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THN.com Blog: Winged Wheel's winning ways won't wane

THN.com Blog: Winged Wheel's winning ways won't wane

by Edward Fraser - March 13, 2008 12:12 PM EDT

In the salary cap era teams are forced to let go of players they'd rather keep, but this won't stop the Wings from winning... and new additions to thn.com.
What goes up, must come down. And what is true in physics must also be true in the salary-capped NHL. Players get good, team gets good.


THN.com Blog: Getting to know you

by Edward Fraser - March 6, 2008 10:42 AM EST

The CBA runs deeper than you think... and a new idea to make the Stanley Cup a moot point.
In the most recent issue of The Hockey News, the team reports discuss player experiences with their road roommates. There are a variety of great, laugh-out-loud, behind-the-scenes stories, including a pair on sleepwalkers, which hit close to home after I awoke early Wednesday morning to the sight of my wife vociferously swatting imaginary bats with her arms.


THN.com Blog: Waddell corrects 2007 deadline mistakes

THN.com Blog: Waddell corrects 2007 deadline mistakes

by Edward Fraser - February 28, 2008 11:32 AM EST

After badly overpaying for Keith Tkachuk and Alexei Zhitnik last year, Don Waddell came out on top this time around... and how did others do?
After royally pucking things up with trades last season, a tip of the cap must go to Thrashers GM Don Waddell for his work at the 2008 deadline.


THN.com Blog: Media friendliness key for growth

THN.com Blog: Media friendliness key for growth

by Edward Fraser - February 21, 2008 1:19 PM EST

Comparing the accessibility of players at the NHL All-Star Game with its NBA counterpart is night and day, and the NHL should take notice.
Coming out of the lockout, fans and media types alike were promised a new era of accessibility to NHL players. Promises, I suppose, are meant to be broken.


THN.com Blog: Give up false hopes and trade already!

THN.com Blog: Give up false hopes and trade already!

by Edward Fraser - February 14, 2008 2:19 PM EST

The trade deadline is one of the most exciting days of the year for fans, so it's frustrating when mediocre teams hold onto players to try and sneak into the playoffs.
When I was a kid growing up – as opposed to growing out, which I constantly have to fight now – the trade deadline was it. Season opener? Bah.


THN.com Blog: Reports of Samsonov's demise greatly exaggerated

THN.com Blog: Reports of Samsonov's demise greatly exaggerated

by Edward Fraser - February 7, 2008 11:37 AM EST

After a terrible season in Montreal and an even worse start to this campaign in Chicago, Sergei Samsonov has settled in nicely with the Hurricanes.
He was gone. Vamoosh. Never to be heard from again. With production worthy of a United League fourth liner, the former Beantown star found himself waived – with no takers – then banished to Rockford.


THN.com Blog: Ducks no sure thing for playoffs and alternative points systems

THN.com Blog: Ducks no sure thing for playoffs and alternative points systems

by Edward Fraser - January 31, 2008 11:41 AM EST

According to a computer simulation, Anaheim is almost a coin-flip to make the post-season... and you asked for it, so here it is.
Monday’s news that Teemu Selanne – he of 48 goals and 94 points last season – was returning to the lineup automatically vaults an already impressive Ducks squad into contention to repeat as Stanley Cup champions.


THN.com Blog: The irritating loser point

THN.com Blog: The irritating loser point

by Edward Fraser - January 23, 2008 8:12 AM EST

Early in the season, the NHL standings wouldn't have changed much without the loser point, so how different would they be on the eve of the All-Star break?
Back in early December, I wrote a blog entry on how I detest the “loser point” to the core of my being and provided how the standings would look if the NHL used a straight “two points for a win, none for a loss” system.


THN.com Blog: Selling the game with goats

THN.com Blog: Selling the game with goats

by Edward Fraser - January 17, 2008 11:12 AM EST

Perhaps it's time the NHL looks to the CHL for promotional advice... feeling bad for the Hawks... and rooting for Crosby.
If the NHL is having problems selling the game in the U.S., maybe they should give this promotion a try: Kids attending the Central League’s Oklahoma Blazers game Friday night will have the chance to win a cow, lamb, goat or pig.


THN.com Blog: Motown's hometown discounts

THN.com Blog: Motown's hometown discounts

by Edward Fraser - January 10, 2008 11:16 AM EST

The Red Wings are the NHL's top franchise because they show their players respect and are rewarded with loyalty... and handing out mid-season awards.
One of the benefits of running the best organization in hockey – one that wins year after year despite the challenges thrown at it and one that treats it’s players right – is the loyalty your soldiers show you.


THN.com Blog: Save outdoor games for the stars

THN.com Blog: Save outdoor games for the stars

by Edward Fraser - January 3, 2008 12:26 PM EST

The Winter Classic was great, but the idea should be used for the All-Star game... crease problems in L.A. and Tampa... and thoughts on the Hawks.
I’ll be the first one to admit I’m a big fan of NHL games held outdoors. The spectacle of 70,000 fans crammed into a football stadium, the awe on players’ faces—too difficult to mask—and the game time snowstorm was all a pleasure to watch.


THN.com Blog: This and that...and the other

THN.com Blog: This and that...and the other

by Edward Fraser - December 20, 2007 12:01 PM EST

The Kings drop to the league basement came too late... Babcock says Datsyuk is the NHL's best player... and is Mike Brophy off his rocker?
Think the Kings, who now sit last in the Western Conference behind even the Coyotes, wish they were in this position a month ago when the Ducks put Ilya Bryzgalov on waivers? With the second-worst GAA in the league at 3.


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