Videos- Born On This Date In 1928
In Floral, Saskatchewan the great Gordie Howe. Below, an ESPN documentary on #9.
Oilers News & Rumors: Draisaitl, Slepyshev, Kassian, More
In an Edmonton Oilers news and rumors update, Zack Kassian has found himself on the receiving end of a few humorous shots from his teammates and both Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid talk about what’s going on with their downtime and what they’d like to see going forward with the NHL season. In other news, […]
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Edmonton Oilers Announce Temporary Staff Reductions
EDMONTON (March 30) – Due to the far-reaching impacts of COVID-19, Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG) today implemented a temporary staff reduction of 139 employees, effective April 13, 2020, as well as a compensation rollback for all continuing staff working from home. These actions were made necessary by the pause of the NHL and AHL seasons, the cancellation of the WHL season, and the postponement of all Live Entertainment events at Rogers Place enacted to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and protect the safety of fans and employees.
Flyers’ Best & Worst Trades
In the 53-year history of the Philadelphia Flyers franchise, nine different general managers have been responsible for an insane amount of trades. Although there have been plenty of trades involving low-level players or late draft picks, there have also been plenty of blockbuster deals that have drastically changed the franchise. Related: Revisiting the Brayden Schenn […]
Ottawa Senators: Revisiting the Zibanejad Trade
The Ottawa Senators have made mistakes in the past and mismanaged their assets. One of their biggest errors was the trade involving Derick Brassard and Mika Zibanejad. On July 18, 2016, the Senators traded Zibanejad to the New York Rangers, as well as a 2018 second-round pick for Brassard and a 2018 seventh-round pick. While […]
Dylan Larkin Participated In A Video Conference Call Today
via the NHL PR department, Click below to watch/download today’s video conference call featuring Zdeno Chara (BOS), Dylan Larkin (DET), John Tavares (TOR) and Brady Tkachuk (OTT): Shared screen with speaker view Shared screen with gallery view Audio only
Blues’ Sunshine Boys: Derek Sanderson, Chuck Lefley and Claude Larose
Every now and then, I find myself sharing a story with my kids about the St. Louis Blues. In my bedroom, I have a pair of hockey gloves from Robby Fabbri that we purchased at a Blues equipment sale. One of my kids has a hockey puck signed by Vladimir Tarasenko. In the corner of […]
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Chicago Steel’s Colangelo Takes the Next Step
Rattling off two separate 13-game winning streaks, the Chicago Steel ran through opponents in 2019-20, going 41-7-1 and outscoring their opponents 242-136. Sam Colangelo had a fantastic year himself and says that perhaps the biggest accomplishment he felt the team had was when they were without five of their top players. Related: Chicago Steel Set […]
NHL Rumors: Wild, Lightning, Blackhawks, More
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there is news on the Tampa Bay Lightning likely unwillingness to re-sign Cory Conacher and where he’ll wind up as a result. The Minnesota Wild are interested in signing the KHL’s third-leading scorer, but they can’t do so quite yet. Finally, the Chicago Blackhawks are working on a deal with […]
Luke Evangelista – 2020 NHL Draft Prospect Profile
Luke Evangelista 2019-20 Team: London Knights (OHL)Date of Birth: Feb. 21, 2002Place of Birth: Oakville, ON, CanadaHt: 5’11” Wt: 165 lbsShoots: RightPosition: RWNHL Draft Eligibility: 2020 first-year eligible Rankings NHL Central Scouting: 58th (among NA Skaters) Future Considerations: 66th HockeyProspect.com: 31st THW Josh Bell’s Rankings: 63rd THW Andrew Forbes’ March Rankings: 79th THW Larry Fisher’s […]
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The Latest Prospect Rankings
from TSN, Rimouski Oceanic left wing Alexis Lafreniere has strengthened his hold on the title of hockey’s best prospect, with his 112-point regular season further evidence that he belongs atop the latest edition of Craig’s List ahead of the 2020 NHL Draft. With leagues around the globe cancelling the remainder of their seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic, TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button’s latest ranking serves as an end-of-the-season evaluation. There will be one more Craig’s List before the 2020 Draft, whenever that may be. The NHL has postponed the draft from its original June 26-27 dates in Montreal. The latest list is heavy on northern talent, with Canadians taking five of the top six spots and 18 of the 31 first-round slots. Lafreniere going first overall would end a drought for Canadian prospects that stretches back to 2015, when the Edmonton Oilers selected Connor McDavid with the first pick. The shortened season was a stellar one for Lafreniere, who averaged more than two points per game with 35 goals and 77 assists in 52 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) contests and overcame a knee injury to help Canada win gold at the World Juniors. continued with a top 103 list...
Capitals Don’t Win 2018 Cup Without Ex-GM McPhee
Fewer people were cheering as much for the expansion Vegas Golden Knights in the 2018 Stanley Cup Final as then-general manager George McPhee. Fewer still had as much riding on their opponents and eventual champions, the Washington Capitals, McPhee’s last team. Capitals vs. Golden Knights Obviously, McPhee, now the Golden Knights president of hockey operations, […]
Morse Re-Signs with Riveters for 5th Season
The Metropolitan Riveters re-signed another key player on March 30 when they announced that All-Star defender and four-year veteran Rebecca Morse would be returning for her fifth season with the NWHL and team. The 28-year-old New Jersey native set career-highs in every statistical category and in addition to being named an All-Star for the first […]
Devils and Gillis Are Made for Each Other
There’s not a lot going on when it comes to the New Jersey Devils, as the NHL remains on pause due to the coronavirus. But we did get a bit of an update on the team’s search for a new general manager: Slap Shots has learned that New Jersey ownership has in fact looked elsewhere. League sources […]
Today in Hockey History: March 30
March 30 is a very busy day in hockey history. There were various first in Stanley Cup playoff history that occurred on this date. The National Hockey added four new teams to the mix. Some Hall of Fame defensemen made their mark on history and an all-time great goaltender set the bar high. Stanley Cup […]
Video- A Real Slow Monday
Deflectins and tip-in goals slowed down from this season in the NHL. 4 1/2 minutes to watch.
What NHL Players Are Doing During The Pause
from J.J. Regan of NBCSports Washington, NHL players can often seem larger than life. They are celebrities in peak physical condition who get paid millions of dollars to play in arenas full of tens of thousands of screaming fans in games that are broadcast on television often nationally. And yet, none of that matters in a time like this. With the coronavirus spreading throughout the world, all sports just don't seem to matter. At this moment, the real superstars are the doctors and nurses on the frontlines battling against the virus while the hockey players we view as superstars remain at home, suddenly rendered remarkably ordinary in the face of a global pandemic. "It was just kind of weird to see the world kind of stop," New Jersey Devils defenseman P.K. Subban said.... "Lots of stuff to do at house," Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin said. "Play with the little one, we're expecting another one in a couple of months, I'm trying to do some more workout as well, but it's getting boring, obviously. First week was kind of good thing. We're relaxing, we chilling and right now it's kind of getting boring right now." "That first week, you're just excited to be around the family," Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno said. "We don't really get this time. Let's be honest, we don't really get at the end of March when you're gearing up for a playoff race, you're not really gearing up to be with the family. Your mind starts to stay with the team a little bit more. So I've enjoyed the past little while with my family and my kids. They definitely don't really understand why I'm home so much, but it's been nice. But it's getting to a point now where you just start to now feel like things aren't right." read on
Wild’s Kurvers Takes Pandemic Pause In Stride
“We’re pretty much locked down,” says Minnesota Wild assistant general manager Tom Kurvers. “We basically said, go home and ride this out until we give you more direction, and so I’m trying to abide by those same rules. But, you know, it pulls you out of your life habits and so, I’m going to take […]
The 1979 NHL – WHA Merger
The 2009-10 hockey season marks the 30th anniversary of the merger between the National Hockey League and the World Hockey Association. It was the last time that such a unification has taken place in a major North American sport...
