Ken Campbell's Column

Rick Nash has plenty to prove in New York

Rick Nash has plenty to prove in New York

by Ken Campbell - July 23, 2012 4:50 PM EDT

THN's senior writer takes a look at the blockbuster trade between Columbus and New York and what it means to both franchises.
Before you go vilifying Columbus Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson for not getting enough from the New York Rangers in return for Rick Nash, you should probably realize this guy has been spending almost all of his time since the trade deadline doing nothing else but trying to deal his disgruntled captain.


What should the Predators do with Shea Weber?

What should the Predators do with Shea Weber?

by Ken Campbell - July 20, 2012 2:55 PM EDT

Can Nashville still negotiate a deal with Philadelphia to make losing Shea Weber more palatable?
There is absolutely no doubt the Philadelphia Flyers pounced on a vulnerable franchise in a vulnerable situation when they signed Shea Weber to his 14-year, $110 million offer sheet.


NHL offer a reasonable start in CBA negotiations

NHL offer a reasonable start in CBA negotiations

by Ken Campbell - July 16, 2012 1:00 PM EDT

Far from signalling all-out war, the NHL's first offer to the NHLPA is a reasonable way to get things started.
Man, a guy goes out of town for the weekend to attend a high school reunion and war breaks out between the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association.


Top 10 all-time Europeans

Top 10 all-time Europeans

by Ken Campbell - July 13, 2012 11:20 AM EDT

With Jaromir Jagr and Teemu Selanne coming back for another season, where do they stack up against other elite Euros?
With both Teemu Selanne and Jaromir Jagr committing to at least one more NHL season, there’s an underrated and interesting race that will bear watching in 2012-13.


The future of UFAs, Nash, Bouwmeester, Doan, the Coyotes, Lidstrom and the whole NHL

The future of UFAs, Nash, Bouwmeester, Doan, the Coyotes, Lidstrom and the whole NHL

by Ken Campbell - July 9, 2012 2:05 PM EDT

News and views on the upcoming CBA; Nash and Bouwmeester's worth; what Doan says about the Desert; and Lidstrom's future.
Monday news and views as we come close to almost entering the dog days of summer: NEWS: One week into free agency, Jiri Hudler and P-A Parenteau find themselves worth $4 million a year, Brandon Prust gets a $10-million contract and defensemen such as Dennis Wideman and Matt Carle are suddenly worth more than $5 million a year on long-term contracts.


Just like others before them, Kings will suffer fleeting fame

Just like others before them, Kings will suffer fleeting fame

by Ken Campbell - July 6, 2012 8:35 PM EDT

The Kings will be the darlings of Southern California for the summer. Then next season, it’s the back page again.
LOS ANGELES – Waiting to get into the Kings dressing room after Game 3, these A- and B-list celebrities passed by in succession: Mary Hart, David Beckham, Joshua Jackson, Tom Arnold and Matthew Perry.


Last chance for long-term contracts

Last chance for long-term contracts

by Ken Campbell - June 29, 2012 3:30 PM EDT

This free agent period will likely be the last time players will have a chance to sign mega deals like the ones given to Jonathan Quick and Sidney Crosby.
You could make the case that Sidney Crosby and Martin Brodeur have been modern-day Gordie Howes. Like Howe before them, both are superstars who have led their teams to incredible success on the ice and, in the case of Crosby, saved a franchise.


Expect more active, organized NHLPA

Expect more active, organized NHLPA

by Ken Campbell - June 27, 2012 6:36 PM EDT

NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr wants the players to lead the charge into negotiations, so what does that mean for the start of next season?
If the players get sand kicked in their faces in collective bargaining this time around the way they thought they did in 2005, they’ll have nobody to blame but themselves.


Choosing Mats Sundin over Brendan Shanahan makes little sense

Choosing Mats Sundin over Brendan Shanahan makes little sense

by Ken Campbell - June 26, 2012 5:35 PM EDT

The HHOF selection committee decided to induct Sundin and leave Shanahan off for a year, but why?
It all started out so promising. After announcing the inductions of one of the greatest goal scorers and set-up men the game has ever seen, the Hockey Hall of Fame’s induction committee was on a roll.


Penguins, Red Wings take aim at Parise

Penguins, Red Wings take aim at Parise

by Ken Campbell - June 25, 2012 2:51 PM EDT

THN's senior writer gives his views on the news around Zach Parise and the Jordan Staal and Luke Schenn trades.
News and views leading up to Canada Day, better known as The Day GMs in the NHL Generally Take Leave of Their Senses: NEWS: New Jersey Devils left winger Zach Parise is scheduled to meet with his agents Monday in Minnesota to discuss his strategy for July 1.


Plenty of interest in pending UFA Justin Schultz

Plenty of interest in pending UFA Justin Schultz

by Ken Campbell - June 23, 2012 2:47 PM EDT

The University of Wisconsin defenseman and Anaheim Ducks 2008 draft pick will have plenty of offers Monday...plus Jordan Staal speaks.
PITTSBURGH – After spending the past two days picking 211 players in the NHL draft, all 30 NHL teams will turn their attention to just one young and talented asset.


Jordan Staal trade works for both Penguins, Hurricanes

Jordan Staal trade works for both Penguins, Hurricanes

by Ken Campbell - June 23, 2012 1:50 AM EDT

While both teams involved in the biggest trade of Round 1 win, Jordan Staal got what he wanted; plus, will Keith Yandle move?
PITTSBURGH – Jim Rutherford could have waited until this time next summer and he wouldn’t have had to give up anything for Jordan Staal but the cost of his contract – one that would have been governed by the parameters of a new collective bargaining agreement, no less.


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