Campbell's Cuts

Campbell's Cuts: Who's improving their Olympic stock

Campbell's Cuts: Who's improving their Olympic stock

by Ken Campbell - May 4, 2009 3:53 PM EDT

A couple of Canes have vaulted themselves into serious contention for Team Canada with their playoff play... and a pair of prospect decisions.
A few playoff and non-playoff items to please your hockey palette on a lovely spring day in May: • A number of hockey observers insist the real barometer for judging players for the 2010 Olympic teams should be the NHL playoffs and not the World Championship.


Campbell’s Cuts: Caps comeback would be just result

Campbell’s Cuts: Caps comeback would be just result

by Ken Campbell - April 27, 2009 3:54 PM EDT

If the Rangers do find a way to win Game 7 in Washington, they would do so only because of a ultra-talented goaltender.
Should the New York Rangers somehow collect themselves to come back and win Game 7 against the Washington Capitals Tuesday night, they will go down in history as arguably the least deserving team to ever win a playoff series.


Campbell's Cuts: Playoffs provide plenty of lessons

Campbell's Cuts: Playoffs provide plenty of lessons

by Ken Campbell - April 20, 2009 2:13 PM EDT

Unnotable quotables... players coming up big and small... Scottie's second coming... goodbye, Mats... Os-really-good... and Alex 'Zer' O.
We take you for a moment from your regularly scheduled face wash and ridiculous after-the-whistle scrum for the first installment of What We’ve Learned So Far In The Playoffs: • Forget about the likes of Nietzsche, Aristotle, Bacon or Plato; hockey players are top-notch philosophers at this time of year.


Campbell's Cuts: Don't expect Canada's Cup drought to end soon

Campbell's Cuts: Don't expect Canada's Cup drought to end soon

by Ken Campbell - April 13, 2009 1:09 PM EDT

With only three of Canada's teams making this year’s playoffs and only one looking good for a future run, expect the Stanley Cup to stay in the United States for the foreseeable future.
It has been 15 years since an NHL team based in Canada has won the Stanley Cup. Yeah, we know they still have to play the games and everything, but is there anyone out there who realistically expects that drought not to be extended to 16 by early June? For that matter, does anyone see a team north of the 49th parallel putting it all together anytime in the foreseeable future? The fact of the matter is teams from Canada are further from winning the Stanley Cup than they have been in any time during the NHL’s salary cap era.


Campbell's Cuts: Growing NCAA hockey a tough task

Campbell's Cuts: Growing NCAA hockey a tough task

by Ken Campbell - April 6, 2009 11:44 AM EDT

Despite its quality level and ability to develop NHLers, college hockey faces a plethora of obstacles that will keep it on the fringes.
As those who run college hockey cast an eye to Monday night’s basketball Final Four finale in front of 72,000 fans at Ford Field in Detroit, they hope to get a glimpse of the future of their own sport.


Campbell's Cuts: Central Division morphs from farce to force

Campbell's Cuts: Central Division morphs from farce to force

by Ken Campbell - March 30, 2009 3:42 PM EDT

Once the league's laughingstock - outside of the Red Wings - the Central could soon become the NHL's only division with five playoff teams.
Take a look at the NHL standings today and you’ll notice they reveal tangible evidence of something people in hockey have known for quite some time – that after years of being a running joke, the Central Division is now the best in the league.


Campbell's Cuts: Playoffs a possibilty for Senators?

Campbell's Cuts: Playoffs a possibilty for Senators?

by Ken Campbell - March 23, 2009 3:41 PM EDT

Ottawa could conceivably make the dance... one record that will never be broken... and the B's better hope they don't play Montreal.
Things that got me thinking on an unseasonably chilly spring day in Toronto: OTTAWA REVIVAL Is there a chance the Ottawa Senators might actually make a run for the playoffs this season? It seems almost impossible, but if they keep playing the way they have and the Florida Panthers and Montreal Canadiens continue to make a turtle race of it, you have to think they’ll at least make things a little interesting.


Campbell's Cuts: Many happy returns

Campbell's Cuts: Many happy returns

by Ken Campbell - March 16, 2009 3:04 PM EDT

The key to Stanley Cup success could be replacing your head coach... the NHL contradicts its stance on Sean Avery... and the HNIC theme song.
Some Monday musings for your dining and dancing pleasure: WINDS OF CHANGE BLOW SWEETLY There are no official records kept on the best start by a coach who is a mid-season replacement, but you’d have to think Dan Bylsma of the Pittsburgh Penguins would be in the running for that mark.


Campbell's Cuts: GM meetings unlikely to seriously tackle fighting

Campbell's Cuts: GM meetings unlikely to seriously tackle fighting

by Ken Campbell - March 9, 2009 9:58 AM EDT

With the NHL GMs scheduled to meet in Florida for three days and discuss 'rules of engagement' don't expect much to come of it.
So NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says the GMs won’t have any “immediate knee-jerk reactions” when it comes to how they’ll deal with the fighting issue when they meet beginning Monday in Florida.


Campbell's Cuts: Smart GMs deal for future on deadline

Campbell's Cuts: Smart GMs deal for future on deadline

by Ken Campbell - March 2, 2009 2:43 PM EST

Rental players very rarely work out, so trades that work for both now and later are the ones teams should be on the hunt for.
It was trade deadline day in 1999 and Bob Gainey and his staff were beginning to get antsy. In a bid to win their third straight Stanley Cup, the Detroit Red Wings had just loaded up with Chris Chelios, Wendel Clark and Bill Ranford and all Gainey had to show for his wheeling and dealing was defenseman Doug Lidster, whom he picked up from the Canadian national team, and depth forward Derek Plante, whom he snagged from Buffalo for a second-rounder.


Campbell's Cuts: Renney takes fall for Sather's mistakes

Campbell's Cuts: Renney takes fall for Sather's mistakes

by Ken Campbell - February 23, 2009 3:25 PM EST

A good coach was fired in New York on Monday, but it was the GM with his poor signings that orchestrated Tom Renney's demise.
John Tortorella recently had his cell phone number changed to one with a 416 area code, no doubt so his employers at TSN would have easy access to him.


Campbell’s Cuts: Tanking for No. 1 pick an absurd concept

Campbell’s Cuts: Tanking for No. 1 pick an absurd concept

by Ken Campbell - February 16, 2009 8:05 AM EST

If you think the Islanders are intentionally losing games to pick up John Tavares in the summer, think again.
Here we are 840 games into the NHL season and the only thing we can say for sure is that the New York Islanders are, without a doubt, the worst team in the league.


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