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THN.com Blog: NHL could be drug-testing leader

THN.com Blog: NHL could be drug-testing leader

by Jason Kay - February 16, 2008 12:45 PM EST

If the NHL and NHLPA take charge and introduce the most effective and transparent drug-testing policy, it would earn greater friendship and respect...and "whoa" Brent Burns.
From a sports fan’s perspective, the Roger Clemens-Brian McNamee congressional hearing soap opera was compelling and titillating, in a detached sort of way.


THN.com Blog: Finishing last doesn't guarantee future success

THN.com Blog: Finishing last doesn't guarantee future success

by Jason Kay - February 10, 2008 12:52 PM EST

A word of caution for those teams thinking that throwing in the towel today will bring them a Stanley Cup in the near future.
You’re the GM of a foundering NHL team in mid-February, your club’s chances of making the playoffs are about as good as Sean Avery winning a congeniality competition and your franchise’s fandom is clamoring for trades before the deadline.


THN.com Blog: What’s changed? The ASG or me?

THN.com Blog: What’s changed? The ASG or me?

by Jason Kay - February 2, 2008 12:10 PM EST

You hear it all the time - the All-Star Game isn't as good as it used to be. But perhaps the the league's showcase game hasn't changed as much as the perception of it.
The night they played the NHL All-Star Game in Atlanta, a local cable channel was also airing a "classic," the 1970 affair in St. Louis.


THN.com Blog: Nothing foul about Selanne’s return

THN.com Blog: Nothing foul about Selanne’s return

by Jason Kay - January 26, 2008 12:47 PM EST

While fans of other teams in the West aren't pleased with the Ducks adding Niedermayer and Selanne, the team hasn't done anything wrong.
Teemu Selanne’s reported imminent return to Anaheim has fans in rival cities crying “what the Duck!” At issue for the complainers is a legal manipulation of the salary cap and contentions the Ducks are getting an unfair advantage by injecting players of Selanne’s and Scott Niedermayer’s ilk midway through the season.


THN.com Blog: Does the NHL need more violence?

THN.com Blog: Does the NHL need more violence?

by Jason Kay - January 20, 2008 9:32 AM EST

It's a tough call when it comes to balancing entertainment value with player safety in the world of hockey.
Time to play a little Devil’s advocate, in part to speculate on how to attract a few more Devils advocates…and Red Wings advocates…and Bruins advocates, etc.


THN.com Blog: How to improve the All-Star Game

THN.com Blog: How to improve the All-Star Game

by Jason Kay - January 12, 2008 10:58 AM EST

The league deserves credit for trying to add more excitment to the All-Star Weekend, but they could do more... and good on Bobby Clarke for speaking his mind, even if he's wrong about Steve Downie.
The NHL is saying yes to razzle-dazzle, introducing a revamped skills competition at the All-Star Game that features an anything goes shootout battle, complete with celebrity judges.


THN.com Blog: High and Outside - How about Fenway?

THN.com Blog: High and Outside - How about Fenway?

by Jason Kay - January 5, 2008 9:48 AM EST

The next time the NHL goes outside to play, they should do it in Boston because the fans deserve it.
The NHL’s Winter Classic was a lot of wonderful things. It wasn’t, however, the dawn of a new era for NHL appeal in the United States.


THN.com Blog: Lecavalier best in 2007

THN.com Blog: Lecavalier best in 2007

by Jason Kay - December 29, 2007 12:40 PM EST

Lightning strikes in the best player category as we hand out awards for the 2007 calender year... and Avery ruffles some feathers north of the border.
Sidney Crosby was named the Canadian male athlete of the year. He won the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP in 2006-07. The Hockey News just recently selected him as its choice for most powerful and influential person in the game.


THN.com Blog: Blood stains of Bertuzzi-Moore persist

THN.com Blog: Blood stains of Bertuzzi-Moore persist

by Jason Kay - December 23, 2007 11:23 AM EST

Instead of trying to erase the memory of one of the NHL's nastiest incidences, it's time for the game to erase "the code."
“Here’s the smell of the blood still; all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand.” – Shakespeare’s Lady Macbeth There are those in the hockey world who’d love to wash their hands of the Todd Bertuzzi-Steve Moore incident and aftermath, but try as they might the stains and stench persist.


THN.com Blog: What would Sundin fetch?

THN.com Blog: What would Sundin fetch?

by Jason Kay - December 16, 2007 12:14 AM EST

The Leafs don't owe their captain a trade to a contender, but even if they do swing a deal there's no guarantee they'll get a good return.
When the chatter in Toronto involving a potential Mats Sundin trade was at its noisiest, several commentators suggested the Maple Leafs “owed it” to Sundin to pedal him to a contender.


THN.com Blog: Game’s OK, but warning signs emerge

THN.com Blog: Game’s OK, but warning signs emerge

by Jason Kay - December 9, 2007 10:02 AM EST

Both on and off the ice, things could be worse... but they could also be better. And ignoring that fact could land the league in trouble again.
If you were in Pebble Beach last week, please tell us what color the sky was. We’re certain it wasn’t the same shade as the one we were seeing.


THN.com Blog: Habs would be wise to not rush Price

THN.com Blog: Habs would be wise to not rush Price

by Jason Kay - December 2, 2007 10:02 AM EST

Carey Price looks like Montreal's goalie of the future, so they'd be wise not to risk that by trying to make him the present savior.
I was sitting in the Air Canada Centre press box watching the Habs battle the Maple Leafs when Toronto’s Jason Blake made a swift and deft rush, only to have his shot stopped by Carey Price.


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