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Goodbye, Mr. Hockey

Author’s Interview with Al Arbour January 16, 2008 MHD: “Mr. Arbour, I gotta ask you this question since you saw both men play. Who was better? Gordie or Gretzky?” Arbour: “Gordie!” MHD: “Why?” Arbo...
Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter (20) passes the puck during a NHL game on November 19th, 2015. (Brian Fluharty/ Inside Hockey)

The KO of Yeo

The firing of Mike Yeo as head coach of the Minnesota Wild last Saturday marked the end of what had been on the surface a promising NHL career. Instead Yeo’s firing revealed deeply concealed flaws that have sur...
Left Wing Erik Cole (#72) of the Detroit Red Wings uses his foot to control the puck while playing against Center Sean Courturier (#14) of the Philadelphia Flyers

Detroit: Post Babcock

Whisper it quietly but the Detroit Red Wings are in contention for the Eastern Conference playoffs. This is their first season without Mike Babcock at the helm. Babcock had led Detroit for ten magnificent seaso...
Right Wing Patric Hornqvist (#72) of the Pittsburgh Penguins waits for a face-off

Jim Rutherford and the damage done…

Pittsburgh’s firing of Mike Johnston as head coach of the Penguins is the latest half-measure taken by the epitome of managerial mediocrity general manager Jim Rutherford. The blow was not surprising. Rutherfor...
Right Wing Valeri Nichushkin (#43) of the Dallas Stars and Defenseman Evgeny Medvedev (#82) of the Philadelphia Flyers during the second period

Earning Lots of Big W’s in Big D

If there was an award for greatest coaching comeback of the year I would nominate Lindy Ruff for that honor right now. After a flaccid 2014/15 season where the Dallas Stars finished tenth in the Western Confere...