Articles by Anthony Lopopolo

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History behind the NHL’s salary cap woes

The salary cap era has added a new dimension to roster management in the NHL and, as a result, fans and journalists have never been as eager to crunch numbers as they are today. Over the course of the past half decade, general managers have discovered clever ways to circumvent the predetermined limit and ease cap hits by extending the contracts of their star players until they are 40 years old and sometimes older. Comparatively, in the pre-lockout era,…

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The revolutionary reign of Novak Djokovic

Almost four years ago, Novak Djokovic began his ascent to the zenith of the men’s tour in earnest, in a few short days climbing over each player above him in the rankings like rungs on a ladder. Showing the magnificent force and dominance of a future No. 1 player, he beat the world’s top three players of the year in three consecutive matches to win the 2007 Rogers Cup in Montreal. Third-ranked Andy Roddick, bridesmaid…

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The impact of relegation and promotion in European football

At the end of May on the final day of the 2010-11 season, Blackpool FC traveled to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United. The game meant nothing to United, who had clinched the Premier League title a week earlier. The game meant everything to Blackpool, one of five teams trying to stave off relegation to England’s second tier. Blackpool sat with 39 points, well above the average number needed to safely avoid the degradation…

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Pavel Datsyuk: Wizardly wing, NHL king

Under a minute remained in the Detroit Red Wings’ season. The San Jose Sharks, up 3-2 in the third period of Game 7, were resisting another possible comeback. Having already overturned a 3-0 deficit, the Red Wings were ready to claw back into one last game. Pavel Datsyuk scored minutes earlier to bring the Red Wings to within a goal of tying the crucial contest. Naturally, he’d be the one to lead the last-gasp charge from his own…

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Dominic Moore, NHL playoff regular

Before reaching the Eastern Conference Finals with the Montreal Canadiens last year,Dominic Moore had about as much playoff experience as a rookie. He played four games with the New York Rangers in the 2006 postseason, when they got swept by the New Jersey Devils in the first round. He had about the same impact on the score sheet as a spectator, recording zero points. After being acquired at the 2010 trade deadline, however, Moore was a part of an unlikely…

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Michael D’Orazio: When the fast track slows down

At the end of every season, dozens of senior players in the Canadian Hockey League face a dilemma: what’s next? Those players who go undrafted, unsigned and undetected by pro teams try to battle off the temptation to quit the sport. Others give themselves one last shot at a pro contract. The rest have no choice but to think about a new career. This kind of decision is usually reserved for late draft picks with…

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Jeremy Roenick’s persona is of a dying breed

The man was never a complex being, only stating his intentions and thoughts with various hues and arrays. And yet, it could not be more complicated to invoke a sentence, painting or photo that would singularly encompass the character and persona of Jeremy Roenick. Splatter a paint ball on canvas, however, and it might be a closer portrayal. But taking the number of video montages done in homage of his extensive career, we’ll notice most…

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Behind the frenzy of hockey’s free agency

Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke will be able to tell anyone about the thoroughbred details of free agency, the frustration and downright insanity of it all when it comes to simply attracting a player’s signature. Some of those players don’t even have to be in the same league, as he went to incredible endsincluding two trips to Swedento persuade Jonas Gustavsson and have him eventually join the reformation of the Leafs. Former Leaf…

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Can Federer be equated with greatness?

As Roger Federer advanced to a fourth consecutive final at Roland Garros, there was a different air in his quest to obtain the only trophy to elude his grasp. The French Open title, of course, has bite marks brandished on it due to world No. 1 Rafael Nadal, who has lifted the trophy on four occasions and sunk his teeth into it as many times. But Nadal, the man who usurped Federer last year after…

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The Spoken Sin in the NHL

With a slew of incidences miring the game of hockey into a fray of apologetic dialogue, the NHL has been rife with questions pertaining to the spectrum of violence and pugilism in the game. Nothing piqued this interest or disdain more so than the nuisance of provocative New York Rangers winger Sean Avery, who had spent time enrolled in anger management courses to curb his on-ice shenanigans. Then there were games in which both teams…