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THN.com Blog: Coaching carousel crumbling

THN.com Blog: Coaching carousel crumbling

by Ryan Dixon - August 13, 2008 11:26 AM EDT

The NHL is starting to get away from hiring known names and making way for a new wave of coaching candidates.
I have no idea who New York Islanders GM Garth Snow talked to before hiring Scott Gordon as his new coach, but I do know John Stevens and Bruce Boudreau served as great references.


THN.com Blog: Rounding the hockey bases in July

THN.com Blog: Rounding the hockey bases in July

by Ryan Dixon - July 23, 2008 1:45 PM EDT

Amazing Hayley... Five Cup contenders... Drury... Grabovski... Staal for Toews... L.A. not far off... Trotz is tops... and the outdoor game.
A few NHL musings with upside no bigger than a paragraph… • Hayley Wickenheiser is a female hockey player who’s good enough to play the sport professionally with men at a high level in Sweden.


THN.com Blog: Time for Foppa to hang 'em up

THN.com Blog: Time for Foppa to hang 'em up

by Ryan Dixon - July 16, 2008 10:43 AM EDT

With injuries continuing to plague the future Hall of Famer, Peter Forsberg should walk away from the game of hockey.
The end of Peter Forsberg’s career is starting to put me in mind of one of those Saturday Night Live sketches that get slotted at the back of the 90-minute show.


THN.com Blog: Anticipating a world junior championship prairie party

THN.com Blog: Anticipating a world junior championship prairie party

by Ryan Dixon - July 9, 2008 12:20 PM EDT

The WJC is coming to Saskatoon and Regina in 2010. And that's reason to celebrate.
Cold as Canada’s prairies can be in January, it warms my heart to hear the World Junior Championship is returning there. Hockey Canada has announced the 2010 world juniors will be co-hosted by Saskatoon and Regina.


THN.com Blog: Let me get this Streit

THN.com Blog: Let me get this Streit

by Ryan Dixon - July 2, 2008 1:33 PM EDT

While Mark Streit can't hurt the Islanders and will certainly help their power play, he's not going to carry this team into the playoffs.
In one respect, the union of Mark Streit and the New York Islanders makes a lot of sense because Streit can play multiple positions and the Islanders need help everywhere.


THN.com Blog: Snagging UFAs all about dollars and sense

THN.com Blog: Snagging UFAs all about dollars and sense

by Ryan Dixon - June 30, 2008 10:41 AM EDT

When it comes to free agency and the salary cap world, sometimes the best money spent is the money you don't spend at all.
The NHL calendar is broken into three chunks: the regular season, the post-season and, the portion beginning tomorrow, the silly season. July 1 marks the day a good number of quality players become unrestricted free agents, clear to sign their services over to any one of the 30 teams.


THN.com Blog: Sundin a perfect fit in Montreal

THN.com Blog: Sundin a perfect fit in Montreal

by Ryan Dixon - June 25, 2008 10:57 AM EDT

Montreal GM Bob Gainey is trying to set up a meeting with Mats Sundin. If he can sign him, Sundin would do wonders for the Canadiens' Stanley Cup drive.
The Montreal Canadiens need Mats Sundin. They need his 6-foot-5, 230-pound frame up the middle to finally clog what’s been a gaping hole in their lineup for what feels like forever.


THN.com Blog: Merging two beautiful games

THN.com Blog: Merging two beautiful games

by Ryan Dixon - June 18, 2008 1:06 PM EDT

Soccer is the beautiful game and hockey is the coolest game, so each should take something from the other to become even better.
Soccer balls are actually pretty standard equipment at hockey games. Lots of NHL players – even ones whose first language is English – warm up before games by bouncing a soccer ball with teammates to get the muscles loose and the blood flowing.


THN.com Blog: Linden's legacy bound to linger

THN.com Blog: Linden's legacy bound to linger

by Ryan Dixon - June 11, 2008 11:59 AM EDT

Captain Canuck's legacy will be his tireless work on and off the ice and that's something to be celebrated.
Trevor Linden lost a Cup and a captaincy to Mark Messier. But his two run-ins with ‘The Moose’ aptly illustrate what made him a great hockey player and one of the NHL’s all-time best citizens.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Pens have puncher's chance

THN.com Playoff Blog: Pens have puncher's chance

by Ryan Dixon - June 4, 2008 12:25 PM EDT

The Wings let the Penguins back into the final and are now faced with a possible Game 7... and Detroit hasn't always been this good.
To paraphrase John Cusack from the classic flick High Fidelity, I’ve been listening to my gut for years and I’m convinced my gut doesn’t know anything.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Please Pens, reverse the trend

THN.com Playoff Blog: Please Pens, reverse the trend

by Ryan Dixon - May 28, 2008 12:05 PM EDT

For the sake of drama and entertainment, here's hoping Pittsburgh will find their legs in Game 3.
A win by Detroit and you can make it an even dozen. Should the Red Wings grab a 3-0 lead tonight with their 15th win of the playoffs, it will mark the 12th series of 15 this spring in which one team held either a 3-0 or 3-1 lead.


THN.com Blog: Pavelec pushing for job in Atlanta

THN.com Blog: Pavelec pushing for job in Atlanta

by Ryan Dixon - May 21, 2008 10:51 AM EDT

Current heir to the throne Kari Lehtonen should watch his back as he has crease competition... and Kovalchuk's fire needs to be stoked.
It’s late May, so we must be talkin’ Atlanta Thrashers – just not in the context of the NHL playoffs, obviously. When the Thrashers said their goodbyes this spring, I wonder if any of them hesitated to say ‘enjoy your summer’ to Kari Lehtonen.


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