Campbell's Cuts

Campbell's Cuts: Kovalchuk still talking to Kings and a new NHLPA constitution

Campbell's Cuts: Kovalchuk still talking to Kings and a new NHLPA constitution

by Ken Campbell - July 12, 2010 1:10 PM EDT

The Kings and Kovalchuk continue to talk to make sure the marriage will work; and what changes are expected in the NHLPA.
Some summertime Monday observations for your dining and dancing pleasure: NO KINGS RANSOM FOR KOVALCHUK The Los Angeles Kings might be putting their fans through the wringer when it comes to their negotiations with Ilya Kovalchuk, but they’re actually playing out the situation very well.


Campbell's Cuts: Are there any free agent winners?

Campbell's Cuts: Are there any free agent winners?

by Ken Campbell - July 5, 2010 1:21 PM EDT

There's been many players on the move and lots of cash being thrown around since July 1, but the vast majority of the signings have just replaced lost assets.
Let’s start with the premise that, with very few exceptions, every team overpaid every player it signed during the first days of the free agent frenzy.


Campbell's Cuts: What Donald Fehr will mean to the NHLPA and collective bargaining in 2012

Campbell's Cuts: What Donald Fehr will mean to the NHLPA and collective bargaining in 2012

by Ken Campbell - June 28, 2010 2:30 PM EDT

All reports indicate former MLBPA boss Donald Fehr will remain as interim executive director of the NHLPA, so what will this lead to?
Unless we’re seriously misreading the tea leaves here, Donald Fehr will be running the NHL Players’ Association’s affairs through the next round of collective bargaining agreement talks in 2012.


Campbell's Cuts: Making a case for Hall of Fame hopefuls

Campbell's Cuts: Making a case for Hall of Fame hopefuls

by Ken Campbell - June 22, 2010 5:55 AM EDT

In a somewhat weak first-year class, it may be time to put in a couple other players who have already been passed over before.
Given some of the bizarre (Dick Duff) and self-serving (Jim Gregory) decisions it has made in the past, it’s impossible to predict what the Hockey Hall of Fame’s selection committee will do when it meets Tuesday to determine the 2010 inductees.


Campbell's Cuts: Cup final appearances prove NHL's CBA is failing

Campbell's Cuts: Cup final appearances prove NHL's CBA is failing

by Ken Campbell - June 14, 2010 3:25 PM EDT

Outside of 2006, the Cup final has been full of big-market teams... and Daniel Briere got ripped off.
Remember back when the new economic order was established in the NHL, how the league trumpeted it as a new era of promise for franchises that operated on a budget? Well, we’re not about to say that has always been a bunch of hogwash.


Campbell's Cuts: Win or lose, Pronger is MVP

Campbell's Cuts: Win or lose, Pronger is MVP

by Ken Campbell - June 7, 2010 5:35 PM EDT

On the road, Ken Campbell has a few thoughts about the Stanley Cup final, chief among them: Why Pronger should win the Conn Smythe Trophy.
PHILADELPHIA – Random thoughts through the first five games of the Stanley Cup final: PRONGER FOR MVP Much was made of the fact Chris Pronger of the Flyers was minus-5 in Game 5, but when you play as much as Pronger does, you’re bound to be victimized when your team plays as badly as the Flyers did.


Campbell's Cuts: Hip injury makes Brett Connolly a draft-day wildcard

Campbell's Cuts: Hip injury makes Brett Connolly a draft-day wildcard

by Ken Campbell - June 4, 2010 3:30 PM EDT

Brett Connolly, expected to go in the top five of this summer's draft, only played 16 games this year, but he claims his injury woes are behind him.
PHILADELPHIA – Brett Connolly welcomes the opportunity to be poked, prodded and grilled over the next three weeks leading up to the NHL draft in Los Angeles.


Campbell's Cuts: NHL facing glut of potential for-sale teams

Campbell's Cuts: NHL facing glut of potential for-sale teams

by Ken Campbell - May 10, 2010 3:20 PM EDT

With the Phoenix situation still in flux, there's talk L.A., St. Louis, Nashville, Carolina and N.J. could also see ownership shifts in the coming months.
Gary Bettman earns about $8 million a year as commissioner of the NHL. That’s as much or more than roughly 98.6 percent of the players earned last season.


Campbell's Cuts: Would a new coach solve the Capitals playoff woes?

Campbell's Cuts: Would a new coach solve the Capitals playoff woes?

by Ken Campbell - April 29, 2010 9:22 AM EDT

After blowing a 3-1 lead to Montreal, there are plenty of questions that need to be answered in Washington, including if Boudreau is the right coach.
Conventional wisdom suggests that before a team wins a Stanley Cup it must, for some reason, suffer a crushing, heart-wrenching upset somewhere along the way.


Campbell's Cuts: Love letters and hate mail

Campbell's Cuts: Love letters and hate mail

by Ken Campbell - April 26, 2010 9:35 AM EDT

Notes to various players and teams around the NHL in regards to the incredible – and despicable – first round action we've seen.
With the best first round of the playoffs in years coming down to the short strokes, I thought I would take time to write some letters to people in the hockey world.


Campbell's Cuts: Fantastic first round all thanks to rule changes

Campbell's Cuts: Fantastic first round all thanks to rule changes

by Ken Campbell - April 19, 2010 3:02 PM EDT

With referees willing to call penalties in overtime and let the game breathe, this post-season has been great even if the extra frames don't last as long.
It’s safe to say, after five days and 20 games, the 2010 post-season has been outstanding, isn't it? Not a single dud game in the bunch so far, all the first round series were tied 1-1 for the first time since the league expanded to 12 teams in 1967, almost half of them have gone into overtime and if you’ve PVRed the Detroit-Phoenix series you’d be forgiven if you double-checked that you weren’t playing the games on fast forward.


Campbell's Cuts: Viewing the award races through Campbellnomics

Campbell's Cuts: Viewing the award races through Campbellnomics

by Ken Campbell - April 12, 2010 10:45 AM EDT

THN.com's unique stat that puts weight on how important the goal or assist was in a game's outcome puts a new slant on the Hart, Norris and Calder race for MVP, best defenseman and rookie of the year.
Sidney Crosby’s decision to become an elite NHL goal scorer not only resulted in the first Rocket Richard Trophy of his career, but it might have made him the most valuable player in the league for the second time as well.


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