1. Detroit Red Wings: Andreas Lilja to Return Monday, Maltby Out For Season

    On Wednesday, the Detroit Red Wings announced that defenseman Andreas Lilja will return to the lineup on Monday, March 1, against the Colorado Avalanche...

    Matt Hutter Written by Matt Hutter about over 4 years ago 444 reads 6 comments

  2. 2010 Winter Olympics Hockey: Did Finland Lose to The Swedes on Purpose?

    As bitter as the rivalry is between Team Canada and Team USA, there is none more bitter in international hockey than the one that exists between Finland and Sweden. On both teams, the term "Finn" or "Swede" is used largely as a pejorative one...

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  3. 2010 Olympic Men's Hockey: Top 10 Potential Tournament MVPs

    So, this much we know. As Antero Niittymaki is solidly ensconced as Finland's third option in goal, we will not see the 2006 tournament MVP repeat in 2010...

    Matt Hutter Written by Matt Hutter about over 4 years ago 4,634 reads 29 comments

  4. 2010 Winter Olympics: Finland Falls Hard To Sweden, but Retains Bye

    On "Rivalry Sunday" hockey fans were treated to a unique set of three games. The matchup between Russia and Czech Republic, United States and Canada, and Finland and Sweden represented the ...

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  5. Unless the NHL Gets a Better TV Deal, 2014 Olympic Participation Futile

    In January, I posted this piece arguing that the 2010 Winter Olympics should be the last time the NHL participates. Now, this generated a fair amount of debate...

    Matt Hutter Written by Matt Hutter about over 4 years ago 1,053 reads 27 comments

  6. 2010 Winter Olympics: Team Finland Out For Swedish Blood On Sunday

    On Friday night, Teemu Selanne became the highest scoring player in Olympic hockey history. Following the game, a member of the Finnish press asked Selanne to recount his most memorable game in Olympic competition...

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  7. 2010 Winter Olympics: Finland Blanks Germany, Teemu Selanne Sets Record

    Friday's game between Germany and Finland featured two goalies making their Olympic debuts.  However, it was clear which one had over 200 games played in the NHL and which one had three...

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  8. Finland-Belarus: Teemu Selanne Ties Olympic Record, Helps Team to 5-1 Victory

    As is typically the case in first round Olympic matchups, the game between Group C opponents Finland and Belarus was largely a "men vs. boys" affair. Finland skated to a 5-1 win over Belarus on Wednesday afternoon, outshooting them 45-12 in the process.

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  9. Team Finland: Five Players That Can Lead Them To Gold

    On a team that is devoid of the same kind of offensive star power found on Team Canada or Team Russia, the Finns will need to rely on their veteran leadership and goal tending if they are to make any waves in this year's Winter Olympics...

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  10. Olympic Break Could Be Key to Success Or Failure For Detroit Red Wings

    Though it was 15 years ago, I remember the Spring Break of my Senior year in high school vividly. The day before my release from what, to my mind, was a prison with classrooms, I was called to the assistant principal's office...

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  11. The NHL's 10 Best Sophomores of 2009-10

    There is perhaps no greater pressure on an athlete than that that comes with being a highly touted rookie. For such players in the NHL, they're usually coming to a team that is terrible, with ...

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  12. Antero Niittymaki Making Serious Bid for Top Job in Finland's Net

    As the beginning of the 2010 Winter Olympics is but days away, national team GMs are looking at their roster selections with a microscope...

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  13. Detroit Red Wings Will Now Put Their Season on the Back of a Mule

    Though considered an ignoble and obstinate animal, mules have proved to be among the most important animals in history...

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  14. NHL: In a Cap World, the No-Trade Clause No Longer Makes Any Sense

    At lunch the other day, a friend of mine and I were trying to figure out exactly why the NHL trade deadline, and the few weeks preceding it, gets us so giddy...

    Matt Hutter Written by Matt Hutter about over 4 years ago 290 reads 3 comments

  15. Atlanta Thrashers' Ilya Kovalchuk Is on His Way Out: What's Next?

    According to TSN.ca analyst Bob McKenzie, Atlanta Thrashers GM Don Waddell has informed his captain and star player, Ilya Kovalchuk, that he is set to leave in a matter of "hours or days"...

    Matt Hutter Written by Matt Hutter about over 4 years ago 514 reads 2 comments

  16. Jimmy Howard: Detroit Red Wings' Rookie Succeeding Despite Team in Front of Him

    Goalie stats can be a somewhat deceptive measure of one's ability. For example, a minuscule goals-against average could indicate a goalie that regularly stands on his head for his team...

    Matt Hutter Written by Matt Hutter about over 4 years ago 803 reads 16 comments

  17. Does Ron Wilson Have the Olympics to Thank for Keeping His Job in Toronto?

    So, a couple of things before I get started here. First, I'm a Red Wings fan, so my opinions come not from a burning passion for the Maple Leafs, but as an objective observer. Second, I do have a soft spot in my heart for all Original Six teams...

    Matt Hutter Written by Matt Hutter about over 4 years ago 394 reads 18 comments

  18. Detroit Red Wings' Current Slide Should Put Their Season in Perspective

    At the beginning of December, I wrote this article suggesting that Red Wings fans should be prepared to throw in the towel on this season. This generated a few different responses...

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  19. Team Finland: Picking Olympic Starting Goalie Is Going to Be a Tough Decision

    With the Olympic Games in Vancouver now only weeks away, national teams are starting to take an even closer look at their roster selections in the NHL...

    Matt Hutter Written by Matt Hutter about over 4 years ago 2,815 reads 22 comments

  20. Ilya Kovalchuk Trade Would Underscore Failure in Atlanta, but Who's at Fault?

    When it was first announced that Atlanta was to have an NHL franchise, there were no shortage of those who scoffed at the idea of ice hockey in a southern, subtropical climate...

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  21. Red Wings Getting Healthy Means Benching Someone Who Doesn't Deserve It

    So, after half a season of bad breaks and hard luck streaks, the Detroit Red Wings can finally look forward to a steady stream of good news...

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  22. NHL: The Five Best and Worst Prodigal Son Stories of the Decade

    An undisputed Hall of Famer, Selanne exploded onto the NHL scene in 1992-93 with the Winnipeg Jets. Selanne scored a mind-boggling 132 points as a rookie that year, winning the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year...

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  23. Detroit Red Wings Talking Extension with Todd Bertuzzi, and He's Earned It

    If things go the way both sides would like them, it looks like Todd Bertuzzi will end his NHL career as a Detroit Red Wing. The Detroit Free Press is reporting that the team is interested in offering Bertuzzi an extension to his one-year, $1...

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  24. Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland Will Have Tough Decsions To Make This Summer

    I have to think that at some point in the not too distant future, for the Detroit Red Wings, the summer of 2009 will be known simply as "The Exodus...

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  25. Impending FA's Red Wings GM Ken Holland Should Keep/Dump Next Season

    In case you haven't read it, the set up for this list is my article, Red Wings GM Ken Holland Will Have Tough Decisions to Make This Summer. It isn't imperative that you read it to understand this list, but it helps explain how we got here...

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