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THN.com Blog: Is superstar indecision a new trend?

THN.com Blog: Is superstar indecision a new trend?

by Jason Kay - July 26, 2008 9:42 AM EDT

It seems like more and more veteran players are taking extended periods of time to decide whether to return or retire.
During a year in which Brett Favre retired then notoriously unretired, a handful of NHL stars are taking prolonged periods of time before making/announcing their decisions.


THN.com Blog: Fanning the Flames of predictions

THN.com Blog: Fanning the Flames of predictions

by Jason Kay - July 19, 2008 10:09 AM EDT

When THN's staff sat down to pick next season's order of finish, the most hotly debated team was Calgary.
The Hockey News editorial group was sitting in our boardroom the other day, convening one of our loudest, most spirited and truly fascinating meetings of the year.


THN.com Blog: One-minute penalties and attention spans

THN.com Blog: One-minute penalties and attention spans

by Jason Kay - July 12, 2008 10:29 AM EDT

How 'bout one-minute penalties in regulation?... Ryan Miller to the Wings?... and the future in Phoenix, Ottawa and Nashville.
Summertime. Attention span short. Too many distractions…umm…outside window. Here’s blog, in spurts: • The American League is experimenting with a one-minute penalty rule in overtime next season, a modification Anaheim GM Brian Burke, among others, has been promoting.


THN.com Blog: Caps roll dice with Jose Theodore

THN.com Blog: Caps roll dice with Jose Theodore

by Jason Kay - July 5, 2008 1:10 PM EDT

What looked to be a sure thing with Cristobal Huet between the pipes now becomes a a question mark with a new UFA tender.
The Washington Capitals were eliminated in the first round of the 2008 playoffs, but their post-season still ended on something of a high. Their highly entertaining confrontation with the Philadelphia Flyers could just as easily have gone in their favor and they could have been the Cinderella team in the East that went deep into the spring.


THN.com Blog: Hossa terrific, but not a savior

THN.com Blog: Hossa terrific, but not a savior

by Jason Kay - June 29, 2008 11:20 AM EDT

With free agent shopping days set to begin, GMs are sure to be salivating over Marian Hossa. But buyers beware.
When I was a kid, July 1 was called Dominion Day, a confusing name for a child whose primary frame of reference for “Dominion” was the national grocery store chain.


THN.com Blog: Golf clap for NHL rule changes

THN.com Blog: Golf clap for NHL rule changes

by Jason Kay - June 23, 2008 9:39 AM EDT

The news was hardly earth shattering, but the 2008-09 tweaks should be applauded nonetheless... and other views on the week's news.
It may be an ant pushing a puck, but at least it’s gliding in the right direction. The Board of Governors’ approval of recommended rule changes falls under the tinkering category, but the moves are focused on adding more goals, while improving or maintaining player safety.


THN.com Blog: NHL does it right with Mr. Hockey

THN.com Blog: NHL does it right with Mr. Hockey

by Jason Kay - June 14, 2008 10:21 AM EDT

Like no other sports league, the NHL honors its best in an elegant and personable manner at the awards show.
It’s not fashionable to praise the NHL, but I’ve rarely been accused of having good sartorial sense, so here it is: the league we often love to bash is on a pretty decent run (a few ownership messes notwithstanding).


THN.com Playoff Blog: Osgood for the Hall of Fame?

THN.com Playoff Blog: Osgood for the Hall of Fame?

by Jason Kay - June 5, 2008 10:48 AM EDT

With the Wings veteran goaltender wrapping up his third Cup victory, the debate over his place among the game's greats begins.
A few months ago – heck, even a few weeks ago – the notion seemed ludicrous: Chris Osgood for the Hall of Fame? Some of you may even be shaking your heads and/or laughing right now.


THN at the Stanley Cup: Game 5 the one we'd been waiting for

THN at the Stanley Cup: Game 5 the one we'd been waiting for

by Jason Kay - June 3, 2008 1:04 AM EDT

After so much hype leading into the battle for Lord Stanley's Cup, Monday's game in Detroit provided fans with all they could hope for.
DETROIT - The cover of the most recent issue of The Hockey News proclaimed the Stanley Cup matchup between the Penguins and Red Wings “the final we’ve all been waiting for.


THN.com Playoff Blog: NHL has a pulse in America

THN.com Playoff Blog: NHL has a pulse in America

by Jason Kay - May 31, 2008 10:06 AM EDT

Is the U.S. waking up from its slumber and taking notice of hockey?... Holmstrom's impact... and sympathies for Luc.
Is it lucky happenstance or the payoff from hard work and prudent planning? We won’t know the answer to that question for several months or years, but finally the NHL is showing signs of life in the United States.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Will Cup finalists have an influence on draft day?

THN.com Playoff Blog: Will Cup finalists have an influence on draft day?

by Jason Kay - May 24, 2008 10:13 AM EDT

With two teams that rely on skill facing off for the Cup, it will be interesting to see if other teams play copycat on June 20.
We’re three years into the post-lockout era and the formula for ultimate Stanley Cup success is still being developed. Here’s what we know so far: Year 1, 2006: The Carolina Hurricanes raced their way to glory without the assistance of a designated enforcer.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Nothing to be gained by whining about refs

THN.com Playoff Blog: Nothing to be gained by whining about refs

by Jason Kay - May 17, 2008 1:26 PM EDT

Mike Babcock was very smart not to distract his team's focus by blaming Game 4 on the referees... and careful what you wish for, Glen Healy.
Mike Babcock had every right to be disappointed, angry, upset, frustrated and befuddled by the erroneous no-goal call in Game 4 of the Western Conference final.


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