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James started out for The Hockey Writers covering the Atlanta Thrashers in 2009, and has also covered the Chicago Blackhawks, served as NHL Correspondent, and is now a Managing Editor and the site's NHL Central Blogger. He also writes for The Golf Writers.

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Pavel Datsyuk (Creative Commons/Photoree)

Blues or Red Wings: Who Has the Better Chance to Advance?

For the NHL Central Division, the Stanley Cup playoffs have been a mixed bag of results, to say the least. The Chicago Blackhawks looked to be in cruise control when […]

by · May 7, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Detroit Red Wings, St Louis Blues
Wrigley Field, Decked Out for the Winter Classic

NHL Right in Scheduling More Outdoor Games

In what many are classifying as a case of Gary Bettman attempting to kill the golden goose, the NHL has reportedly decided to go ahead with a plan to add […]

by · April 17, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Winter Classic
Rumor Has It: Pavel Datsyuk Set to Retire After Next Year?

Rumor Has It: Pavel Datsyuk Set to Retire After Next Year?

The Detroit Red Wings have undergone their fair share of turbulence this season. Not only did they lose out on Ryan Suter and Zach Parise in free agency last year, […]

by · March 14, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Detroit Red Wings
Shattenkirk has been a force on the Blues' blue line (Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)

Centrally Focused: Puck Daddy NHL Awards Watch Digs the Central

It seems like only yesterday that the NHL season got underway in mid-January, but as we stand right now we are already nearing the completion of a third of the […]

by · February 19, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Chicago Blackhawks, Nashville Predators
Two Games, Two Wins: Evaluating the Chicago Blackhawks’ Banner Weekend

Two Games, Two Wins: Evaluating the Chicago Blackhawks’ Banner Weekend

To say that it has been an eventful weekend for the Chicago Blackhawks would be an understatement. Not only have they had to sit through two banner raising ceremonies (Stanley […]

by · January 21, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Chicago Blackhawks
DETROIT, MI - MARCH 7:  Rick Nash #61 of the Columbus Blue Jackets skates in front of Henrik Zetterberg #40 of the Detroit Red Wings in a game on March 7, 2009 at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

In Post-Nash Era, Who Should Captain the Columbus Blue Jackets?

In the relatively short history of the Columbus Blue Jackets, there hasn’t really been a player that has captured the city’s attention quite like Rick Nash did. In his tenure […]

by · January 14, 2013 · 4 comments · Columbus Blue Jackets
David Backes (BridgetDS/Flickr)

TSN Ranks the NHL Central: Did They Get It Right?

As the preparations for the 2013 season get underway at arenas around the league, the scribes that cover the sport are also dusting off their predicting hats and gearing up […]

by · January 11, 2013 · 2 comments · Uncategorized
Which NHL Central Clubs Will Benefit Most from a Compressed Schedule?

Which NHL Central Clubs Will Benefit Most from a Compressed Schedule?

After months of inspiring emotions ranging from hope to rage to indifference, the NHL and NHLPA have finally come to terms on a tentative Collective Bargaining Agreement, which will save […]

by · January 6, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · News/Commentary
NHL Must Address Columbus ASG When Labor Accord is Reached

NHL Must Address Columbus ASG When Labor Accord is Reached

Wednesday night was one of the most pivotal evenings of the entire CBA saga that the NHL and NHLPA have found themselves embroiled in for the past several months. Negotiations […]

by · December 6, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Columbus Blue Jackets, News/Commentary
Wilhelm Westlund plays a simple all-around game like Johnny Oduya. (Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE)

If New CBA Grants Amnesty, Who Should the Chicago Blackhawks Buy Out?

During a time of labor strife and divisions over money, there is perhaps no team more interested in how a potential new CBA would affect them financially than the Chicago […]

by · December 4, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Chicago Blackhawks
Jobing.com Arena

New Phoenix Coyotes Deal On Table; Will Glendale Accept It?

In yet another fun and exciting chapter in the ongoing Phoenix Coyotes ownership saga (rumors that rights to the story have been sold to Paramount Pictures are non-existent and untrue), […]

by · November 21, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · News/Commentary, Phoenix Coyotes
Mike Smith could be an Oilers free agent target (Ric Tapia/Icon SMI)

In the Phoenix Coyotes Ownership Drama, The Time for Patience is Over

The NHL may have postponed another round of games on Friday afternoon, but for fans of the Phoenix Coyotes, there still isn’t an ironclad guarantee that those games would have […]

by · October 22, 2012 · 21 comments · Phoenix Coyotes