Campbell's Cuts

Campbell's Cuts: Olympic participation slowing end of NHL season

Campbell's Cuts: Olympic participation slowing end of NHL season

by Ken Campbell - April 5, 2010 3:30 PM EDT

Goals are down and too much hockey is partly to blame, so for the NHL to return to the Games in 2014, it'll have to get something in return.
For the first time since the dead-puck era, there’s a chance the NHL could be without a 50-goal scorer. As a result, the race for the Rocket Richard Trophy has become almost as much a turtle race as the one for the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.


Campbell's Cuts: Memories of 25 years covering the game

Campbell's Cuts: Memories of 25 years covering the game

by Ken Campbell - April 2, 2010 10:45 AM EDT

A quarter-century ago, this author got his first job in the newspaper business and there's been amazing stories ever since.
It’s hard to believe that 25 years ago today, I walked into the newsroom of the Timmins Daily Press for the first time to begin my newspaper career.


Campbell's Cuts: Would a second outdoor game diminish the event?

Campbell's Cuts: Would a second outdoor game diminish the event?

by Ken Campbell - March 29, 2010 3:00 PM EDT

Not only does it look as though a Sid-Ovie matchup will be featured in next year's Winter Classic, but a Canadian Heritage Classic is lining up in Calgary.
Canada has been shut out of the NHL’s wildly popular outdoor games since the first Heritage Classic in Edmonton in 2003, but that almost certainly won’t be the case next year, according to multiple sources.


Campbell's Cuts: Fehr at helm would be dream for NHLPA, nightmare for NHL

Campbell's Cuts: Fehr at helm would be dream for NHLPA, nightmare for NHL

by Ken Campbell - March 25, 2010 8:59 PM EDT

As the union ramps of for another CBA battle, it needs a general like former MLBPA head Donald Fehr, but does he want the job?
The NHL’s worst nightmare hasn’t materialized yet. But it’s lurking. One thing we want to make crystal clear is that former Major League Baseball Players’ Association executive director Donald Fehr in no way led anyone, not the 140 player agents he addressed Thursday or the media, to believe that he is interested in or would accept the same job with the NHL Players’ Association.


Campbell's Cuts: Rumors of relocation

Campbell's Cuts: Rumors of relocation

by Ken Campbell - March 22, 2010 2:10 PM EDT

Phoenix, Nashville and Atlanta are all coming on strong at the right time, but there is still no escaping their off-ice troubles.
There seems to be no shortage of talk concerning relocation these days. And if any or all of it comes to pass, it will result in seismic shifts in both the geography and economics of the NHL.


Campbell's Cuts: Head shots need definition before denunciation

Campbell's Cuts: Head shots need definition before denunciation

by Ken Campbell - March 8, 2010 12:12 PM EST

How is the NHL supposed to create a rule regarding hits to the head if the hockey community can't even decide exactly what a dirty hit entails?
Don’t you think it was quite nice of the players to give their GMs some fresh grist for the mill when it comes to the head shot debate with a couple of well-timed questionable hits over the weekend? That’s what’s so great about things such as head shots and violence in the NHL; you never, ever have to worry about them fading from our consciousness or ceasing to become a hot-button issue because we’re always only one ugly incident away from them becoming relevant again.


Campbell's Cuts: NHL owes it to fans to stay in Olympics

Campbell's Cuts: NHL owes it to fans to stay in Olympics

by Ken Campbell - February 28, 2010 9:50 PM EST

Despite the fact participation in the Games is not good for the league, the phenomenal 2010 final proves Bettman and Co. must to continue to take part.
VANCOUVER – Your move, Mr. Bettman. We know you say you’re undecided, but we also know that deep down, you and the guys who employ you don’t want to continue going to the Olympics.


Campbell's Cuts: Can Caps' offensive style win the Cup?

Campbell's Cuts: Can Caps' offensive style win the Cup?

by Ken Campbell - February 8, 2010 12:05 PM EST

Washington can score like no other team, but will their goaltender and blueline hold up when the going gets tough in the playoffs?
If the Washington Capitals keep scoring at the dizzying pace they have been this season, there’s an outside chance they’ll outscore the next best team by 50 goals.


Campbell's Cuts: Bettman's integrity on the line in Tampa sale

Campbell's Cuts: Bettman's integrity on the line in Tampa sale

by Ken Campbell - February 1, 2010 12:30 PM EST

With a host of failed owners under his tenure as commissioner, Bettman is turning to Vinik in an attempt to stabilize the Lightning until the next CBA.
There are a couple of perfectly logical reasons why NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is feverishly brokering a deal to sell the Tampa Bay Lightning to Boston-based hedge fund manager Jeffrey Vinik.


Campbell's Cuts: Lightning lose top executive, Kings interested in Lecavalier

Campbell's Cuts: Lightning lose top executive, Kings interested in Lecavalier

by Ken Campbell - January 29, 2010 9:17 PM EST

The latest on the potential sale of the Tampa Bay Lightning to Jeffrey Vinik and where Lecavalier might end up.
Amid speculation that a new owner is poised to take over the Tampa Bay Lightning, the organization lost a top executive Friday. And the team’s captain might be the next to go.


Campbell's Cuts: Kovalchuk saga shows lockout was a farce

Campbell's Cuts: Kovalchuk saga shows lockout was a farce

by Ken Campbell - January 25, 2010 11:25 AM EST

The CBA was supposed to level the playing field for small-market teams, but Atlanta will be worse off than ever after dealing or signing their star.
If the Atlanta Thrashers do end up trading Ilya Kovalchuk over the course of the next month or so – and with every passing day it looks as though they will – it will set this franchise further back than ever.


Campbell's Cuts: Caps maturation on display in win over Pens

Campbell's Cuts: Caps maturation on display in win over Pens

by Ken Campbell - January 21, 2010 11:53 PM EST

A 6-3 come-from-behind victory in the East semifinal rematch is the latest in a line of indicators Washington is now ready for a Cup run.
PITTSBURGH – If the Washington Capitals find themselves sipping champagne from the Stanley Cup in June, they may very well look back at Thursday night as a major step in their evolution as a championship team.


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