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THN.com Blog: Will Olympic 'flop' hurt Brodeur's legacy?

THN.com Blog: Will Olympic 'flop' hurt Brodeur's legacy?

by Brian Costello - February 28, 2010 9:30 AM EST

Does losing the race for the starting role for Team Canada after a pair of prelim defeats take some of the shine off the great goalie's career?
It’ll be interesting to view how historians eventually handle Martin Brodeur’s fall from glory at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. The 37-year-old goaltending great was shaky in two games for Canada, a 3-2 shootout win against Switzerland and a 5-3 loss to the United States.


THN.com Blog: Quiet race for 30th place overall

THN.com Blog: Quiet race for 30th place overall

by Brian Costello - February 21, 2010 9:20 AM EST

For a number of reasons, there's isn't much excitment surrounding who will get the top pick in the 2010 draft.
There doesn’t seem to be nearly as much drama in this year’s race for last place in the NHL standings – and first draft pick overall.


THN.com Blog: Pietrangelo is poster boy for Future Watch 2010

THN.com Blog: Pietrangelo is poster boy for Future Watch 2010

by Brian Costello - February 14, 2010 9:30 AM EST

The St. Louis prospect jumped from No. 5 to the top spot this year, but who else is in the top 10?
The scouts have spoken, the ballots are in, the spreadsheet has calculated. Alex Pietrangelo is the No. 1 prospect in Future Watch 2010. The future St.


THN.com Blog: Flames forced to make a deal

THN.com Blog: Flames forced to make a deal

by Brian Costello - January 23, 2010 10:33 AM EST

With six losses in a row and a lacklustre offense, the Flames have to change their philosophy now before it's too late.
Judging by the public outcry in Calgary following a 9-1 loss to San Jose Monday and the team’s precipitous fall from third place in the conference to ninth in less than two weeks, you’d think the Saddledome was falling in on the Flames.


THN.com Blog: Kessel deal looking worse by the day

THN.com Blog: Kessel deal looking worse by the day

by Brian Costello - January 17, 2010 10:20 AM EST

A team that had no playoff hopes to begin with gave up a huge chunk of their future, hurting the team for years to come.
Imagine the buzz in Toronto today had the Maple Leafs not foolishly traded away their first round pick in the 2010 draft? They’d be talking about possibly getting that first overall pick.


THN.com Blog: Baseball’s Hall a study in promotional finesse

THN.com Blog: Baseball’s Hall a study in promotional finesse

by Brian Costello - January 10, 2010 10:53 AM EST

While Baseball's Hall of Fame selection process may not be perfect, it's much better than the NHL's secretive policy.
There are a lot of critics out there lampooning the Baseball Hall of Fame’s induction process, yet it’s still a far better system than the one used in hockey.


THN.com Blog: Who made those crazy predictions?

THN.com Blog: Who made those crazy predictions?

by Brian Costello - December 27, 2009 8:45 AM EST

THN's summer picks may be way off at this point, but there's plenty of time for things to get back on track.
Taking a look at our conference standings predictions from our 2009-10 Yearbook, it’s clear we spent too much of our summer on the golf course and not enough studying rosters.


THN.com Blog: Phaneuf for Spezza a dream deal for Senators and Flames

THN.com Blog: Phaneuf for Spezza a dream deal for Senators and Flames

by Brian Costello - December 19, 2009 11:21 AM EST

Two players in need of a fresh start with comparable cap numbers would look good on the other side of the Great White North.
Jason Spezza for Dion Phaneuf. That' s a deal I'd make if I were either the Ottawa Senators or Calgary Flames.   First a disclaimer. I don't like to make a habit of spreading or fabricating trade rumors.


THN.com Blog: The constantly changing People of Power list

THN.com Blog: The constantly changing People of Power list

by Brian Costello - December 6, 2009 10:20 AM EST

The Hockey News' annual list of mover and shakers within the world of hockey has seen a lot of moving and shaking over the past year.
This is the craziest year ever in the history of monitoring hockey’s top movers and shakers for The Hockey News’ annual list of 100 People of Power and Influence.


THN.com Blog: The two sides of Olli Jokinen

THN.com Blog: The two sides of Olli Jokinen

by Brian Costello - November 29, 2009 9:43 AM EST

The former third overall pick has had a bumpy road throughout his career and after a slow start this season he's showing signs of a turnaround.
Olli Jokinen knows a thing or two about toughing it out when things aren’t going his way. If there’s one thing he is, it’s resilient.


THN.com Blog: Making a case for Rogie Vachon

THN.com Blog: Making a case for Rogie Vachon

by Brian Costello - November 21, 2009 9:50 AM EST

It's been 25 years since the long-time Hab and King has been eligible for the Hall, so is it too late for him to be considered?
In my last blog, I covered off candidates for the 2010 Hockey Hall of Fame induction class. In summary, I said Joe Nieuwendyk is the best first-time eligible (three years retired) player while Eric Lindros and John LeClair are bubble candidates.


THN.com Blog: Sizing up the 2010 Hall of Fame induction class

THN.com Blog: Sizing up the 2010 Hall of Fame induction class

by Brian Costello - November 8, 2009 9:45 AM EST

With the 2009 class set to be honored with a place in the hallowed Hockey Hall of Fame, we look ahead to who may join them next year.
We’ve had quite a run of Hall of Fame induction classes the past several years. This year’s foursome of Steve Yzerman, Brett Hull, Brian Leetch and Luc Robitaille ranks among the best ever.


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