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The Hockey NewsThe Hockey News

The Hockey News August 14, 2017

The Hockey News has been providing the most comprehensive coverage of the world of hockey since 1947. THN is published 18 times a year, including 14 regular issues and four special issues – such as Future Watch, Draft Preview, Yearbook, the #1 selling hockey annual in North America.

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Canada
Language:
English
Publisher:
Roustan Media Ltd.
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a police matter

JIM RUTHERFORD’S ACQUISITION of Ryan Reaves brings to mind the classic scene in Planes, Trains and Automobiles when a couple tries frantically to make John Candy’s and Steve Martin’s characters aware they’re heading into oncoming traffic. “You’re going the wrong way!” they shout. Candy, blissfully unaware of the truth, responds, “How would they know where we’re going?” A few seconds later, the penny drops, Candy and Martin scream hysterically as they charge into the path of two 18-wheelers, and the duo’s car is all but totalled. Hey, Jim Rutherford. You’re going the wrong way! Only, Rutherford, a solid bet to enter the Hall of Fame now that he’s won three Cups as a GM with two franchises, is anything but unaware. In reality, it’s the NHL that is going the wrong way.…

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your say

HAVE YOUR SAY BY EMAILING US AT LETTERS@THEHOCKEYNEWS.COM Where’s the Northern love? For the second year in a row you didn’t recognize the winner of the RBC Cup, Canada’s Jr. A national championship (the Cobourg Cougars) in your Champions Issue. You did denote the winners of both U.S. junior leagues on your champions map, and you have the champions from Hong Kong – and this is a Canadian magazine. I coach junior hockey in Canada and I am very disappointed that these kids are not mentioned as I see the commitment they give to represent towns all over this country. JUSTIN MURRAY, INNISFIL, ONT. Cleveland rocks Thank you for giving Cleveland its due as one of America’s great hockey cities in your feature recapping the brief history of the NHL’s Barons (Rewind, June 18). As a…

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soapbox

GM Jim Nill seems to amaze every Dallas fan every single off-season. This year was probably his best! Ben Bishop is the best starter we have had since Eddie Belfour won us a Cup. Marc Methot will be on the top ‘D’ pairing. To add forwards Martin Hanzal and Alex Radulov was just icing on the cake. Our biggest signing wasn’t even going to be on the ice: Ken Hitchcock is behind the bench again. Wait, didn’t Dallas win a Stanley Cup under his helm? – Aaron Wilcox As an Oilers fan, it pains me to say the Flames improved the most. They’ve revamped their goaltending and have an impressive top-five ‘D.’ – @OneofHisTools Buffalo has totally remade its defense without losing any core players. It was admittedly horrible last year, but GM Botterill…

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nhl’s off-season: who won? who lost?

FOR UP-TO-THE-MINUTE COVERAGE, VISIT THN.COM 10 THE INSTIGATOR 11 2018 UFA HYPE-O-METER 12 LIKE A PRO 14 GOODS, GEAR, LIFE 16 DOWN GOES BROWN 18 THE COUNTDOWN WINNER – SANITY Perhaps it was the fact they faced a decidedly mediocre free agent class or that so many teams are so tight against the cap, but the most prominent storyline of July 1 was that so few GMs lost their minds at the start of the proceedings. After so many years of seeing supply and demand economics run amok, it was interesting to see so many teams display so much restraint in money and, more importantly, term. LOSER – PLAYER AGENTS These guys get a cut of every deal they negotiate, so you’d have to think there are player agents out there wondering what has gotten…

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the instigator

THN BOOK REVIEW HOME ICE: CONFESSIONS OF A BLACKHAWKS FAN $18.00, University of Iowa Press, 190 pages, 6" x 9", paperback From the mid-1970s until the Blackhawks’ meteoric rise in the late 2000s, hockey was considered a fringe sport in Chicago. Games were relegated to cable TV – if televised at all – and press coverage was almost nonexistent. In his new book, Home Ice, Kevin Cunningham recalls how he had to build his fandom in bits and pieces: a library book here, a game of table hockey there, maybe catching a “game of the week” on TV. He reminisces about his favorite games, seasons and players over the past 40 years, the team’s biggest disappointments and coming to grips with supporting the club again when it became a powerhouse. Fans who remember…

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ice to pen

IN LUKE MURPHY’S debut novel, Dead Man’s Hand, an injury halts the career of a college football star, leading him to life as a debt collector in Las Vegas. When he wants out, he ends up on the lam, framed for the murder of a casino owner. The tale may not sound like something Murphy, a former minor-league center turned teacher, could relate to, but he has more in common with it than one might think. “Not that I was ever a murder suspect or anything,” he laughs. Murphy did sustain a career-altering injury, though, with the Central League’s Oklahoma City Blazers in 2000 when an errant stick gave him a broken nose, sliced eyelid and scratched cornea. The injury limited him to 90-percent vision in his left eye, ended his…

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