Mike Colligan

Mike Colligan is an NHL analyst at Forbes SportsMoney and The Hockey Writers. You can read all of his work at ColliganHockey.com. Email: MJColligan@gmail.com

Recent Articles by Mike

Could Drew Doughty be an offer sheet target? (Icon SMI)

2011-12 NHL RFA Compensation and Rules

The start of NHL free agency on Friday was shaping up to be an interesting time, but best of luck to any GM looking to overhaul his roster on July […]

by · June 30, 2011 · Comments are Disabled · Atlanta Thrashers, Free Agents, Los Angeles Kings, Tampa Bay Lightning
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Steven Stamkos Free to Negotiate Offer Sheets, Salary Cap System to be Tested?

It’s not often that a Rocket Richard Trophy winner hits the open market.  Last summer, Ilya Kovalchuk earned $100m after testing the waters of free agency (as well as the […]

by · June 28, 2011 · Comments are Disabled · Detroit Red Wings, Free Agents, Tampa Bay Lightning
Pittsburgh added to their strength on defense with the selection of Portland's Joe Morrow (Teka England/Flickr)

Reflections on Draft Weekend for the Pittsburgh Penguins

Pittsburgh Penguins General Manager Ray Shero makes it a point to touch base with the other 29 GM’s around the league at least once a month.  Not all executives are […]

by · June 26, 2011 · Comments are Disabled · Free Agents, National Juniors, Pittsburgh Penguins, Prospects, Toronto Maple Leafs
Jaromir Jagr (s.yume/Flickr)

Jaromir Jagr Interested in Using Pens as Pawn

May 22 marked the ten-year anniversary of Jaromir Jagr’s last game in a Pittsburgh Penguins jersey. Depending on your ability to manipulate a Google search, you might be able to […]

by · June 20, 2011 · Comments are Disabled · New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals
Craig Adams (bridgetds/Flickr)

Craig Adams Signed, Salary Cap to Drive Rest of Penguins Offseason Gameplan

The Pittsburgh Penguins made their first substantial move of the offseason on Thursday by signing Craig Adams to a two-year contract extension. Including a $300k signing bonus, the new deal […]

by · June 11, 2011 · Comments are Disabled · Pittsburgh Penguins
Keith Ballard is waiting for his opportunity to contribute (mafus/Flickr)

Keith Ballard: Examining life as a $4.2 million healthy scratch

VANCOUVER – The Vancouver Canucks practice on Thursday morning was an optional skate.  Of the nine players who took part, only a few members of the fourth line had played […]

by · June 4, 2011 · Comments are Disabled · Boston Bruins, Florida Panthers, Vancouver Canucks
Game 2 takes place Saturday at Rogers Arena in Vancouver (Icon SMI)

Game 1 Analysis: Ten Points to Ponder

VANCOUVER – To a man, players from both teams said Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final was everything they expected.  Great goaltending, tight-checking, physical play, back and forth action. […]

by · June 4, 2011 · Comments are Disabled · Boston Bruins, Vancouver Canucks
Colin Campbell's vacant office will be filled by Brendan Shanahan (CavinB/Flickr)

Colin Campbell steps down, Brendan Shanahan to take over

VANCOUVER – Commissioner Gary Bettman delivered his semi-annual ‘State of the NHL’ address on Wednesday afternoon prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.  The biggest news of the […]

by · June 2, 2011 · Comments are Disabled · Uncategorized
Alex Burrows could be facing a suspension in Game 2 on Saturday

Alex Burrows Bites Patrice Bergeron, Bruins Forward Not Happy

VANCOUVER – For 59 minutes and 42 seconds, Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final was a nail-biter.  Leave it to Alex Burrows to take it even further than that. […]

by · June 1, 2011 · Comments are Disabled · Boston Bruins, Vancouver Canucks
Pittsburgh Penguins' Simon Despres is the team's top trade candidate. (Icon SMI)

Simon Despres’ Performance on World Stage Has Penguins Hopeful

Pittsburgh Penguins Assistant GM Jason Botterill says there’s one question that he and the team’s front office always ask when evaluating a player: “Have they played in big games?” Next […]

by · May 30, 2011 · Comments are Disabled · National Juniors, Pittsburgh Penguins, Prospects
Ray Shero's deals turned the Penguins into a Champion in 2009. (Flickr/AxsDeny)

Ray Shero Celebrates Five Years on the Job

May 25th. It’s a big day for the Pittsburgh Penguins franchise. Twenty years ago today Jaromir Jagr was mumbling about Elvis while the city of Pittsburgh was in a frenzy […]

by · May 25, 2011 · 4 comments · Pittsburgh Penguins
Tyler Seguin (Icon SMI)

Bruins Win Game 2, Still Face Uphill Battle

On Wednesday night the Boston Bruins escaped with a wild win over the Tampa Bay Lightning to tie their Eastern Conference Final series at one apiece.  The 6-5 final score […]

by · May 18, 2011 · Comments are Disabled · Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lightning