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 […]
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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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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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 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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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 […]
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
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 […]
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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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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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 […]
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 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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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 […]
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
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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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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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 […]
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 […]
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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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 […]
Predators: Pekka Rinne Has Short Leash in 2020 Playoffs
One of the biggest question marks surrounding the Nashville Predators is who will be the number one goalie heading into the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs? However, Pekka Rinne’s resume still trumps Juuse Saros’ Related: 7 Things About Mikael Granlund Since 2010, Rinne has been the guy, posting a 2.49 goals-against average (GAA) and a .914 […]
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Blackhawks News & Rumors: Toews, Kubalik, Schedule & More
The latest scoop from the Chicago Blackhawks has a theme: new. We have new faces and new dates to catch you up to speed. We also have some new, yet familiar faces that have joined the team as they are continuing their preparations for their qualifying-round series against the Edmonton Oilers. Return to Play Schedule […]
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Penguins’ 2022 Olympics Roster Projections
After an absence of NHL players from the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, there is hope that they will return for the 2022 Games in Beijing, China. A new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) could see players going to the Olympics in 2022 and 2026, and the league and the NHL Players’ Association […]
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 […]
NHL Players Begin Voting Today
The NHLPA's Executive Board has approved the tentative CBA and referred it to the NHLPA Membership for a ratification vote. pic.twitter.com/nqDpMpZYbd — NHLPA (@NHLPA) July 8, 2020
NHL’s 2004-05 Lockout Still Affecting League
Current discourse about the National Hockey League’s quality of play waxes among those who feel that league talent is at an all-time high, while some suggest that given-so, that talent plays perhaps too mechanical; too system-oriented. “Too much parity,” some will suggest. One thing most agree on now, more than ever, is when any team […]
Bruins Enjoying Serious Success With Coach Cassidy
It is never easy to be told that your services are no longer needed. As a head coach of a sports team, that day can come at any time. Just ask Boston Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy. Cassidy had his first shot as a National Hockey League head coach with the Washington Capitals 18 years ago. […]
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Maple Leafs’ Mailbag: Questioning Defence, Draft Picks & Will Matthews Leave
The questions keep rolling in from fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs as their play-in series draws closer and, while they don’t all have to do with their matchup with the Columbus Blue Jackets, the team’s fans want to know what’s going on with this team. Now, I won’t pretend to have a crystal ball […]
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Today in Hockey History: July 8
This date, in 1995, proved to be a very eventful one with the National Hockey League’s annual Entry Draft and the usual dealings that go with it. Over the years, it has also seen some veteran players end up in new places and a successful coach getting his first job in the league. A Busy […]
Statement From The Chicago Blackhawks On Their Name And Logo
Chicago Blackhawks’ statement on their team name and logo pic.twitter.com/h4hWDL0apQ — Scott Powers (@ByScottPowers) July 7, 2020
TSN Insiders Today
Bob McKenzie joins Gino Reda with the latest on the Return to Play schedule and why the league is hoping to play three games a day in each Hub city of Toronto and Edmonton. He also touches on a clause in the new agreement that could allow the league to prevent 'high risk players' from playing. Watch at TSN. Should add that the 12 noon-4 pm-8 pm template/schedule can/will be tweaked here and there on some days depending on TV scheduling/needs etc. Another way of saying I forgot to mention that on Insider Trading. — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 7, 2020
Maple Leafs News & Rumors: Kessel, Marner, Matthews & Salary Cap
In this edition of Toronto Maple Leafs News & Rumors, I want to review Phil Kessel’s time with the team. I also want to share speculation about which Maple Leafs are likely to make Team Canada for the 2022 Beijing Olympic Games. Related: Maple Leafs News & Rumors: Hyman, Robertson, Tavares & Matthews Third, I […]
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Dosdall-Arena Back with Riveters, Wohlfeiler Re-Joins Whale
Two players from the NWHL’s first season are returning for the upcoming season. One of them has been a part of the league since day one, the other returned last season after a three-season hiatus where she played overseas. On July 6 the Connecticut Whale announced that a familiar face would be rejoining their team […]
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NHL Media Types Unsure How They Will Cover The Playoffs
from Jim Morris at CBC, Rob Corte, vice president of Sportsnet and NHL Production, said many of the tournament's details – especially those related to the media – still haven't been finalized. "Part of the challenge is, there's been so many different ideas and potential ways to do this," Corte said. "We've been having so many discussions, and when you think you're moving in a certain direction, then about 10 more questions come up that actually disqualify everything you have been thinking before. "That's probably been the frustrating part." Print journalists are also waiting to learn how they will go about their jobs. "We have been told there has been no determination made yet in terms of media access and what that may or may not look like," Frank Seravalli, president of the Professional Hockey Writers Association, said in an email. "The situation remains in flux." read on
NHL Rumors: Oilers, Bruins, Blackhawks, Recapture Penalties, More
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there is news on the type of contract the Edmonton Oilers might offer Ethan Bear, news on Jake DeBrusk not taking a hometown discount to stay with the Boston Bruins, the Chicago Blackhawks are expected to sign a top defensive prospect, and other top prospects have a small window to […]
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Video- Weird Stuff In The Past Ten Years
via the YouTube page of the NHL, Mike Smith falls victim to an improbable bounce, Tuukka Rask loses an edge at an inopportune time, Bobby Ryan scores with an opponents stick while Shane Doan fakes out Frederik Andersen with a broken stick.
