by Ken Campbell - January 31, 2012 12:23 PM EST
Who will win the Hart Trophy?; what will happen with Sidney Crosby?; ownership issues; and more.
Don’t think you’ve seen the last of the 12-9 games just because the All-Star Game is in the rear-view mirror. After all, the Philadelphia Flyers and the Winnipeg Jets play two more times this season, including Tuesday night, and Ilya Bryzgalov is bound to start one of them.
by Ken Campbell - January 27, 2012 10:25 AM EST
Ovechkin is taking a lot of flak for his decision to skip (and rightfully so), but fervor should be pointed at Lidstrom and Selanne.
The reaction to Alex Ovechkin’s decision to snub the All-Star Game this weekend reminds me a lot of four years ago when Scott Niedermayer decided to sit out nearly half the 2007-08 season after his Anaheim Ducks won the Stanley Cup.
by Ken Campbell - January 23, 2012 9:25 PM EST
The Bruins goalie will be chastised for his decision not to join his teammates at the White House, but he should be commended for being a conscientious dissenter.
Tim Thomas will undoubtedly be drawn and quartered by many in the court of public opinion for not pumping U.S. president Barack Obama’s tires by refusing to attend the Boston Bruins Stanley Cup celebration at the White House.
by Ken Campbell - January 23, 2012 5:05 PM EST
When teams play games on consecutive nights, what are their records in the back end?
Perhaps he was trying to justify his team’s uninspired performance Saturday night, but Toronto Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf bucked the conventional wisdom about games that are supposed to be easy wins.
by Ken Campbell - January 20, 2012 3:47 PM EST
With both the Habs and Bolts struggling, perhaps a coach exchange would improve their fortunes.
Some Friday musings for your dining and dancing pleasure: COACH FOR COACH My former esteemed THN colleague, Mike Brophy, and I were discussing the Montreal Canadiens the other night and he came up with an idea I believe has some real merit.
by Ken Campbell - January 16, 2012 11:53 AM EST
Steve Yzerman made a mistake in signing Dwayne Roloson in the off-season, but is making a bigger one in sticking with him now.
Karma’s a bugger sometimes, isn’t it? Take the Tampa Bay Lightning, for example. Ever since the Philadelphia Flyers exposed and mocked them for playing their insidious trap, the Lightning have posted a 10-18-2 record and tumbled to the basement of the Eastern Conference.
by Ken Campbell - January 13, 2012 12:15 AM EST
Mike Cammalleri's comments may or may not have hastened his trade out of town, but the Montreal-Calagry deal is risky both ways.
Something in Michael Cammalleri’s comments about the Canadiens being “losers” may or may not have been lost in translation, but the team could not have been more clear and unequivocal than it was by trading him 24 hours after they came out.
by Ken Campbell - January 9, 2012 12:16 PM EST
The rejection of the NHL's realignment proposal was the first sign of tough negotiating tactics. But it shouldn't come as a surprise.
Let me see if I have this straight. Without as much of an ounce of advance input from its Players’ Association, the NHL devises a significant realignment structure which it fully knows affects the terms and conditions of the players’ employment, then announces to the world it’s a done deal before getting the union’s approval on it.
by Ken Campbell - January 6, 2012 12:39 PM EST
While the Maple Leafs GM thinks the game is going in the wrong direction, this author sees nothing wrong with Colton Orr's NHL days likely coming to an end.
Only someone of Brian Burke’s ilk would see the possible extinction of one-dimensional enforcers like Colton Orr from the NHL as “a dangerous time in our game,” and one that, “makes me sick to my stomach.
by Ken Campbell - January 2, 2012 11:08 AM EST
Looking ahead to the New Year, Ken Campbell writes about the CBA, the Coyotes, award winners and more.
With all the 2011 retrospectives now mercifully out of the way, it’s time to move on to previewing the hockey world for 2012. There is no shortage of hot-button issues that will need to be resolved over the next 12 months.
by Ken Campbell - December 29, 2011 12:33 PM EST
A Vezina Trophy, the all-time save percentage record, a Stanley Cup and a Conn Smythe. And now, THN's 2011 MVP award.
The indisputable low point of 2011 for Tim Thomas came in a 7-6 loss to the Buffalo Sabres when he allowed all three skaters to score in the shootout.
by Ken Campbell - December 23, 2011 10:45 AM EST
The idea that Canada's best junior players are in the NHL is flawed, because they aren't junior players.
Every year during the World Junior Championship, we hear the usual bleating about how Canada doesn’t have access to its best junior players because they’re playing in the NHL.
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