Month: May 2017

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With the two most recent signings out of Sweden, Calle Rosen and Andreas Borgman, the Toronto Maple Leafs now have a total of six defensemen competing for a single spot in the starting lineup. This total could be increased to seven if Matt Hunwick returns in the 2017-18 season. Being that Mike Babcock only plays left-handed defensemen
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Ron Hainsey is a former Carolina Hurricanes defenseman. For three and a half years he was the anchor on the ‘Canes blue line, often paired with All-Star, Justin Faulk. In many respects, he embodied the typical NHL defenseman, in that he came to work and took care of his business without fanfare or the desire
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A first-round exit in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs officially closed the window of opportunity for current veterans on the San Jose Sharks. Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau were the catalysts in bringing a Stanley Cup to the Bay Area but to no avail. Doug Wilson has his hands full this offseason as the franchise
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The Pittsburgh Penguins played their worst game of the 2017 playoffs in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup. Although the Penguins won, they should feel as though they lost and then adjust accordingly. The good news is under coach Mike Sullivan, the Penguins have been the king of adjustments. Sullivan has pressed all the right buttons
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This post was originally pubished on December 4th, 2016. It’s been revised with the latest news that Tampa will get the All-Star weekend. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has announced that the Tampa Bay Lightning will host the 2017 NHL All-Star Game at the Amalie Arena next season. The events will take place over the weekend of
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It’s the final week in May, which means it’s obviously a great time to talk St. Louis Blues hockey. Next month the Vegas Golden Knights get to select a player from St. Louis in the NHL Expansion Draft. Expect the Blues to protect seven forwards, three defensemen, and a goalie, rather than the 4-4 strategy.
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Since his debut in the 2015-16 season with the Chicago Blackhawks, Artemi Panarin has caught the eye of many on and off the ice. Often compared to teammate Patrick Kane, there is a lot about the Russian-born star that most of the public doesn’t know. Here are five quick things to know about Artemi Panarin.
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In recent years, the floodgates from NCAA hockey to the NHL have opened up with more and more college players making the jump to the professional ranks. In 2003, 21 percent of NHL players were NCAA alumni. By 2015, the number jumped to 30 percent and continues to rise. The Boston Bruins are one of many
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The Minnesota Wild now have another need that has to be addressed this summer. According to Michael Russo of the Star Tribune, assistant coach Scott Stevens has resigned. Stevens pulled head coach Bruce Boudreau aside recently, telling him his intentions to step down. Boudreau stated that Stevens will be “very difficult to replace” and that
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In the words of defenseman Justin Schultz, Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final was “weird”. The Pittsburgh Penguins ended the game with abysmal statistics, including a barrel bottom-scraping 12 shots. They broke several records, becoming the first team in franchise history not to record a single shot in a period of a Final game
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Last week, I suggested that new Buffalo Sabres general manager Jason Botterill absolutely should consider finding out what it would cost to acquire backup goaltender Philipp Grubauer from the Washington Capitals. My reasoning was simple (at least in my mind): Grubauer will be the best player left unprotected by the Capitals when the expansion draft
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After being one of the top KHL players in the latest few seasons, Russian center Vadim Shipachyov has decided to move on and play in the NHL, signing a two-year, 4.5-million dollars contract with the Vegas Golden Knights. In this translated interview, Shipachyov talked about his move to the NHL, the recent IIHF World Championship,
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The 2016-17 season was a disappointing one for the Detroit Red Wings and their entire fan base. Finishing with a record of 33-36-13, the team missed the playoffs for the first time since 1989-90, ending their consecutive postseason appearance streak at 25 seasons. Most fans could recognize the warning signs a few years ago –
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Hockey is a funny sport, isn’t it? After dropping Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, the Nashville Predators won’t be laughing, but neither should the Pittsburgh Penguins. In the playoffs, a team has to earn every inch of ice. Nothing is a given, and no game is deserved. That’s the idea, anyway. Yet, it certainly
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Winning a Stanley Cup is hard. It requires a good team that plays well when it matters most, as well as a good deal of luck. Winning a Cup and remaining a contender in subsequent years is even more difficult. Players on championship teams often require raises. In a salary cap league like the NHL, a
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When the Edmonton Oilers decided to trade away an aging Dave Semenko during the 1986-87 season they parted ways with one of the most popular players in club history and best enforcers to ever play the game. For those who didn’t get the chance to watch him play, No. 27 could strike the fear of god into opponents without
