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Stanley Cup 2013: Talent shines when coaching takes a back seat

Stanley Cup 2013: Talent shines when coaching takes a back seat

by Ken Campbell - June 21, 2013 3:55 PM EDT

Systems broke down in Game 4 for Boston and Chicago, which meant there was an air of unpredictability and plenty of goals.
CHICAGO – The best thing about Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final was that it was played at such a frenetic pace that it took control out of the hands of the coaches and placed it firmly in the hands of the players.


Will the Coyotes move to Seattle this summer?

Will the Coyotes move to Seattle this summer?

by Ken Campbell - June 12, 2013 8:17 PM EDT

It appears the Coyotes will have a new owner in place soon, which could mean a quick move to Seattle.
CHICAGO -  If you think the NHL is not currently greasing the skids to move the Phoenix Coyotes, you’re kidding yourself. Yes, the league would prefer to keep the team in Glendale for reasons that almost nobody can fathom, but the behind-the-scenes work that could see the Coyotes move is furious at the moment.


Playoff no-calls decide NHL games, too

Playoff no-calls decide NHL games, too

by Ken Campbell - June 7, 2013 12:41 PM EDT

The "let the players decide the game" edict is in full effect this post-season. And it's making a mockery of the sport.
Imagine a world where officials in the National Football League stopped calling pass interference in the Super Bowl. Or where National Basketball Association officials simply began to allow travelling and flagrant fouls during the post-season.


Messier, Gretzky no fit for Rangers as figurehead coach

Messier, Gretzky no fit for Rangers as figurehead coach

by Ken Campbell - June 3, 2013 1:31 PM EDT

If the Rangers hire one of the two legends as their next coach, they'd be doing it for all the wrong reasons and set themselves up for disaster.
New York Rangers GM Glen Sather is in the Hockey Hall of Fame as a builder, so he probably doesn’t need my advice. Then again, look at his recent record as a GM.


Conference finals unlikely to let down

Conference finals unlikely to let down

by Ken Campbell - May 31, 2013 2:30 PM EDT

Having the best four teams still alive - and each of the past four champions - should make for one of the best semifinals in years.
If you’re a fan of the underdog or the perceived merits of a salary cap, then this year’s conference finals probably aren’t your (Stanley) Cup of tea.


Will Henrik Lundqvist retire a Ranger, or end up elsewhere?

Will Henrik Lundqvist retire a Ranger, or end up elsewhere?

by Ken Campbell - May 27, 2013 3:41 PM EDT

A free agent after next season, will Henrik Lundqvist stay with the Rangers, or seek out a team he has a better chance to win a Stanley Cup with?
Unless he truly sees himself as a New York Ranger for life, Henrik Lundqvist has some very serious soul-searching to do over the next 12 months.


Proven winner Patrick Roy worth the risk for Colorado Avalanche

Proven winner Patrick Roy worth the risk for Colorado Avalanche

by Ken Campbell - May 24, 2013 11:36 AM EDT

Hiring Patrick Roy as coach and Joe Sakic in the front office without any NHL experience in those positions is worth the potential payoff for Colorado.
If the Colorado Avalanche handed the keys to the kingdom to Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy with the sole intention of selling tickets, they’ve made a terrible, dreadful mistake.


The evolution of John Tortorella

The evolution of John Tortorella

by Ken Campbell - May 21, 2013 12:39 PM EDT

In Tampa Bay, Tortorella was much more open and friendly with the media than he has been in New York. But the bottom line has always been that the man can coach.
It was the morning of Game 7 of the 2004 Stanley Cup final and John Tortorella was holding his daily news conference after the morning skate.


Big bad Kings play tough, smart hockey

Big bad Kings play tough, smart hockey

by Ken Campbell - May 17, 2013 2:35 PM EDT

The Kings are known for their physical brand of hockey, but they play with a champion-style discipline.
Here’s an interesting query for you to digest as you begin to tuck into the meat of the second round of the playoffs: Take a wild guess how many roughing penalties the Los Angeles Kings have in this year’s post-season.


Bruins show heart of champion in Game 7 win against Maple Leafs

Bruins show heart of champion in Game 7 win against Maple Leafs

by Ken Campbell - May 14, 2013 12:55 AM EDT

Down 4-1 in the third, Boston got serious to mount the comeback. For Toronto, the crushing loss should accelerate their build.
BOSTON – If you’re looking for a turning point in the wildest game of this year’s playoffs, you might be surprised to learn that it came seven minutes into the third period with the Boston Bruins down 4-2 and Milan Lucic headed to the penalty box.


Maple Leafs 'veteran' Jake Gardiner has become a force

Maple Leafs 'veteran' Jake Gardiner has become a force

by Ken Campbell - May 13, 2013 9:38 AM EDT

Though he's just 22 and has only a handful of NHL games under his belt, 'Silver Stick' Gardiner has been golden against the Bruins.
As the Toronto Maple Leafs go into their first Game 7 experience in nine years Monday night, they do so with the comfort that one of their top defenseman is a seasoned NHL veteran and been through this kind of thing many times before.


Canadiens done in by lack of depth and reliable goaltending

Canadiens done in by lack of depth and reliable goaltending

by Ken Campbell - May 10, 2013 2:40 PM EDT

Don't blame injuries on the Habs loss; should there be transparency in award voting?; and bodychecking in minor hockey.
Random thoughts on a rainy Friday: THOSE HURTIN’ HABS Anyone who uses injuries as an excuse for the Montreal Canadiens poor performance during the playoffs was looking at that series through red, white and blue colored glasses.


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