Ken Campbell's Column

Save judgement on Leiweke for whether Maple Leafs succeed

Save judgement on Leiweke for whether Maple Leafs succeed

by Ken Campbell - July 19, 2013 10:51 AM EDT

Toronto's new president has been making headlines for his bold statements, but all that will matter in the end is wins and losses.
It kind of goes without saying that a guy who can plan a Stanley Cup parade route for a team that hasn’t even made the final since cars had tailfins has a healthy amount of chutzpah.


Bruins firing head of scouting an odd move

Bruins firing head of scouting an odd move

by Ken Campbell - July 15, 2013 3:00 PM EDT

Boston has let go of Wayne Smith in order to "freshen up" it's scouting department. But something doesn't pass the smell text.
Well, this has to fall under the category of “Rather Odd” when it comes to off-season hockey news. And given everything that has happened since the puck last dropped a month ago, that’s saying something.


Kovalchuk retirement a little too convenient for all involved

Kovalchuk retirement a little too convenient for all involved

by Ken Campbell - July 11, 2013 6:18 PM EDT

The ink is barely dry on the new CBA the Ilya Kovalchuk retirement proves there are already all-too-easy ways to circumvent the salary cap.
As the Church Lady on Saturday Night Live used to say, “Now, isn’t that convenient.” A little too convenient. With one stroke of the pen, Ilya Kovalchuk gets out of the last 12 years of his 15-year deal with the New Jersey Devils to go home and play in the KHL and the riddled-in-debt Devils break free from a burdensome contract they could neither afford to pay or buy out.


Hockey Hall of Fame gets it right with Shanahan, Niedermayer, Chelios, Shero and Heaney

Hockey Hall of Fame gets it right with Shanahan, Niedermayer, Chelios, Shero and Heaney

by Ken Campbell - July 9, 2013 5:50 PM EDT

The HHOF selection committee still needs more transparency in its voting process, but at least it picked the best five candidates this year.
The Hockey Hall of Fame’s selection committee was faced with a slam-dunk when it came to this year’s inductions and it managed to get it perfectly right.


Crazy contracts continue to plague NHL

Crazy contracts continue to plague NHL

by Ken Campbell - July 8, 2013 11:43 AM EDT

no matter what cost control methods the league says it needs for a healthy league, owners and GMs will always pay through the nose.
A little lost amid the frenzy of free agent singings last Friday was a comment made by Toronto Maple Leafs GM David Nonis after signing Dave Clarkson to a bonus-laden deal worth $36.


Will Tyler Seguin's game flourish in Dallas?

Will Tyler Seguin's game flourish in Dallas?

by Ken Campbell - July 4, 2013 6:35 PM EDT

The Boston-Dallas blockbuster trade gives the Stars a potential No. 1 center, while the Bruins get a boost in Loui Eriksson to help them win now, plus prospects for later.
Much of the focus of the blockbuster trade that sent Tyler Seguin from the Boston Bruins to the Dallas Stars for Loui Eriksson centered around how the Bruins had traded for now and the Stars for the future.


How PHWA voting blunder nearly cost Taylor Hall $1 million

How PHWA voting blunder nearly cost Taylor Hall $1 million

by Ken Campbell - July 3, 2013 2:34 PM EDT

Alex Ovechkin was not only voted a first team all-star on right wing, but mistakenly was voted to the second team on left wing, which nearly cost Hall.
When Justin Schultz scored at 13:17 of the second period to put the Edmonton Oilers ahead for good in their last game of the season, it came too late to help the Oilers make the playoffs, but it did cost them more than $2 million.


Coyotes to remain in Glendale - but for how long?

Coyotes to remain in Glendale - but for how long?

by Ken Campbell - July 3, 2013 10:19 AM EDT

Glendale council voted 4-3 in favor of a deal with RSE and Global Spectrum to keep the team for at least five years. But will the team stay any longer than that?
Well, at least the good people of Glendale will no longer have to live with Phoenix getting all the credit for having their hockey team. Now, everyone in Arizona gets to share the Coyotes.


Bias against defensemen drops Seth Jones to No. 4

Bias against defensemen drops Seth Jones to No. 4

by Ken Campbell - July 1, 2013 12:12 AM EDT

Three teams passed on the the consensus top prospect for most of the year. And that decision could come back to haunt them in the future.
NEWARK, N.J. - There was a very tiny sliver of silver lining in Seth Jones tumbling to No. 4 in the NHL draft. It turns out Jones’ father, former NBA journeyman Popeye, is originally from Dresden, Tenn.


What to make of the Cory Schneider trade?

What to make of the Cory Schneider trade?

by Ken Campbell - June 30, 2013 8:18 PM EDT

The Canucks-Devils deal was the blockbuster trade of the draft, but there were several other intriguing moves as well.
NEWARK, N.J. – When Roberto Luongo told the Vancouver Canucks last April that he’d be willing to waive his no-trade clause, he officially raised the curtain on one of the most bizarre soap operas in NHL history.


Trade talk running wild on eve of draft

Trade talk running wild on eve of draft

by Ken Campbell - June 29, 2013 9:15 PM EDT

From New Jersey, THN's senior writer breaks down all the buzz - Seguin, Lecavalier, Luongo, Letang, Briere and many more - heading into Sunday.
NEW YORK/NEWARK – When Tyler Seguin’s agent got off the plane in Newark Saturday, he was blindsided by tweets and chatter that the Boston Bruins have put his client on the trade market.


Thoughts on Lecavalier, Letang and a flurry of draft trades

Thoughts on Lecavalier, Letang and a flurry of draft trades

by Ken Campbell - June 28, 2013 1:55 PM EDT

If Vinny gets a big deal, the lockout was for nothing; Is Letang the league's third-best D-man?; and what moves will Sunday bring?
Random thoughts on the eve of the eve of the NHL draft in Newark: I gave up being surprised about NHL salaries a long time ago. But I have to admit I’m flummoxed at how, after being bought out of his contract by the Tampa Bay Lightning, Vincent Lecavalier is already being projected to sign a three-year deal worth about $5 million a season.


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