A Sports Czar?
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star, It could be a heckuva job for somebody. Or a few people. An absolutely enormous task, to be sure. But a necessary one, quite probably. As we imagine how North American sports are possibly going to get themselves back on track with their respective seasons, it seems abundantly clear that if they attempt to do so solely by following their own individual plans it’s going to create one spectacular logistical and scheduling nightmare. That means that instead of recouping lost dollars from the current suspension of play due to the coronavirus crisis, these teams could end up hurting each other even more by furiously competing for the same sports entertainment dollar in a severely compacted schedule. Wouldn’t it make a lot more sense for these sports to work together to ensure maximum profitability for one and all? And couldn’t they get together and nominate an individual or individuals to work as a central office to help North American sports get rolling again in a logical manner? continued
Are You A Fan Of These Virtual Games?
from Jack Harris of the LA Times, Play-by-play announcer Alex Faust set the table at the top of Sunday afternoon’s show, dropping nuggets of research into his opening lines. Analyst Jim Fox took over from there, serving up a scouting report for a game that wasn’t supposed to be. The two men weren’t previewing a real contest, the NHL season still suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak. Instead, talking into cameras from the safety of their homes, they were trying their best to make a virtual substitute feel like the real thing. In this absence of live action, the Kings have turned to video game simulations to keep some semblance of routine. Every time a real Kings game is scheduled to take place, such as Sunday’s delayed meeting with the Chicago Blackhawks, the team instead stages a virtual rendition viewed by thousands on an online stream. Laugh if you want. Three weeks ago, the idea of livestreaming video games to a sports-deprived fan base would have sounded comical. But with almost all real sports postponed for the foreseeable future, the industry has turned to virtual simulations to help fill the void. read on
Staying Connected To Our Game
NEW YORK / TORONTO (March 30, 2020) – The National Hockey League (NHL®) is launching two new fan engagement initiatives today as part of the League’s continued commitment to help hockey fans stay connected to players and the game. Greatest Moments of the 2019-20 NHL Season…So Far fan vote program and Live NHL Player Q&As will offer hockey fans daily interactive experiences via the NHL’s Twitter and Instagram social media channels. Watch the trailer here.
Avalanche-Nordiques Top 10 Goal Scorers All-Time
Have you ever wondered who the top goalscorers are in Colorado Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques franchise history? Wonder no more. The franchise has had an interesting history that boasts some Hall of Fame names. Here are the top-10 goalscorers for the franchise. 1.Joe Sakic – 625 Goals Joe Sakic sits atop the franchise-best goalscorers list. With 625 […]
Golden Knights’ Free Agents: Who Stays & Who Goes
When the Vegas Golden Knights had their expansion draft, they were not expecting this much success early on. A number of players are still on the team three seasons later, and they have turned a number of their assets into core pieces. Related: Top 10 Nicest Current NHL Jerseys With their franchise players locked up […]
Blue Jackets’ Jarmo Kekalainen Finding Success Later in Drafts
On Feb. 13, 2013, the Columbus Blue Jackets announced Jarmo Kekalainen as their third general manager in franchise history. Since taking over the role, he and his drafting team have been responsible for a total of seven drafts, all of which have had their expected ups and downs. Aside from the obvious first-round selections, his […]
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2020 NHL Draft: Top 10 Mock Scenarios 8.0
Mock 1.0 Mock 2.0 Mock 3.0 Mock 4.0 Mock 5.0 Mock 6.0 Mock 7.0 In this series, I’ve been running the Tankathon simulator for the draft lottery on a daily basis and mocking the results for the top 10 leading up to the 2020 NHL draft — or until the actual lottery takes place to […]
The Grind Line: New Red Wings Coach in 2020-21?
What’s The Grind Line? Apart from the once-famous line of Kris Draper, Kirk Maltby, and either Joe Kocur or Darren McCarty, The Grind Line is also The Hockey Writers’ weekly column about the Detroit Red Wings. This week, Rachel Anderson, Devin Little, Ben Banfield, and Tony Wolak are the muckers who make up THW’s forechecking […]
Weekly Prospect Report: Robertson, Broberg, Bedard, Fantilli & More
Welcome to the Weekly Prospect Report. Here, we’ll take a look at some key names over the past week that are a big part of the next wave of NHL stars. This column will dive into both NHL-affiliated and draft-eligible prospects, focusing mainly on those outside the NHL. Related: Weekly Prospect Report: Francis, Caufield, NHL Draft, […]
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St. Louis Blues’ Top 20 Goal Scorers All-Time
In the history of the St. Louis Blues, we’ve seen many fantastic goal scorers. Some have spent their entire careers in St. Louis, and some are Hall of Famers who just stopped by. The rich history of the Blues is impressive for a 1967 expansion team. Here are the top 20. 1. Brett Hull: 527 […]
Jack Quinn – 2020 NHL Draft Prospect Profile
Jack Quinn 2019-20 Team: Ottawa 67’s Date of Birth: Sept. 19, 2001 Place of Birth: Cobden, Ontario Ht: 6-foot Wt: 179 lbs Shoots: Right Position: Right wing NHL Draft Eligibility: 2020 first-year eligible Rankings NHL Central Scouting: 9th (Among NA skaters) Bob McKenzie, TSN: 19th HockeyProspect.com: 11th ISS: 10th McKeen’s Hockey: 16th Future Considerations: 23rd […]
Jets-Thrashers’ Top 10 Goal Scorers All-Time
In 1999, the Atlanta Thrashers began play as the NHL’s newest expansion team. After years of Ilya Kovalchuk scoring highlight-reel goals, the team relocated to Winnipeg in 2011 where the Winnipeg Jets 2.0 have played ever since. Related: Top 3 All-Time Jets Goalies Only being in the league for 20 years, players drafted in Winnipeg […]
Ruben Rafkin — 2020 NHL Draft Prospect Profile
Ruben Rafkin 2019-20 Team: Windsor Spitfires (#88)Date of Birth: Jan. 8, 2002Place of Birth: Turku, FinlandHt: 6-foot Wt: 190-pounds Position: DShoots: RNHL Draft Eligibility: 2020 first-year eligible. Rankings: Future Considerations: 52nd NHL Central Scouting: 72nd (mid-term rankings) Craig Button: 83rd (January) Andrew Forbes: 93rd (March) Larry Fisher: 94th (March) The Spitfires drafted Rafkin in the […]
Red Wings: Second-Round Options
Unless the NHL changes the draft lottery rules in the face of the ongoing season suspension, the Detroit Red Wings will pick in the top four of the NHL entry draft. By now, names like Alexis Lafrenière and Quinton Byfield are very familiar to Red Wings fans. However, the organization’s success in the 2020 draft […]
