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THN.com Blog: Patience paying off for Wheeler

THN.com Blog: Patience paying off for Wheeler

by Brian Costello - November 8, 2008 11:40 AM EST

It's been a strange road to the NHL for the Bruins power forward, but Blake Wheeler is now getting an opportunity to show his worth.
There was a noticeable buzz that came over the crowd at the 2004 NHL draft in Carolina after the Phoenix Coyotes made Minnesota high schooler Blake Wheeler the fifth overall selection.


THN.com Blog: Hitting and head shots two different things

THN.com Blog: Hitting and head shots two different things

by Brian Costello - November 1, 2008 10:11 AM EDT

The knee-jerk reaction from some hockey critics to the Doug Weight hit on Brandon Sutter would eliminate hitting from the game.
There’s only one thing sadder in hockey than seeing a player such as Brandon Sutter lose consciousness and sustain a concussion after an on-ice hit.


THN.com Blog: Larionov and Anderson should have company

THN.com Blog: Larionov and Anderson should have company

by Brian Costello - October 25, 2008 10:51 AM EDT

This year's Hall of Fame induction group is worthy, but there was room for two other candidates.
Glenn Anderson and Igor Larionov are very deserving candidates for next month’s Hockey Hall of Fame induction, but they should be part of a foursome.


THN.com Blog: Hawks get greedy

THN.com Blog: Hawks get greedy

by Brian Costello - October 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT

Things were on the right track in the Windy City until the team overpaid for free agents, then botched a coaching change.
Everything looked to be going so well for the Chicago Blackhawks. After most of the past decade out of the playoffs and a fan base that was dwindling down to the diehards, the management and ownership of the Original Six franchise started turning the corner a few seasons ago.


THN.com Blog: Time has arrived to cut games

THN.com Blog: Time has arrived to cut games

by Brian Costello - September 21, 2008 1:23 AM EDT

The NHL will never agree to shorten the regular season, but there's really no reason for the high number of pre-season tilts.
The notion of reducing the number of regular season games from 82 to 70-something per team is one that will never fly with the league or the union.


THN.com Blog: 2008 first-rounders who will fast track to the NHL

THN.com Blog:  2008 first-rounders who will fast track to the NHL

by Brian Costello - September 14, 2008 11:53 AM EDT

Not many make the immediate jump, but there are a few who will skate regularly this season as 18-year-olds.
There's a misconception out there that more and more 18-year-olds are getting fast-tracked to the big leagues because they provide a cheaper alternative in a workforce that's getting more and more expensive.


THN.com Blog: How about half a ‘C’ for Sundin?

THN.com Blog: How about half a ‘C’ for Sundin?

by Brian Costello - September 7, 2008 3:56 PM EDT

With the big Swede still on the sidelines pondering his future, one has to wonder about his ability to still lead a team.
I’m only doing half a blog today because I’ve been in the business a long time, I’m not sure I want to continue blogging and I don’t really want to go through the grind of doing a full blog anymore.


THN.com Blog: Playing for Uncle Herb’s Cup

THN.com Blog: Playing for Uncle Herb’s Cup

by Brian Costello - August 30, 2008 10:39 AM EDT

An interesting connection to an NHL legend brings family together to hit the links every two years.
I carry with me one piece of trivia in my chest pocket close to my heart. I pull it out from time to time and it never fails to stump hockey fans, journalists and experts, individually and collectively.


THN.com Blog: When is an all-star really an all-star?

THN.com Blog: When is an all-star really an all-star?

by Brian Costello - August 17, 2008 10:24 AM EDT

The term all-star gets thrown around too much, so Brian explains what the true definition stands for.
I wanted to attempt clarification on a confusing hockey term that will probably remain confusing for as long as hockey is played. It’s regularly the source of reader complaints to The Hockey News and it’s an honest-enough mistake made by sports journalists and people writing in.


THN.com Blog: When will Carbonneau be recognized by Hall of Fame committee?

THN.com Blog: When will Carbonneau be recognized by Hall of Fame committee?

by Brian Costello - August 10, 2008 10:27 AM EDT

Defense is an important part of the professional game, so why won't the Hall of Fame recognize one of the best defensive forwards?
In an era when goal-scoring is approaching a 50-year low, when even star players are admonished for not backchecking, when assistant coaches are mandated to find ways to shut down the opposition’s top scorers, one defensive giant continues to go unappreciated.


THN.com Blog: Who's the next Olli Jokinen?

THN.com Blog: Who's the next Olli Jokinen?

by Brian Costello - August 3, 2008 9:35 AM EDT

Picked third overall in 1997, Olli Jokinen was considered a flop before he broke out with the Panthers. Here are a few players who shouldn't be written off, yet.
Olli Jokinen has played all but one game in the past five seasons and his 374 points during that span ranks among the NHL’s top 10 since 2002-03.


THN.com Blog: Playoff streak in trouble in Nashville

THN.com Blog: Playoff streak in trouble in Nashville

by Brian Costello - July 27, 2008 10:33 AM EDT

While others believe the Preds will make the dance for the fifth straight season, this author thinks a drop is in their future.
Barry Trotz must be the best coach in the NHL because he finds a way to get a diminishing Nashville Predators roster into the playoffs, both last season and, according to prognosticators, this coming season.


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