Articles by Greg Thomson

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From east to west: The NHL’s Central Division

For too long the NHL’s Central Division has been much of the same, year in and year out, with the Detroit Red Wings ultimately standing the only legitimate chance of making noise in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Heading into the 2010-11 season, however, we may be looking at some new storylines. Specifically some that involve the newly-reloaded Columbus Blue Jackets.

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From east to west: The NHL’s Southeast Division

There was a time when the Southeast Division was referred to as the South ‘Least’ due to its lack of intrigue and poor attendance records. While attracting fans to the arena on a nightly basis is still a struggle, the Southeast is quickly becoming one of the most electrifying divisions in all of hockey. Most importantly, it is filled with promising talent on the rise. Leading the division is, of course, the powerhouse Washington Capitals,…

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From east to west: The NHL’s Atlantic Division

Teams in the Atlantic Division, more specifically the Pittsburgh Penguins, enter the season with great uncertainty as to whether Sidney Crosby, the face of the NHL, will return at some point or continue to man the sidelines. Sir Crosby’s health dramatically affects the outcome of the coastal division, as the 24-year-old’s impact on each game Pittsburgh competes in vibrates throughout the Atlantic. While the Penguins are happy to have Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal both…

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From east to west: The NHL’s Northeast Division

Although three of its five teams advanced to the postseason in 2010-11, in terms of star talent and team success heading forward, the Northeast Division is far from elite. Whereas other divisions, like the Southeast, are anchored by the likes of Alex Ovechkin and Steven Stamkos, the Northeast consists of four mediocre teams that only generate excitement because they play in hockey-laden markets. However, there are a number of interesting storylines to keep a tab…

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The perpetual search for hockey’s top blog

Gone are the days of traditional media dominance; today, in sports and otherwise, it only takes a few clicks before you’re up and running as a blogger. Unlike the generations prior, this new wave of prototypical “connected sports junkies” are making their mark voicing their opinions online through various new media outlets and specifically blogs. The hockey world is no different, as the puck blogosphere encompasses everyone from hobbyists to full-time professionals. All in all,…

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Los Angeles Kings on the cusp of western glory

NHL teams who prefer to empty their wallets and sign or trade for high-priced players during the offseason have difficulty finding chemistry. As a result, this limits them from making noise in the playoffs. It’s just simple logic. While each team enters the summer with different wants and needs, franchises that make the most subtle, underrated changes have perennially been amongst the highest finishers in the regular season — in addition to finding playoff success….

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The year of the Capital

Now that the dust has settled on the free agent market and all of the big name players have been snatched up, the true contenders – from a pre-season standpoint at least – are beginning to emerge. While some teams such as the New York Rangers added to their roster by signing high profile free agents, another Eastern Conference team made several underrated moves to significantly improve their roster. After continuously failing to live up…