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THN.com Blog: Kevin Lowe’s influence on the upswing

THN.com Blog: Kevin Lowe’s influence on the upswing

by Brian Costello - January 13, 2008 2:35 PM EST

The Oilers GM's moves may not have been smart - only time will tell that for sure - but they had a league-wide and long-lasting impact... and the media's influence in flux.
Kevin Lowe was one of the biggest movers in our ninth annual 100 People of Power and Influence issue, which is now out on newsstands. The Edmonton GM moved up from No.


THN.com Blog: Sergei, we hardly knew you

THN.com Blog: Sergei, we hardly knew you

by Brian Costello - January 6, 2008 10:06 AM EST

The rise and fall of of Sergei Samsonov is sad tale, but not one that is exclusive to the diminutive Russian.
It wasn’t that long ago, we put Joe Thornton and Sergei Samsonov on the cover of The Hockey News, hamming it up in a headlock, with the headline Teen B’s: Boston’s face of the future.


THN.com Blog: Listen to Sid and shrink the goalie equipment

THN.com Blog: Listen to Sid and shrink the goalie equipment

by Brian Costello - December 22, 2007 1:45 PM EST

Crosby recently told The Hockey News he thinks the NHL should mandate smaller equipment for the tenders, and we agree.
Hockey’s most powerful personality may not know his own strength yet, but everyone around him hangs on his every word. Like E.F. Hutton, when Sidney Crosby speaks, people listen.


THN.com Blog: Where are my depth charts?!?

THN.com Blog: Where are my depth charts?!?

by Brian Costello - December 15, 2007 9:58 AM EST

For those of you who miss seeing the team rosters in The Hockey News magazine, we have good news.
I’m a big believer in NHL depth charts in much the same way I like seeing the ingredients that go into my soups and salads. Sure, it’s nice to just savor the meal and not worry about the building blocks, as it is just watching a hockey game from the cheap seats without a roster in front of you.


THN.com Blog: What about 4-on-4 all the time?

THN.com Blog: What about 4-on-4 all the time?

by Brian Costello - December 8, 2007 10:28 AM EST

Eight skaters on the ice would create more room, but would it result in more scoring and a more exciting game?
Let’s completely open our minds for a few minutes and imagine the possibilities of 4-on-4 hockey for the full 60 minutes of an NHL game.


THN.com Blog: Lidstrom - No. 1 Euro; No. 2 blueliner of all time

THN.com Blog: Lidstrom - No. 1 Euro; No. 2 blueliner of all time

by Brian Costello - December 1, 2007 12:43 AM EST

There are other strong candidates for the best European and the second best defenseman in NHL history, but Nicklas Lidstrom takes the cake.
The debate was interesting, but not terribly long when we were determining The Hockey News cover feature for our European issue, due to come out next week.


THN.com Blog: Three cheers for Jake Dowell

THN.com Blog: Three cheers for Jake Dowell

by Brian Costello - November 24, 2007 12:07 AM EST

The Blackhawks prospect has had to deal with a lot in his young life, so we're happy to celebrate his NHL debut.
Us thick-skinned heathens in the media try not to get too worked up about the newcomers who break into the league and leave an imprint. But I have no problem sending out a mighty fist-pump to Jake Dowell, who made his NHL debut and scored a shorthanded goal in Chicagos's 2-1 win over Calgary on Nov.


THN.com Blog: Early dismissal

THN.com Blog: Early dismissal

by Brian Costello - November 17, 2007 8:57 AM EST

Let's take a look at a few of the players whose careers never got back on track after the lockout.
If there weren’t already enough sad and terrible things about the 2004-05 lockout, there’s the manner in which it forced dozens of NHLers from the game for good.


THN.com Blog: HOF induction for Lindros unlikely

THN.com Blog: HOF induction for Lindros unlikely

by Brian Costello - November 10, 2007 9:47 AM EST

The Big E's off-ice antics will likely get him frozen out of the Hall of Fame.
It’s interesting to read so many emotional opinions about whether or not Eric Lindros should get into the Hockey Hall of Fame when he first becomes eligible in 2010.


THN.com Blog: Are the Ducks cooked?

THN.com Blog: Are the Ducks cooked?

by Brian Costello - November 3, 2007 10:04 AM EDT

Four reasons Anaheim may not make the playoffs, never mind repeat as Champs.
We're only a month into the season so it's far too early to label the struggling Anaheim Ducks as cooked, but here are four legitimate reasons why they could follow in the footsteps of the Carolina Hurricanes and miss the playoffs the year after winning the Stanley Cup.


THN.com Blog: TOI is A-OK

by Brian Costello - October 13, 2007 12:17 AM EDT

It's an often overlooked stat, but time-on-ice is a real indicator of a player's worth to his team.
The time-on-ice statistic, to me, is the true measure of a player's worth to his team. Goals and assists stats favor the offensively inclined and don't tell the entire story.


THN.com Blog: All in good fun

by Brian Costello - October 7, 2007 12:32 AM EDT

Brian Costello explains why sometime injuries aren't that bad... and what Eugene Melnyk is up to.
It was with mild reluctance a handful of us in The Hockey News office went ahead with the inaugural Man-Games Lost hockey pool Tuesday. First of all, we don't wish ill will or misfortune on any player or team.


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