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Screen Shots: Where is hockey's Muhammad Ali?

Screen Shots: Where is hockey's Muhammad Ali?

by Adam Proteau - March 13, 2008 2:16 PM EDT

In his day, Muhammad Ali voiced his political beliefs and history has remembered his bold convictions. Will the NHL ever have a player who draws that kind of attention?
I found this column by Washington-based writer Greg Wyshynski fascinating, because it quotes a bona fide NHL star weighing in on a topic considered absolutely radioactive in hockey circles: politics.


Screen Shots: Refs aren't perfect, get over it

Screen Shots: Refs aren't perfect, get over it

by Adam Proteau - March 6, 2008 1:26 PM EST

So a referee blew another call? Boo-freakin'-hoo! It's time for hockey fans to check their woe-is-me attitudes and realize it's as good as it gets.
One of the staples of “lifestyle” TV these days is the “oh, you think you can do better?” programs in which some cocky husband, after bragging about how easy it is to be a housewife, is made to care for his kids and house; then flops around cluelessly for the viewing audience’s enjoyment.


Screen Shots: Trade deadline winners and wieners

Screen Shots: Trade deadline winners and wieners

by Adam Proteau - February 28, 2008 1:27 PM EST

To find out the impact a trade deadline has on a team, you have to wait a few years, but that doesn't mean we still can't pick the best and worst of the day.
The concept of selecting winners and losers coming out of the NHL trade deadline has never exactly excited me. By now, most hockey fans are well aware that it takes not hours, but years, to adequately judge the short-and-long-term effects of any transaction.


Screen Shots: Bigger battles to fight than goalie equipment

Screen Shots: Bigger battles to fight than goalie equipment

by Adam Proteau - February 21, 2008 2:52 PM EST

Shrinking netminders' equipement is all well and good, but the league continues to turn a blind eye to towards issues that really affect the game.
National Hockey League goaltenders are many things: Soap opera actress-level quirky; prone to bruising; better-than-average TV analysts. What they are not – despite the Shrekkensian braying that took place at the NHL GM meetings in Naples, Fla.


Screen Shots: From rookie to rich - eliminating the second contract

Screen Shots: From rookie to rich - eliminating the second contract

by Adam Proteau - February 14, 2008 2:46 PM EST

Gone are the days of young players signing affordable contracts after their entry-level deals expire, so is it better to collect compensation for RFAs?
In a conference call with reporters Wednesday, Anaheim Ducks GM Brian Burke got it only half-right when he said, in reference to Kevin Lowe’s multiple offer sheets to restricted free agents during the NHL’s last off-season: “What (Lowe) did last summer was eliminate the second contract in the NHL.


Screen Shots: Dangers of concussions go beyond immediate symptoms

Screen Shots: Dangers of concussions go beyond immediate symptoms

by Adam Proteau - February 7, 2008 1:57 PM EST

As discussed on the CBC's Fifth Estate, concussions have severe long-term effects and the NHL needs to start paying attention.
Any NHL player who has ever suffered a concussion should have been watching the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s always-superb Fifth Estate program Tuesday night.


Screen Shots: Guy Lafleur deserves better

Screen Shots: Guy Lafleur deserves better

by Adam Proteau - January 31, 2008 2:36 PM EST

Trying to help his troubled son has landed the Hall of Famer in hot water, but did the former Habs star really do anything wrong?
First, a confession: when I was a kid, Guy Lafleur was my favorite NHLer. So I’m not about to pretend the rest of this column isn’t at all influenced by the wonderful memories he created for millions of other hockey fans who appreciated him as I did.


Screen Shots: NHL should market more of its stars

Screen Shots: NHL should market more of its stars

by Adam Proteau - January 24, 2008 2:23 PM EST

The NHL needs to make its other stars more recognizable to the casual fan instead of always focusing on Sidney Crosby.
When I heard Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby would miss the All-Star Game (and many more games after that) with a severe ankle sprain, I actually felt sorry for the folks at the NHL.


Screen Shots: My utopian NHL

Screen Shots: My utopian NHL

by Adam Proteau - January 21, 2008 11:30 PM EST

If Adam Proteau had the power, you'd see a drastically different National Hockey League, including two more Canadian teams, an 86-game schedule and a 3-2-1 point system.
During a recent interview with Paul Kelly – which can be found HERE – the NHLPA’s newly crowned executive director said he was not a fan of continual tinkering with the game.


Screen Shots: Burke will shop Edmonton draft pick

Screen Shots: Burke will shop Edmonton draft pick

by Adam Proteau - January 17, 2008 1:23 PM EST

Burke says Edmonton's draft pick is in play; the horrendous Southeast division; and the comic styling of Jamie McLennan
News and views you(se) can use with your crews: • Some might argue that unless another NHL GM loses his sanity and overwhelms Anaheim’s Brian Burke with a trade offer nobody in their right mind would reject, there’s not a hope in hell Burke trades the first round pick he received from Edmonton in exchange for Dustin Penner.


Screen Shots: Thursdays with Paul Kelly, Part 2

Screen Shots: Thursdays with Paul Kelly, Part 2

by Adam Proteau - January 3, 2008 12:41 PM EST

The NHLPA's executive director talks about changing the game, goalie equipment, visors, and marketing the game.
Although he was just six weeks into his new job as executive director of the National Hockey League Players’ Association, Paul Kelly already was in the midst of a whirlwind fall introductory tour that would see him visit all 30 teams by New Year’s Day.


Screen Shots: Thursdays with Paul Kelly, Part 1

Screen Shots: Thursdays with Paul Kelly, Part 1

by Adam Proteau - December 27, 2007 11:10 AM EST

The NHLPA executive director recently spoke to The Hockey News about visiting each of the 30 NHL teams, expanding to Canada and the instigator rule.
Although he was just six weeks into his new job as executive director of the National Hockey League Players’ Association, Paul Kelly already was in the midst of a whirlwind fall introductory tour that would see him visit all 30 teams by New Year’s Day.


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