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THN.com Playoff Blog: Sharks right back in series; Bertuzzi shows ugly side

THN.com Playoff Blog: Sharks right back in series; Bertuzzi shows ugly side

by Brian Costello - April 11, 2008 9:35 AM EDT

Both goalies shine as S.J. draws even... the good and bad of refereeing... and Big Bert goes ballistic as Stars shine.
It was a battle of exceptional goaltending last night as Evgeni Nabokov and the San Jose Sharks out-dueled Miikka Kiprusoff and the Calgary Flames 2-0 to even that series 1-1.


THN.com Blog: Clarifying the draft lottery details

THN.com Blog: Clarifying the draft lottery details

by Brian Costello - April 6, 2008 10:11 AM EDT

With the regular season almost complete, let's list which team has what chance in the NHL's draw to determine draft ranking.
We’re all use to the expression: Don’t believe everything you hear on TV or read in the newspaper. That has never been more accurate than with reports regarding the NHL draft lottery.


THN.com Blog: Paying tribute to a great builder

THN.com Blog: Paying tribute to a great builder

by Brian Costello - March 30, 2008 11:28 AM EDT

News of Ed Chynoweth's failing health left us with a moment to reflect on a career of success, dedication and admiration.
It was with sadness this week I received an email from my esteemed colleague Rob Vanstone that Western Hockey League icon Ed Chynoweth is not doing well in his fight with kidney cancer.


THN.com Blog: Coaching strategies I’d employ, if I was employed

THN.com Blog: Coaching strategies I’d employ, if I was employed

by Brian Costello - March 23, 2008 11:28 AM EDT

Coaching may not be in cards, but maybe some NHL coaches might want to pick up on these outside-the-box strategies.
Having never coached at any level of hockey, the chances of me getting an NHL job running the bench and stunning the world with these unorthodox strategies is diminishing every day.


THN.com Blog: Young talent fast-tracked more than ever

THN.com Blog: Young talent fast-tracked more than ever

by Brian Costello - March 16, 2008 10:24 AM EDT

The salary cap has forced teams to plug prospects into holes in their lineup earlier than they would have in the past.
A growing trend in the NHL’s salary cap era is the fast-tracking of talented youngsters into prominent roles strictly for financial reasons.


THN.com Blog: No talent relief in sight for Lightning, Leafs

THN.com Blog: No talent relief in sight for Lightning, Leafs

by Brian Costello - March 8, 2008 1:53 PM EST

There's not much to like about the Buds and Bolts this season, or in the near future... the Raycroft dilemma in T.O.... and it's time for hi-def.
Two of the NHL’s weakest teams, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs, won’t be much better next season if they’re relying on youth to come to the rescue.


THN.com Blog: Peerless Price on our cover

THN.com Blog: Peerless Price on our cover

by Brian Costello - March 2, 2008 10:51 AM EST

The league's undisputed No. 1 prospect turned undisputed No. 1 NHL goalie still looks superb as Future Watch's main man.
Our popular Future Watch issue is now in the hands of The Hockey News subscribers and the first thing the reader sees is our terrific sense of timing.


THN.com Blog: What's next, eliminate hitting?

THN.com Blog: What's next, eliminate hitting?

by Brian Costello - February 24, 2008 2:17 PM EST

Ian Laperriere's hit on Nicklas Lidstrom had some up in arms, but there's no reason to chastise this clean hit.
It didn’t occur to me that anyone would find fault with the Ian Laperriere hit on Nicklas Lidstrom until a colleague sent me a video feed of the incident with the subject line: Foul or fair?   The shoulder-to-shoulder collision looked, to me, so clean and so, well, hockey, I just assumed the colleague was inviting me to lunch.


THN.com Blog: Cherry out to lunch on over-the-glass penalty beef

THN.com Blog: Cherry out to lunch on over-the-glass penalty beef

by Brian Costello - February 17, 2008 1:41 PM EST

The CBC's HNIC first-intermission commentator doesn't like the rule, but players have fans have accepted it, so Grapes should let it go.
It’s getting to be that time of year when the growing importance of stretch-drive games will lead Don Cherry to gripe about his biggest pet peeve.


THN.com Blog: Early advice for keeper poolies

THN.com Blog: Early advice for keeper poolies

by Brian Costello - February 9, 2008 11:00 AM EST

Can't wait to see where prospects are ranked in The Hockey News's upcoming Future Watch issue? Here are a few hints at the risers and fallers.
In the weeks leading up to the publishing of The Hockey News Future Watch issue, which hits newsstands in early March, I get hundreds of calls and emails from diehard hockey fans eager to get a jump on the competition.


THN.com Blog: Mark Brian Leetch down for Hall in 2009

THN.com Blog: Mark Brian Leetch down for Hall in 2009

by Brian Costello - January 27, 2008 10:56 AM EST

The former blueline great will head to the HHOF next year, but other deserving players will have to wait.
It’s nice to see Brian Leetch’s No. 2 retired by the New York Rangers. He’s easily one of the most talented and classiest defensemen of the past generation.


THN.com Blog: Hockey Hall of Fame needs a publicity refresher

THN.com Blog: Hockey Hall of Fame needs a publicity refresher

by Brian Costello - January 19, 2008 11:19 AM EST

The HHOF needs to follow the Baseball Hall of Fame's lead and release the names of the people nominated, not just the inductees.
The Hockey Hall of Fame should take a lesson from the National Baseball Hall of Fame on marketing and publicity 101. The crystal-clear transparency in annual voting results at the Baseball Hall of Fame should be the envy of its hockey cousin.


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