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THN.com Blog: Three tales of woe all traced to the crease

THN.com Blog: Three tales of woe all traced to the crease

by Jason Kay - February 5, 2010 10:15 AM EST

How different would things be in Columbus, Boston and Toronto had their goalies kept up their positive trajectory?
News item: Ken Hitchcock gets fired in Columbus less than a year after being celebrated for getting his team into the playoffs. News item: Brian Burke executes blockbuster trades in Toronto.


THN.com Blog: Options to curb head shots

THN.com Blog: Options to curb head shots

by Jason Kay - January 22, 2010 10:08 AM EST

What's the best way to stop concussions? Harsher penalties for boarding, charging and even fighting? What about chin straps?
Another day, another concussion. That’s the approximate rate at which brain injuries are occurring in the sphere The Hockey News regularly covers.


THN.com Blog: Demeanor gives Joseph only chance for Hall

THN.com Blog: Demeanor gives Joseph only chance for Hall

by Jason Kay - January 15, 2010 9:37 AM EST

His lack of Cups and personal awards lead the argument against his inclusion, but personality goes a long way.
Curtis Joseph played just five seasons for the Toronto Maple Leafs, failing to qualify for a Stanley Cup final or capture a single major post-season award or all-star berth, yet his retirement was met, at least in Toronto, with deep appreciation bordering on hero worship.


THN.com Blog: Hockey's second-tier nations making strides

THN.com Blog: Hockey's second-tier nations making strides

by Jason Kay - January 8, 2010 10:07 AM EST

While traditional powers from the Czech Republic and Slovakia seem to be slipping, nations like Switzerland and Denmark are coming along.
Is the hockey world shrinking or growing? Depends on your perspective. From an elite angle, it may indeed be getting smaller. At any given major international tournament these days, the list of true contenders has dwindled to four or five – Canada, Russia, Sweden, the United States and sometimes Finland.


THN.com Blog: Yzerman will be wrong – unless Canada wins

THN.com Blog: Yzerman will be wrong – unless Canada wins

by Jason Kay - January 1, 2010 10:44 AM EST

There's no middle ground for Stevie Y and Co.... Crosby's good, but Miller's better... and the cost of success.
We won’t know until Feb. 28, or perhaps a few days sooner, whether Steve Yzerman and his advisory team made the “right” choices for Team Canada 2010.


THN.com Blog: Why Bettman's back at No. 1

THN.com Blog: Why Bettman's back at No. 1

by Jason Kay - December 18, 2009 11:55 AM EST

Two years after being dropped from the top spot in our People of Power and Influence list, the Commish returns for a variety of reasons.
You needn’t be popular to be on our POP list. In fact, a mean streak, abrasiveness or public disapproval can sometimes work in your favor.


THN.com Blog: Letdowns of the decade

THN.com Blog: Letdowns of the decade

by Jason Kay - December 11, 2009 11:05 AM EST

The first 10 years of the 21st century have been eventful to say the least, but not all aspects will be fondly remembered.
Exactly what do you call the first decade of this century? The ohs, oughts, zeroes, zilches, zips, nadas? Seems there is no consensus. Not even on the Internet.


THN.com Blog: Don't rush shootout judgment

THN.com Blog: Don't rush shootout judgment

by Jason Kay - December 4, 2009 9:50 AM EST

Just because the post-OT one-on-ones are up from previous years doesn't mean the league should address the "issue" post-haste.
Rapier-sharp reflexes come in handy when you’re an NHL goalie, but they’re less useful to hockey executives, fans and analysts. Sometimes, they’re even downright dangerous.


THN.com Blog: A cursed history of Hossa

THN.com Blog: A cursed history of Hossa

by Jason Kay - November 27, 2009 11:10 AM EST

We all know Marian Hossa has lost in consecutive Stanley Cup finals, but his unfortunate history dates back much further than that.
We all know Marian Hossa, who made a splash in his Chicago debut the other night, is blessed with immense talent. But is the 30-year-old Slovak also cursed? Despite an arsenal of skill many of his colleagues would kill for, Hossa has never won a big-time championship or an international hockey medal.


THN.com Blog: Mining for gold

THN.com Blog: Mining for gold

by Jason Kay - November 20, 2009 11:10 AM EST

The number of teams who have a realistic chance of claiming top spot in the upcoming Olympic Games runs as deep as the opinions in the THN office.
Staff meetings are sometimes like dental appointments. You sit and endure the pain and pray that it ends as swiftly as possible. Unless, of course, laughing gas is used.


THN.com Blog: Brodeur's consistency his most impressive feat

THN.com Blog: Brodeur's consistency his most impressive feat

by Jason Kay - November 13, 2009 10:00 AM EST

The Devils goalie has maintained his elite level of play; something that can't be said for nearly all of his fellow keepers.
I’ve long believed goaltending in the NHL is the single most important position in all professional team sports. He is the most relied-upon player on a nightly basis, the individual who has a greater influence on his team’s success or failure than any other performer.


THN.com Blog: Who’s to blame over early H1N1 shots?

THN.com Blog: Who’s to blame over early H1N1 shots?

by Jason Kay - November 6, 2009 12:20 PM EST

The fact some Flames and Leafs got their needles first isn't anything new; the privileged are often at the front of the line.
Every morning on my commute to the office I sit in a lengthy line on a local street with dozens of other cars waiting to make a right-hand turn.


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