Month: August 2017

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The Toronto Maple Leafs are looking to build on their impressive 216-17 campaign. They were an upstart team that made the playoffs and took the powerhouse Washington Capitals to six games. The Leafs have upgraded their team for the upcoming season. The additions of Patrick Marleau, Dominic Moore and Ron Hainsey should help propel the
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A question was recently posed among our esteemed colleagues here at The Hockey Writers. What is it about your favorite team that makes them special? In other words, why are you a fan, and what are some of the things that enhance your fandom? What might someone just getting started as a fan need to
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A question was recently posed among our esteemed colleagues here at The Hockey Writers. What is it about your favorite team that makes them special? In other words, why are you a fan, and what are some of the things that enhance your fandom? What might someone just getting started as a fan need to
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The Dallas Stars were busy this summer signing arguably the two best unrestricted free agent forwards on the market to multi-year contracts. First, they signed mountainous Martin Hanzal to a three-year deal worth $14.25 million. The 30-year-old Czech native is 6 foot 6 and 230 pounds. Hanzal excels at faceoffs and brings needed help to
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The Dallas Stars were busy this summer signing arguably the two best unrestricted free agent forwards on the market to multi-year contracts. First, they signed mountainous Martin Hanzal to a three-year deal worth $14.25 million. The 30-year-old Czech native is 6 foot 6 and 230 pounds. Hanzal excels at faceoffs and brings needed help to
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It’s almost time for hockey to start up again. The Toronto Maple Leafs have been busy preparing themselves for the upcoming season and have been focusing closely on player personnel. The Leafs had a breakout campaign last season and are looking to build on their momentum for 2017-18. Much of that success was built upon
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Even though training camps open in a few weeks, notable free agents remain without a job. That includes 33-year-old Thomas Vanek, who doesn’t have a contract despite posting solid numbers last season. With the Detroit Red Wings, Vanek posted 38 points in 48 games. After posting numbers like that, there’s no reason why Vanek should
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If the Colorado Avalanche want to have any remote chance of competing for the playoffs this year, they need some of their players to return to form. Even with the new additions to the team, there are still some issues with depth in their potential lineup. Therefore, the Avalanche need their top-end players to be
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Over the last decade, the Boston Bruins have seen it all. After finishing in last place in the Northeast Division in 2006-07, the Bruins developed their squad into a playoff-caliber team, making the playoffs the following season, and winning their first playoff series in 10 years one more season later. The Bruins remained contenders for
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Defenseman Eric Gelinas’ tumultuous career has taken another turn, hopefully for the positive with the Montreal Canadiens. Gelinas’ professional tryout agreement (PTO) with the team qualifies as a risk-free, potentially high-reward move by general manager Marc Bergevin. Gelinas Can’t Make It Work in Colorado Eric Gelinas – (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports) There’s little sugarcoating Gelinas’
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Defenseman Eric Gelinas’ tumultuous career has taken another turn, hopefully for the positive with the Montreal Canadiens. Gelinas’ professional tryout agreement (PTO) with the team qualifies as a risk-free, potentially high-reward move by general manager Marc Bergevin. Gelinas Can’t Make It Work in Colorado Eric Gelinas – (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports) There’s little sugarcoating Gelinas’
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The Pittsburgh Penguins have invited 34-year-old forward Jay McClement to training camp. With Matt Cullen and Nick Bonino’s departures, the team is in need of some depth down the middle and a hole to fill on the penalty kill. Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford has taken a patient approach to filling out the roster and may still
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As the NHL gets closer to the season and contracts start to turn into professional tryouts (PTO’s) there appears to be some resolution on the horizon for a few players teams had their eyes on during the summer. Talents like Matt Duchene, John Tavares and David Pastrnak were among those most discussed when it came
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As the NHL gets closer to the season and contracts start to turn into professional tryouts (PTO’s) there appears to be some resolution on the horizon for a few players teams had their eyes on during the summer. Talents like Matt Duchene, John Tavares and David Pastrnak were among those most discussed when it came
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It’s hard to top the summer Sidney Crosby and the rest of the Pittsburgh Penguins had, as they celebrated all over the world with the Stanley Cup. Phil Kessel won the offseason when he ate hot dogs — and trolled some critics — out of the trophy. And perhaps no one had more fun partying
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This article was originally written in October, 2015. As many hockey fans, and Bruins fans in particular know, the Boston Bruins are the NHL’s oldest American team. Over the last 91 years, the Bruins have gained a massive gathering, and have become one of the NHL’s most beloved teams. In the rich sports region of
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As those signed to NHL contracts look ahead to the start of training camp, there’s one veteran that will be hanging up his skates rather than tying them this fall. Long-time Arizona Coyotes’ captain Shane Doan announced on Wednesday that he is retiring from the NHL after 21 seasons in the league. Doan, a first-round
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As those signed to NHL contracts look ahead to the start of training camp, there’s one veteran that will be hanging up his skates rather than tying them this fall. Long-time Arizona Coyotes’ captain Shane Doan announced on Wednesday that he is retiring from the NHL after 21 seasons in the league. Doan, a first-round
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The Vancouver Canucks have finally embraced the notion that many fans were asking for over the last few seasons – a rebuild. Team president Trevor Linden finally admitted as much this past April, tempering expectations that the Canucks are a playoff club, let alone a contender in the ultra competitive Western Conference. Canucks general manager
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Over the last 25 years, the Detroit Red Wings have had their fair share of skilled Russian hockey players. From Sergei Fedorov and the rest of the legendary “Russian Five” to Pavel Datsyuk, the Wings can attribute a lot of their last two decades of success to these polarizing foreign players. Now with Datsyuk gone,
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This article was originally written in December, 2015. During the dead puck era in the years leading to the 2004-05 NHL lockout, the Canucks’ trio of Markus Naslund, Todd Bertuzzi and Brendan Morrison far from followed the pattern of declining offense in the league. The West Coast Express line, named after the commuter train in
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Former Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan is retiring from the NHL after 21 seasons, he announced in a letter to fans Wednesday. Doan, 40, has played only for the Coyotes, dating back to before the franchise moved from Winnipeg. He was the seventh overall pick by the Jets in 1995. “I’m so grateful and thankful