1. London 2012: Comparing Each NHL Team to a Nation's Summer Olympic Team

    The opening ceremonies of the 2012 Olympic Games in London kick off tonight at 7:30 p.m. EST on NBC. Athletes around the globe will compete in events that challenge in the pool, on ...

    Rob Kirk Written by Rob Kirk about 2 years ago 3,424 reads 30 comments

  2. NHL Power Rankings: Ranking Each Team Based on Overall Toughness

    Toughness can be a subjective term when it comes to a sport like hockey. Professional hockey players exhibit unnatural toughness by default. After all they are hockey players...

    Rob Kirk Written by Rob Kirk about 2 years ago 33,574 reads 181 comments

  3. 25 Worst Endorsement Commercials for NHL Players Ever

    World-class athletes have the world in the palm of their talented hands. Not only are they compensated handsomely to display their gifts in a workplace that any of us would never call work, they get a ton of perks as well...

    Rob Kirk Written by Rob Kirk about 2 years ago 3,417 reads 5 comments

  4. NHL Free Agency: Red Wings Missing on Weber Is Bigger Whiff Than Suter Miss

    Don't you hate when people say "I told you so?" Well as much as I would love to tell you that I never said Shea Weber was there for the taking, I can't . So hate anyway...

    Rob Kirk Written by Rob Kirk about 2 years ago 3,411 reads 74 comments

  5. The Top 50 Goal-Scoring Snipers in NHL History

    The term sniper is applied to hockey players who score at a prolific pace. With little regard for defense and passing, the typical sniper gets assists solely on the rebounds from all the shots he takes...

    Rob Kirk Written by Rob Kirk about 2 years ago 8,587 reads 60 comments

  6. The 23 Worst Interviews in NHL History

    Our favorite players and announcers bring us the game we love from October to June, putting their best effort on camera for all to see. Sometimes, however, "circumstances happen" off the ice, away from the action...

    Rob Kirk Written by Rob Kirk about 2 years ago 3,555 reads 3 comments

  7. NHL Free Agency: The Best Potential Free Agents Playing Outside the NHL

    The NHL is regarded by all as the best hockey league in the world, with the best players on the planet. While 30 rosters in 2011 boasted players from Canada (521) to Kazakhstan (1), Ukraine (3) to the U...

    Rob Kirk Written by Rob Kirk about 2 years ago 7,453 reads 27 comments

  8. NHL Free Agency: Grading Each NHL Club as a Free Agent Destination

    When you have the attention of the entire National Hockey League, and are free to pick and choose the jersey you want to wear, several factors must come in to play...

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  9. 25 NHL Players with the Most Swagger

    Of all the professional athletes in the world, the NHL is home to the most grounded and humble superstars. Few and far between are the players who are universally reviled...

    Rob Kirk Written by Rob Kirk about 2 years ago 9,992 reads 13 comments

  10. NHL Free Agency: The 10 Best Moves of the Free-Agency Period Thus Far

    Before we start rating the free-agent pickups, can we please acknowledge that the crop of free agents this summer was pretty thin to begin with? Top-heavy with two marque pickups, there was Parise and Suter, then far beyond that was everyone else...

    Rob Kirk Written by Rob Kirk about 2 years ago 9,208 reads 48 comments

  11. NHL Free Agency 2012: Detroit Red Wings Should Pursue These 5 Players

    See if you can imagine this scenario. It's 1:45 am and the bartender has just announced last call. All of your top choices have already left with somebody else, and the ugly lights are about to come on...

    Rob Kirk Written by Rob Kirk about 2 years ago 8,185 reads 35 comments

  12. NHL Free Agency: 10 Teams That Cannot Afford a Misstep in Free Agency

    With the kind of money that's being thrown around, you would think that the free-agent pool is stocked with top-shelf talent. With that being said, there are still some quality players to be had...

    Rob Kirk Written by Rob Kirk about 2 years ago 4,511 reads 10 comments

  13. 50 Events That Forever Changed the National Hockey League

    The game that we see today hardly resembles the hockey that the "old time" heroes like Eddie Shore used to play. It's apples and oranges, really, when you compare different eras in the same sport...