Canadiens Need Kotkaniemi to Bounce Back vs. Penguins
It’s an exaggeration to suggest the Montreal Canadiens’ chances against the Pittsburgh Penguins in their play-in round rest on sophomore-forward Jesperi Kotkaniemi’s shoulders. Only a slight one though. Price Leads the Way for Canadiens Obviously, the Canadiens will look primarily to goalie Carey Price to steal a few games. Reports indicated Price was one reason […]
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Will Any Player Say Pass On The Playoffs?
from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News, As the NHL inches closer to starting the playoffs, there will be a lot made of the fact that players can opt out of playing out this season for any reason. A player can tell his employer that playing this season will get in the way of his golf game and he’ll be able to skip the playoffs with impunity. This will be seen as a triumph for the players. You have to wonder why the NHL and NHL Players’ Association even bothered to take the time to negotiate this aspect of the agreement. Here’s a bold prediction, a hot take, if you will. Of the 744 players – 31 for each of the 24 teams taking part – who will be eligible to play in the playoffs starting in August, I don’t believe a single one will opt out of playing. Not one. No number of positive cases of COVID, which is essentially at 35 and counting, no amount of risk and the possibility of not making anything more beyond playoff bonus money will keep these guys off the ice. The players agreed to hold back their last paychecks from this season as part of their contribution to offset the owners’ losses and reduce the amount of escrow and players never get paid during the playoffs. That will reduce the amount they owe by about $140 million. Players whose teams lose in the first-round play-in series will receive $20,000 each and those whose teams win the Stanley Cup will make an extra $240,000. Neither of those is a insignificant amount of money, but for most of the stars of the NHL, it basically represents money that gets lost in their couches. If the Toronto Maple Leafs manage to win 19 games and capture the Stanley Cup, Mitch Marner, John Tavares and Auston Matthews will receive approximately 1.5 percent of what their signing bonuses and salaries were supposed to be this season. continued
A Win-Win Agreement
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet, A strange sensation may have washed over you early Monday evening. Call it the promise of labour peace in our time. Unless you are middle-aged, or took a keen interest in labour negotiations before grade school, this isn’t something you’ve experienced courtesy of the NHL. Before this announcement of a memorandum of understanding to extend the collective bargaining agreement through the 2025-26 season, if ratified, you have known the 2012-13 lockout … and the 2004-05 lockout that wiped out the entire season … and the 1994-95 lockout … and the 1992 strike. That dispute-filled past provides context every bit as important to this agreement as our uncertain present, which underpins the new deal. The transition rules and a four-year extension to the CBA are built around sharing the economic pain brought on by the coronavirus pandemic until more prosperous days return. Let it be said that this is what leadership looks like in difficult times. continued
Noah Delemont – 2020 NHL Draft Prospect Profile
Noah Delemont 2019-20 Team: Acadie-Bathurst TitanDate of Birth: Feb. 7, 2002Place of Birth: Biel-Bienne, SwitzerlandHt: 5-foot-10 Wt: 168 poundsShoots: LeftPosition: DNHL Draft Eligibility: 2020 first-year eligible Rankings The Hockey Writers (Fisher): 286th The Hockey Writers (Forbes): 163rd While Noah Delemont may not be ranked on some scouts lists, there still are a lot of things […]
Revisiting the Panthers’ 1996 Stanley Cup Final Run
The Florida Panthers haven’t had much playoff success in their 27-year history, but in just their third season in the NHL, they made a surprise run to the Stanley Cup Final. The Panthers were coming off a 1994-95 season where they were just one point shy from making the playoffs. Led by general manager Bryan […]
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What Joe Sakic Means to the Avalanche
There is no question Joe Sakic was a spectacular professional ice hockey player. His leadership on and off the ice drove the team to success. Although there have been some questions regarding choices made during his time in the Colorado Avalanche management roles, he’s proven worthy in all positions. What is so amazing about the […]
Red Wings’ 2019 Draft Class Trending Up
When the Detroit Red Wings shocked the hockey world by taking Moritz Seider sixth-overall in the 2019 NHL Draft, there was mixed sentiment about both Seider and Detroit’s 2019 draft class. A year later, Steve Yzerman’s initial draft as the Red Wings’ general manager can be viewed much more favorably. Let’s dive into Detroit’s 11 […]
Prospects News & Rumors: Rankings, Second Pick & Perfetti
One of the top prospects experts has released his annual top 50 rankings of NHL prospects that have already been drafted. Also, the real drama of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft will begin with the second pick and we profile one of the centers of this year’s draft class. Wheeler’s Top 50 Scott Wheeler of […]
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Today in Hockey History: July 7
July 7 is a very important date in National Hockey League history as a pair of signings made it easier for players from Europe to come over, forever changing the game. There were also a handful of coaching moves and the birth of a Hall of Famer who is beloved in the Mile High State. […]
Jets’ 30-Skater Training Camp: 3 More Moose Who Could Make the Roster
It looks like more players will be joining the Jets’ so-called ‘taxi squad’ than previously expected. News came out recently that the 24 NHL teams returning to action on Aug. 1 for summer playoffs in two hub cities will be allowed to carry 30 skaters through Phase 3 — the training camp stage — of […]
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Video- CBA Talk
via Sportsnet's YouTube page, Sportsnet NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman joins David Amber to break down the key points of the NHL & NHLPA’s CBA agreement. Find out who came out a winner, who won’t like the new deal, and when Elliotte plans on shaving his beard.
Ice In August
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun, The next logical question for the NHL after COVID-19 testing and securing the bubble environment for 12 teams in each hub, will be keeping its main stages, Scotiabank Arena and Rogers Place, from becoming mush. Commissioner Gary Bettman got out in front of that months ago, insisting ice-making technology has advanced to the point where high temperatures wouldn’t be a problem and the experts say there will be another huge advantage for arena staff — the COVID crowd curtain. “There aren’t going to be fans in the building,” said Bob Hunter, former general manager of SBA/Air Canada Centre and now CEO of Toronto Wolfpack rugby. “That’s just as important as what the weather is outside. You get 18,000 people in there and they generate a lot of heat. By the second and third periods, it’s a challenge to keep the ice hard and fast. “When I worked there, we were able to get the humidity down. We spent $5.3 million on a de-humidifier many years ago and I know they’ve made improvements since. Just look at Las Vegas hosting a Stanley Cup final in June a couple of years ago.” continued
Detroit Red Wings Draft Candidates: Jamie Drysdale
If you ask any Red Wings fan about the greatest weakness on their favorite team’s roster, chances are that they will bring up the defense. With a goals-against per-game average of 3.73, it’s easy to see why. The best defender on the 2019-20 Red Wings was Filip Hronek, and this was his first full season […]
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NHL and NHLPA Reach CBA Deal: The Must-Know Details
After a few days of lengthy negotiations and multiple updates from NHL insiders noting the NHL and NHLPA were working on the final details of a new deal that would see them put pen to paper on a new CBA, it appears those negotiations are now complete. Pending ratification from the Board of Governors and […]
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Flames Will Have Rittich on a Short Playoff Leash
The 2019-20 season was certainly an interesting one for the Calgary Flames. If you didn’t follow them closely and just took a look at the standings, it would appear they had a pretty good season as they finished third in the Pacific Division with a record of 36-27-7. However, if you did follow them closely, […]
James Neal Buyout More Likely With Flat Salary Cap?
