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THN at the World Junior Championship: Disappointing showing means rebuild time for Czechs, Slovaks

THN at the World Junior Championship: Disappointing showing means rebuild time for Czechs, Slovaks

by Ryan Kennedy - January 4, 2010 6:57 PM EST

Two proud hockey nations are struggling to produce the abundance of talent they're used to and there are a few reasons why.
SASKATOON – It was a clash of archrivals, but one that should have taken place on a weekend night with a full crowd, not at Monday’s lunch hour to sparse attendance.


THN at the World Junior Championship: Sweden no match for USA's speed in semifinal

THN at the World Junior Championship: Sweden no match for USA's speed in semifinal

by Ryan Kennedy - January 4, 2010 12:44 AM EST

The Americans will get a rematch with Canada in the gold medal game after topping the Swedes 5-2 Sunday night.
SASKATOON – It will be an all-North American final thanks to a speedy, plucky Team USA victory over the Swedes in Sunday’s second semifinal.


THN at the World Junior Championship: Despite victory, Canada will need to be better in final

THN at the World Junior Championship: Despite victory, Canada will need to be better in final

by Ryan Kennedy - January 3, 2010 8:43 PM EST

A 6-1 drubbing of the Swiss won't do much to prepare the Red and White for the gold medal game against the U.S.
SASKATOON – The Canadians got the result they wanted against Switzerland, but will have to be better in the final if they hope to grab gold for a sixth straight tourney.


THN at the World Junior Championship: From upsets to upset

THN at the World Junior Championship: From upsets to upset

by Ryan Kennedy - January 3, 2010 12:24 AM EST

The Swiss upend the highly favored Russians... The Americans move on... and the Slovaks express disappointment.
SASKATOON – Ho-lee cow. Do you believe in miracles? The Swiss, missing their top two defenseman and facing the mighty Russians, nonetheless punched their ticket to the semifinal and a date with Canada with a shocking 3-2 overtime win thanks to Portland Winterhawks left winger Nino Niederreiter.


THN.com Blog: Washington-Columbus trade works both ways

THN.com Blog: Washington-Columbus trade works both ways

by Ryan Kennedy - December 29, 2009 11:37 AM EST

The Capitals get a little cap relief and a good checker and the Jackets get a shake-up they desperately need. Win-win.
'Tis the season to return and exchange unwanted items and Washington GM George McPhee certainly got a honey of a deal in shipping captain Chris Clark and defenseman Milan Jurcina to Columbus for grinding left winger Jason Chimera.


THN.com Blog: Future still bright in St. Louis

THN.com Blog: Future still bright in St. Louis

by Ryan Kennedy - December 16, 2009 12:30 PM EST

After overachieving in 2008-09, big things were expected of the Blues this season only to have them fall back. But a solid core will have them back in the hunt soon.
We, the hockey-loving community, may have expected too much from the St. Louis Blues this season. Coming off their rousing run to the 2008-09 playoffs, optimists would conclude this was a team on the rise, not the descent.


THN.com Blog: Clean slate has Fisher rolling in Ottawa

THN.com Blog: Clean slate has Fisher rolling in Ottawa

by Ryan Kennedy - December 14, 2009 4:20 PM EST

After a down season in 2008-09, the two-way threat is leading the Senators back into the East's playoff picture.
I'm suffering from serious Office Pool Remorse right now. Passing on The Rich Peverley Experience, gambling on Sergei Shirokov, taking Dennis Wideman because I forgot the Bruins grabbed Derek Morris explicitly for the first power play unit.


THN.com Blog: Backup goalies taking the reins

THN.com Blog: Backup goalies taking the reins

by Ryan Kennedy - December 9, 2009 12:30 PM EST

While he hasn't started the majority of games, Jaroslav Halak is one of a few support 'tenders making a case for more playing time.
Based on the up-and-down season the Montreal Canadiens have experienced, it’s no surprise goaltending has been an issue. And while Carey Price has been given the majority of starts so far, you can’t say he’s been the hands-down better netminder.


THN.com Blog: Wild no longer an insomnia-solver

THN.com Blog: Wild no longer an insomnia-solver

by Ryan Kennedy - December 7, 2009 12:05 PM EST

After years of playing defense-at-all-cost hockey, Minnesota has a new identity and it's finally producing results.
It’s official; you can now safely watch Minnesota Wild games with your wits in tact. With the new tandem of GM Chuck Fletcher and coach Todd Richards promising a whole new less-boring version of the sport in the State of Hockey, this was expected a little bit earlier in the season, but it’s understandable the players needed some time to actually buy into the new system.


THN.com Blog: Young Rangers defense needs more veteran support

THN.com Blog: Young Rangers defense needs more veteran support

by Ryan Kennedy - December 2, 2009 11:25 AM EST

While they have a stable of sturdy, emerging players on the blueline, the Rangers have come to rely on the kids for too much.
This season started out with so much goodwill in Manhattan. But it seems like ages since the New York Rangers were on top of the NHL, bursting out of the gates with seven wins in their first eight games.


THN.com Blog: Atlanta blessed with goalie glut

THN.com Blog: Atlanta blessed with goalie glut

by Ryan Kennedy - November 30, 2009 12:35 PM EST

Another injury to Kari Lehtonen opened the door for Ondrej Pavelec and he has grabbed the chance to show his stuff.
It must be nice to have the problem the Atlanta Thrashers are facing right now – too many NHL goaltenders. It’s a much better quandary than ‘failed power play’ or ‘no team chemistry.


THN.com Blog: Gay issue soon to not be an issue at all

THN.com Blog: Gay issue soon to not be an issue at all

by Ryan Kennedy - November 25, 2009 11:30 AM EST

News that Leafs GM Brian Burke's son is gay further reveals how the day is coming when homosexual players will be seen as just one of the boys.
How do you cover off something that seems so clear-cut? It would be impossible for your friends here at The Hockey News not to weigh in on the revelation that Miami University student manager Brendan Burke – son of Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke, brother of Philadelphia Flyers scout Patrick Burke – had announced to his RedHawks hockey team that he was gay.


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