For Zac Bell, It Really Is AlwaysHockey
Hockey fans and players have been missing the game they love, and Zac Bell, a 19-year-old from Ontario, is spending his days sharing pieces of thegame in a special way. Through AlwaysHockey — his hockey tricks platform — Bell creates hockey-related content for Instagram, YouTube, Twitter and even TikTok. Sporting 136,000 followers on Instagram (including […]
Maple Leafs News & Rumors: Spezza, Robertson & Tavares
Mitch Marner’s new six-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs, signed on Sept. 13, 2019, that was supposed to be the final distraction in the way of a team preparing for what was supposed to be a highly-successful 2019-20 season. Sure there were nagging questions about the team’s defense but people were anxious to see how the Tyson Barrie […]
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Blue Jackets’ Fans Perspective of Nationwide Arena
The hockey world remains on pause. With no clear end in sight, we are left to wonder when we’ll see live games again. Nobody knows for sure at this time. So while we pass the time, I thought this was a good time to get the fans involved. We asked and Columbus Blue Jackets’ fans […]
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NHL Rumors: Oilers, Maple Leafs, Coyotes, Bruins, More
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, the Edmonton Oilers have told one of their top defensive prospects to stay where he is and not join the team or its AHL club next season. The Toronto Maple Leafs are front-runners to land Alexander Barabanov and the Arizona Coyotes have begun the process of talking to Taylor Hall […]
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Canucks’ Free Agents: Who Stays & Who Goes
The Vancouver Canucks will have a lot of decisions to make this offseason when they start looking at their roster for 2020-21. In total, they have six unrestricted free agents (UFAs) and five restricted free agents (RFAs) to deal with. To make matters worse, many of them are high-profile players that will command a significant […]
Today in Hockey History: March 29
This date in hockey history saw the Great One break even more records, including one of his own. Also, one of the league’s “Original 6” franchises had plenty of success on March 29. There was also a good amount of goaltender history made on this date, including some by an accountant. More Records Shattered by […]
Time To End The Season
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe, Enough. No more. Shut it down. It’s brutal enough to sit around like this, cooped up in fear, anxiety, frustration, utter boredom, and anger, without the added unknowingness of whether our favorite winter sports teams will find a way to remove themselves from suspended animation. Time to end it. Better days, people, for all of us, including the 2019-20 Bruins and Celtics, and especially those of us who until recently thought we lived and died by their wins and losses, or in some cases, their silly and useless off-day injury reports. Life sure smacked a lot us with one hell of a wake-up call, didn’t it? Come on. Let’s get back to all of this in September, which we only can hope will bring better times for everyone, when maybe we’re able to smile again, to care, to invest, to give a fiddler’s fat five bucks about any of it. continued
Blackhawks Lost Their Wings With Tommy Wingels
There are many trades that the Chicago Blackhawks have made. Some have made big noise around the league just by the magnitude of it. For every Artemi Panarin and Niklas Hjalmarsson-esque trade, there are some that are more covert. They go out the ear as fast as they come in but can be just as […]
Calgary Flames: Best and Worst Drafts in Team History
Since the Atlanta Flames relocated to Calgary in 1980, the team has taken part in 30 NHL Entry Drafts. In the 1980s, they drafted numerous top-tier NHL stars – including Al MacInnis, Mike Vernon, Gary Roberts, Brett Hull, Theoren Fleury, and Joe Nieuwendyk. Some of these players played key roles in the team’s 1989 Stanley […]
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Flyers Lookback: Signing Danny Briere
Throughout the late 2000s and early 2010s, the Flyers had quite an offensive core on their roster. They had many key players who made a difference in their lineups, such as James van Riemsdyk, Scott Hartnell, Simon Gagne, and Jeff Carter among others. Related: Worst Free Agent Signings in NHL History One guy who always […]
Rangers’ 5 Best Defensemen All-Time
The New York Rangers have one of the most storied franchises in all professional sports. Being an Original Six team with a long history of winning in the most famous city in the world is a lot to live up to. These five defensive stalwarts held up their end of the bargain and more. 5. […]
2020 NHL Draft: Top 10 Mock Scenarios 7.0
Mock 1.0 Mock 2.0 Mock 3.0 Mock 4.0 Mock 5.0 Mock 6.0 In this series, I’ve been running the Tankathon simulator for the draft lottery on a daily basis and mocking the results for the top 10 leading up to the 2020 NHL draft — or until the actual lottery takes place to determine the […]
Is online sports betting legal in Canada?
Canada is among the most liberal states in the world and in many regards, it is even ahead of the United States. When it comes to online sports betting, people would expect Canadians to be allowed to legally bet on their favorite teams and athletes. The fact that the legal framework is not clear is surely surprising, but steps are being taken in the right direction. For now, many online forms of games remain in the gray area, but at least players are not in danger of suffering the repercussions of breaking the law.
Top 25 Draft Prospects
from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News, Given the draft lottery current rules, the Wings would have an 18.5-percent chance — the best odds — of landing the No. 1 overall pick. Ottawa, though, has its own pick and San Jose's pick, the second and third overall. The worst the Wings can do is fourth overall.... 1. Alexis Lafreniere, Rimouski (QMJHL) left wing, 6-foot-1, 192-pounds — Lafreniere has been projected as the top pick in this draft for almost two to three years. He’s a generational type of player, with few warts in his game. Lafreniere had 112 points (77 assists) in 52 games this season. 2. Quinton Byfield, Sudbury (OHL), C, 6-4, 214 — Teams salivate whenever they see a player with this type of size and skill. Byfield is a tremendous playmaker who can dominate shifts either physically, or by stickhandling through defenders. 3. Tim Stutzle, Mannheim (Germany), LW, 6-0, 165 — The Wings would not be disappointed at all to combine Stutzle with Moritz Seider in the organization for the future. Stutzle isn’t physically big, but he plays big, is extremely competitive, and has the skills to play center in the future. 22 more players...
