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Top Shelf: Swedish rearguard revolution

Top Shelf: Swedish rearguard revolution

by Ryan Dixon - January 18, 2008 2:52 PM EST

Sweden has produced many talented NHL defensemen over the years and it looks like there are a few more on their way up.
I know the last thing you’re looking for in the electronic sports pages is a brain-buster, but let me throw this Scandinavian-based question at you: Finland is to goalies as Sweden is to: A) Meatballs B) Young ladies you wouldn’t mind sharing a cup of coffee with C) Unassembled furniture that’s just as likely to cause a separation as comfortable seating D) An emerging crop of NHL defensemen E) All of the above If your mental reflexes are anything like mine, you chose ‘C’ the instant your brain confirmed it was being asked a question.


Top Shelf: Spezza needs eye of the tiger

Top Shelf: Spezza needs eye of the tiger

by Ryan Dixon - December 21, 2007 2:34 PM EST

He has the moves and the skill, but does Jason Spezza have the 'snarl' to take his game to another level?
So many sporting lessons can be derived from the Rocky series. Unfortunately, so can some movie-making lessons; like when a horse is laying dead on the boxing ring mat, stop insistently beating it.


Top Shelf: Weber a star in the making

Top Shelf: Weber a star in the making

by Ryan Dixon - December 7, 2007 3:31 PM EST

The Nashville blueliner may not be a household name just yet, but it's only a matter of time.
There’s very little question about where Shea Weber is going. There’s absolutely zero doubt about where he’s been. The Nashville Predators defenseman is just now getting into the swing of his second season as a full-time NHLer after dislocating his kneecap in the first game of the year.


Top Shelf: Max cracks as Sabres struggle

Top Shelf: Max cracks as Sabres struggle

by Ryan Dixon - November 23, 2007 11:27 AM EST

Maxim Afinogenov looked like he was on his way to becoming one of the league's most dangerous snipers, but this season his production has taken a drastic turn for the worse.
The Buffalo Sabres knew they had to overcome the loss of two stars players, but nobody told them about the third. It used to be hard to see Maxim Afinogenov; his blinding speed often made it appear he was powered by rocket fuel while opposing defensemen were running on fumes.


Top Shelf: Old dogs get new tricks

Top Shelf: Old dogs get new tricks

by Ryan Dixon - November 9, 2007 2:22 PM EST

Youngsters and fresh faces are getting most of the post-lockout hype, but there's a handful of slow-starters who are worthy of mention.
I’ve always suspected dating Hilary Duff would put a spring in your stride, but never to the tune of a point per game. Mike Comrie, whose two summer coups were convincing the delightful Ms.


Top Shelf: Alex and Manny separated at birth

Top Shelf: Alex and Manny separated at birth

by Ryan Dixon - October 26, 2007 7:36 PM EDT

Sure, Kovalev and Ramirez's skin color may not be the same, but the other similarities are uncanny.
There are not a lot of comparisons to be made between baseball and hockey, but where the Montreal Canadiens are concerned, some dots are worthy of connecting.


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