NHL Rumors: Devils, Panthers, Maple Leafs, Key NHL Dates, More
In today’s NHL rumors rundown, the New Jersey Devils have officially made their coaching and GM announcement changes. The Florida Panthers are losing Chris Pronger and the Toronto Maple Leafs are one of five teams listed by the Hockey news as franchises that will be heavily affected by a flat salary cap. What’s their plan? […]
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Avalanche Need to Take Advantage of the Flat Salary Cap
The NHL salary cap is expected to remain flat at $81.5 million in 2020-2021. Several teams could have used a higher cap limit to re-sign their free agents. Eight teams have 20 or more standard player contracts, or SPC, to fill (teams are allowed 50 max per season) and 12 teams have under 14 players on […]
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It’s About To Get Hectic
from Justin Bourne of Sportsnet, Imagine being told you’re not allowed to have sugar anymore, for some indefinite period. At first you’d miss certain treats. Some food would taste more bland than you’d prefer, but you’d get used to it. In time it would become normal, even if you preferred it didn’t. To some extent that’s been all of us with hockey. The deprivation hasn’t been straight-up “You can’t have food at all” bad — just more like something we regularly enjoyed was taken away. We noticed it a lot initially, and we wondered what we could even consume in its absence. But we eventually settled on halfway-decent substitutes and found a way to move on. Now consider August of 2020, when all of us are now going to be asked to snort Fun-Dips through Pixie Stix from noon ’til night, day upon day. The NHL is serving cookie dough for lunch. Have you seen the planned schedule for the NHL’s return to play? We’ve been dying for even just a single sweet taste of hockey — now we’re about to be shoved in the chocolate river at Willy Wonka’s Factory like Augustus Gloop. continued
5 Greatest Rookie Seasons in Whalers-Hurricanes History
Rookies are often thrust into the spotlight as hockey minds try to predict a young player’s potential for growth. Watching a star grow into their own is one of the more exciting parts of hockey, especially when they show flashes of brilliance in their first NHL season. These are the five rookies who did it […]
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NHL’s 10 Most Impressive Streaks
Numbers, stats, and figures are an integral part of the hockey viewing experience. The game is rife with scoring slumps, hot streaks, losing skids, and dynastic stretches of winning. The thing is, not all streaks are created equal. Sometimes remarkable individual accolades take center stage as one particular player lights the league on fire. During […]
Beauts Re-Sign Klimášová, Hanson Back with Pride
Two of the six NWHL teams made key re-signings over the past two days. Both players played prominent roles for their teams as rookies last season and will be counted upon for that same type of production during the league’s upcoming season. The Buffalo Beauts announced on July 8 that they have re-signed forward Iveta […]
Lindy Ruff Announced As The Head Coach Of The New Jersey Devils
from the New Jersey Devils, Executive Vice President/General Manager Tom Fitzgerald: "We are proud and excited to have Lindy Ruff join our organization as Head Coach. He is one of the most successful and respected coaches in the NHL, not only today, but in League history. His personality, experience, knowledge, work-ethic and focus will provide a calm presence in our locker room. He is the right coach at the right time for our organization. Lindy has a proven track record of getting the absolute best out of his players across the board- stars, role players and everyone in between. His teaching ability, and communication skills will be well-suited for our team, especially our young, developing players. Throughout his career, his teams have been greater than the sum of their parts. I look forward to working together with Lindy as the organization moves forward." Head Coach Lindy Ruff: "I am excited to get back in the lead chair and guide the future of this team. This is a fantastic opportunity to lead a group of great young talent and strong leadership to the next level." said Ruff. "Tom and I will sit down together and build a plan for the coaching staff and I will start to get to work on familiarizing myself with the players and staff. I look forward to bringing this core together, developing our players and putting us on a trajectory that can lead to sustained success in a timely manner. It's an exciting time to be a part of the Devils' organization, and I have the desire and fire to get us on the road towards the Stanley Cup Playoffs and beyond." read on
TSN Insiders Today
TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie joins Gino Reda to update the ratification process of the Return to Play as well as the CBA extension, discuss his biggest area of concern when it comes to starting and finishing the Return to Play, what the bubbles could look like in Toronto and Edmonton, and more. Watch at TSN.
