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Why the NHL needs standardized suspensions

Why the NHL needs standardized suspensions

by Ken Campbell - October 25, 2013 11:12 AM EDT

There is too much inconsistency in the NHL when it comes to suspension lengths, which is why the league should take steps to define what each infraction would cost a player.
The NHL Players’ Association has been taking a beating lately over the fact that it represented Patrick Kaleta in the appeal of his 10-game suspension.


Maple Leafs look forward to David Clarkson’s return Friday

Maple Leafs look forward to David Clarkson’s return Friday

by Ken Campbell - October 22, 2013 4:28 PM EDT

It was the morning of the Toronto Maple Leafs 10th game of the season and that could mean only one thing. It was also the last bag skate for David Clarkson ever. Well, maybe not ever.
It was the morning of the Toronto Maple Leafs 10th game of the season and that could mean only one thing. It was also the last bag skate for David Clarkson ever.


Why Sean Monahan should be allowed to play in the AHL this season

Why Sean Monahan should be allowed to play in the AHL this season

by Ken Campbell - October 21, 2013 4:33 PM EDT

Players drafted out of major junior have different rules as to where they can be assigned at age 19 than those who were drafted out of other leagues - and it's time for that to change.
If Sean Monahan suits up for the Calgary Flames tonight in Los Angeles and Tuesday night in Phoenix, he will have played nine games this season and the Flames will face a crucial, possibly franchise-altering decision whether to keep him in Calgary this season or send him back to junior hockey.


Lack of growth from young players has Oilers stuck in neutral

Lack of growth from young players has Oilers stuck in neutral

by Ken Campbell - October 15, 2013 7:20 PM EDT

The Edmonton Oilers look like the same lottery team they've been the past few seasons and it's time the young core they've built through the draft matures as a responsible unit.
In a Tuesday morning tweet, Pittsburgh Penguins owner Mario Lemieux asked the following question: “How many goals for Sid tonight?” Given that the Penguins are hosting the Edmonton Oilers, the sky might be the limit the way both Sid the Kid and the Oilers kids are playing.


Owner Ed Snider defends bold, never boring Flyers culture after firing Peter Laviolette

Owner Ed Snider defends bold, never boring Flyers culture after firing Peter Laviolette

by Ken Campbell - October 7, 2013 12:30 PM EDT

After the Flyers dimissed coach Peter Laviolette, owner Ed Snider defended his team's culture, which has always been about winning, though it tries to accomplish it in bold ways.
All right, so the Philadelphia Flyers are rapidly becoming a train wreck, one of the most dysfunctional franchises in the NHL. But when it comes to setting a course, there are a lot of teams that could only aspire to be so dysfunctional.


Don't expect Teemu Selanne to retire - and be thankful when he doesn't

Don't expect Teemu Selanne to retire - and be thankful when he doesn't

by Ken Campbell - October 7, 2013 11:52 AM EDT

The Finnish Flash has said he would retire before, so what's different this time? Hopefully nothing.
Midway through the first period, the 15,004 in attendance at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg rose to their feet and cheered Teemu Selanne. They did the same after he was named first star of the game.


Markham receives new, improved offer to build GTA Centre

Markham receives new, improved offer to build GTA Centre

by Ken Campbell - September 17, 2013 7:44 PM EDT

Just as it looked like city council would vote down the proposed new building, GTA Sports presented a new offer to Markham.
As a rule, your trusty correspondent has never been a big fan of public money going to private arenas, which tend to be monuments to the rich.


Chances for second Toronto-area NHL team could be dead by September

Chances for second Toronto-area NHL team could be dead by September

by Ken Campbell - August 17, 2013 1:41 PM EDT

The deputy mayor of Markham will put forth a motion to kill the arena deal that would need to be in place for another NHL team in Ontario.
The prospect of a 20,000-seat rink, and the chance of any NHL team that might come with it, could be dead by the end of September if the deputy mayor of Markham has his way.


Where does bodychecking fit in minor hockey?

Where does bodychecking fit in minor hockey?

by Ken Campbell - August 12, 2013 3:15 PM EDT

Ban on hitting until the age of 13 a smart decision, though danger looms when the bodies start to fly.
When Hockey Canada announced in late May a ban on bodychecking until the bantam age group, I wasn’t sure what to think. That’s because I can appreciate both sides of the argument.


Luongo should make most of situation in Vancouver

Luongo should make most of situation in Vancouver

by Ken Campbell - August 7, 2013 10:39 AM EDT

Roberto Luongo has been treated poorly in Vancouver, but he's there to stay and should make the most of it.
This summer, the state of Florida has experienced an invasion of gallinippers: a mutant mosquito the size of a quarter that can apparently only be taken out with a shotgun.


NHL ripe for expansion to 32 teams

NHL ripe for expansion to 32 teams

by Ken Campbell - July 26, 2013 11:35 AM EDT

Free agent signings have slowed, but there are still plenty of NHL caliber players available, which means it's time to expand.
After spending enough money in the first days of free agency to make an amorous and thirsty sailor on shore leave blush, NHL teams have been eerily quiet these days, haven't they? There are a number of reasons for that, not the least of which is it's the dog days of the summer and GMs are using the time to get away from the business of hockey before it drives them crazy.


Why the NHL should embrace salary arbitration

Why the NHL should embrace salary arbitration

by Ken Campbell - July 22, 2013 12:50 PM EDT

Owners have never been fans of the arbitration process, but it encourages team and player to agree on a fair price that often doesn't inflate salaries.
Despite what the NHL has historically thought of the arbitration process, the three-year deal Sam Gagner signed with the Edmonton Oilers is a perfect example of how well it actually works.


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