No matter how you paint the picture, a James Neal buyout isn’t pretty. If the Edmonton Oilers choose to cut loose their veteran forward thanks the announcement of a flat salary cap — or simply because they’ve decided he’s too pricey an option to keep around for the production he brings — the organization will […]
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Oilers’ Best Goalie Option for 2020 Playoffs
Though no official date has been announced for the start of this year’s 24-team postseason, it was reported by TSN’s Bob Mackenzie on July 2, that Edmonton would be one of the two “hub cities” when the NHL resumes. Despite the advantage of hosting games in their backyard, fan-less or not, at Rogers Place, the […]
Should the Capitals Make a Move for Eichel?
Jack Eichel is “fed up with losing.” This comes in the wake of a season when his offensive production, minutes per game and analytics ticked upward for the fifth season in a row. There are a lot of tough questions being asked about the Buffalo Sabres right now, but some have begun to question if […]
Tentative Agreement Reached Between The NHL And NHLPA
NEW YORK/TORONTO (July 6, 2020) – The National Hockey League (NHL) and National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) have reached a tentative agreement on a Return to Play Plan and Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that adds an additional four years to the term of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement and includes transition rules and a new critical dates calendar. As part of the tentative agreement, the following dates have been established: July 13 – start of formal training camps; July 26 – Clubs travel to hub cities; August 1 – start of Qualifying Round. The tentative agreement is now subject to approval by the NHL’s Board of Governors, as well as the NHLPA’s Executive Board followed by the full NHLPA membership. The respective review and approval processes will take place over the next few days and there will be no further comment until those processes are completed.
Best Blues’ Center by Decade
Throughout the 50-plus year history of the St. Louis Blues, they’ve had a large number of great forwards, especially centers. From Adam Oates to Ryan O’Reilly and others, the history of centers in St. Louis is rich. Related: John LeClair – A Prototypical Power Forward With there being six decades worth of Blues hockey, we […]
Bubble Plan “Could Work”
from Michael Traikos of the National Post, The rules are extreme — if not excessive. Handshakes and high-fives are prohibited. The same goes for fist bumps. During games, you can’t re-use towels. After games, you can’t use the spa, sauna or steam room to soak those sore muscles. Want to take the elevator to your hotel room? Make sure to use your knuckle or elbow — not your finger — to push the buttons. And remember that talking is strictly off limits once the doors close. The 47-page return-to-play document, which covers everything from daily tests and disinfecting dressing rooms to preparing team meals and the proper way of behaving in the hotel, still has to be agreed upon by the NHLPA and the Board of Governors. And with a failure-to-comply penalty of a lost draft choice, it might sound a tad draconian. But according to an infectious disease physician, the strict guidelines is what separates the NHL from the NBA and MLB in being able to safely crown a champion sometime this year. “I’ll be honest with you — I’m impressed. I think they’ve thought long and hard about this,” said Dr. Sumon Chakrabarti, who is based out of Trillium Health Partners in Mississauga, Ont. “This plan could work. It is certainly a possibility. I think the chance of the NBA or MLB (returning) right now is very, very unlikely. But I think this is a good idea.” continued
It’s All About The Cup For Pierre-Edouard Bellemare
from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare has put his two young children to bed almost every night for nearly four months since the NHL paused its season March 12 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Avalanche center now faces the possibility of not being in the same room with his family for a minimum of five weeks if the Avs reach the Western Conference finals in the proposed 24-team playoffs. The NHL is still working on an official Phase 4 return-to-play announcement to coincide with a new collective bargaining agreement with the NHL Players Association, but according to a TSN report published late Sunday night, the league will conduct its 24-team playoffs in two “bubble” cities — Edmonton and Toronto. It will also not allow advancing teams to see their families until the conference finals.... “It’s a difficult situation. As the parent of two, it’s going to be really mentally difficult to not see your family for a while. I have mixed feelings about it,” Bellemare said Monday in a phone interview. “But I’m ready to return to play. We have a great team. I’m ready to win the Cup. I’m ready to make some sacrifices to win that Cup.”... “It’s a different situation right now, but normally when you come to pre-camp, you’re already in town and you’re practicing on the ice in different groups. This is similar but I feel like the intensity is a little bit higher just because everybody realizes what’s at skate,” he said. “So everybody is trying to get back to feeling good on the ice but also thinking about getting that edge quick because it’s going to come fast.” more
Erie Otters Enjoying Excellent Offseason
Now that the CHL Import Draft is completed, I thought this would be a good time to take the temperature of the Erie Otters to see where they’re at as a team at this point in the offseason. While most of the attention is going to the North Bay’s and Niagara’s of the world thanks […]
Canadiens Can Find Opportunity in a Flat Cap
The COVID-19 pandemic hit the NHL hard, with teams looking at an estimated loss of $1.31 million per home game. It’s no wonder the league is going full steam ahead with the 24-team play-in format to offset the losses and try to bring back a sense of normalcy. That being said, those financial losses will […]
Paying Tyler Bertuzzi And His Play Continues To Improve
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press, Bertuzzi has hovered near 50 points two years in a row. That will help his cause in the offseason, as he’s a restricted free agent. He is coming off a two-year, $2.8 million contract ($1.4 million salary cap hit) and is likely to be signed to a four- or five-year contract in the $4.5 million annually range. Read: Red Wings' 2017 draft review: 11 picks, but only 2 projected for rebuild Bertuzzi, 6-foot-1 and 199 pounds, isn’t a fluid skater, but makes up for it with grit and savvy. He’s effective in front of the net, and at digging pucks out of corners. He has developed excellent chemistry with Larkin and Mantha. Bertuzzi projects in the 25-goal, 55-point range for next season (based on an 82-game season, which the NHL has said there will be in 2020-21 even if the pandemic delays the start until January). If general manager Steve Yzerman makes improvements to the team — such as adding a puck-moving defenseman and shoring up goaltending — Bertuzzi could flirt with the 30-goal mark. more
Jim Paliafito: A Valuable, Little Known Maple Leafs Employee
When you’re hoping to sign a European free agent, there’s no better person for the job than Jim Paliafito, the Maple Leafs’ senior director of player evaluation. Although his name seldom is mentioned outside of hockey circles, he’s one of the key reasons that his employer has a strong team that can and will – […]
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NHL Rumors: Flames, Blackhawks, Oilers, Plus More Positive Cases
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there is news on the Calgary Flames and whether or not Juuso Valimaki will join the team. In Chicago, there is potential pressure to change the team name and a shadow named Brent Seabrook ‘s status lingering over the roster. Would the Blackhawks even entertain the idea of a name […]
