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Fraser: Bobrovsky should be No. 1 for Flyers next year

Fraser: Bobrovsky should be No. 1 for Flyers next year

by Edward Fraser - May 7, 2011 4:57 PM EDT

Pointing all fingers at the goalie situation, especially when it wasn't handled right, is short-sighted. And bringing in a big-money UFA isn't a solve-all for the Flyers.
In the wake of the Flyers embarrassment – let's not mince words – at the hands of the Bruins in Round 2, the not-surprising and all-to-easy calls rang up from all corners decrying Philly's situation between the pipes.


THN.com Blog: NHL's useless loser point creates detrimental confusion

THN.com Blog: NHL's useless loser point creates detrimental confusion

by Edward Fraser - March 20, 2011 10:20 AM EDT

The "loser point" has a negligible impact on the standings and the NHL would be much better off with a simpler straight two-point win-loss system.
Earlier in March we received a letter to the editor from Gord White of Aurora, Ont., suggesting we include a category for non-shootout wins in our standings because they now serve as the tiebreaker for teams with the same number of points at the end of the regular season.


THN.com Blog: Trading Shea Weber worth exploring

THN.com Blog: Trading Shea Weber worth exploring

by Edward Fraser - March 6, 2011 10:12 AM EST

Even though he's the team's best player, RFA-to-be Shea Weber will cost a pretty penny, but would also bring back a nice trade return.
The No. 1 priority for GM David Poile this off-season will be the future of Shea Weber, who will become a restricted free agent July 1 if an extension isn't hammered out.


THN.com Blog: The NHL’s five most disappointing teams

THN.com Blog: The NHL’s five most disappointing teams

by Edward Fraser - February 20, 2011 10:20 AM EST

Perhaps with the trade deadline so close, these underwhelming teams will look at making some tweaks to get them back on track.
Expectations can be crushing. Not only to the players and teams who crumble under the weight, but also to the fans whose optimism turns to despair in a torrent of under-performance.


THN.com Blog: 2011 UFA all-star teams, Pt. 2

THN.com Blog: 2011 UFA all-star teams, Pt. 2

by Edward Fraser - February 6, 2011 10:00 AM EST

Even though free agency is still a few months away, there are still some intriguing names to follow who would help teams seeking it July 1.
There’s still more than 450 regular season games, at least 45 playoff games and one Stanley Cup to be handed out before the summer spending spree begins, but there’s enough players scheduled to be available that the palette whets well in advance.


THN.com Blog: 2011 UFA all-star teams, Pt. 1

THN.com Blog: 2011 UFA all-star teams, Pt. 1

by Edward Fraser - February 5, 2011 9:25 AM EST

We take our first look ahead to the UFA class of 2011 with a list of the best currently available players by position.
There’s still more than 450 regular season games, at least 45 playoff games and one Stanley Cup to be handed out before the summer spending spree begins, but there’s enough players scheduled to be available that the palette whets well in advance.


THN.com Blog: Good deeds carried out by pro hockey teams

THN.com Blog: Good deeds carried out by pro hockey teams

by Edward Fraser - December 25, 2010 9:10 AM EST

It's the season of giving, so what better time to step back and draw attention to the good nature of teams in the NHL and AHL.
It’s in our nature, on both the written and read sides of the page, to concentrate and sensationalize the negative aspects of sports (waffles, anyone?).


THN.com Blog: 30 NHL teams, 30 Stanley Cup contenders

THN.com Blog: 30 NHL teams, 30 Stanley Cup contenders

by Edward Fraser - November 21, 2010 9:10 AM EST

Nearly a quarter of the way into the season and everyone still has a reason to be at least a little optimistic this season will end on a high note.
Hard to believe we’re almost a quarter of the way into the season. Many teams have surpassed or are fast approaching the 20-game mark and the standings are starting to take a more continuous shape; no longer can a team jump 10 spots overnight.


THN.com Blog: Five early NHL surprises

THN.com Blog: Five early NHL surprises

by Edward Fraser - October 23, 2010 9:31 AM EDT

The starts of the Leafs and Sharks, the top 10 in rookie scoring, attendance woes and goalie struggles are just a few of things that have us scratching our heads.
We’re two-plus weeks into the new NHL season and, not surprisingly, there have been plenty of early surprises. Here are five of the most eye-opening.


THN.com Blog: Flyers “way better,” says Bobby Clarke

THN.com Blog: Flyers “way better,” says Bobby Clarke

by Edward Fraser - September 18, 2010 9:25 AM EDT

Philadelphia's senior vice president explains why this year's team will be even tougher to beat than last year's.
With two Stanley Cup rings already fitted for his well-weathered hands and more than 30 years of NHL experience as a player and manager, Hall of Famer Bobby Clarke knows a thing or three about winning.


THN.com Blog: The NHL's summer winners and losers

THN.com Blog: The NHL's summer winners and losers

by Edward Fraser - August 21, 2010 9:50 AM EDT

As the off-season slowly draws to a close, we look back at who did good and who should have done better.
Ninety-nine days separate July 1 from the start of the NHL's regular season and, believe it or not, we're already closer to official puck drop than we are to the free agent frenzy kickoff.


THN.com Blog: Sharks GM Doug Wilson confident of present and future

THN.com Blog: Sharks GM Doug Wilson confident of present and future

by Edward Fraser - July 31, 2010 8:45 AM EDT

The architect of the current roster, Wilson beams about his team and ackowledges there's room for improvement.
Talk to San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson for even a half hour (which I had an opportunity to do Thursday afternoon) and two things become very clear very quickly: the man loves the sport of hockey and he loves his team.


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