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Top Shelf: Sleepless in every NHL city

Top Shelf: Sleepless in every NHL city

by Ryan Dixon - August 26, 2009 2:15 PM EDT

This is the time of year to be optimistic about your team, but while many dream of winning, there is still so much that could go wrong.
As per our most recent issue, fans are under direct orders to get excited about the NHL season that is now nearly just a month away. Not that you needed any prodding, but THN provided one reason per franchise to embrace the notion that this could, possibly, just maybe, you never know, be the year everything falls in line for your team.


Top Shelf: Ringing up some Olympic questions

Top Shelf: Ringing up some Olympic questions

by Ryan Dixon - August 19, 2009 12:15 PM EDT

With the Olympics on the horizon, it's time to start asking the burning questions that surround each country.
Summer is all about camp. For kids, a trip to camp means new friends, new experiences and days filled with games like capture the flag. For parents, it’s a case of capture the quietness.


Top Shelf: Honoring American greats and sending off a Swedish soldier

Top Shelf: Honoring American greats and sending off a Swedish soldier

by Ryan Dixon - July 29, 2009 1:12 PM EDT

Three former NHLers were inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, but who has the best shot at entering Toronto's hall?; and Axelsson heads home.
A pair of mid-week musings to keep the ice fires stoked through the flickering dog days: • Three terrific NHL players have gained entry into the USA Hockey Hall of Fame.


Top Shelf: Ranger danger

Top Shelf: Ranger danger

by Ryan Dixon - July 22, 2009 1:30 PM EDT

One of the game's best goalies and one of the top free agents won't be enough to salvage a New York season that has disaster written all over it.
Since there are no games to watch right now, let’s play one ourselves. It’s a brisk Tuesday evening in New York City, say, around late November, and one of the first cold nights of the year is a sufficient deterrent to shun all activities that involve leaving the house.


Top Shelf: Why did Tallon lose his GM grip?

Top Shelf: Why did Tallon lose his GM grip?

by Ryan Dixon - July 14, 2009 2:36 PM EDT

Hours before he was replaced as Chicago's GM, Dale Tallon talked to THN.com about the future of the club and the RFAs; words that may apply to his situation now.
I didn’t ask Dale Tallon how his morning went when I spoke to him shortly after lunch on Monday. His afternoon, I can tell you, turned quite eventful.


Top Shelf: It’s all in the wrist – not mouth – for Sakic

Top Shelf: It’s all in the wrist – not mouth – for Sakic

by Ryan Dixon - July 8, 2009 1:50 PM EDT

The soon-to-retire star will be remembered for a lethal wrist shot and the respect he garnered from his hockey brethren.
On a few wonderful occasions, a pro athlete’s entire existence has been personified by the defining aspect of his game.


Top Shelf: Bearing the Brent of responsibility

Top Shelf: Bearing the Brent of responsibility

by Ryan Dixon - June 24, 2009 2:05 PM EDT

Brent Sutter didn't get out of the first round in New Jersey and his new team is struggling through the same problem he must fix.
Being around his family back in his home province will presumably have a calming influence on Brent Sutter. That’s great for Brent Sutter the man, but the real trick for Brent Sutter the coach will be extending those soothing vibes to what has been one of the NHL’s most volatile entities in recent seasons.


Top Shelf: Defending Hossa, signing Roloson, trading snipers

Top Shelf: Defending Hossa, signing Roloson, trading snipers

by Ryan Dixon - June 17, 2009 1:53 PM EDT

Does anyone feel bad for Hossa?... Let the Nash and Kovalchuk watch commence... Saku in Minny... and Rollie before Khabby.
Who says the off-season isn’t exciting? OK, August and September tend to move like a vintage ’90s trap game, but until then, there’s plenty to mull over and muse about.


Top Shelf: Seven burning questions for Game 7

Top Shelf: Seven burning questions for Game 7

by Ryan Dixon - June 10, 2009 2:10 PM EDT

With a much-anticipated winner-takes-all showdown on the horizon, we look at seven storylines worth watching on Friday.
Although the issue has yet to be resolved, the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins have each answered some tough questions after splitting the first six games of the Stanley Cup final.


Top Shelf: Malkin milkin’ experience for all it’s worth

Top Shelf: Malkin milkin’ experience for all it’s worth

by Ryan Dixon - June 3, 2009 1:44 PM EDT

After getting shutdown in last year's playoffs, the big Russian has used what he learned to become a dominant force the second time around.
When lines get drawn between the old Edmonton Oilers and the now alive-and-kickin’ Penguins, 87 is typically melded to 99. But three games into a Stanley Cup final led 2-1 by Detroit, it’s Pittsburgh’s No.


Top Shelf: Pens '08 vs. Pens '09, what's different?

Top Shelf: Pens '08 vs. Pens '09, what's different?

by Ryan Dixon - May 27, 2009 2:45 PM EDT

While many of the characters remain the same, the subtle changes from this year to last will have a significant impact in the final.
Years tend to blur. It’s one of the cruelest and truest aspects of adult life. As such, the differences between the 2009 Pittsburgh Penguins and the 2008 team that also won the Eastern Conference title – the first repeat winner since New Jersey in 2001 – might not immediately spring to mind.


Top Shelf: Fleury keeps moving forward

Top Shelf: Fleury keeps moving forward

by Ryan Dixon - May 20, 2009 11:31 AM EDT

Making an appearance in the conference final for the second straight season, the Penguins young keeper is showing he can run with big boys.
My favorite story about Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury has been told before, but bears repeating. It occurred during his first year of major junior hockey, when he surprisingly made the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles a couple months before his 16th birthday.


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