Articles by Ryan Fulford

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Blues Clues: When Everything Isn’t Enough

On paper, it would seem that the St. Louis Blues have all the necessary pieces to take home the Stanley Cup come June 2014. Fans and prognosticators both see plenty to like in the current incarnation of the team, with the latter becoming evidenced by publication The Hockey News’ preseason prediction of St. Louis besting Pittsburgh in the Stanley Cup Finals. But is everything they have heading into 2013-14 going to be enough?

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Oil Stains: Why Edmonton’s rebuild hasn’t gone according to plan

It wasn’t supposed to be like this. After suffering through a terrible stretch of years that saw the Edmonton Oilers make the playoffs just once between lockouts (in 2005-06 no less), change was supposed to be on the horizon. Buoyed by a triumvirate of first overall picks from 2010 to 2012, netting them Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nail Yakupov, the Oilers were quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with. Such reckoning, however, has yet to come – perhaps the result of Edmonton’s concerning lack of depth.

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The Inseparable: Sport and Destiny

The city of Boston was torn apart in April, shocked by the actions of two men in the Boston Marathon bombing. In the months following, sports fans and Beantown residents in general have rallied, their support for each other exemplified in the 2013 Stanley Cup run of the Boston Bruins – the embodiment of the toughness and spirit of the city. This is destiny. This is sports.

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The NHL’s Barnum and Bailey Act

By now you’ve probably seen the circus act that was Game 3 between the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens. Myriad opinions abound about the tactics used and the actions undertaken in that game, with some fans revelling in the “old-time hockey”-style of play, while others, such as Ken Campbell from The Hockey News, have denounced it. Is this what happens when the “code” takes precedence over the NHL rulebook?

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Steve Ott, Boos Brother

Steve Ott has been a called a lot of things over the course of his career, but among them has been the word “tough”. However, the longtime pest and current Buffalo Sabre made headlines recently by making perfectly clear his displeasure with the fans in his own building that boo his team. Does he, does any one, have the right to criticize a home fan base booing the on-ice product that he and his teammates are producing?

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Requiem for a Draft: Fantasy hockey at its finest

I’ll admit I live a life of fantasy. I’ve been doing so for some time now. Although that fact is no secret to my family and friends, what started as a ‘hobby’ has become not only a time-consuming passion, but also a painstaking pursuit of glory and salvation bordering on religious fanaticism. This is fantasy hockey. This is what we live for.