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Bobby Ryan interest interfering with Rick Nash trade

Bobby Ryan interest interfering with Rick Nash trade

by Ken Campbell - June 21, 2012 7:35 PM EDT

Many of the same teams interested in Rick Nash are now looking at Bobby Ryan...Could Ryan Suter be dealt this weekend?...And will the Oilers pass on Nail Yakupov?
PITTSBURGH – It appears the specter of Bobby Ryan of the Anaheim Ducks being on the trade market once again has gummed up the works when it comes to the much-anticipated Rick Nash Trade SweepstakesTM.


Analyzing Rick Nash's six suitors

Analyzing Rick Nash's six suitors

by Ken Campbell - June 19, 2012 12:15 PM EDT

All eyes are on the Blue Jackets and whether they'll trade Rick Nash at the draft. If they do, here are the most likely destinations.
The irony would be delicious, wouldn’t it? If Rick Nash is traded on the draft floor Friday night, he will have been moved 10 years to the day former Columbus Blue Jackets GM Doug MacLean swung a deal at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto to get Nash first overall.


Without Tim Thomas, will Boston go after Rick Nash?

Without Tim Thomas, will Boston go after Rick Nash?

by Ken Campbell - June 1, 2012 6:30 PM EDT

If the Bruins goalie does in fact take a year off, it could open the door for the team to make a big acquisition.
NEWARK – If you connect the dots, the possibility of Tim Thomas taking next season off could make the Boston Bruins the leading contender to land Rick Nash of the Columbus Blue Jackets this summer.


NHL to examine obstruction penalty standard

NHL to examine obstruction penalty standard

by Ken Campbell - May 30, 2012 5:46 PM EDT

While the league will do away with the R&D camp, it will organize a group to discuss the game.
NEW YORK – The NHL has decided to dispense with its annual research and development camp in the summer, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t intent on improving the game.


Forget guarantees, Rangers' Richards and Lundqvist just need to step up

Forget guarantees, Rangers' Richards and Lundqvist just need to step up

by Ken Campbell - May 25, 2012 12:15 PM EDT

Who cares about empty promises. The only thing that should matter in Manhattan is whether Brad Richards and Henrik Lundqvist can make a difference when it counts.
The New York Rangers wisely stayed away from any Mark Messier-like guarantees going into Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final. Not that it would have made any difference.


Change in roster philosophy the key to Rangers, Kings success

Change in roster philosophy the key to Rangers, Kings success

by Ken Campbell - May 18, 2012 1:50 PM EDT

A turn to drafting and development, rather than simply throwing money at free agents, has the led to wins in New York in L.A.
In a playoff season where almost nothing seems to make any sense, count on the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings to turn everything upside down.


Kings outmatch Coyotes, poised for Stanley Cup final

Kings outmatch Coyotes, poised for Stanley Cup final

by Ken Campbell - May 16, 2012 12:33 AM EDT

After another dominating win, it's clear the Los Angeles Kings are destined for the final and look unbeatable.
The NHL Playoff Recap gives you THN's take of what happened in each game of the night and what the consequences will be for the rest of the series.


Rangers shot-blocking mentality bad for NHL

Rangers shot-blocking mentality bad for NHL

by Ken Campbell - May 14, 2012 12:18 PM EDT

The New York Rangers are the only team left that only plays defense, so if they win the Stanley Cup, the league will be worse off.
One of the first things you learn in this business, after the importance of always getting receipts, is that there’s no cheering in the press box.


Alex Ovechkin’s evolving superstar status

Alex Ovechkin’s evolving superstar status

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.


Why Glendale will regret keeping Coyotes

Why Glendale will regret keeping Coyotes

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.


Jerry Toppazzini's minor role had a major impact

Jerry Toppazzini's minor role had a major impact

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.


Daniel Briere must be considered for 2014 Canadian Olympic team

Daniel Briere must be considered for 2014 Canadian Olympic team

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.


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