Could We See A Few NHL Fold?
from Damien Cox at the Toronto Star, The majority of NHL teams these days are owned by extremely rich individuals or large corporations. Financial pressures from other businesses may nonetheless put more focus on their NHL holdings if there is no hockey revenue. So which teams could be in trouble? The first one that comes to mind is Ottawa. A small-market team with diminishing attendance, last in the NHL with well under 13,000 per game. There have already been rumours that the Senators might one day have to move, all quickly dismissed by owner Eugene Melnyk. He’s been focused on trying to get a deal for a new arena.... Arizona and Florida, 28th and 29th in NHL attendance, would also face challenges with an extended shutdown. The fragile Coyotes’ story is well known, and even the acquisitions of star forwards Taylor Hall and Phil Kessel improved attendance only slightly this season. The Panthers have a deep-pocketed owner in Vinnie Viola and have vowed to keep paying workers. But that’s a money-losing operation, and the losses will become even more significant. Billionaires run out of patience, too, and the stock market is doing no one any favours these days. The Islanders have struggled without a permanent home. Carolina has been wobbly for years. New Jersey, Buffalo and Nashville could also face big financial challenges. Knowing Bettman’s legendary determination to keep teams afloat and in the same city, he’ll fight to the death to keep all the existing teams alive. But he also knows Atlanta going out of business turned into a positive story for the league when the Thrashers moved to Winnipeg. more
Viewing The NHL Games In A Different Way
from John Steigerwald of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, I talked to a former NHL marketing director, whom I’ve known all my life, and he had some interesting thoughts on playing games without fans. My brother, Paul, who was the Penguins’ marketing director before becoming part of their radio and TV broadcasts, said, “If there are going to be games played inside of empty arenas for the sake of television, then why not make them look and sound as realistic as possible for the viewing audience? “They could look a lot like video games only they would be real games, with virtual crowds. You could use special effects using crowd shots from previous games. Sound could be created the same way.” He also said this could be an opportunity for producers to put cameras in different places and “have access to camera angles they could never dream of having with fans in the stands.” The technology already exists that allows fans to choose their camera angles from their living room in real time. “Teams may soon have to realize that it’s a new paradigm, and, for the time being, their games are purely made for television events,” he said. more
10 Biggest Oilers Draft Busts Since 2000
The Edmonton Oilers struggles at the draft table have been well documented over the years. Poor drafting and developing has been a critical factor in why the Oilers have made the playoffs just four times since the 2000-01 season. Edmonton even went through a recent string where they had four first overall picks in six […]
Video- Bobby Ryan’s Life
via Sportsnet's YouTube page, Before the Ottawa Senators, Team USA, even the NHL draft, Bobby Ryan wasn't Bobby Ryan. In a Sportsnet special, Chris Simpson sits down with the forward to learn about his secret past.
Flames’ Free Agents: Who Stays & Who Goes
It is a strange time in the hockey world, as nobody knows if the season will resume, or if it will be canceled completely. There have been rumours that the playoffs could happen in July and August, assuming the COVID-19 pandemic slows down by then. If that is the case, it would change many things, […]
Steve Yzerman’s First Year As The GM For The Detroit Red Wings
from Ansar Khan of Mlive, Here is a look back at Yzerman’s moves – from the draft to free agency to mid-season trades to waiver claims to trade-deadline deals. Some of the grades, of course, could change over time. Drafting Moritz Seider: A Yzerman pulled a surprise with his first-ever draft pick as Detroit GM, selecting a big, mobile, puck-moving defenseman from Germany that many draft analysts projected would be taken much later than sixth overall. Seider, who turned 19 on Monday, has yet to make his NHL debut but made a smooth transition to the North American pro ranks with the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins. It’s difficult to assess draft picks this soon, but Seider looks poised to anchor the Red Wings’ blue line for many years and should launch his NHL career in 2020-21. Signing Valtteri Filppula: D Needing a second-line center, Yzerman signed Filppula to a two-year, $6 million deal on July 1, knowing the former Red Wing well, having signed him in Tampa Bay in 2013.... more
Jagr’s Final Flames Season Revisited
Jaromir Jagr’s NHL career concluded quietly in the 2017-18 season. The 45-year-old legend had joined the Calgary Flames on a one-year deal, but he lasted just 22 games before injuries led to the termination of his contract. Despite the early exit, his stint with the Flames featured memorable moments on and off the ice. Jagr’s […]
2020 NHL Draft Rankings: Fisher’s Top 350 for April
Fisher’s Top 300 for March Fisher’s Top 217 for February Fisher’s Top 217 for January Fisher’s Top 186 for December Fisher’s Top 186 for November Fisher’s Top 124 for October Fisher’s Top 124 Preseason Rankings The draft year may be done, but I’m still watching as much hockey as ever. Granted, it’s not the same […]
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Devils’ Palmieri a Model of Scoring Consistency
There weren’t a lot of constants for the New Jersey Devils this season. From the firing of head coach John Hynes, as well as general manager Ray Shero, there was plenty of turmoil to go around. But if there was one person who could be counted on, it was Kyle Palmieri, who had 25 goals and […]
Kings’ Assets Point to Bright Winning Future
When the NHL shut down in the middle of March due to COVID-19 pandemic fears, the Los Angeles Kings were the hottest team in the league with a seven-game winning streak. It was a huge surprise. Not long before that, the Kings were treading water, frantically trying to stay out of the crypt. After 70 […]
Hockey Night In North Dakota?
from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, Let’s preface this with the fact that, at this time, we’re all just guessing at return-to-play timelines — but the NHL and NHLPA are beginning to spitball scenarios as to where remaining 2019-20 regular-season/playoff games could be held. One location that’s been mentioned: North Dakota. Several sites would be necessary, but Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, N.D., makes sense. Host of the 2005 World Junior Championships, the 2016 World Under-18s and the NCAA’s Fighting Hawks, it is an impressive facility that is definitely more suitable than many other available non-NHL options in the United States. Obviously, nothing is imminent. Hotel availability in Grand Forks would be a challenge. We also don’t know about travel scenarios, necessary logistics, or if the state itself would be willing to host such an event. But the area makes sense because of the arena, the likelihood of games being played without fans and North Dakota’s relatively low population density (only Montana, Wyoming and Alaska have fewer people per square mile). It is expected that the NHL and NHLPA will discuss other locales this week. continued
Paul Coffey Would Like To See More Hitting In Today’s Game
from Jordan Horrobin of Sportsnet, Hall of Fame defenceman Paul Coffey has been asked the same question many times before: How many goals would he score in today’s NHL? “My answer is, I think I could probably get 15 to 20 goals,” said Coffey, who set the single-season record as a defenceman with 48 goals in 1985-86. “And people always look a little bit surprised. “And I say, ‘Well, I’m 58 years old.'” Jokes aside, Coffey opted not to reveal how he’d fare if his career had aligned with the current era — though he did acknowledge he’s a “huge fan” of today’s game. Still, during his recent appearance on Writers Bloc, the legendary blue-liner weighed in on one thing he’d like to change about the modern-day NHL. “I wish there was more hitting,” Coffey said. continued
Montreal Canadiens’ Top-20 Goal Scorers All-Time
There is no doubt that the Montreal Canadiens are the most iconic franchise in the hockey world. Having won 24 Stanley Cups in its 111 years of existence helped the franchise reach its status. Those Cups are thanks to the efforts of the star players including the 51 Hockey Hall of Fame (HHOF) inductees who […]
Kings’ Top 10 Prospects
Ask anyone who covers prospects and they will tell you that the Los Angeles Kings have one of the best prospect groups in the NHL right now. Related: The NHL’s Best Farm Systems Ranked – Midseason Update For this list, players were given a ranking based NHL Readiness and NHL Potential. NHL Readiness ranks how […]
Chicago Blackhawks’ Top-20 Goal Scorers All-Time
The Chicago Blackhawks have had a long and storied history as one of the National Hockey League’s “Original Six” franchises. There have been a number of Hall of Famers and colorful characters to have put on the famed Blackhawks sweaters through the decades. This list chronicles the top 20 goal scorers in team history. 1. […]
Today in Hockey History: April 5
One of the most memorable final days of a regular-season occurred 50 years ago today. In addition, one of the greatest players of all-time said goodbye to the game while a legendary goaltender continued to rewrite the record books. The Crazy Last Day of 1969-70 The final day of the 1969-70 regular season was one […]
NHL Rumors: Islanders, Golden Knights, Flyers, Penguins, More
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, defenseman Andy Greene has made it clear he wants to play another season in the NHL. Does that mean he’ll return to the New York Islanders? Vegas Golden Knights head coach Peter DeBoer commented on the possibility of his team getting a bye in the playoffs and he’s not a […]
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The Good News for Panthers Despite Huge Bobrovsky Deal
The Florida Panthers technically don’t need No. 1 goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky. Bobrovsky Struggles with panthers Granted, as far as understatements go, that’s a pretty big one. There’s no denying Bobrovsky has gone a mediocre 23-19-6 this season (more losses than wins) with a .900 save percentage and downright horrible 3.23 goals-against average. They certainly don’t […]
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Blue Jackets’ Q&A With Anthem Singer Leo Welsh
Welcome to our 2020 Columbus Blue Jackets Q&A series. In this new series, we are going to talk with different members of the Blue Jackets’ community about hockey, their jobs, how they’re handling things today and much more. In part one, anthem singer Leo Welsh (Leo!) was kind enough to spend some time with us […]
Something To Celebrate
Today we have something to celebrate. A Happy Birthday to Paul Kukla! My wish for you Paul, is as always, good health. Thank you for this wonderful place, and, all the hard work you put in every day.
