Campbell's Cuts

Campbell's Cuts: Daly says Leafs have no veto over second southern Ontario team

Campbell's Cuts: Daly says Leafs have no veto over second southern Ontario team

by Ken Campbell - November 9, 2009 2:50 PM EST

If the Leafs can't oppose the move, why is the NHL not looking to expand?... GMs to talk head shots... and a tight-lipped Fehr.
It’s clearly time for everyone who cares about hockey to put the NHL’s feet to the fire – and I mean right now – when it comes to the issue of having another team in the lucrative southern Ontario market.


Campbell's Cuts: Branch sets bar for hockey establishment

Campbell's Cuts: Branch sets bar for hockey establishment

by Ken Campbell - November 4, 2009 6:47 PM EST

David Branch's suspension of Michael Liambas shows the OHL’s commish gets it and will get people within the game to debate vicious checks and head shots.
David Branch has suspended other OHL players for the balance of their careers before, but they were all knuckle-dragging idiots who went so far out of the bounds of the rules that the decision to ban them was easy.


Campbell's Cuts: Is review committee overstepping its bounds?

Campbell's Cuts: Is review committee overstepping its bounds?

by Ken Campbell - October 31, 2009 6:04 PM EDT

The naming of a new interim executive director and general council has some players wondering if the review committee isn't skirting the rules.
Some see Saturday’s news that the NHL Players’ Association has appointed (another) new interim director and interim general counsel as a sign things are beginning to get back on track for the embattled players’ union.


Campbell's Cuts: Kelly could return as NHLPA's executive director

Campbell's Cuts: Kelly could return as NHLPA's executive director

by Ken Campbell - October 30, 2009 6:46 PM EDT

There would be a lot of dominoes that would need to fall to make it happen, but talk of Kelly's repatriation is very real.
Right now, it's nothing more than talk and speculation. But there is a real sense out there that former NHL Players' Association executive director Paul Kelly has never been closer to getting his job back than he is right now.


Campbell's Cuts: NHL says Richards' hit was clean, but it shouldn't be

Campbell's Cuts: NHL says Richards' hit was clean, but it shouldn't be

by Ken Campbell - October 26, 2009 2:40 PM EDT

Until the league changes their views on headshots, players like David Booth are going to keep getting sent to the hospital with concussions.
Mike Richards of the Philadelphia Flyers has to be feeling pretty good about things these days. Not only did he escape a suspension for his vicious hit Saturday that resulted in David Booth receiving a concussion, he might even have his game misconduct rescinded by the league.


Campbell's Cuts: Union primed to be broken; Leafs getting off too easy

Campbell's Cuts: Union primed to be broken; Leafs getting off too easy

by Ken Campbell - October 19, 2009 8:40 PM EDT

The NHL should be ready to pounce on the mess that is the NHLPA... Pressure in Toronto killing the Leafs? Not likely.
Some Monday musings for your dining and dancing pleasure: • With its organization in tatters and facing a leadership crisis (again), the NHL Players’ Association failed to achieve quorum on what was supposed to be a critical conference call Sunday night, a night when all 30 NHL arenas were dark.


Campbell's Cuts: NHL back in Quebec City? Think again

Campbell's Cuts: NHL back in Quebec City? Think again

by Ken Campbell - October 12, 2009 11:40 AM EDT

Despite news of positive talks between hopeful Nordiques revivers and the NHL, you'll surely see a team in Kansas City before another in Canada.
Hockey fans who are getting their hopes up and waiting breathlessly for the NHL to return to Quebec City and/or Winnipeg these days might just want to have a chat with the good people of Hamilton.


Campbell's Cuts: Early thoughts

Campbell's Cuts: Early thoughts

by Ken Campbell - October 5, 2009 2:40 PM EDT

Crosby a top goal-scorer?... Unknown Sharks... NHL afraid of the NFL?... Maple Leafs doomed to fall... Avs better than we thought?... and more.
I realize it’s really, really early, but… …it’s great to see referee Stephen Walkom back on the ice. It has been five years between meaningful whistles for Walkom and the on-ice product is better for his return.


Campbell's Cuts: No Kostitsyn? No captain? No problem for Canadiens

Campbell's Cuts: No Kostitsyn? No captain? No problem for Canadiens

by Ken Campbell - September 30, 2009 7:53 PM EDT

At a team-building outing in northern Ontario, the buzz around the Habs concerned two issues, but neither seems to be bothering the blue, blanc et rouge.
CALEDON, ONT. - On the eve of the Montreal Canadiens season opener, all the talk surrounded the lack of a captain and the lack of a Kostitsyn.


Campbell's Cuts: Who's rising, who's falling?

Campbell's Cuts: Who's rising, who's falling?

by Ken Campbell - September 28, 2009 3:30 PM EDT

With the NHL's regular season almost here, we take a look at each of the 30 clubs and whether they improve or regress and to what degree.
With a new season almost upon us – thank goodness for that – we can finally begin making serious prognostications for 2009-10. Here’s one man’s predictions on the fortunes of each team this season, based on whether they will improve, decline or remain the same compared to how they finished in the regular season standings last season.


Campbell's Cuts: Kessel deal demonstrates Burke's gumption

Campbell's Cuts: Kessel deal demonstrates Burke's gumption

by Ken Campbell - September 21, 2009 3:20 PM EDT

Only time will tell whether it's a good move, but trading for the young sniper is another indication the Leafs GM isn't afraid to take risks.
There are no guarantees the acquisition of Phil Kessel is going to be the cure for what ails the Toronto Maple Leafs. Not only that, the potential exists for the whole thing to become a disaster.


Campbell's Cuts: Was Kelly ousting an NHLPA coup?

Campbell's Cuts: Was Kelly ousting an NHLPA coup?

by Ken Campbell - September 14, 2009 6:35 PM EDT

While on-the-ice action is beginning to dominate the headlines, some players are still intrigued by the details behind their union's summer decisions.
As NHL players start to get settled into their training camps, there is more and more talk among them concerning their union’s ouster of executive director Paul Kelly last month.


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