| Jun 10, 2014
| 7:50 AM
I don’t know what the Blackhawks are going to do in free agency to fix their blown chance at another Stanley Cup, but because I’m a pleaser, not a teaser, I’m here to help with a list of 10 (mostly) unrestricted free agents:
| Jun 8, 2014
As I follow the coverage of the ongoing federal corruption trial of state Rep. Derrick Smith, D-Chicago, one word keeps coming to mind:
With all the venal, ethically greasy pols and bureaucrats slithering through our state and local halls of...
| Feb 21, 2014
| 4:30 PM
SOCHI, Russia — Aw, Canada.
It's hard to work up any sort of serious dislike for those quaint neighbors living in America's attic, but this hockey thing is getting ridiculous.
Twice during a 24-hour period at the appropriately named Bolshoy...
| May 14, 2014
| 9:11 PM
BOSTON — The Bruins scored 16 goals and hit 13 goal posts in a seven-game series that ultimately ended in stinging season elimination.
Some would call the Bruins unlucky.
Hockey, like all great competitive endeavors, is a game of inches....
| May 15, 2014
| 6:32 AM
Corey Crawford is getting hosed.
It might not bother him, but it bugs me. Crawford is proving he’s an elite goalie, and people need to wake up, especially national people.
The Blackhawks just reached the Western Conference finals because of a...
| May 2, 2014
| 10:36 PM
If you struggled to explain Patrick Kane's did-you-see-that, one-on-four goal Friday night against the Wild in the Blackhawks' 5-2 victory in Game 1 at the United Center, don't feel badly.
Kane couldn't either.
"Sometimes you make some lucky plays and...
| May 19, 2014
| 7:48 PM
Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi knew his team needed a productive left wing in order to go far this season and he knew Columbus winger Marian Gaborik might be available, but Lombardi had season-long salary cap problems and Gaborik's salary was $7.5...
| May 25, 2014
| 9:15 PM
A couple of Michael Futa's buddies had talked up a kid they'd coached who was a natural scorer despite being a poor skater, so Futa, then the general manager of Owen Sound of the Ontario Hockey League, wanted to see the kid for himself.
| May 25, 2014
| 9:19 PM
NEW YORK —You get the feeling that if they all had broken jaws like Derek Stepan, they'd still be yapping. They'd still find a way to curse each other out and keep skating.
Drama in the NHL playoffs arrives in many ways and in various languages....
| May 29, 2014
| 8:55 PM
NEW YORK — He wasn't going to let in a goal. Not on this glorious night. No way. No how.
After what happened in Montreal two nights earlier, after Henrik Lundqvist was pulled in the second period by coach Alain Vigneault, the last guy the...
| Jan 13, 2014
| 4:05 PM
Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the previous week:
+ Riding a 17-1 surge, the Ducks are only the fifth team in NHL history to win 17 or more games in an 18-game span. A good omen? The first two, the...