Marlowe Stoudamire, A Driving Force Behind ‘Learn, Play, Score’ Dies Due To Coronavirus
from William Douglas of NHL.com, Marlowe Stoudamire never scored a goal, blocked a shot or logged a minute of ice time in an NHL game. But that didn't stop him from becoming a change agent in the sport. Stoudamire, a Detroit native, was a driving force in the Detroit Red Wings, NHL and NHL Players' Association launch in February of "Learn, Play, Score," an ambitious $1 million pilot program to bring hockey to more than 30,000 children in the city. "He never played hockey, but he was always passionate about hockey as a way of bringing communities together," said Kim Davis, NHL Vice President, Social Impact, Growth Initiatives & Legislative Affairs. "He wanted to be the voice of those communities to say that indeed, Detroit is Hockeytown, and there's a rich history of black and brown people playing hockey in the city of Detroit." Stoudamire's friendly, booming voice was silenced Tuesday, when he died at the age of 43 after contracting the coronavirus. He is survived by his wife, Valencia, and two young children. continued
Discussing Moritz Seider
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press, Seider’s 22 points and .45 points-per-game average ranks second among Griffins defensemen. Overall, he gets high marks from Shawn Horcoff, the team’s director of player development. “When you draft a guy as high as we drafted Moritz, there are high expectations,” Horcoff said. “We are really happy with where he is at, with where he was at when the league shut down. He was playing 23-plus minutes a night, sometimes 25. His offensive game is really starting to come — you’re starting to see more puck-moving ability, more pucks through to the net. His shot has improved. He is playing much more on the power play and it looks like he’s getting more and more comfortable there.” Seider, who played in Germany’s top men’s league in 2018-19, has good physicality. He’s big, he can skate, and he has some bite to him. He can move the puck and defend. “He looks like a player that can play in every situation," Horcoff said, "who is an all-package guy." more
Recent Hockey Topics
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post, - Slap Shots has learned that New Jersey ownership has in fact looked elsewhere. League sources report former Vancouver GM Mike Gillis has been interviewed twice, both times believed to have been before the March 12 shutdown.... It is unknown whether Gillis, who has always been a progressive thinker, is the leading or lone candidate for the job in New Jersey. But unless there are others currently under contract with other clubs who would therefore be unavailable for interview until this season is officially over, there is no reason not to get ahead of the game and hire Gillis immediately. Unless, that is, “Misters Harris and Blitzer” just wouldn’t want to start paying his salary now. - This idea of a tournament among bottom-feeders to determine the order at the top of the draft seems a lot more romantic than it actually would be. Because, right, folks will flock to a series of games in August featuring a string of matchups involving the Red Wings, Senators, Kings and Ducks. Up to a third of these players won’t be on these teams next season, so what motivation would they have? more on the first topic and other topics too...
Vancouver Canucks News & Rumors: Pettersson, Rathbone, Miller & More
With the NHL play suspended for the foreseeable future, it seemed as if it might be time to look at some of the news that’s emerging from the Vancouver Canucks organization and review where the season stands just in case it will be officially over sometime in the near future. Related: Vancouver Canucks News & […]
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Bruins’ Top 20 Goal Scorers All-Time
The Boston Bruins have had numerous prolific goalscorers in the team’s storied history, which dates back to 1924. Here are the best of the best: the top 20 Bruins’ scorers of all-time. 1. Johnny Bucyk, 545 Goals Nicknamed “Chief,” Bucyk scored a single-season high 51 goals in the 1970-71 campaign, the only year he’d hit […]
2020 NHL Entry Draft: Top-10 OHL Prospects
The Ontario Hockey League is one of the premier leagues where players have tons of talent and skill. It gives them a great opportunity to pave their way toward the National Hockey League. Names like John Tavares, Steven Stamkos, Patrick Kane, Connor McDavid and Mitch Marner have all built themselves up in the OHL to […]
Hockey Notes While We Wait For Our Game To Return
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, - Stick tap to the NHL for being the first of four major leagues to make their star players available for online interviews during this shutdown. That was the good part. The bad part, the NHL deciding who could or couldn’t be on the calls. That’s a dangerous game for any professional league to be playing, determining who you want to cover you. - You can’t make up stuff like this: Dominik Hasek is considering running for president of the Czech Republic. If he talks as fast in his native tongue as he does in English, no one will understand a word he says. - Players still in the NHL who were playing in the league the last time there was no Stanley Cup presented: Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Ilya Kovalchuk, Jason Spezza, Justin Williams, Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron, Eric Staal, Ron Hainsey. a few more hockey related notes...
Jaromir Pytlik – 2020 NHL Draft Prospect Profile
Jaromir Pytlik 2019-20 Team: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (#26)Date of Birth: September 25, 2001Place of Birth: Dacice, Czech RepublicHt: 6’3” Wt: 196 lbsShoots: RightPosition: CenterNHL Draft Eligibility: 2020 first-year eligible Rankings NHL Central Scouting: 38th (among NA Skaters) Future Considerations: 29th THW Josh Bell’s Rankings: 42nd THW Andrew Forbes’ March Rankings: 45th THW Larry Fisher’s March Rankings: 57th Elite Prospects: […]
Maple Leafs’ Forgotten Ones: Glenn Anderson
Not every player that has donned the Toronto Maple Leafs’ blue and white is recognized for their time with the team. Some are remembered for their tenure with other NHL franchises while others are barely even remembered. With this series, we look back at some of the players who’ve suited up for the Maple Leafs […]
Canucks’ Josh Levio Is a Key Cog for the Future
The Vancouver Canucks have had their share of unsung heroes throughout history. From Jannik Hansen to Alex Burrows to Derek Dorsett, it’s often complementary players who have a major impact. They are also the reason why some teams are always in the playoff race, like the Pittsburgh Penguins or Washington Capitals. Sure, stars like Sidney […]
NHL Rumors: Oilers, Avs, Senators, Free Agent Bad Luck, More
In today’s NHL rumors rundown, another player has tested positive for COVID-19 from the Colorado Avalanche, the Edmonton Oilers are looking to sign a couple of international prospects and one NHL scribe notes that this year’s crop of free agents might have hit free agency at the worst possible time. Another Avalanche Player Tests Positive […]
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An Interview with Bobby Smith
Originally written back in 2012, this chat with one of the game’s greats will be a very nice trip down memory lane for some of our older readers – we also hope younger ones will appreciate how good and how much of a gentleman Bobby Smith was (and still is). The 1977-78 season for the […]
Notes While In A Pause
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe, - All but a certainty now that the NHL will not complete its regular season, which will leave David Pastrnak two drops short of 50 goals and 5 points short of 100. As things stand, “Pasta” would finish tied with Alex Ovechkin for the league lead in goals (48), although Ovie collected his in 68 games and Pastrnak in 70. The only player to reach the 100-point plateau: Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl (43-67—110), who also topped the league in assists. - If the season goes by the boards without the Cup being awarded — potentially the third time in history — Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron will be the two Bruins whose NHL careers will have stretched over both the non-Cup seasons of 2004-05 and 2019-20. Big Z already had played 459 NHL games when the league went dark in the ’04-05 lockout. Bergeron had posted the 71 games of his rookie season. - In the three years since the expansion draft, Matt Murray has gone 76-41-14 (.633) with the Penguins in the regular season and Marc-Andre Fleury 91-50-14 (.632) with the Knights. Playoffs: Murray, 6-10; Fleury, 16-11. more plus other hockey topics...
