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Will Craig MacTavish take Oilers to the next step?

Will Craig MacTavish take Oilers to the next step?

by Ken Campbell - April 15, 2013 4:18 PM EDT

The Oilers possess a wide selection of young, promising talent, but there are not enough support pieces in place.
You’d have to think Steve Tambellini saw this coming. Heck, he probably knew all along it would happen. That’s because there are precious few GMs in the NHL who have the luxury of both undertaking a rebuild and seeing it through.


Taylor Hall slash needed response from NHL

Taylor Hall slash needed response from NHL

by Ken Campbell - April 12, 2013 2:02 PM EDT

By making no comment at all about Hall's slash on Zbynek Michalek Wednesday night, the league failed to send a message.
On Wednesday night in Edmonton, a frustrated Oilers left winger Taylor Hall responded to Phoenix defenseman Zbynek Michalek holding his stick by taking his own stick from over his head, Paul Bunyan-style, and two-handing Michalek across the back of his calves.


Alex Ovechkin becomes part of Hart Trophy debate

Alex Ovechkin becomes part of Hart Trophy debate

by Ken Campbell - April 8, 2013 4:50 PM EDT

The Capitals star who appeared to be declining in front of us, has found a second wind and is leading his team back to contention.
Full disclosure: I was one of the many people in the hockey world who thought Alex Ovechkin was done. Not just for this season, but done for good.


Philadelphia Flyers figuring it out at the right time

Philadelphia Flyers figuring it out at the right time

by Ken Campbell - April 5, 2013 10:27 AM EDT

The way the Flyers have been playing lately is drawing comparisons to the 2010 team that squeaked into the playoffs and went to the final.
Ten days ago, the Philadelphia Flyers were seven points out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with six teams to catch. Today they’re two points out with three teams to overcome and figure to be in a dogfight for the final playoff spot until the last day of the season.


GMs show rare restraint at trade deadline

GMs show rare restraint at trade deadline

by Ken Campbell - April 4, 2013 1:10 PM EDT

No teams vastly overpaid for an asset they couldn't afford, which was a major difference between this year's deadline and recent ones.
The trade deadline is supposed to be the one day of the year when GMs make more mistakes than the other 364 days of the year combined. After all, Brian Burke said it, so it must be true.


Will Sidney Crosby still win the Hart Trophy?

Will Sidney Crosby still win the Hart Trophy?

by Ken Campbell - April 1, 2013 2:06 PM EDT

Has Crosby already done enough to be league MVP?; the ridiculous Ryane Clowe rumors; and the fishy Jarome Iginla deal.
Random thoughts for a Monday morning, two days before trade deadline: • If Sidney Crosby, as expected, misses the rest of the regular season, it will at least make the Hart Trophy race interesting.


NHL's best GM puts Penguins in prime position for Stanley Cup run

NHL's best GM puts Penguins in prime position for Stanley Cup run

by Ken Campbell - March 28, 2013 2:16 PM EDT

Ray Shero continues to prove himself the league's top manager and what helps set him apart is his aggressiveness.
After watching Ray Shero shake the balance of power in the NHL to its foundations over the past week, the temptation might be to compare the Pittsburgh Penguins GM’s stunning moves to 1991, when the Penguins acquired Ron Francis, Ulf Samuelsson and Grant Jennings before going on to win their first Stanley Cup.


Jarome Iginla traded to Pittsburgh Penguins for uninspiring return

Jarome Iginla traded to Pittsburgh Penguins for uninspiring return

by Ken Campbell - March 28, 2013 2:25 AM EDT

After a long, drawn out process the Flames traded their long-time captain, but could have received more if they pulled the trigger earlier.
First things first. Let’s dispense with the notion that the Great Jarome Iginla Trade of 2013 in any way, shape or form resembles the deal that brought him from the Dallas Stars organization to the Calgary Flames more than 17 years ago.


With Guy Boucher out, all eyes turn to Steve Yzerman

With Guy Boucher out, all eyes turn to Steve Yzerman

by Ken Campbell - March 25, 2013 12:00 AM EDT

The Tampa Bay Lightning fired their coach Sunday, which leads to questions about the effectiveness of their GM.
Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman is learning it’s far more difficult to run the hockey operations of an NHL team than it is to put together an Olympic roster of superstars from the strongest hockey nation in the world or apprentice with the Detroit Red Wings.


Sean Day the latest to be granted exceptional status

Sean Day the latest to be granted exceptional status

by Ken Campbell - March 22, 2013 12:15 PM EDT

Though he has played all his minor hockey in Detroit, Sean Day has every intention of playing under the Canadian flag.
Sean Day has never lived in Canada and, depending upon where his hockey future takes him, may never do so. But when it comes to his hockey life, he’s red and white without the blue.


The Lightning's puzzling struggles will cost Guy Boucher his job

The Lightning's puzzling struggles will cost Guy Boucher his job

by Ken Campbell - March 21, 2013 10:11 AM EDT

A team with this much talent and depth at the prospect level can't be this bad, can it? And why Kadri's improvement has widespread impact.
On a night when the Tampa Bay Lightning essentially withdrew from the playoff race in the Eastern Conference, one statistic stood out like no other.


Goalie equipment, hybrid icing, visors on the table for new competition committee

Goalie equipment, hybrid icing, visors on the table for new competition committee

by Ken Campbell - March 20, 2013 7:44 PM EDT

The GMs are willing to address some rule changes, but it all comes down to how the new committee will act.
The NHL’s competition committee is basically a clean slate at the moment. Which gives it a perfect opportunity to decide what it wants to be – a legitimate guardian of what is best for the game or a territorial, partisan group interested more in pursuing an agenda than doing what’s best for the sport.


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