It’d Going To Lead To Speculation
As was indicated in the NHL/NHLPA media avail yesterday, teams are being directed to use specific terminology in describing players absence. Beginning tomorrow, the NHL wants clubs to use the terms “not fit to play” or “unable to practice” to explain any player’s absence. — Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 12, 2020 “Player X was fine through yesterday’s practice. Today he is unfit to play. You do the math.” — Larry Brooks (@NYP_Brooksie) July 12, 2020
Blue Jackets Must Shut Down Maple Leafs’ Big Guns
The Columbus Blue Jackets face the Toronto Maple Leafs in a best-of-five Qualification Round Series starting Aug. 2 to determine which team advances to the NHL’s 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs. (The loser of the series has a 1-in-8 chance of getting the top pick in the upcoming Entry Draft.) The Blue Jackets’ top job in the series will […]
A New CBA In Less Than Three Months
from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, Eleven weeks ago, after NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman informed the Board of Governors a new CBA with the players was a priority, several teams discussed what they’d like to see addressed. Their suggestions, officially submitted by the Winnipeg Jets, offered ideas on everything from salary arbitration to contract structure to long-term injury reform. “It was an excellent memo,” one team executive said Saturday. “Very thorough. A lot of great ideas.” Almost none of them were used. “Gary and (Deputy Commissioner) Bill Daly were very clear,” an NHL owner said after the Memorandum of Understanding was ratified Friday night. “They told us, ‘This is a crisis. We are going to have to think big picture.’ And that’s what they did.” “I think (NHLPA Executive Director Don Fehr) and I both recognize labour peace was something we couldn’t even quantify how important it was,” Bettman said during a Zoom call on Saturday. “But we both knew that for the business of the game to come back strong, there was enough disruption going on in the world that we didn’t have to add to it.” continued
Dylan Garand – 2020 Draft Prospect Profile
Dylan Garand 2019-20 Team: Kamloops Blazers (#31)Date of Birth: June 7, 2002Place of Birth: Victoria, British ColumbiaHt: 6-foot-0 Wt: 172 lbs.Catches: LeftPosition: GoalieNHL Draft Eligibility: 2020 first-year eligible Rankings NHL Central Scouting: 6th (among NA goalies) Elite Prospects: 64th Larry Fisher (The Hockey Writers): 127th Ryan Kennedy (The Hockey News): 106th Steve Kournianos (The Draft […]
Maple Leafs Must Have Other Options Than Trading Kapanen
It seems like everyone’s favorite Toronto Maple Leafs trade chip is Kasperi Kapanen. If hockey commentators speculations are correct, the Maple Leafs won’t be able to get under the salary cap without trading one of the team’s mid-level forwards. It just seems to be a matter of who and for whom. Related: Maple Leafs News […]
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Devils Long Layoff a Silver Lining For Many Reasons
The next time the New Jersey Devils step onto the ice for a meaningful game it will have been eight-to-nine months since they last appeared back on March 10. A lot will be different when they finally do skate again. In a way, I kind of think the long layoff is a silver lining of […]
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What Does Green Out Mean For Oilers Short and Long-Term?
It should go without saying that all consideration should be given to defenseman Mike Green for his decision to opt out of a return to NHL action, specifically as the Edmonton Oilers try to make a run towards the Stanley Cup. In any situation, family comes first. Talking about his decision not to return, Green […]
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Canucks Prospect Rathbone Is Ready for Prime Time
The Vancouver Canucks just witnessed greatness with Quinn Hughes, now they have Jack Rathbone to look forward to as well. Ever since he was drafted down in the fourth round in 2017, he has risen up the prospect rankings and into the top five with the likes of Vasili Podkolzin and Nils Hoglander who were […]
NHL Rumors: Canadiens, Oilers, Canucks, Maple Leafs, More
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there is lots of information out there as it pertains to the Montreal Canadiens, more specifically Max Domi and Karl Alzner. Mike Green has opted out from the Edmonton Oilers camp, as has Sven Baertschi from the Vancouver Canucks. Romak Polak makes an expected decision in Dallas and there is […]
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Ready To Coach
from the CP at TSN, Brad Treliving joked recently NHL coaches only need a couple video sessions to prepare for an opponent, find a weakness, correct a problem or add a wrinkle. So what about 142 days? "Every game might end 0-0," the Calgary Flames general manager quipped. With summer training camps set to open Monday as the NHL lurches forward in its plan to restart a season stopped in its tracks four months ago by COVID-19, the temptation might be to spring a surprise or two — maybe a new power-play setup or a tweak to the penalty kill — when the games return Aug. 1. Coaches for the 24 teams set to feature in the league's return have had ample time to plan, brainstorm and re-assess their systems and rosters. The 16 taking part in the best-of-five qualifying round have known for nearly seven weeks which opponent they'd be lining up against if the league got back up and running. But don't expect to see massive changes — especially early — from the men standing behind the benches in those empty arenas in Toronto and Edmonton once the puck is dropped. They have enough to worry about when it comes to their own players. continued
Remembering the Canadiens’ 2014 Playoff Run
“What if…?” It is one of the most mesmerizing questions ever asked, usually when remembering an event that conjures up memories of what happened, or what could have happened had something different happened. In hockey, there are not enough fingers and toes to count the number of times that question has been asked. What if […]
Prospects News & Rumors: WHL’s Return, Ranger’s Prospect Pool, Jarvis
As the hockey world continues to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic, we will discuss how the Western Hockey League (WHL) is hoping to handle the start of the 2020-21 season. Also, we will take a look at how the New York Ranger’s prospect pool is being affected by the pandemic and prospect Seth Jarvis. WHL […]
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Oshawa Generals’ Best Teams in History
The Oshawa Generals are one of the most successful franchises in all of junior hockey. Their ability to recognize and draft talent has led them to major success and allowed them to rise up amongst the premier teams in the Canadian Hockey League. Although they have had many good teams, there were some that made […]
Tampa Bay Lightning Jersey History
The Tampa Bay Lightning are the envy of the National Hockey League. They’ve got a phenomenal owner in Jeff Vinik, who put the brakes on disaster and painstakingly rebuilt the organization from the inside out. A former investment wizard, Vinik managed to strike the optimal balance between the fanatical micromanagement of some of his peers, […]
Rangers’ Kakko Poised to Perform in the Playoffs
The New York Rangers selected Kaapo Kakko with the second pick of the NHL Draft one year ago. There was a tremendous amount of hype surrounding him and that led to big expectations for his rookie season. While the season hasn’t quite gone according to plan for the young winger, he will have an opportunity […]
Maple Leafs in the 2022 Olympics: Could be the Best of Times or the Worst for their Fans
As part of the Return to Play arrangement, there is a four-year extension to the Collective Bargaining Agreement. It includes NHLers returning to the Olympics. This creates an interesting dilemma for Toronto Maple Leafs fans. Remember the Jerry Seinfeld bit? “You’re actually rooting for the clothes when you get right down to it… Fans will […]
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Today in Hockey History: July 12
On this date, the Detroit Red Wings made an addition to their front office that helped change the direction of the franchise. Also, Canada started to build their roster for some of the most memorable hockey games ever played. Red Wings Change Leadership On July 12, 1982, the Red Wings named Jim Devellano as their […]
A Look At The Wings’ 2018 Draft Class
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press, The 2018 draft saw the Wings cash in on the Tomas Tatar trade and use Vegas’ first-round pick into Joe Veleno, one of four picks the Wings made within the first 36 picks and among 10 total. Several of the draft picks figure to be a key part of the rebuild. Here is a closer look at each selection. F Filip Zadina... Wingspan: Zadina, 20, made his 2019-20 season debut Nov. 24, called up after Anthony Mantha suffered an injury. Zadina earned his first point Nov. 30. He looked strong on the puck, figuring out how to make time and space for himself to make a play or take a good shot. From the time he was called up until he suffered a leg injury Jan. 31 (a span of 27 games), Zadina was tied for first on the team in goals (eight) and ranked third in points (15). He showed he belongs in the lineup, and that he can add a much-needed offensive boost. F Joe Veleno... Wingspan: Veleno, 20, endured growing pains, but that’s normal in a player’s first year of pro hockey. The Wings’ development staff emphasized Veleno work on the defensive side of his game, and that was a factor in his 11 goals and 12 assists in 54 games with the Grand Rapids Griffins. There’s no doubt he has high-end offensive instincts, but the Wings need Veleno to be a good two-way player to maximize where he slots into the rebuild. more
Detroit Will Receive Edmonton’s 4th Round Pick In The 2020 Draft
This also means that the pick traded to Detroit for Green's rights will be Edmonton's 2020 4th rounder. There was a condition in the deal that could have upgraded it to a 2021 3rd rounder based on playoff performance. — Jonathan Willis (@JonathanWillis) July 11, 2020
A Bad CBA For The Players
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post, The greater good was served. A distasteful public dispute in the midst of a pandemic was avoided. The NHL’s next six seasons will be uninterrupted by labor discord. The fans win. But though decorum was maintained at all times, and material disagreements between the league and the union were generally kept behind closed doors, that did not prevent the NHL from using this COVID-19 crisis to achieve a CBA that comes closest yet to the league’s 2004-05 vision of how its hard cap should function. The NBA is a players’ league. The NFL is a coaches’ league. The NHL is an owners’ league. Never was that more reinforced than through these negotiations that, truth be told, Gary Bettman and the Board won when they shut down the league 15 seasons ago and minimized if not co-opted, and co-opted if not broke, the union. The NHLPA bargained itself into stagnating wages for the next four-to-six-to-eight seasons essentially so the players could be in a lower tax bracket. Is that the way you negotiate your contract? The union is not only putting controls on the cap through the pandemic, but throughout the length of the CBA. So this season, the cap stands at $81.5 million. In 2024-25, there is a chance it could increase to $84.5 million. That represents a 3.68 percent increase in average salary over six seasons. How much — allowing that the economy returns to health once the coronavirus is under control—do you think team valuations will rise over that period? continued
Hockey Talk Before Training Camp Starts
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, - This may be the last and best opportunity for a while for the ever-optimistic Maple Leafs to compete for the Stanley Cup. You see, the world is about to get very complicated for the Leafs and several other NHL teams who have spent money with the assumption the salary cap would continue to rise, and rise some more. In all the planning and organizing the Leafs and other clubs worked through, nobody budgeted for a pandemic. So, this is perhaps the last dance for a Leafs team with John Tavares, Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner and William Nylander.... - A management team of Doug Armstrong, Ken Holland, Kelly McCrimmon and maybe Julian BriseBois should be selected to run Team Canada for the 2022 Winter Olympics. A lot of people want Mike Babcock to coach. I’d like to see Bruce Cassidy, who beat Babcock twice in playoff series, get a shot. And if not him, Jon Cooper. - There’s more to Chris Pronger leaving the Florida Panthers than has been spoken about. Pronger wanted to be the next general manager and should have been the man to replace Dale Tallon. Word around is that the assistant GM, Eric Joyce, will soon to be elevated to the top job. His background isn’t hockey, it’s national security. The Panthers continually keep trying to be smarter than everyone else in hockey and somehow fail every time they get cute. more on the first topic plus additional hockey notes...
