by Brian Costello - July 4, 2009 10:39 AM EDT
In an era where youth dominates, it's nice too see a crafty old veteran still making his way and contributing on a contender.
Chalk up another one for the old guys. I couldn't help but cheer the news that 41-year-old Mark Recchi was returning to the NHL for another season with the Boston Bruins.
by Brian Costello - June 28, 2009 11:30 AM EDT
A lot of deadline deals involved Round 2 draft picks, but our calculations show teams should be asking for more.
At the NHL trade deadline this season, we noticed very few teams were willing to part with their first round draft picks. That’s a growing trend since the salary cap was instituted in 2005 because teams realize a blue chip first-rounder can offer years of inexpensive labor and that’s something they don’t want to part with.
by Brian Costello - June 23, 2009 4:25 PM EDT
There's no doubting the worthiness of any of the five inductees who will share a place in the hallowed halls in Toronto.
The Hockey Hall of Fame just got a little more lively and focused today when Brett Hull, Steve Yzerman, Brian Leetch and Luc Robitaille were approved for induction.
by Brian Costello - June 20, 2009 11:00 AM EDT
Steve Yzerman, Brian Leetch and Brett Hull are locks for the Hall, but with one more spot and plenty of worthy candidates, someone will be left out.
When the Hall of Fame’s selection committee gets together Tuesday to select its 2009 inductees, it will have three easy decisions and at least one difficult one.
by Brian Costello - June 12, 2009 10:40 PM EDT
Maxime Talbot's two goals anchored a 2-1 Pens win, saved at the last second by a diving Marc-Andre Fleury.
DETROIT – Game, set, match, Pittsburgh Penguins. For all the pre-game prognostication out there the past three days, Game 7 and the Stanley Cup championship was going to boil down to goaltending.
by Brian Costello - June 6, 2009 3:22 PM EDT
Ovie and Sid teammates? Kane a Flyer? The Thrashers no longer in Atlanta? All possibilities if the worst team still automatically picked first.
As we move into the time of year when the Stanley Cup playoffs reach its resolution and the NHL draft approaches, it’s interesting to reflect on an era when the game was less controlled.
by Brian Costello - May 22, 2009 11:50 PM EDT
Despite beating a team who had a defenseman tossed for no reason, Chicago gets full marks for weathering a Red Wing comeback and taking Game 3.
The Detroit Red Wings absolutely got jobbed on the terrible major and game misconduct penalty to Niklas Kronwall, but the Chicago Blackhawks survived a scare and were deserving of their 4-3 victory in Game 3 Friday.
by Brian Costello - May 19, 2009 11:08 PM EDT
Detroit put Chicago on the ropes after a 3-2 win in overtime as the young Hawks failed at a comeback and must now win four of five.
There's no stopping the Detroit Red Wings machine now. Not for the Chicago Blackhawks, anyway. The Hawks threw everything they had at the Wings Tuesday in Detroit and it wasn't enough.
by Brian Costello - May 12, 2009 12:02 AM EDT
The Canucks fail to live up to expectations after losing in the West semis to the Hawks... Did Luongo choke?... and goodbye, Mats.
Make it 16 consecutive seasons without a Canadian Stanley Cup champion. The Vancouver Canucks were the last Canadian team this season to fall, losing in six games to the upstart Chicago Blackhawks.
by Brian Costello - May 10, 2009 1:40 AM EDT
What sense does it make for Willie Mitchell to be using a composite stick?... Burrows' act wearing thin... and cheating on icing.
Not sure why so many players are convinced the composite stick is the way to go in crucial situations. We've all seen the one-piece graphite shafts snap at inopportune times in offensive situations.
by Brian Costello - May 5, 2009 11:48 PM EDT
The Canucks played a solid team game to tip the scales in the series... Kane, Sharp and Toews' impact... and the anthem.
If the Vancouver Canucks are to get by the Chicago Blackhawks in this Western Conference semifinal series, they'll have to do it with the total team effort they displayed Tuesday night, not rely on the goaltending of Roberto Luongo or the strength of their defense corps.
by Brian Costello - April 28, 2009 12:18 AM EDT
The young Hawks were expected to be held back by that attribute, but in the end their exuberance was key in a six-game triumph.
The inexperience and lack of grit that was supposed to be the downfall of the Chicago Blackhawks in their first round series with the Calgary Flames just wasn't a factor at all.
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