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Is the NHL Metropolitan Division Really This Bad?

October 29th, 2013
When the NHL sounded the trumpets and rolled out a new alignment scheme in the summertime, the most off-key note came when one of its Eastern Conference divisions was branded with the name “Metropolitan.” Still, while experts held their noses at the announcement, few probably expected the stench to linger so ...

Is Patrick Roy’s Fiery Coaching Debut Just What Colorado Needs?

October 3rd, 2013
When Patrick Roy arrived in Denver shortly before Christmas 1995, Colorado Avalanche fans knew they’d landed an elite goaltender who could validate their relocated team’s contender status. And when Joe Sakic lifted the Stanley Cup a few months later, Roy’s impact was confirmed. The Hall of Fame goalie officially morphed into ...

Who’s More Irreplaceable for Blackhawks: Patrick Kane or Jonathan Toews?

September 26th, 2013
It’s a nightmare scenario for every Chicago Blackhawks fan. When their contracts near expiration at the end of the 2014-15 season, the on-ice partnership of Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews is deemed financially unsustainable and is dissolved by Blackhawks management—sending either the prolific winger or the respected leader to another town. And ...

What’s Worked and What Hasn’t in the Post-Gretzky NHL Expansion

September 5th, 2013
At the risk of embellishing quarter-century hyperbole, Aug. 9, 1988 really did shake hockey to its core. Not only was there emotional impact on fans in Edmonton (agony) and Los Angeles (ecstasy) and a significant change to street cred possessed by the Oilers (diminished) and Kings (enhanced), but the trade of ...

What Will John Tortorella’s Immediate Impact Be with Vancouver Canucks?

August 30th, 2013
A couple things are certain about John Tortorella. He wins a lot of hockey games—as evidenced by titles on three levels (ACHL, AHL, NHL) and playoff berths in all but three of 14 overall seasons as a head coach. And when it comes to the locker room, the bench and the press ...

How the Wayne Gretzky Trade Rocked My World 25 Years Ago

August 8th, 2013
1988 was a great year to be a hockey fan. Or, more specifically, an Edmonton Oilers hockey fan. I was 19 years old and had watched every second of every Oilers playoff game in the previous six years, during which my team reached five Stanley Cup Finals and hoisted the chalice four ...