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The Blue Line column archives.


August 2, 2011

Premium Article The Blue Line: Can Nabokov Help The Isles?

by Matthew Coller

Evgeni Nabokov told Newsday that he'd be reporting to Islanders traning camp. Can he be a difference-maker for New York or another team?

July 27, 2011

Premium Article The Blue Line: Role Players

by Matthew Coller

Which teams got the most out of their role players in 2010-11? Which role players deserve more playing time? And which role players contributed the least?

July 13, 2011

Premium Article The Blue Line: Best And Worst Playoff Performances

by Matthew Coller

The best, worst and surprise performances of the postseason.

June 28, 2011

Premium Article The Blue Line: Deal Or No Deal

by Matthew Coller

Did the Buffalo Sabres have better use for $7 million than taking on the Calgary Flames' salary dumps of Robyn Regehr and Ales Kotalik?

June 16, 2011

Premium Article The Blue Line: Unsung Heroes

by Matthew Coller

Put aside the successes and failures of the superstars and take a look back at the unsung heroes of the 2011 postseason.

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?

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