Ken Campbell's Column

Leafs have improved because of toughness, not fighting

Leafs have improved because of toughness, not fighting

by Ken Campbell - February 11, 2013 4:20 PM EST

The Leafs may be a league leader in fights, but that stat has no relation to their 7-5-0 start.
If you listen to the drooling praise of Canada’s national broadcaster, you’d be convinced the Toronto Maple Leafs are a better team this season because they finally became the team Brian Burke envisioned.


Tolling Tim Thomas, fighting rises, and sacred goalies

Tolling Tim Thomas, fighting rises, and sacred goalies

by Ken Campbell - February 8, 2013 2:27 PM EST

the Islanders acquired Tim Thomas to get room above the cap floor, but how long can they use it for?; plus looking at fights and goalie interference.
Some Friday musings for your dining and dancing pleasure: ALL GOOD THINGS COME TO AN END When Tim Thomas was traded to the New York Islanders Thursday, there were reports that the Islanders would be able to “toll” Thomas’s $5 million cap hit in perpetuity.


How the NHL can relocate the Coyotes and get its expansion money, too

How the NHL can relocate the Coyotes and get its expansion money, too

by Ken Campbell - February 4, 2013 3:50 PM EST

A "relocation fee" could be the key behind getting a franchise - or franchises - in Seattle, Toronto or Quebec City?
It’s safe to say that, short of giving the Phoenix Coyotes away for nothing, the NHL has done its part to keep hockey in the desert.


Capitals should lean on Alex Ovechkin in all situations

Capitals should lean on Alex Ovechkin in all situations

by Ken Campbell - February 1, 2013 10:56 AM EST

Something has been off with Washington's star this year and to get him out of the funk, coach Adam Oates should rely on him more.
To these eyes, Alex Ovechkin looks like a worn-down, defeated man. On and off the ice. The same player who used to play like a man possessed now gains the neutral zone with almost no speed.


Galchenyuk, Gallagher bring promise, excitement to Canadiens

Galchenyuk, Gallagher bring promise, excitement to Canadiens

by Ken Campbell - January 30, 2013 12:59 AM EST

The two rookies are off to great starts, but with success comes greater responsibility and pressure.
MONTREAL – When Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk both cracked the roster of the Montreal Canadiens this season, it presented the players with an intriguing problem.


Markham arena deal gets messy as NHL looks on

Markham arena deal gets messy as NHL looks on

by Ken Campbell - January 28, 2013 4:15 PM EST

With a vote on whether or not to strike down the current deal looms on Tuesday, city councilors debate the use of public money and more.
My guess is that a 20,000-seat arena will be built in suburban Toronto and at some point it will attract either an existing or expansion NHL franchise to the world’s most underserviced hockey market.


NHL teams wise to play cautious with prospects

NHL teams wise to play cautious with prospects

by Ken Campbell - January 24, 2013 11:30 AM EST

History has proven that slowly developing your young players is always the better option than bringing them along too quickly.
NEW YORK – Exactly what a player such as Nino Niederreiter has done to merit making a trade demand is one of the great mysteries of this season.


Devils machine keeps chugging without Parise

Devils machine keeps chugging without Parise

by Ken Campbell - January 23, 2013 11:05 AM EST

Even after losing a star, New Jersey hasn't missed a beat. But, really, should anyone be surprised anymore?
NEWARK – Contrary to popular belief, the New Jersey Devils are not a bunch of automatons. Too much personality. But you’d be excused for thinking that GM Lou Lamoriello spends his time in some elaborate control room in the Prudential Center meticulously guiding all the movements of his players.


Michael Grabner key catalyst to Islanders emergence

Michael Grabner key catalyst to Islanders emergence

by Ken Campbell - January 21, 2013 8:08 PM EST

While New York's top line will do most of the heavy lifting, if Michael Grabner can lead a strong secondary unit, this team should see improvement.
UNIONDALE – Unlike most NHL teams, the New York Islanders do not hold an annual skills competition. Stop it, now. That’s not nice.


Penguins poised for a decade of dominance

Penguins poised for a decade of dominance

by Ken Campbell - January 21, 2013 11:37 AM EST

With so many young stars, the Penguins' window for a championship should remain open for a long time, if they remain healthy.
NEW YORK – For each and every road game this season, the Pittsburgh Penguins will have one of their own team doctors in tow. With a roster this valuable and this prone to serious injuries, they obviously want all their medical angles covered by someone they trust.


Players already winning in new CBA

Players already winning in new CBA

by Ken Campbell - January 18, 2013 3:00 PM EST

Travis Zajac's new contract and Ted Leonsis' proclamation show that, no matter what, the players always come out on top.
It was the opinion of many in the hockey industry – this corner included – that it didn’t really matter what the final result of the collective bargaining agreement negotiations turned out to be because the players would come out ahead anyway.


New Maple Leafs owners quickly take charge of organization

New Maple Leafs owners quickly take charge of organization

by Ken Campbell - January 14, 2013 4:32 PM EST

Starting with the Brian Burke firing, George Cope and the other new Toronto bosses are immediately putting their stamp on the franchise.
In our recent issue ranking the Top 100 People of Power and Influence in hockey, we had George Cope at No. 26 and Brian Burke at 22. Oops.


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