typical team trainer’s duties included (but weren’t limited to) equipment upkeep, security detail, toothbrush bristle replacement engineer, occasional amputator of appendages and all-around confidante/psychologist.


Screen Shots: Craig Patrick the 'perfect person' for Leafs GM job

Screen Shots: Craig Patrick the 'perfect person' for Leafs GM job

by Adam Proteau - May 22, 2008 11:40 AM EDT

One name never mentioned when praising the young Penguins is Craig Patrick, who built their foundation and says he can do it again.
With all due respect to the Detroit Red Wings and their model organization, this post-season has been the coming-out party for the Pittsburgh Penguins.


Screen Shots: Welcome to Toronto, the NHL's confusion capital

Screen Shots: Welcome to Toronto, the NHL's confusion capital

by Adam Proteau - May 8, 2008 2:34 PM EDT

The supposed center of hockey universe's is nothing but a black hole, where contradiction is the norm.
At Wednesday’s press conference announcing Paul Maurice’s dismissal as coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, the prevailing sentiment interim GM Cliff Fletcher attempted to sell to the media and general public was simple: all systems are normal and the team’s legion of fans shouldn’t worry themselves sick over the laborious process of putting a new management team in place.


Screen Shots: Old dogs, new tricks

Screen Shots: Old dogs, new tricks

by Adam Proteau - May 1, 2008 2:44 PM EDT

Unlike other sports, hockey players - like Modano and Roenick - often gracefully welcome lesser roles to better the team.
Ninety-nine percent of the time, the lessons of professional sports are lessons in humility. Hostage to the whims of chance, unexpected bounces and bad breaks to begin with, athletes don’t even have the consolation of knowing years of experience are guaranteed to bring them that much closer to their ultimate goal.


Screen Shots: Breaking up is hard to do

Screen Shots: Breaking up is hard to do

by Adam Proteau - April 24, 2008 3:19 PM EDT

THN.com's web columnist puts pen to paper (ok, finger to keyboard) to say goodbye to the Washington Capitals.
Dear 2007-08 Edition Of The Washington Capitals, This might be the toughest breakup letter I’ve ever written. But my affections for you and the way you’ve played the game were on the verge of rising to bunny-boiling heights, so in a way, I guess it’s a good thing the officials put the screws to you in Game 7 of your first round series against Philadelphia.


Screen Shots: Shake the monkey

Screen Shots: Shake the monkey

by Adam Proteau - April 17, 2008 1:22 PM EDT

Here's a quintet of players who need to show their mettle in the playoffs to prove they can win when it counts.
After Joe Thornton scored the game-winning goal late in the third Tuesday to pull his San Jose Sharks to a 2-2 draw in their Western Conference quarterfinal series against Calgary, you could sense the proverbial monkey preparing to pack up and leap off his sizeable back.


Screen Shots: Predictions for the first round of the NHL playoffs

Screen Shots: Predictions for the first round of the NHL playoffs

by Adam Proteau - April 9, 2008 3:24 PM EDT

Thehockeynews.com's web columnist and Internet punching bag lays down his picks for opening-round glory in the league's second season.
Attempting to precisely predict any sports team’s fate, either in the regular season or in the playoffs, is like trying to shove a noodle up a tiger in the middle of Times Square: it’s theoretically possible, but more likely than not, you’re going to get mauled for the world to see.


Screen Shots: Once mighty Senators a shell of their former selves

Screen Shots: Once mighty Senators a shell of their former selves

by Adam Proteau - April 3, 2008 3:20 PM EDT

Everything looked like Ottawa was primed to claim the Cup in the season's first months, but somewhere it all went wrong.
“Your home is regarded as a model home, your life as a model life. But all this splendor, and you along with it... it's just as though it were built upon a shifting quagmire.


Screen Shots: Not everyone's season has storybook ending

Screen Shots: Not everyone's season has storybook ending

by Adam Proteau - March 27, 2008 2:52 PM EDT

Not every team can make it to the post-season, but that doesn't mean there isn't anything positive to take into the summer.
Hollywood movies and human nature have conditioned most of us to hope, if not outright expect, our stories to have happy endings. However, as a few NHL franchises just learned, reality doesn’t grant nearly that many wishes.


Screen Shots: NHL needs term limit for chief disciplinarian

Screen Shots: NHL needs term limit for chief disciplinarian

by Adam Proteau - March 20, 2008 1:04 PM EDT

When Colin Campbell steps down, the league should ensure his replacement can't be accused of having a bias.
With the possible exception of Gary Bettman’s call-screener on his XM satellite radio show, Colin Campbell has the toughest gig in all of hockey.


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