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THN.com Blog: Rooting for Tuomo Ruutu

THN.com Blog: Rooting for Tuomo Ruutu

by Ryan Dixon - November 6, 2008 1:13 PM EST

Picked ninth overall in 2001, Tuomo Ruutu has had chronic injury troubles, but things are finally looking up.
Is it finally Tuomo’s time? In 2002, The Hockey News had Tuomo Ruutu rated as the top NHL prospect in our annual Future Watch issue.


THN.com Blog: Early season NHL X-Files

THN.com Blog: Early season NHL X-Files

by Ryan Dixon - October 30, 2008 1:31 PM EDT

From Toronto's shooting propensity to the bizzaro world in St. Louis, it's been a strange start to the campaign.
It doesn’t take long for a season to get odd. People who laid bucks down on the Ducks or wished upon the Stars can start breathing a little easier, but there are still plenty of things happening around the league to induce some head-scratching.


THN.com Blog: Music City’s well-spent money

THN.com Blog: Music City’s well-spent money

by Ryan Dixon - October 23, 2008 1:18 PM EDT

While big bucks were getting thrown around, Preds GM David Poile got steals in Shea Weber and Ryan Suter.
Cash before delivery. It’s a growing trend in the NHL these days, one some regard as a dangerous method of paying players. The notion of handing out contracts to young players based on what you anticipate they’ll produce down the road isn’t without some peril, but it’s vastly superior to overcompensating players for something they haven’t got and will never acquire.


THN.com Blog: Tracking some old deadline deals

THN.com Blog: Tracking some old deadline deals

by Ryan Dixon - October 16, 2008 2:15 PM EDT

It's too early to be looking forward to the trade deadline, so instead, we look back at a few moves from 2007.
We’re halfway through October and every hockey fan knows what that benchmark means: Only 138 more days until the NHL trade deadline. Don’t worry; we’re not looking to kick off the lunacy of deadline talk just yet.


THN.com Blog: Wacky predictions for opening night

THN.com Blog: Wacky predictions for opening night

by Ryan Dixon - October 9, 2008 1:10 PM EDT

Hallelujah! Hockey is back and the off-season banter can cease and desist... right after this final skewed viewed.
Drop the puck. Raise the banner. Let’s get this show on the road. The start of the NHL season in North America officially ends the speculation and straw-grasping that marks off-season hockey chatter.


THN.com Blog: The wild, wild East

THN.com Blog: The wild, wild East

by Ryan Dixon - October 2, 2008 12:02 PM EDT

The East will be a blast to watch this year, thanks to a plethora of teams with their own pluses and minuses.
There’s no law that says something has to be exceptional to be exciting. Students getting straight A’s in university should be lauded for their efforts, but it’s usually the kids who subscribe to the “C’s make degrees” philosophy who have the most fun – until graduation, anyway.


THN.com Blog: Painful setback in St. Louis

THN.com Blog: Painful setback in St. Louis

by Ryan Dixon - September 24, 2008 2:59 PM EDT

Surrounded by No. 1 picks with flare, the injury to Erik Johnson leaves Blues fans waiting even longer for promise to be fulfilled.
St. Louis team president John Davidson called it a curve ball, but it probably feels more like a fastball to the groin. News that Erik Johnson will likely miss the entire season with torn knee ligaments sustained while driving a golf cart during a team golf outing (sound fishy to anyone else?) is not the way Davidson wanted to kick-off training camp.


THN.com Blog: Poile, Burke and a Bettmanism

THN.com Blog: Poile, Burke and a Bettmanism

by Ryan Dixon - September 17, 2008 2:55 PM EDT

At the Board of Governors meeting, David Poile is still surprised at Radulov's decision, Burke snaps about Schneider and Bettman twists T.V.
I spent the majority of Tuesday afternoon loitering in a lobby while waiting for the NHL’s big wigs to emerge from a boardroom and their Board of Governors meeting.


THN.com Blog: Reality check for Cup-crazy fans

THN.com Blog: Reality check for Cup-crazy fans

by Ryan Dixon - September 10, 2008 11:18 AM EDT

Optimism rules the start of every hockey season, but sometimes fans can get a little too carried away with their expectations.
For NHL fans, hope springs eternal in the fall. But far too often, faith blurs into willful blindness and fan forums get littered with statements that offend the very nature of common sense, like: “I don’t care what anyone says, I watched him last year and Ron Hainsey at $4.


THN.com Blog: Quinn a mighty good choice to coach Canada

THN.com Blog: Quinn a mighty good choice to coach Canada

by Ryan Dixon - September 3, 2008 11:39 AM EDT

With the juniors going for five straight championships in their own backyard, the big Irishman is a perfect fit.
Coaches, like players, don’t necessarily excel in every aspect of their job. Just as some great shooters can’t skate a lick, not every bench boss is equally adept in the technical and motivational components of their profession.


THN.com Blog: 30 years old, never kissed a Cup

THN.com Blog: 30 years old, never kissed a Cup

by Ryan Dixon - August 27, 2008 11:40 AM EDT

No matter how good a player is, he's not considered legendary until he captures a Cup. Here's five who are still searching.
A Hall of Famer and a co-worker got me thinking about legacies. Sam McCaig, esteemed staff member here at The Hockey News, pointed out recently that if Joe Thornton is going to win a Stanley Cup before he’s 30, it’d have to be this season.


THN.com Blog: A helpful hockey glossary

THN.com Blog: A helpful hockey glossary

by Ryan Dixon - August 20, 2008 10:36 AM EDT

As the communication divide between generations grows greater, we're here to help clarify some 'icy' terms.
One of the surest signs you’ve fully transitioned to adulthood occurs when a person who is your junior says or writes something to you that’s presumably based in your first language, yet you have no idea what he or she is trying to communicate.


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