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Pride, Power and Passion

 

December 25. October 31. February 14. All holidays that millions upon millions of people recognize in an instant. Christmas, Halloween, Valentine's Day. Familiar, yes?

How about April 28, 1996? Where were you on that day?

Not a lot of people would recognize that date as anything significant, save for citizens of  Manitoba's largest city in what they call the Heart of The Continent: Winnipeg.

On this dreadful day in 1996, the city lost much of it's pride, power, and passion as the Winnipeg Jets flew off in to the distance to arrive in Arizona and become the Phoenix Coyotes. This was a new attempt by the National Hockey League t...

Uphill Climb

For those of you who haven't looked at the Dallas Stars' schedule, the beginning of the season is approaching soon.  Thing is, it's going to be a tough start for the new-look team.

The 2011-12 season begins within the confines of the American Airlines Center, but against the team that The Hockey News picked as the Western Conference finalist--the Chicago Blackhawks.  Not only one game against the Hawks.  Two.  October 7 and 8, prepare yourself for a home-and-home with one of the strongest teams in the entire National Hockey League. 

Not all is lost.  Last season, the Stars romped over not just the Chicago Blackhawks, but the Central Di...

One-on-One With Brian Rolston

The Islanders went into the off-season with a game plan of finding a top-six forward that could help the team transition from the rebuilding phase into a playoff contender. With Marty Reasoner signed to round out the bottom two lines, the Islanders traded oft-injured winger Trent Hunter to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for 18-year veteran Brian Rolston.

Rolston carries a booming slap shot along with an impressive resume that will add veteran leadership and depth to the Islanders line-up.

With training camp just a few weeks away, Rolston called me this afternoon to discuss his expectations for the upcoming year, his experiences with the Devils last season and the potential ...

Better With Popcorn: Fall Sports Games Preview

 

It's that time of year again. The latest round of sports games is about to hit store shelves, mostly from publisher Electronic Arts, and Better With Popcorn will be on top of all of them. TCL and BWP contributor Russell Dornisch has your preview of all the upcoming titles, from Madden 12 to what will certainly be interesting to TCL readers, NHL 12.

Will you be spending money on the latest editions of all your favorite sports games? Have they changed enough from last year's games to warrant an investment? BWP will help you figure all of this out, with our look at what's coming out this fall.

Check out a preview of the article below for NHL 12, and ...

August Sucks

So here we stand. It's August and the NHL offseason is two months done. And I am bored out of my skull.

Every year we go from training camp to the exhibition season, the regular season starts, the trade deadline comes and goes, the stretch run gets exciting, the playoffs start, the Finals happen, and then the draft comes up and free agency ensues. And then there's August.

Nothing happens! Even in late July there was at least a signing a day. But now all we have is Scott Hannan going to Calgary. I guess I could report on Fabian Brunnstrom signing a tryout contract with Detroit, but it isn't that exciting, even for a Wings fan like myself.

So what can we do to ...

A Look At the Defense on the Island

There had been talk since the start of free agency that the Islanders were going to look to add a top six forward as well as a top four defenseman. So far, General Manager Garth Snow has traded Trent Hunter to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for veteran winger, Brian Rolston. It was seen as mostly a cap floor move as his salary brings them closer to that goal, but he also will provide veteran leadership, a booming slap-shot and a top-six presence as long as he stays healthy.

But the defenseman has yet to be found.

The Islanders went into the off-season with six defenseman already under contract with Mark Streit, Andy MacDonald, Travis Hamonic, Mark Eaton, Mike Mottau and Mil...

Greatest Comeback of All-Time!

Greatest Comeback of All-Time!

Guest Writer: Daniel Mercer

One of the most enjoyable facts surrounding sports is that there will always be a new debate.  The fun part about these debates is that they have no parameters and at the end of the day, maybe there isn’t a right answer.  Who is the better boxer, Ali or Pacquiao?  If LeBron James and Michael Jordan were in the dunk contest, who would win?  If the great Wayne Gretzky played for the Edmonton Oilers, would they be any better?

Wouldn’t it be amazing if we actually knew all of the answers?  I would pay big money to watch Ali step into the ring versus Pacquiao.  I would definitely buy...

Scott Hannan: Newest Flame

I remember a time not too long ago when Scott Hannan was considered one of the premier shut down defenceman in the NHL.

I even remember him being constantly compared to another shut down defenceman – Robyn Regehr.

Where did the time go?

Regehr is gone and Hannan is now a Flame. Not traded for one another, but you can’t help but think that one is replacing the other – even if Hannan is not on the same level as a Regehr at this point in his career.

Hannan had his best days as a San Jose Shark and most of them before the lockout. He is 32-years old, so not quite over the hill. For one million dollars, there is no real risk in the signing.

San Jose Sharks Line Profiles - Top Six

The San Jose Sharks have made some noise this offseason through trades and free agency. Once again, they look to have one of the most prevalent top six forward groups in the league. Now that we know all of the Sharks' moves this summer, its time to breakdown that top six and make my predictions on point totals.

 

Line One: Marleau-Thornton-Pavelski

With the departure of Dany Heatley this summer to the Minnesota Wild, the door is now open for Joe Pavelski...

Breaking Down the San Jose Sharks' Offseason-Part Two

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I thought I would start this blog off with the first picture of newly acquired Sharks' defenseman Brent Burns in San Jose gear, via Brodie Brazil:

 

 

While the Sharks didn't go after any of this year's big-name free agents, it is probably for the best, as many of those players were grossly overpaid and will almost certainly be disappointments to their respective clubs. The Shark...