Ken Campbell's Column

Flyers goalie woes return

Flyers goalie woes return

by Ken Campbell - October 28, 2011 3:10 PM EDT

Are the Flyers sweating over their goaltenders again?; why fighting is ridiculous; and which line has been the best in the NHL this season?
After a crazy night like Thursday, a guy couldn’t be blamed for waking up feeling a little like James Reimer. You know, with “concussion-like symptoms,” but not actually having a concussion.


Canadiens problems extend beyond coaching

Canadiens problems extend beyond coaching

by Ken Campbell - October 24, 2011 3:07 PM EDT

The Canadiens are off to their worst start in 70 years, but if you're looking to blame someone, don't start with Jacques Martin.
By now you’ve probably heard about or seen how the usually staid Jacques Martin called out a rookie radio reporter for having the temerity to question why Mathieu Darche was on the power play instead of Erik Cole Saturday night.


Booth to Canucks looks money-motivated

Booth to Canucks looks money-motivated

by Ken Campbell - October 22, 2011 9:10 PM EDT

Panthers GM Dale Tallon says his team needed a shakeup, but it sure appears Saturday's trade with Vancouver has as much to do with dollar signs as with wins.
The Florida Panthers claim their decision to trade David Booth to the Canucks had nothing to do with money and everything about sending a message to a struggling team.


Hockey Canada residency rules must change

Hockey Canada residency rules must change

by Ken Campbell - October 21, 2011 3:35 PM EDT

What is wrong with letting kids play hockey where they want to instead of forcing them into something they'd rather not?
While researching a book I’m currently working on, I recently had Sunday morning coffee with a fellow by the name of Carlo Cimetta. He’s one of these Type A guys who knows what he wants and is prepared to do everything within acceptable boundaries to get it.


Kessel-Seguin trade gets interesting

Kessel-Seguin trade gets interesting

by Ken Campbell - October 17, 2011 12:25 PM EDT

Kessel's fast start and Seguin's impressive development are making this deal intriguing; plus Ken fires back.
Monday musings for your dining and dancing pleasure: Three games into the season, it looks as though Leafs GM Brian Burke can finally say he would make the Phil Kessel trade all over again without having his fingers and toes crossed.


Arron Asham deserves suspension for post-fight gesture

Arron Asham deserves suspension for post-fight gesture

by Ken Campbell - October 14, 2011 10:49 AM EDT

Arron Asham's gesture after knocking Jay Beagle to the ice is easily worthy of a suspension from the NHL.
Sidney Crosby has been cleared for contact in practice, but can’t seem to find anyone in the Pittsburgh Penguins lineup willing to give him that first, but pivotal, hit.


NHL must stay strong with stiff suspensions

NHL must stay strong with stiff suspensions

by Ken Campbell - October 11, 2011 3:04 PM EDT

In the face of criticism, it is in the league's best interest to push forward in handing out harsher suspensions rather than cave in to pressure to lighten up.
Having been sequestered for most of the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend in a cottage that didn’t have cable TV or Internet access, the first thing I wanted to do upon arriving home Monday night was check the scores and NHL news.


Helm, Abdelkader must step up for Red Wings

Helm, Abdelkader must step up for Red Wings

by Ken Campbell - October 3, 2011 2:22 PM EDT

If the Red Wings are to continue on as a contender, the team's younger support players have to shine through.
Every season the hockey world wonders whether this will finally be the year the Detroit Red Wings cross that divide from perennial Stanley Cup contender to a middle of the road team.


CHL fights, hockey racism and suspensions

CHL fights, hockey racism and suspensions

by Ken Campbell - September 26, 2011 4:10 PM EDT

Are we OK with kids fighting?; Let's not not have a slip of the tongue over the banana peel; and more NHL madness.
Monday musings for your dining and dancing pleasure: Just thought we’d let you know if the kids in the Canadian League keep it up at the pace they’ve established so far, there will be around 2,000 fights in major junior hockey this season.


Contract negotiations don't define Doughty's character

Contract negotiations don't define Doughty's character

by Ken Campbell - September 19, 2011 11:59 AM EDT

Drew Doughty is still without a contract not because he's self-absorbed, but because he wants to get paid what he thinks he's worth.
Judging by the comments on most hockey websites concerning the impasse between Drew Doughty and the Los Angeles Kings, the overwhelming sentiment seems to be that Doughty is nothing but a petulant, snot-nosed young man with an overinflated sense of entitlement.


Have an extra few hundred million bucks?

Have an extra few hundred million bucks?

by Ken Campbell - September 12, 2011 5:35 PM EDT

A report came out Monday that New Jersey might end up in bankruptcy. Not good news for a league that already has its hands full of teams looking for new owners.
So you’re a fan of the New Jersey Devils. You remember the days when John McMullen owned the team and treated all the players like he was their grandfather.


Remembering Igor Korolev and Alexander Karpovtsev

Remembering Igor Korolev and Alexander Karpovtsev

by Ken Campbell - September 8, 2011 11:19 AM EDT

THN's senior writer recalls covering the two Russians when they were with the Toronto Maple Leafs and remembers them as classy individuals.
It was widely reported coach Brad McCrimmon was the only Canadian among the dead when the plane carrying members of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl crashed shortly after takeoff.


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