by Ken Campbell - July 28, 2008 1:29 PM EDT
Odds are the big Swede will return to Toronto rather than sign elsewhere or retire. There's no reason, however, for the Buds to say yes.
Mats Sundin is expected to announce his intentions for next season on Friday, a full 125 days after he played his last meaningful hockey game.
by Ken Campbell - July 21, 2008 1:18 PM EDT
Nikita Filatov's contract... Toews getting the 'C'... Vernon hired in Tampa... Maurice on the island?... and Michel Therrien.
Some news and views during a time when the biggest story in the hockey world is a tie between Mats Sundin not agreeing to terms with the Vancouver Canucks and Frans Nielsen agreeing to a four-year deal with the New York Islanders: News: Kontinental League president Alexander Medvedev says it turns out that Nikita Filatov’s contract with CSKA Moscow is valid because, even though it was signed with the old Russian Super League, all contracts were rewritten for the KHL.
by Ken Campbell - July 14, 2008 2:19 PM EDT
Much like the WHA started a climb in player salaries, the KHL has shown it will overpay NHLers to bring their talent to Russia... and respecting the Stanley Cup.
There have been a number of factors in the NHL’s salary explosion over the years, but the domino that started it all was the establishment of the World Hockey Association in 1972.
by Ken Campbell - July 7, 2008 4:54 PM EDT
If Ken Holland likes the look of his new UFA signing, the brilliant Wings GM will find a way to keep Hossa in the fold.
There must be times when Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland closes the door to his office, leans back in his chair and laughs uproariously at jokes only he gets.
by Ken Campbell - June 30, 2008 3:02 PM EDT
The big money, long-term free agent deals being handed out by GMs could result in another lockout when the CBA expires.
In the next few days, there will be a flurry of free agent signings and a good number of players will get tied into big-money, long-term contracts that will almost certainly widen the gap between the NHL’s have and have-not teams, which was one disparity this new system was supposed to address.
by Ken Campbell - June 23, 2008 11:30 AM EDT
Getting Olli Jokinen on draft day was a good move, but the Coyotes still have holes to fill before they can contend in the west.
Barring injury, when the Phoenix Coyotes play their 12th game this season, Olli Jokinen will officially pass Guy Charron as the player with the most regular season games without playing a playoff game.
by Ken Campbell - June 16, 2008 12:12 PM EDT
Just because there's no games doesn't mean there isn't big news with NHL and NHLPA meetings, the entry draft and HHOF inductions.
More hockey players have kissed the Stanley Cup than Elisha Cuthbert, and Pavel Datsyuk might finally be recovered from his hangover. (Joke at the NHL Awards, you had to be there.
by Ken Campbell - June 9, 2008 6:13 PM EDT
While everyone is up in arms over The Hockey Theme, the NHL continues to suffer from issues that threaten its long-term viability.
I haven’t been this upset about a television show’s theme song since Gilligan’s Island changed “and all the rest” to “the Professor and Mary-Ann.
by Ken Campbell - June 4, 2008 11:08 PM EDT
The Red Wings won their fourth Stanley Cup in 11 years and with a lot of players under contract, they will be contenders for a while.
You know, the NHL would like everyone to play nice and get along, just like they do in minor hockey. Give everybody a chance to win once in awhile and maybe, just maybe the folks in Nashville and Phoenix and Florida will start coming out to the games.
by Ken Campbell - June 2, 2008 12:02 PM EDT
In a playoffs were no single player has emerged as undisputed best, Henrik Zetterberg is the best choice for MVP.
If the Detroit Red Wings manage to complete their quest for the Stanley Cup tonight and I’m presented with a ballot for the Conn Smythe Trophy, I’m inclined to leave it blank and give it right back to the NHL.
by Ken Campbell - May 26, 2008 3:20 PM EDT
Gary Roberts? Who cares... Wings prove fighting doesn't equal winning... and some head-scratchers from the Ontario League.
A few Monday musings as we prepare for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup final: • I’ve been there and I know the story lines get thin by the time the Stanley Cup final rolls around, but Gary Roberts being inserted into the Pittsburgh Penguins lineup is an earth-shattering event? Please.
by Ken Campbell - May 19, 2008 11:29 AM EDT
Sunday's gold medal game proves international rink dimensions wouldn't help create excitement in the National Hockey League.
QUEBEC CITY - Russian hero Ilya Kovalchuk said it best when he summed up his team’s ability to come back from a two-goal deficit to win the gold medal game of the World Championship against Canada in overtime Sunday afternoon.