Sportsnet and Labatt did the right thing cutting ties with Don Cherry
Sportsnet and Labatt could have been steadfast in their support of Don Cherry and thought about the bottom line. But they didn’t and for that they should be applauded.
Replacing Don Cherry on Hockey Night in Canada shouldn’t be a question of who, but what
With the breadth of on-air talent at Hockey Night in Canada, there's the opportunity to fill the first-intermission time slot once occupied by Don Cherry and Coach's Corner with more insightful, informative coverage and analysis.
New Hall of Fame class shows patience is a virtue for those on the bubble
Electing Teemu Selanne to the Hall of Fame was a no-brainer. But Paul Kariya, Dave Andreychuk, and Mark Recchi all had to wait a few years. That's good news for other "really good" players.
Golden Knights should aim for, and embrace, immediate success on the ice
The Golden Knights have the option of putting together a competitive NHL roster and stocking up picks and players for future use, and it's the best way for an expansion team to go.
Want more kids playing hockey? Stop making it so exclusive
Yes, cost is a significant factor in making hockey accessible to more people, but more focus is also needed on making it less competitive, and less strenuous at the grass-roots level.
Sabres make a brilliant GM hire in Jason Botterill
He’s been a key driver of the Penguins’ success this decade. He’s an expert in cap management and player development. He’s just what Buffalo needs.
Ovechkin is no longer a significant factor, and for that reason shouldn't be blamed for loss
Alex Ovechkin just isn't the difference maker he once was, and continues to take on a diminished role. So another Capitals defeat can't be blamed solely on him.
Is smaller equipment actually making goalies even better?
Scoring went down this season when goalies were forced into their smaller pants and that presents the NHL with something of an existential crisis.
Terry Pegula created Sabres mess, now he needs to fix it then get out of the way
In every tangible way that can be measured in on-ice performance, Terry Pegula has been a disaster as an owner. His next hire is his most important to date.
A weekend choke won’t make Maple Leafs’ season a failure
It will be the stuff of nightmares if the Leafs surrender their playoff spot after seeming like a shoo-in mere days ago. But if that happens, 2016-17 will remain a resounding success for the franchise.
NHL sends mixed message with laughable two-game suspension for Marchand
The Department of Player Safety blew it when it came to disciplining Brad Marchand. They could have sent a message to the repeat offender by suspending him for playoff games, but didn't.
The all-dirty/skill team: who blended criminality and talent best?
They were pure gold to their teammates. They were pure hell to play against. They excelled at the game but played too close to the edge.
What the NHL can learn from the success of the World Baseball Classic
Here are a couple of ways the World Cup of Hockey could be changed to make it more of a legitimate event, like it's baseball counterpart.
Bruins must consider big changes if they miss playoffs a third straight year
It might not happen. The Bruins may even enjoy a deep playoff run. But sitting out the Big Dance is suddenly a possibility. Heads might roll if that happens yet again.
Value, not scoring, should be what matters most at this point in Hart race
The Art Ross race could swing a few voters when it comes to the Hart. And while scoring matters, the definition of the Hart dictates that a player’s value to his team should be the deciding factor.
OHL should do itself a favor and revamp playoff format
Either the Memorial Cup hosts or defending champs will be knocked out of the OHL playoffs in the first round when Windsor and London meet. There's a simple solution to this problem.
Minor hockey league needs lesson in common sense after game decided by coin toss
A bantam quarterfinal game in Calgary was unfairly settled by a coin flip, mostly thanks to overzealous league administrators following arcane rules. A lot can be learned from it.
Please, Panthers, don’t turn Aaron Ekblad into Eric Lindros
Aaron Ekblad, 21, has as many concussions as NHL seasons played. If the Panthers don’t shut him down for the year, they’re taking a massive and irresponsible risk.
Ryan Smyth injured by player who shouldn't be sharing the ice with him
Former Oiler Ryan Smyth is playing senior hockey in Alberta because he still loves the game. That his season was likely ended on a dirty hit by a minor-league goon is another blight on the game.
Let’s not be duped by the overrated trade deadline anymore
We’re all either guilty of hyping the trade deadline into something it’s not, or we’re guilty of buying into that hype. It needs to stop.
NHL trade deadline 2017: trade tracker and analysis
Welcome to NHL trade deadline central 2017. Stay tuned to THN.com for up-to-minute analysis of every trade, as it happens.
More than a PR exercise, Canadiens nab best coach on the market in Claude Julien
In a surprise move, the Canadiens replaced coach Michel Therrien with Claude Julien -- legitimately one of the best coaches in the game.