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Toronto Resartus

Improbably but fascinatingly the Toronto Maple Leafs are competing for a playoff slot. After enduring a last place finish despite the onset of a new coaching and managerial regime the Toronto Maple Leafs are sk...

Minnesota, Wild!

One of my favorite vintage Batman episodes, Green Ice/Deep Freeze, featured the famed German director Otto Preminger as Mr. Freeze and during those two episodes, Preminger would exclaim, “Wild!” whenever someth...

St. Louis: Un-Hitched

The firing of Ken Hitchcock as head coach of the St. Louis Blues was a sad and ignominious end for what was one of the greatest coaching careers in NHL history. This was supposed to be Ken Hitchcock’s farewell ...
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Capital Gains

Washington has a new President and a new Congress; the atmosphere is ripe for change; but for those Washington, DC, residents who take comfort in continuity they can find solace in the fact that the Washington ...
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Ottawa: Senatorial Privilege

The 2016/17 season will probably be marked in the hockey history books as being the season of reversed expectations; a season where pre-season predictions were stood on their head and teams that were expected t...
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Chicago: Second City? First Place?

Chicago, in defiance of all the gloomy pre-season predictions which called for the Blackhawks to be the fourth or fifth seed in the Western Conference, is leading the Central Division and is vying with the Mont...
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Rangers Resartus

Whisper it quietly but the New York Rangers are the latest surprise in the Eastern Conference early in this season; roaring out of the blocks like a silver bullet and leading the Metropolitan Division ahead of ...
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Edmonton: a gushing start

It’s been a long time since the Edmonton Oilers have lived up to their name and struck pay dirt as a franchise. 16 games into the 2016/17 season Edmonton is gushing forth with their best start in 5 years—leadin...
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On the Cusp of Greatness?

In my last column I talked about which NHL coaches had risen or fallen or stagnated on my top 50 charts which are determined by my rating system featured in my book Bench Bosses: the NHL’s coaching elite. There...