1. Long Term Contracts: Good For Hockey Or Bad Business?

    After the NHL rejected Ilya Kovalchuk’s contract, it has left many wondering who's next: which of these mega-contracts, signed as recently as last summer, will the league challenge? ...

    Ryan Leng Written by Ryan Leng about almost 4 years ago 186 reads 0 comments

  2. The Hockey Stick Sham

    I have a tradition (or something of that ilk) of buying my father a new hockey stick every Christmas. For the past two years, I have splurged on one-piece, composite sticks, each running me well over $100...

    Ryan Leng Written by Ryan Leng about over 5 years ago 1,658 reads 0 comments

  3. Top Three Calls That Don't Get Called in NHL Hockey

    As my dad and I ulcerated through last years' playoffs, we bitched at great length—probably too much—about the officiating...

    Ryan Leng Written by Ryan Leng about almost 6 years ago 103 reads 0 comments

  4. Detroit Red Wings Preseason Preview

    This might seem a touch...grandiose, but it seems there has been a paradigm shift in the NHL—perhaps more specifically, a trend that culminated in Detroit’s Stanley Cup victory...

    Ryan Leng Written by Ryan Leng about almost 6 years ago 168 reads 1 comments

  5. Dallas Drake Retires After His Third Season With The Detroit Red Wings

    How would you imagine encountering Dallas Drake in this year's Stanley Cup playoffs? Would it have been a nice stroll? Would it have included mild small talk? Do you think you'd go so far ...

    Ryan Leng Written by Ryan Leng about almost 6 years ago 622 reads 1 comments

  6. Pittsburgh Penguins Playing the Victim Instead of the Puck

    Despite what some may think, many in Detroit are not surprised that the Detroit Red Wings are bagging and tagging the Pittsburgh Penguins...

    Ryan Leng Written by Ryan Leng about 6 years ago 791 reads 0 comments

  7. Detroit Red Wings-Dallas Stars Game Six Preview: Coach Leng's Notes

    Someone shouted “Clear!” and in a snap, the Dallas Stars were defibrillated back to life. That's good for hockey in Dallas and tough tiddy for fans in Detroit...

    Ryan Leng Written by Ryan Leng about 6 years ago 555 reads 0 comments

  8. Holmstrom Agonistes: Eyeless in Dallas

    Perhaps enough has already been written on the matter, but after spending two tedious hours of reading through the NHL rule book and watching Tomas Holmstrom's ass on video replay, the verdict is in:Tomas Holmstrom is guilty of bupkis...

    Ryan Leng Written by Ryan Leng about 6 years ago 558 reads 5 comments

  9. Top Five Dynamic Duos, Featuring Pavel Datsyuk-Henrik Zetterberg

    Here it is, my all-time, top five dynamic duos:5. Joe Montana and Jerry Rice4. Mick Jagger and Kif Richards3. Batman and Robin2. John Lennon and Paul McCartney1...

    Ryan Leng Written by Ryan Leng about 6 years ago 1,569 reads 0 comments

  10. Nobody's an Angel: Weighing in on the Chris Osgood-Mike Ribeiro Altercation

    Here’s the breakdown on that altercation between the Red Wings' goalie Chris Osgood and the Dallas Stars' star:In the last seconds of a game that was all but over, Mike Ribeiro charged from the blue line toward Detroit’s goal...

    Ryan Leng Written by Ryan Leng about 6 years ago 906 reads 3 comments

  11. Top Five Gripes: The 2008 NHL Playoffs

    5. Celebrity BloggersAside from the glow puck, this could be the worst idea the NHL has ever had. It's not that the celebrities' writing and analysis are bad (which they are), but it's the selection of celebrities...

    Ryan Leng Written by Ryan Leng about 6 years ago 987 reads 12 comments

  12. From The Desk of a Hockey Apologist: The Fighter as Substitute

    Every time a player injures another player in the NHL, the media drags out their watchdogs, who wonder what to do about the “crisis of violence” in the sport. I remember the coverage after the Bertuzzi-Moore cheap shot...

    Ryan Leng Written by Ryan Leng about 6 years ago 393 reads 3 comments

  13. Mule Variations: Johan Franzen's Stubborn Success

    The Detroit Red Wings have often been accused of being small and weak up front. Their forwards, critics would assert, are certainly talented, but when the playoffs arrive, they aren't resilient enough to succeed in the playoffs...

    Ryan Leng Written by Ryan Leng about 6 years ago 499 reads 3 comments