From THW to the NWHL: Allie LaCombe’s Wild & Winding Road
When I first ‘met’ Allie LaCombe we were teammates briefly at The Hockey Writers almost six years ago. Fast forward to this past Jan. 25 and we finally met in person in New Jersey following an NWHL game. LaCombe had just played her first game for the Connecticut Whale and helped them defeat the Metropolitan […]
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Return Or Not Next Season
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press, Amid the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, here’s a look at who’ll be back next season and who’ll be gone from the roster as it stood March 12, when the league put the season hold. F Justin Abdelkader The evidence: He’s signed at a $4.25 million cap hit through 2022-23, making a buyout prohibitive (six years at annual cap hits ranging from $1.55 million to $2.35 million). Given his decline (22 points in 122 games the past two seasons, no points since Oct. 23), the most likely scenario is Abdelkader is waived and demoted. The 33-year-old would still draw his NHL salary, but the Wings would gain a little north of $1 million in cap relief — plus a roster spot, maybe one Evgeny Svechnikov could claim. The verdict: Gone (from the roster, not the payroll). F Robby Fabbri The evidence: Yzerman’s best trade joined the team in early November and scored two goals in his debut; ranks fourth on the team with 31 points in 52 games. Earned a spot in the top six and power-play time. The verdict: Will be back with a mid- to long-term extension. more names...
Senators 2000 Draft Revisited – It Could Have Been Better
Being an Ottawa Senators fan is tough. From the early days when the team broke the Washington Capitals’ record for most losses in a season, to more recent accusations that they’re the worst-run franchise in a league where the Edmonton Oilers exist, life has not been easy in Canada’s capital city. Yet there was a […]
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The Worst Teams In Stanley Cup Playoff History
This article was originally written in January, 2015. If you’ve been following the 2015 NFL Playoffs, you already know the NFC South champion Carolina Panthers are moving on to the Divisional round. A team that finished the regular season at 7-8-1, which advanced by virtue of defeating an Arizona Cardinals team with a third string […]
Bruins’ Boychuk Trade Paying Off With Carlo
Former Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli made 63 trades during his nine-year tenure with the franchise. He made some minor deals and even pulled off some big deals that led to a Stanley Cup championship in 2011. One deal he made prior to the 2014-15 season was sending defenseman Johnny Boychuk to the New […]
OHL’s Top 5 Offensive Defencemen
Throughout the years, the game of hockey has seen a shift in the way players play the game. We continually see the emphasis of a game focused around speed and skill. With this shift, defencemen have started having more of an offensive impact from the blue line. This impact can certainly be felt around the […]
3 Jets Prospects Not Likely NHLers in 2020-21
The Winnipeg Jets will surely have some open lineup spots when they start their 2020-21 training camp. I am going to take a look at three prospects who are unlikely to lock down any of those spots. Related: 3 Jets Prospects With a Shot Next Season The Jets’ organization – like all other National Hockey […]
Flyers: Revisiting the Hartnell and Timonen Trade
On June 18, 2007, the Philadelphia Flyers made a trade with the Nashville Predators, sending a first-round pick for winger Scott Hartnell and defenseman Kimmo Timonen. They both quickly signed long-term contract extensions with the Flyers, and made a huge impact for the club throughout the late 2000s up until the mid-2010s. They were significant […]
Beauts Sign Premier Scorer Accursi for 2020-21
The Buffalo Beauts first signing of the offseason may very well be their most important for the NWHL’s Season Six. “The Blond Bomber”, “The Celly Queen” – whatever moniker you like to refer to her by – Taylor Accursi is one of the premier goal scorers in women’s hockey. We now know that she will […]
Video- NHL Productions Feature On The Joe Louis Arena
via the YouTube page of the NHL, Although construction began without a budget, architectural plans, or a tenant - Joe Louis Arena became the destination for hockey royalty and the home to champions. “The Joe” chronicles four decades of unforgettable moments in Red Wings history retold by the players, coaches, and managers that lived them. Dubbed the “Dead Wings” for their futility during the late 70s, the transition of ownership from the Norris family to the Ilitch family began a renaissance in the Motor City. Future captain Steve Yzerman arrived in 1983 and Detroit quickly established themselves as a perennial contender for the Stanley Cup. After disappointing playoff exits in the early 1990s, the Red Wings, led by future Hall of Famers Sergei Fedorov, Brendan Shanahan, and Nicklas Lidstrom, finally ended a 42-year championship drought in 1997. Detroit repeated as cup winners the following season and won two more Stanley Cups in 2002 and 2008 - all while making 25-straight playoff appearances at the Joe. In addition to cultivating a culture of winning on the ice, the new owners created family atmosphere throughout the franchise, arena, and fan base. Players, fans, and staff mingled within the rink’s corridors and shared highs and lows, not just as a team, but as a community. Every moment is here - from Gordie Howe’s return, to the Russian Five, to the emotional final ceremony. “The Joe” utilizes exclusive access and never-before-seen archival footage to present a unique perspective of Detroit’s storied past in one of the NHL’s most iconic arenas Watch the over one hour NHL Productions feature below.
Video- Status Unchanged For The NHL
via TSN's YouTube page, Following a conference call between 12 major league sports commissioners and the President of the United States Donald Trump, TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun joins SportsCentre to share the takeaways from the call and discuss whether or not Trump's desire to have sports resume 'sooner rather than later' will expedite the process. LeBrun's personal option is no NHL hockey until next season.
5 Takeaways From the 2020 OHL Draft
The 2020 OHL Priority Selection has come and gone. When the dust settled, 300 prospects heard their name called during the draft process. What did we learn on Saturday? Here are five things that we took from the day. You can see the full draft results here. No Real Surprises At The Top Once it […]
Evening Line- Dr. Alan Drummond
“Nobody gives a shit right now… Better to turn hockey rinks into makeshift hospitals or morgues.“ — Dr. Alan Drummond of the Canadian Association of Emergency Room Physicians on when the NHL & other leagues should resume play. pic.twitter.com/TVH3wjUTdt — Rick Westhead (@rwesthead) April 4, 2020
Nick Robertson Should be a Maple Leaf Next Season
During this time of darkness and uncertainty amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s hard to look at the positives in the hockey world. The NHL’s 2019-20 season and playoffs may very well be cancelled, and it’s hard to say when exactly we’ll see our favourite teams take the ice again. But luckily for the Toronto Maple […]
End The Season
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, - ...day after day you still hear deputy commissioner Bill Daly talk about plans for completing the season and squeezing in the playoffs. There’s no reality to what he’s saying. How can there be? There may, however, be some financial motivation to keep hope alive. By not cancelling games officially, the league’s teams are under no obligation to return ticket money. And in large markets certainly, this year’s money will certainly be applied to next year’s season tickets. But that doesn’t help the individual ticket holder, who put out good money for a single games that isn’t going to be played. There’s also a television revenue side of the equation in all this. By announcing cancellation of the season, advertisers will be due refunds of some kind and quite likely television networks will be compensated for games they purchased that won’t be played. To date, the NHL has put on a happy face with delusional plans to play out its playoffs, if not its season. It sounds like a whole lot of fantasy talk from here. - How much did the Maple Leafs drop from one season to the next? Last year after 70 games they were fourth in the NHL. This year, tied for 12th overall. - Since January 1, 2019, Jordan Binnington has started 105 games for the Stanley Cup champion, St. Louis Blues. His record in that time: A rather stunning 70-27-8. a few more hockey notes...
Rodion Amirov – 2020 NHL Draft Prospect Profile
Rodion Amirov 2019-20 Team: Tolpar Ufa (MHL)Date of Birth: Oct. 2, 2001Place of Birth: Salavat, RussiaHt: 6-foot-0 Wt: 168 poundsShoots: LeftPosition: LWNHL Draft Eligibility: 2020 first-year eligible Rankings NHL Central Scouting: 5th (amongst EU skaters) Future Considerations: 19th HockeyProspect.com: 25th The Hockey Writers (Bell): 15th The Hockey Writers (Forbes): 12th The Hockey Writers (Fisher): 12th […]
Avs’ 1st Round Draft Picks 2014-18: Where Are They Now?
First-round draft picks are an opportunity for teams to transform their organization, especially when generational talents are on the line. Some players achieve or even surpass their potential while others never pan out. Between 2014 and 2018, the Colorado Avalanche have taken five players in the first round, and, of these, four are current NHL […]
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Toronto Maple Leafs News & Rumors: Marlies’ Prospects, Rielly & Dubas
As the regular season has been suspended, in each of the News & Rumors posts I’m writing these days I’ve included a glimpse back at the Toronto Maple Leafs season and have outlined what I believe has made the season memorable. At the same time, I’ve been collecting the news emerging from the organization. Related: […]
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St. Louis Blues’ Best & Worst Trades
Like any other NHL franchise, the St. Louis Blues have made plenty of good trades, and plenty of bad trades. The recent trade history for the Blues has been very good, and was a key factor in their success last season. Let’s discuss their three best and worst trades in franchise history. Blues’ Worst Trades […]
Detroit Sports Teams Asking Medical Personnel To Return To Michigan
from Kyle Austin of Mlive, Michigan is getting help from its sports stars and coaches in its search for more doctors and nurses to help fight the coronavirus outbreak. The state released a video Saturday in which Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, Detroit Pistons coach Dwane Casey, Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire, Lions coach Matt Patricia and Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill ask nurses and doctors from across the country to travel to Michigan to volunteer their services in the state’s hospitals. continued plus you can watch the video or view it below.
