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What the Sabres Should Do with Their Free Agents
This is going to be a crucial offseason, as another year passes by with no playoffs for the Buffalo Sabres. Management should know by now that the 2020-21 season is going to be a make-or-break year for so many personnel. Here I’ll dive into the Sabres’ restricted and unrestricted free agents that management should sign. […]
Maple Leafs News & Rumors: Postseason Play, Robertson & Mikheyev
Although nothing is happening yet, decisions are being made. Yesterday, the NHL and the NHLPA (Players’ Association) agreed on structuring the 24-team format. The play-in round will take place between teams 5 – 12 in each conference. That round will be a best-of-five series. However, the conference quarterfinal, semifinal, final, and Stanley Cup Final will […]
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Sabres’ 2019-20 Analytics Autopsy: Forwards
Now that another Buffalo Sabres season is finished – and mercifully so – many are now conducting an autopsy of the past few months. To be sure, there was certainly more bad than good. Extending your franchise record non-playoff streak to nine seasons at a time when over 77 percent of teams made the postseason […]
Canadiens’ Key Players for Play-In Round vs. Penguins
The NHL’s Return to Play format gives the Montreal Canadiens an unexpected chance to make the 16-team playoffs if they can eliminate the favoured Pittsburgh Penguins in a best-of-five series during the initial play-in round. While it goes without saying that Carey Price, Shea Weber, Brendan Gallagher, and Jeff Petry have to be at their […]
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Canucks’ 2020 Mock Draft Recap
Recently I got to participate in The Hockey Writers’ seven-round mock draft with a few of the many gifted writers here at THW. It was a lot of fun to play general manager and scout for a few days as I selected players for the Vancouver Canucks. Related: THW 2020 NHL Draft Guide At the […]
NHL Rumors: Jets, Canadiens, Penguins, Sabres, Oilers, More
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there is news on which teams are opening their facilities to players starting Monday. A Pittsburgh Penguins player has tested positive for COVID-19 and the media in Buffalo are talking a lot about which Buffalo Sabres players might be traded and which ones won’t. Finally, which Edmonton Oilers will make […]
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5 Maple Leafs Second Round Draft Targets
For the second straight year, the Toronto Maple Leafs are without a first-round pick in the NHL Draft. While that pick would’ve been beneficial, the list of high-end talent extends into the second round. With the 50th pick at the moment, they have the opportunity to draft an impact player, or even find another Nick […]
The Devils’ Search For Their Captain
The New Jersey Devils winning ways at one time seemed eternal. For 10 years, from 1995 to 2005, the Devils reigned over the Eastern Conference. So long as Lou Lamoriello was in charge, Devils fans and even the players had unwavering confidence in his ability to assemble a playoff-bound roster. A History of Leaders It […]
Blue Jackets vs Maple Leafs: Breaking Down the Play-in Series
There are a number of significant similarities between the Columbus Blue Jackets playoff qualification round matchup against the Toronto Maple Leafs and last year’s first-round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning. And there are some very important differences, too. Stop me if you’re heard this one before. No, wait, don’t stop me ‘cause you’re going […]
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NCAA Hockey National Championship History: The 1970s
Since the initial NCAA tournament in Colorado Springs in 1948, 72 programs have been crowned the best team in college hockey in the United States. Some obviously won more than others, while others are proud to be champions, even if it was just one time. In the 1970s, while Flower Power and Disco began to take […]
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Today in Hockey History: June 5
June 5 has given us a little bit of everything throughout National Hockey League history. There were epic comebacks, expansion, awards given out and even one of the greatest NHL players signed on with a competing league. Cardiac Canes The Edmonton Oilers hosted the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, on […]
Sharks 2020 Offseason Outlook
After a dismal showing during the 2019-20 season, the San Jose Sharks must use this offseason effectively. General manager Doug Wilson will look to use this time to improve his team. After a down year from players like Brent Burns, Erik Karlsson, and Marc-Edouard Vlasic, they will need to show that their play has truly […]
Building Devils’ All-Time Draft Roster
The New Jersey Devils have drafted 329 players from 1982 to 2019, winning three Stanley Cups while appearing in five during that time. And no team does so without nailing some of their draft picks. That got me thinking, “what would a team made up of the Devils’ greatest draft picks look like?” So I […]
Oilers News and Rumors: Tippett, McDavid, Eakins, More
In an Edmonton Oilers news and rumors update, Oilers captain Connor McDavid popped in and surprised prospect Cole Perfetti after Perfetti won the Scholastic Player of the Year Award. Meanwhile, head coach Dave Tippett talks about preparing for NHL training camp, the Oilers could draft a defenseman, and Ducks’ GM Bob Murray has some critical […]
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Chicago Blackhawks 50-Goal Scorers
Since their founding in 1926, the Chicago Blackhawks (and Black Hawks) have won six Stanley Cup championships. They’re one of the “Original Six” NHL teams along with the Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins and New York Rangers. From Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita and Denis Savard to modern day players Patrick […]
Maple Leafs News & Rumors: Play-In Odds, “Goat” & Unsigned Prospects
In the world of the NHL, we’re not certain of much. A new format for the postseason has been planned, but obstacles must be overcome. Traditional offseason activities – such as the NHL Entry Draft – have been postponed. The salary cap, which before March 2020 was expected to increase for next season, will likely […]
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NHL Rumors: Flyers, Kings, Rangers, Canucks, More
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there is talk that defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere may be on the outside and looking in when it comes to playing with the Philadelphia Flyers. Meanwhile, one team looking to improve their blue line, the Los Angeles Kings, are being linked to a KHL defenseman. The Vancouver Canucks are in search […]
The Ice Rink: A Brief History
This THW Archive piece was originally published in December, 2012. And the music from the skating rink drifts across the town … All across the world, the ice rink has become a home away from home for scores of hockey players and fans. From the sushi-serving confines of the Air Canada Centre in Toronto to […]
Ducks’ Newest Addition Kodie Curran Talks About His Journey
From the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) to USports to the ECHL to Europe and finally the NHL. Not the most common journey for the average NHL player. However, June 1, 2020 will be a date to remember for journeyman Kodie Curran and his family. A lifelong dream was finally realized as he signed a […]
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Top Kings Trade Chips Heading into 2020 Offseason
The Los Angeles Kings may have all the pieces in place for a bright future, but that’s the thing about the future. It’s in the midst of taking shape every single second. For the Kings, armed with one of the best farm systems in the NHL, could it come as soon as 2020-2021? If Kings […]
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