by Ken Campbell - May 11, 2012 10:29 AM EDT
He's been knocked and written off as an offensive dynamo, but Alex Ovechkin is following Steve Yzerman's career path.
When Steve Yzerman reached the crossroad of his career, he had the option of going one of two ways. He could either continue as a one-way offensive dynamo or he could reinvent himself as a two-way player.
by Ken Campbell - May 7, 2012 4:12 PM EDT
While the Coyotes are a good story right now, the franchise still loses money and will cost the city of Glendale down the road.
It’s the perfect backdrop, isn’t it? Gary Bettman in Phoenix, almost three years to the day after former owner Jerry Moyes threw his ownership keys on the table, to announce the Coyotes have been sold just before the team puts a bow on the first second round series win in franchise history.
by Ken Campbell - May 4, 2012 12:50 PM EDT
Goodbye, Jerry Toppazzini. You may not have been well known, but no player had a bigger impact on my love of the game.
An industrious checker and penalty killer who wore his NHL career on his face, Jerry Toppazzini never won a Stanley Cup. He never scored more than 25 goals or 50 points in a season and spent most of his career with three of the more moribund of the Original Six teams.
by Ken Campbell - April 30, 2012 4:25 PM EDT
The prolific playoff scorer has proven he's a clutch performer, which would fit in well at the short tournament.
Just in case Steve Yzerman is looking, he has a perfect candidate for the water boy job with the 2014 Olympic team in Sochi. The guy is 5-foot-10 (yeah, sure he is) and 180 pounds, but looks like he’s about 14 years old.
by Ken Campbell - April 27, 2012 3:54 PM EDT
A number of goalies have been leading their teams in these playoffs so far, none more unexpected than Holtby; and 2015 Hall of Famers.
When you look back at the first round of the playoffs, you could legitimately make the case for five different players as the most valuable player.
by Ken Campbell - April 23, 2012 3:00 PM EDT
With a number of contenders having their season come to an abrupt finish, the summer theater will be intriguing to watch unfold.
Aside from the teams that actually make it out of the first round, you’d have to think the two people most thrilled with the early developments in these playoffs would be Rick Nash and Scott Howson.
by Ken Campbell - April 20, 2012 3:27 PM EDT
Trading away the opportunity to select the best player available would be a bad idea for the still-rebuilding Oilers.
No team has ever held the No. 1 overall pick in the NHL draft four consecutive years, but don’t bet against the Edmonton Oilers doing just that in 2013.
by Ken Campbell - April 16, 2012 3:40 PM EDT
Hard-headed violence is quickly returning to the game because the league allows it to, but it's worse off for it.
This has so far been a great playoff for the people over at NHL.com, the league’s sanctioned website, who specialize in highlighting violence with a “Must See” headline.
by Ken Campbell - April 14, 2012 7:48 PM EDT
Emile 'Butch' Bouchard, who came to the Canadiens while the organization was at a crossroads, passed away at 92 Saturday.
Butch Bouchard didn’t have a pair of skates to call his own until he was 16 years old, but five years later, having a pair of wheels was just as important to making the Canadiens as having a pair of blades.
by Ken Campbell - April 13, 2012 2:55 PM EDT
By choosing to only fine Shea Weber, the NHL missed a chance to send a message about egregious play early.
It’s early in the playoffs, so it’s best we get these things out of the way as soon as possible. To its credit, that’s what the NHL has done.
by Ken Campbell - April 10, 2012 10:25 PM EDT
After taking the No. 1 pick by winning the draft lottery Tuesday, the Oilers move closer to becoming a playoff team.
The last time an organization had a run like this at the draft table, it went on to win the Stanley Cup. So logic would dictate we can expect the Edmonton Oilers to have a parade down Whyte Avenue sometime in June of 2017.
by Ken Campbell - April 2, 2012 3:45 PM EDT
Rather than needing a competitive dollar or any other economical help, Canadian teams just need to be handled competently.
All anyone heard from Canada’s NHL teams prior to the lockout was that cost certainty and a Canadian dollar at or near par with the American dollar was what they needed to be consistently competitive.
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