Adam Gretz - AOL News
No player on the free agent market saw his stock rise as much or as fast as Dan Hamhuis this past summer. Everybody wanted him. He was involved in a series of offseason transactions, having his rights traded from Nashville to Philadelphia, and then from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, before finally testing the open market and signing a lucrative contract with the Vancouver Canucks. He's an excellent two-way defenseman that can move the puck and take care of business in his own end of the rink, and he also has one of the best hip checks in the NHL at his disposal.
It was on display Saturday duri...
Susan Slusser - AOL News
With six goals on Monday night against the league's top defensive team, the Sharks looked as if they have moved on from their occasional scoring issues. Add to that the fact that the team picked up nine of a possible 10 points on their recently completed homestand, and San Jose is in good shape.
And yet, the Sharks still have to prove that they can score on the road. They have been blanked in each of their past three road games, and they have yet to score more than two goals in any official road game. (San Jose scored three times in a season-opening win over Columbus in Sweden -- but the game...
Susan Slusser - AOL News
Momentum was on the Sharks' side on Saturday night going into Game 6 at Denver. San Jose was coming off a dominating win that provided a series lead, Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov had taken over from Craig Anderson as the hot goaltender of the matchup, and the prevailing feeling was the No. 8 Avalanche were wearing down.
And yet, Colorado's primary talking point was that all the pressure remained on top-seeded San Jose, one win away from truly putting away the hideous memory of last year's first-round fiasco against eighth-seeded Anaheim.
Sharks win series, 4-2
Sharks 5, Avalanche 2: Reca...
Christopher Botta - AOL News
Together with Hockey Nation, NHL FanHouse will present three end-of-season awards to gentlemen who would most likely not be considered for honors elsewhere. This is a program we are very proud to create and we are take seriously. Most of all, we hope you participate and spread the word. Our three new awards will be introduced on successive Mondays.Today we start the selection process for Best Defensive Defenseman of 2009-10. There are so many worthy warriors to choose from.Let's be frank from the start: Best Defensive Defenseman is not a data-based honor. Sure, plus/minus, time on ice and bloc...
Delia Lloyd - Politics Daily
LONDON -- In the aftermath of the Christmas Day bombing attempt, our nation is once again grappling with how best to protect itself against terrorist attacks. So far, the U.S. government has been directing its resources towards things like airport security and strengthening the government in Yemen, a new hotbed for al-Qaeda. But it's worth asking whether we'd be better served by focusing on what goes on inside universities....
Bruce Ciskie - AOL News
Peter Forsberg has had a marvelous career in hockey. While injuries derailed many of his seasons in the NHL, he continues to play professionally in his native Sweden.Since he's absent from the NHL, it might come as a bit of a surprise that he was selected for Sweden's Olympic roster Sunday. However, the veteran has done some great things in international play for Sweden, and he can make a tremendous impact if healthy.So far this season, Forsberg has eight goals and 15 points in just nine game for Modo of the Swedish Elite League. Swedish coach Bengt-Ake Gustafsson told a Swedish newspaper that...