Audio- The Latest Update On The NHL From Bill Daly
Bill Daly #NHL update on The Power Play The @NHL Deputy Commissioner joined @stevekouleas and @expomick today on @SiriusXMNHL and discussed the League resuming play, the players and content. pic.twitter.com/jEceI42c5r — SiriusXM NHL Network Radio (@SiriusXMNHL) March 27, 2020
McLellan Has Kings Playing the Right Way
Before the ‘pause,’ the sports world was consumed with the Houston Astros’ cheating scandal. So, when Los Angeles Kings’ head coach Todd McLellan said, “we’re not cheating a lot to win,” it raised a few eyebrows. Just saying the word “cheat” gets attention, but during this hyper-sensitive time in the same city as the Dodgers, […]
Grand Rapids Griffins Sign Patrick Curry
from Peter J. Wallner of Mlive, Patrick Curry, who just completed his collegiate career at Boston University, signed a two-year contract with the Grand Rapids Griffins on Thursday. The 24-year-old forward totaled 79 points (39-40-79), a plus-10 rating and 116 penalty minutes in 141 career games over four seasons with the Terriers. He was named Hockey East’s Best Defensive Forward as a senior in 2019-20, he established career highs with 32 points and a team-best 19 goals and equaled his career mark with 13 assists in 34 appearances. continued
Islanders’ Belmont Arena Construction Halted Over COVID-19
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on March 27 that the New York Islanders’ Belmont Arena construction, slated to be opened for the 2021-22 season, has been stopped due to Coronavirus concerns. Initially, development continued as the rest of the state was virtually shut down with all construction deemed necessary. Now, only vital construction […]
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Today in Hockey History: March 28
March 28 is a significant date in National Hockey League history with some of the biggest names and greatest players to ever take the ice having historic moments. Between some of the top goal-scorers and the best netminders hitting major milestones, this date belongs in the Hall of Fame. Gretzky Sets the All-Time Mark & […]
2020 NHL Draft: Top 10 Mock Scenarios 6.0
Mock 1.0 Mock 2.0 Mock 3.0 Mock 4.0 Mock 5.0 In this series, I’ve been running the Tankathon simulator for the draft lottery on a daily basis and mocking the results for the top 10 leading up to the 2020 NHL draft — or until the actual lottery takes place to determine the official draft […]
Top 5 Players Wasting Their Best Years
The National Hockey League boasts the most skilled hockey players in the entire world. Often, these superstars achieve success proportionate to their immense talent: Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, Patrick Kane, and Drew Doughty. Then there are the players that individually thrive but have yet to taste playoff success with their respective teams, or their teams’ […]
Devils’ 5 Best Defensemen of All-Time
Defensemen played a huge role in the New Jersey Devils’ first three Stanley Cup wins. The most legendary Devils blueliners are from that era (1995–2003) but many others have played their way into fans’ hearts. Let’s start with honorable mentions. A member of the original Devils – the Colorado Rockies relocated to New Jersey in […]
Flyers’ Top 20 Goal Scorers All-Time
Founded in 1967, the Philadelphia Flyers have been one of hockey’s most successful franchises over the last half-century. They have the third-highest all-time points percentage among NHL teams, trailing only the Montreal Canadiens and the Vegas Golden Knights, a team that has yet to play three full seasons. This is the Flyers’ 52nd season. Unless […]
Lukas Reichel – 2020 Draft Prospect Profile
Lukas Reichel 2019-20 Team: Eisbären Berlin (#44)Date of Birth: May 17, 2002Place of Birth: Nuremberg, GermanyHt: 6-foot-0 Wt: 172 lbs.Shoots: LeftPosition: Left WingNHL Draft Eligibility: 2019 first-year eligible NHL Central Scouting: 14th (among EU skaters) Bob McKenzie, TSN: 29th Craig Button, TSN: 37th HockeyProspects.com: 20th ISS: 31st Future Considerations: 48th Andrew Forbes (The Hockey Writers): […]
Don’t Expect Changes To The Draft Lottery
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, The decision to postpone the NHL draft scheduled for June 26-27 at the Bell Centre in Montreal didn’t come as a surprise because the league either expects to be playing hockey at that point or be unable to have large crowds in a rink — because the American Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Health Canada haven’t given the green light to hold large gatherings. There has been idle chatter that if the league does decide to cancel the rest of the regular season and go to the playoffs that the format of the draft lottery may change. A check with a handful of league executives in the last couple of days indicates they don’t expect that to be the case and that the teams with the best odds in the lottery will retain those numbers whenever the league loads the balls into the machine.... “I don’t see any reason to change the format and I’m not sure it would even be given any consideration,” a league executive told this newspaper this week. “If they go straight to the playoffs, a good portion of the season has already been played and those teams at the bottom weren’t really going to gain much ground if the league hadn’t gone on pause.” The sentiment from league executives I’ve spoken with is, just because the season might end up being shortened, it doesn’t mean you can arbitrarily just change the rules. more
Stay Well John Kelly
The St. Louis Blues have issued the following statement regarding FOX Sports Midwest play-by-play announcer John Kelly, who tested positive for COVID-19: The St. Louis Blues are confirming that play-by-play announcer John Kelly has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. John has been in self-quarantine since March 13. We are thrilled to report that John is feeling strong and symptom free. The health and safety of the entire Blues family remains our core focus during these unprecedented times. We wish John well as he continues his recovery at home.
Toronto Maple Leafs’ Jekyll & Hyde Season in Review
Because the 2019-20 NHL regular season was suspended on March 12 due to health concerns in the wake of the coronavirus, I thought it might be a good time to review the Toronto Maple Leafs season. Here goes. Maple Leafs’ Down & Up Season In Review If the regular season ends where the team currently […]
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Canadiens’ Top 5 Moments From 2019-20
While the NHL, the players, and the fans await the fate of the 2019-20 season amid the COVID-19 pandemic, here’s a look at the best moments from the season for the Montreal Canadiens. With their team sitting 24th in the overall standings when play was paused, the loyal Habs’ faithful probably aren’t in the mood […]
Shakir Mukhamadullin – 2020 NHL Draft Prospect Profile
Shakir Mukhamadullin 2019-20 Team: Tolpar Ufa (MHL)Date of Birth: Jan. 10, 2002Place of Birth: Ufa, RussiaHt: 6’2” Wt: 170 lbsShoots: LeftPosition: DefenseNHL Draft Eligibility: 2020 first-year eligible Rankings NHL Central Scouting: 18th (among EU Skaters) THW Josh Bell’s Rankings: 106th THW Andrew Forbes’ March Rankings: 50th THW Larry Fisher’s March Rankings: 63rd ISS: 22nd Dobber […]
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The Ducks’ Ones That Got Away: Part 1
Now that we’re all confined to our homes with little to do, our thoughts tend to wander. Without the Anaheim Ducks to watch, some of you may have found yourselves thinking about the one that got away. Just like you with your ex, the Ducks have had their fair share of beauties get away. Here’s […]
If The Pause Is Lifted, Go Right To The Playoffs Or Play Some Games First?
