Articles by Anthony Lopopolo

Hall of Fame

History behind the NHL’s salary cap woes

The salary cap era has added a new dimension to roster management in the NHL and, as a result, fans and journalists have never been as eager to crunch numbers as they are today. Over the course of the past half decade, general managers have discovered clever ways to circumvent the predetermined limit and ease cap hits by extending the contracts of their star players until they are 40 years old and sometimes older. Comparatively, in the pre-lockout era,…

Other Sports

The revolutionary reign of Novak Djokovic

Almost four years ago, Novak Djokovic began his ascent to the zenith of the men’s tour in earnest, in a few short days climbing over each player above him in the rankings like rungs on a ladder. Showing the magnificent force and dominance of a future No. 1 player, he beat the world’s top three players of the year in three consecutive matches to win the 2007 Rogers Cup in Montreal. Third-ranked Andy Roddick, bridesmaid…

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The impact of relegation and promotion in European football

At the end of May on the final day of the 2010-11 season, Blackpool FC traveled to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United. The game meant nothing to United, who had clinched the Premier League title a week earlier. The game meant everything to Blackpool, one of five teams trying to stave off relegation to England’s second tier. Blackpool sat with 39 points, well above the average number needed to safely avoid the degradation…

Hall of Fame

Pavel Datsyuk: Wizardly wing, NHL king

Under a minute remained in the Detroit Red Wings’ season. The San Jose Sharks, up 3-2 in the third period of Game 7, were resisting another possible comeback. Having already overturned a 3-0 deficit, the Red Wings were ready to claw back into one last game. Pavel Datsyuk scored minutes earlier to bring the Red Wings to within a goal of tying the crucial contest. Naturally, he’d be the one to lead the last-gasp charge from his own…

Hockey

Dominic Moore, NHL playoff regular

Before reaching the Eastern Conference Finals with the Montreal Canadiens last year,Dominic Moore had about as much playoff experience as a rookie. He played four games with the New York Rangers in the 2006 postseason, when they got swept by the New Jersey Devils in the first round. He had about the same impact on the score sheet as a spectator, recording zero points. After being acquired at the 2010 trade deadline, however, Moore was a part of an unlikely…