Defending Ilya Kovalchuk and Ales Hemsky…Max Pacioretty’s new outlook on life…Ken Holland’s draft record…Why the Hurricanes still have much to play for…Who the Blues won’t trade…Why the Canucks shouldn’t trade Cory Schneider…Tim Thomas’ political views land him in hot water again…Hockey’s worst teeth…Down Goes Brown celebrates its fourth anniversary.


Kovalchuk's been a much better player this season than his critics believe.

BLOG DUDES: Stephen Todd Ives dispels a number of myths about Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk. No, he wasn’t the second gunman on the grassy knoll.

MC79HOCKEY.COM: Tyler Dellow proves Ales Hemsky isn’t a waste of molecules as his critics believe.

PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski on how Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty’s outlook on life changed after bonding with a formerly comatose teen last March.

THE COPPER & BLUE: Derek Zona examines the phenomenal draft success of Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Andrew Hirsh on how Kirk Muller’s Hurricanes have a lot to play for, as they set the stage for next season.

ST. LOUIS GAME TIME: A look at the players the Blues won’t trade by the deadline. In other words, forget about Jaroslav Halak,  Brian Elliott or David Backes being moved.

CANUCKS CORNER: Tom Benjamin explains to those who still can’t quite grasp the concept of why the Canucks won’t trade Cory Schneider at the deadline.

BACKHAND SHELF: Justin Bourne on how Bruins goalie Tim Thomas is using his political beliefs to make people forget what a great goalie he is.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier presents: “Hockey’s Worst Teeth”, aka, “The Big Book of Hockey’s Smiles”.

DOWN GOES BROWN: celebrates its fourth anniversaire with a look back at last year’s top ten posts. You’ll laugh, you’ll wet your pants, you’ll change ’em and laugh again.