from the CP at CTV, Connor McDavid is at odds with Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin. McDavid's Oilers sat comfortably in a playoff spot when the NHL suspended its season earlier this month due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but unlike his contemporaries, Edmonton's captain thinks going right into the playoffs if the league gets the all-clear to resume would be a mistake. Speaking on a video conference call Friday, McDavid said “a full season's a fair season” when asked how he'd like to see things play out. And if the NHL has to shorten proceedings, the 23-year-old superstar says teams would need at least a few games to find a rhythm. Crosby and Ovechkin said in separate video conferences Thursday they wouldn't mind if the league went right into the playoffs. continued
Devils Should Hang on to Butcher Despite Regression
It was a tough season for New Jersey Devils’ defenseman, Will Butcher. After finishing with 44 points in 81 games and being named to NHL All-Rookie team in 2017-18, his production has declined in each of the last two seasons. Not only have his point totals fallen off, but his play took a noticeable step back this […]
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McDavid Says He’d Rather Not Jump Right Into Playoffs
Connor McDavid took part in an NHL Conference call with captains from four Pacific Division teams on Friday and among the many number of topics discussed, he noted that a “fair season is a full season”, even if that’s not what works best for the Edmonton Oilers. The host went around the horn and asked […]
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Wild’s Prospect Problem & Guerin’s Plan to Fix It
The Minnesota Wild have a prospect problem. It’s on the verge of being fixed, but it’s up to current general manager, Bill Guerin, to continue fixing it. In order to keep the franchise moving forward towards becoming a contender in the Western Conference, Guerin will have to be smart, shrewd and downright devious. He’s also […]
Marco Rossi – 2020 NHL Draft Prospect Profile
Marco Rossi 2019-20 Team: Ottawa 67s (#23)Date of Birth: September 23, 2001Place of Birth: Feldkirch, AUTHt: 5’9” Wt: 179 lbsShoots: LeftPosition: Center/WingNHL Draft Eligibility: 2020 first-year eligible Rankings NHL Central Scouting: 5th (among NA Skaters) Future Considerations: 8th THW Josh Bell’s Rankings: 5th THW Andrew Forbes’ March Rankings: 7th THW Larry Fisher’s March Rankings: 8th ISS: 7th Hockey Prospect: 8th […]
NHL Rumors: Rangers, NHL Game Show, Virtual Draft, More
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there is news on the New York Rangers potentially having trouble signing Tony DeAngelo, there is interest by a few NHL teams in a KHL goaltender and P.K. Subban has floated the idea of an NHL game show to the league who is thinking about it. Finally, there is talk […]
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Hockey’s Scariest Goalie Mask and the Man Behind It
There have been many a memorable goalie mask to draw attention in the NHL. Some of them far more iconic than the netminders who donned them, while others were an extension of the goaltender’s persona. 2011 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee and Stanley Cup champion Eddie “The Eagle” Belfour comes to mind in particular, as […]
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Lightning’s All-Decade Team: Goaltending
Over the course of the last decade, no franchise in the NHL has experienced as much positive change than the Tampa Bay Lightning. At the start of the decade, the Lightning were on death’s door, with a weak ownership group and no real vision for the future. Many speculated that by 2020, the Bolts would […]
Blues Keep Reaping Rewards of Reaves Trade
Everyone initially agreed the Pittsburgh Penguins overpaid for then-St. Louis Blues forward Ryan Reaves. Two years later, time has simply confirmed that to be the case… and then some. Reaves Traded to Penguins Granted, it’s not like the Blues got a superstar out of the deal, at least not yet. In the trade, which saw […]
Today in Hockey History: March 27
One of the greatest defensemen to ever play in the National Hockey League had a handful of big moments on March 27. Also, a legendary run began in Vancouver after a suspension is handed down. Finally, we take a look at all the firsts that occurred on this date throughout the years. Bourque Loved Playing […]
Paul Kariya – The Original Mighty Duck
Paul Kariya was a young phenom, the face of a young franchise. He was given lofty expectations and broke into the league around the same time as two other comparable Hall of Fame players, Pavel Bure and Eric Lindros. He was a solid all-around player and a statesman for the sport of hockey. Related: Top […]
Flames’ Goaltending Has Real Depth
There are a lot more goalies in the system than you might be aware of. Learning more about these players and where they stand in terms of contracts, might help you decide where you stand on the goalie controversy. NHL Goalies David Rittich The 27-year-old, Czechoslovakian native has spent his career with the Calgary Flames. […]
Morning Line- Kevin Paul Dupont
Do you agree? The best thing the NBA and NHL can do now, today, is fold business for '19-'20, move on to next season, and plead with US-CAN audience to stay the hell home. They have worldwide reach. Time for Bettman, Silver to lead. — Kevin Paul Dupont (@GlobeKPD) March 27, 2020
Revisiting the Rangers’ Ryan McDonagh – J.T. Miller Trade
The New York Rangers’ mega-trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Feb. 26, 2018, wasn’t the first big move of their rebuilding project, which had been formally undertaken with a letter to fans from team management early that month. No, their first big deal had occurred the day before, when the Rangers sent forward Rick […]
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Jets’ Free Agents: Who Stays & Who Goes
It should not be nearly as stressful a summer for Winnipeg Jets’ general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff this time around. But that does not mean he won’t have his fair share of work to do. Related: Jets’ Future Should Include Appleton & Harkins The Jets have seven upcoming restricted free agents (RFA) and 15 unrestricted free […]
Robin Lehner Believes The NHL Season Is Over
from David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Golden Knights goaltender Robin Lehner is pessimistic the NHL season will resume. In an interview with Swedish-based publication SportExpressen that was published online Thursday and translated to English, Lehner said he saw “a zero percent chance” the regular season and playoffs can be completed after the league’s pause because of the coronavirus pandemic. “No, I don’t think it is possible to shut down and then run again when you have 100,000 cases of the coronavirus,” said Lehner, according to the translation. “Safety goes first. You can’t turn 180 degrees and start playing again. I see a zero percent chance that you can save this season. Now I hope that next season can start as usual in October.” continued
Sabres Slay Rangers in OT – Reliving the May 4, 2007 Classic
Indelible: “not able to be forgotten or removed.” Not many moments in one’s life can be described as indelible. The first and last day of school, your wedding and maybe the births of your children would qualify. For elements as relatively meaningless as sports, it takes something truly special to never be forgotten. For Buffalo […]
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Flyers’ Backup Options for Hart Are Plentiful
For the first time in decades, the Philadelphia Flyers have a good young starting goaltender with the potential to be a franchise cornerstone. Carter Hart, 21, has established himself as the team’s go-to option in net this season through his positional precision and mature approach. It hasn’t been a perfect season, his home and road […]
2020 NHL Draft: Top 10 Mock Scenarios 5.0
Mock 1.0 Mock 2.0 Mock 3.0 Mock 4.0 In this series, I’ve been running the Tankathon simulator for the draft lottery on a daily basis and mocking the results for the top 10 leading up to the 2020 NHL draft — or until the actual lottery takes place to determine the official draft order. There […]
Video- All Brendan Shanahan
via the YouTube page of TSN, Brendan Shanahan joins James Duthie to discuss how he's coping with the 'new normal' nowadays, how his players are handling the self-isolation, what the impact may be on the game of hockey when the COVID-19 pandemic is said and done, reflect on the Maple Leafs' roller coaster season and much more.