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Prospects News and Rumors: European Scouting, KHL, Andrae
With so much uncertainty surrounding the 2020-21 NHL season right now, a new factor may be added to the fold in the form of European hockey. Today, we will look at two effects hockey in Europe could have on prospects, as well as one of the top European defensemen available at the draft. Scouting Prospects […]
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Your Weekly COVID-19 Report
NHL statement on COVID-19 testing results: pic.twitter.com/NDWmOwnvnf — NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) July 6, 2020
Staying Within The Bubble
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet, It remains to be seen if any player even gets inside the “secure zone” the NHL hopes to create in Edmonton and Toronto this summer. But the consequences for leaving that highly controlled area and re-entering during a season restart are already tentatively set: At least four days confined to your hotel room, with four consecutive negative results needed from coronavirus tests before you’re able to resume practising, playing or just walking around the bubble. That’s part of a dense booklet of protocols finalized Sunday, but still subject to ratification by NHL players and owners. Voting should happen in the coming days, once the NHL and NHL Players’ Association finish the framework of a new collective bargaining agreement and tie up other loose ends. The protocols they agreed to for Phase 3 (training camps) and Phase 4 (competition) are at once expansive and open-ended. For example, it’s not entirely clear how players with an excused absence for the birth of a child, or an illness or death in the family, will be reintroduced to the bubble beyond needing to produce the series of four negative tests. continued
Canadiens News & Rumors: Julien, Ribeiro & Romanov
In today’s Montreal Canadiens news and rumors roundup, Claude Julien addresses the fans request to tank for the top pick, Mike Ribeiro gives his thoughts on the Shea Weber/PK Subban trade and his future, plus, the potential CBA modifications as the NHL/NHLPA continue to negotiate. Finally, will Alexander Romanov be able to play? Claude Julien […]
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Sharks Need More Defense for Burns & Karlsson
The San Jose Sharks have two of the best defensemen in the league, or at least two defensemen who used to be elite in Erik Karlsson and Brent Burns. The 35-year-old Burns is under contract for another five years at $8 million per year and the 30-year-old Karlsson for another seven years at $11.5 million […]
The WHA – A Look Back at the Upstart Hockey League
As the National Hockey League continued to prosper in the early 1970s, there was a demand for more teams in more cities throughout much of the United States and Canada but at such a high risk, the league was hesitant to attempt to grow too quickly. After all, it took almost 41 years to branch […]
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Your Guide To The NHL Draft For 2021
With the action on pause of 2020, many of us are looking forward to 2021 for all the excitement of an NHL draft. But which players should you be looking out for that can bring value to the league? To help you out, we have compiled a list of players we think you should be aware of that are in the 2020 draft.
Top 5 Canucks Jerseys in Franchise History
The Vancouver Canucks have had some iconic jerseys over the years, and this season they have chosen to revisit some iconic kits of their history. This article will take a look at five of my favourite jerseys of the Canucks’ 50-year history, and why I think they are worthy of being among the best jerseys […]
2020 NHL Draft: Fisher’s Final Rankings for Forwards
Fisher’s Top 500 Final Rankings Final Rankings for Overagers Final Rankings for Goaltenders Final Rankings for Defencemen This series is further analyzing my final rankings for the 2020 NHL Draft by position, by league and by country. Today will focus on the forwards — starting with the overall group before sorting them by centres, right […]
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Devils Should Pass on Sanderson at 7th Overall
Now that we know the New Jersey Devils hold the seventh overall pick at the 2020 Draft, it’s time to begin discussing what they could do with the selection. There should be a few highly skilled forwards available that the team needs if they want to build around Nico Hischier and Jack Hughes. The prevailing thought […]
Blackhawks News & Rumors: Seabrook’s Playing Status, Contract & Carlsson
Brent Seabrook made headlines over the weekend as he reportedly wants to play if the season is restarted next month. Also, news on the future of the league’s salary cap doesn’t help the Blackhawks, especially with Seabrook’s contract being active. Finally, one of the team’s youngsters on the blue line celebrated another trip around the […]
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Morning Line- Damien Cox
If the NHL can actually pull off this bubble deal, it would be one of the great successes in league history. Problem is, league already encasing entire experiment in secrecy. Public has a right to know facts, not just NHL public relations propaganda. NHL should and must reveal names of those who test positive, and make public any and all violations by team members. This isn’t their secret to keep. -Damien Cox via Twitter
Jack Finley – 2020 NHL Draft Prospect Profile
Jack Finley 2019-20 Team: Spokane ChiefsDate of Birth: Sept. 2, 2002Place of Birth: Kelowna, British ColumbiaHt: 6-foot-5 Wt: 207 poundsShoots: RightPosition: CNHL Draft Eligibility: 2020 first-year eligible Rankings NHL Central Scouting: 38th (Among NA skaters) The Hockey News: 109th The Hockey Writers (Bell): 93rd The Hockey Writers (Fisher): 68th The Hockey Writers (Forbes): 82nd Jack […]
Today in Hockey History: July 6
Some of the best players of the 1990s were rewarded for their performances on this date. July 6 also saw a number of coaching changes, roster moves and the birth of two players who left their mark on the game with brilliant National Hockey League careers. 1995 Postseason Awards The NHL handed out their postseason […]
Options For The Detroit Red Wings with The #4 Pick
from Ansar Khan of Mlive, The list of players they might take includes centers Cole Perfetti of Saginaw (OHL) and Marco Rossi of Ottawa (OHL), Swedish wingers Lucas Raymond (Frolunda) and Alexander Holtz (Djurgardens) and defenseman Jamie Drysdale of Erie (OHL).... The Red Wings need scoring and they need help on the blue line. They also need a goaltender of the future and Yaroslav Askarov of St. Petersburg (Russia) is sure to be available at No. 4. But it seems unlikely the Red Wings would take a goalie that high. Here is a look at some post-draft lottery projections on who the Red Wings will select at No. 4: Sportsnet: Cole Perfetti, C-LW, Saginaw (OHL) Sam Cosentino writes: “There are countless ties between Detroit and Perfetti. Most importantly, Perfetti spent the season a short drive away from the Motor City, allowing everyone in the organization to get multiple looks as well as get up close and personal to know him away from the rink. He’s equally as impressive a young man as he is a player. For Perfetti, his hockey IQ may be the best in this draft class. His awareness is uncanny. Anticipating a play in neutral ice or jumping the play to earn a breakaway is not uncommon.” TSN: Jamie Drysdale, D, Erie (OHL) Craig Button says: “It changes significantly from 1 to 4, but it doesn’t with respect to Jamie Drysdale, a No. 1 elite, complete, right-shot defenseman. You can build a winner with Jamie Drysdale on your blue line.” more
Videos- Discussing The Deal Between The NHL And NHLPA
First up is Sportsnet, 8 1/2 minutes long. Below is TSN with Bob McKenzie, a bit over 3 minutes to watch. TSN below...