    Rob Kirk Written by Rob Kirk about 2 years ago 4,979 reads 22 comments

  14. NHL Free Agency: Justin Schultz Ducks Anaheim and Heads to Edmonton Oilers

    Like an up-and-coming oil baron full of youthful swagger, the Edmonton Oilers have made a huge statement Saturday with the apparent signing of prized free-agent defenseman Justin Schultz, as reported by Lisa Dillman of The Los Angeles Times ...

    Rob Kirk Written by Rob Kirk about 2 years ago 1,293 reads 14 comments

  15. Baltimore Orioles 2012: A Lifelong Fan's Guide to Optimism

    This sentence literally came out of my 13-year old son's mouth this past April: "Dad, why do the Orioles always suck?" He was quite serious...

    Rob Kirk Written by Rob Kirk about 2 years ago 832 reads 19 comments

  16. NHL Free Agency: One Flaw Each Team Must Address This Summer

    There are 29 teams in the NHL who fell short of their goal this season. The time to rebuild or reload began the second after their final game...

    Rob Kirk Written by Rob Kirk about 2 years ago 2,218 reads 24 comments

  17. NHL Draft: The 50 Best Undrafted Players in NHL History

    With the NHL Entry Draft concluding Saturday, most of the collective front offices in the NHL are examining their take and making plans for next week's free agent extravaganza...

    Rob Kirk Written by Rob Kirk about 2 years ago 47,113 reads 32 comments

  18. Detroit Red Wings: Latest Trade Rumors, Free-Agent News, Post-Draft Analysis

    With the NHL draft come and gone the Red Wings did as everyone expected them to do. Fortifying their future with prospects is nothing new to Ken Holland and the rest of the Detroit front office...

    Rob Kirk Written by Rob Kirk about 2 years ago 5,997 reads 11 comments

  19. NHL Draft 2012 Results: Comparing Each 1st-Round Pick to a Current NHL Player

    When the new face hits the ice for the new team, the first thing out of everyone's mouth is, "Wow, he reminds me a lot of _______...

    Rob Kirk Written by Rob Kirk about over 2 years ago 8,084 reads 31 comments

  20. Detroit Red Wings: Latest Trade Rumors, Free-Agent News, Post-Draft Analysis

    With free agency approaching, the giddiness in Hockeytown is palpable. While there are no forgone conclusions about who will sign where, the Red Wings have an expensive grocery list and deep pockets fit for spending...

    Rob Kirk Written by Rob Kirk about over 2 years ago 9,880 reads 34 comments

  21. Detroit Red Wings 2012 NHL Draft Picks: Grades, Results and Analysis

    No, the above picture is not of a young Rick Springfield and John Travolta, it's 1983 first-round draft pick Steve Yzerman and then-Head Coach Nick Polano. The Red Wings hit a home run that year, even if they stopped drafting after the first round...

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  22. NHL Draft 2012: Ranking Top Prospects at Every Position

    You might be surprised to know that there will be other players available at the NHL Entry Draft besides Nail Yakupov...

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  23. NHL Power Rankings: Next Season's Top 50 Players

    Ranking teams and players is a practice that is as old as the water coolers and bar rooms that are indigenous to said discussions or arguments. The common measuring tool to rank players is the number of championship rings that each player possesses...

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  24. Picking Each NHL Team's Breakout Star for the 2012-13 Season

    Predictions for a player's success in the NHL are nothing more than educated rolls of the dice. Even the best scouts miss on the "can't miss" prospects from time to time...

    Rob Kirk Written by Rob Kirk about over 2 years ago 7,319 reads 24 comments

  25. NHL Stanley Cup Final: The 25 Best Pressure Coaches in Playoff History

    The head coach position in all professional sports is a pretty stressful job. Considering that most of the people that you are in charge of make five to six times more money than you, ...

    Rob Kirk Written by Rob Kirk about over 2 years ago 1,078 reads 4 comments