Missing All Of You
As I sit here bored, and slightly terrified, I want to say I miss all of you. The bad jokes, the horrible hockey, but now I'd give my figure skates just to share some time joining in a Live Blog. We all know the seriousness of what we're up against, and, now more than ever we need to try, even if only for a minute, to remember all the good things we share here. Every one of us have something to offer in the way of friendship, a good word, a bad joke, or, if you need to vent. The door is always open, and the Hasek is always open for business. All the best to all 19 of us..... Lets Go Humanity!!!!!
TSN Insiders Tonight
Sidney Crosby has said that he wouldn’t mind going straight to the playoffs, but would prefer to get in as many regular season games in to keep the integrity of the game. Our TSN Hockey Insiders have the latest on what some NHL general managers are suggesting should play resume, how long the league will go before making decision on the season, what to do with the draft and more. Watch at TSN.
Maple Leafs News & Rumors: Rielly, KHL Hockey, Face Mask & Clifford
Yesterday, March 25, the NHL reported that the Scouting Combine, the NHL Entry Draft, and all NHL Awards would all be postponed. That announcement reinforces the fact that North America is basically on lockdown from sports or any other social gathering. Related: Maple Leafs News & Rumors: Dubas, Trade Thoughts, Domi & Loponen About the […]
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Jimmy Howard Would Like To Play Another Year
from Larry Mahoney of the Bangor Daily News, The National Hockey League season has been a trying one for Jimmy Howard and the Detroit Red Wings. They are last in the league with 39 points as the season remains in limbo after being put on hold as a precaution to deal with the coronavirus. Howard, who turned 36 on Thursday, has lost the starting job to Jonathan Bernier. The 13-year NHL veteran has a 4.20 goals-against average to go with an .882 save percentage. He hasn’t played since Feb. 27. “It has been a tough year and it has been for everyone in the organization,” Howard said. “We are going through a rebuilding process and it has been a perfect storm. Everyone has needed to step up and that hasn’t been the case.” Howard’s contract, which pays him $4 million, is up at the end of the season. “I want to play another year. I still have game left in me, but I’ll have to wait and see if any other general managers feel the same way,” Howard said. “I know I will have to transition to being a backup goaltender. It is a young man’s game. These young goalies eat, breathe and sleep hockey. It’s fun to watch.” continued
Lundqvist’s Top 5 Most Disappointing Playoff Moments
Henrik Lundqvist has been playing for the New York Rangers since the 2005-06 season. His arrival concluded a nine-year playoff drought and put the Blueshirts back on the map. In his career, the Rangers have been on numerous trips to the postseason, but they’ve come up short every time. Lundqvist has experienced all that heartbreak […]
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NHL Rumors: Flames, Maple Leafs, Capitals, More
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there is speculation that a couple of Calgary Flames forwards may have dodged a bullet when it comes to trades because of the NHL stoppage, the Toronto Maple Leafs and forward Kyle Clifford are interested in an extension and what will the Washington Capitals do with a three specific pending […]
Blackhawks’ Youth Movement Is Here
If you haven’t noticed, the Chicago Blackhawks are getting younger and younger. Call it a soft rebuild if you’d like, or a retooling. While a small core group is still there, a new generation of younger blood is being built around them. Sure, the Blackhawks added some veteran depth pieces this past offseason to support […]
John LeClair: A Prototypical Power Forward
Aggressive, big, clutch, and supremely skilled, John LeClair was the total package. Best known for his time with the Philadelphia Flyers on the “The Legion of Doom” line with Eric Lindros and Mikael Renberg, the Vermont-born left-winger is the first American player ever to notch 50 goals in three consecutive seasons and one of the […]
3 Canucks Prospects Ready for the NHL
With the conclusion of the 2019-20 season up in the air right now and all hockey being suspended for the foreseeable future, I thought it would be a good time to take a look at a few American Hockey League (AHL) prospects that could have a chance with the Vancouver Canucks in 2020-21. The competition […]
Riveters Re-Sign Star Rookie Kendall Cornine
With everything in the sports and outside world on hold, the NWHL gave us some exciting news today. The league announced on March 26 that the Metropolitan Riveters have re-signed star rookie Kendall Cornine for next season. She is the first player to sign on for the NWHL’s sixth season. Cornine, who is from Kinnelon, […]
Donald Fehr On A Few Topics
from TSN, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly has said numerous times that having a full 82-game season in 2020-21 is paramount. NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr agrees, but like Daly, says that doesn't mean next year's start date can't be pushed back to accommodate playoff hockey this summer. "It doesn’t mean that you couldn’t alter the dates of next year’s season a little bit in order to accommodate playing late this year going forward," Fehr said Wednesday while on The Athletic's Two-Man Advantage, hosted by Pierre LeBrun and Scott Burnside. "But remember, while players get paychecks over the course of the regular season, their salaries include revenue that’s earned during the postseason, so the two are not divorced." On the podcast, Fehr discussed a wide-range of topics related to the COVID-19 pandemic and how it relates to a possible resumption of play this season in the NHL. Earlier this week, the NHL reached out to its 31 teams and requested available dates for possible home games in August. With the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics, Fehr notes there could be additional fan and broadcast opportunities that weren't there before if they can get back on the ice for August hockey. continued
Video- Top 10 Plays This Season From The Detroit Red Wings
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Start The Season Earlier
from Justin Bourne of Sportsnet, What needs to change? The slot the NHL season takes up on the calendar. This current season and its potential endpoints aside, the NHL season generally pushes far too deep into summer for the liking of just about everyone. Last season the St. Louis Blues won the Stanley Cup on June 12. Given the majority of NHL cities are located in colder climates, we’re talking about one of the three or four months where it’s really nice and hot — proper summer — and where it sure as heck isn’t hockey season. At that time, you’re also going head-to-head with the NBA finals, which means the NHL never truly has the sporting spotlight to itself for the culmination of its season.... This isn’t some drastic change I’m proposing – really the whole season just needs to be pulled back about three weeks, moving puck drop to early- or mid-September (around the 10th or so) and ending in mid-to-late May. With training camps starting a couple weeks prior to the season, we’d be looking at teams getting going within a handful of days of Sept. 1. In most years it would be hard to drop a shortened summer on players, particularly those who’ve played into June, but this isn’t most years. A big part of what we’re talking about here hinges on the worst-case scenario (at least financially) of the league not being able to resume the 2019-20 season in any fashion. This is the doomsday scenario, but also not an unrealistic outcome at this point. An earlier start to the 2020-21 season would offer at least a tiny bit of consolation for fans who’ve had their seasons cut short by a month or more. It would allow players to fully let go of 2019-20 and focus on their families in a time where their families deserve to have their sole focus. It would avoid a scenario where you rush players back into situations that still feel riskier than they will in late summer/early fall, when we hopefully have the worst of all this in check. more
Canucks: Revisiting the Luongo Trade
After eight seasons with the Vancouver Canucks, Roberto Luongo was traded back to the Florida Panthers on March 4, 2014, along with Steven Anthony in exchange for Jacob Markstrom and Shawn Matthias. Luongo’s eight seasons in Vancouver saw the team reach the playoffs six times and featured a Stanley Cup Final appearance. While the Canucks […]
Today in Hockey History: March 26
One of the greatest goaltenders to ever play the game set a record that will likely never be broken on this date. A hockey legend won his first and only scoring title and an American-born player scored 100 points for the first time in National Hockey League history. Tony O Sets the Bar High Tony […]
2020 NHL Draft: 9 Defensemen Who Could be Second Best
The 2020 NHL Draft has a number of presumed certainties with it. Among those certainties is the fact that Erie Otters’ Jamie Drysdale will be the first defenseman taken off the board whenever the draft may be. He’s going to be a top-10 selection, possibly even a top-5 pick in this top-heavy draft. But a […]
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Penguins with 100-Point Seasons
Few NHL franchises have been blessed with success like the Pittsburgh Penguins on both the individual and team levels. The Penguins have seen several Hall of Famers and five Stanley Cups throughout their history. Since the team’s inception prior to the 1967-68 NHL season, 12 different skaters have racked up 100 or more points in […]
Blue Jackets’ Tortorella Deserves the Jack Adams
John Tortorella: confident, short-tempered, witty, in-your-face, passionate, and intense. These are just some of the adjectives used to describe the current head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets, in the midst of his fifth season with the team. Throughout the course of his coaching career, the 61-year-old, Boston, Massachusetts native has seen it all both […]
What Should The New York Rangers Pay Tony DeAngelo?