Details On The Return To Play
from Sportsnet, The NHL and NHLPA have agreed on protocols to resume play, Sportsnet can confirm. The two sides continue to negotiate an extension to the collective bargaining agreement. Once a CBA extension is agreed upon, the NHL’s board of governors and the full membership of the NHLPA will vote on both the extension and the return-to-play protocols that were agreed to on Sunday. The newly agreed-upon protocols cover Phase 3 and 4 of the NHL’s return-to-play plan. According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, this includes a framework for how the return-to-play would be called off if the COVID-19 virus cannot be contained. continued from TSN, The NHL and NHLPA have finalized a tentative agreement on Phases 3 and 4 of the league's return-to-play protocols, but are still working on finalizing the details of the Collective Bargaining Agreement Memorandum of Understanding, according to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie. Both the return-to-play protocols and CBA will need to be ratified by the NHLPA executive committee followed by a full membership vote. However, no ratification will take place until the CBA MOU is finalized. It will also require ratification by the NHL Board of Governors. continued
Tentative Agreement On Phase 3-4, Still Working On CBA
NHL and NHLPA have finalized tentative agreement on RTP Phase 3/4 protocols but are continuing to work on finalizing the details of the CBA MOU. — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 5, 2020
Canadiens’ Phillip Danault Should Be a Selke Finalist
For a second straight season, Phillip Danault of the Montreal Canadiens is in contention for the Frank J. Selke Trophy, awarded to the best defensive forward in the NHL. After finishing seventh in voting last year, the 27-year-old is worthy of being a Selke finalist for the first time in his career following a stellar […]
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OHL Roundtable: 2020 NHL Draft, Sleepers, Offseason & More
Welcome to the first-ever OHL Roundtable Discussion. Joining me in the discussion are fellow writers Aidan Battley, Matthew Zator, Eddy Jones, our prospect expert Josh Bell and our expert OHL writer Mark Scheig. We discussed the top draft-eligible players from the OHL for this upcoming draft, who the biggest sleeper may be from the 2020 […]
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Maple Leafs News & Rumors: Barrie, Nylander & Tavares
I came across an interesting bit of history doing my research for this post. That is, as sportswriter Lance Hornby noted, “Since 1917, more than 1,000 men have worn the Blue and White in Toronto’s NHL history. They’re part of a team that millions of Canadians grew up listening to, watching on TV or even […]
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Junior Hockey News & Rumors: CHL Import Draft, Tuomaala Stay in Finland & More
Even without hockey being played, it was another big week of news for those following junior hockey and the game’s prospects. While the CHL held its annual Import Draft, the Vegas Golden Knights made noise signing a WHL graduate to an entry-level contract. As such, we combed through all the good, bad and the ugly […]
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The 10 Greatest American Hockey Players Ever
Hockey has always been a game dominated by Canadian players, though in recent years it has become an increasingly international sport. But American players have always had a major role in the game, particularly in the National Hockey League. We’ll be taking a look at the 10 greatest American players of all time, along with […]
Prospects News & Rumors: Frost, Bednar & Holloway
One of the top prospects from the 2017 draft class has returned to the ice and is looking to put the lessons he learned during his first professional season to good. Also, a young goaltender is looking to take the next step in his career and we profile an intriguing talent out of the NCAA. […]
St. Louis Blues’ 50-Goal Scorers
Ever since Maurice “The Rocket” Richard became the first to do so in 1944-45, scoring 50 goals in one season has been the pinnacle plateau for NHL goal scorers. The magic 50-number has distinguished the true “snipers” of the league. While Wayne Gretzky once scored 50 in only 39 games – an NHL record – […]
The Worst First Overall Draft Picks in NHL History
Ever since the NHL Draft began in 1963, NHL teams have been utilizing it as the main way to bring in talent to their teams. For the teams that have been able to secure the first-overall pick, chances are they are drafting an exceptional player that can change the outlook of the team’s future. Sometimes […]
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Sidney Crosby’s Top 5 Wingers
In the more than 100 years that the National Hockey League has existed, there have not been many better players to hit the ice than Sidney Crosby. The already Hall of Fame-bound Canadian superstar has dominated at every level and brought the momentum to the then-dying Pittsburgh Penguins. He not only helped put the team, […]
NHL Rumors: Canucks, Avalanche, Bruins, Blues, More
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there is news on Bowman Byram joining the Colorado Avalanche for the playoffs, contract news out of Vancouver as it pertains to Nikita Tyramkin, and questions about whether free agents who aren’t in the play-ins will have a harder time getting contracts than free agents who aren’t sitting as long. […]
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Today in Hockey History: July 5
Despite no games on the schedule, July 5 has been a rather busy day in National Hockey League history. We’ve seen some familiar faces in new places, plenty of coaching changes and a generational talent receive a huge new contract. The End of an Era The face of the Ottawa Senators franchise changed addresses on […]
Rangers’ Future Brighter After Just One Season With Panarin
It feels like ages ago but at this time one year ago, the New York Rangers had just signed Artemi Panarin to a seven-year, $81.5 million contract and drafted Kaapo Kakko with the second pick of the NHL Draft. Kakko was the team’s reward for a dreadful regular season and signing Panarin showed that New […]
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A Bad Year To Be An Unrestricted Free Agent
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal, With the new NHL collective bargaining agreement keeping the $81.5 million salary cap team ceiling, general managers and free-agents and their representatives trying to get new deals are all going, “Uh, oh…this is not good.’” As Brian Burke said Friday on Sportsnet as he talked about COVID-19 and teams looking at huge losses this upcoming season because they could be playing in empty or near-empty rinks for a long time, “We’re not dealing with a lunar landscape, we’re dealing with a Martian one and nobody has been there before.” If you’re a GM, it’s like knowing you need the roof fixed and work on the bathroom and kitchen, but you only have so much money to spend. If you’re a player, it’s the realization that being a free-agent really means you’re not that free. Especially with every team well over 90 per cent of their cap space for next season eaten up already. continued, Oilers related...
