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NHL: Mother Nature Is About To Melt the Winter Classic in Pittsburgh

December 28th, 2010
Back when we were kids, there was always that day when the outdoor portion of the hockey season ended.  You and your buddies showed up at the pond, but your sheet of dreams had been rained on lightly the night before, and it now was groaning and creaking.  Its color ...

Pittsburgh Penguins: Ray Shero’s Moves Look Better As Players Fail Elsewhere

October 5th, 2010
One of the questions that Penguins GM Ray Shero had to field most often this past summer was "Are you bringing Billy Guerin back?"  Guerin had become a local folk hero of sorts in the Penguins march to the Stanley Cup in 2009 but was a free agent following last ...

NHL: Why Gary Bettman Had to Blow Up the Ilya Kovalchuck Deal

July 22nd, 2010
The NHL was up against the wall headed into the 2004-05 season. Only three or four teams made money the previous year.    Some had lost more than $25 million.    Projections were that nobody would make money two years hence. Seeing a desperate situation for what it was, the league took ...

Philadelphia Flyers Magical Ride Comes to Sudden Stop

June 10th, 2010
In one bizarre moment, the ride was over.  Patrick Kane was sure of what he had just done, but nobody else in Wachovia Center or watching on millions of TV sets across North America was entirely sure what had just taken place. The puck that Kane had just shot seemingly vanished ...

2010 Stanley Cup: Flyers Need To Dig Deeper Than Ever Following Game 5 Whipping

June 7th, 2010
In a season where one of the participants in the Stanley Cup Finals needed a shootout goal in the last game of the regular season just to make the playoffs and completed a historic comeback by falling behind 3-0 in Game 7 all things are still possible.    Its just that after ...

Stanley Cup 2010: Michael Leighton Leading Philadelphia Down Path of Doom

June 1st, 2010
Some pictures are worth a thousand words.  This picture is worth 52 names.  Those are the 52 names of the Chicago Blackhawks that will be engraved on the Stanley Cup sometime late this summer if this odd and bumpy Stanley Cup Final continues on its present trajectory. This picture came at ...

Why Your Team Can’t Win the Stanley Cup

April 14th, 2010
Sometime in June an NHL team will be taking another picture just like this one. They will have arrived on top of the hockey mountain and fufilled a million dreams. Everyone whose team is still playing hockey this week thinks that it will be their team, their year. But the hockey ...

Vincent LeCavalier and Martin St. Louis Needn’t Look Far for Dirty Hockey

March 15th, 2010
The Tampa Bay Lightning are the second most penalized team in the NHL.  They managed to add to their total only 40 seconds into their Sunday evening tilt with the Pittsburgh Penguins at The St. Pete Times Forum and nearly threw the balance of the Eastern Conference into chaos at ...

Alexander Ovechkin Making Headlines for All of the Wrong Reasons…Again

March 15th, 2010
Alexander Ovechkin changed the face of the Stanley Cup playoffs a month before they begin with a single play on Sunday afternoon in Chicago.  His exploits are splashed across sports pages from here to Fairbanks this morning.  But like much of the publicity he has generated this season Ovechkin is ...

NHL Has Its Head in the Sand When It Comes to Protecting Players

March 8th, 2010
It happened again Sunday in Pittsburgh.  You knew it would.  Late in the third period Boston Bruins forward Marc Savard caught the puck in the Penguins zone about ten feet inside the blue line and prepared to launch a shot toward the Pens goal when Matt Cooke interrupted the proceedings with ...