No More Injury Disclosurea
feom Michael Traikos of the National Post, In the 2009 playoffs, Nicklas Lidstrom missed the final two games of the Western Conference final with what was vaguely described as a “lower-body injury.” But everyone who saw the Detroit defenceman doubled over in pain knew what the actual extent of the injury really was. Lidstrom, who had been speared by Chicago’s Patrick Sharp in Game 3, had a badly bruised testicle. It required surgery. He said it was the most painful injury he’d ever endured.... Going forward, we will no longer be told if a player pulls a muscle or breaks a bone or even ruptures his scrotum in a game. And we certainly won’t know if he develops a respiratory illness that could jeopardize him, his teammates and the entire Stanley Cup playoffs. In other words, there is no transparency when it comes to player absences. If someone misses a game, it could be because he suffered a concussion. Or it could be because he has COVID-19. It’s up to fans — and other players sharing the same hotels and facilities inside one of two bubbles — to guess. read on
Flyers Set Up for Sustained Success
The Philadelphia Flyers have a lot to be excited about. They are in a strong playoff position following an impressive regular season; they have a talented roster without any glaring weakness, and they are set up for sustained success. Related: John LeClair – A Prototypical Power Forward The first two should come as little surprise. […]
Calgary Flames’ 50-Goal Scorers
For a relatively young franchise, the Calgary Flames have seen a great deal of strong individual performances since becoming a National Hockey League club in 1972. In particular, the team has had a surprisingly large amount of 50-goal scorers over the years. In the history of the NHL, a player has scored 50-plus goals on […]
Bruins’ 2020 Playoffs: Healthy Players, Roster Decisions & Revenge
On March 10, Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask celebrated his 33rd birthday by leading the team to a 2-0 shutout of the upstart Philadelphia Flyers. The victory also gave the NHL-leading Bruins 100 points on the season. Two days later, the league paused play in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As it turns out, that […]
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Top 3 All-Time Blues Goalies
With the St. Louis Blues winning their first ever Stanley Cup Championship to cap off the 2018-19 season, there’s no better time to look back on the franchise’s history. And what better place to start than with the men who guard the net? The Blues have had a number of all-time great goalies between the […]
Kitchener Rangers’ Top 5 Current NHL Alumni
The Kitchener Rangers are one of the most successful teams in the entire Canadian Hockey League and have produced some real legends of the game including; Paul Coffey, Al MacInnis and Larry Robinson. They are four time recipients of the J. Ross Robertson Cup as OHL champions and two time Memorial Cup winners, with their most recent […]
Maple Leafs News & Rumors: Flat Cap, Lehtonen’s Mobility & the Defense
On July 10, the NHL and NHLPA officially announced the return of hockey. Although surprisingly not much has been made of the agreement, I believe that the two sides extending the Collective Bargaining Agreement through at least 2025-26 is a big deal. It wards off another possible shutdown of hockey – this time through labor […]
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NHL Elite: Consistent Point-Per-Game Players
Russian superstars Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin joined a rare group of players who have averaged a point-per-game played (P/GP) or better for at least 10 seasons. They join Sidney Crosby as the only active players to do so – Crosby has 13. I chose 40 games played as the minimum to qualify because it […]
Live Stream- NHL And NHLPA Discuss CBA And Return To Play
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NHL Rumors: Flames, Canadiens, Lightning, Canucks, More
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, the first NHL player has informed their team that they will not take part in the play-in round. Who else might be next? The Tampa Bay Lightning potentially got some bad news as Steve Stamkos suffered an injury. Finally, there could be some interest in Taylor Hall from the Montreal […]
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Canadiens News & Rumors: Romanov, Caufield, Hall, Domi & More
In today’s Montreal Canadiens news and rumors rundown, there is news on Alexander Romanov’s contract situation. An ECHL expansion franchise decides to call the province of Quebec home. Related: Brothers in the NHL Will the Big 10 Conference have a full season? Will it affect Cole Caufield’s decision to stay in school? Will Taylor Hall […]
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Penguins Could Use Lafrenière On a Post-Crosby and Malkin Roster
As long as Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ lineup, the team is considered a threat to win the Stanley Cup. With the results of the draft lottery giving the first-overall pick to one of the eight teams that lose in the play-in round, the Penguins have an opportunity to extend […]
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Who Should Make the Predators’ Expanded Roster?
