Campbell's Cuts

Campbell's Cuts: Yzerman named Team Canada's GM, could Red Wings be next?

Campbell's Cuts: Yzerman named Team Canada's GM, could Red Wings be next?

by Ken Campbell - February 4, 2008 12:07 AM EST

Steve Yzerman has been named Canada's GM for the world championship, paving the way for him to take on the same role with Detroit some day.
Hockey Canada obviously didn't want to mess with a good thing. Now the next obvious question is, will the owners of the Detroit Red Wings do the same? Former Red Wings star and current Wings vice-president Steve Yzerman will return for a second stint as the GM for Canada's entry in the World Championship this spring after being named to the post in a news conference Monday morning.


Campbell's Cuts: Alfredsson wants Sundin in Ottawa

Campbell's Cuts: Alfredsson wants Sundin in Ottawa

by Ken Campbell - January 28, 2008 1:27 PM EST

Daniel Alfredsson and Mats Sundin are good friends and the Sens have youth to offer, so the Leafs have to consider moving their captain to Ottawa.
ATLANTA – If Daniel Alfredsson had his way, his countryman and friend Mats Sundin would be joining him for the Ottawa Senators’ Stanley Cup run this spring.


Campbell's Cuts: News and views from around the NHL

Campbell's Cuts: News and views from around the NHL

by Ken Campbell - January 21, 2008 7:51 AM EST

Let's take a look at some of the goings-on from around the league and dissect the meaning of it all.
One of the beauties of the Internet is that, with a couple of clicks, you can look up the lyrics to "Blinded by the Light" by Manfred Man and finally discover the exact words of those two lines that go:  “Some baritone Andy Sack from the rolling stone preacher from the east, Says ‘Dethrone the Dictaphone, hit it in its funny bone, that’s where they expect it least.


Campbell's Cuts: Time for Leafs to deal Sundin and Kaberle

Campbell's Cuts: Time for Leafs to deal Sundin and Kaberle

by Ken Campbell - January 14, 2008 12:25 PM EST

With the team in a freefall, it's time for the Maple Leafs to trade their big names if they are serious about ever becoming contenders again.
Much has been made about the uncertain future of Toronto Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin. It's not really all that uncertain, though. Chances are heavily in favor of Sundin wearing a uniform other than the blue and white by the time the trade deadline passes Feb.


Campbell's Cuts: It's official - the Broad Street Bullies have returned

Campbell's Cuts: It's official - the Broad Street Bullies have returned

by Ken Campbell - January 7, 2008 2:25 PM EST

Suspensions aren't doing the trick, but will an injury to one of their own finally curb the Flyers' reckless and dangerous play?
It’s quite obvious that 52 games worth of suspensions from the NHL’s head office has done nothing to convince the Philadelphia Flyers and some of their players that they’re either crazy or reckless, or both.


Campbell's Cuts: Give Simon the royal boot

Campbell's Cuts: Give Simon the royal boot

by Ken Campbell - December 17, 2007 2:05 PM EST

Enough is enough. The league should expel Chris Simon after Saturday's incident.
It certainly wasn't Chris Simon's most heinous on-ice act of aggression – after all, we're talking about a guy who has served 35 games worth of suspensions for the following: Two-handing an opponent in the face; cross-checking another in the throat; kneeing; elbowing; cross-checking an opponent and then jumping on him and punching him; and uttering a racial slur towards an African-American opponent.


Campbell's Cuts: Rule changes need more research

Campbell's Cuts: Rule changes need more research

by Ken Campbell - December 10, 2007 1:28 PM EST

Before they leap into more changes, the NHL should look closely at what they might, or might not, accomplish.
After the NHL’s power brokers found time to do business in between $400 rounds of golf at Pebble Beach at the end of November, they declared the game to be in just smashing shape.


Campbell's Cuts: New book provides insight into scouting world

Campbell's Cuts: New book provides insight into scouting world

by Ken Campbell - December 3, 2007 2:12 PM EST

Gary Joyce's latest work is a must-read for casual and hardcore fans.
Gare Joyce has an obsession with junior hockey that some might refer to as maniacal. Or perhaps mind-boggling. Maybe even unhealthy. But there is no doubt that Joyce is the foremost authority on the workings and people involved in major junior hockey in North America and that expertise, intertwined with unparalleled passion, comes through incredibly clearly on Joyce's latest bit of work, Future Greats and Heartbreaks: A Year Undercover in the Secret World of NHL Scouts.


Campbell's Cuts: Leafs need right man to replace Ferguson

Campbell's Cuts: Leafs need right man to replace Ferguson

by Ken Campbell - November 26, 2007 3:08 PM EST

It's inevitable the Leafs will fire their GM, but if they don't name a suitable successor they'll be doing more damage than good.
That the Toronto Maple Leafs are on the verge of firing their GM is completely understandable and predictable. The John Ferguson era in Toronto has been nothing short of an unmitigated disaster, chock-full of terrible player personnel decisions that will take his eventual successor years to remedy.


Campbell's Cuts: Playing the numbers game in Montreal

Campbell's Cuts: Playing the numbers game in Montreal

by Ken Campbell - November 19, 2007 6:05 PM EST

With Larry Robinson's No. 19 making an even dozen numbers the Montreal Canadiens have retired, we look at the best Habs players by the digits they wore on the back of their jersey.
If the Montreal Canadiens keep retiring the numbers of everyone who deserves it, they'll look more like a football team than a hockey team in a few years.


Campbell's Cuts: NHL dreams often shattered

Campbell's Cuts: NHL dreams often shattered

by Ken Campbell - November 12, 2007 3:58 PM EST

Everyone knows it tough to make it to The Show, but maybe it's a little harder than you think.
It has been well-documented that when Little Johnny begins his minor hockey career, his family has a better chance of winning the Powerball or 6-49 lotteries than he does of becoming an NHL player.


Campbell's Cuts: Forget Forsberg, Sens should try Sundin

Campbell's Cuts: Forget Forsberg, Sens should try Sundin

by Ken Campbell - November 5, 2007 12:04 AM EST

If Ottawa is serious about winning the Cup this season, they need to do something bold.
Now that the Ottawa Senators have signed Jason Spezza to a long-term deal to effectively lock up the core of their team for the long-term future, it's time for them now to do something bold.


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