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Did the Sabres and Devils keep Grigorenko, Matteau too long?

Did the Sabres and Devils keep Grigorenko, Matteau too long?

by Ken Campbell - March 18, 2013 4:27 PM EDT

New Jersey and Buffalo burned a year towards UFA off the career timelines of Stefan Matteau and Mikhail Grigorenko, leaving many asking why.
At least the New Jersey Devils and Buffalo Sabres can say they got long looks at their prized prospects this season. But it seems pretty much everything else about the experiments with Stefan Matteau and Mikhail Grigorenko was a disaster.


How Corey Perry's suspension could hurt the Minnesota Wild

How Corey Perry's suspension could hurt the Minnesota Wild

by Ken Campbell - March 14, 2013 12:00 PM EDT

Corey Perry was handed a four-game suspension for his hit on Minnesota's Jason Zucker, but will that decision come back to haunt the Wild?
It’s not often this corner agrees with a decision made by the NHL’s department of player safety, but there was a lot to like about the four-game suspension to Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks.


Realignment, Canucks cap commitments and Eric Staal’s season

Realignment, Canucks cap commitments and Eric Staal’s season

by Ken Campbell - March 11, 2013 2:25 PM EDT

Realignment finally brings guaranteed home-and-homes; three sub par Canucks tied up; Eric Staal deserves more credit; and more in Ken's Monday thoughts.
Random thoughts for a Monday, thoughts that may one day grow up to be full-blown columns: • The best thing about the NHL’s realignment proposal that will be rubber stamped by the owners this week has nothing to do with realignment at all.


McLaren-Dziurzynski fight latest episode in NHL's fisticuffs debacle

McLaren-Dziurzynski fight latest episode in NHL's fisticuffs debacle

by Ken Campbell - March 6, 2013 11:50 PM EST

The NHL needs to address fighting and the problems that come with it, before it's too late.
I really wanted to write tonight about the plucky Ottawa Senators and how remarkable they’ve been for staying in the playoff race despite missing their three best players.


Maple Leafs playoff push led by budding Nazem Kadri

Maple Leafs playoff push led by budding Nazem Kadri

by Ken Campbell - March 4, 2013 11:24 PM EST

Toronto took the time to bring Kadri along slowly and now the youngster is playing with plenty of confidence.
Nazem Kadri is not lacking for a sense of self, that’s for sure. Must have something to do with having all that talent. And if the young man is looking for even more reason to have an enhanced ego, here is another one.


NHL's violent culture encourages reckless play

NHL's violent culture encourages reckless play

by Ken Campbell - March 4, 2013 2:05 PM EST

The inconsistency of suspensions and an unwillingness to curb dangerous play is why hockey has fighting.
The second Brad Richards’ head slammed into the boards Sunday night, you could hear the clucking of tongues in the hockey world. A reckless play by a reckless player.


Possible Flames offer sheet muck up the final twist in bizarre O'Reilly negotiation

Possible Flames offer sheet muck up the final twist in bizarre O'Reilly negotiation

by Ken Campbell - March 1, 2013 2:40 PM EST

Would Calgary have lost O'Reilly on waivers as well as the picks? We might never know. What we do know, however, is this contract dispute was one for the ages.
With the Colorado Avalanche matching the Calgary Flames offer sheet to restricted free agent Ryan O’Reilly, so ends one of the most bizarre contract disputes in the history of the NHL.


Canadiens comeback a tall tale worth believing

Canadiens comeback a tall tale worth believing

by Ken Campbell - February 27, 2013 12:35 PM EST

The re-energized Habs are making last season's swoon look like an anomaly.
With very few exceptions, the Montreal Canadiens can seem to do no wrong this season. Really, they managed to trade Erik Cole Wednesday night for a guy with an expiring contract.


Bourque mystery concussion a troubling sign

Bourque mystery concussion a troubling sign

by Ken Campbell - February 26, 2013 4:40 PM EST

News came out today the the Canadiens Rene Bourque had suffered a concussion and didn't know how. More proof of how little we know about head injuries.
As the dreaded ‘C’ word, and by that we mean concussions, begins to rear its ugly head in a prominent way, the Montreal Canadiens and left winger Rene Bourque received two bits of very disturbing news Tuesday.


Sabres GM Darcy Regier concerned about equipment safety

Sabres GM Darcy Regier concerned about equipment safety

by Ken Campbell - February 22, 2013 3:20 PM EST

Buffalo's GM spoke with our senior columnist about player safety and his concerns over the level of protection.
Had a very interesting conversation with Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier Thursday night and no, it wasn’t about his team’s coaching situation.


Maple Leafs, Canadiens lifted by excellent coaching

Maple Leafs, Canadiens lifted by excellent coaching

by Ken Campbell - February 19, 2013 1:05 PM EST

As both sides of hockey's historical rivalry are off to great starts, the men behind the bench deserve praise.
Yes, all is well in the world when the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs are going. Makes a guy pine back to the Original Six days of the 1960s when the two iconic franchises won the Stanley Cup nine times in 10 years.


Kane's criticisms, Melnyk's outrage and celebrating Maple Leafs champions

Kane's criticisms, Melnyk's outrage and celebrating Maple Leafs champions

by Ken Campbell - February 15, 2013 3:05 PM EST

Ken shares his views on the news, from Evander Kane's comments to THN, Melnyk's reaction to Karlsson's injury and more.
On the eve of another busy weekend, we present Friday’s News and Views: News: Evander Kane of the Winnipeg Jets tells The Hockey News that “a good portion” of the criticism he receives and the controversy surrounding him is because he’s black.


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