NHL Rumors: Flames, Jets, Sharks, Rangers, Donald Trump, More
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, the Calgary Flames have said they won’t be looking at signing any deals on players during the NHL pause. The Winnipeg Jets could get a valuable player back if the season resumes and the San Jose Sharks seem to be leaning one direction with their coach. Are the New York […]
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President Trump Tell League Commissioners Crowds May Be Able To Return In August-September
Donald Trump also told commissioners that he hopes to have fans back in stadiums and arenas by August and September, sources said, though it is currently unclear if medical experts find that to be a realistic timeline amid the current coronavirus pandemic. https://t.co/EFqDryGlTQ — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 4, 2020
Today in Hockey History: April 4
This date might be one of the most significant in the history of the National Hockey League. Some of the most legendary players in the game had huge moments including some playing in their final regular-season games. Records were broken, streaks were continued and something happened for the final time in the NHL. 1970-71 Goes […]
You Have To Think The NHL Is Thinking The Same Thing As The NBA
from Zach Braziller of the New York Post, Hope of resuming the NBA season is fading as even a shortened postseason may not be possible due to the coronavirus. “It is clear that the NBA is angling to set up a deal that enables them to shut the season down,” ESPN insider Brian Windhorst said Friday on “SportsCenter.” “They don’t have to do that yet. The way they’re negotiating, they’re leaving an option either way. But they’re not having talks about how to restart the league. They’re having financial talks [regarding player salaries] about what would happen if the season shuts down. I think there’s a significant amount of pessimism.” There was talk of restarting the season in Las Vegas and using UNLV’s campus as a way to create what would amount to a bubble of people who have tested negative for the virus. But the Chinese Basketball Association tried a similar idea to no avail. The virus did not go away. continued
The End Of Henrik Lundqvist With The New York Rangers
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post, The last two months of the season must have been exactly what Henrik Lundqvist envisioned at the 2018 post-Letter deadline purge when he chose to remain with the Rangers after he was given the chance to opt out of an embryonic rebuild program and pursue his Stanley Cup dream somewhere else. Because here were the Blueshirts, powered to a great extent by kids and big-money free agent and trade acquisitions, storming into the playoff race by going 16-6 under just the type of accelerated rebuild program that the King foresaw two years earlier when he pledged his heart to New York. Which made it even more cruel that Lundqvist was more apart from it than a part of it. As much The Franchise as Tom Seaver ever was in Queens, the goaltender essentially was airbrushed out of the team picture and watched as the pair of 24-year-olds, Igor Shesterkin and Alex Georgiev, took his job and ran with it. When the NHL season came to a sudden halt following the March 11 match in Colorado, Lundqvist had started one of the Rangers’ last 19 games, and he got that one because Shesterkin was injured and Georgiev needed a break. continued
Sabres Goalie Rocky Farr Recalls Memories From Early Buffalo Teams
The Buffalo Sabres made it to the Stanley Cup Final in only their fifth year of existence. When it came to Buffalo’s goaltending in those early years of the franchise, much of the duties fell upon the shoulders of the great Roger Crozier. Enough so that Sabres fans often forget the other goaltenders who helped […]
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Bruins’ Bergeron a Lock for Hockey Hall of Fame
One of the best defensive forwards of his era, there is little doubt that Boston Bruins center and alternate captain Patrice Bergeron will be, or certainly should be, inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame when he chooses to hang up the skates. But, his Hall-of-Fame resume goes far beyond back-checks and big goals. In […]
Coyotes: Looking Ahead to the 2021 Expansion Draft
It seems like just yesterday that we were playing around with the CapFriendly Expansion Draft simulator in anticipation of the Vegas Golden Knights entering the National Hockey League during the 2017 offseason, but yet another such occurrence is right around the corner. The yet-to-be-named Seattle franchise, which will begin play in 2021-22, will draft its […]
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2020 NHL Draft: Reviewing Top 10 Mock Scenarios for Prospects
Mock 1.0 Mock 2.0 Mock 3.0 Mock 4.0 Mock 5.0 Mock 6.0 Mock 7.0 Mock 8.0 Mock 9.0 Mock 10 Reviewing for Teams Ten mocks in as many days proved plenty in setting the tone for the top 10 of the 2020 NHL draft. Those mock scenarios — with the Tankathon simulator producing the draft lottery results […]
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2020 NHL Draft: 8 Potential Steals of the Draft
Every year it’s a discussion that can be had prior to the NHL Draft and even more so looking back on past years and which players exceeded the initial expectations that came with them. They are the diamonds in the rough. The needles in the haystack. They are the steals of the NHL Draft. While […]
Ones That Got Away: The Winnipeg Jets’ Dave Babych
Nearly every NHL franchise has “ones that got away” — players who found the bulk of their success after being traded or allowed to walk via free agency — and the Winnipeg Jets are no exception. The best example of a Jet who achieved lofty things after leaving Winnipeg is defensemen Dave Babych. Babych’s Too-Short […]
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Golden Knights’ Top Prospect Jack Dugan Is NHL Ready
With an important offseason coming up for the Vegas Golden Knights, the front office will be looking to their pool of prospects for potential options moving forward. One player that they have shown particular interest in is Jack Dugan out of Providence College. The 22-year-old forward from Rochester, NY was drafted 142nd overall by the […]
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What Is Tyler Bertuzzi Worth to the Red Wings?
The year is 2013. The Detroit Red Wings and their offense are led by the “euro-twins” Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg. Alongside that duo on the top line is Justin Abdelkader — a “piano puller” according to Datsyuk. Fast forward to 2020, and the Red Wings’ top line features a new piano puller: Tyler Bertuzzi. […]
Riveters Bring Packer Back for 6th Season
The Metropolitan Riveters made their third transaction of the off-season on April 3, re-signing Madison Packer for a sixth NWHL season – the first player to be a part of the league in each of its seasons. Last season was Packer’s first as captain of the franchise and she finished the season as the second-leading […]
Statement From The NHL And New York Rangers Regarding A Video Call With Prospect K’Andre Mille
NEW YORK (April 3, 2020) – The National Hockey League today released the following statement: “The National Hockey League is appalled that a video call arranged today by the New York Rangers to introduce their fans to one of the League’s incoming stars, K’Andre Miller, was hacked with racist, cowardly taunts. The person who committed this despicable act is in no way an NHL fan and is not welcome in the hockey community. “No one deserves to be subjected to such ugly treatment and it will not be tolerated in our League. We join with the Rangers in condemning this disgusting behavior.” NEW YORK, April 3, 2020 – “We held an online video chat with fans and New York Rangers prospect, K'Andre Miller, during which a vile individual hijacked the chat to post racial slurs, which we disabled as soon as possible. We were incredibly appalled by this behavior, which has no place online, on the ice, or anywhere, and we are investigating the matter.”
Lightning’s Top-10 Goal Scorers All-Time
Whenever a new franchise enters the NHL, you never know what that teams’ identity will become. While some teams never develop a single trait that defines them, others seemingly double down on one aspect of the game to be the best at. For the Tampa Bay Lightning, the pathway to prominence has been paved on […]
3 Devils That You’ve Probably Forgotten
While the New Jersey Devils haven’t won a Stanley Cup championship since 2002-03, Jersey’s team has a rich history of notable skaters that have donned a red and black sweater. Related: Origins of Every NHL Team – Eastern Conference The franchise witnessed some of its all-time greats win multiple Stanley Cups, but then there are […]
Video- Brendan Shanahan Scored 33 Goals While With The Wings
Watch them all in 18 1/2 minutes. awood40 with another great job.