We’re inching closer and closer to the NHL’s return to play. We know the where and pretty much the when of this much-anticipated conclusion to the 2019-20 season. We are learning more and more about how the return will look with developments slowly being released week by week. Now’s finally the time to have a […]
Blue Jackets’ Bubble Roster Seems Set
It’s officially official. Thanks to the NHL Board of Governors and NHLPA voting yes to the Return to Play protocol and MOU, we will have a Stanley Cup Qualification Round starting on Aug 1. Phase 3 Camp Roster Once the agreement was made public, the Columbus Blue Jackets released their Phase 3 training camp roster. […]
Oilers’ Forgotten Greats: Tommy Salo
If there is one position that the Edmonton Oilers have done particularly well in throughout their 41-year history, it’s goaltending. The team has churned out its fair share of star goalies, ranging from Andy Moog and Grant Fuhr during the dynasty years to Bill Ranford and Curtis Joseph during the tumultuous ’90s. Related: Oilers’ Forgotten […]
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet, Much of the NHL’s adjusted critical dates calendar is still considered tentative, but the potential look the league released Friday night as part of its return-to-play package certainly painted a chaotic picture about how it intends to finish the 2019-20 season and transition to 2020-21 in an expedited fashion. Here’s a sampling of how it might look (** – denotes tentative date): • July 13: Training camps open • July 26: Teams travel to hub cities • July 28-30: Exhibition games • Aug. 1: Stanley Cup Qualifiers begin • **Aug. 10: Phase 2 of NHL draft lottery • Aug. 11: Round 1 begins • **Aug. 25: Round 2 begins • **Sept. 8: Conference finals begin read on
Filip Zadina Feels Fine But Bored
from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com, When it comes to sniper Filip Zadina, Red Wings fans were left wondering what could have been. Because of a broken ankle suffered Jan. 31 in New York, Zadina's season was cut short just when he was starting to come into his own. Zadina, who only turned 20 in late November, was about ready to return when the NHL paused the season on March 12 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "I was actually ready to come back and play but the staff, they kind of canceled my plans," Zadina said last week on The Red and White Authority podcast. "I'm probably, I would say, kind of sad about it because I was ready to go in order to get back on with the boys but it happened what happened. So maybe next year. I hope so."... he Wings had given Zadina some workouts that didn't require weights or special equipment so he could remain in shape while staying safe at home. But of course now that he's healthy, Zadina wishes he could have played some more hockey this season. "I'm feeling really good, I would say, but it's kind of boring without the games, without hockey in LCA so kind of boring," Zadina said. "But glad to be home with my family." more
The Jets’ Biggest-Ever Blowout Victories
Sometimes you win by the skin of your teeth, and sometimes you win big. This piece is about the latter. The Winnipeg Jets have won 694 games over nine seasons since relocating from Atlanta prior to the 2011-12 campaign. Here’s a look at their biggest win of each season. 2011-12: Pummelling the Panthers Date: March […]
Ready To Play
from Frank Seravalli of TSN The NHL Players’ Association and the NHL’s Board of Governors voted overwhelmingly on Friday to ratify a sweeping agreement that includes a six-year Collective Bargaining Agreement and a Return to Play Plan that brings hockey back after a historic, 142-day pause. According to sources, the NHLPA’s full membership voted 502 to 135 with 78.8 per cent in favour, while the league’s vote was unanimous, as expected. Both only required simple majorities to pass. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman lauded the stakeholders involved "for coming together under extraordinary circumstances for the good of our game." "This agreement is a meaningful step forward for the players and owners, and for our game, in a difficult and uncertain time," NHLPA executive director Don Fehr said in a statement. Now, after months of heavy lifting with two sides hammering out the game’s first peace-time labour agreement in three-plus decades, the NHL’s real dance on thin ice begins. The NHL’s owners have said ‘yes.’ The NHL’s players have said ‘yes.’ Now, they only need the cooperation of a virus that has claimed the lives of more than a half million people worldwide over the past six months. Yes, the road back to the rink is one paved in peril, but the lure of hockey’s holy grail and more than a 100 years of history is on the other side. rea on
Canadiens vs Penguins Playoff Prediction
The playoffs are upon us, ladies and gents. As a result of the modified format for this season, the Montreal Canadiens have qualified by the skin of their teeth. The road ahead is filled with peril as the Canadiens will have to take down the fifth-seed Pittsburgh Penguins in the play-in round. Related: Canadiens Need […]
Ruff’s Stint With the Stars Gives Devils Glimpse of Future
The New Jersey Devils’ coaching search finally came to an end earlier this week. And it didn’t come without a surprise, as they announced Lindy Ruff would take over behind the bench. Ruff had spent the last three seasons as an assistant for the New York Rangers. Before then, he was the head coach of the […]
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Today in Hockey History: July 11
The Pittsburgh Penguins traded away one of the greatest players in their franchise history on this date. Plus, a pair of Hockey Hall of Famers were born who won three Stanley Cups between them. Penguins Trade Jagr Changing addresses were nothing new to Jaromir Jagr, who played for nine different teams during his 24-season NHL […]
Prospects News & Rumors: USNTDP Showcase, USHL & Commesso
As the National Hockey League is preparing to get back to action, junior leagues across North America are still trying to figure out when they can return to business as usual. The top junior league in the United States is hoping to start on time while a top showcase received some bad news. USNTDP Showcase […]
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Bruins’ News & Rumors: Playoff Dates, Players Return & More
In today’s edition of Boston Bruins’ News & Rumors, we take a look at the NHL’s return to play schedule as it pertains to the Bruins, some new faces who showed up to voluntary practice at Warrior Ice Arena for the first time since the NHL season paused and the possible living situation the Bruins […]
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Ready For Some Hockey
The #StanleyCup Qualifiers are going to be an exciting 10-day stretch of hockey. https://t.co/IErZJ2hifT pic.twitter.com/Ya2wwxuhSs — NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) July 10, 2020
Highlights Of The CBA
from Emily Kaplan and Greg Wyshynski of ESPN, The NHLPA and the NHL's board of governors have approved a package that will not only allow the league to restart this summer, but also includes a four-year CBA extension. You read that correctly, the two sides have reached an extension without a work stoppage! We don't want you to have to pore over the entire agree-upon legal document. Instead, we're here to highlight some of the critical takeaways from the deal.... Player trades are less restrictive Wyshynski: The new CBA made two common-sense changes that will affect player movement after trades. No-trade and no-movement clauses will now travel with a player who is traded. Please recall in 2016 when Montreal traded P.K. Subban to the Nashville Predators just 48 hours before his no-trade clause was to kick in. The Predators then declined to honor that clause -- as was their right under the previous CBA -- and he was on the move again three years later to New Jersey. That can no longer happen, as no-move and no-trade clauses are simply a part of the package when trading for a player. The other fix might not have seemed so obvious: Teams can no longer include conditional draft picks in trades that are tied to a player re-signing with the new team. more plus many other topics...
Hockey Is Next - The NHL And The NHLPA Have Ratified Return To Play And The CBA
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet, The NHL is back in business. And a Stanley Cup tournament unlike any other is on the horizon. Call it all systems go on the league’s summer restart following Friday’s ratification of protocols governing the return-to-play plan and an extension to the collective bargaining agreement running through September 2026. That paves the way for training camps to open Monday in 24 cities — more than four months after the season was paused because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This promises to be an ambitious undertaking. continued
Auston Matthews: Ready to Lead His Maple Leafs into the Postseason
I’m on record as saying that, before he finishes his tenure with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Auston Matthews will be recognized as the greatest center in franchise history. Granted, the unexpected might happen to erase that possibility. Related: Toronto Maple Leafs News & Rumors: Andersen, Matthews, Barrie & More For example, we have no idea […]
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A Look at the Senators’ Young Defensemen
My last article focused on the Ottawa Senators’ young group of goalies. Now, it’s time for the defensemen. Senators fans know by now that young defensemen are difficult to project. At one point, the franchise thought they had a future top-four locked and loaded. It was a group that included Erik Karlsson, David Rundblad, Jared […]
Sabres’ 2020 Trade Targets on Non-Playoff Teams
This is the offseason that never ends. It seems like an eternity since Rasmus Dahlin scored the shootout-winning goal against the Washington Capitals. Had that been the end of the regular season, the Stanley Cup would be handed out, the NHL draft would be complete, the free agents would have landed and we’d be starting […]
Oilers News and Rumors: Berglund, Lagesson, Jones, McDavid, Tippet…
In an Edmonton Oilers news and rumors update, there is news the team may look to recently-signed prospect Filip Berglund, the Oilers may be thinking about who to protect in expansion, and one scribe looks at what lineup the Oilers could deploy against the Chicago Blackhawks. Oilers Could Need Berglund Sooner Than Expected The Edmonton […]
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The Rangers Are Better Off Without Lindy Ruff
Hindsight is 20/20, but the New York Rangers’ decision to hire Lindy Ruff as a defensive assistant in 2017 was a mistake. Bringing him on seems to have been based on his relationship with the coaching staff, rather than his ability to build a reliable and consistent defense. It’s unbearably obvious that Ruff has never […]
