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Mississauga Rebels defeat Connor McDavid's Toronto Marlboros in OHL Cup final

Mississauga Rebels defeat Connor McDavid's Toronto Marlboros in OHL Cup final

by Ken Campbell - March 19, 2012 8:55 AM EDT

In the midget-aged showcase featuring NHL stars of tomorrow, it was an unlikely champion who took down Goliath.
Teenage phenom Connor McDavid won’t have long to suffer the disappointment of losing the OHL Cup championship. After all, he has a very hectic time ahead of him.


Major junior veterans should get shot at pro hockey

Major junior veterans should get shot at pro hockey

by Ken Campbell - March 16, 2012 11:25 AM EDT

If major junior-aged players are ready for pro hockey and it's the best for their development, the CHL and NHL shouldn't hold them back.
In the debate sparked by Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman concerning whether or not junior-aged players should be eligible to be dispatched to the American League, we haven’t heard much from either side about what would be best for the players involved.


Connor McDavid seeking exceptional player status for OHL draft

Connor McDavid seeking exceptional player status for OHL draft

by Ken Campbell - March 9, 2012 12:41 PM EST

The 15-year-old McDavid is trying to be the second player in as many years to be drafted a year early, while 16-year-old teammate Josh Ho-Sang is also one to watch.
Fifteen-year-old phenom Connor McDavid will almost certainly be playing in the Ontario League next season. The big question now is whether he’ll be plying his trade in Erie or Hamilton.


Thoughts on 30 NHL teams

Thoughts on 30 NHL teams

by Ken Campbell - March 5, 2012 5:45 PM EST

The difference between Stamkos and Ovechkin; another reason why Ken Holland is the best GM; and more.
Now that we’re entering the home stretch, it’s as good a time as any to offer thoughts on each NHL team: Anaheim: The gap between the talent level on paper and the results on the ice, on a year-by-year basis, might be the largest in the NHL.


Maple Leafs, Canadiens in need of major makeover

Maple Leafs, Canadiens in need of major makeover

by Ken Campbell - March 2, 2012 2:35 PM EST

Remember when Leafs-Habs games used to mean something? Now both teams are a mess.
The streets of downtown Montreal will still have that wonderful, vibrant feel. The lobby of the Chateau Champlain will be a zoo. And the game itself might even be something worth watching.


Trade deadline winners and losers

Trade deadline winners and losers

by Ken Campbell - February 28, 2012 12:09 AM EST

The Sabres made a splash with Cody Hodgson, while the Calgary Flames remain stuck in neutral.
There was a time when trade deadline day served one of two purposes. It represented either a repository to dump expensive contracts and pending unrestricted free agents or a flea market where teams could try to find that one or two players to put them over the top.


Jeff Carter trade starts Blue Jackets rebuild, adds scoring to goal-starved Kings

Jeff Carter trade starts Blue Jackets rebuild, adds scoring to goal-starved Kings

by Ken Campbell - February 24, 2012 12:15 AM EST

The Blue Jackets start down a long path, while the Kings add scoring and have a hunger for more.
Well, so much for those long-term, big-money contracts that don’t seem to make any sense being untradeable. After all, Jeff Carter’s deal has been traded twice in eight months.


Is Rick Nash worth a superstar return?

Is Rick Nash worth a superstar return?

by Ken Campbell - February 20, 2012 9:10 AM EST

If the Blue Jackets trade their superstar they'll have to get a lot in return, but is it worth it to any of his suitors?
It’s certainly not Rick Nash’s fault the Columbus Blue Jackets have drafted so poorly over the years or that their free-agent signings have largely been disasters.


Will the Coyotes stay in Phoenix?

Will the Coyotes stay in Phoenix?

by Ken Campbell - February 17, 2012 4:00 PM EST

After a couple years of relocation speculation, will the Coyotes end up staying, or possibly move to Seattle?
All right, so let’s recap a few things here. The NHL owns and operates a team that is bleeding money and is unable to find a new owner.


Lack of discipline, great winning streaks

Lack of discipline, great winning streaks

by Ken Campbell - February 13, 2012 5:30 PM EST

Brendan Shanahan needs to step up; Leafs no surprise; comparing the Wings to other streaks; and more.
Like most sheriffs, Brendan Shanahan rode into town with his guns blazing, promising a new brand of justice. And he even had the fancy title of “senior vice-president, player safety” to back him up.


Tim Thomas should discuss his beliefs

Tim Thomas should discuss his beliefs

by Ken Campbell - February 10, 2012 12:32 PM EST

Tim Thomas has every right to express his opinions, but if he is going to use his celebrity to do it, he must talk about it.
Tim Thomas wants us to know that when it comes to his political statements, “That’s my personal life and it has nothing to do with the Bruins or hockey and I’m going to remain silent.


Gagner only had seven points

Gagner only had seven points

by Ken Campbell - February 6, 2012 2:35 PM EST

The third point of Sam Gagner's magical eight-point night shouldn't have counted…and Yakupov's suspension unjust.
Sam Gagner’s eight-point performance last Thursday night was undoubtedly the NHL’s feel-good story of the week and, on the surface, it was phenomenal.


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