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The Boston Bruins and forward Anders Bjork have come to terms on a three-year entry-level contract, the team announced Tuesday. Bjork was originally drafted by the Bruins in the fifth round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft and has made headlines for his impressive collegiate play at Notre Dame. #NHLBruins sign forward Anders Bjork to
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During the 2016-17 campaign, the Toronto Maple Leafs iced one of the NHL’s youngest teams. In fact, the Leafs’ average age of 26.7 years was the seventh-lowest in the entire league – trailing clubs such as the Columbus Blue Jackets, Winnipeg Jets, and Edmonton Oilers. Despite being a youthful team founded largely upon raw skill,
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When former Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi traded for Ben Bishop prior to the trade deadline, it created a buzz throughout the hockey world. The deal came just a day after their All-Star and two-time Stanley Cup Champion goaltender Jonathan Quick returned from a serious groin injury that cost him 59 games. The trade begged
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Fans of the Vegas Golden Knights need to watch the 2017 Stanley Cup Final. The Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators are going to give us our final opportunity to watch those players that may be included on the inaugural VGK roster. We covered Nashville last month,  which you can read here. Today we’re taking a look
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Following Game 1 of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final, Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne’s stat line—four goals against, .636 save percentage—did not look pretty. But if you add context to his numbers, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that Rinne played fine, not horribly as his numbers would indicate. Hockey is an odd game
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The Grand Rapids Griffins are heading to the Calder Cup finals for the second time in franchise history, and have a chance to capture their second Calder Cup in five seasons. They won their first championship back in 2013 against the same Syracuse Crunch they will begin to play against this weekend. In this week’s
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This is why the NHL playoffs are fun: you never know what’s going to happen. Upsets are more frequent compared to other major sports like the NBA. We are now set for the finals, which features the team with the fewest points among those that qualified for the postseason — the Nashville Predators. Prior to
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Ron Francis, GM of the Carolina Hurricanes is holding prime cards. As the 2017 NHL Entry Draft approaches, and with it the poaching of players by the NHL expansion Vegas Golden Knights, Francis is his usual stoic self. He knows he’s got a good hand and, like World Series of Poker players, believes he will
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From the eighth seed in the Western Conference to the Stanley Cup Final, the Nashville Predators have provided hockey fans with a wild ride through the 2017 NHL Playoffs. In doing so, the Predators have received contributions from just about everyone in the lineup en route to the franchise’s first chance to take home the
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Barring another injury-riddled campaign, the 2016-17 season was always going to be a campaign in which the Edmonton Oilers made substantial gains in the overall standings. The question was whether or not the improvement would be great enough to allow them to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2006. Considering the club finished the
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After the most successful season in franchise history, the Columbus Blue Jackets find themselves shrouded in a bizarre haze surrounding the future of their goaltending heading into the offseason. On the one hand, Sergei Bobrovsky is almost certainly going to win his 2nd Vezina Trophy as the league’s top goaltender next month. They have a
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The 2017 Stanley Cup Final stage has been set. The Pittsburgh Penguins will try to become the first team since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997-98 to win consecutive Stanley Cups, while the Nashville Predators will try to bring home the Cup in their first try. Offense vs. Defense It promises to be a matchup
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The Calgary Flames have many talented players playing for their American Hockey League affiliate, the Stockton Heat. Many of these players could very well be key players in the Flames’ future. Some of the prospects appear to be NHL ready, whereas some of them may never be in the NHL. In this article, I discuss who
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Keep up, Vegas Golden Knights fans. There are plenty more names you need to know ahead of the NHL Expansion Draft next month. Take a second and get caught up with the teams and players we’ve already covered. When you’re all caught up, let’s talk about the Arizona Coyotes. Arizona finished just a point ahead
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As the offseason ramps up for the San Jose Sharks, there are a few less covered subjects deserving of greater discussion. We’ll start with the three regarding defense and defensemen. Paul Martin Paul Martin has two seasons left on a deal that pays him $4.85 million per season. The Sharks have a challenging salary cap situation. Would
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When Zach Parise arrived in Minnesota, he was viewed as the Wild’s best player. Fresh from a Stanley Cup Final run with the New Jersey Devils in 2012, in which the Devils lost to the LA Kings, Parise announced he would be leaving the team to test free agency. There were rumblings at the time