They have not been called upon to save the NHL from a season-long lockout, but 2020-21 isn’t that far off and, last time we checked, the league still has the same commissioner and roughly the same board of governors that had no qualms about scorching the earth back in 2004-05. So it’s entirely feasible that, like Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin before them, Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews will be charged with rescuing the NHL from its own greed and shortsightedness someday.
You know, it was fun while it lasted, though. For more than a decade, barstools all over the world had a strong staple subject for their occupants in the Sid vs. Ovie debate. The great thing about that is the two otherworldly talents took turns grabbing the mantle as the world’s No. 1 player until Crosby started to ...
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Ken Campbell, The Hockey News' senior writer, is in his second tour with the brand after an eight-year stint as a beat reporter for the Maple Leafs for the Toronto Star. The Sudbury native once tried out for the Ontario League's Wolves as a 30-year-old. Needless to say, it didn't work out.