Ilya Kovalchuk's deal is voided. But the decision also has aftereffects for the contracts of Marian Hossa, Roberto Luongo, Chris Pronger and Marc Savard. E.J. Hradek explains why their deals could be struck down next.
The Vancouver Canucks have been to the playoff 22 times, where they are 79-98 and have never won a Stanley Cup. Three times since 2003, they've lost in the Western semis -- including last year. Can they get over the hump in 2011? E.J. Hradek believes.
E.J. Hradek spent an entire weekend watching playoff hockey; in that respect, he's no different than you or I. But his observations -- on Jumbo Joe, Nicklas Lidstrom, Brad Stuart, the Coyotes and the Blackhawks -- have a deeper meaning. Dive in.
Goalies in the NHL can't wear the "C," but Roberto Luongo is a Canucks captain and definitive leader. With the 'Nucks down 2-1 to the Blackhawks now, he absolutely must step up in that role. This series could be decided by him, E.J. Hradek explains.
While you were focused on Crosby back home in Montreal, the Blackhawks regaining home ice, and the Red Wings possibly getting swept, here's another storyline to focus on: the unbelievable run of the Boston Bruins right now.
E.J. Hradek is a smart guy -- he realizes that Vancouver took one game in Chicago, so they're going back to B.C. with home-ice advantage. But, doesn't it kind of feel like the Canucks blew a shot to extinguish a dangerous 'Hawks team in that Game 2?