Morning Line- Terry Jones
At a time when other leagues are looking lost and about to play games in high risk — some would say insane — situations, Gary Bettman’s owners and Donald Fehr’s players, appear to have combined to give themselves long-term stability with a template to get through the next six years. Maybe seven. They’ve created what appears to be a contract that will allow both to come out the other end of the COVID-19 pandemic and current economic challenges triumphing together. -Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun. Jones has more on this topic.
Scouting Window In Europe May Be Open In The Fall For The Wings
from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News, ...in September and October, just weeks before the NHL Entry Draft, many of the European prospects in this draft class will be playing hockey again. With the pandemic easing in Europe, at least for now, most of those leagues should be up and running in the autumn. The North American junior leagues likely will not be. So, for Red Wings’ general manager Steve Yzerman and his staff, it’ll be another valuable scouting opportunity and chance for those European players to sell themselves on the ice — while comparable North American prospects are sitting. “That could just confuse the situation even more,” Yzerman said. “We thought about that. In all likelihood, you’ll have some of these kids playing, the way it looks right now, and potentially, some of the North American kids not playing. “So, depending on who’s playing, who’s not playing, who plays well, who doesn’t, it can complicate your decision-making even more.” It certainly does offer, everyone around the NHL agrees, the unique opportunity for a young player to give himself a second chance to move himself up in the draft. read on
Canadiens 2020-21 Defense: Who’s In & Who’s Out
The Montreal Canadiens go into the next season with a large group of young defensemen trying to make the big club. Alexander Romanov is one of those young defenders that will undoubtedly make the Habs’ roster next season, which will create a log jam on the backend – especially on the left side. One or […]
Russia’s New Coach Valeriy Bragin Targets Olympic Gold
Team Russia has a new coach now – Valeriy Bragin, 64. He is the coach who led the Russian youth national teams to a lot of international success, including gold medals in 2004 with Russia U18 and 2011 with Russia U20. Now, Bragin will be working towards winning the Olympic gold in Beijing 2022 Olympics. Even […]
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Maple Leafs News & Rumors: Maroon, Nylander, Barrie, Keefe & Rielly
In this edition of Toronto Maple Leafs News & Rumors, I’ll look at a possible addition to next season’s roster, William Nylander’s increased production since Sheldon Keefe took over as the head coach, and wonder why Morgan Rielly might have a bit of a chip on his shoulder heading into the postseason. Item One: Why […]
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Reviewing Detroit’s 2017 Draft
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press, The 2017 NHL draft was a busy and unusual one for the Detroit Red Wings. It marked the first time they were in the draft lottery, earning entry after missing the playoffs for the first time in 25 seasons. They finished with the sixth-worst record but were pushed back to ninth because expansion Vegas won the sixth spot and Philadelphia and Dallas moved ahead of Detroit. The Wings have been pushed back four straight years, including this year, landing the fourth pick despite finishing in last place. They made 11 picks in 2017, including four in the third round that stemmed from trades and compensation from the Toronto Maple Leafs for their hiring of Mike Babcock. The Wings also had two picks in the sixth round. Two picks from the draft already have made appearances with the Wings and look like they will help shape the rebuild. Given how recent the draft was (only eight players overall from the class have topped 100 games), there aren’t many instances where it is clear if a better choice could have been made. continued
Barrie Colts Land Stanislav Vrhel in CHL Import Draft
Each year, the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) Import Draft presents exciting and intriguing opportunities for all Canadian junior teams. This annual event allows clubs from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), Ontario Hockey League (OHL), and Western Hockey League (WHL) to select draft-eligible players who do not hold residency status in either Canada or […]
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Diving into the Senators’ Deep Group of Young Goalies
The voodoo position. Goalies are sometimes as tough to figure out as the Bermuda Triangle. One minute you have a great goalie and the next, he’s chopped liver. The opposite can be true as well, as a goalie like Jordan Binnington came out of seemingly nowhere to become a Stanley Cup champion. Regardless of how […]
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NHL Rumors: Flames, Sabres, Canadiens, Blues, More
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, we’ll look at how the lack of an amnesty clause impacts the Calgary Flames, look at the Buffalo Sabres hope for a draft choice, wonder if the hockey gods might be conspiring to help the Montreal Canadiens, and look at a key fourth-liner for the Columbus Blue Jackets. No Amnesty […]
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Canadiens Hold All the Cards in Domi Negotiations
The Montreal Canadiens can afford to play hardball with forward Max Domi, whose contract expires at the end of this coming season. Should they, though? Domi vs. Bergevin It’s an admittedly odd question, considering it’s a general manager’s responsibility to limit the salaries paid to players. Exceptions exist though, under extraordinary circumstances, such as goalie […]
Morning Line- Cathal Kelly On The Hub Cities In Canada
If a couple of stir-crazy players decide to tie up some bedsheets and slip out for a night on the town, the NHL owns that. If a bunch of hospitality workers serving the meals get sick and one of them dies, the NHL owns that. If a COVID cluster pops up and the league decides to tough it out because it’s Game 7 of the conference final, the NHL owns that. -Cathal Kelly of the Globe and Mail where you can read more on this topic.
