Ron Wilson’s days as the head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs should end – at least, in my opinion.

Ron Wilson

Current Leafs' head coach Ron Wilson was hired under GM Cliff Fletcher's watch but, not long after, Brian Burke took over as GM

We’re going to skip the argument about whether or not Wilson should be replaced. It’s going to happen sooner, rather than later, so let’s just move to the replacement possibilities. Here are five names that may come up, rightly or wrongly. (more…)

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Jim Gregory and Pat Quinn (co-chairs), Scotty Bowman, David Branch, Colin Campbell, John Davidson, Eric Duhatschek, Jan-Ake Edvinsson, Mike Emrick, Michael Farber, Mike Gartner, Dick Irvin, Lanny McDonald, Yvon Pedneault, Serge Savard, Harry Sinden, Peter Stastny and Bill Torrey.

Pat Quinn

Former NHL head coach Pat Quinn serves as the co-chair of the Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee

If you are a hockey fan, you will recognize almost every one of those names. And you should, because they are the 18 guys who decide eternal enshrinement in the Hockey Hall of Fame. They’re all sharp guys. They’re all experienced hockey people. So how did they screw up this year’s inductees so badly? (more…)

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NHL rules tinkering is absurd…and hurting the game

Florida Panthers’ GM Dale Tallon has told TSN that, at next week’s NHL general managers’ meetings, he intends to initiate a discussion about the possibility of the NHL adopting something called “a coach’s challenge.”

Dale Tallon

Panthers' GM Dale Tallon wants to introduce a "coach's challenge" to the NHL game ~ yet another league rule change (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Sounds lovely but, you know what, I’ve had it. If I read about one more proposed NHL rule change, I’m gonna go off the deep end. I have never seen a professional league – one that has been around for almost a century – that tinkers and fiddles more with its rules. And their fumbling and bumbling continually cheapens a great product. (more…)

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5 surprises the NHL threw at us in October

The first month of the NHL season has wrapped and, as usual, it contained its fair number of surprises.

Patrick Sharp

Are you surprised that, through October, this guy is the NHL's leading goal scorer with ten to his credit?

Were the number of suspensions and blather surrounding them a surprise? Maybe. What teams surprised you – by either their good or poor play? In no particular order, here are five things that surprised me about the NHL in October. (more…)

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