Panthers Have Playoff Experience With Coach Q and Bobrovsky
Before the NHL paused on March 12, the Florida Panthers were in a race to make their first playoff appearance in four years. Their last appearance was in 2015-16 when they finished first in the Atlantic Division but fell in six games to the New York Islanders in the opening round. Last season, the Panthers […]
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Coyotes’ Tocchet Deserves Serious Jack Adams Consideration
Besides a Stanley Cup, the Jack Adams Award is the most coveted trophy a head coach can win in the National Hockey League. By definition, the Jack Adams is awarded annually to the NHL coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his team’s success. The 2019-20 campaign, like in many past seasons, has seen […]
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Kaleigh Fratkin: NWHL Pillar and Trailblazer
Twice in her NWHL career, Kaleigh Fratkin has been on the cusp of reaching the top of the mountain and winning the championship. In the league’s first season she was a part of the Connecticut Whale team that won it’s first eight games and finished second in the standings. In the playoffs, they won the […]
NHL Rumors: Stars, Sabres, Performance Bonus Rule Changes, More
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, the Dallas Stars are making front office changes, while the NHL changes rules about performance bonuses. There is news about ELC contracts being signed and those players being allowed to participate in training camp and there is buzz that the NHL is watching the Golden Knights ensuring they don’t take […]
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The Kings’ Blue Line Projection in 2022-23
The Los Angeles Kings’ blue line should look a lot different in the 2022-23 season. The only defenseman who will still be under contract at that time is Drew Doughty. Doughty, a Norris Trophy winner in 2015-16, has begun to decline in his age-30 season. The rest of the current roster would have to be […]
Questions While We Wait On The NHLPA And BOG
from Frank Seravalli of TSN, Friday is Referendum Day in the National Hockey League. It’s the day ballot boxes close on the ratification process for the NHL Players’ Association and NHL Board of Governors on an all-encompassing new collective bargaining agreement and return-to-play plan. The NHLPA’s membership-wide vote closes in the union’s online portal at 6 p.m. ET, while the BOG is expected to convene on a 4 p.m. ET conference call. A simple majority is required to pass in both constituencies. TSN has spelled out the details pending in the new CBA and the return-to-play plan. While we wait, here are five lingering questions to ponder in the return of the Friday Five: 1. Will playoff records be broken? The NHL’s memorandum of understanding revealed that qualifying round statistics will be included in playoff statistics for 2019-20. There was no easy answer. Even though they are technically not playoff games, the individual stats had to count somewhere – and the regular season didn’t make a whole lot of sense, considering seven teams aren’t participating and not all 24 teams are playing the same number of games with the format. That left the option to count them as a separate career stat line, have the round vanish from record, or roll them into the playoff stats. continued
Oilers History: The Return of Grant Fuhr
From the moment he made his NHL debut against the Winnipeg Jets on October 14, 1981, to the Edmonton Oilers elimination in the first round of the 1989 playoffs at the hands of Wayne Gretzky and the Los Angeles Kings, no goaltender had accomplished more during said period of time than Grant Fuhr. In fact, […]
Canadiens Gain Ground in Weber Trade with New CBA
Assessments of the Shea Weber, P.K. Subban trade are like candy. Everyone wants a piece, but once you ingest too much you’re bound to get sick. Changing circumstances, like the tentative Collective Bargaining Agreement, don’t exactly help matters, because just as you were getting used to it, the rug gets pulled out from under you. […]
Oilers’ Special Teams Provide Edge Entering the Playoffs
No team in the NHL capitalized as frequently on the power play than the Edmonton Oilers did this past season. Likewise, no team in the league was as suffocating once they were shorthanded. Their dynamic and rather dominant special team units provide them an edge entering the postseason. However, as per usual, when you handpick […]
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Prospects News & Rumors: Inegligble Players 2, Khovanov, Faber
Today we have an update to an article published last week regarding prospects who may or may not be eligible to play in the 2020 NHL Playoffs. We will also discuss a Minnesota Wild Prospect heading to the KHL and 2020 NHL Draft hopeful Brock Faber. Unsigned Picks Out of 2020 Playoffs After it was […]
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The New Jersey Devils Plan To Be Very Competitive
from Randy Miller of NJ.com, So when can this rebuilding end and lead into perennial playoff berths, and then possibly runs at a fourth Stanley Cup? “It’s such a difficult question,” Blitzer (team partner) answered. “Here’s the reality: We think that the core of our team is obviously very exciting for a very long period of time. At the same time, there’s going to be some very different dynamics here in the coming season and future seasons obviously from what’s going on from the global pandemic standpoint.” Translation: The Devils could be one of the teams that benefits from the cap staying at $81.5 million next season instead of increasing to the $84-million/$88 million range. This coronavirus-induced development figures to be really bad news for cap-strapped powerhouse clubs like the Tampa Bay Lighting and St. Louis Blues, but it has the Devils sitting pretty with about $26.2 million to add to next season’s cap, according to Cap Friendly. Will the Devils go shopping for premium free agents and/or deal high draft picks for lineup upgrades to try speeding up their climb in the Eastern Conference standings? Possibly, but Blitzer suggested the Devils will start adding big pieces once the young ones take a few more giant leaps forward in their developing. “The reality is we’ve got that great core,” Blitzer said. “We have pieces coming in. We have moves obviously that we would intend to make over the summer, meaning in addition to what we have today. And I’d like to think that we will be a very competitive team on the ice next year as we continue to grow and build. more
Blackhawks’ News & Rumors: Toews, Subban, Seabrook & the Name
The Chicago Blackhawks are keeping us busy as they ramp things up for their return to play. Training camps across the league start this coming Monday, and more players have joined voluntary skates this week in preparation. Let’s check out the latest Blackhawks’ news and rumors. Blackhawks Keeping Their Name In our current cultural climate, […]
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Jets Can Still Flourish with a Flat Cap
Any chance of the NHL salary cap increasing substantially for the 2020-21 season is dead. The COVID-19 pandemic, which forced the league to pause the 2019-20 season in March, has done a number on its pocketbook. Just a couple weeks before everything ground to a halt, the NHL got general managers around the league salivating […]
Oshawa Generals’ Top 5 NHL Alumni
The Oshawa Generals are one of the most well-known franchises in the entire Canadian Hockey League (CHL). They have a long and well-known history that has seen them take home many Memorial Cups and Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Championships. They have also not lacked in producing NHL players on a yearly basis. Some have gone […]
K’Andre Miller Could Be the Key to Rangers’ Defense Rebuild
Though the NHL is on the verge of returning, there’s little doubt that the league – just like the rest of the world – won’t look normal for perhaps quite a while. So there still remains plenty of room for fans to dream, as many have during this unprecedented pause in play, of full arenas […]
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Today in Hockey History: July 10
July 10 saw a big trade between two “Original Six” franchises that saw one of them obtain the greatest goal scorer in their team’s history. Also, two current stars inked new contracts and one of the greatest goaltenders of all-time came out of retirement. A Legendary Swap On July 10, 1957, the Boston Bruins and […]
Beauts Re-Sign Klimášová, Hanson Back with Pride
Two of the six NWHL teams made key re-signings over the past two days. Both players played prominent roles for their teams as rookies last season and will be counted upon for that same type of production during the league’s upcoming season. The Buffalo Beauts announced on July 8 that they have re-signed forward Iveta […]
TSN Insiders Today
TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie joins Gino Reda to update the ratification process of the Return to Play as well as the CBA extension, discuss his biggest area of concern when it comes to starting and finishing the Return to Play, what the bubbles could look like in Toronto and Edmonton, and more. Watch at TSN.
Blue Jackets 2019 Playoffs Bode Well for 2020 Postseason
Let’s start by addressing the big difference between the 2019 NHL Playoff Columbus Blue Jackets and the 2020 postseason Blue Jackets: Lots of talent left coach John Tortorella’s team as free agents last summer. Nonetheless, I think a deep look into the Blue Jackets’ playoff performance last summer bodes well for this postseason. (Note that […]
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Phil Kessel – Alex Galchenyuk Trade Revisited
Over the many years of a legendary career, Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford has shown he does not shy away from making massive trades to make his team competitive. On July 30, 2019, he proved that again by trading away a star player who was crucial to the back-to-back Stanley Cup-winning playoff runs in […]
Maple Leafs News & Rumors: Hyman, Lehtonen, Barabanov & Matthews
Last week the NHL and NHL Players’ Association NHLPA tentatively agreed to extend the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) for another four years, which means it will run through the 2025-26 season. Not much was made of that extension at the time, but it’s a big deal and offers labor certainty for the foreseeable future. As […]
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Avalanche Need to Take Advantage of the Flat Salary Cap
The NHL salary cap is expected to remain flat at $81.5 million in 2020-2021. Several teams could have used a higher cap limit to re-sign their free agents. Eight teams have 20 or more standard player contracts, or SPC, to fill (teams are allowed 50 max per season) and 12 teams have under 14 players on […]
