Earning Lots of Big W’s in Big D

If there was an award for greatest coaching comeback of the year I would nominate Lindy Ruff for that honor right now. After a flaccid 2014/15 season where the Dallas Stars finished tenth in the Western Confere...

Joel Quenneville: The View from Olympus

Chicago’s third Stanley Cup win against Tampa Bay last Monday night was a gritty grace note to a hard-fought season where other teams (and coaches) garnered the headlines while the Blackhawks made off with the ...

Michel Therrien: greatness within reach

Michel Therrien has a rendezvous with greatness: as long as he can keep the Habs’ collective noses to the grindstone; as long as he can inspire the Canadiens to maintain their hold atop the Atlantic Division st...

Mike Babcock: His Last Bang in Detroit?

In the movie Amadeus F. Murray Abraham (who plays Salieri) gently chides Mozart (played by Thomas Hulce) about a symphony or opera Mozart had performed before the public; telling Mozart, “You didn’t even give t...

Toronto: The Emptiness After the Fireworks

When the history of Brendan Shanahan’s reign as President of the Toronto Maple Leafs is written the early chapters of that history must been seen as an exercise in vacillation, uncertainty, and lousy timing in ...

Willie Desjardins: His Time Has Come

One of the best things that happened during the past off-season this past summer was the hiring of Willie Desjardins as head coach of the Vancouver Canucks. After a long apprenticeship in junior and the minors,...