Flyers Get Wiggle Room With New Salary Cap
Over the years, the NHL has evolved in adding speed and talent to grow the sport. Hockey constantly thrusts itself into the debate as one of the most grueling and enduring sports. However, the slim pay scale on which the league’s salary cap is constructed has limited teams like the Philadelphia Flyers from rewarding their […]
2020 NHL Draft: Reviewing Top 10 Mock Scenarios for Teams
Mock 1.0 Mock 2.0 Mock 3.0 Mock 4.0 Mock 5.0 Mock 6.0 Mock 7.0 Mock 8.0 Mock 9.0 Mock 10 Reviewing for Prospects Ten mocks in as many days proved plenty in setting the tone for the top 10 of the 2020 NHL draft. Those mock scenarios — with the Tankathon simulator producing the draft […]
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NHL Rumors: Oilers, Rangers, Blue Jackets, College Free Agents, More
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there are rumors the New York Rangers have been trying to trade for Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. How realistic is that deal? There is some college free agent buzz and are the Columbus Blue Jackets looking to trade one of their No. 1 goaltenders? Nugent-Hopkins to the New York […]
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Toronto Maple Leaf’s Top-20 Goal Scorers All-Time
Throughout the Maple Leafs’ 100-plus year existence, they have been home to many great, Hall of Fame calibre players. Many of their best players had extended careers with the team, and today we’re going to discuss the top-20 highest scoring players to ever play for the blue and white. No. 1: Mats Sundin, 420 Goals […]
2020 OHL Draft: Battalion Bypass Fantilli, Take Ty Nelson First Overall
The 2020 OHL Draft is officially underway. With the first selection in the draft, the North Bay Battalion have announced they will take defenseman Ty Nelson, who was widely considered the best available defenseman in the draft. The team and the player are very happy with the outcome. The Battalion are getting an all-around defenseman […]
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Today in Hockey History: April 3
Some of the biggest names in the history of the National Hockey League had big moments on April 3 throughout the years. One of the most storied franchises had a couple of first today, as well. Plus, two of today’s top offensive stars hit major milestones too. A Memorable Date for Hull On April 3, […]
A 68-Game NHL Season for 2019-20: Eastern Conference Playoffs
In the first part of this series, I suggested that the NHL end the 2019-20 season after the 68th game (the number of games played by every team at the time of The Great Pause of 2020.) Any games played beyond that would be disregarded, as would any points in the standings earned in those games. In this column, […]
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Afternoon Line- Dr. Allen Sills
This quote from NFL's chief medical officer, Dr. Allen Sills, is pretty telling of the future for all pro sports (via NFL) pic.twitter.com/GDUSpvMXMH — Mark J. Burns (@markjburns88) April 3, 2020
College Hockey Report: Hobey Baker Award Hat Trick Finalists
2020 has been an odd year, to say the least. The COVID-19 pandemic has seemingly stopped the world, including all intercollegiate athletics. The virus stopped the college hockey season right as conference tournaments were getting underway. Now, for the first time since 1947, no team will be named National Champion. Related: Top 10 Hobey Baker […]
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Canucks Defence Is Better With Tryamkin
The Vancouver Canucks have been in the news quite a bit lately, even though the 2019-20 season is still on pause. The latest is that Nikita Tryamkin, the towering 6-foot-7 defenceman from the 2014 draft, has indicated through his agent that he is eyeing a return to the NHL. Tryamkin was last seen during the […]
TV Ad Revenue Lost For Major Sports Leagues
from Steven Impey of Sports Pro Media, The broadcast partners for three of the four US major leagues are set lose out on more than US$1 billion in combined TV advertising revenue due to the coronavirus-enforced shutdown, according to new research. That figure, which forms part of a study carried out by ad sales specialists MediaRadar, is based on the net spend of 900 companies who advertised during National Basketball Association (NBA), National Hockey League (NHL), and Major League Baseball (MLB) broadcasts between March and May last year. That is the same timeframe MediaRadar anticipates the leagues will be forced to close during the Covid-19 outbreak. Specifically, the data shows that NBA broadcasts generated US$839 million in advertising revenue during the three-month period last season, while NHL games brought in more than US$120 million and the MLB accrued more than US$60 million. continued
Retired Ranger Dan Girardi Deserves Respect
Though Dan Girardi’s career with the New York Rangers came to an unceremonious end, he deserves appreciation for what he did in his 11 seasons with the team. After New York bought out his contract, he spent two seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning, then announced his retirement after last season. Beginnings Girardi went undrafted […]
Kings’ 2019 Draft Class Catch-Up
The Los Angeles Kings desperately need an infusion of offense if they want to thrust themselves out of the NHL’s pile of bottom feeders. That’s one reason they selected Alex Turcotte with the No. 5 overall choice in 2019. But there are other needs the Kings tried to address by reeling in eight others from […]
The Flyers, Tom Bladon & an Incredible NHL Record
The Philadelphia Flyers squared off against the Cleveland Barons on Dec. 11, 1977. On that day, history was made. The Flyers routed the Barons by a score of 11-1. Though the whole team played a part in the drubbing, defenseman Tom Bladon stole the show with four goals and four assists. He became the first […]
Alexis Lafrenière – 2020 NHL Draft Prospect Profile
Alexis Lafrenière 2019-20 Team: Rimouski OcéanicDate of Birth: October 11, 2001Place of Birth: Saint-Eustache, QuebecHt: 6-foot-1 Wt: 192 poundsShoots: LeftPosition: LWNHL Draft Eligibility: 2020 first-year eligible Rankings NHL Central Scouting: 1st (Among NA skaters) Bob McKenzie, TSN: 1st HockeyProspect.com: 1st ISS: 1st McKeen’s Hockey: 1st Future Considerations: 1st The Hockey Writers (Bell): 1st DobberProspects: 2nd […]
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Ottawa Senators’ Daniel Alfredsson: Hall of Fame Worthy?
In the almost 30 years that the modern-day Ottawa Senators have existed, they have yet to have a player inducted into the Hockey Hockey Hall of Fame. While many fantastic players have donned the Centurian, none have been deemed worthy of entry into those hallowed halls. One can, however, make the case that a certain […]
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Kings or Maple Leafs – Who Won the Muzzin Trade?
In January of 2019, the Los Angeles Kings signalled to the hockey world that a rebuild was imminent. They traded defenseman Jake Muzzin to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Carl Grundstrom, the rights to Sean Durzi and a first-round pick, which LA used to get Tobias Björnfot. At the time, there was a mixed response […]
Lou Lamoriello Believes There Will Be Hockey This Season
from Andrew Gross of Newsday, The uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic has left Islanders president and general manager Lou Lamoriello juggling many different plans for best positioning his team when the NHL season restarts. That’s when, not if. “I’m extremely optimistic that we will play at some time as far as this season,” Lamoriello told Newsday on Thursday. “Whether it’s in June, whether it’s in July, whether it’s in August, I’m not thinking about that. I’m just thinking, in my mind, knowing that we will play and using this time to get ready for that. “But, prior to that, the most important thing is everyone staying safe and everyone doing the things in the best interest of their families because we’re in a different world today,” Lamoriello added. continued
Ottawa 67’s Noel Hoefenmayer Deserves NHL Opportunity
As many Ottawa 67’s fans can attest, defenceman Noel Hoefenmayer deserves an NHL opportunity. Over his five-year junior career, Hoefenmayer has evolved into one of the best offensive defencemen in the Ontario Hockey League. Having been drafted by the Arizona Coyotes in the fourth round, 108th overall in the 2017 NHL Draft, he has yet […]
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Rangers Face Tough Decisions for Expansion Draft
The 2022 NHL Expansion Draft, set to take place next June as the league populates the roster of the Seattle franchise that will bring it to 32 teams, probably was only on the periphery of fans’ minds even before the COVID-19 pandemic forced a shutdown in play – perhaps for the rest of the 2019-20 […]
Wild’s COVID-19 Challenge: Interviewing President Matt Majka
The Hockey Writers’ Tim McNiff had a recent opportunity to speak with Minnesota Wild President Matt Majka on navigating a strange new world without hockey. How do you stay ready to resume a season that may or may not have a conclusion? Go inside the Wild for a look at how the team is responding, […]
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3 Bruins Who Deserve 7th Player Award
The end of the National Hockey League regular season was scheduled to be this weekend on April 4. The two-plus month grind to a Stanley Cup championship for 16 teams was about to begin before the league put the season on pause on March 12 amid the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak. Some teams give out season-ending […]
Windsor Spitfires’ 2020 OHL Priority Selection Preview
With the 2019-20 season in the rearview mirror, the focus in the OHL shifts to the offseason, starting with the OHL Priority Selection on Saturday. For the Windsor Spitfires, this draft will go a long way to shaping their future identity. Every draft presents new challenges and new opportunities for both teams and players. For […]
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Oilers News & Rumors: Gretzky, McDavid, Nugent-Hopkins, More
In an Edmonton Oilers news and rumors update, Connor McDavid and Wayne Gretzky sat down and discussed comparisons in their respective hockey careers. To say the least, the conversation opened up a lot of eyes as to the type of pressure McDavid is under. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also spoke with the media and discussed his role […]
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TSN Insiders Tonight
Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie, Darren Dreger and Senior Hockey Reporter Frank Seravalli discuss how some NHL players are considering foregoing their final cheque of the season, have the latest on the separation between the Jets and Dustin Byfuglien nearing an end, which OHL team could take a chance on No. 1 prospect Adam Fantilli, and much more. Watch at TSN.
