Maple Leafs Won’t Miss Playoffs Simply Due to Hurricanes Loss
The good news is the Toronto Maple Leafs won’t miss the playoffs based solely on their embarrassing loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night. Emergency goalie David Ayres may have stolen the spotlight, but the Canes far from stole two points from the Leafs, who just didn’t show up when it mattered. In that […]
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Only Option for Avalanche Is to Ride Francouz
They say that wherever there’s smoke there’s fire. The Colorado Avalanche had better hope it doesn’t ring true in the wake of rumors general manager Joe Sakic is looking to upgrade his goaltending, with Philipp Grubauer hurt and backup Pavel Francouz set to now start. Grubauer Now Hurt Of course, the injuries, with Grubauer joining […]
Devils’ Best Bet Is to Make Hischier Next Captain
The New Jersey Devils’ Blake Coleman trade may be getting all the attention. However, the deal that sent ex-captain Andy Greene to the New York Islanders is the one that has truly ushered in a new era. Coleman Deal Outshines Greene One Granted, the haul interim general manager Tom Fitzgerald got in exchange for Coleman […]
Canadiens GM Showdown: Bergevin vs. Gainey
In this second installment of a four-part series comparing Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin to his four immediate predecessors, we take a look at Bob Gainey. It’s been 25 years since the Habs last won the Stanley Cup. In that time, players have come and gone, but so have GMs. Five in fact have […]
Top Hurricanes Trade Targets to Fill Hamilton Void
The Carolina Hurricanes aren’t doing horribly without defenseman Dougie Hamilton, but they do miss him. At a relatively mediocre 5-3-1 since Hamilton’s mid-January injury, the ninth-place Hurricanes are staying alive in the playoff race, but just barely. Reports have consequently emerged, saying they would consider moving one of their two projected 2020 first-round picks to […]
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Wild Get Full Value for Zucker in Unnecessary Trade
General manager Bill Guerin certainly got the Minnesota Wild’s money back and then some by trading forward Jason Zucker, a second-round pick back in the day. That’s the way Wild fans have to look at Zucker, because otherwise it’s hard to see it as a win. Zucker to the Penguins In Zucker, the Wild have […]
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Predators Owe Season to Hart Candidate Josi
Do teams still count as top-heavy if the so-called “top” comprises just a single name? Because top to bottom, the Nashville Predators are not a playoff team… far from it. And yet captain Roman Josi has seemingly single-handedly willed them to within one point of a Western Conference wild-card spot. Predators a Single Point out […]
North Stars with 100-Point Seasons
Admittedly, the Minnesota North Stars enjoyed their greatest success as a franchise once they moved to Dallas to become (just) the Stars. Almost from the get-go, they became perennial contenders, a stretch that culminated in a Stanley Cup in 1999. Ironically though, the franchise’s only individual 100-point seasons came during their years in Minnesota. Granted, […]
NHL Power Rankings for February 2020
In this edition of THW’s Power Rankings, the St. Louis Blues falter and give up the top spot. The Tampa Bay Lightning meanwhile surge into the top five and the Carolina Hurricanes and Arizona Coyotes plummet with their playoff hopes hanging in the balance. Taking into account recent trends, the respective season outlooks for each […]
When Do the Blackhawks Consider Trading Gustafsson?
To make the playoffs, the Chicago Blackhawks absolutely need defenseman Erik Gustafsson and the offense he provides from the blue line. If only things were that simple, though. Gustafsson Headed Towards Free Agency Obviously they’re not. Gustafsson is a pending unrestricted free agent. As a result, the Hawks risk losing him for nothing. That would […]
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Bruins Have More than a Mere All-Star MVP in Pastrnak
Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak may have won the All-Star MVP award this past weekend, but he should set his sights much higher. Pastrnak’s League Lead in Goals Granted, the 2019-20 season is just past the halfway mark and a lot can change. However, for the time being, Pastrnak’s case to win the Hart Memorial […]
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Sharks Owe It to Thornton to Trade Him
The saying goes, if you love something set it free. If the Sharks value center Joe Thornton’s loyalty over his 15 years with the team, they’ll do just that by trading him to a contender. Thornton’s Shot at a Stanley Cup Granted, Thornton has a no-movement clause. It’s possible he won’t want to leave the […]
Panthers Land One of NHL’s Best Bargains in Acciari
If you had told Florida Panthers forward Noel Acciari he’d score 18 goals with his new team, he’d probably have believed you. He just would have thought you had meant over the course of the three-year term of his $5 million contract (total). Instead he’s got a career-high 18 just past the halfway mark of […]
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Flames Have Legitimate No. 1 in All-Star Goalie Rittich
Don’t believe the hype that there’s a Calgary Flames goaltending controversy. The only controversy should be how analysts refuse to give David Rittich the respect he’s earned as the team’s undisputed No. 1 in front of Cam Talbot. Rittich’s Path to the NHL There are a lot of theories as to why hockey fans outside […]
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Capitals Ignore Consequences of Overpaying Backstrom
You would have a hard time denying Washington Capitals star Nicklas Backstrom has been a $9.2 million player over the course of his current 10-year contract. The problem is the 32-year-old likely won’t be during his five-year extension, during which he will almost certainly burden the Caps with that very same cap hit. Capitals Make […]
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Islanders Still Have a Shot to Win the Metropolitan
For the second straight season, head coach Barry Trotz’s New York Islanders are proving the doubters wrong. This time around, despite all appearances, they’ve got a shot at surprising to an even greater degree by winning the Metropolitan. Islanders Have Hill to Climb It may not look good, as the third-place, 27-12-4 Islanders sit seven […]
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NHLers by Country: On Top of Their Game and the World
It may be called the National Hockey League, but it sure feels more like it could be an international one. Of course, the now-defunct International Hockey League was in operation for decades, but as a North American farm league for NHL teams. There’s nothing purely North American about the NHL, not any longer anyway, not […]
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What Can the Senators Get for Borowiecki at the Deadline?
For all of their similarities, Ottawa Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki and forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau are quite different. At least the circumstances surrounding them both as the trade deadline approaches are, anyway. Borowiecki vs. Pageau Both Borowiecki and Pageau are career-long Senators, each originally hailing from the Ottawa area. Hell, they both technically play forward, with […]
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3 Signs the Lightning Are Back as Stanley Cup Contenders
There have been too many false starts and stops to the Tampa Bay Lightning’s mediocre 2019-20 to count, event at just the 41-game mark. As soon as a flash of greatness of last season’s Presidents’ Trophy-winning team appears, it gets ripped away thanks to a demoralizing defeat. Far too often, analysts have attempted to pinpoint […]
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NHL Power Rankings for January 2020
The roaring 2020s are starting off with a bang at The Hockey Writers, with our first-ever NHL Power Rankings, for the month of January. In this inaugural edition, the Stanley Cup-champion St. Louis Blues look to pick up the New Year where they left 2019 off and the Tampa Bay Lightning reach contender status anew. […]
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