by Ryan Dixon - December 12, 2007 12:14 PM EST
Doug Weight gets hot... Andre Roy the joker... and Binghamton's Glass wall.
This is why I love sports. Doug Weight goes 25 games this year without putting the puck over the most significant line on the ice; then, suddenly, he can’t stop scoring.
by Ryan Dixon - December 5, 2007 11:39 AM EST
A rare show of player camaraderie... keeping pace with Kovalchuk... and a salute to the Recching ball.
Players don’t respect each other. You hear it all the time. That’s what makes little exchanges like the one between Jason Arnott and Vesa Toskala during last night’s Leafs-Preds game so unique.
by Ryan Dixon - November 28, 2007 1:48 PM EST
Players shouldn't have to answer the bell just because they bodychecked someone... and putting the playoff hunt in perspective.
Hockey has so many great traditions, but one of my least-favorite customs was on display last night in Detroit. Calgary crusher Dion Phaneuf laid out little Jiri Hudler with one of his patented, bone-crushing hits at center ice.
by Ryan Dixon - November 21, 2007 1:02 PM EST
A bone to pick about shattering stick penalties and the continuing trend of bigger money for younger players.
Usually when there’s a bone to pick with a penalty call it has more to do with the referee’s judgment than the validity of the rule, but there’s an inconsistency in slashing calls around the league that is driving me crazy.
by Ryan Dixon - November 14, 2007 1:47 PM EST
If harsh penalties are good enough for the most successful sports league, the NHL would be wise to follow.
Emulating the NFL is good practice for the NHL – and every other pro sports league – on just about every front. The latest example stems from the pre-game antics in Toronto last Saturday, when Sean Avery said something that made Darcy Tucker put on his Jack Nicholson face from The Shining and offer to shave Avery with his stick blade.
by Ryan Dixon - November 7, 2007 10:56 AM EST
A new bench boss in Columbus is the main reason for the Jackets turnaround... and why the Sens won't suffer like Tampa.
So Columbus has finally discovered winning. Rick Nash and Pascal Leclaire are rightfully getting a lot of press, but I can’t shake the feeling this Ohio about-face is mostly due to the presence of coach Ken Hitchcock.
by Ryan Dixon - October 31, 2007 11:52 AM EDT
After being dealt three times early in his career, Brad Boyes is home in St. Louis.
What do Toronto, San Jose and Boston have in common? They’re all members of the Brad Boyes Broken Hearts Club. After three teams gave up on him, the 25-year-old, who was drafted 24th overall by Toronto in 2000, is now making sweet music in St.
by Ryan Dixon - October 24, 2007 12:58 AM EDT
Ryan Dixon wonders why Ilya Kovalchuk doesn't rule this league... and if the Rangers messed up in the summer.
If you've ever see Ilya Kovalchuk at full speed it's hard to believe the Atlanta Thrashers lose any of their games, let alone the vast majority of them.
by Ryan Dixon - October 17, 2007 12:22 AM EDT
Ryan Dixon looks at the ups and downs of NHL goalies... and how two third-year Flyers could be key to the team's success.
So we all know goalies are weird, but when did they collectively acquire such severe yo-yo tendencies? Two years ago, Cam Ward stands on his head, wins the Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe Trophy, then his play slips last season, which partially triggered the Canes tripping out of the playoff picture.
by Ryan Dixon - October 10, 2007 12:33 AM EDT
The defending champs get their first taste of the O.C. while two highly-touted freshman make their debuts, explains Ryan Dixon.
After gaining just one win in five games on two continents, the Anaheim Ducks will be happy to see the Boston Bruins waiting for them when they finally get to raise their Stanley Cup banner in their home opener tonight.
by Ryan Dixon - October 3, 2007 11:03 AM EDT
The Kings could quickly find themselves back in playoff picture...and yet another scheduling screw up, says Ryan Dixon.
Call me Johnny Hindsight, but after seeing the Kings split two games with Anaheim on the weekend I can't help but be impressed with their crop of forwards.
by Ryan Dixon - March 30, 2007 12:42 AM EDT
Is Gomez having a bad year or is it same ol' same old... Bobby Holik still plays hockey?... and why the Hawks could soon fly.
Adam Proteau will return April 2. In his absence, the The Hockey News.com will feature several guest bloggers. Up today is THN copy editor Ryan Dixon: Â• Initially, I thought New Jersey center Scott Gomez's 13-goal campaign was an issue of bad timing.
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