Ken Campbell's Column

Top youngsters belong in NHL, not WJC

Top youngsters belong in NHL, not WJC

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.


Unnecessary talk

Unnecessary talk

by Ken Campbell - December 19, 2011 12:55 PM EST

Why must new Canadiens coach Randy Cunneyworth speak French? And Why must cut world junior players speak at all?
In the absence of news about another coach being fired – but hey, the day is still young – here are a bunch of things that have been bothering me lately: • That Hockey Canada insists on forcing a perp walk on the young men who have just been cut from the Canadian junior national team.


Martin firing opens door to more change in Montreal

Martin firing opens door to more change in Montreal

by Ken Campbell - December 17, 2011 1:17 PM EST

The Montreal Canadiens weren't built for Jacques Martin's style and his dismissal means more could be on the way.
If it turns out that Randy Cunneyworth can’t learn French or improve the Montreal Canadiens power play, does Jacques Martin’s firing finally open the door for Patrick Roy to ascend to the throne? After all, it’s not unprecedented that a former star who is the owner-coach-head-bottle-washer of a junior franchise is plucked from the team bus to take over an NHL bench.


Chris Pronger's career in jeopardy

Chris Pronger's career in jeopardy

by Ken Campbell - December 16, 2011 9:50 AM EST

The tough as nails Flyers defenseman has played through all kinds of injuries over the years, but he may not be able to come back from this one.
Chris Pronger is, simply put, a mess right now. For most of the past month he’s been stumbling around, regularly forgetting very simple things and constantly feeling severe nausea.


Darryl Sutter would be poor choice to replace Terry Murray

Darryl Sutter would be poor choice to replace Terry Murray

by Ken Campbell - December 13, 2011 12:05 AM EST

If the Kings move on with a recycled Sutter on the bench, the results won't be an improved team.
We get that Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi felt he had to fire Terry Murray, even though his timing couldn’t have been worse. The guy was one win away from 500 in his career and who knows now whether he’ll ever get another chance to reach the milestone? But nobody said life in the NHL was fair and that is especially true for NHL coaches.


Leafs sale means Toronto one step closer to second NHL team

Leafs sale means Toronto one step closer to second NHL team

by Ken Campbell - December 12, 2011 11:47 AM EST

The Pension Plan wasn't about to give up its monopoly, but Rogers and Bell would love the additional content.
The first impression the new owners of the Toronto Maple Leafs made on you probably depends upon which target audience you comprise. If you’re a member of the business or investment community, they likely hit a tape-measure home run.


Canadiens trade for a declining Tomas Kaberle

Canadiens trade for a declining Tomas Kaberle

by Ken Campbell - December 9, 2011 4:42 PM EST

The Canadiens added another flawed contract in hopes the player will rise again, but that plan didn't work out with Scott Gomez, so why would it work with Kaberle?
A couple of indications that Montreal Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier got fleeced, at least in the eyes of the public, when he dealt Jaroslav Spacek to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Tomas Kaberle: • Spacek hasn’t played a game in three weeks and most people still think the Hurricanes won the deal.


New Maple Leafs ownership won't spark on-ice change

New Maple Leafs ownership won't spark on-ice change

by Ken Campbell - December 9, 2011 4:15 PM EST

If you expect a momentous change in the on-ice product in Toronto because the Leafs were bought by Bell and Rogers, think again.
When it comes to the sale of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment from a teachers’ pension plan to two behemoth communications conglomerates, fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs should take to heart the words of The Who in their legendary hit Won’t Get Fooled Again.


Realignment plan promising, but unfinished

Realignment plan promising, but unfinished

by Ken Campbell - December 6, 2011 12:40 AM EST

The approved four-conference format is a good step, but why leave an important unanswered question?
There will be those who will be applauding the NHL over its radical realignment scheme. Some will note that for perhaps the first time in history, the men who run the league looked beyond their own selfish interests and actually did something for the good of the collective.


Acquiring Bruce Boudreau better than trading Bobby Ryan

Acquiring Bruce Boudreau better than trading Bobby Ryan

by Ken Campbell - December 2, 2011 11:32 AM EST

Something had to be done to shake things up in Anaheim, but if the team traded Bobby Ryan, it would have been a big mistake.
When you think about it, Alex Ovechkin just might have saved Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray from making one of the biggest blunders of his managerial career.


NHL should move the Coyotes temporarily to Hamilton

NHL should move the Coyotes temporarily to Hamilton

by Ken Campbell - November 29, 2011 3:09 PM EST

Hamilton is the perfect stop-gap for eventually moving the Coyotes to Toronto.
If the group that hopes to build a 20,000-seat arena in suburban Toronto can get its shovels in the ground by this spring, it would provide the NHL a lifeline to get out of Phoenix and into a viable hockey market.


Five days on the road with Boudreau and Capitals sheds light on firing

Five days on the road with Boudreau and Capitals sheds light on firing

by Ken Campbell - November 28, 2011 10:05 PM EST

This author didn't see a team that playing to get it's coached fired. Washington's players simply couldn't figure out how to win on their own.
When George McPhee fired his coach and replaced him with an inexperienced NHL commodity three years ago around American Thanksgiving, it turned the fortunes of the Washington Capitals around.


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