Blue Jackets 2019 Playoffs Bode Well for 2020 Postseason
Let’s start by addressing the big difference between the 2019 NHL Playoff Columbus Blue Jackets and the 2020 postseason Blue Jackets: Lots of talent left coach John Tortorella’s team as free agents last summer. Nonetheless, I think a deep look into the Blue Jackets’ playoff performance last summer bodes well for this postseason. (Note that […]
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A Look at the Victoria Royals Import Player Situation
The 2020 CHL import draft took place on June 30, and the Victoria Royals selected Marcus Almquist with the 27th overall pick. Although they already have two import players on the roster in Phillip Schultz and Keanu Derungs, the Royals were allowed to make a selection as Schultz is now considered a league overage player. […]
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In Cap Trouble
from Michael Traikos at the Toronto Sun, Chicago has 18 players signed through 2020-21 and $7.35 million in available cap space to fill out its 23-man roster. Some of that money has to go to re-upping rookie Dominik Kubalik and Dylan Strome, plus the Blackhawks don’t have a goalie signed. Arizona was hoping to re-sign Taylor Hall in the summer. But with $7 million in the kitty and seven roster spots that need filling, it won’t be a reality unless they can find someone willing to take either Phil Kessel ($6.8 million) or Derik Stepan ($6.5 million) off their hands. Tampa Bay is also in trouble. When are they not? The team has only 15 players under contract and about $5 million leftover to re-up Selke Trophy-candidate Anthony Cirelli and defenceman Mikhail Sergachev, meaning Yanni Gourde ($5.1 million), Alex Killorn ($5 million) or Tyler Johnson ($4.45 million) could be available. And then there’s Toronto. The Leafs, who have spent the second most on salaries of any team in the NHL (the Coyotes are No. 1), have 16 players signed through 2020-21 and only $4.59 million in projected cap space. more
3 Canucks That Could Become Cap Casualties
Before the wrench that is the COVID-19 pandemic was thrown into the mix, the NHL was projecting an increase in the ceiling of the salary cap to between $84 and $88 million. That would have helped the Vancouver Canucks re-sign their key assets in Jacob Markstrom, Chris Tanev, Jake Virtanen, and possibly even Tyler Toffoli […]
Phil Kessel – Alex Galchenyuk Trade Revisited
Over the many years of a legendary career, Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford has shown he does not shy away from making massive trades to make his team competitive. On July 30, 2019, he proved that again by trading away a star player who was crucial to the back-to-back Stanley Cup-winning playoff runs in […]
Maple Leafs News & Rumors: Hyman, Lehtonen, Barabanov & Matthews
Last week the NHL and NHL Players’ Association NHLPA tentatively agreed to extend the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) for another four years, which means it will run through the 2025-26 season. Not much was made of that extension at the time, but it’s a big deal and offers labor certainty for the foreseeable future. As […]
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Prospects News & Rumors: Holtz, Raymond, ECAC & Smilanic
Sweden is likely to produce two top-10 picks in the upcoming National Hockey League draft and their international head coach had plenty to say about them. Plus, college hockey is starting to take hits as conferences drop out of fall and winter sports. Finally, we profile one of the top college hockey recruits heading into […]
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Blackhawks’ Drake Caggiula Has Had One Hell of a Year
Life has been pretty crazy for Drake Cagguila of late. As a matter of fact, since becoming a member of the Chicago Blackhawks in the middle of the 2018-19 season, it’s been a roller coaster for the gritty forward. He was traded to the team in December of 2018, where he dealt with both injuries […]
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Columbus Blue Jackets: The Quest for Success
Since the establishment of the Columbus Blue Jackets, they have been in search of success. While the fans got a taste of success in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, success has been elusive for the organization. In this article the beginnings of the franchise, where the franchise stands now, and what the team has meant […]
Today in Hockey History: July 9
The events of July 9 are full of Hall of Fame names who left their mark on the National Hockey League, both on the ice and in the front office. There were trades, free agent signings, births and retirements. Sakic Hangs Them Up On July 9, 2009, Joe Sakic announces his retirement just two days […]
Injuries Slowing Red Wings’ 2018 Draft Class
Red Wings’ 2019 Draft Class Headlined by first-round picks Filip Zadina and Joe Veleno, the Detroit Red Wings’ 2018 draft class initially looked like a gold mine for the rebuilding franchise. That favorable evaluation was based on then-current talent levels and potential. And potential can only be achieved through player development. But how can prospects […]
Maple Leafs News & Rumors: Eddie Shack, Blue Jackets & John Tavares
As good as the Toronto Maple Leafs have been recently, it’s been 51 years since they last won the Stanley Cup, longer than any other team. They are also second to the Florida Panthers in that they haven’t won a playoff series in 14 years. With a young, talented roster, is this the season? Related: […]
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Mark Your Calendar
via Elliotte Friedman tweets, Stanley Cup Final: Sept. 20-Oct. 2, at latest Tentative date of draft: Oct. 6 Tentative 2020-21 camps open: Nov. 17, with (tentative ) season starting Dec. 1 added 7:22pm, The #FreeAgentFrenzy interview period has now been eliminated under new CBA. Back to old school, scramble on the phone at 12noon ET. — Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) July 8, 2020
Multiple Reports State Lindy Ruff Will Be Named Head Coach Of The New Jersey Devils
