Month: April 2017

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Sometimes, there is a silver lining to a dreary regular season performance. For the New Jersey Devils, this comes in the form of the first overall pick, which they won in the 2017 NHL Draft Lottery. Luck was on the Devils’ side on Saturday, as they only had an 8.5 percent chance of winning the top
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The world of professional sports is tough. To even the playing ground between first place and last place teams, the draft is often ordered from the lowest-seeded teams to the highest-seeded teams picking in a reverse order of the standings. With draft lotteries, though, the game is changed. In recent years, the team that has finished
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The Colorado Avalanche can finally wave goodbye to their horrendous, dreadful and ultimately heart-breaking campaign of 2016-17. In fact, I just got sick on my keyboard solely from thinking of it. From the Patrick Roy saga, key player injuries, intense trade rumors, to the complete collapse in consistency, the Avalanche had a season to forget. Farewell to
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The Florida Panthers clearly had a disappointing season. The Panthers went 24-26-10 under Tom Rowe, their now-fired interim head coach and general manager, before missing the postseason for the fourth time in the last six seasons and ending with a 35-36-11 record—good for sixth out of eight teams in the Atlantic. Florida was mathematically eliminated
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An early exit from the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs has the entire Blue Jackets organization rethinking where the bar needs to be set. The most successful regular season in franchise history followed with only five games of postseason hockey. For the Blue Jackets, especially head coach John Tortorella, that’s not good enough. In fact, it
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While the Rangers are busy with the playoffs and pushing for the Cup, here’s a look at their farm system and what the future holds for the club. We will be analyzing top and mid-level NY Rangers prospects by position. One day they may be wearing the red, white and blue at the world’s most famous arena,
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When news surfaced on Wednesday about comments Nikita Kucherov reportedly made to Pavel Lysenkov, a reporter at Russia’s Sovietsky Sport, the internet exploded with reaction and speculation. Nikita Kucherov (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports) While some were disappointed with certain comments, others praised Kucherov for speaking his mind. If you aren’t familiar with the situation by
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Twenty years ago, during Flyers’ legend Ron Hextall’s second stint with the team, the Flyers advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals but were swept by the Detroit Red Wings. Hextall’s shaky playoff performance that year marked the beginning of the Flyers’ now two-decade-long search for a franchise goalie. The Flyers have tried it all: drafting
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The Ottawa Senators are just coming out of a very tight first-round series against the Boston Bruins. Plenty of emotion and players rebounding defined the Senators’ determination. Although their opponents pushed back hard each game, the Senators held their ground and found different ways to win. The Senators will offer the Rangers a similar challenge
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The playoffs began with six former Winnipeg Jets suiting up. Of those six former Jets, Montreal’s Al Montoya, Boston’s Drew Stafford, Chicago’s Johnny Oduya and Calgary’s Michael Frolik were eliminated in the first round and their seasons subsequently ended. The two former Jets that remain are New York’s Tanner Glass and Pittsburgh’s Ron Hainsey. Glass and Hainsey are
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It sports, a common truism is that teams tend to get the breaks that they deserve. In hockey, games are often decided by bad breaks and random bounces but the theory behind having a seven game series to determine which team moves forward is because bounces and oddness tend to balance out over time. If
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It’s no secret that the Winnipeg Jets have one of the best prospect pools in the NHL. Since The Hockey News predicted the Jets would be the 2019 Stanley Cup champions, they have added Patrik Laine and Logan Stanley in the draft, plus picked up Marko Dano in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks. The 2016-17
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For the second straight offseason, Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman’s biggest question revolves around who he will be able to re-sign ahead of free agency. Steve Yzerman (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports) Last summer’s list included captain Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov and Alex Killorn, among a handful of others. This offseason, Yzerman’s biggest decisions
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The Winnipeg Jets have built a team through the draft since they arrived in Manitoba back in 2011. This year, more than any other, those draft picks got a chance to play. For many, it was a great year with lots of opportunities. Mark Scheifele, Patrik Laine, Nikolaj Ehlers, Jacob Trouba and Josh Morrissey all
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This past Monday, the epic saga that is the Florida Panthers added yet another chapter. General manager and interim head coach Tom Rowe was relieved of his duties, shuffled to an advisory role in the Cats’ front office. Taking his place in the GM role is president of hockey operations – and the guy who
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The Dallas Stars turned to the past in order to move forward, introducing Ken Hitchcock as head coach at a Thursday morning press conference. Hitch: “This is like coming home.” pic.twitter.com/xmkMsgOc9S — Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) April 13, 2017 “Hitch” broke into the NHL head-coaching ranks with the Stars midway through the 1995-96 season. Despite leading the club to the
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The expression that swept across Craig Cunningham’s face was as difficult to witness as it was to express. The experience for Cunningham is both a challenge and a path of acceptance. By now, most know his story, his journey and hope. Cunningham nearly died on the night of Nov. 19th. The 26-year-old right winger suffered cardiac arrest
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After missing the playoffs for the second time in three years, the Los Angeles Kings didn’t wait long to make changes to the makeup of the team’s front office. On Monday, the team fired general manager Dean Lombardi and head coach Darryl Sutter and promoted Luc Robitaille to the president and head of hockey operations
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While the Stanley Cup Playoffs are starting Wednesday for 16 teams in the NHL, 14 other teams are looking to get a head start on their offseasons. Whether it’s the draft, decisions with coaching staffs or planning which pieces are part of each respective teams’ future, the offseason is often busy for clubs. Even for
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Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan could not hide the anguish that was clearly visible Monday. That’s when Doan met with the Arizona media and tried to answer the question on everyone’s mind. Will Doan return for his 21st NHL season in 2017-18? That dilemma is not reserved for reporters who cover this team on a regular
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The Winnipeg Jets finished off their season on Saturday night, defeating the Nashville Predators and extending their winning streak to seven. That streak is now the longest in franchise history, breaking a record that dated back to 2010 while the team was still in Atlanta. While the year didn’t end the way the Jets wanted
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As the Dallas Stars‘ most disappointing season in over 20 years comes to a close, the summer of 2017 promises to be one of change for the organization. General Manager Jim Nill will wheel-and-deal to improve the Stars’ goaltending and defense, but his first move could happen behind the bench. Though unthinkable in October, the departure of Lindy
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April 3 will now be known as the day national pride and excitement were torn from the hands of hockey fans, as the National Hockey League released a statement confirming that they will not participate at the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The decision came after months of speculation that the negotiations between the
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With just two games left in the schedule, the Winnipeg Jets once again find themselves on the outside looking in. With the playoffs no longer an option, the Jets have now won five straight games. The season wasn’t a complete loss. Lots of good came out of it, including Mark Scheifele cementing himself as an
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The Tampa Bay Lightning signed goaltender Connor Ingram to a three-year, entry-level contract on Tuesday. Ingram’s contract was the third goaltending transaction the Lightning have made in the 2016-17 season. In February, they traded Ben Bishop to the Los Angeles Kings for Peter Budaj in a move that also involved an exchange of draft picks.
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In my previous post, I proposed a few questions to the Los Angeles Kings fan base; primarily whether Darryl Sutter or Dean Lombardi, or maybe both, are to blame for the team’s struggles the past few years.  The Kings might have been officially eliminated from playoff contention after Sunday night’s loss to the Arizona Coyotes,