Maple Leafs News & Rumors: Matthews, Rubins, Kral & COVID-19
Although the Toronto Maple Leafs have not been busy playing, general manager Kyle Dubas has been busy working. During the past day or two, he’s made several signings to help build his organization for whatever happens after the suspension of NHL play caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Related: Maple Leafs News & Rumors: Keefe, Barabanov, […]
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The Future Of The Detroit Red Wings
Adam Gretz of NBC Sports takes a long-term look at the Wings, This is kind of an odd situation at the moment because the players with the longest contracts and biggest financial commitments are players that probably do not actually fit in with the long-term direction of the team. For example, here is the list of players that are actually signed to contracts beyond this season: Dylan Larkin, Filip Zadina, Frans Nielsen, Justin Abdelkader, Darren Helm, Valtteri Filppula, Luke Glendening, Patrick Nemeth, Alex Biega, Danny DeKeyser, and Jonathan Bernier. Out of that group, Larkin and Zadina (who is still on an entry-level contract) are the only ones that are under the age of 28. Nemeth (who is 28) is the only other player under the age of 30. Mantha, Bertuzzi, and perhaps Fabbri all figure to stick around for a while and are still under team control as restricted free agents this summer, but they are not technically signed yet. All of that leaves general manager Steve Yzerman with a fairly clean slate to build from. He also has a couple of really interesting building blocks in Larkin, Mantha, and Zadina. continued
Canadiens Prospect Jordan Harris is Making a Statement
It has been a big last four months for Jordan Harris. From representing the USA at the World Junior Championships (WJC) in the Czech Republic, to scoring the game-winning goal in the Beanpot in Double OT to give the Northeastern Huskies their third Beanpot championship in a row, he’s had quite the junior year. Harris […]
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Pittsburgh Penguins You Forgot About
To date, there have been 659 skaters and 65 goalies to play at least one game in a Pittsburgh Penguins uniform. There are the obvious ones, like Mario Lemieux or Sidney Crosby, but there is a long list of star players who spent a small portion of their illustrious careers in the Steel City. Related: […]
NHL Rumors: Golden Knights, Flames, Wild, NHL Playoff Sites, More
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, one scribe asks if the Vegas Golden Knights might consider keeping Robin Lehner and moving on from Marc-Andre Fleury. Speaking of goaltenders, have the Calgary Flames lost confidence in David Rittich? And, if the NHL condenses their playoff format, what cities might they be looking at to host games? Golden […]
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Canucks’ 4 Best All-Time
It is entirely possible that we’ve already seen the final games of the 2019-20 NHL season, as the COVID-19 suspension looms into Week 3. The longer the halt, the less likely it is that the season will resume. With that in consideration, this season was a special season for the Vancouver Canucks as they celebrated […]
Derek “Turk” Sanderson: A Boston Legend
Combine a gritty style of play with quick hands and fast feet, throw in a swagger that sat well with his movie-star good looks, mix well with his fair share of nastiness and you have the young Derek Sanderson, better known by his friends and teammates as “Turk”. Born and raised in Niagara Falls, Ontario, […]
Seven Things About P.K. Subban
Pernell-Karl Subban, known to most as P.K., is one of the most dynamic defensemen in recent memory. His electrifying play on the ice combines with his equally-charismatic personality off-ice into a person who is both beloved and criticized, often at the same time. But regardless of how you view him, he is one of the […]
Devils’ Top 10 Goal Scorers of All-Time
The New Jersey Devils have had more than a few Hall of Fame-caliber players come and go over the years. Most people will associate greats like goaltender Martin Brodeur or defensemen Scott Stevens and Scott Niedermayer with the team. But they’ve also had more than a few high-level scorers who played a hand in shaping […]
Forgotten Former Lighting Players Who Will Shock You
Considering the powerhouse the Tampa Bay Lightning have become, it’s easy to forget their early years. Or, at least, it’s easy to want to forget, if you’re a fan. From the Lightning’s first season in 1992-93, up until after the turn of the century, the Bolts struggled to put it mildly. They enjoyed a single […]
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Today in Hockey History: April 2
April 2 has provided many great moments throughout National Hockey League history. Multiple records were broken by some of the biggest names of the sport. Some of those records still stand today. Coffey Brews a New Record Paul Coffey was one of the greatest offensive defensemen to ever play in the NHL. He averaged over […]
Important Questions With No Answers
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet, Talk about opening Pandora’s Box. Amid the uncertainty brought on by a paused NHL season, I thought it would be helpful to call on a salary cap expert to address the most critical unanswered questions facing the league while navigating this new frontier. The founder of CapFriendly.com, Dominik, was more than happy to oblige the request, but little did I realize how deep the questions ran: He came up with more than 80 of them spanning 36 different topics. For the sake of brevity, I’ve boiled those down into 10 identifiable issues brought on by the paused season and provided some thoughts from CapFriendly on why each is significant. Consider it a window into the variables every front office is dealing with right now. The NHL has conducted a series of calls with team owners, presidents and general managers since the novel coronavirus halted play on March 12, but it hasn’t yet been able to provide much clarity on many of the issues raised here: Salary Cap Questions: How will the pause affect the 2020-21 cap? How will a possible lost season and playoffs affect the 2020-21 cap? When did the NHL stop its cap counting process for 2019-20 and what happens to that if play doesn’t resume? Background: continued
The Detroit Red Wings May Have Played Their Last Game This Season
The NHL is a business, and there are hundreds of millions of dollars at stake in finding a way to award the 2020 Stanley Cup. The Wings may lament the loss of revenue without the four home games they had left on their schedule, but given the situation, we’ve almost certainly seen the last of them this season. -Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press where you can read more on this topic.
NHLPA’s Player Poll: McDavid, Crosby, Marchand, and More
The NHL’s Players’ Association released its annual Player Poll yesterday. If you are not familiar with the poll, it asks NHL players a wide variety of NHL related questions, ranging from the best forward to the best trash talker. This year, the survey questioned almost 600 players, and their responses provide both valuable insight into […]
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Edmonton Oilers’ Key Moments From 2019-20
Out of all seasons to announce a pause, it had to be this one, didn’t it? It couldn’t have been during one of the three seasons that the Edmonton Oilers accumulated 62 points in the last decade? As frustrating and heartbreaking as this situation is (overall), it doesn’t change the fact that the playoff-hungry team […]
Yan Kuznetsov – 2020 NHL Draft Prospect Profile
Yan Kuznetsov 2019-20 Team: University of ConnecticutDate of Birth: Mar. 21, 2002Place of Birth: Murmansk, RussiaHt: 6-foot-3 Wt: 201 poundsShoots: LeftPosition: DNHL Draft Eligibility: 2020 first-year eligible Rankings NHL Central Scouting: 28th (Among NA skaters) Bob McKenzie, TSN: 61st ISS: 30th Future Considerations: 95th The Hockey Writers (Bell): 87th The Hockey Writers (Fisher): 82nd The […]
David Savard: Prototypical Blue Jacket
A natural-born leader. Heart and soul, team-first player, who gives it everything he has on every shift and leaves it all on the ice. We’ve all heard the cliches about pro-athletes for better or for worse. The funny thing is that these players are an important part of every locker room/team dynamic and contribute to […]
Red Wings Rebuild: Complete Offseason Blueprint
Given how the COVID-19 pandemic has progressed, it’s safe to assume that the Detroit Red Wings won’t be playing games anytime soon. And since the hockey world could use a little fun right now, let’s move into offseason mode and start tinkering with the Red Wings’ roster. I decided to give Steve Yzerman a break […]
All Craig Leipold
Graeme Roustan: Today, we have Craig Leipold, the owner of the Minnesota Wild, on with us today for Sports Illustrated and The Hockey News. Thanks very much for joining us. GR: You sit on the executive committee of the Board of Governors for the NHL. I know that a lot of owners call you to talk about all kinds of issues. How are the owners collectively doing, and how are their staffs doing in general? CL: We have been talking in the last two weeks. I think there’s high value and understanding what other teams are going to be doing. I have been on the phone to other owners, and we’ve talked through situations and options that we’re looking at. I can say this: if there’s any way that we can get this season, jumpstart it back on the ice and at a minimum play the playoffs, that is the foremost direction that every team owner wants to go. We want to finish this season. I think all hockey fans can rest assured that our No. 1 priority – well, the No. 1 priority is safety and the health of our employees and our fans – but after that, we want to be playing hockey, and we’ll do everything we can to accomplish that. I think all the owners that I’ve spoken with individually and from what I have heard on with the Board of Governors conference calls is everyone feels the same way. Let’s see what we can do to get the season started in some format, make good decisions. And let’s see if we can still play hockey this season. more Q & A...
Maple Leafs News & Rumors: Robertson, Barabanov, Tavares & More
With the NHL season on hold, obviously there isn’t a single frozen drop of on-ice news to report. Still, for fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs, there is actual news emerging from the organization. Having time off in the “middle of a season” presents a unique opportunity for the team’s leadership to look back and […]
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Maple Leafs’ One That Got Away: Tuukka Rask
It seems as if every season in the NHL there is a trade that has a clear winner and loser. Sometimes it can take months or even years to tell who that winner is, and the impact from that deal can be felt for years to come. Related: 7 Cool Things About Auston Matthews In […]
Paused Hockey Thoughts
from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, - There’s so much uncertainty about where we’re going from a financial perspective that many ideas are being thrown around. Estimated losses of $220 million are projected if this year’s paused games are made up, including the playoffs. (That would likely add four percentage points of escrow to players’ paycheques.) Projected losses if there’s no season are closer to $1.1 billion, and 35 per cent escrow whenever we resume. One idea: allowing players and teams to defer money. For example, a player with a five-year contract at a $5-million AAV would still have that term and cap hit, but could agree to hold some of the payments. Teams would get a break on cash flow, and players could save until escrow was lowered. Don’t know if it will happen, but spitballing never hurts. Both the NHL and NHLPA would have to agree. Also, the players will decide what to do about their final paycheque by next week. - One exec wants me to push Saskatchewan as a playoff “hub” site if that method is necessary. “Not too populous and back to our roots,” he said. - Five years ago, the OHL’s Plymouth Whalers moved to Flint. The Firebirds had one winning season in its first four, a .369 points percentage and made the playoffs once (a five-game defeat). It was not a model franchise. In September, they acquired goalie Anthony Popovich from defending-champion Guelph. Popovich had backstopped the Storm to the Memorial Cup semifinal, but with talented Nico Daws ready to play, they had a surplus. Never drafted in the NHL, Popovich was trying out for the Red Wings at their rookie tournament in Traverse City when it happened. “I had a feeling I was going to get traded,” Popovich said. “Some people thought it was a waste to go to Flint. Looking back, it was the best spot for me.” His new goalie coach was a fiery, determined competitor who played 299 NHL games for Detroit. “It’s been real tough here,” said Greg Stefan, who coached 2006 Conn Smythe Trophy winner Cam Ward on that Carolina Stanley Cup champion. “The second skate on the ice with him, you could hear the comments in practice from the veteran guys. ‘I like this guy,’ they were saying. I knew right away. His professionalism, character, work ethic, how he was a teammate, unselfish. more on the last topic plus many more Thoughts...
