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THN.com Blog: Watch the Bolts make a mighty surge

THN.com Blog: Watch the Bolts make a mighty surge

by Brian Costello - July 20, 2008 9:51 AM EDT

When predicting next season's standings the Lightning didn't get much respect, but at least one of us thinks they'll make it to the playoffs.
Thursday was the day the great minds at The Hockey News got together in the boardroom to discuss our predictions for the coming season.   A few months earlier I saw the play 12 Angry Men, starring Richard Thomas from The Waltons fame.


THN.com Blog: Bertuzzi a tough sell in Calgary

THN.com Blog: Bertuzzi a tough sell in Calgary

by Brian Costello - July 13, 2008 9:41 AM EDT

Todd Bertuzzi has never been liked in Calgary, so now that he is part of the team a lot of fans don't know what to make of it.
I recently received an email from my father, who lives in Calgary, that had steam oozing from it as I viewed it in my inbox. The subject line was: Sutter’s Last Stand.


THN.com Blog: Huet still not among my top half

THN.com Blog: Huet still not among my top half

by Brian Costello - July 6, 2008 12:18 AM EDT

The recent Blackhawks UFA signing has a lot to prove before he can join the crop of the game's top tenders.
Who knew Cristobal Huet was so popular. Since mentioning him on my list of the top 10 confusing signings of the free agent season, I’ve been bombarded with feedback from fans who now want me drawn and quartered.


THN.com Blog: Don't expect a rash of RFA signings

THN.com Blog: Don't expect a rash of RFA signings

by Brian Costello - June 28, 2008 9:43 AM EDT

Giving up draft picks to sign a player for big money isn't the best move in the salary cap era, so don't expect it to start happening more.
The hockey establishment was given a good stiff figurative kick in the groin last summer when the Edmonton Oilers signed restricted free agents Thomas Vanek and Dustin Penner to expensive offer sheets.


THN.com: Fletcher failing Maple Leafs with poor decisions

THN.com: Fletcher failing Maple Leafs with poor decisions

by Brian Costello - June 23, 2008 2:59 PM EDT

The interim GM had to give up two assets to draft a player they could have had by firing Paul Maurice during the stretch drive.
Toronto interim GM Cliff Fletcher got the man he wanted Friday at the entry draft, but paid a high price in doing so. Fletcher moved up from the No.


THN.com Blog: Union should campaign for Lindsay

THN.com Blog: Union should campaign for Lindsay

by Brian Costello - June 15, 2008 9:49 AM EDT

The Lifetime Achievement Award is a nice touch to honor the game's past, and while Gordie Howe was the perfect selection, "Terrible" Ted Lindsay should be next.
It was nice to see the NHL borrow an idea from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science people – among other organizations – in coming up with a Lifetime Achievement Award.


THN.com Blog: Grab the nearest Penguin next time

THN.com Blog: Grab the nearest Penguin next time

by Brian Costello - June 7, 2008 5:59 PM EDT

If the Wings had of taken our advice, the final second of Game 6 would have passed with no worry... and the wonderful sounds of the NHL.
Naturally lost among the celebration of Detroit’s Stanley Cup title was a last-second attempt by the Pittsburgh Penguins to send Game 6 into overtime.


THN.com Blog: 2008 destined to be an excellent draft

THN.com Blog: 2008 destined to be an excellent draft

by Brian Costello - June 1, 2008 11:13 AM EDT

From bluechipper Steven Stamkos to the plethora of high-end blueliners, there's a lot to like about the prospects in the '08 draft class.
The list of hockey prospects you see on the pages of The Hockey News’ Draft Preview has the hearts of NHL scouts all aflutter this spring.


THN.com Blog: Chara looking for a climbing partner

THN.com Blog: Chara looking for a climbing partner

by Brian Costello - May 25, 2008 11:30 AM EDT

The Bruins blueliner, along with one fan, will be scaling Mt. Kilimanjaro for charity this summer.
They say the air gets thin when you climb a mountain or are as tall as Zdeno Chara. So what happens when the tall man climbs one of the world’s most prominent peaks? Well, sign up to accompany him and you could witness it first hand.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Get Craig Simpson off the air!

THN.com Playoff Blog: Get Craig Simpson off the air!

by Brian Costello - May 18, 2008 12:48 PM EDT

It's time the former NHLer and current color man for Hockey Night in Canada moves on.
Craig Simpson should find a new job. Like back behind the bench as an assistant coach or head coach. He just articulates the finer points of the game so well, it’s almost a shame he doesn’t have a more direct influence on what happens on the ice.


THN.com Playoff Blog: San Jose avoids getting burned by Flames

THN.com Playoff Blog: San Jose avoids getting burned by Flames

by Brian Costello - April 23, 2008 1:10 AM EDT

Sharks get full marks for their Game 7 victory... and what exactly did Mike Keenan bring to the table?
The better team won Game 7 Tuesday night. If not in the Washington-Philadelphia series, then certainly in the San Jose-Calgary series, won 5-3 by the Sharks.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Avs go back for the future; should Habs bench Price?

THN.com Playoff Blog: Avs go back for the future; should Habs bench Price?

by Brian Costello - April 20, 2008 9:43 AM EDT

It was players whose glory days had supposedly past who led Colorado to victory... and should Montreal turn to Halak?
Hockey Night In Canada play-by-play man Jim Hughson had the line of the night in Denver saying: "They call this place the Pepsi Center, but it could be nicknamed the Time Machine the way this season has gone.


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