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...
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Matt’s Top 50-Who rose? Who Fell? and Who stood still?

2015-2016 Scotty Bowman         +309 Toe Blake                    +195 Dick Irvin                   +189 Joel Quenneville  +128 Glen Sather                +124 Ken Hitchcock      +108 Al ...
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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...
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Boston Bruin: Toughness in the face of adversity

When the present season started last October I felt that Boston head coach Claude Julien was in a precarious position; his head fitted for the guillotine. The Bruins had failed to reach the playoffs and the new...
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Bruce Boudreau: finally getting his Ducks in a row

Anaheim is vying for first place in the Pacific Division but what’s surprising is the fact that it took so long for the Ducks to do so. When the present season started, Anaheim was the consensus choice to win t...

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...

The Tampa Bay Lightning: Jump Starting their Hearts

Before the present season started, I predicted that Tampa Bay would dominate not only the Atlantic Division but the Eastern Conference as well; hell, I thought Tampa had a good chance of going all the way to th...

Chicago Blackhawks: The Team With Big Shoulders

When the season started I was not sanguine about the Chicago Blackhawks chances of repeating as Stanley Cup champions. Like he did in 2009/10, Hawks GM Stan Bowman did a cap purge and divested himself of much o...

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...