Video- All Time Hockey Soundbites
Sportsnet with their all time soundbites. 6 1/2 minutes to watch.
3 Canucks Poised to Be Difference Makers in the 2020 Playoffs
In a few short weeks, we should finally see some Vancouver Canucks hockey on our television sets. Some of the high profile players are already skating at Rogers Arena including Elias Pettersson, Brock Boeser, JT Miller, Tyler Toffoli, and Quinn Hughes, so there is definitely some activity right now in Vancouver. For the Canucks to […]
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Greatest NHL Player for Each Jersey Number
Debates over great NHL players have been conducted for decades. People have debated over the greatest player to play each position, who the best goal scorer is, and who the greatest playmaker is. This will be a list of the greatest NHL player to have worn each number from 00-99. Some numbers have been worn […]
Prospects News & Rumors: Goaltenders, Ducks ECHL, Commesso
While the 2020 NHL Draft may be months away, that gives us plenty of time to discuss and speculate about some of the players who could be selected. Today, we will take a deeper into the 2020 goaltenders class to see what talent is available. Also, we will discuss the Anaheim Ducks coming to an […]
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‘Brass Bonanza’ – The Sound of Hockey
I remember the first time I heard “Brass Bonanza.” It was while I was playing NHL 94 on my Sega Genesis, something I wasted a lot of time doing as a kid. If I wasn’t outside playing hockey in the driveway, I was inside trying to master the wrap around move (you know the one) against […]
Mind Games: Mental Toughness Training in Hockey
Athletes must train mentally, physically, and emotionally to reach their top game. Some might even go so far as to say that training for sports is a spiritual process involving sacrifice, dedication, and equanimity.
We Are Getting Closer To Playoff Hockey
from Frank Seravalli of TSN, The puck is on the goal line. Now the NHL and NHLPA just need to poke it home. After a marathon week of bargaining, the NHL and NHL Players’ Association are closing in on a tentative memorandum of understanding on an all-encompassing new six-year Collective Bargaining Agreement as well as all of the necessary return-to-play components to drop the puck on a 24-team play-in. The MOU would need to be ratified by both the NHL’s Board of Governors and the NHLPA’s full membership. A player vote could begin electronically as soon as Monday if an agreement is announced on Saturday; players will have 72 hours to vote. There are more i’s to be dotted and t’s to be crossed. But the deal is believed to be imminent and multiple stakeholders in the NHL community have now been apprised of the details. Here is a rundown of the pertinent particulars: continued
Maple Leafs’ Mailbag: Losing for Lafrenière, Robertson Expectations & More
The Toronto Maple Leafs’ offseason just got a little more interesting as Toronto is expected to be one of the two hub cities when the NHL gets back underway. With the hockey world readying itself for the return of hockey, I figured it was time to sit down and answer some questions from Maple Leafs […]
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2020 NHL Draft: Fisher’s Final Rankings for Defencemen
Fisher’s Top 500 Final Rankings Final Rankings for Overagers Final Rankings for Goaltenders This series is further analyzing my final rankings for the 2020 NHL Draft by position, by league and by country. Now it’s time to turn our attention to the defencemen — starting with the overall group, then separating the righties from the […]
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Happy Independence Day
Stay safe, enjoy your hot dogs, apple pie or whatever food you are indulging in today. Again stay safe. On a local note, anyone else tired of seeing 90 degrees pus in the weather forecast os is this my 'get off the lawn' moment?
Today in Hockey History: July 4
The 4th of July is usually reserved for fireworks in the sky in the United States. However, there have been plenty of fireworks in the form of big trades and free-agent signings on this date throughout National Hockey League history. A Swap of Hall of Famers On July 4, 1994, the Calgary Flames and St. […]
Maple Leafs Banter with Forbes & Baracchini: Top Storyline from 2019-20
A shortened NHL season didn’t stop the Toronto Maple Leafs from creating a number of storylines as a team in 2019-20. From the firing of their coach, to the debut of their new bench boss, to nearly career bests for Auston Matthews and William Nylander, the Maple Leafs have a lot to look back on […]
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Canucks’ Top 5 First-Round Picks of All-Time
The Vancouver Canucks have been successful in finding great first-round picks in the past five NHL Drafts. Elias Pettersson, Quinn Hughes, and Brock Boeser are all examples of just how great of a job the Canucks have done. Over their 50 years in the NHL, the team has drafted players in the first round who’ve […]
Blackhawks’ News & Rumors: Hub Cities, Dach, de Haan & More
Greetings Chicago Blackhawks’ fans! So much has been happening in the hockey world this past week! While July 1 is normally the first day of free agency, that was postponed this year due to the NHL pause and COVID-19. Instead we found out the two cities that will hopefully host the playoffs later this summer, […]
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The Latest On The NHL Negotiations
from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, As the NHL/NHLPA continue to grind their way through a return-to-play/CBA agreement, terms continue to seep out. Here’s some of what we’re hearing: The updated rules will carry through 2025-26, although there is a provision for a one-year extension if more than $125 million in escrow is owed to the league. The salary cap for 2020-21 is $81.5 million. The NHL/NHLPA are talking about keeping it there until revenues hit $4.8 billion. At that point, they will use the two years prior to calculate the cap number — meaning the 2022-23 ceiling will be based on 2020-21 revenues. That will give more certainty and planning. Cap on escrow is 20 per cent next season. Somewhere between 14-18 per cent in 2021-22, depending on 2020-21 revenue. Then we go 10 per cent in 2022-23, with a maximum of six per cent over the remaining term (if there is an extra year, the escrow cap will be at nine per cent). There will be a 10 per cent salary deferral next season. It will be repaid during the final three years of this CBA. Olympic participation for 2022 and 2026 is guaranteed pending agreement with the IOC. This year’s playoff fund (a bonus pool of money players earn the longer their team plays) will be doubled to $32 million. It is much higher this year since more teams are eligible and players are coming into a bubble during a pandemic. It will go to $20 million next season. The minimum salary will rise to $750,000 next season and reach $800,000 by the end of this deal. There are some interesting modifications: continued
Ducks’ Mailbag: Seattle Expansion, NHL Draft & More