Good And Bad Season
from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News, With the NHL regular season paused because of the coronavirus pandemic, let’s review some of the surprises and disappointments of the Wings’ season. Surprises Tyler Bertuzzi: If Bernier wasn’t the Wings’ MVP, then it would have to be Bertuzzi. He was the Wings’ representative at the All-Star Game, and deservedly so. Bertuzzi led the team with 21 goals, and his 48 points only trailed Dylan Larkin (53). Bertuzzi can play in a variety of roles and his consistency has been admirable. Alex Biega: He was a shrewd acquisition by general manager Steve Yzerman early in the season. Biega outperformed expectations, getting into 49 games, and becoming a dependable third-pairing defenseman. He got a one-year contract extension and he earned it. Disappointments Justin Abdelkader: Another subpar season for a veteran forward whose future in the organization is uncertain. Abdelkader had no goals while playing 49 games and was losing his spot in the lineup. At age 33, there’s been severe regression in performance the last two seasons. more of each...
Video- When The Motor Stops
via the YouTube page of Doner (Ad Agency), When the motor stops, the spirit continues. #StaySafeDetroit
Maple Leafs’ Draft Picks That Got Away
The Toronto Maple Leafs team of the early 2000s was one of the most beloved by Leafs Nation. With names like Mats Sundin, Gary Roberts, Darcy Tucker, Bryan McCabe, Alexander Mogilny and many more, the roster resonated with fans. Once known as the Beasts of the East, they had the best chance to make the […]
NHL Rumors: Sharks, Bruins, Oilers, Flyers, More
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, the San Jose Sharks might have a need for a goaltender that may not get the deal he wants in free agency. The Edmonton Oilers are recouperating during this pause in the NHL and the coach says two injured players are good to go. Finally, Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask […]
Whitecloud Makes Golden Knights Defensemen Expendable
On March 22, the Vegas Golden Knights re-signed rookie defenseman Zach Whitecloud to a two-year deal with an AAV of $1.45 million. Even in a hockey starved world due to the league-wide shutdown, this doesn’t seem like a needle-mover. But, what if I told you that signing Whitecloud is going to cause ripples through the […]
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The month of April normally kicks off with a day of pranks and jokes, but this year I am in no mood for laughs. If you believe what we are being told here in the USA, the death count by the coronavirus is about to see a tremendous increase the next few weeks. I hope and even ask you to stay home if at all possible. I talked with a girl in her late 20's last night and she doesn't think she can remain "locked up" for three weeks. I asked what about the alternative- chances of death increase the more you leave the house and come in contact with other people. She said she would take her chances. I pray people with those types of thoughts get the message quickly, they are putting themselves at greater risk along with all the people they come in contact with. Then it snowballs and continues to get bigger. Please stay home, our game will be back at some time, but right now we have a much bigger battle to deal with. It certainly is a matter of live and possibly death. Be well everyone.
Blackhawks Showdown: Hull vs. Kane
As the COVID-19 crisis has paused the NHL season, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the history of Chicago Blackhawks. Today we decide once and for all who the greatest forward in Blackhawks history is – Bobby Hull or Patrick Kane. Related: Flyers Showdown – Eric Lindros vs. Bobby Clarke It’s important to note […]
Video- It Was Weird In The 2000s Too In The NHL
15 1/2 minutes to watch weird thing in the NHL from the 2000s.
Whale Re-Sign Goaltender Brooke Wolejko
For the first time since the first and second seasons of the franchise, the Connecticut Whale will have a familiar face guarding the net in back-to-back seasons. On April 1 the Whale announced they re-signed goaltender Brooke Wolejko, bringing back the backbone of their team and the winner of their first playoff game since 2016 […]
Local Broadcast Rankings
from Jonathan Willis of The Athletic, It started off with the survey. For nearly a month, hockey writers across The Athletic shared the link and asked their readers to share their opinions on their local broadcast teams and the best and worst elsewhere. Thousands of you did, with all of you rating your local broadcast on a scale of very poor to very good, and many of you obligingly chiming in on teams from other markets. Once the votes were in, the opinions of the fans and non-fans had to be balanced. Local fans are the intended audience of any regional broadcast and watch theirs far more regularly than out-of-towners. Out-of-market fans, on the other hand, tended to be far more objective and equally willing to call out good and bad.... 23. Detroit Red Wings The results: We’ve seen a few markets (Anaheim, Florida) where the locals like the product a lot more than national viewers do, but Detroit takes the cake. FSD’s Red Wings telecast ranks 16 spots higher on the local scale than the non-local scale. No other broadcast has a greater discrepancy between local love and out-of-market disdain. That’s a good indication of a competent but biased broadcast and seems to be something of which even Red Wings fans who love it are aware. “Ken Daniels’s play-by-play is excellent, and Mickey Redmond/Chris Osgood on colour is wonderful fan service,” said one Detroit fan who gave FSD the highest possible score. “Ken Daniels is the best in the business,” said another local with a “very good” vote. “Mickey has learned to tame some of his homerism, but he does still struggle with it, and if they don’t turn it around soon, he might retire because I don’t know how much of this rebuild he can take.” more ($$$) on the Wings plus all the other teams...
Today in Hockey History: April 1
As we await a decision on whether or not the 2019-20 NHL season will continue or not, 101 years ago today, the Stanley Cup was not awarded under very similar circumstances. Also, one of the best players of the 1980s started a historic streak on this date and one of the toughest guys to ever […]
Penguins’ 13 Seasons of Playoff Memories: Eastern Conference Final
The Pittsburgh Penguins hold the longest active streak for consecutive playoff appearances in the NHL with 13 seasons. Though they failed to advance to the Eastern Conference Final in the 2019 postseason – as did other favored teams like the Washington Capitals, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Vegas Golden Knights – there have been plenty of […]
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Islanders: Thomas Greiss Era May Be Over
As we all know, the COVID-19 pandemic has basically halted society all around the world. Sadly, this resulted in a pause on major sports throughout North America. As a result, the NHL officially postponed their season and has not set a date for a return. Although there have been many rumors floated around about how […]
5 Worst Avalanche-Nordiques Draft Classes of All-Time
The Colorado Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques hit home runs on some of their drafts, particularly in the first round. However, not every draft turned into a pot o’ gold. In fact, the franchise managed a few stinkers, regardless of location. Here are the five worst drafts ever in franchise history. Buckle up, because this depth of bad […]
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Capitals’ Salary Cap: Decision Time in DC
As we wait for hockey to return, front offices, coaching staff, and fans alike have plenty of free time to look ahead and plan for the future. For the coaching staff, the job remains to prep for any possible end of season/playoff scenario that might arise. Front offices have more time to look forward to […]
2020 NHL Draft: Top 10 Mock Scenarios No. 10
Mock 1.0 Mock 2.0 Mock 3.0 Mock 4.0 Mock 5.0 Mock 6.0 Mock 7.0 Mock 8.0 Mock 9.0 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 […]
Kings Sign Tyler Madden to ELC
Northeastern University forward Tyler Madden has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Los Angeles Kings, forgoing his last two years of NCAA eligibility. Madden tallied 37 points in 27 games for the Huskies before picking up a thumb injury, which sidelined him. Listed at 5-foot-11, 152 pounds, Madden plays bigger than his size. He […]
Why The San Jose Sharks Played Games While Local Officials Suggested Otherwise
from Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News, Jonathan Becher, president of Sharks Sports & Entertainment, said the decision to play NHL games at SAP Center earlier this month after local health officials urged a moratorium on large public gatherings came after he called executives from other Bay Area sports teams and the league consulted with its own health experts. “Most professional sports franchises, including us in the NHL, don’t have the ability to call off games by themselves,” Becher said Tuesday in a conference call with reporters. “That typically comes from the league that they participate in.” The Sharks played three games — all before thousands of fans — after the Santa Clara County Public Health Department on March 5 recommended all public gatherings of over 1,000 people be canceled or postponed due to growing concerns about the spread of the deadly coronavirus. “The first question was, is this a mandate? Can you play? And we said, ‘Yes, we can, and if we play, we have to make these following recommendations,'” Becher said. “(The NHL) said, ‘OK we’d like to consult with our health authorities as well.’ (We) go back and forth and ultimately, we made the decision to play.” continued
Blackhawks’ Roundtable: Management, Crawford & the Power Play
Hello Chicago Blackhawks fans! Well here we are at the beginning of April 2020, and it’s quite literally the end of the world as we know it. The COVID-19 pandemic has most of us quarantined in our homes to prevent the spread of this novel disease. Meanwhile, an extremely brave select few are working day […]
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Bruins’ 2018 Draft Class Update
At the 2018 National Hockey League Entry Draft at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas, the Boston Bruins did not have a first-round pick after trading it to the New York Rangers that February in a deal for Rick Nash. That left general manager Don Sweeney selecting in rounds two through seven. Related: Boston […]
A Feel Good Story For Every NHL Team
from Emily Kaplan and Greg Wyshynski of ESPN, To cheer you up during this lonely time, we revisited a feel-good story for every team this season: Arizona Coyotes Alex Meruelo. The billionaire became the only NHL majority owner of Hispanic descent last July, and we quickly learned the Coyotes had a new economic reality. In 2017-18, they had the lowest cap number in the NHL; last season it was 23rd in the league; but this season, only the Toronto Maple Leafs had a higher cap figure than Arizona. This new economic stability allowed the Coyotes to aggressively add Phil Kessel and Taylor Hall via trades in the last calendar year. Whether or not they make the playoffs, it's clear that the Coyotes have a stronger wind in their sails as a franchise. Now, about that new arena. Detroit Red Wings Owning Montreal. There weren't exactly a plethora of choices for the Red Wings this season, and we're not counting "Steve Yzerman returns!" from last offseason. But one absolute highlight was the inexplicable owning of another Original Six team, the Montreal Canadiens. The Red Wings swept the season series against the Canadiens (4-0-0), outscoring them 14-9. Had the Canadiens swept them, Montreal would be two points out of a wild-card playoff spot. Consider this: Detroit's season series victory over Montreal accounted for roughly 31% of their regulation wins this season! the rest of the teams...
