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Time For NHL to Treat All Players Like People, Regardless of Role

Over in New Jersey, Todd Fedoruk is trying to survive the pressures of addiction and an NHL comeback, as he works to catch on with the Canucks. Fedoruk is a 32-year-old enforcer who was out of hockey last season while he worked on some personal issues. Down in Tampa, Steven Stamkos is trying to establish […]

Jets and Crosby Show the Importance of NHL Teams, Not Players

I was happy to see the good people of Winnipeg are psyched to have an NHL team in their midst again. The new Jets are already rock stars and they’ve yet to play an official minute in the Peg. Excitement has been one of the main casualties of the NHL’s expansion into non-traditional markets and […]

Are the Flyers Getting Nervous About Jaromir Jagr?

I was a little surprised to hear the Flyers have invited Michael Nylander to training camp on a tryout. Signed by the Caps in 2007, he never quite clicked anywhere and found himself playing out his contract in the AHL. While in the AHL, he injured a vertabra in his neck and had what many […]

Loose Caps Are A Feature, Not a Bug

I was very intrigued by Matt Bradley’s comments about Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau and the tone of his team’s locker room: I think our locker room was maybe a little bit too nonchalant, and guys weren’t disciplined the way they should have been. Tarik El-Bashir followed-up on Bradley’s comments and was met with a […]

NHL GMs Go Hollywood and Embrace the Reboot

Here in the United States, we seem to be in a period where we’re enthralled by the idea of a reboot, with reboot defined as the reconceptualization of a previously developed idea. The Tobey Maguire Spider-Man movies were popular but to breathe new life into the character, the franchise is getting rebooted, giving a slightly […]

Rangers Give Brandon Dubinsky Four Years to Live Up To Potential

The Rangers did a relatively impressive job in holding Brandon Dubinsky to a four-year, $16.8 million, arbitration-avoiding contract. According to some, the big issue in getting the contract done was money and length of contract. According to others, the issue was just contract length. If the proceedings had a feeling of deja vu, it’s because […]

Next Devils’ Coach Might Want to Learn He’s Hired

I’m not quite sure why the Devils have yet to pick a new coach but my gut feeling is that it can’t be a good thing. After last season’s coaching misfire, with rookie NHL head coach John MacLean destroying the season, followed by former coach Jacques Lemaire returning to his old job, almost managing to […]

Chemistry Between Gaborik and Richards Isn’t a Given

The most interesting thing about the Brad Richards signing in New York is the assumption that he’ll click with Marian Gaborik. The assumption is so prevalent, the only question people seem to be asking is who’ll play left wing on the Richards-Gaborik line. But I think we need to take a step back. Because just […]

Sharks and Flyers Fix What’s Not Broken in Search of Cup

The most interesting part of last week’s roster moves (and this weekend’s) was that two very successful NHL teams were willing to dramatically reinvent themselves, even though the previous season’s versions of the teams were successful. Both the Philadelphia Flyers and San Jose Sharks, two teams that, had some things gone just a little bit […]

Purge of Flyers Helps Team Shed Salary and Talent

The thing that worries me about Philadelphia’s crazy purge of two of their best players, is that I can kind of understand what Flyers’ GM Paul Holmgren was trying to accomplish. Holmgren wanted to sign goalie Ilya Bryzgalov but the Flyers were capped out. Mike Richards and Jeff Carter both had no-trade clauses that would […]