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Senators caught between rebuild and playoff push

Senators caught between rebuild and playoff push

by Ken Campbell - February 3, 2012 3:24 PM EST

With the trade deadline closing in, how active will the Senators be and how much of their future would they sacrifice?
When Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray puts his ear to the ground these days, he hears the rest of the Eastern Conference creeping up the standings.


Post-all-star storylines

Post-all-star storylines

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.


Ovechkin, Lidstrom and Selanne should all be at All-Star Game

Ovechkin, Lidstrom and Selanne should all be at All-Star Game

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.


Admiring Thomas' stance

Admiring Thomas' stance

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.


The impact of back-to-back games

The impact of back-to-back games

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.


Why the Lightning and Canadiens should trade coaches

Why the Lightning and Canadiens should trade coaches

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.


Yzerman must fix Lightning's goaltending woes

Yzerman must fix Lightning's goaltending woes

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.


Cammalleri, Bourque seek fresh starts after trade

Cammalleri, Bourque seek fresh starts after trade

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.


NHLPA positions itself for CBA negotiations

NHLPA positions itself for CBA negotiations

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.


Brian Burke's illogical pro-fighting stance

Brian Burke's illogical pro-fighting stance

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.


Five issues for 2012

Five issues for 2012

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.


THN's 2011 player of the year

THN's 2011 player of the year

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.


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