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It’s About To Get Hectic
from Justin Bourne of Sportsnet, Imagine being told you’re not allowed to have sugar anymore, for some indefinite period. At first you’d miss certain treats. Some food would taste more bland than you’d prefer, but you’d get used to it. In time it would become normal, even if you preferred it didn’t. To some extent that’s been all of us with hockey. The deprivation hasn’t been straight-up “You can’t have food at all” bad — just more like something we regularly enjoyed was taken away. We noticed it a lot initially, and we wondered what we could even consume in its absence. But we eventually settled on halfway-decent substitutes and found a way to move on. Now consider August of 2020, when all of us are now going to be asked to snort Fun-Dips through Pixie Stix from noon ’til night, day upon day. The NHL is serving cookie dough for lunch. Have you seen the planned schedule for the NHL’s return to play? We’ve been dying for even just a single sweet taste of hockey — now we’re about to be shoved in the chocolate river at Willy Wonka’s Factory like Augustus Gloop. continued
5 Greatest Rookie Seasons in Whalers-Hurricanes History
Rookies are often thrust into the spotlight as hockey minds try to predict a young player’s potential for growth. Watching a star grow into their own is one of the more exciting parts of hockey, especially when they show flashes of brilliance in their first NHL season. These are the five rookies who did it […]
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NHL Rumors: Devils, Panthers, Maple Leafs, Key NHL Dates, More
In today’s NHL rumors rundown, the New Jersey Devils have officially made their coaching and GM announcement changes. The Florida Panthers are losing Chris Pronger and the Toronto Maple Leafs are one of five teams listed by the Hockey news as franchises that will be heavily affected by a flat salary cap. What’s their plan? […]
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NHL’s 10 Most Impressive Streaks
Numbers, stats, and figures are an integral part of the hockey viewing experience. The game is rife with scoring slumps, hot streaks, losing skids, and dynastic stretches of winning. The thing is, not all streaks are created equal. Sometimes remarkable individual accolades take center stage as one particular player lights the league on fire. During […]
Lindy Ruff Announced As The Head Coach Of The New Jersey Devils
from the New Jersey Devils, Executive Vice President/General Manager Tom Fitzgerald: "We are proud and excited to have Lindy Ruff join our organization as Head Coach. He is one of the most successful and respected coaches in the NHL, not only today, but in League history. His personality, experience, knowledge, work-ethic and focus will provide a calm presence in our locker room. He is the right coach at the right time for our organization. Lindy has a proven track record of getting the absolute best out of his players across the board- stars, role players and everyone in between. His teaching ability, and communication skills will be well-suited for our team, especially our young, developing players. Throughout his career, his teams have been greater than the sum of their parts. I look forward to working together with Lindy as the organization moves forward." Head Coach Lindy Ruff: "I am excited to get back in the lead chair and guide the future of this team. This is a fantastic opportunity to lead a group of great young talent and strong leadership to the next level." said Ruff. "Tom and I will sit down together and build a plan for the coaching staff and I will start to get to work on familiarizing myself with the players and staff. I look forward to bringing this core together, developing our players and putting us on a trajectory that can lead to sustained success in a timely manner. It's an exciting time to be a part of the Devils' organization, and I have the desire and fire to get us on the road towards the Stanley Cup Playoffs and beyond." read on
A Look at the Victoria Royals Import Player Situation
The 2020 CHL import draft took place on June 30, and the Victoria Royals selected Marcus Almquist with the 27th overall pick. Although they already have two import players on the roster in Phillip Schultz and Keanu Derungs, the Royals were allowed to make a selection as Schultz is now considered a league overage player. […]
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In Cap Trouble
from Michael Traikos at the Toronto Sun, Chicago has 18 players signed through 2020-21 and $7.35 million in available cap space to fill out its 23-man roster. Some of that money has to go to re-upping rookie Dominik Kubalik and Dylan Strome, plus the Blackhawks don’t have a goalie signed. Arizona was hoping to re-sign Taylor Hall in the summer. But with $7 million in the kitty and seven roster spots that need filling, it won’t be a reality unless they can find someone willing to take either Phil Kessel ($6.8 million) or Derik Stepan ($6.5 million) off their hands. Tampa Bay is also in trouble. When are they not? The team has only 15 players under contract and about $5 million leftover to re-up Selke Trophy-candidate Anthony Cirelli and defenceman Mikhail Sergachev, meaning Yanni Gourde ($5.1 million), Alex Killorn ($5 million) or Tyler Johnson ($4.45 million) could be available. And then there’s Toronto. The Leafs, who have spent the second most on salaries of any team in the NHL (the Coyotes are No. 1), have 16 players signed through 2020-21 and only $4.59 million in projected cap space. more
3 Canucks That Could Become Cap Casualties
Before the wrench that is the COVID-19 pandemic was thrown into the mix, the NHL was projecting an increase in the ceiling of the salary cap to between $84 and $88 million. That would have helped the Vancouver Canucks re-sign their key assets in Jacob Markstrom, Chris Tanev, Jake Virtanen, and possibly even Tyler Toffoli […]
Blackhawks’ Drake Caggiula Has Had One Hell of a Year
Life has been pretty crazy for Drake Cagguila of late. As a matter of fact, since becoming a member of the Chicago Blackhawks in the middle of the 2018-19 season, it’s been a roller coaster for the gritty forward. He was traded to the team in December of 2018, where he dealt with both injuries […]
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Prospects News & Rumors: Holtz, Raymond, ECAC & Smilanic
Sweden is likely to produce two top-10 picks in the upcoming National Hockey League draft and their international head coach had plenty to say about them. Plus, college hockey is starting to take hits as conferences drop out of fall and winter sports. Finally, we profile one of the top college hockey recruits heading into […]
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Columbus Blue Jackets: The Quest for Success
Since the establishment of the Columbus Blue Jackets, they have been in search of success. While the fans got a taste of success in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, success has been elusive for the organization. In this article the beginnings of the franchise, where the franchise stands now, and what the team has meant […]
Today in Hockey History: July 9
The events of July 9 are full of Hall of Fame names who left their mark on the National Hockey League, both on the ice and in the front office. There were trades, free agent signings, births and retirements. Sakic Hangs Them Up On July 9, 2009, Joe Sakic announces his retirement just two days […]
Injuries Slowing Red Wings’ 2018 Draft Class
Red Wings’ 2019 Draft Class Headlined by first-round picks Filip Zadina and Joe Veleno, the Detroit Red Wings’ 2018 draft class initially looked like a gold mine for the rebuilding franchise. That favorable evaluation was based on then-current talent levels and potential. And potential can only be achieved through player development. But how can prospects […]
Mark Your Calendar
via Elliotte Friedman tweets, Stanley Cup Final: Sept. 20-Oct. 2, at latest Tentative date of draft: Oct. 6 Tentative 2020-21 camps open: Nov. 17, with (tentative ) season starting Dec. 1 added 7:22pm, The #FreeAgentFrenzy interview period has now been eliminated under new CBA. Back to old school, scramble on the phone at 12noon ET. — Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) July 8, 2020
Multiple Reports State Lindy Ruff Will Be Named Head Coach Of The New Jersey Devils
from Randy Miller of NJ.com, Devils players campaigned for status quo while management took its time deciding what to do about its interim general manager and head coach. After almost four months of debating, the Devils are going for a big-name head coach by hiring Rangers assistant coach Lindy Ruff over Alain Nasreddine while opting to keep Tom Fitzgerald as GM, Kevin Weekes of the NHL Network reported Wednesday. continued
Maple Leafs News & Rumors: Eddie Shack, Blue Jackets & John Tavares
As good as the Toronto Maple Leafs have been recently, it’s been 51 years since they last won the Stanley Cup, longer than any other team. They are also second to the Florida Panthers in that they haven’t won a playoff series in 14 years. With a young, talented roster, is this the season? Related: […]
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Maple Leafs’ Health & Experience Key to Beating Blue Jackets
As we inch closer to the qualifying rounds, teams are preparing for Aug. 1. While we’re still in the midst of a pandemic, the hub cities of Edmonton and Toronto offer reassurance that the players will be in a safe environment where cases are on the decline. With everyone’s safety in mind, fans are hoping […]
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Flames’ 2010s First-Round Picks Ranked
The 2010s were an interesting decade for the Calgary Flames. For the most part, their first-round picks did not pan out as they had hoped. Usually, this would result in a very unsuccessful franchise. However, thanks to some great picks in the later rounds, they have made the playoffs in four of the last six […]
Devils Hire Ruff as Head Coach
The New Jersey Devils have hired Lindy Ruff as their new head coach, as per NHL.com’s Kevin Weekes. Ruff, 60, has served as an assistant coach with the New York Rangers since the 2017-18 season. He will cross the Hudson River to take on his first head coaching gig since 2017. Ruff will bring 1493 […]
Watching The Playoffs
The NHL is still working on U.S. broadcast plans for its 24-team postseason restart. The qualification and round-robin games will be shown locally on regional sports networks. Discussions are ongoing this week about how many of those games will be shown... https://t.co/DI3owjqp4Q — Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) July 8, 2020
Should The Wings Draft A Goaltender With The #4 Pick In The Draft?
Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press answers a question about goaltender Yaroslav Askarov being picked by Detroit in the first round... Goaltenders rarely go that early. When the Florida Panthers chose Spencer Knight at No. 13 in 2019, that was the highest one had been picked in nearly a decade (the Dallas Stars took Jack Campbell at 11th in 2010). No goaltender has been picked in the top 10 since the Montreal Canadiens took Carey Price at No. 5 in 2005. While Askarov is tempting, there are too many high-end skaters available to Yzerman to pass up. The Wings lost out on expected top pick Alexis Lafrenière when they were bumped back to fourth, and forwards Tim Stützle and Quinton Byfield likely will be the next players chosen. But that leaves Jamie Drysdale, Cole Perfetti, Marco Rossi, Lucas Raymond and Alexander Holtz as possibilities, all of whom are intriguing. more
NHL Rumors: Canadiens, Rangers, Golden Knights, Canucks, More
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, Chris Tanev talks about wanting to play alongside Quinn Hughes, while there’s talk about Hughes and Elias Pettersson extension. Meanwhile, the Vegas Golden Knights could be seeking a backup goalie. Where will they find one? For both the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers, they could be without two key […]
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Prospects News & Rumors: Forwards, Kalynuk, Gunler
While the 2020 NHL Draft may be months away, this hasn’t stopped THW’s own Larry Fisher from breaking down and ranking literally hundreds of hopeful draft prospects. Today we will look at his recent article about the 2020 forward class (spoiler, it’s a fantastic group). Also, we will discuss the Chicago Blackhawks likely signing a […]
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Olympiques a Must-Watch Team in 2020-21
The hockey world is anxiously waiting for any news about when the 2020-21 season might start for the various leagues around the world. For the QMJHL’s Gatineau Olympiques in particular, the excitement is sky-high. Despite finishing 16th in the league in 2019-20, the team has a number of young, exciting players either returning or that […]
Kings’ Rebuild Won’t Take Much Longer
After winning Stanley Cups in 2012 and 2014, the Los Angeles Kings’ talent has dried up, leaving them struggling to keep up with the younger and faster teams. The Kings have only won one playoff game since 2014, and have allowed much of their Stanley Cup roster to leave the squad. Luckily, many of these […]
Canucks’ 2013-14 Season Was a Disaster
It’s been six years since the Vancouver Canucks had one of the worst seasons in franchise history. It wasn’t their worst record to date, but the season featured multiple events that caused a downward spiral. The Canucks landed the sixth-overall pick that season, the highest since 1999 when they drafted Daniel and Henrik Sedin. 5 […]
5 Saskatoon Blades Make Cut in NHL Central Scouting Draft Rankings
The 2019-20 Western Hockey League season provided a glimpse of what is to come on the ice for the Saskatoon Blades in the coming seasons. After the emergence of the team’s young core this past season, expectations are high for the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, which could feature the most Blades content in more than […]
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The Flyers’ ‘Deuces Wild’ Line
There have been a few famous lines that are recognized during the Philadelphia Flyers’ existence. The Legion of Doom, LCB, and Crazy Eights Line are just a few of the more well-known trios who provided fond memories for fans over the years. Related: John LeClair – A Prototypical Power Forward A line that does not […]
Predators: Pekka Rinne Has Short Leash in 2020 Playoffs
One of the biggest question marks surrounding the Nashville Predators is who will be the number one goalie heading into the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs? However, Pekka Rinne’s resume still trumps Juuse Saros’ Related: 7 Things About Mikael Granlund Since 2010, Rinne has been the guy, posting a 2.49 goals-against average (GAA) and a .914 […]
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Blackhawks News & Rumors: Toews, Kubalik, Schedule & More
The latest scoop from the Chicago Blackhawks has a theme: new. We have new faces and new dates to catch you up to speed. We also have some new, yet familiar faces that have joined the team as they are continuing their preparations for their qualifying-round series against the Edmonton Oilers. Return to Play Schedule […]
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Penguins’ 2022 Olympics Roster Projections
After an absence of NHL players from the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, there is hope that they will return for the 2022 Games in Beijing, China. A new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) could see players going to the Olympics in 2022 and 2026, and the league and the NHL Players’ Association […]
Senators Should Trade Anisimov
It is well stated that the Ottawa Senators have one of the deepest prospect systems in the NHL, and it will become even deeper after the 2020 NHL Draft. With the Senators picking third and fifth overall this year, the expectation is that at least one of those prospects will make the team in the […]
NHL Players Begin Voting Today
The NHLPA's Executive Board has approved the tentative CBA and referred it to the NHLPA Membership for a ratification vote. pic.twitter.com/nqDpMpZYbd — NHLPA (@NHLPA) July 8, 2020
NHL’s 2004-05 Lockout Still Affecting League
Current discourse about the National Hockey League’s quality of play waxes among those who feel that league talent is at an all-time high, while some suggest that given-so, that talent plays perhaps too mechanical; too system-oriented. “Too much parity,” some will suggest. One thing most agree on now, more than ever, is when any team […]
Bruins Enjoying Serious Success With Coach Cassidy
It is never easy to be told that your services are no longer needed. As a head coach of a sports team, that day can come at any time. Just ask Boston Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy. Cassidy had his first shot as a National Hockey League head coach with the Washington Capitals 18 years ago. […]
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Maple Leafs’ Mailbag: Questioning Defence, Draft Picks & Will Matthews Leave
The questions keep rolling in from fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs as their play-in series draws closer and, while they don’t all have to do with their matchup with the Columbus Blue Jackets, the team’s fans want to know what’s going on with this team. Now, I won’t pretend to have a crystal ball […]
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Today in Hockey History: July 8
This date, in 1995, proved to be a very eventful one with the National Hockey League’s annual Entry Draft and the usual dealings that go with it. Over the years, it has also seen some veteran players end up in new places and a successful coach getting his first job in the league. A Busy […]
Statement From The Chicago Blackhawks On Their Name And Logo
Chicago Blackhawks’ statement on their team name and logo pic.twitter.com/h4hWDL0apQ — Scott Powers (@ByScottPowers) July 7, 2020
TSN Insiders Today
Bob McKenzie joins Gino Reda with the latest on the Return to Play schedule and why the league is hoping to play three games a day in each Hub city of Toronto and Edmonton. He also touches on a clause in the new agreement that could allow the league to prevent 'high risk players' from playing. Watch at TSN. Should add that the 12 noon-4 pm-8 pm template/schedule can/will be tweaked here and there on some days depending on TV scheduling/needs etc. Another way of saying I forgot to mention that on Insider Trading. — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 7, 2020
Maple Leafs News & Rumors: Kessel, Marner, Matthews & Salary Cap
In this edition of Toronto Maple Leafs News & Rumors, I want to review Phil Kessel’s time with the team. I also want to share speculation about which Maple Leafs are likely to make Team Canada for the 2022 Beijing Olympic Games. Related: Maple Leafs News & Rumors: Hyman, Robertson, Tavares & Matthews Third, I […]
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Dosdall-Arena Back with Riveters, Wohlfeiler Re-Joins Whale
Two players from the NWHL’s first season are returning for the upcoming season. One of them has been a part of the league since day one, the other returned last season after a three-season hiatus where she played overseas. On July 6 the Connecticut Whale announced that a familiar face would be rejoining their team […]
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NHL Media Types Unsure How They Will Cover The Playoffs
from Jim Morris at CBC, Rob Corte, vice president of Sportsnet and NHL Production, said many of the tournament's details – especially those related to the media – still haven't been finalized. "Part of the challenge is, there's been so many different ideas and potential ways to do this," Corte said. "We've been having so many discussions, and when you think you're moving in a certain direction, then about 10 more questions come up that actually disqualify everything you have been thinking before. "That's probably been the frustrating part." Print journalists are also waiting to learn how they will go about their jobs. "We have been told there has been no determination made yet in terms of media access and what that may or may not look like," Frank Seravalli, president of the Professional Hockey Writers Association, said in an email. "The situation remains in flux." read on
NHL Rumors: Oilers, Bruins, Blackhawks, Recapture Penalties, More
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there is news on the type of contract the Edmonton Oilers might offer Ethan Bear, news on Jake DeBrusk not taking a hometown discount to stay with the Boston Bruins, the Chicago Blackhawks are expected to sign a top defensive prospect, and other top prospects have a small window to […]
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Video- Weird Stuff In The Past Ten Years
via the YouTube page of the NHL, Mike Smith falls victim to an improbable bounce, Tuukka Rask loses an edge at an inopportune time, Bobby Ryan scores with an opponents stick while Shane Doan fakes out Frederik Andersen with a broken stick.
Canadiens Need Kotkaniemi to Bounce Back vs. Penguins
It’s an exaggeration to suggest the Montreal Canadiens’ chances against the Pittsburgh Penguins in their play-in round rest on sophomore-forward Jesperi Kotkaniemi’s shoulders. Only a slight one though. Price Leads the Way for Canadiens Obviously, the Canadiens will look primarily to goalie Carey Price to steal a few games. Reports indicated Price was one reason […]
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Will Any Player Say Pass On The Playoffs?
