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Easy to root for downtrodden Blue Jackets

Easy to root for downtrodden Blue Jackets

by Ryan Kennedy - August 29, 2012 11:46 AM EDT

Columbus has a new marketing campaign this season and, given all their troubles, they're an honest team to get behind.
In the late 1980s, pioneering gangsta rap group N.W.A. changed the face of hip hop with their us-against-the-world take on life. Nearly 25 years later, the Columbus Blue Jackets have echoed those three famous letters for that team's new marketing campaign and you couldn't find a more worthy franchise to identify with the hip hop crew's tales of alienation.


Embellishment, obstruction, goalie pad sizing discussed at NHL rules meeting

Embellishment, obstruction, goalie pad sizing discussed at NHL rules meeting

by Ryan Kennedy - August 22, 2012 5:15 PM EDT

Players, coaches, GMs, officials and more gathered to discuss the state of the on-ice product and how it can be improved.
Diplomacy being what it is, there weren't exactly a payload of bombshells being dropped once the standards of rule enforcement meeting broke up at the NHL's Toronto office Wednesday.


Uncanny eye for talent will push Flyers through

Uncanny eye for talent will push Flyers through

by Ryan Kennedy - August 8, 2012 1:25 PM EDT

The Flyers got more bad news about their defense when Andrej Meszaros was lost, but the team has shown it can find NHLers.
If the Olympics have taught us anything, it’s that glory can evaporate in minutes, even seconds. For the Philadelphia Flyers, they haven’t even reached the starting line yet and the news is awful.


Why the Northwest continues to be the NHL's worst division

Why the Northwest continues to be the NHL's worst division

by Ryan Kennedy - August 1, 2012 12:53 PM EDT

Usually the Southeast is the division that gets ripped on, but take one look at the Northwest and you'll realize it's the bottom of the barrel.
Old myths take a while to die off. In hockey, one of the most well-worn cliches has been about the Southeast Division and its runt-of-the-litter status, despite the presence of stars such as Alex Ovechkin, Steven Stamkos and Eric Staal.


Shrewd David Poile makes the right call on Shea Weber

Shrewd David Poile makes the right call on Shea Weber

by Ryan Kennedy - July 25, 2012 1:00 PM EDT

The Nashville GM has a long, successful track record managing teams and wasn't going to be pushed around by an offer sheet.
David Poile is an easy guy to like. He’s gracious when approached for interviews and honest when he answers the questions. The only GM Nashville has ever known and former Capitals GM has 30 years of experience in his role.


The CBA war between owners

The CBA war between owners

by Ryan Kennedy - July 18, 2012 11:38 AM EDT

Ryan Kennedy speaks with a former NHL executive about his perspective on the labor battle.
Whether you like it or not, the owners are the most important group in the current collective bargaining agreement. And the second-most important group just may be other owners.


Long-term contracts not so bad

Long-term contracts not so bad

by Ryan Kennedy - July 11, 2012 11:40 AM EDT

It's believed long-term contracts will be looked at and limited in the next CBA, but they aren't the immovable albatrosses some believe them to be.
If there’s one boogeyman that has marked the speculation surrounding the next collective bargaining agreement, it’s long-term contracts.


Nathan MacKinnon, Seth Jones top 2013 draft class

Nathan MacKinnon, Seth Jones top 2013 draft class

by Ryan Kennedy - June 27, 2012 1:29 PM EDT

The Canadian forward from Sidney Crosby's hometown and the American defenseman and son of a basketball player are two intriguing talents to watch.
I appreciate that we’re all still digesting the results of the 2012 draft, but the future waits for no one and the 2013 edition promises to bring unparalleled hype to the table.


Round 1 winners and losers

Round 1 winners and losers

by Ryan Kennedy - June 23, 2012 12:10 AM EDT

There were some risers, fallers and plenty of surprises on Day 1 of the NHL draft, so our prospect expert analyzes it all.
PITTSBURGH - The dust has settled on a crazy first night of the draft and it's fair to say a lot of unexpected moves and picks went down. Here are some of the highlights, split into winners and losers.


Mikhail Grigorenko happy to prove doubters wrong

Mikhail Grigorenko happy to prove doubters wrong

by Ryan Kennedy - June 21, 2012 6:00 PM EDT

The Russian who was once a candidate to go No. 1 is now slipping down most rankings, much like Sean Couturier last season... plus a video with Olli Maatta.
PITTSBURGH - The story of the 2012 draft so far has revolved around two Russians – one has been given the white hat, the other the black hat.


Why goalies are the ultimate asset

Why goalies are the ultimate asset

by Ryan Kennedy - June 20, 2012 3:31 PM EDT

Take a look back at some of the trades and you'll see why goaltender is a position you can't have too much of.
Straight up: Would you trade Vesa Toskala for Logan Couture? Let me give you a moment to think about it. As ludicrous as it sounds, that swap went down in a roundabout way in 2007 and the San Jose Sharks can thank their own proclivity in developing netminders for landing them their best current player.


If Jordan Staal is available, Maple Leafs must pounce

If Jordan Staal is available, Maple Leafs must pounce

by Ryan Kennedy - June 13, 2012 12:22 PM EDT

With one year left on his contract, Jordan Staal has been at the center of trade rumors. If true, Brian Burke must throw everything at Pittsburgh.
If last year’s draft was any indication, anyone can be traded in the NHL these days. It was that fateful Thursday media luncheon that saw dozens of smartphones blow up with news of Mike Richards and Jeff Carter being dealt away from Philadelphia in separate trades, despite being on huge long-term deals.


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