September 08 2009 07:46PM
They call it prospects camp and they call it rookie camp, neither of which is completely accurate.
Prospect has that element of speculation, of potential, of possibility, as in "He sure as heck isn't an NHLer now but we believe that with time and some physical maturity, he'll become one."
Mikael Backlund, a physically immature young forward who's still trying get the hang of hockey and life one ocean and then most of a continent away from his homeland, is a prospect.
September 05 2009 01:46PM
The first few steps towards the new season are being taken this weekend by the Calgary Flames prospects. There are a lot of new faces in camp this year and more than one thing to watch heading into the main camp and pre-season...
September 04 2009 02:12PM
Obviously the turmoil within the Players Association is going to cause a lot of trouble down the road. A lot. A real damn lot. And while it's understandable that most hockey fans are sitting at their computers reading the latest developments with a growing sense of dread that the current CBA will run out and the players will go on strike and effectively kill the league at best, and the sport at worst.
At least we're getting a hell of a show before the league goes all Manhattan Project.
September 03 2009 01:01PM
In the wake of the firing of Paul Kelly by the NHLPA executive board, Michael Russo of the Star Tribune interviewed the player representative for the Minnesota Wild to find out why. While Nick Schultz wasn’t overly forthcoming about the reasons for Kelly’s dismissal, he did identify the issue which will likely be the key battleground between the owners and the players when the current CBA expires.
August 31 2009 04:55PM
On the eve of the month when business finally picks up in the NHL, let's bid farewell to a few topics that determined fans will now be able to forget about and concentrate on more important matters. You know, things like the No. 1 defence pairing in Abbotsford, Liam Reddox's potential linemates and the over-under for the number of times in the coming weeks and months that the words "Luongo" and "extension" will appear in the same story on the pages of the Vancouver Sun or the Province.