Claude Giroux: Hall of Fame Worthy?
The Philadelphia Flyers have had 13 Hockey Hall of Famers play for them at some point in their careers. This list includes legends, Bobby Clarke, Bernie Parent and Bill Barber. However, there might be one more Flyer legend added to the list: Claude Giroux. There is a lot of disagreement regarding Giroux’s Hall of Fame […]
From NHL Pause to Playoffs: How to End the 2019-20 Regular Season
With the COVID-19 pandemic raging, the NHL has hit the ‘Pause’ button. It’s unlikely that the league will be able to schedule both the remainder of the 2019-20 regular season and the Stanley Cup Playoffs in their current formats. One horrible scenario has North America on ‘lockdown’ for months, even extending into what would be […]
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3 New Jets Who Surprised in 2019-20
The Winnipeg Jets had nine players make their debuts with the team this season. Three in particular were very pleasant surprises. 3: Dylan DeMelo The highly-intelligent and cerebral defender didn’t miss a beat after the Jets acquired him for the paltry price of a third-round pick in the week prior to the NHL Trade Deadline. […]
Mike Richter: Rangers’ Legendary Cup-Winning Goalie
He is among the best American-born goalies ever. The award for the most outstanding goaltender in NCAA men’s hockey is named after him. Plus, he’s arguably the best netminder in the history of the New York Rangers. Mike Richter has gone down as a legend in Rangers, NHL, and international hockey history. While Henrik Lundqvist […]
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Video- When The Video Conference Call Turned Into Old Time Hockey Talk
from Michael Traikos of the National Post, At first, there was awkward silence. No one knew what to do or say. Toews wondered aloud if everyone should also hang up. No one did. Instead, they started talking hockey. Specifically, about the classic NHL games that the various sports networks have been airing these days. “What was I watching the other day?” said Pietrangelo. “They had a game from like 30 years ago.” “It was Chicago-Pittsburgh, wasn’t it?” asked Toews. “Yeah,” said Pietrangelo. “It’s crazy how different the game is. It’s like, oh man, it’s changed.” “It’s pretty fun to watch the old ones,” said Josi. “The goalies are the best part.” Toews then suggested a rabbit hole for the others to travel down. “Go on YouTube and watch Rock ’em Sock ’em,” the Blackhawks captain said of the popular Don Cherry-narrated hockey videos. “I’m sure you guys had that growing up. But when they play the highlights of a whole playoff series, it’s just one hit after another. It’s like really one suspension after another. Unbelievable.” read on You can watch the video conference below.
Video- Jeff Blashill On A Few Topics Today
via Fox2 Detroit, Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill spoke with Jennifer Hammond about the shutdown of the NHL season, what he's telling his players, how he's dealing with the quarantine, and his TV and movie choices. Watch below.
TSN Insiders Tonight
TSN Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie, Pierre LeBrun and Darren Dreger discuss the latest happenings around the NHL, including why the league extended its isolation period to April 15th, the Leafs being a front-runner to sign KHL forward Alexander Barabanov, and what NHL centralization would look like. Watch at TSN.
Lucas Raymond – 2020 NHL Draft Prospect Profile
2019-20 Team: Frolunda HC (#44)Date of Birth: March 28, 2002Place of Birth: Goteborg, SwedenHt: 5-foot-11 Wt: 170-poundsShoots: RightPosition: Right Wing/Left WingNHL Draft Eligibility: 2020 first-year eligible Rankings NHL Central Scouting: 2nd (Mid-Term Rankings, EU Skaters) ISS: 5th (March) McKeen’s Hockey: 4th Future Considerations: 4th Andrew Forbes’ Top-217 Rankings: 4th (March) Larry Fisher’s Top-300 Rankings: 2nd […]
Bruins’ Options if Rask Retires
The rapid spread of COVID-19 and its effect on daily life has been difficult, including on sports. Hockey fans were just weeks away from the best postseason sports has to offer – the Stanley Cup Playoffs – before the NHL suspended its season. Many fans are doing their best to look forward to the future, […]
Leon Draisaitl’s Top 5 Games of 2019-20
Edmonton Oilers superstar Leon Draisaitl has taken his game to new heights this season. He is already the best player ever born and trained in Germany, and now he’s among the best players in the NHL. After scoring 50 goals and 105 points in 82 games in 2018-19, Draisaitl has put up 43 goals and […]
NHL Self-Quarantine Date Is Now April 15th
No surprise the NHL has again pushed back the period of self-quarantine to April 15. Bill Daly recently said "we’re biting this off in chunks" -- meaning they're setting target dates and making decisions as each approaches while consulting the latest available information. — Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) March 31, 2020
Today in Hockey History: March 31
This is a very important date in hockey history as one of the greatest players to ever lace up a pair of skates was born on March 31. There were plenty of huge milestones that were reached on this date by some of the legends of the game, including a Hall of Famer’s final game. […]
NHL Rumors: Maple Leafs, Oilers, Senators, Retirement Rumors, More
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, the Toronto Maple Leafs have admitted their interest in a KHL forward, Brady Tkachuk provides an update on how the two Senators players who contracted the COVID-19 virus are doing, and the Edmonton Oilers confirm their interest in forward Anton Slepyshev and two 2016 draft prospects. Finally, there are more […]
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NHL Waiver Rules
Reading through the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement can be confusing. Often times it is hard to cut through the legal jargon and get to the bottom of what a rule really means. One of the more confusing rules deals with NHL Waiver Rules. This article will break down the various types of waivers and offer […]
Great Wings Players, But No Cup While In Detroit
from Ansar Khan of Mlive, Here is a look at the 20 most notable Red Wings who never won a Cup in Detroit. This includes only players who played multiple seasons with the Red Wings, so the likes of Daniel Alfredsson, Mike Modano, Darryl Sittler and Borje Salming weren’t listed. Their ranking is weighted heavily toward their accomplishments in Detroit. 1. Norm Ullman He scored 20 or more goals 16 times during his Hall-of-Fame career. He joined the Red Wings one year after they won the Cup in 1955 and was traded to Toronto one year after the Maple Leafs won their most recent Cup in 1967. 2. Marcel Dionne After four strong seasons in Detroit, he was traded to Los Angeles, where he signed the richest deal in the NHL at the time ($300,000 a season) and remained one of the game’s best offensive players for many years. He ranks fifth all-time in goals (731) and sixth in points (1,771). His teams won only three playoff series and never advanced past the second round. read on
The NHLPA Player Poll Has Been Released
TORONTO (March 31, 2020) – After delaying its release due to the NHL season’s suspension of play, the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) today has unveiled its 2019-20 NHLPA Player Poll results to help fans stay connected to their favourite players during this extraordinary time. Visit https://www.nhlpa.com/player-poll/2019-20 to view the full results for each question.
Imagine A Long-Term CBA With The NHL And NHLPA
from Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic, In talking to people all over the hockey industry over the past week, player agents and team executives, there’s one growing sentiment at least some share and I agree with: The NHL and NHLPA need to find long-term CBA stability out of this to mitigate these turbulent times. “If there is no (season) resumption then yes there will need to be a complex negotiation about moving forward,” veteran player agent J.P. Barry of CAA Sports said. “The fact that we are currently in the middle of CBA extension negotiations is probably fortunate timing. Different options could include a possible longer CBA term that would include working with the cap over the next few years to address the escrow situation. I’m optimistic that the current relationship between the parties will result in a creative solution.” Imagine. Labour peace. For once. more (paid)
Video- Did You Know Vyacheslav Kozlov Scored 42 Playoff Goals?