from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News, As the NHL inches closer to starting the playoffs, there will be a lot made of the fact that players can opt out of playing out this season for any reason. A player can tell his employer that playing this season will get in the way of his golf game and he’ll be able to skip the playoffs with impunity. This will be seen as a triumph for the players. You have to wonder why the NHL and NHL Players’ Association even bothered to take the time to negotiate this aspect of the agreement. Here’s a bold prediction, a hot take, if you will. Of the 744 players – 31 for each of the 24 teams taking part – who will be eligible to play in the playoffs starting in August, I don’t believe a single one will opt out of playing. Not one. No number of positive cases of COVID, which is essentially at 35 and counting, no amount of risk and the possibility of not making anything more beyond playoff bonus money will keep these guys off the ice. The players agreed to hold back their last paychecks from this season as part of their contribution to offset the owners’ losses and reduce the amount of escrow and players never get paid during the playoffs. That will reduce the amount they owe by about $140 million. Players whose teams lose in the first-round play-in series will receive $20,000 each and those whose teams win the Stanley Cup will make an extra $240,000. Neither of those is a insignificant amount of money, but for most of the stars of the NHL, it basically represents money that gets lost in their couches. If the Toronto Maple Leafs manage to win 19 games and capture the Stanley Cup, Mitch Marner, John Tavares and Auston Matthews will receive approximately 1.5 percent of what their signing bonuses and salaries were supposed to be this season. continued
A Win-Win Agreement
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet, A strange sensation may have washed over you early Monday evening. Call it the promise of labour peace in our time. Unless you are middle-aged, or took a keen interest in labour negotiations before grade school, this isn’t something you’ve experienced courtesy of the NHL. Before this announcement of a memorandum of understanding to extend the collective bargaining agreement through the 2025-26 season, if ratified, you have known the 2012-13 lockout … and the 2004-05 lockout that wiped out the entire season … and the 1994-95 lockout … and the 1992 strike. That dispute-filled past provides context every bit as important to this agreement as our uncertain present, which underpins the new deal. The transition rules and a four-year extension to the CBA are built around sharing the economic pain brought on by the coronavirus pandemic until more prosperous days return. Let it be said that this is what leadership looks like in difficult times. continued
Noah Delemont – 2020 NHL Draft Prospect Profile
Noah Delemont 2019-20 Team: Acadie-Bathurst TitanDate of Birth: Feb. 7, 2002Place of Birth: Biel-Bienne, SwitzerlandHt: 5-foot-10 Wt: 168 poundsShoots: LeftPosition: DNHL Draft Eligibility: 2020 first-year eligible Rankings The Hockey Writers (Fisher): 286th The Hockey Writers (Forbes): 163rd While Noah Delemont may not be ranked on some scouts lists, there still are a lot of things […]
Revisiting the Panthers’ 1996 Stanley Cup Final Run
The Florida Panthers haven’t had much playoff success in their 27-year history, but in just their third season in the NHL, they made a surprise run to the Stanley Cup Final. The Panthers were coming off a 1994-95 season where they were just one point shy from making the playoffs. Led by general manager Bryan […]
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What Joe Sakic Means to the Avalanche
There is no question Joe Sakic was a spectacular professional ice hockey player. His leadership on and off the ice drove the team to success. Although there have been some questions regarding choices made during his time in the Colorado Avalanche management roles, he’s proven worthy in all positions. What is so amazing about the […]
Red Wings’ 2019 Draft Class Trending Up
When the Detroit Red Wings shocked the hockey world by taking Moritz Seider sixth-overall in the 2019 NHL Draft, there was mixed sentiment about both Seider and Detroit’s 2019 draft class. A year later, Steve Yzerman’s initial draft as the Red Wings’ general manager can be viewed much more favorably. Let’s dive into Detroit’s 11 […]
Prospects News & Rumors: Rankings, Second Pick & Perfetti
One of the top prospects experts has released his annual top 50 rankings of NHL prospects that have already been drafted. Also, the real drama of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft will begin with the second pick and we profile one of the centers of this year’s draft class. Wheeler’s Top 50 Scott Wheeler of […]
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Today in Hockey History: July 7
July 7 is a very important date in National Hockey League history as a pair of signings made it easier for players from Europe to come over, forever changing the game. There were also a handful of coaching moves and the birth of a Hall of Famer who is beloved in the Mile High State. […]
Jets’ 30-Skater Training Camp: 3 More Moose Who Could Make the Roster
It looks like more players will be joining the Jets’ so-called ‘taxi squad’ than previously expected. News came out recently that the 24 NHL teams returning to action on Aug. 1 for summer playoffs in two hub cities will be allowed to carry 30 skaters through Phase 3 — the training camp stage — of […]
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Video- CBA Talk
via Sportsnet's YouTube page, Sportsnet NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman joins David Amber to break down the key points of the NHL & NHLPA’s CBA agreement. Find out who came out a winner, who won’t like the new deal, and when Elliotte plans on shaving his beard.
Ice In August
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun, The next logical question for the NHL after COVID-19 testing and securing the bubble environment for 12 teams in each hub, will be keeping its main stages, Scotiabank Arena and Rogers Place, from becoming mush. Commissioner Gary Bettman got out in front of that months ago, insisting ice-making technology has advanced to the point where high temperatures wouldn’t be a problem and the experts say there will be another huge advantage for arena staff — the COVID crowd curtain. “There aren’t going to be fans in the building,” said Bob Hunter, former general manager of SBA/Air Canada Centre and now CEO of Toronto Wolfpack rugby. “That’s just as important as what the weather is outside. You get 18,000 people in there and they generate a lot of heat. By the second and third periods, it’s a challenge to keep the ice hard and fast. “When I worked there, we were able to get the humidity down. We spent $5.3 million on a de-humidifier many years ago and I know they’ve made improvements since. Just look at Las Vegas hosting a Stanley Cup final in June a couple of years ago.” continued
Detroit Red Wings Draft Candidates: Jamie Drysdale
If you ask any Red Wings fan about the greatest weakness on their favorite team’s roster, chances are that they will bring up the defense. With a goals-against per-game average of 3.73, it’s easy to see why. The best defender on the 2019-20 Red Wings was Filip Hronek, and this was his first full season […]
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NHL and NHLPA Reach CBA Deal: The Must-Know Details
After a few days of lengthy negotiations and multiple updates from NHL insiders noting the NHL and NHLPA were working on the final details of a new deal that would see them put pen to paper on a new CBA, it appears those negotiations are now complete. Pending ratification from the Board of Governors and […]
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Flames Will Have Rittich on a Short Playoff Leash
The 2019-20 season was certainly an interesting one for the Calgary Flames. If you didn’t follow them closely and just took a look at the standings, it would appear they had a pretty good season as they finished third in the Pacific Division with a record of 36-27-7. However, if you did follow them closely, […]
James Neal Buyout More Likely With Flat Salary Cap?
No matter how you paint the picture, a James Neal buyout isn’t pretty. If the Edmonton Oilers choose to cut loose their veteran forward thanks the announcement of a flat salary cap — or simply because they’ve decided he’s too pricey an option to keep around for the production he brings — the organization will […]
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Oilers’ Best Goalie Option for 2020 Playoffs
Though no official date has been announced for the start of this year’s 24-team postseason, it was reported by TSN’s Bob Mackenzie on July 2, that Edmonton would be one of the two “hub cities” when the NHL resumes. Despite the advantage of hosting games in their backyard, fan-less or not, at Rogers Place, the […]
Should the Capitals Make a Move for Eichel?
Jack Eichel is “fed up with losing.” This comes in the wake of a season when his offensive production, minutes per game and analytics ticked upward for the fifth season in a row. There are a lot of tough questions being asked about the Buffalo Sabres right now, but some have begun to question if […]
Tentative Agreement Reached Between The NHL And NHLPA
NEW YORK/TORONTO (July 6, 2020) – The National Hockey League (NHL) and National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) have reached a tentative agreement on a Return to Play Plan and Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that adds an additional four years to the term of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement and includes transition rules and a new critical dates calendar. As part of the tentative agreement, the following dates have been established: July 13 – start of formal training camps; July 26 – Clubs travel to hub cities; August 1 – start of Qualifying Round. The tentative agreement is now subject to approval by the NHL’s Board of Governors, as well as the NHLPA’s Executive Board followed by the full NHLPA membership. The respective review and approval processes will take place over the next few days and there will be no further comment until those processes are completed.
Best Blues’ Center by Decade
Throughout the 50-plus year history of the St. Louis Blues, they’ve had a large number of great forwards, especially centers. From Adam Oates to Ryan O’Reilly and others, the history of centers in St. Louis is rich. Related: John LeClair – A Prototypical Power Forward With there being six decades worth of Blues hockey, we […]
Bubble Plan “Could Work”
from Michael Traikos of the National Post, The rules are extreme — if not excessive. Handshakes and high-fives are prohibited. The same goes for fist bumps. During games, you can’t re-use towels. After games, you can’t use the spa, sauna or steam room to soak those sore muscles. Want to take the elevator to your hotel room? Make sure to use your knuckle or elbow — not your finger — to push the buttons. And remember that talking is strictly off limits once the doors close. The 47-page return-to-play document, which covers everything from daily tests and disinfecting dressing rooms to preparing team meals and the proper way of behaving in the hotel, still has to be agreed upon by the NHLPA and the Board of Governors. And with a failure-to-comply penalty of a lost draft choice, it might sound a tad draconian. But according to an infectious disease physician, the strict guidelines is what separates the NHL from the NBA and MLB in being able to safely crown a champion sometime this year. “I’ll be honest with you — I’m impressed. I think they’ve thought long and hard about this,” said Dr. Sumon Chakrabarti, who is based out of Trillium Health Partners in Mississauga, Ont. “This plan could work. It is certainly a possibility. I think the chance of the NBA or MLB (returning) right now is very, very unlikely. But I think this is a good idea.” continued
It’s All About The Cup For Pierre-Edouard Bellemare