from Randy Miller of NJ.com, Devils players campaigned for status quo while management took its time deciding what to do about its interim general manager and head coach. After almost four months of debating, the Devils are going for a big-name head coach by hiring Rangers assistant coach Lindy Ruff over Alain Nasreddine while opting to keep Tom Fitzgerald as GM, Kevin Weekes of the NHL Network reported Wednesday. continued
Maple Leafs’ Health & Experience Key to Beating Blue Jackets
As we inch closer to the qualifying rounds, teams are preparing for Aug. 1. While we’re still in the midst of a pandemic, the hub cities of Edmonton and Toronto offer reassurance that the players will be in a safe environment where cases are on the decline. With everyone’s safety in mind, fans are hoping […]
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Flames’ 2010s First-Round Picks Ranked
The 2010s were an interesting decade for the Calgary Flames. For the most part, their first-round picks did not pan out as they had hoped. Usually, this would result in a very unsuccessful franchise. However, thanks to some great picks in the later rounds, they have made the playoffs in four of the last six […]
Devils Hire Ruff as Head Coach
The New Jersey Devils have hired Lindy Ruff as their new head coach, as per NHL.com’s Kevin Weekes. Ruff, 60, has served as an assistant coach with the New York Rangers since the 2017-18 season. He will cross the Hudson River to take on his first head coaching gig since 2017. Ruff will bring 1493 […]
NHL Rumors: Canadiens, Rangers, Golden Knights, Canucks, More
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, Chris Tanev talks about wanting to play alongside Quinn Hughes, while there’s talk about Hughes and Elias Pettersson extension. Meanwhile, the Vegas Golden Knights could be seeking a backup goalie. Where will they find one? For both the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers, they could be without two key […]
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Watching The Playoffs
The NHL is still working on U.S. broadcast plans for its 24-team postseason restart. The qualification and round-robin games will be shown locally on regional sports networks. Discussions are ongoing this week about how many of those games will be shown... https://t.co/DI3owjqp4Q — Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) July 8, 2020
Should The Wings Draft A Goaltender With The #4 Pick In The Draft?
Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press answers a question about goaltender Yaroslav Askarov being picked by Detroit in the first round... Goaltenders rarely go that early. When the Florida Panthers chose Spencer Knight at No. 13 in 2019, that was the highest one had been picked in nearly a decade (the Dallas Stars took Jack Campbell at 11th in 2010). No goaltender has been picked in the top 10 since the Montreal Canadiens took Carey Price at No. 5 in 2005. While Askarov is tempting, there are too many high-end skaters available to Yzerman to pass up. The Wings lost out on expected top pick Alexis Lafrenière when they were bumped back to fourth, and forwards Tim Stützle and Quinton Byfield likely will be the next players chosen. But that leaves Jamie Drysdale, Cole Perfetti, Marco Rossi, Lucas Raymond and Alexander Holtz as possibilities, all of whom are intriguing. more
Prospects News & Rumors: Forwards, Kalynuk, Gunler
While the 2020 NHL Draft may be months away, this hasn’t stopped THW’s own Larry Fisher from breaking down and ranking literally hundreds of hopeful draft prospects. Today we will look at his recent article about the 2020 forward class (spoiler, it’s a fantastic group). Also, we will discuss the Chicago Blackhawks likely signing a […]
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Canucks’ 2013-14 Season Was a Disaster
It’s been six years since the Vancouver Canucks had one of the worst seasons in franchise history. It wasn’t their worst record to date, but the season featured multiple events that caused a downward spiral. The Canucks landed the sixth-overall pick that season, the highest since 1999 when they drafted Daniel and Henrik Sedin. 5 […]
Olympiques a Must-Watch Team in 2020-21
The hockey world is anxiously waiting for any news about when the 2020-21 season might start for the various leagues around the world. For the QMJHL’s Gatineau Olympiques in particular, the excitement is sky-high. Despite finishing 16th in the league in 2019-20, the team has a number of young, exciting players either returning or that […]
Kings’ Rebuild Won’t Take Much Longer
After winning Stanley Cups in 2012 and 2014, the Los Angeles Kings’ talent has dried up, leaving them struggling to keep up with the younger and faster teams. The Kings have only won one playoff game since 2014, and have allowed much of their Stanley Cup roster to leave the squad. Luckily, many of these […]
5 Saskatoon Blades Make Cut in NHL Central Scouting Draft Rankings
The 2019-20 Western Hockey League season provided a glimpse of what is to come on the ice for the Saskatoon Blades in the coming seasons. After the emergence of the team’s young core this past season, expectations are high for the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, which could feature the most Blades content in more than […]
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Senators Should Trade Anisimov
It is well stated that the Ottawa Senators have one of the deepest prospect systems in the NHL, and it will become even deeper after the 2020 NHL Draft. With the Senators picking third and fifth overall this year, the expectation is that at least one of those prospects will make the team in the […]
The Flyers’ ‘Deuces Wild’ Line
There have been a few famous lines that are recognized during the Philadelphia Flyers’ existence. The Legion of Doom, LCB, and Crazy Eights Line are just a few of the more well-known trios who provided fond memories for fans over the years. Related: John LeClair – A Prototypical Power Forward A line that does not […]
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