It doesn't matter if you did or did not, but you can watch all of them in just over 21 minutes.
Red Wings’ Prospect Contracts Affected by Season Pause
There is a very pervasive feeling of an end for the AHL and NHL in 2020. Though neither have officially ended their seasons, no final decision has been made yet which leads to much doubting and time ticking by. The feeling of an end is becoming more prevalent. Along with the dreadful reality that the […]
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Rangers MVP Showdown: Artemi Panarin Vs. Mika Zibanejad
Assuming that the New York Rangers’ regular season has concluded in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s a much-needed discussion to be made in the form of the team’s most valuable player. At one point in time, it appeared that Artemi Panarin was the lone competitor for such an honor, but as the calendars turned […]
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William Wallinder – 2020 NHL Draft Prospect Profile
William Wallinder 2019-20 Team: MODO (Allsvenskan)Date of Birth: July 28, 2002Place of Birth: Sollefteå, SwedenHt: 6-foot-4 Wt: 192 poundsShoots: LeftPosition: DNHL Draft Eligibility: 2020 first-year eligible Rankings NHL Central Scouting: 7th (Among EU Skaters) Bob McKenzie, TSN: 21st HockeyProspect.com: 19th Future Considerations: 49th EliteProspects.com: 23rd The Hockey Writers: 21st In a draft where most of […]
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Blues Best Defensemen in Team History
When looking at the best defensemen in NHL history, only a few donned the Blue Note. Not known as a defensive team in their 53-year history, the St. Louis Blues have produced few elite, notable D-men. The ‘Over 400-Point’ Club – MacInnis and Pietrangelo Only two defensive players have scored over 400 points in their […]
2020 NHL Draft: Top 10 Mock Scenarios 9.0
Mock 1.0 Mock 2.0 Mock 3.0 Mock 4.0 Mock 5.0 Mock 6.0 Mock 7.0 Mock 8.0 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 […]
Predators May Have Their Future Backup Goalie in Ingram
It has been known for a while now that Juuse Saros is the Nashville Predators’ future goalie. The young Finn has backed up long-time Predators’ great Pekka Rinne for the past three-plus seasons, waiting, learning and developing. But with a career spanning more than 10 seasons, Rinne is clearly on the tail end of his […]
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Blue Jackets’ Dubois: A Star in the Making
Every hockey fan has heard of them. They’re the very best, the all-time greats, and one of the reasons why we adore and are so very captivated by this truly beautiful sport we call hockey. The likes of Wayne Gretzky, Dale Hawerchuk, Adam Oates, Mario Lemieux, Mark Messier, Steve Yzerman, Joe Sakic, Ron Francis, Pavel […]
Hayden Fowler – 2020 NHL Draft Prospect Profile
Hayden Fowler 2019-20 Team: Erie Otters (#14)Date of Birth: September 24, 2001Place of Birth: Kingston, Ontario, CanadaHt: 5-foot-10 Wt: 180 poundsShoots: LeftPosition: Wing/CenterNHL Draft Eligibility: 2020 first-year eligible Rankings NHL Central Scouting: 66th (Mid-Term Rankings, NA Skaters) Andrew Forbes’ Top-217 Rankings: 119th (March) Larry Fisher’s Top-300 Rankings: 138th (March) A new season. A new opportunity. […]
Maple Leafs News & Rumors: Keefe, Barabanov, Marner & Shanahan
For the Toronto Maple Leafs, the 2019-20 season had its ups-and-downs. However, when new head coach Sheldon Keefe took over from the departed Mike Babcock, the team’s play drastically changed and the season improved for both players and for fans. Related: Maple Leafs News & Rumors: Dubas, Trade Thoughts, Domi & Loponen Although the regular […]
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Videos- Born On This Date In 1928
In Floral, Saskatchewan the great Gordie Howe. Below, an ESPN documentary on #9.
Oilers News & Rumors: Draisaitl, Slepyshev, Kassian, More
In an Edmonton Oilers news and rumors update, Zack Kassian has found himself on the receiving end of a few humorous shots from his teammates and both Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid talk about what’s going on with their downtime and what they’d like to see going forward with the NHL season. In other news, […]
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Edmonton Oilers Announce Temporary Staff Reductions
EDMONTON (March 30) – Due to the far-reaching impacts of COVID-19, Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG) today implemented a temporary staff reduction of 139 employees, effective April 13, 2020, as well as a compensation rollback for all continuing staff working from home. These actions were made necessary by the pause of the NHL and AHL seasons, the cancellation of the WHL season, and the postponement of all Live Entertainment events at Rogers Place enacted to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and protect the safety of fans and employees.
Flyers’ Best & Worst Trades
In the 53-year history of the Philadelphia Flyers franchise, nine different general managers have been responsible for an insane amount of trades. Although there have been plenty of trades involving low-level players or late draft picks, there have also been plenty of blockbuster deals that have drastically changed the franchise. Related: Revisiting the Brayden Schenn […]
Ottawa Senators: Revisiting the Zibanejad Trade
The Ottawa Senators have made mistakes in the past and mismanaged their assets. One of their biggest errors was the trade involving Derick Brassard and Mika Zibanejad. On July 18, 2016, the Senators traded Zibanejad to the New York Rangers, as well as a 2018 second-round pick for Brassard and a 2018 seventh-round pick. While […]
Dylan Larkin Participated In A Video Conference Call Today
via the NHL PR department, Click below to watch/download today’s video conference call featuring Zdeno Chara (BOS), Dylan Larkin (DET), John Tavares (TOR) and Brady Tkachuk (OTT): Shared screen with speaker view Shared screen with gallery view Audio only
Blues’ Sunshine Boys: Derek Sanderson, Chuck Lefley and Claude Larose
Every now and then, I find myself sharing a story with my kids about the St. Louis Blues. In my bedroom, I have a pair of hockey gloves from Robby Fabbri that we purchased at a Blues equipment sale. One of my kids has a hockey puck signed by Vladimir Tarasenko. In the corner of […]
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Chicago Steel’s Colangelo Takes the Next Step
Rattling off two separate 13-game winning streaks, the Chicago Steel ran through opponents in 2019-20, going 41-7-1 and outscoring their opponents 242-136. Sam Colangelo had a fantastic year himself and says that perhaps the biggest accomplishment he felt the team had was when they were without five of their top players. Related: Chicago Steel Set […]
NHL Rumors: Wild, Lightning, Blackhawks, More
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there is news on the Tampa Bay Lightning likely unwillingness to re-sign Cory Conacher and where he’ll wind up as a result. The Minnesota Wild are interested in signing the KHL’s third-leading scorer, but they can’t do so quite yet. Finally, the Chicago Blackhawks are working on a deal with […]
Luke Evangelista – 2020 NHL Draft Prospect Profile
Luke Evangelista 2019-20 Team: London Knights (OHL)Date of Birth: Feb. 21, 2002Place of Birth: Oakville, ON, CanadaHt: 5’11” Wt: 165 lbsShoots: RightPosition: RWNHL Draft Eligibility: 2020 first-year eligible Rankings NHL Central Scouting: 58th (among NA Skaters) Future Considerations: 66th HockeyProspect.com: 31st THW Josh Bell’s Rankings: 63rd THW Andrew Forbes’ March Rankings: 79th THW Larry Fisher’s […]
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The Latest Prospect Rankings
from TSN, Rimouski Oceanic left wing Alexis Lafreniere has strengthened his hold on the title of hockey’s best prospect, with his 112-point regular season further evidence that he belongs atop the latest edition of Craig’s List ahead of the 2020 NHL Draft. With leagues around the globe cancelling the remainder of their seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic, TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button’s latest ranking serves as an end-of-the-season evaluation. There will be one more Craig’s List before the 2020 Draft, whenever that may be. The NHL has postponed the draft from its original June 26-27 dates in Montreal. The latest list is heavy on northern talent, with Canadians taking five of the top six spots and 18 of the 31 first-round slots. Lafreniere going first overall would end a drought for Canadian prospects that stretches back to 2015, when the Edmonton Oilers selected Connor McDavid with the first pick. The shortened season was a stellar one for Lafreniere, who averaged more than two points per game with 35 goals and 77 assists in 52 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) contests and overcame a knee injury to help Canada win gold at the World Juniors. continued with a top 103 list...
Capitals Don’t Win 2018 Cup Without Ex-GM McPhee
Fewer people were cheering as much for the expansion Vegas Golden Knights in the 2018 Stanley Cup Final as then-general manager George McPhee. Fewer still had as much riding on their opponents and eventual champions, the Washington Capitals, McPhee’s last team. Capitals vs. Golden Knights Obviously, McPhee, now the Golden Knights president of hockey operations, […]
Morse Re-Signs with Riveters for 5th Season
The Metropolitan Riveters re-signed another key player on March 30 when they announced that All-Star defender and four-year veteran Rebecca Morse would be returning for her fifth season with the NWHL and team. The 28-year-old New Jersey native set career-highs in every statistical category and in addition to being named an All-Star for the first […]