from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare has put his two young children to bed almost every night for nearly four months since the NHL paused its season March 12 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Avalanche center now faces the possibility of not being in the same room with his family for a minimum of five weeks if the Avs reach the Western Conference finals in the proposed 24-team playoffs. The NHL is still working on an official Phase 4 return-to-play announcement to coincide with a new collective bargaining agreement with the NHL Players Association, but according to a TSN report published late Sunday night, the league will conduct its 24-team playoffs in two “bubble” cities — Edmonton and Toronto. It will also not allow advancing teams to see their families until the conference finals.... “It’s a difficult situation. As the parent of two, it’s going to be really mentally difficult to not see your family for a while. I have mixed feelings about it,” Bellemare said Monday in a phone interview. “But I’m ready to return to play. We have a great team. I’m ready to win the Cup. I’m ready to make some sacrifices to win that Cup.”... “It’s a different situation right now, but normally when you come to pre-camp, you’re already in town and you’re practicing on the ice in different groups. This is similar but I feel like the intensity is a little bit higher just because everybody realizes what’s at skate,” he said. “So everybody is trying to get back to feeling good on the ice but also thinking about getting that edge quick because it’s going to come fast.” more
Erie Otters Enjoying Excellent Offseason
Now that the CHL Import Draft is completed, I thought this would be a good time to take the temperature of the Erie Otters to see where they’re at as a team at this point in the offseason. While most of the attention is going to the North Bay’s and Niagara’s of the world thanks […]
Canadiens Can Find Opportunity in a Flat Cap
The COVID-19 pandemic hit the NHL hard, with teams looking at an estimated loss of $1.31 million per home game. It’s no wonder the league is going full steam ahead with the 24-team play-in format to offset the losses and try to bring back a sense of normalcy. That being said, those financial losses will […]
Paying Tyler Bertuzzi And His Play Continues To Improve
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press, Bertuzzi has hovered near 50 points two years in a row. That will help his cause in the offseason, as he’s a restricted free agent. He is coming off a two-year, $2.8 million contract ($1.4 million salary cap hit) and is likely to be signed to a four- or five-year contract in the $4.5 million annually range. Read: Red Wings' 2017 draft review: 11 picks, but only 2 projected for rebuild Bertuzzi, 6-foot-1 and 199 pounds, isn’t a fluid skater, but makes up for it with grit and savvy. He’s effective in front of the net, and at digging pucks out of corners. He has developed excellent chemistry with Larkin and Mantha. Bertuzzi projects in the 25-goal, 55-point range for next season (based on an 82-game season, which the NHL has said there will be in 2020-21 even if the pandemic delays the start until January). If general manager Steve Yzerman makes improvements to the team — such as adding a puck-moving defenseman and shoring up goaltending — Bertuzzi could flirt with the 30-goal mark. more
Jim Paliafito: A Valuable, Little Known Maple Leafs Employee
When you’re hoping to sign a European free agent, there’s no better person for the job than Jim Paliafito, the Maple Leafs’ senior director of player evaluation. Although his name seldom is mentioned outside of hockey circles, he’s one of the key reasons that his employer has a strong team that can and will – […]
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NHL Rumors: Flames, Blackhawks, Oilers, Plus More Positive Cases
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there is news on the Calgary Flames and whether or not Juuso Valimaki will join the team. In Chicago, there is potential pressure to change the team name and a shadow named Brent Seabrook ‘s status lingering over the roster. Would the Blackhawks even entertain the idea of a name […]
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Prospects News and Rumors: European Scouting, KHL, Andrae
With so much uncertainty surrounding the 2020-21 NHL season right now, a new factor may be added to the fold in the form of European hockey. Today, we will look at two effects hockey in Europe could have on prospects, as well as one of the top European defensemen available at the draft. Scouting Prospects […]
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Your Weekly COVID-19 Report
NHL statement on COVID-19 testing results: pic.twitter.com/NDWmOwnvnf — NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) July 6, 2020
Staying Within The Bubble
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet, It remains to be seen if any player even gets inside the “secure zone” the NHL hopes to create in Edmonton and Toronto this summer. But the consequences for leaving that highly controlled area and re-entering during a season restart are already tentatively set: At least four days confined to your hotel room, with four consecutive negative results needed from coronavirus tests before you’re able to resume practising, playing or just walking around the bubble. That’s part of a dense booklet of protocols finalized Sunday, but still subject to ratification by NHL players and owners. Voting should happen in the coming days, once the NHL and NHL Players’ Association finish the framework of a new collective bargaining agreement and tie up other loose ends. The protocols they agreed to for Phase 3 (training camps) and Phase 4 (competition) are at once expansive and open-ended. For example, it’s not entirely clear how players with an excused absence for the birth of a child, or an illness or death in the family, will be reintroduced to the bubble beyond needing to produce the series of four negative tests. continued
Canadiens News & Rumors: Julien, Ribeiro & Romanov
In today’s Montreal Canadiens news and rumors roundup, Claude Julien addresses the fans request to tank for the top pick, Mike Ribeiro gives his thoughts on the Shea Weber/PK Subban trade and his future, plus, the potential CBA modifications as the NHL/NHLPA continue to negotiate. Finally, will Alexander Romanov be able to play? Claude Julien […]
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Sharks Need More Defense for Burns & Karlsson
The San Jose Sharks have two of the best defensemen in the league, or at least two defensemen who used to be elite in Erik Karlsson and Brent Burns. The 35-year-old Burns is under contract for another five years at $8 million per year and the 30-year-old Karlsson for another seven years at $11.5 million […]
The WHA – A Look Back at the Upstart Hockey League
As the National Hockey League continued to prosper in the early 1970s, there was a demand for more teams in more cities throughout much of the United States and Canada but at such a high risk, the league was hesitant to attempt to grow too quickly. After all, it took almost 41 years to branch […]
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Your Guide To The NHL Draft For 2021
With the action on pause of 2020, many of us are looking forward to 2021 for all the excitement of an NHL draft. But which players should you be looking out for that can bring value to the league? To help you out, we have compiled a list of players we think you should be aware of that are in the 2020 draft.
Top 5 Canucks Jerseys in Franchise History
The Vancouver Canucks have had some iconic jerseys over the years, and this season they have chosen to revisit some iconic kits of their history. This article will take a look at five of my favourite jerseys of the Canucks’ 50-year history, and why I think they are worthy of being among the best jerseys […]
2020 NHL Draft: Fisher’s Final Rankings for Forwards
Fisher’s Top 500 Final Rankings Final Rankings for Overagers Final Rankings for Goaltenders Final Rankings for Defencemen This series is further analyzing my final rankings for the 2020 NHL Draft by position, by league and by country. Today will focus on the forwards — starting with the overall group before sorting them by centres, right […]
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Devils Should Pass on Sanderson at 7th Overall
Now that we know the New Jersey Devils hold the seventh overall pick at the 2020 Draft, it’s time to begin discussing what they could do with the selection. There should be a few highly skilled forwards available that the team needs if they want to build around Nico Hischier and Jack Hughes. The prevailing thought […]
Blackhawks News & Rumors: Seabrook’s Playing Status, Contract & Carlsson
Brent Seabrook made headlines over the weekend as he reportedly wants to play if the season is restarted next month. Also, news on the future of the league’s salary cap doesn’t help the Blackhawks, especially with Seabrook’s contract being active. Finally, one of the team’s youngsters on the blue line celebrated another trip around the […]
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Morning Line- Damien Cox
If the NHL can actually pull off this bubble deal, it would be one of the great successes in league history. Problem is, league already encasing entire experiment in secrecy. Public has a right to know facts, not just NHL public relations propaganda. NHL should and must reveal names of those who test positive, and make public any and all violations by team members. This isn’t their secret to keep. -Damien Cox via Twitter
Jack Finley – 2020 NHL Draft Prospect Profile
Jack Finley 2019-20 Team: Spokane ChiefsDate of Birth: Sept. 2, 2002Place of Birth: Kelowna, British ColumbiaHt: 6-foot-5 Wt: 207 poundsShoots: RightPosition: CNHL Draft Eligibility: 2020 first-year eligible Rankings NHL Central Scouting: 38th (Among NA skaters) The Hockey News: 109th The Hockey Writers (Bell): 93rd The Hockey Writers (Fisher): 68th The Hockey Writers (Forbes): 82nd Jack […]
Today in Hockey History: July 6
Some of the best players of the 1990s were rewarded for their performances on this date. July 6 also saw a number of coaching changes, roster moves and the birth of two players who left their mark on the game with brilliant National Hockey League careers. 1995 Postseason Awards The NHL handed out their postseason […]
Options For The Detroit Red Wings with The #4 Pick
from Ansar Khan of Mlive, The list of players they might take includes centers Cole Perfetti of Saginaw (OHL) and Marco Rossi of Ottawa (OHL), Swedish wingers Lucas Raymond (Frolunda) and Alexander Holtz (Djurgardens) and defenseman Jamie Drysdale of Erie (OHL).... The Red Wings need scoring and they need help on the blue line. They also need a goaltender of the future and Yaroslav Askarov of St. Petersburg (Russia) is sure to be available at No. 4. But it seems unlikely the Red Wings would take a goalie that high. Here is a look at some post-draft lottery projections on who the Red Wings will select at No. 4: Sportsnet: Cole Perfetti, C-LW, Saginaw (OHL) Sam Cosentino writes: “There are countless ties between Detroit and Perfetti. Most importantly, Perfetti spent the season a short drive away from the Motor City, allowing everyone in the organization to get multiple looks as well as get up close and personal to know him away from the rink. He’s equally as impressive a young man as he is a player. For Perfetti, his hockey IQ may be the best in this draft class. His awareness is uncanny. Anticipating a play in neutral ice or jumping the play to earn a breakaway is not uncommon.” TSN: Jamie Drysdale, D, Erie (OHL) Craig Button says: “It changes significantly from 1 to 4, but it doesn’t with respect to Jamie Drysdale, a No. 1 elite, complete, right-shot defenseman. You can build a winner with Jamie Drysdale on your blue line.” more
Videos- Discussing The Deal Between The NHL And NHLPA
First up is Sportsnet, 8 1/2 minutes long. Below is TSN with Bob McKenzie, a bit over 3 minutes to watch. TSN below...