by Ken Campbell - April 23, 2012 3:00 PM EDT
With a number of contenders having their season come to an abrupt finish, the summer theater will be intriguing to watch unfold.
Aside from the teams that actually make it out of the first round, you’d have to think the two people most thrilled with the early developments in these playoffs would be Rick Nash and Scott Howson.
by Ken Campbell - April 20, 2012 3:27 PM EDT
Trading away the opportunity to select the best player available would be a bad idea for the still-rebuilding Oilers.
No team has ever held the No. 1 overall pick in the NHL draft four consecutive years, but don’t bet against the Edmonton Oilers doing just that in 2013.
by Ken Campbell - April 16, 2012 3:40 PM EDT
Hard-headed violence is quickly returning to the game because the league allows it to, but it's worse off for it.
This has so far been a great playoff for the people over at NHL.com, the league’s sanctioned website, who specialize in highlighting violence with a “Must See” headline.
by Ken Campbell - April 14, 2012 7:48 PM EDT
Emile 'Butch' Bouchard, who came to the Canadiens while the organization was at a crossroads, passed away at 92 Saturday.
Butch Bouchard didn’t have a pair of skates to call his own until he was 16 years old, but five years later, having a pair of wheels was just as important to making the Canadiens as having a pair of blades.
by Ken Campbell - April 13, 2012 2:55 PM EDT
By choosing to only fine Shea Weber, the NHL missed a chance to send a message about egregious play early.
It’s early in the playoffs, so it’s best we get these things out of the way as soon as possible. To its credit, that’s what the NHL has done.
by Ken Campbell - April 10, 2012 10:25 PM EDT
After taking the No. 1 pick by winning the draft lottery Tuesday, the Oilers move closer to becoming a playoff team.
The last time an organization had a run like this at the draft table, it went on to win the Stanley Cup. So logic would dictate we can expect the Edmonton Oilers to have a parade down Whyte Avenue sometime in June of 2017.
by Ken Campbell - April 2, 2012 3:45 PM EDT
Rather than needing a competitive dollar or any other economical help, Canadian teams just need to be handled competently.
All anyone heard from Canada’s NHL teams prior to the lockout was that cost certainty and a Canadian dollar at or near par with the American dollar was what they needed to be consistently competitive.
by Ken Campbell - March 26, 2012 2:25 PM EDT
It's time to stop guaranteeing a divisional winner a top three spot in order to create a better stretch drive and first round matchups.
So it’s the last day of the regular season and the Chicago Blackhawks are visiting the Detroit Red Wings in an afternoon game. Just for kicks and giggles, let’s say the Blackhawks and Red Wings go into that game either tied in the standings or separated by a single point.
by Ken Campbell - March 23, 2012 1:15 PM EDT
How Tortorella should have handled the Devils; NHL propping up more than just Coyotes; and more.
Some random thoughts to end the work week: • If you’re going to have fighting in the NHL, I thought the manner in which the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers handled it Monday night – by staging three fights after only three seconds of play – was perfect.
by Ken Campbell - March 22, 2012 3:15 PM EDT
Meghan Agosta's ascension to becoming the best women's player in the world is nearly complete; plus a preview of the CWHL playoffs.
NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. - When you watch Meghan Agosta play, it’s almost as though you’re looking at a female version of Joe Sakic – sublimely skilled, great skater, terrific shot, big-time difference maker.
by Ken Campbell - March 20, 2012 12:45 PM EDT
Graham James, sentenced to two years in prison on Tuesday, had his 1989 Man of the Year honor revoked earlier this season and returned the plaque.
When Tom Thompson showed up at our Toronto office a couple of weeks ago declaring he had a present for me, I had no idea what it could possibly be.
by Ken Campbell - March 19, 2012 8:55 AM EDT
In the midget-aged showcase featuring NHL stars of tomorrow, it was an unlikely champion who took down Goliath.
Teenage phenom Connor McDavid won’t have long to suffer the disappointment of losing the OHL Cup championship. After all, he has a very hectic time ahead of him.
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