Canucks’ Josh Levio Is a Key Cog for the Future
The Vancouver Canucks have had their share of unsung heroes throughout history. From Jannik Hansen to Alex Burrows to Derek Dorsett, it’s often complementary players who have a major impact. They are also the reason why some teams are always in the playoff race, like the Pittsburgh Penguins or Washington Capitals. Sure, stars like Sidney […]
NHL Rumors: Oilers, Avs, Senators, Free Agent Bad Luck, More
In today’s NHL rumors rundown, another player has tested positive for COVID-19 from the Colorado Avalanche, the Edmonton Oilers are looking to sign a couple of international prospects and one NHL scribe notes that this year’s crop of free agents might have hit free agency at the worst possible time. Another Avalanche Player Tests Positive […]
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An Interview with Bobby Smith
Originally written back in 2012, this chat with one of the game’s greats will be a very nice trip down memory lane for some of our older readers – we also hope younger ones will appreciate how good and how much of a gentleman Bobby Smith was (and still is). The 1977-78 season for the […]
Notes While In A Pause
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe, - All but a certainty now that the NHL will not complete its regular season, which will leave David Pastrnak two drops short of 50 goals and 5 points short of 100. As things stand, “Pasta” would finish tied with Alex Ovechkin for the league lead in goals (48), although Ovie collected his in 68 games and Pastrnak in 70. The only player to reach the 100-point plateau: Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl (43-67—110), who also topped the league in assists. - If the season goes by the boards without the Cup being awarded — potentially the third time in history — Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron will be the two Bruins whose NHL careers will have stretched over both the non-Cup seasons of 2004-05 and 2019-20. Big Z already had played 459 NHL games when the league went dark in the ’04-05 lockout. Bergeron had posted the 71 games of his rookie season. - In the three years since the expansion draft, Matt Murray has gone 76-41-14 (.633) with the Penguins in the regular season and Marc-Andre Fleury 91-50-14 (.632) with the Knights. Playoffs: Murray, 6-10; Fleury, 16-11. more plus other hockey topics...
Audio- The Latest Update On The NHL From Bill Daly
Bill Daly #NHL update on The Power Play The @NHL Deputy Commissioner joined @stevekouleas and @expomick today on @SiriusXMNHL and discussed the League resuming play, the players and content. pic.twitter.com/jEceI42c5r — SiriusXM NHL Network Radio (@SiriusXMNHL) March 27, 2020
McLellan Has Kings Playing the Right Way
Before the ‘pause,’ the sports world was consumed with the Houston Astros’ cheating scandal. So, when Los Angeles Kings’ head coach Todd McLellan said, “we’re not cheating a lot to win,” it raised a few eyebrows. Just saying the word “cheat” gets attention, but during this hyper-sensitive time in the same city as the Dodgers, […]
Grand Rapids Griffins Sign Patrick Curry
from Peter J. Wallner of Mlive, Patrick Curry, who just completed his collegiate career at Boston University, signed a two-year contract with the Grand Rapids Griffins on Thursday. The 24-year-old forward totaled 79 points (39-40-79), a plus-10 rating and 116 penalty minutes in 141 career games over four seasons with the Terriers. He was named Hockey East’s Best Defensive Forward as a senior in 2019-20, he established career highs with 32 points and a team-best 19 goals and equaled his career mark with 13 assists in 34 appearances. continued
Islanders’ Belmont Arena Construction Halted Over COVID-19
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on March 27 that the New York Islanders’ Belmont Arena construction, slated to be opened for the 2021-22 season, has been stopped due to Coronavirus concerns. Initially, development continued as the rest of the state was virtually shut down with all construction deemed necessary. Now, only vital construction […]
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Today in Hockey History: March 28
March 28 is a significant date in National Hockey League history with some of the biggest names and greatest players to ever take the ice having historic moments. Between some of the top goal-scorers and the best netminders hitting major milestones, this date belongs in the Hall of Fame. Gretzky Sets the All-Time Mark & […]
2020 NHL Draft: Top 10 Mock Scenarios 6.0
Mock 1.0 Mock 2.0 Mock 3.0 Mock 4.0 Mock 5.0 In this series, I’ve been running the Tankathon simulator for the draft lottery on a daily basis and mocking the results for the top 10 leading up to the 2020 NHL draft — or until the actual lottery takes place to determine the official draft […]
Top 5 Players Wasting Their Best Years
The National Hockey League boasts the most skilled hockey players in the entire world. Often, these superstars achieve success proportionate to their immense talent: Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, Patrick Kane, and Drew Doughty. Then there are the players that individually thrive but have yet to taste playoff success with their respective teams, or their teams’ […]
Devils’ 5 Best Defensemen of All-Time
Defensemen played a huge role in the New Jersey Devils’ first three Stanley Cup wins. The most legendary Devils blueliners are from that era (1995–2003) but many others have played their way into fans’ hearts. Let’s start with honorable mentions. A member of the original Devils – the Colorado Rockies relocated to New Jersey in […]
Flyers’ Top 20 Goal Scorers All-Time
Founded in 1967, the Philadelphia Flyers have been one of hockey’s most successful franchises over the last half-century. They have the third-highest all-time points percentage among NHL teams, trailing only the Montreal Canadiens and the Vegas Golden Knights, a team that has yet to play three full seasons. This is the Flyers’ 52nd season. Unless […]
