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Lokomotiv coach Brad McCrimmon was working towards becoming NHL coach

Lokomotiv coach Brad McCrimmon was working towards becoming NHL coach

by Ken Campbell - September 7, 2011 1:19 PM EDT

One of the deceased in the plane crash, Brad McCrimmon left the Red Wings to earn credentials elsewhere. Meanwhile, the KHL tries to figure out what's next.
Brad McCrimmon decided his best route to a head coaching job in the NHL was to go behind the bench in the Kontinental League in Russia and it was a decision that cost him his life.


Toughness runs in Douglas Murray's family

Toughness runs in Douglas Murray's family

by Ken Campbell - August 22, 2011 2:30 PM EDT

While Douglas Murray evolves into one of the best shutdown defenders in the NHL, he's still not as good as his grandfather, Swedish legend Lasse Bjorn.
To hear Lasse Bjorn talk about it, Floyd Martin should spend every one of his waking hours in Kitchener, Ont., living in mortal fear of retribution.


Father's life provides Mika Zibanejad with perspective

Father's life provides Mika Zibanejad with perspective

by Ken Campbell - August 2, 2011 11:43 AM EDT

Mehrdad Zibanejad knows life is about a lot more than just hockey after being going to war, being thrown in jail and forced to leave his country.
Standing in the lobby of a hotel in downtown Minneapolis the day after his son was picked in the first round of the NHL draft by the Ottawa Senators, Mehrdad Zibanejad seemed rather oblivious to it all.


Thrashers never had a chance

Thrashers never had a chance

by Ken Campbell - August 1, 2011 7:30 AM EDT

Don’t dump on Atlanta sports fans without acknowledging they never had a hockey team that provided the city with any hope.
The Atlanta Thrashers might have already morphed into the Winnipeg Jets, Version 2.0 by the time you read this, but whether the second death of NHL hockey in Atlanta is quick and painless or drawn out and excruciating, it is inevitable.


Why hasn't Steven Stamkos received an offer sheet?

Why hasn't Steven Stamkos received an offer sheet?

by Ken Campbell - July 11, 2011 3:25 PM EDT

It's a bit strange the most dynamic player available on this summer's free agent market has yet to be signed.
Dale Tallon stood on the draft floor in Minnesota two weeks ago and talked about being a fan of the game. He talked about how much he loves offense and players who can make great plays.


Heatley-Havlat blockbuster trade helps both Sharks, Wild

Heatley-Havlat blockbuster trade helps both Sharks, Wild

by Ken Campbell - July 4, 2011 2:25 PM EDT

In a surprising trade Sunday night, the Sharks traded out one of the league's top talents for a scorer who will be helped by having better players around him.
Hey, at least Dany Heatley didn’t bail out on his team this time. Come to think of it, though, with just five goals in 32 playoff games over the past two seasons, you could certainly make that case pretty easily.


Crazy UFA spending points to CBA doom

Crazy UFA spending points to CBA doom

by Ken Campbell - July 3, 2011 8:50 PM EDT

It's all gone wrong again. But this time it will be big-market owner versus small-market owner butting heads over a new CBA.
If you had asked anyone in hockey six months ago if there was going to be a lockout, you likely would have been greeted with a sense of optimism that this time the two sides had at least a decent chance of solving their differences without another labor disruption.


NHL contracts, salary cap will lead to CBA issues in 2012

NHL contracts, salary cap will lead to CBA issues in 2012

by Ken Campbell - June 25, 2011 5:31 PM EDT

Brian Campbell's contract and the fact Florida added him and still aren't near the cap floor is proof the current CBA isn't working.
ST. PAUL – It’s fair to say Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon bristled when he was asked whether his acquisition of Brian Campbell was tied to his organization’s need to essentially spend like drunken sailors in an effort to get up to the salary cap floor.


Brent Burns trade moves Sharks closer to Stanley Cup

Brent Burns trade moves Sharks closer to Stanley Cup

by Ken Campbell - June 25, 2011 12:32 AM EDT

The Sharks' acquisition of Brent Burns clearly indicates their window to win is now, while the Wild eye the future.
ST. PAUL – The moment Mike Babcock learned the San Jose Sharks had acquired defenseman Brent Burns, he instantly got the look of a guy who’s team just let one get away.


NHL draft day buzz

NHL draft day buzz

by Ken Campbell - June 24, 2011 10:15 AM EDT

Oilers unlikely to trade No. 1 overall pick; Winnipeg staff has new draft leader; Ramsay and the Red Wings?; and Nugent-Hopkins grateful for parents.
MINNEAPOLIS – There has been a lot of speculation that the Florida Panthers are trying to swap picks with the Edmonton Oilers in an effort to get Nugent-Hopkins first overall.


Flyers change philosophy, Kings load up at center

Flyers change philosophy, Kings load up at center

by Ken Campbell - June 23, 2011 10:27 PM EDT

On a wild day of trading, the Flyers abandoned their anti-goalie plan, the Kings beefed up down the middle and the Blue Jackets also added a key piece.
MINNEAPOLIS – A lot of teams and a lot of GMs talk boldly about making their teams better. They talk about doing what it takes to build a winner.


Flyers shock with Jeff Carter, Mike Richards trades

Flyers shock with Jeff Carter, Mike Richards trades

by Ken Campbell - June 23, 2011 5:10 PM EDT

The Philadelphia Flyers traded both players who were supposed to be the core of the franchise for years to come in a shocking development.
To Philadelphia: Jake Voracek, first round pick, third round pick To Columbus: Jeff Carter To Philadelphia: Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schenn To Los Angeles: Mike Richards My, how time flies when you’re underachieving.


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