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From The Point: Money matters

From The Point: Money matters

by Sam McCaig - December 1, 2009 4:30 PM EST

Melnyk and the Sens still looking for Heatley relief... B's get an 'A' for Savard's new deal... and some public help for ol' Maple Leafs Gardens.
There have been some interesting developments – unprecedented, even – in the hockey world over the past couple of days, from a financial perspective.


From The Point: The view from below

From The Point: The view from below

by Sam McCaig - October 20, 2009 12:57 PM EDT

The upcoming schedules for the NHL's two remaining winless teams aren't that bad, so they should be able to finally find a 'W' in short order.
Circle Monday, Nov. 23 on your calendar, folks. By the end of that fateful day, either the Toronto Maple Leafs or the New York Islanders will have a victory.


From The Point: Handicapping the Hart Trophy favorites

From The Point: Handicapping the Hart Trophy favorites

by Sam McCaig - September 29, 2009 2:05 PM EDT

The Big Three are the most likely to win MVP honors, but there are a handful of others primed and ready to make their own case.
It’s hard to envision an NHL 2009-10 in which someone other than Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin wins the Hart Trophy as the league’s most valuable player.


From The Point: 30 teams, 30 questions

From The Point: 30 teams, 30 questions

by Sam McCaig - September 8, 2009 2:07 PM EDT

With puck drop on the NHL's 2009-10 campaign less than a month away, we look at each team and their biggest unknown.
NHL training camps are almost upon us. Here are 30 questions to ponder as the players return to the ice:   Anaheim Can veterans Saku Koivu and Teemu Selanne provide enough scoring Finnish to give the Ducks’ top line of Bobby Ryan, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry room to move?   Atlanta Ilya Kovalchuk…should he stay or should he go?   Boston Can the Bruins come close to winning 53 games again?   Buffalo Can Tim Connolly stay healthy enough to play 70-plus games?   Calgary Will the Flames’ third defense pairing of Mark Giordano and Adam Pardy ever see the ice?   Carolina Is Cam Ward a top-five NHL goaltender?   Chicago How will Cristobal Huet fare as the Hawks’ one-and-only No.


From The Point: The all-remaining-UFA team

From The Point: The all-remaining-UFA team

by Sam McCaig - August 11, 2009 2:37 PM EDT

Most of the top names are gone, but there are still a few NHLers available who can help a team. Here's the best of who's left on the UFA market.
By mid-August, the unrestricted free agent market has been ransacked like a Viking village. But astute NHL GMs know there’s always a bargain or two still out there, ripe for the plucking.


From The Point: With the No. 1 pick, the Islanders select...

From The Point: With the No. 1 pick, the Islanders select...

by Sam McCaig - June 23, 2009 6:45 PM EDT

With plenty of needs up front and on the blueline, New York Islanders GM Garth Snow has a tough choice to make Friday night.
To paraphrase comedian Sarah Silverman, “John Tavares is magic.” At least, it sure seems that way, if you believe even half of what has been written about the goal-a-game teenager who has scared the bejeezus out of Ontario League netminders for the past four seasons.


From The Point: Sidney scores and so do all the Hawks

From The Point: Sidney scores and so do all the Hawks

by Sam McCaig - May 12, 2009 1:32 PM EDT

Ovechkin and Crosby play a little role reversal... all the Hawks contributing to the run... and a few misleading numbers.
So Alex Ovechkin, the game’s most lethal sniper, has a league-leading 10 goals in 13 playoff games? Yawn. Sidney Crosby, the game’s best set-up man, also has 10 goals (and in one less game than Ovechkin, too).


From The Point: First round MVPs

From The Point: First round MVPs

by Sam McCaig - April 28, 2009 4:21 PM EDT

Some teams had plenty to choose from while others were tough to come by, but each playoff team has one who stood above the rest.
It’s a little early to talk Conn Smythe Trophy for the playoff MVP, but the timing is just about right to take a look at the team-by-team MVPs in Round 1: Anaheim Ducks – Ryan Getzlaf Jonas Hiller was a revelation and the Ducks don’t upset San Jose without Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger playing big minutes and big-time, but Getzlaf’s decisive victory in the head-to-head battle against Joe Thornton, San Jose’s No.


From The Point: Primed for an upset

From The Point: Primed for an upset

by Sam McCaig - April 14, 2009 4:00 PM EDT

The San Jose Sharks and New Jersey Devils go in as favorites, but both squads could easily come out on the wrong end of their Round 1 matchups.
This much we know for certain: A heavily favored team will fall to a lower-seeded club in the first round. It’s inevitable, undeniable and unstoppable.


From the Point: Front-runners for end-of-year hardware

From the Point: Front-runners for end-of-year hardware

by Sam McCaig - March 31, 2009 1:55 PM EDT

It's time to take a sneak peek at who will be challenging for NHL awards, now that the season is winding down.
With a dirty-dozen days to go in the NHL schedule, we can start talking about the individual trophy races without fear of overlooking an obvious choice.


From The Point: Top 10 Stanley Cup contenders

From The Point: Top 10 Stanley Cup contenders

by Sam McCaig - March 10, 2009 2:33 PM EDT

The end of the season is drawing near and teams with legitimate championship prospects are becoming apparent.
With four-fifths of the regular season schedule in the rearview mirror (Hey! I think I see the Thrashers back there, too!) it’s time to take a serious look at the top Stanley Cup contenders.


From The Point: Cheap trades, superstar rage, and Blueshirt blues

From The Point: Cheap trades, superstar rage, and Blueshirt blues

by Sam McCaig - February 24, 2009 4:20 PM EST

The best of the best who won't cost you an arm and a leg... Sid and Ovie's fantastic feud... and what's gone wrong in N.Y.
Vincent Lecavalier. Jay Bouwmeester. Marian Gaborik. Scott Niedermayer. Tomas Kaberle. There’s no denying there are some very attractive names being bandied about as the March 4 NHL trade deadline creeps closer.


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