Lukas Reichel – 2020 Draft Prospect Profile
Lukas Reichel 2019-20 Team: Eisbären Berlin (#44)Date of Birth: May 17, 2002Place of Birth: Nuremberg, GermanyHt: 6-foot-0 Wt: 172 lbs.Shoots: LeftPosition: Left WingNHL Draft Eligibility: 2019 first-year eligible NHL Central Scouting: 14th (among EU skaters) Bob McKenzie, TSN: 29th Craig Button, TSN: 37th HockeyProspects.com: 20th ISS: 31st Future Considerations: 48th Andrew Forbes (The Hockey Writers): […]
Don’t Expect Changes To The Draft Lottery
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, The decision to postpone the NHL draft scheduled for June 26-27 at the Bell Centre in Montreal didn’t come as a surprise because the league either expects to be playing hockey at that point or be unable to have large crowds in a rink — because the American Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Health Canada haven’t given the green light to hold large gatherings. There has been idle chatter that if the league does decide to cancel the rest of the regular season and go to the playoffs that the format of the draft lottery may change. A check with a handful of league executives in the last couple of days indicates they don’t expect that to be the case and that the teams with the best odds in the lottery will retain those numbers whenever the league loads the balls into the machine.... “I don’t see any reason to change the format and I’m not sure it would even be given any consideration,” a league executive told this newspaper this week. “If they go straight to the playoffs, a good portion of the season has already been played and those teams at the bottom weren’t really going to gain much ground if the league hadn’t gone on pause.” The sentiment from league executives I’ve spoken with is, just because the season might end up being shortened, it doesn’t mean you can arbitrarily just change the rules. more
The Ducks’ Ones That Got Away: Part 1
Now that we’re all confined to our homes with little to do, our thoughts tend to wander. Without the Anaheim Ducks to watch, some of you may have found yourselves thinking about the one that got away. Just like you with your ex, the Ducks have had their fair share of beauties get away. Here’s […]
Devils Should Hang on to Butcher Despite Regression
It was a tough season for New Jersey Devils’ defenseman, Will Butcher. After finishing with 44 points in 81 games and being named to NHL All-Rookie team in 2017-18, his production has declined in each of the last two seasons. Not only have his point totals fallen off, but his play took a noticeable step back this […]
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McDavid Says He’d Rather Not Jump Right Into Playoffs
Connor McDavid took part in an NHL Conference call with captains from four Pacific Division teams on Friday and among the many number of topics discussed, he noted that a “fair season is a full season”, even if that’s not what works best for the Edmonton Oilers. The host went around the horn and asked […]
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NHL Rumors: Rangers, NHL Game Show, Virtual Draft, More
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there is news on the New York Rangers potentially having trouble signing Tony DeAngelo, there is interest by a few NHL teams in a KHL goaltender and P.K. Subban has floated the idea of an NHL game show to the league who is thinking about it. Finally, there is talk […]
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Stay Well John Kelly
The St. Louis Blues have issued the following statement regarding FOX Sports Midwest play-by-play announcer John Kelly, who tested positive for COVID-19: The St. Louis Blues are confirming that play-by-play announcer John Kelly has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. John has been in self-quarantine since March 13. We are thrilled to report that John is feeling strong and symptom free. The health and safety of the entire Blues family remains our core focus during these unprecedented times. We wish John well as he continues his recovery at home.
Toronto Maple Leafs’ Jekyll & Hyde Season in Review
Because the 2019-20 NHL regular season was suspended on March 12 due to health concerns in the wake of the coronavirus, I thought it might be a good time to review the Toronto Maple Leafs season. Here goes. Maple Leafs’ Down & Up Season In Review If the regular season ends where the team currently […]
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Canadiens’ Top 5 Moments From 2019-20
While the NHL, the players, and the fans await the fate of the 2019-20 season amid the COVID-19 pandemic, here’s a look at the best moments from the season for the Montreal Canadiens. With their team sitting 24th in the overall standings when play was paused, the loyal Habs’ faithful probably aren’t in the mood […]
Shakir Mukhamadullin – 2020 NHL Draft Prospect Profile
Shakir Mukhamadullin 2019-20 Team: Tolpar Ufa (MHL)Date of Birth: Jan. 10, 2002Place of Birth: Ufa, RussiaHt: 6’2” Wt: 170 lbsShoots: LeftPosition: DefenseNHL Draft Eligibility: 2020 first-year eligible Rankings NHL Central Scouting: 18th (among EU Skaters) THW Josh Bell’s Rankings: 106th THW Andrew Forbes’ March Rankings: 50th THW Larry Fisher’s March Rankings: 63rd ISS: 22nd Dobber […]
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Flames’ Goaltending Has Real Depth
There are a lot more goalies in the system than you might be aware of. Learning more about these players and where they stand in terms of contracts, might help you decide where you stand on the goalie controversy. NHL Goalies David Rittich The 27-year-old, Czechoslovakian native has spent his career with the Calgary Flames. […]
If The Pause Is Lifted, Go Right To The Playoffs Or Play Some Games First?
