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Can the Maple Leafs prevent a team from moving to Southern Ontario?

Can the Maple Leafs prevent a team from moving to Southern Ontario?

by Ken Campbell - November 23, 2011 5:15 PM EST

The Maple Leafs believe they have the ability to block any team from moving into their area, but the NHL says otherwise.
If NHL owner-in-waiting Graeme Roustan gets his 20,000-seat rink built in suburban Toronto (which he will) and the league someday sees fit to put a team there through relocation or expansion (which it will), you can bet there will be howls of protest from the Toronto Maple Leafs.


Construction of NHL-sized arena to be proposed in Southern Ontario

Construction of NHL-sized arena to be proposed in Southern Ontario

by Ken Campbell - November 22, 2011 11:08 PM EST

A 20,000-seat arena is being proposed in Markham, Ont., but the man behind the project says he's not actively pursuing an NHL franchise.
The man who hopes to build a 20,000-seat arena in suburban Toronto has been an NHL owner-in-waiting for a number of years and is on a first-name basis with many members of the league’s board of governors, but Graeme Roustan insists he does not plan to pursue an existing or expansion franchise for the proposed rink.


Expect Sidney Crosby to be in top form

Expect Sidney Crosby to be in top form

by Ken Campbell - November 21, 2011 12:15 PM EST

Will Sidney Crosby be timid in his return? If you believe that you're kidding yourself, writes Ken Campbell.
Whether you love or loathe Sidney Crosby – and there are a surprising number of haters out there – Monday marks the day NHL hockey gets a whole lot more interesting again.


The struggles of Alex Ovechkin

The struggles of Alex Ovechkin

by Ken Campbell - November 18, 2011 3:55 PM EST

Is there anything wrong with the Capitals superstar or is the rest of the league catching on to him?
The Washington Capitals touched down at about 3 a.m. Friday morning for their game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, only to discover there was a new national sport in Canada.


Jets' honeymoon in Winnipeg is over

Jets' honeymoon in Winnipeg is over

by Ken Campbell - November 17, 2011 6:50 PM EST

Fans finally let the team have it for their subpar performance. But just how long will it take for the players to get settled in.
WINNIPEG – It’s not often a 5-2 loss to the Florida Panthers serves as a demarcation point for a franchise, but that’s exactly what happened to the Winnipeg Jets a week ago.


Craig Smith emerging as star for Predators

Craig Smith emerging as star for Predators

by Ken Campbell - November 16, 2011 8:53 PM EST

Straight out of Wisconsin, the 2009 fourth-rounder is fitting into a role Nashville has been lacking.
NASHVILLE – It’s not as though the Nashville Predators have never gone outside their own four walls in their quest for elite offensive talent.


Predators working on Ryan Suter extension

Predators working on Ryan Suter extension

by Ken Campbell - November 16, 2011 11:02 AM EST

With Ryan Suter;s agent in town, GM David Poile will begin contract extension talks with the second of his Big Three.
NASHVILLE – With one of their three key free agents signed to a long-term deal, the Nashville Predators will try to topple another domino when the agent for Ryan Suter and Predators GM David Poile conduct face-to-face negotiations Wednesday.


Hall of Fame Leafs bias will benefit Sundin

Hall of Fame Leafs bias will benefit Sundin

by Ken Campbell - November 14, 2011 11:40 AM EST

When Mats Sundin's name comes up for Hall eligibility next year, don't expect him to have any troubles.
Mats Sundin will have an enormous advantage when his name comes up as a candidate for induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame next summer. He had his best years with the Toronto Maple Leafs.


Stifling defensive systems tricky to address

Stifling defensive systems tricky to address

by Ken Campbell - November 10, 2011 5:25 PM EST

The Tampa Bay-Philadelphia game sure shed light on boring defense, but there's not a heck of a lot you can do about it.
Anyone who watched the Tampa Bay Lightning and Philadelphia Flyers try to bore each other into submission Wednesday night must have felt like they went to a staring contest and a hockey game broke out.


Blues surprise by plucking Ken Hitchcock from Blue Jackets

Blues surprise by plucking Ken Hitchcock from Blue Jackets

by Ken Campbell - November 7, 2011 7:33 AM EST

The veteran coach was under contract with Columbus, but despite that team's need for a change, it was St. Louis who ended up hiring him as its head coach.
Well, this wasn’t quite what we all expected when it came to the coaching future of Ken Hitchcock, was it now? In fact, when most of us first found out Hitchcock was going back behind the bench, we naturally assumed it would be with the Columbus Blue Jackets.


What the Rinne contract means for Nashville

What the Rinne contract means for Nashville

by Ken Campbell - November 5, 2011 9:44 AM EDT

The Predators got their most important pending free agent signed, but what does that mean for Ryan Suter and Shea Weber?
Nashville Predators GM David Poile didn’t wake up Thursday morning and morph into Glen Sather before signing Pekka Rinne to a seven-year, $49 million contract, but there’s little doubt Poile stepped way out of his comfort zone on this one.


Hazing incident puts dressing room culture under the microscope

Hazing incident puts dressing room culture under the microscope

by Ken Campbell - October 31, 2011 12:45 PM EDT

An investigation into the hazing incident involving the Neepawa Natives has been reopened and speaks to a larger issue in hockey.
In return for being the victim of a humiliating hazing, a 15-year-old hockey player from Manitoba will likely be rewarded with either a demotion or a change of address.


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