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Best yet to come from Bruins, Kaberle

Best yet to come from Bruins, Kaberle

by Ryan Kennedy - May 6, 2011 12:10 PM EDT

With their power play and big trade acquisition still floundering, things can only get better for Boston as they chase the Stanley Cup.
The drama that enveloped the first round of the playoffs has been largely replaced by its polar opposite in the second; a sweeping vacuum of lopsidedness and foregone conclusions - not that fans of the winning teams mind that in the least.


Predators coach Barry Trotz no longer overrated

Predators coach Barry Trotz no longer overrated

by Ryan Kennedy - April 29, 2011 11:18 AM EDT

Barry Trotz is always mentioned among the best coaches in the game, but until he got a playoff round win under his belt, his bark was bigger than his bite.
If you’ve ever wondered how The Hockey News comes up with consensus picks for items like our Yearbook rankings or playoff winners, let’s just say it’s not always a smooth process.


Win or lose against Vancouver, Blackhawks will be big-time contenders again in 2012

Win or lose against Vancouver, Blackhawks will be big-time contenders again in 2012

by Ryan Kennedy - April 22, 2011 12:14 PM EDT

The Hawks took a step back this season because of salary cap moves, but it won't be long before they're back to where they were last season.
The Blackhawks aren’t dead yet. Sure, they could be after Game 6 or Game 7 – heck, maybe they even pull off a Philly-over-Boston miracle and make it to the second round.


THN.com Blog: Tennessee-bred Blake Geoffrion continues strong family lineage in NHL with Nashville

THN.com Blog: Tennessee-bred Blake Geoffrion continues strong family lineage in NHL with Nashville

by Ryan Kennedy - April 8, 2011 1:40 PM EDT

Nashville Predators rookie Blake Geoffrion is the latest in a long line of NHLers from his illustrious family.
It seems like a lifetime since the Nashville Predators drafted their first homegrown player - and no, it wasn’t Bubba Berenzweig; he was born in Illinois and selected by the Isles.


THN.com Blog: Coach Red Berenson keeps Michigan's hockey machine humming

THN.com Blog: Coach Red Berenson keeps Michigan's hockey machine humming

by Ryan Kennedy - April 1, 2011 1:31 PM EDT

The Michigan program has been a success for more than two decades and the one common denominator through it all is its bench boss.
When the Michigan Wolverines take on North Dakota in the Frozen Four next week, the program will do so with the knowledge that experience will not be a weakness for the Maize and Blue.


THN.com Blog: Big Ten formation great step for hockey at college level

THN.com Blog: Big Ten formation great step for hockey at college level

by Ryan Kennedy - March 25, 2011 12:19 PM EDT

It looks as though the Big Ten will take to the ice in 2013-14 and when it does, it will do wonders for hockey exposure at the NCAA level.
The Big Ten Conference is a go. There is some paperwork to be completed to make it official, but the powerful NCAA league is coming to hockey in 2013-14 and the ramifications are obviously huge.


THN.com Blog: Miraculous Devils run spoiled by last place Senators

THN.com Blog: Miraculous Devils run spoiled by last place Senators

by Ryan Kennedy - March 18, 2011 11:49 AM EDT

Once thought to be spoilers themselves, the Devils' surprisingly amazing run has been tested by the East's true spoiler team.
While the miraculous run by the New Jersey Devils has been one of the top stories of the season’s second half, there’s a certain bent irony in the fact the only team that has beaten Jacques Lemaire’s crew this month is Ottawa – and the Sens have done it twice.


THN.com Blog: Sharks seem prepared for playoff improvement

THN.com Blog: Sharks seem prepared for playoff improvement

by Ryan Kennedy - March 11, 2011 11:45 AM EST

Every year the question is asked if the Sharks can overcome past disappointments. The difference this year is they had to fight through the regular season first.
Lost in all the early playoff prognostications – which see the high-flying Vancouver Canucks looking like a very strong option to represent the West for the Stanley Cup – is the fact the same ol’ San Jose Sharks squad that always had the big question mark hanging over their collective heads is back and playing well.


THN.com Blog: What to do about the concussion epidemic?

THN.com Blog: What to do about the concussion epidemic?

by Ryan Kennedy - March 4, 2011 1:10 PM EST

More than just player health concerns, the NHL stands to lose a lot of business if concussions go unchecked - but what can be done?
In the latest edition of The Hockey News, writer Adam Proteau tackled the hot issue of concussions and head shots, surveying a group of experts from across the spectrum in an attempt to cast light on what can be done to curb the malady.


THN.com Blog: The impact small players will have on the 2011 NHL draft

THN.com Blog: The impact small players will have on the 2011 NHL draft

by Ryan Kennedy - February 25, 2011 12:10 PM EST

The old debate of size vs. skill will pop up again in the 2011 draft, where plenty of undersized scorers will be available.
By now, it’s been well established that smaller players can thrive in the NHL. Brian Rafalski, Martin St-Louis and Brian Gionta lead the charge, while Tyler Ennis and Nathan Gerbe head the next wave.


THN.com Blog: Shrewd roster tweaks place Ducks in prosperous position

THN.com Blog: Shrewd roster tweaks place Ducks in prosperous position

by Ryan Kennedy - February 18, 2011 1:00 PM EST

Far from making major moves to take a Cup run the Ducks are adding complementary pieces and, as long as Jonas Hiller can get healthy, that's all they'll need to do.
With the acquisition of agitating left winger Jarkko Ruutu the Anaheim Ducks have clearly sent a message to the rest of the West that they are in this season to win it and it won’t be fun to meet them in the playoffs.


THN.com Blog: Loui Eriksson a rising star in Dallas

THN.com Blog: Loui Eriksson a rising star in Dallas

by Ryan Kennedy - February 11, 2011 11:36 AM EST

As the Dallas Stars make a surprise run at the playoffs, it's the development of players such as Loui Eriksson that's helping the team along.
DALLAS - It’s not hard to figure out why the Dallas Stars have been a surprise contender in the West this season. Though the team has admirable depth, the top line of Brad Richards, Loui Eriksson and James Neal has done the most damage offensively and Eriksson in particular is having a breakout season.


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