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Born and Raised in Toronto, I am a die-hard Maple Leafs' fan. Hockey's been a part of my life since birth, and it's my ultimate passion. A contributor at Dobberhockey, I started writing for "The Hockey Writers" in February of 2012. "The Week that Was" will be released on a weekly basis. I can be reached on twitter @T_Kerdman

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Recent Articles by Tyler

Joe Thornton (Dinur/Flickr)

Joe Thornton: Hall of Fame Lock

Joe Thornton is one of the most disrespected players in the National Hockey League. Amidst a player contingent consisting of mean, disrespectful, reckless, or overvalued hockey players, Jumbo Joe stands […]

by · December 6, 2013 · 0 comments · San Jose Sharks
Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews - Photo Credit: Andy Martin Jr

Hot & Not: October 27th – November 2nd

HOT 1. Toewsing the Senators Jonathan Toews is not an offensive juggernaut. He likely will never lead the league in goals, or even points. Coming into Tuesday’s game against the […]

by · November 6, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Chicago Blackhawks, News/Commentary
(Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

Hot & Not: October 13th-19th

Another week has passed, and yet again the best and worst of the National Hockey League have been put on display. A goaltender’s goal, a star player, and some sweet […]

by · October 22, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · News/Commentary
A chance to see the Sharks play (Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports)

Hot & Not: October 6th-12th

Another week has passed in the NHL, which means that it is time for another edition of “Hot and Not”. This week features the hottest team in the NHL, a […]

by · October 14, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · News/Commentary, San Jose Sharks
Hot & Not: October 1st – 5th

Hot & Not: October 1st – 5th

Time flies during the NHL season for all those that follow the action-packed season. Seasons pass quickly and the offseason feels like it lasts an eternity. But there is nothing […]

by · October 7, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Buffalo Sabres, News/Commentary, Philadelphia Flyers
At 4,692 years old, Teemu Selanne is still one of the top forwards in the NHL (Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports)

5 Storylines for the 2013-14 NHL Season

In less than two weeks, the 2013-14 NHL season will once again begin. The divisions have been shifted and players have switched jerseys, but come October the puck will drop […]

The draft is just the tip of the summer iceberg (photo: Arnold C \ WikiCommons)

2006 NHL Draft: Revisited

In most instances, National Hockey League scouts and others who evaluate draft-eligible players have to try and find the players that will not be the best at age 18, but […]

Will I finally get traded for the sake of my fantasy hockey owners? (File Photo/Flickr)

Gillis, Canucks, and Why They Lost the Schneider Deal

It took one weekend for Mike Gillis and the Vancouver Canucks to alter the plans for their entire franchise. In April of 2012, following a decision to input Cory Schneider […]

(Michael Ivins-USA TODAY Sports)

Boston and “Bruins Hockey”

In some situations, fighting fire with fire is a viable strategy. When playing the Boston Bruins, this option will end up in second-degree burns. Amidst the third round of the […]

by · June 10, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Boston Bruins, News/Commentary
James Reimer was relied on a little too heavily this season (Icon SMI)

It’s Time to Accept James Reimer in Toronto

Playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs can either be a breeze or a challenge, all contingent on what expectations have been set. For a player like Mark Fraser, wearing the […]

by · April 20, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · News/Commentary, Toronto Maple Leafs
Brandon Dubinsky hasn't played since November 19 with a foot injury (Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)

The Columbus Blue Jackets and Philosophy

Don’t look now, but the laughing stock of the league in August has become the feel-good story of 2013.

The Columbus Blue Jackets, who sported a 29-46-7 record last season (good for last in the NHL) were belittled in the offseason for sporting “an AHL roster”. Their forward lines and defensive pairings lacked depth and star power. The goaltending tandem was deemed inexperienced and incredibly inconsistent. Most notably, now-former Columbus general manager Scott Howson was seen by everybody as a serious liability, with the potential to sign off on trades that could only be seen as laughable.

by · April 7, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Columbus Blue Jackets
Photo Credit: Norfolk Admirals/John Wright

Kaspars Daugavins and the Problems with Shootouts

When the National Hockey League implemented the shootout back in 2005, it seemed as if there was unanimous support for an exhilarating and refreshing way to end ties. That sentiment […]

by · March 15, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · News/Commentary, Ottawa Senators