Michael Traikos, Postmedia Network

Michael Traikos is the National Hockey Writer for Postmedia Network. He spent the past 10 years covering the Toronto Maple Leafs for the National Post and was also the Maple Leafs correspondent for The Hockey News. If he’s not at the rink, then he’s on the squash court pretending to be the next Jonathon Power. Married, with two beautiful children and a Beagle named Charlie, he also has a tattoo of the band the Pixies on his shoulder. He lives in Newmarket, Ont.


Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price is seen warming up prior to NHL pre-season hockey action on Oct. 6, 2016 in Montreal. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson)

Reasons for hope, doubt in Canada's NHL markets

Nearly three weeks into the season, what’s more surprising: that the Edmonton Oilers have the most wins of any team in the National Hockey League or that the Vancouver Canucks haven’t had a reason to fire head coach Willie Desjardins yet?

Finnish broadcaster Juhani Tamminen. (Video Screenshot)

Finnish broadcaster channels Don Cherry in wardrobe, rhetoric

The man who is called the Finnish Don Cherry is wearing what he calls his “championship final” outfit: cream-coloured dress shirt, silver tie and a bright white blazer that’s been covered in large, sparkling, Swarovski-style crystals.

Brad Boyes of the Maple Leafs gets stopped by Carey Price of the Canadiens during NHL action at the Air Canda Centre in Toronto on Oct. 7, 2015. (Dave Abel/Toronto Sun)

Carey Price named Postmedia male athlete of the year

Just how good was Montreal Canadiens’ Carey Price last season? Well, he won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s best goaltender and both the Hart Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award as league MVP.

New York Rangers players celebrate on the bench in the third period in Game 6 of the second round of the 2015 NHL playoffs against the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center on May 10, 2015. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

Rangers came out on top in Game 6 due to well-rounded play

Alex Ovechkin, who used to leap against the glass after goals and once pretended his stick was on fire after scoring, was spending Sunday morning trying to argue that the playoffs are not about individual performances.