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Coyotes’ Don Maloney received the NHL’s first GM-of-the-Year Award – for best suntan maybe (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Last week, Phoenix Coyotes’ general manager Don Maloney had the newly minted GM-of-the-Year Award bestowed on him by the NHL. Giving a GM an award for his team’s performance during one single regular season is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard. It’s like profusely thanking your mechanic for the job he’s/she’s done before you even drive the car. It’s like giving out a Gardener-of-the-Year Award before any plants have broken through the soil. So the Coyotes had one reasonably good regular season – that does not merit an award for anyone, especially the general manager. (more…)

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Top 5 Stanley Cup Finals since 1967

Dustin Byfuglien's play, and the talk surrounding it, have made the 2010 Stanley Cup Final exciting
Dustin Byfuglien’s play, and the talk surrounding it, have made the 2010 Stanley Cup Final exciting (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

If the Chicago Blackhawks win the 2010 Stanley Cup – or even if the Philadelphia Flyers come back to grab the mug – this will go down as one of the most entertaining Stanley Cup Finals ever. In fact, since the NHL expanded in 1967, I would put this year’s series squarely in the top 5 of most exciting Stanley Cup Finals. Oh, over those 43 years, there have been great games, back-and-forth, seven-game series, incredible moments and goals and saves. But I’m talking about top-to-bottom, front-to-back great series with great stories and great games and great personalities. Here are my top 5 Stanley Cup Finals since 1967.

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Fans in both Philadelphia and Chicago have played a pivotal role in 2010 Stanley Cup Final
Fans in both Philadelphia and Chicago have played a pivotal role in 2010 Stanley Cup Final (Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

There are many reasons that the 2010 Stanley Cup Final has become a best-of-three series. Before the series started, I wrote about five things the Blackhawks had to do to be successful and win the Stanley Cup. http://bit.ly/dBRInd  Now that we’re sitting at two-all in games, let’s re-examine and assess. Here are the five things we said the Hawks had to do to win their first Stanley Cup since 1961… (more…)

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Los Angeles Lakers’ head coach Phil Jackson is the greatest coach in NBA history. Last night, Jackson’s Lakers netted an opening-game victory over the Boston Celtics, at STAPLES Center, in the 2010 NBA Finals. Like all great coaches, Jackson is the product of two crucial components: being a reasonably good coach already (but there have been lots of those)…and being in the right place at the right time. And Phil Jackson has done the latter twice.

Los Angeles Lakers' head coach Phil Jackson

Phil Jackson has 1,098 NBA coaching wins, 222 more in the playoffs and 10 NBA championship rings

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I’m finding it extremely difficult to like NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. In fact, let’s replace “extremely difficult” with “pretty much impossible.” I’m talking about the face he puts on the front of the National Hockey League. I think fans have to like Bettman to believe that he always has the best interests of the game at heart. I think he has business at heart. Hockey just happens to be that business. And, as a fan of hockey in Canada, that continues to make me very uneasy.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has been spouting his unique brand of NHL logic since February 1, 1993

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has been spouting his unique brand of NHL logic since February 1, 1993 REUTERS/Shaun Best REUTERS

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