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THN.com Blog: Biron burned by lofty demands?

THN.com Blog: Biron burned by lofty demands?

by Ryan Dixon - July 23, 2009 1:15 PM EDT

High salary expectations and a shrinking goalie market will have the new Isles goaltender wondering where he and his agent went wrong.
Just when you thought things were morphing into some form of normal on Long Island, GM Garth Snow announces the Islanders have signed goalie Martin Biron.


THN.com Blog: Philly flying in face of salary cap

THN.com Blog: Philly flying in face of salary cap

by Ryan Dixon - July 16, 2009 12:49 PM EDT

With one of the most potent lineups in the NHL and a goaltending philosophy similar to Detroit's, the time for Philly to strike is now.
Bullies are rarely mathematicians. As such, the Philadelphia Flyers have tried to stuff way too many high-priced bodies in their dressing room and face an impending salary cap crisis one year from now.


THN.com Blog: Wings can absorb Hudler’s surprise split

THN.com Blog: Wings can absorb Hudler’s surprise split

by Ryan Dixon - July 9, 2009 11:45 AM EDT

The burgeoning sniper's departure may have come as a Rock City shock, but don't expect the impact to run too deep... and who wants a Tanguay?
It is the last team you’d expect to get caught in the rain without an umbrella.   The Detroit Red Wings are the kind of organization that prepares for every scenario, happy and sad.


THN.com Blog: Montreal misses mark with free agent buys

THN.com Blog: Montreal misses mark with free agent buys

by Ryan Dixon - July 2, 2009 12:20 PM EDT

Bob Gainey missed out on a true No. 1 center and a big-time blueliner, but instead of saving the cap space he wasted it on second-liners.
One thing we know for sure about the Montreal Canadiens’ off-season is it won’t include a team-bonding trip to an amusement park.


THN.com Blog: Capitals could use new Prong in their attack

THN.com Blog: Capitals could use new Prong in their attack

by Ryan Dixon - June 25, 2009 1:10 PM EDT

If Ducks ultra-nasty blueliner Chris Pronger is up for grabs, Caps GM George McPhee should be the first on the phone.
It’s a true, tough-to-stick-to creed: Worry about the things you have the power to change, not the ones you don’t. If I was a Washington Capitals fan, I’d be most vexed with my team’s goaltending.


THN.com Blog: The downside of Dany

THN.com Blog: The downside of Dany

by Ryan Dixon - June 18, 2009 12:00 PM EDT

When a 50-goal scorer becomes available, there's usually a lot of interest in his services, but Dany Heatley comes with some heavy baggage.
You know Dany Heatley crossed the line when the talent-starved Toronto Maple Leafs won’t trade for him. Leafs GM Brian Burke said his team would not be in the mix for any deal involving Heatley based on the method the big left winger took in asking for a trade out of Ottawa.


THN.com Blog: A Tippett of the hat

THN.com Blog: A Tippett of the hat

by Ryan Dixon - June 11, 2009 2:27 PM EDT

Getting kicked to the curb now may end up being the best thing for the former Dallas coach who will surely find himself back behind an NHL bench.
Marc Crawford is already a better coach than Dave Tippett. That fact has nothing to do with Crawford’s knowledge of where X’s and O’s are best slotted on a whiteboard and everything to do with what form the Dallas Stars will take this year relative to last.


THN.com Blog: NHL franchises going green with new hires

THN.com Blog: NHL franchises going green with new hires

by Ryan Dixon - June 4, 2009 1:16 PM EDT

The latest hiring by the Colorado Avalanche of GM Greg Sherman continues a trend of newbie coaches and GMs around the league.
For all the talk of rescinded suspensions and non-calls in the final, it sure seems like the NHL Old Boys Network is losing some of its cache.


THN at the Stanley Cup: Saving the final

THN at the Stanley Cup: Saving the final

by Ryan Dixon - June 1, 2009 1:29 PM EDT

Just what does Pittsburgh need to do to get themselves back into the series after dropping both games in Detroit?
DETROIT - On a day when the teams travel, we sort out why the Stanley Cup final, currently led 2-0 by the Detroit Red Wings, can still be salvaged.


THN at the Stanley Cup: Detroit simply does it again

THN at the Stanley Cup: Detroit simply does it again

by Ryan Dixon - June 1, 2009 1:23 AM EDT

They do it so often, it really isn't a surprise anymore. The Wings found a way to win again and take a 2-0 series lead into Pittsburgh.
DETROIT - This is Detroit, minus an MVP-caliber piston. This is Detroit, a place the Red Wings have been outshot in consecutive games now after allowing more shots than they fired just five times on home ice all year before the Stanley Cup final.


THN at the Stanley Cup: A slice of Sidney for everybody

THN at the Stanley Cup: A slice of Sidney for everybody

by Ryan Dixon - May 31, 2009 2:46 PM EDT

It's only been one game, but Sidney Crosby has quickly become the center of attention, battling hard against Detroit's best.
DETROIT - Already engaged by a number of Detroit players, Sidney Crosby had no interest in picking another battle with the Red Wings coach. Hours before his Pittsburgh Penguins try to even a Stanley Cup final series Detroit leads 1-0, Crosby was told Wings bench boss Mike Babcock referred to him as a “head-hunter” based on the way he went after adversary Henrik Zetterberg in Game 1.


THN at the Stanley Cup: Ozzie awesome, but Pens shouldn’t pout

THN at the Stanley Cup: Ozzie awesome, but Pens shouldn’t pout

by Ryan Dixon - May 31, 2009 12:55 AM EDT

It was Chris Osgood and a few helpful bounces that led the Wings to a Game 1 win, but this series started differently than last year's matchup.
DETROIT - Facing a hot goalie is usually a source of concern, not confidence. But the Pittsburgh Penguins have to be encouraged by the fact Chris Osgood was the best Detroit Red Wing in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final.


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