Month: November 2017

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Emily Kaplan: If I was asked this question two months ago, I would have answered McDavid, without hesitation. I believed that the Edmonton Oilers were poised to win a Stanley Cup as soon as this season. Given where things stand now in Edmonton, I’m not as bullish. I do see Auston Matthews hoisting a Cup
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The losses keep piling up for the Sabres. After 25 games, Buffalo is officially tied for dead last in the league with a record of 6-15-4. The team is in the express lane to the golf course – its seventh consecutive season without seeing postseason action. They’ve become boring, depressing and unwatchable. The atmosphere in KeyBank Center
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Sin City has finally brought in a major sports team. After announcing that the Oakland Raiders were bringing their NFL organization to Vegas, the announcement of an expansion NHL team brought life to The Strip. A city that has thrived on tourism and gambling brought a whole new attraction to its streets. Then, a crazy
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6:20 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero asked center Adam Henrique for a chat on Thursday morning. It seemed routine. It wasn’t. “I was shocked,” said Henrique, who was traded to the Anaheim Ducks in a package for defenseman Sami Vatanen on Thursday. “It wasn’t something I was expecting. In
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NEW YORK — Rangers center Mika Zibanejad missed practice and is out with a concussion. The Rangers and Canadiens have exchanged forwards, with Peter Holland heading to New York’s AHL affiliate while Adam Cracknell will report to Montreal’s team in Laval, Quebec. The team announced Zibanejad’s status Thursday. New York also acquired depth center Peter
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Despite missing the playoffs for the fourth straight year, the Toronto Maple Leafs had a few things to be hopeful about heading into the 2009-10 NHL season. Over the summer in a blockbuster trade with the Boston Bruins, the Leafs acquired Phil Kessel to help give their mediocre roster some star power. The Leafs also had two
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Back in the summer of 2015, during the infancy of Don Sweeney’s tenure as general manager of the Boston Bruins, the newly-appointed bossman had a lot of work to do. With the recent departure of fan-favorite power-forward Milan Lucic, Sweeney had big shoes to fill. Eager to replace the assertive, powerful offensive presence provided by Lucic,
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Recent rumors indicate that the Boston Bruins have expressed interest in Edmonton Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Nick Kypreos mentioned the Bruins on Hockey Night in Canada as a team that has checked on the 24-year-old pivot’s availability. The Bruins may be looking for a center for any number of reasons. For starters, Ryan Spooner is a restricted free agent (RFA) again at
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Peter Chiarelli, general manager and president of hockey operations for the Edmonton Oilers, addressed the media in a brief press conference Tuesday morning. Approaching December in the young 2017-18 NHL season, the Oilers find themselves in an unfortunate, but familiar situation — bottom of the standings. Looking to identify problems at hand, members of the media were genuine about
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Ever since Miikka Kiprusoff hung up his pads, the Calgary Flames have struggled to find goaltending consistency. While Mike Smith has emerged as the dependable starting goalie the team has desperately needed, backup goaltender Eddie Lack has struggled mightily. The Flames put Lack on waivers and sent him to the American Hockey League’s Stockton Heat
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The Ottawa Senators could blame a lot of things for their current six-game losing streak. Goalies Craig Anderson and Mike Condon have let in questionable goals at bad times, captain Erik Karlsson has struggled to put up the point totals he usually does, and Matt Duchene has just one goal since joining the team. However,
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Greg Wyshynski: For any NHL team with a tenuous grip on a playoff spot, the phrase “week to week” is the last one you want to hear describing a goalie’s injury. Yet here we are with starter Matt Murray, who was injured on Monday night against the Philadelphia Flyers and is “week to week.” Funny
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On November 25, Montreal Canadiens’ goaltender Carey Price made his return to the lineup following a 10-game stint on injured reserve (IR) with a lower-body injury. While rumours surfaced that it could might have had some relation to his previous knee injury – suffered two years ago – coach Claude Julien was quick to shut
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When a team puts an NHL player on the trading block, and when those players are reportedly allowed to explore trades, it naturally creates a stir among the hockey community. Which team will put together a package to acquire that player? Is that player even worthwhile? During times like this, players will often see their
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The resurgent Boston Bruins saw their four-game winning streak come to a screeching halt Sunday afternoon versus a reeling Edmonton Oilers squad that had won just one contest over their previous five games. The B’s looked lethargic over the first 40 minutes, were outshot 27-11, outhit and generally outworked. Moreover, the result again thrust the
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Twenty-two games into the season, Florida Panthers head coach Bob Boughner has done everything but go on the record and announce what six defensemen he plans on having in the lineup every night moving forward. Unfortunately, Alexander Petrovic has found himself as the odd-man out and a healthy scratch for the past eight games. For
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What do the Vegas Golden Knights need to do to convince you they are a legit playoff threat? Greg Wyshynski: I’ll be a zealous believer if the Knights still have James Neal, David Perron and a significant portion of their current defense corps come the trade deadline of Feb. 26, 2018. The Blackhawks have a