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THN.com Blog: Ovie's charisma-skill combo makes him NHL's top dog

THN.com Blog: Ovie's charisma-skill combo makes him NHL's top dog

by Jason Kay - January 30, 2009 11:19 AM EST

Where once Sid The Kid was the unquestioned face of the league, Alex Ovechkin has now assumed that role.
At the dawn of the 2006-07 season, we posed the question to NHL GMs: if you were starting a team from scratch, who would you take? Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby or Dion Phaneuf.


THN.com Blog: Habs hero Elmer Lach deserves recognition

THN.com Blog: Habs hero Elmer Lach deserves recognition

by Jason Kay - January 23, 2009 10:09 AM EST

It's time to celebrate hockey and the historical Montreal Canadiens, but there is one thing that could have made it all the more special.
This weekend, my colleagues and I will be among the privileged, revelling in (and, OK, kind of working at) NHL all-star weekend. We’ll have prime seats to see the league’s best players (OK, most of them) display their considerable skills.


THN.com Blog: Don't roll dice on Vegas outdoor game

THN.com Blog: Don't roll dice on Vegas outdoor game

by Jason Kay - January 16, 2009 9:34 AM EST

The Winter Classics should be about giving back to fans in established cold-weather markets, not a promotional tilt in a city with no team.
The NHL Winter Classic in Las Vegas? Of all the ideas in the history of mankind, this is one of them. It’s just not a good one. The league has developed and nurtured a special, winning event rooted in hockey’s tradition.


THN.com Blog: Swayed by the Sanderson tragedy

THN.com Blog: Swayed by the Sanderson tragedy

by Jason Kay - January 9, 2009 10:39 AM EST

The death of a young player may or may not spur a change in hockey philosophy, but it has certainly had an impact on this writer.
The cover story in an upcoming issue of The Hockey News will focus on the fighting issue, re-examining its place in the wake of the Don Sanderson tragedy through the eyes of different people connected to the game.


THN.com Blog: Giving credibility to the All-Star Game

THN.com Blog: Giving credibility to the All-Star Game

by Jason Kay - January 2, 2009 10:45 AM EST

If the NHL is looking to enhance its annual showcase, they should start by altering the selection process.
The official end of the NHL All-Star Game balloting period dovetails nicely with the unofficial start of the “why we need to change the All-Star Game/All-Star Game voting format” season.


THN.com Blog: An All-Star Game with a point

THN.com Blog: An All-Star Game with a point

by Jason Kay - December 19, 2008 10:38 AM EST

An ASG format featuring the best of the worst might finally prove a single man cannot collapse an entire team.
I believe I’ve found the winning formula for an all-star game worth watching: Team Superstars vs. Team Exile. Team Superstars would be comprised of, well, superstars.


THN.com Blog: Head-shot numbers don't tell whole story

THN.com Blog: Head-shot numbers don't tell whole story

by Jason Kay - December 12, 2008 11:00 AM EST

According to a THN poll, two-thirds of NHL players don't want automatic penalties for head shots, but are the tides starting to turn?
A few weeks back I posed the question, in blog form, “What do NHL players really think about the headshot issue?” Then it dawned on me – why don’t we ask them? Pure genius.


THN.com Blog: Stories to feel good about

THN.com Blog: Stories to feel good about

by Jason Kay - December 5, 2008 12:04 PM EST

With so much bad news surrounding sports lately, here are some things to feel good about in the NHL.
With apologies to Simon and Garfunkel, I can still see Joe DiMaggio, or guys who resemble him. I just have to look a little harder lately. Sport remains one of our great escapes, despite the grim stories filling newscasts, newspapers and web pages, sometimes relentlessly.


THN.com Blog: Comeback ‘kid’ Lemieux most hated ever

THN.com Blog: Comeback ‘kid’ Lemieux most hated ever

by Jason Kay - November 28, 2008 11:01 AM EST

Claude Lemieux's comeback attempt will inject more hate into the NHL if he manages to make it that far.
Claude Lemieux is No. 1, so why try harder? The quintessential shift disturber ranks atop the register of most hated players of all-time in our recently released publication, The Ultimate Book of Hockey Lists.


THN.com Blog: Roy still king of crease, but not Habs top tender

THN.com Blog: Roy still king of crease, but not Habs top tender

by Jason Kay - November 21, 2008 10:38 AM EST

When Patrick Roy has his No. 33 raised to the rafters Saturday, he'll go in as the NHL's winningest goalie, but where does he rank in Habs history?
If Martin Brodeur hadn’t suffered the first serious injury of his career earlier this season, chances are he’d be breaking Patrick Roy’s all-time wins mark right…about…now.


THN.com Blog: How do the players feel about head shots?

THN.com Blog: How do the players feel about head shots?

by Jason Kay - November 14, 2008 9:42 AM EST

Let's allow those who face the danger to decide whether or not something needs to be done to curb concussions.
Montreal’s Tom Kostopoulos hits, and injures, Toronto’s Mike Van Ryn from behind in the center of the hockey universe on a Saturday night and a smoldering issue again is engulfed in flames.


THN.com Blog: Don’t expect Sabres to wither

THN.com Blog: Don’t expect Sabres to wither

by Jason Kay - November 7, 2008 11:11 AM EST

Buffalo has proved early on that they will be a team to reckon with in the Eastern Conference.
At the beginning of the season, I ruminated on the Sabres’ long-term viability in small-market Buffalo. My opinion was not born of jealousy or malice, as some of you asserted in your feedback, but of concern.


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