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

The Hockey Writers Live: Sunday 6pm EST with Adam Jahns and Paul Fenton

The Hockey Writers Live: Sunday 6pm EST with Adam Jahns and Paul Fenton

On Sunday at 6pm EST, another episode The Hockey Writers Live airs with hosts Mike Colligan and Jim Neveau. This week, the THW Live team is joined by guests Adam […]

by · March 25, 2011 · Comments are Disabled · Chicago Blackhawks, Nashville Predators
Merrimack forward Stephane Da Costa

Penguins Blueprint: Stocking the Shelves for Free

Stephane Da Costa is the latest potential diamond in the NCAA rough – a late-blooming talent who is a free agent because he was never drafted by an NHL team. The native of Paris, France received a few NHL offers following his freshman season but chose to return to school to work on his game. It seems to have paid off.

The fantasy hockey world doesn't hate Mr. Cooke at least! (Icon SMI)

Matt Cooke Suspended 14-17 Games; the End of the ‘NHL Pest’?

Senior Executive VP Colin Campbell and the NHL wanted to send a message. “Mr. Cooke, a repeat offender, directly and unnecessarily targeted the head of an opponent who was in […]

Video: Matt Cooke Elbows Ryan McDonagh; Penguins lose to Rangers in wild third period

Video: Matt Cooke Elbows Ryan McDonagh; Penguins lose to Rangers in wild third period

The NBC Game of the Week matched the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers in an Atlantic Division battle, but over the next 24 hours the spotlight will shine brightest on Penguins winger Matt Cooke after his elbow to the head of Ryan McDonagh in the third period of a 1-1 game.

Marian Hossa with the Detroit Red Wings (Julian Gonzalez/DFP)

Penguins Blueprint: Hossa to Hamhuis – The Evolution of Ray Shero

Ask anyone what trade was instrumental in the Penguins 2007-08 Stanley Cup Finals appearance and they’ll immediately point to Hossa. If Ray Shero’s team returns to the Finals over the next few seasons, the key trade might be one involving a player who never appeared in a Penguins jersey: Dan Hamhuis.

Crosby and Evgeni Malkin were united in Game 5 (Icon SMI)

Penguins Blueprint: Commitment to the Core

If the Penguins continue to have success in coming seasons GM Ray Shero will be forced to get creative and find ways to keep his talented group of stars together. However, the idea of signing Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin for the rest of their careers isn’t an option he’s considering right now.

by · March 15, 2011 · 4 comments · Pittsburgh Penguins
Eric Tangradi is looking for a fresh start in Winnipeg (Bridgetds/Flickr)

Penguins Blueprint: The Jason Botterill Factor

Jason Botterill and Penguins GM Ray Shero face an impossible task. In just ten days they’ll be forced to overhaul an offensive group they spent most of the season preparing to tweak.

Do the Pittsburgh Penguins have the best goalie tandem in the league? (Tom Turk/THW)

Penguins ownership group shows commitment to Stanley Cup vision

If there was ever a year for Lemieux and Burkle to put up the white flag and live to see another day, it would be this year. No one would blame them. Fans surely wouldn’t revolt. But that’s not what they did, and yesterday Shero seemed energized by the commitment from ownership that allowed him to take a risk on Kovalev.


Penguins trade conditional pick for Alexei Kovalev

GM Ray Shero and the Pittsburgh Penguins acquired soon-to-be unrestricted free agent Alexei Kovalev from the Ottawa Senators for a conditional seventh round pick in the 2011 draft.

Neal will be the wing that Crosby has waited for.(Flickr/Les_Stockton)

Penguins trade Goligoski to Dallas for James Neal and Matt Niskanen (with full audio of Shero conference call)

The long-awaited trade deadline move by Penguins GM Ray Shero finally happened Monday afternoon as the team sent defenseman Alex Goligoski to Dallas for James Neal and Matt Niskanen.

by · February 21, 2011 · 5 comments · Dallas Stars, Pittsburgh Penguins
Clarke MacArthur is expected to re-sign with the Maple Leafs (bridgetds, Flickr)

Pittsburgh Penguins Trade Deadline Gameplan: Part 2 of 2

In Part I of our Penguins trade deadline gameplan, we took a look at the market General Manager Ray Shero and his staff are currently navigating. Ten days remain until […]

Mario Lemieux coaching his son's youth hockey team (Credit: www.PittsburghPenguins.com)

There’s More to Mario Lemieux’s Statement Than You Think

Ask anyone who remembers Mario Lemieux’s playing career and they’ll tell you he was a player who wasn’t afraid to speak his mind.  They’ll even point to a number of […]