Ryan Kennedy's Column

Lake Placid Arena provides visions of 1980 Miracle

Lake Placid Arena provides visions of 1980 Miracle

by Ryan Kennedy - August 8, 2013 9:50 AM EDT

The Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid, N.Y., hasn't changed a whole lot since 1980 and makes you wonder what an NHL-less Olympics would look like.
LAKE PLACID, NY - It doesn't take long to get the vibe here at Herb Brooks Arena, the rink where the Miracle on Ice was crafted by a bunch of scrappy young American Olympians nearly 35 years ago.


How NHL owners can help grow the NCAA game

How NHL owners can help grow the NCAA game

by Ryan Kennedy - July 31, 2013 3:12 PM EDT

Buffalo's Terry Pegula funded a new rink that will be used by Canisius College - and with other markets outside Chicago and Washington, opportunities abound.
There will come a time when Terry Pegula will stop making other NHL owners look bad, but this is not that day. The lord of the Buffalo Sabres has used his considerable financial resources to fund a new downtown facility and on Tuesday, it was announced that Canisius College would call the new building home, starting in 2014-15.


Czech, Slovak decline makes way for Switzerland

Czech, Slovak decline makes way for Switzerland

by Ryan Kennedy - July 24, 2013 2:19 PM EDT

With the pipeline in Czech Republic and Slovakia hockey running dry, the future looks bleak. Meanwhile, the Swiss are no longer an afterthought.
In 1998, the Czech Republic stunned the hockey world by beating Russia for the Olympic gold medal in the first edition to feature NHL players.


Alfredsson, Jagr and the role of veteran leadership

Alfredsson, Jagr and the role of veteran leadership

by Ryan Kennedy - July 10, 2013 1:59 PM EDT

Without Daniel Alfredsson, the Senators leadership will be tested during their first slump next year - which is why some team will be lucky to snap up Jaromir Jagr.
As we prepare for the second wave of free agent signings to land, the number of marquee names to debate has naturally dwindled. One of the biggest fish still left in the pond is Jaromir Jagr and before you point out that he had zero goals in Boston’s 22 playoff games this year, I will counterpoint that it did not matter as much as you would expect.


Senators make bold move for Bobby Ryan after losing Daniel Alfredsson

Senators make bold move for Bobby Ryan after losing Daniel Alfredsson

by Ryan Kennedy - July 5, 2013 4:55 PM EDT

Ottawa sent three young pieces to Anaheim in exchange for Ryan on an emotional day that saw the exit of the Senators' long-time captain hours earlier.
Sens fans, the blow of losing Daniel Alfredsson has been officially cushioned. OK, Bobby Ryan isn’t going to step in as the captain and face of the franchise, but he is a younger winger who, before the truncated 2013 season, had scored 30 goals or more in each of his four full NHL seasons.


Lecavalier contract puts Flyers in uncomfortable salary cap spot

Lecavalier contract puts Flyers in uncomfortable salary cap spot

by Ryan Kennedy - July 3, 2013 1:37 PM EDT

While the cost of Vinny Lecavalier's deal isn't extravagant, he doesn't fill the team's need for a blueliner or goalie and doesn't leave much room to address those issues either.
Six inches and 35 pounds. That may be the biggest difference between the newest member of the Philadelphia Flyers, Vinny Lecavalier, and one of the latest casualties, Danny Briere.


The prospects are picked, now where will they play?

The prospects are picked, now where will they play?

by Ryan Kennedy - June 30, 2013 11:54 PM EDT

Michael McCarron, Sasha Barkov, Valeri Nichushkin, Andre Burakowsky and Adam Tambellini have decisions to make about their immediate future in the wake of the NHL Draft.
NEWARK, N.J. - Now that all the selections have been made, 211 more players have an NHL sweater to call their own. But the journey has only begun for these prospects and many have decisions when it comes to where they will continue to develop.


NHL Draft winners and losers

NHL Draft winners and losers

by Ryan Kennedy - June 30, 2013 6:41 PM EDT

What was the best and worst of Round 1? THN Associate Senior Writer and prospect expert Ryan Kennedy has the early breakdown.
NEWARK, N.J. – Some great drama during the first round of the draft, with Seth Jones falling to Nashville at pick No. 4 and hosts New Jersey nabbing a new star netminder in Cory Schneider in a trade with Vancouver for the ninth pick.


What scouts are saying about NHL draft prospects

What scouts are saying about NHL draft prospects

by Ryan Kennedy - June 27, 2013 11:44 AM EDT

THN prospect expert Ryan Kennedy shares quotes he's gathered from scouts through the season about the players eligible to be picked on Sunday.
Every year I interview NHL team scouts from across North America and Europe about the upcoming draft class. Many of the quotes make it into stories, but I had so much material this year, I thought it would be cool to publish the raw quotes on a number of kids.


NHL draft wild card prospects

NHL draft wild card prospects

by Ryan Kennedy - June 19, 2013 12:30 PM EDT

We all know who the high-end, draft eligible prospects are, but what about the guys who may not go until the fourth round, or beyond?
At this point, you’ve probably heard just about all you could hear about the top end of the 2013 draft: Jonathan Drouin had two points a game this year, Darnell Nurse’s uncle is Donovan McNabb, Seth Jones was raised in Colorado and so on.


NHL draft combine all about preparedness

NHL draft combine all about preparedness

by Ryan Kennedy - June 1, 2013 11:55 AM EDT

Different types of players will have different expectations when they go through the physical fitness tests.
The NHL draft combine has become a huge event for the league and the media, but with teams holding their own workout camps and sometimes putting together their lists of favored prospects before the event even begins, how much can still be learned at the annual dog and pony show? According to one scout, it's all about preparation, but with the proviso that some kids should be prepared better than others.


Flames, Blue Jackets have chance to strike gold in deep NHL draft

Flames, Blue Jackets have chance to strike gold in deep NHL draft

by Ryan Kennedy - May 29, 2013 11:31 AM EDT

Both Calgary and Columbus have three first round picks this June, but will use them with entirely different goals in mind.
Calgary ended its season as a burnt-out husk of a team that wasn’t very good to begin with, while Columbus experienced the hollow, debilitating pain of missing the playoffs by less than a point.


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