The People vs. THN

July 25, 2011, by

In a sport that lacks sufficient media coverage and usually falls short of having the unbiased analysis needed to truly grow the sport, hockey fans are often left listening to and reading over opinionated idiots. No media platform offers more tired preconceived bull s*** than The Hockey News.

What was once a proud magazine that delivered compelling narratives has turned into a cesspool of verbal diarrhea that blows in any direction with neither purpose nor principle. Now don’t get me wrong, there is a place for over opinionated stupidity. You’d just figured it wouldn’t come from an entity that has been covering hockey since 1947.

Adam Proteau’s little jab at the Rangers/Sather’s acquisition of Richards is just another case of lazy journalism, which has been the best adjective to describe THN since Ken Campbell was hired.  This is essentially the same formula THN rolled out last year when they emphatically claimed that the Rangers fate were tied to that of Marian Gaborik. It’s almost like this guy regurgitated THN’s 2010 pre-season rankings.

And were they even close to being right last year?

Of course not. To no surprise the Rangers succeeded without Marian Gaborik, and probably could have defeated the Caps in the post-season had Ryan Callahan not been injured.

Anyway, it’s not just Proteau that’s dragging THN’s “analysis” down. Last year you had Griggs saying “there’s not a lot to get excited about when it comes to the future on Broadway. Unless you like overpaying free agents.”  I mean there’s not a single hockey publication in the world that would agree with that statement. Seriously, how much effort does it take to read up on our prospects and learn that we have one of the best minor leagues systems out there?

Then you have Ken Campbell, who uses frequent leaps in logic (like rookie initiation dinners as a reason to be anti salary cap) to prove otherwise worthless points. It almost feels like that these writers hate on us for two reasons.

A) They’re jealous that the Rangers actually spend money more efficiently than their beloved Maple Leafs/Canadiens.

B) They’re just using negativity to generate page-views.

Take your pick.

To me, nothing screams phony more than someone who always goes against the establishment.  But in writing as in life, the loudest people in the room are seldom the smartest.

The official verdict: I think The Onion might have better hockey coverage than this disaster of a publication.

Categories : Rants


  1. Agentsmith says:

    yeah, br is not the savior. he is a missing peice to a club with a solid foundation.

  2. Zen says:

    Saying that there is not too much to get excited about in terms of the future for the Rangers is pretty silly. Not only is our system stocked, but the team is full of young quality players that are signed to reasonable contracts. So silly.

  3. mhurley says:

    I used to work in the Hockey News/Western Publishing Building, 850 Third Ave in the 80’s when the Hockey News was the definitive source for news about Hockey. I haven’t read THN online is over 5 years for the reasons you state. In fact, I seldom go to TSN either. The anti-Ranger, anti-US bias is palpable.

    It’s the same as those numb skulls on the NHL on XM. They push the NHL’s koolaide. Hockey fans don’t need these sources. There are grassroots outlets in every major hockey market to cover each team, no so more then in New York.

    THN is going the way of the dodo.

  4. Matt J says:

    No one ever called Richards the savior. See that’s why I stick to Blue Seat Blogs. They are more qualified to write about hockey over 90% of people in the business.

    Ever since we lost ESPN, we lost tons of needed coverage that our sport needed. Flashback to 2004 when the Lightning won the cup. It was great for hockey because a florida team won. Then boom lockout, we lose a season losing potential viewers, and our TV contract with ESPN expires.

    Those were bad times.

    • The Suit says:

      It just sucks that coverage of our great sport has been dumbed down to writing bad analysis on purpose to generate traffic. I can’t possibly see why else people would write such garbage.

      What’s next from THN?

      “if Ovie gets injured Caps are doomed!”
      “if Martin Brodeur plays well, Devils will succeed.”
      “Detroit sucks at drafting.”

      Great analysis, thanks guys.

      • Dave says:

        I believe it will be along the lines of “If the Islanders stay on Long Island, it will be great for their rivalry with the Rangers”