As the Anaheim Ducks’ offseason continues and we await the 2020 NHL Playoffs, I decided to sit down and listen to what’s on the minds of Ducks fans. From the Seattle Expansion Draft to bringing Corey Perry back, there’s a whole lot to unpack in this first-ever Ducks mailbag. We took to Twitter, Facebook, and […]
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Rangers News and Rumors: COVID-19, Fanatics & Fox
The New York Rangers have been busy during the NHL pause due to the COVID-19 virus. Here are some of the great things they’ve been doing with extra time on their hands. Celebration of Service The Rangers organization and Northwell Health have been shining a spotlight on frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. They’ve put […]
Maple Leafs News & Rumors: Hub Cities, Amnesty Buyouts, Wendel Clark
In this edition of Toronto Maple Leafs News & Rumors, I’ll look at what we know about the hub cities, the proceeding conversations about a new CBA, and share some of Maple Leafs’ favourite son Wendel Clark’s insights about what returning to hockey might mean to players this season. Item One: Toronto and Edmonton Will […]
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Maple Leafs’ 4 Free Agent Defence Targets
At this point, the Stanley Cup would have been awarded, we’d know where Alexis Lafreniere has ended up, and we’d be at the start of the free-agent frenzy period. Unfortunately, the world had other plans. Related: The Worst Free-Agent Signings in NHL History While the NHL schedule has been thrown off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, […]
NHL Rumors: Hall, Oilers, Rangers, Bruins, More
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there is speculation Taylor Hall might sign a deal similar to the one Marian Hossa did years ago, the New York Rangers have no idea which goaltender to start for the play-ins, and what is the plan for Tuukka Rask in Boston? Finally, how big a role will Kailer Yamamoto […]
Kings Could Move Up to Top Pick: Here’s How
The L.A. Kings jumped up to the number two pick in the 2020 draft last Friday. The only team above them? A placeholder team, yet to be decided. If that confuses you, don’t feel bad. Things are being done a bit differently this year. Even though the Kings missed out on the top pick, they […]
Pride Season in Review: Jenna Rheault
After four years at the University of New Hampshire, Jenna Rheault joined the NWHL’s Boston Pride this past season and helped to restore the roar of the franchise as part of the group that set numerous league records before the championship game was canceled because of our current global pandemic. As a rookie, the stay-at-home […]
NHL Timeline Moving Forward
The second phase of the NHL draft lottery will occur immediately following the best-of-five, play-in qualifying series, so around Aug. 10-12 if all were to go well. Stanley Cup final would wrap up in early October. NHL draft would happen soon after that. — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 3, 2020 There is more in Bob McKenzie's recent tweets, so check them out.
Your Hub Cities
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun, Toronto and the National Hockey League had plenty of work when it came to choosing Hogtown as a hub city, but it doesn’t seem the Stanley Cup will be raised here by the Maple Leafs or anyone else. While Toronto and Edmonton are awaiting official designation as the two hosts for the 24-team tournament, a tweet from TSN’s Bob McKenzie on Thursday said the Alberta capital is the favourite to go on and stage the best-of-seven conference finals and championship rounds. Both burgs will get 12 respective Eastern and Western teams in their towns, playing four best-of-five qualifying rounds while the top four teams get byes and go into a round- robin event to determine future seeding. The surviving eight teams then go to first and second round series that are best-of-sevens. But if Edmonton is indeed to be the site of the final, the two Eastern survivors will head there. continued
Prospects News & Rumors: Petrov, Drysdale & USHL Honor
The first player takes in the Canadian Hockey League’s (CHL) Import Draft has already committed to playing in North America. Also, the United States Hockey League (USHL) honored one of its most successful teams while we profile the top-ranked defenseman of the 2020 draft class. Battalion Get Their Man The North Bay Battalion of the […]
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Canadiens Mailbag: Domi, Kotkaniemi, Draft and More
The Montreal Canadiens enter a pivotal moment in their reset plans. They have an opportunity to gain playoff-type experience versus a true Stanley Cup contender in the Pittsburgh Penguins. At the same time, they somehow backed their way into a 12.5 percent chance of winning the first-overall selection, their best odds since 1980, the last […]
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Best NHL Alumni From Every NCAA D1 School
The NCAA has a rich history of transitioning their athletes to the NHL, with many players moving from college to the pros with great success. Each school within the first division of the NCAA has a unique history and famous alumni from each. Here are the best NHL alumni from each division one school of […]
Today in Hockey History: July 3
July 3 has seen a lot of activity by numerous Hall of Famers. Some of the best players in National Hockey League history were either changing teams, retiring or being born on this date. The Captain Says Farewell July 3 is not the happiest day for Detroit Red Wings fans. It was on this date […]
3 Bruins Free Agents Who Need to Impress in the Playoffs
With the calendar officially turned to July, the National Hockey League is less than a month away from the 24-team playoff format they unveiled in late May. With training camps about to start and players returning to their home cities, there is hope that the 2019-20 season that was paused on March 12 due to […]
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Riveters Re-Sign Three, Friesen Signs with Whale
On the first day of July, the Connecticut Whale kicked off a new month of NWHL signings with the announcement that they had come to terms with the second overall pick in the 2020 NWHL Draft, Kayla Friesen from Clarkson University. Friesen joins a talented group of players that the Whale has assembled that has […]
TSN Insiders Tonight
Gino Reda and TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie discuss the latest on the NHL / NHLPA negotiations, including the return to play tentative target dates, and when Free Agent Frenzy could begin. Bob also has the latest on which Canadian city could be hosting both the conference finals and Stanley Cup Final. Watch at TSN.
Take Your Pick
Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press answers a few questions... Does picking fourth set back the rebuild? I was really hoping for at least second. Drafting second would have given general manager Steve Yzerman a choice of Tim Stützle and Quinton Byfield, who are expected to go after Lafrenière, the consensus top pick. Instead, Yzerman is likely to choose from top forwards including Marco Rossi, Cole Perfetti, Lucas Raymond and Alexander Holtz, and defenseman Jamie Drysdale. Picking lower isn’t a setback if Yzerman makes the right choice. more