from the CP at CTV, Connor McDavid is at odds with Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin. McDavid's Oilers sat comfortably in a playoff spot when the NHL suspended its season earlier this month due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but unlike his contemporaries, Edmonton's captain thinks going right into the playoffs if the league gets the all-clear to resume would be a mistake. Speaking on a video conference call Friday, McDavid said “a full season's a fair season” when asked how he'd like to see things play out. And if the NHL has to shorten proceedings, the 23-year-old superstar says teams would need at least a few games to find a rhythm. Crosby and Ovechkin said in separate video conferences Thursday they wouldn't mind if the league went right into the playoffs. continued
Wild’s Prospect Problem & Guerin’s Plan to Fix It
The Minnesota Wild have a prospect problem. It’s on the verge of being fixed, but it’s up to current general manager, Bill Guerin, to continue fixing it. In order to keep the franchise moving forward towards becoming a contender in the Western Conference, Guerin will have to be smart, shrewd and downright devious. He’s also […]
Marco Rossi – 2020 NHL Draft Prospect Profile
Marco Rossi 2019-20 Team: Ottawa 67s (#23)Date of Birth: September 23, 2001Place of Birth: Feldkirch, AUTHt: 5’9” Wt: 179 lbsShoots: LeftPosition: Center/WingNHL Draft Eligibility: 2020 first-year eligible Rankings NHL Central Scouting: 5th (among NA Skaters) Future Considerations: 8th THW Josh Bell’s Rankings: 5th THW Andrew Forbes’ March Rankings: 7th THW Larry Fisher’s March Rankings: 8th ISS: 7th Hockey Prospect: 8th […]
Flyers’ Backup Options for Hart Are Plentiful
For the first time in decades, the Philadelphia Flyers have a good young starting goaltender with the potential to be a franchise cornerstone. Carter Hart, 21, has established himself as the team’s go-to option in net this season through his positional precision and mature approach. It hasn’t been a perfect season, his home and road […]
Morning Line- Kevin Paul Dupont
Do you agree? The best thing the NBA and NHL can do now, today, is fold business for '19-'20, move on to next season, and plead with US-CAN audience to stay the hell home. They have worldwide reach. Time for Bettman, Silver to lead. — Kevin Paul Dupont (@GlobeKPD) March 27, 2020
Hockey’s Scariest Goalie Mask and the Man Behind It
There have been many a memorable goalie mask to draw attention in the NHL. Some of them far more iconic than the netminders who donned them, while others were an extension of the goaltender’s persona. 2011 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee and Stanley Cup champion Eddie “The Eagle” Belfour comes to mind in particular, as […]
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Lightning’s All-Decade Team: Goaltending
Over the course of the last decade, no franchise in the NHL has experienced as much positive change than the Tampa Bay Lightning. At the start of the decade, the Lightning were on death’s door, with a weak ownership group and no real vision for the future. Many speculated that by 2020, the Bolts would […]
Blues Keep Reaping Rewards of Reaves Trade
Everyone initially agreed the Pittsburgh Penguins overpaid for then-St. Louis Blues forward Ryan Reaves. Two years later, time has simply confirmed that to be the case… and then some. Reaves Traded to Penguins Granted, it’s not like the Blues got a superstar out of the deal, at least not yet. In the trade, which saw […]
Today in Hockey History: March 27
One of the greatest defensemen to ever play in the National Hockey League had a handful of big moments on March 27. Also, a legendary run began in Vancouver after a suspension is handed down. Finally, we take a look at all the firsts that occurred on this date throughout the years. Bourque Loved Playing […]
Paul Kariya – The Original Mighty Duck
Paul Kariya was a young phenom, the face of a young franchise. He was given lofty expectations and broke into the league around the same time as two other comparable Hall of Fame players, Pavel Bure and Eric Lindros. He was a solid all-around player and a statesman for the sport of hockey. Related: Top […]
Revisiting the Rangers’ Ryan McDonagh – J.T. Miller Trade
The New York Rangers’ mega-trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Feb. 26, 2018, wasn’t the first big move of their rebuilding project, which had been formally undertaken with a letter to fans from team management early that month. No, their first big deal had occurred the day before, when the Rangers sent forward Rick […]
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