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June 10, 2011

The Blue Line: Buyout Candidates

by Matthew Coller

Who wants Rangers' captain Chris Drury? Because starting on June 15, teams can elect of buy out overpriced and underperforming players on their rosters. Who are the likely candidates, and what might that mean for the beginning of free agency on July 1?

June 4, 2011

Premium Article The Blue Line: Fixing Boston's Power Play

by Matthew Coller

The running joke about the Boston Bruins is: "as long as the Canucks stay out of the penalty box, the Bruins can win."

May 26, 2011

Premium Article The Blue Line: Roloson or Smith?

by Matthew Coller

Lightning coach Guy Boucher has a big decision to make in goal. Or does he?

May 14, 2011

Premium Article The Blue Line: Without Bergeron, Do The Bruins Need More Seguin?

by Matthew Coller

With Patrice Bergeron out for Game 1 with a concussion, Boston head coach Claude Julien only sparingly utilized second overall draft pick Tyler Seguin. Is it time for more of the rookie?

May 6, 2011

Premium Article The Blue Line: Tampa's Special Teams Dominance

by Matthew Coller

Can Tampa Bay ride their power play and penalty killing prowess to the Stanley Cup Finals?

April 29, 2011

Premium Article The Blue Line: Playoff Head Shots

by Matthew Coller

Regardless of the NHL's efforts to decrease head shots and the serious injuries that often result from them, the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs was marred by several controversial hits, some of which were punished and some of which were not.

April 25, 2011

The Blue Line: Building Around Goalies

by Matthew Coller

Have first round playoff results fit into our current conception of needing a "hot goalie" to win in the postseason? And what's that say about the right way to build a contender?

April 19, 2011

Premium Article The Blue Line: Brian Boucher's At It Again

by Matthew Coller

Is he a replacement level backup or a playoff hero? Maybe both?

April 5, 2011

The Blue Line: Rangers Sunk Without Callahan

by Matthew Coller

The Rangers fantastic come-from-behind victory against Bruins was marred by the season-ending injury to their heart-and-soul, Ryan Callahan.

March 18, 2011

The Blue Line: Ray Emery's Comeback

by Matthew Coller

Ray Emery's already come a long way from what was thought to be a career-ending medical condition--the same one that ended Bo Jackson's playing days. Can he be part of a Cinderella run for Anaheim?

March 7, 2011

The Blue Line: Ryan Miller

by Matthew Coller

It's been a tough season for the reigning Vezina Trophy winner, but Matt Coller says that Ryan Miller's ready to carry the Sabres to the playoffs.

January 7, 2011

Premium Article The Blue Line: Was Roloson the Right Move?

by Matthew Coller

How much of an improvement over Dan Ellis and Mike Smith can a 41-year-old Dwayne Roloson be expected to be? And should Bolts' GM Steve Yzerman have held out to deal for a better netminder, like Tomas Vokoun or Ilya Bryzgalov, instead?

December 7, 2010

Premium Article The Blue Line: The Next Sabres Captain

by Matthew Coller

While head coach Lindy Ruff has significantly cut Craig Rivet's playing time and even made him a frequent healthy scratch, the veteran defenseman still remains team captain. Aren't there any viable alternatives for the Buffalo Sabres?

November 30, 2010

The Blue Line: Inside the Mind of an All-Star Voter

by Matthew Coller

Matt's unique take on who's missing from the All-Star ballot and what's missing from the All-Star game.

May 4, 2010

The Blue Line: Best Goalie Playoff Debuts

by Matthew Coller

Jaroslav Halak made his playoff debut by shutting down the Washington Capitals in Game 1 of Montreal's first round series in an incredible fashion. So, what are some of the other greatest playoff debut performances by goaltenders in the post-lockout era?

April 10, 2010

The Blue Line: Tiger Crazy

by Matthew Coller

The Rochester Institute of Technology Tigers started out 0-5 this season, but quickly turned things around. Once Syracuse fell in the NCAA college basketball tournament, RIT's hockey team started to gain exposure. Why did it take until the Orangemen's elimination for the Tigers to get media coverage and will hockey ever catch up to the other sports in the media world?

March 17, 2010

The Blue Line: Ovechkin's Hit

by Matthew Coller

Was the two game suspension for Alexander Ovechkin too harsh, too lenient or just right, and should the NHL come up with a clearer rule for the legality of hits?