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THN.com Playoff Blog: 'Big Z' exactly what Habs are missing

THN.com Playoff Blog: 'Big Z' exactly what Habs are missing

by Ryan Dixon - April 21, 2009 11:26 AM EDT

Montreal must look ahead to what they can do to better their chances next season, and that search should start with a player of Zdeno Chara's presence.
Once a creative glimpse into a player’s style and soul, hockey nicknames sure aren’t what they once were. It’s a shame to think Maurice Richard, known as ‘The Rocket’ in his day, would probably be referred to as ‘Richie’ today.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Supporting casts shaping series for Canes, Pens

THN.com Playoff Blog: Supporting casts shaping series for Canes, Pens

by Ryan Dixon - April 17, 2009 11:32 PM EDT

Tim Gleason's big goal tied the series and the role players could turn the tide... and Pittsburgh is nullifying Philadelphia's depth.
Score one for the Carolina ‘D.’ Now that it looks like we’re going to see the close series everyone predicted when the New Jersey Devils and Carolina Hurricanes drew each other in the first round, it will be interesting to see how two similar teams match up in key areas going forward.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Hawks fans ready to rock

THN.com Playoff Blog: Hawks fans ready to rock

by Ryan Dixon - April 16, 2009 11:54 AM EDT

Expectations and excitement will fill four arenas tonight as Day 2 of the chase for the chalice gets underway Thursday.
Who says there are no guarantees in the playoffs? No matter the outcome of the four Game 1’s Thursday night, magic is assured before the puck even drops in Chicago, where Blackhawks fans finally get another chance to create their unique shrill through the Star Spangled Banner.


THN.com Blog: No NHL coaching experience? No problem

THN.com Blog: No NHL coaching experience? No problem

by Ryan Dixon - April 9, 2009 12:45 PM EDT

Plenty of first-year coaches have found success in the NHL this year and you can expect that trend to continue in the next campaign.
That ‘Help Wanted’ signs will soon be going up behind some NHL benches is not a new trend. Coaches enter their racket with the knowledge that blame will find its way to their feet when things go wrong, often because they’ve already been axed at the NHL level once or twice before.


THN.com Blog: Keeping White a smart move for Leafs

THN.com Blog: Keeping White a smart move for Leafs

by Ryan Dixon - April 2, 2009 2:25 PM EDT

Toronto could have had a draft pick for for the diminutive blueliner at the deadline, but they'll be better off for holding on to him.
Though they could use an extra pick in this year’s draft, I’ll bet the Toronto Maple Leafs are much happier with the fact they have Ian White on their blueline.


THN.com Blog: Celebrating the differences between hoops and pucks

THN.com Blog: Celebrating the differences between hoops and pucks

by Ryan Dixon - March 26, 2009 1:43 PM EDT

Some distinctions are obvious - ice, for instance - but some of the subtle discrepancies are worth noting.
I was down at the arena I usually watch hockey in last night when out of nowhere these immensely tall guys came charging out on to the – what is that, wood?  – and started firing around this giant orange, bouncy puck.


THN.com Blog: Stamkos finally finds his way

THN.com Blog: Stamkos finally finds his way

by Ryan Dixon - March 19, 2009 11:26 AM EDT

After stumbling early on, last year's No. 1 overall pick has rejoined the Calder Trophy race.
It’s been a relatively long time since anybody thought Steven Stamkos would be this year’s NHL rookie of the year. In early October, before the season began, last year’s No.


THN.com Blog: AHL the right place for Tlusty

THN.com Blog: AHL the right place for Tlusty

by Ryan Dixon - March 12, 2009 10:51 AM EDT

Even though he's been lighting up the American League lately, Jiri Tlusty should stay there to develop instead of getting the call up to the Maple Leafs.
March is usually a month when bad teams try to identify their good prospects by giving them a twirl with the big boys. For the clubs, they get some sense as to whether a youngster might be ready to make a permanent leap to the NHL any time soon.


THN.com Blog: What a job, Bob

THN.com Blog: What a job, Bob

by Ryan Dixon - March 5, 2009 2:08 PM EST

Even though they didn't make any big moves to help in a playoff push, Anaheim GM Bob Murray deserves recognition for what he did.
There sure wasn’t too much to get excited about on what was a fairly dreary deadline day. One team, however, took a vibrant position that should stand to other teams as a lesson in spine.


THN.com Blog: Umberger cooking up more magic?

THN.com Blog: Umberger cooking up more magic?

by Ryan Dixon - February 26, 2009 11:52 AM EST

Not many of the Blue Jackets have playoff experience considering the team has never made the dance, but one player is well acquainted.
There’s a lot of excitement surrounding the Columbus Blue Jackets’ first-ever playoff push and not just from players and fans anxious for that initial taste of post-season action.


THN.com Blog: Calgary’s mutual admiration society

THN.com Blog: Calgary’s mutual admiration society

by Ryan Dixon - February 19, 2009 10:14 AM EST

Miikka Kiprusoff may not have the best numbers in the league, but the respect he gets from his teammates never waivers.
When it comes to generating heated discussions, nothing beats a good ranking.   Whether we’re putting together a pre-season list of playoff teams or rating the best players in the game, there’s never any shortage of talking – meaning yelling – points when we at The Hockey News handicap any part of the hockey world.


THN.com Blog: What makes a No. 1 defenseman?

THN.com Blog: What makes a No. 1 defenseman?

by Ryan Dixon - February 12, 2009 9:56 AM EST

The definition can be fuzzy, but one thing is certain: Truly elite blueliners are few and far between.
My most enjoyable times at work are the moments when perception becomes reality. We love to joke at The Hockey News about the mistaken impressions people have of our office dynamic.


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