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On August 15, two former college hockey players became high-profile National Hockey League, free agents. Will Butcher and Alex Kerfoot, both previously drafted, can now sign with any NHL team. Butcher is former University of Denver defenseman. A fifth-round pick by the Colorado Avalanche in 2013, he has the offensive skills many teams covet. He
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The Buffalo Sabres just can’t catch a break. Despite making the playoffs in 20 of their first 25 seasons, the Sabres only made it past the second round twice in that span, falling short of the Stanley Cup on both occasions. Later, backstopped by Dominik Hasek, arguably the best goaltender of all time, the Sabres
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With the departures of several key veterans this summer, the New York Rangers look set to enter training camp with a few holes in their line-up. Dan Girardi, Kevin Klein and Adam Clendening will not return to a defense corps that finished last season tied for 12th in the league in total goals against (216),
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It turns out the Montreal Canadiens actually have many options at center for the upcoming season. Unfortunately, “many” simply implies quantity over quality. Nevertheless, while head coach Claude Julien has some work to do on that front (assuming general manager Marc Bergevin doesn’t on his end), there are some diamonds in the rough that could
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The Ryan O’Reilly trade is a deal that is looked at through many different lenses. Some people see it is yet another misstep of an organization that has lost all of its senses. Others see it as a necessary move that brought back an impressive haul of future prospects for the situation in which the
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Are you a die-hard Detroit Red Wings fan? Think you know all there is to know about the team? Let’s find out. We’ve dug into the past to pull out some key moments by some of the great players and coaches in the franchise’s history. How Well Do You Know the Wings’ History? How many Stanley
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This article was originally written in August, 2009. “Pavel Bure was – and is – the best player to ever wear a Canucks’ uniform.” —Pat Quinn, former Canucks GM The Beginning of an Iconic Career Discussions involving Pavel Bure’s talent always inspire an incredible amount of praise. Songs were written after his arrival, fans were
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The Colorado Avalanche are surprisingly in a bind. Once Nikita Zadorov re-signs with the Avalanche, which seems likely, the team will only have four NHL defenders under contract. Competition for those last two spots will be fierce. Colorado doesn’t have the strongest defensive squad in the league, but they do have many prospects who will
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For the most part, the St. Louis Blues pride themselves on shaping their roster from within instead of seeking players outside the organization. They aren’t likely to sign a highly-touted free agent or pull the trigger on a blockbuster trade before the deadline (Ryan Miller excluded, for obvious reasons). Nonetheless, the Blues have developed a
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BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Buffalo Sabres have signed forward Zemgus Girgensons to a two-year contract. The team announced the deal, which carries an average value of $1.6 million, on Thursday. Girgensons, from Latvia, is the last of the Sabres’ restricted free agents to sign with the team. Buffalo’s first-round pick in 2012 has 37 goals
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New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac will miss four to six months after having surgery on a torn pectoral muscle. General manager Ray Shero announced the news Thursday. “This morning, Travis Zajac underwent successful surgery to repair a torn left pectoral muscle that was suffered last week during off-season training,” he said. “The procedure was
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The Colorado Avalanche’s recent history is one of poor decision making and missed opportunities. As we saw in Part 1 of the Odyssey of Idiocy, the mistakes started early in Colorado’s first rebuild. And as Part 2 showed us, those mistakes led to the second. The 2013 lockout shortened season kicked off with Avs fans
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Former Quinnipiac Bobcat defenseman Connor Clifton signed with the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League and will be attending the Boston Bruins’ offseason camps in September. Former Quinnipiac (@QU_MIH) captain Connor Clifton (’17) reportedly signs with the Boston Bruins’ AHL affiliate, Providence Bruins. https://t.co/dP1FxRKuJb — QU Chronicle Sports (@QUChronSports) August 16, 2017   The
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His name may confuse some with former blueliner Colin White, but if New Jersey Devils defense prospect Colton White ends up with a career like Colin (a member of two Stanley Cup winners: 2000, 2003; 743 games with the team plus 111 playoff games in red and black) that’d be pretty okay for a franchise
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During this time of year some of us are relaxing, enjoying some sunshine, or perhaps cruising down that old country road. Others, we’re still talking hockey mid-August. Today, it’s time to check out the state of the Canucks defence. It was evident on July 1 that the Vancouver Canucks are creating stiff competition during training
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Wednesday, for most Edmonton Oilers fans, was a good day. As was announced mid-afternoon, the Oilers signed Leon Draisaitl to an eight-year extension worth $68 million. It was a deal that will keep one of the team’s premier forwards in the fold for the long term and it represents the second time this summer that
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This offseason the Calgary Flames knew that they needed to find goaltending stability. It was their achilles heel last year and the reason behind their downfall. For the Flames to have playoff success, they need to be far better in that department. Heading into last season, the Flames had this exact problem. At the 2016
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As one of the Original Six teams, the Chicago Blackhawks have a long and storied history in the NHL. We’ve uncovered some key moments, distinguished players and influential coaches in the franchise’s history. So let’s get to it and find out how much you know. How Well Do You Know the Blackhawks’ History? Who holds
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Going out a champion? Not a chance, at least in the case of 20-year NHL veteran Matt Cullen. After winning his third career Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2016-17, the 40-year-old didn’t have an immediate answer as to whether he would continue his hockey career. But news broke on Wednesday that Cullen agreed
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Mikka Kiprusoff’s nine-year stint as the best goalie in Calgary Flames history ended on April 23, 2013, a 4-3 loss to the Nashville Predators. This prosaic bookend to his 12-year NHL career was his 14th loss of the 2012-2013 season; versus eight wins. He had posted his lowest save percentage (.822) since the 2002-2003 season –