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post, When you have a 24-year-old defenseman, and a righty, no less, who records the fourth-most goals and points in the NHL at his position and who is coming up on restricted free agency, it’s a no-brainer to lock him up for at least five years, isn’t it? Or, in the case of one Tony DeAngelo, is it? This is likely the most daunting question Rangers management will confront this offseason in evaluating whether it can afford to sign No. 77 for what likely would be at least $6 million per year on a long-term deal. There are options, of course. continued
Suspended Swiss National League Had Many Storylines
This season will be forever remembered as the one that had to end without a new champion. That said, last season’s champion will still be SC Bern. But aside from the Covid-19 virus, what are the key facts of this shortened season? Imports Still Play a Huge Role Even if Switzerland won two silver medals […]
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Canucks Big Winner in Pearson Trade
A couple of days before the 2019 NHL Trade Deadline, Jim Benning, the general manager of the Vancouver Canucks, announced that the team had acquired winger Tanner Pearson for defenceman Erik Gudbranson. Gudbranson had once been a top-three draft pick, yet his large, lumbering style had not worked out on a rebuilding Canucks team. Vancouver […]
Flames’ Top 5 Draft Picks Since 2010
Drafting has always been crucial to building a good team in the NHL, especially since the salary cap era began. Teams aren’t able to throw money at every big-name free agent like they were in the past, so it is extremely important to draft and develop young talent that is able to make an immediate […]
Vegas Golden Knights Prospects: Season In Review
The Vegas Golden Knights Prospect Report is a monthly article that will offer a peek into who will be wearing the black and gold in the future. I will have a top 10 list of players and discuss how they performed in the previous month, as well as mention the prospects who are trending up and […]
Bruins’ 2019 Draft Catch-Up
With the sports world on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the remainder of the National Hockey League season in doubt, it is time to look back and thus forward; recapping last year’s Boston Bruins draft picks. The B’s have been known to bopth make great picks as well as fairly questionable ones, so […]
Time To Cancel The NHL Regular Season
from Greg Wyshynski of ESPN, The National Hockey League needs to cancel its remaining regular-season games. It brings me no pleasure to put this out there. We all want to see this season to its equitable completion; if there is a postseason, to have the previous five-and-a-half months boiled down to the points percentage variance between teams, with differing numbers of games played, would be a shame. Playing those postponed regular-season games would mean money in the depleted coffers of NHL teams. Regular-season games would also mean a much-needed cash insurgence for local business around arenas, presuming they're in operation as the coronavirus pandemic hopefully wanes. But this is a fantasy. Let's start with the obvious, which is that the NHL is at the mercy of local municipalities when it comes to restrictions on travel, mass gatherings and business operations. It's entirely possible that one team's state will be closer to an "all clear" than another's. It's entirely possible that the medical experts from one city will be more stringent than another's. continued
Sabres Sign Trio of Prospects
The NHL isn’t playing, but the Buffalo Sabres are still keeping busy. Earlier this week, the organization announced they had signed defenseman Mattias Samuelsson to a three-year entry-level contract. The 20-year-old blueliner was a second-round pick in 2018. They also landed forward Dawson DiPietro, a teammate of Samuelsson’s at Western Michigan. He was a college […]
2020 NHL Draft: Top 10 Mock Scenarios 4.0
Mock 1.0 Mock 2.0 Mock 3.0 In this series, I’ve been running the Tankathon simulator for the draft lottery on a daily basis and mocking the results for the top 10 leading up to the 2020 NHL draft — or until the actual lottery takes place to determine the official draft order. There are more […]
3 Devils Free Agent Targets
It seemed that New Jersey Devils fans were ecstatic prior to the 2019-20 campaign’s puck drop, after the organization’s memorable offseason transactions. Regardless of the NHL’s postponement on this season, the Devils were on the verge of missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second consecutive season. More change is in order for Jersey’s team […]
One for the Ages: Gary Roberts’ 1997-98 NHL Season
Gary Roberts is a physical specimen if there ever was one. He is world-renowned for his intense training regiment, and has been highly sought after by athletes at all levels to better themselves – both in terms of lifestyle and performance. A visit to Roberts’ Gary Roberts High Performance Training (HPT) website shows this message […]
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Bruins’ Rask Hints at Possible Retirement
Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask is working on the back end of his eight-year contract. Following the end of this season (whenever that may be, as the league is on pause with the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak), he will have one more year remaining before he becomes a free agent. Related: Zdeno Chara – 7 Cool […]
James Hardie – 2020 NHL Draft Prospect Profile
James Hardie 2019-20 Team: Mississauga Steelheads (OHL)Date of Birth: Jan. 18, 2002Place of Birth: Innisfil, ON, CanadaHt: 5’11” Wt: 161 lbsShoots: LeftPosition: LWNHL Draft Eligibility: 2020 first-year eligible Rankings NHL Central Scouting: 213th (among NA Skaters) Future Considerations: Unranked HockeyProspect.com: Unranked THW Josh Bell’s Rankings: 94th THW Andrew Forbes’ March Rankings: 152nd THW Larry Fisher’s […]
from Kirkland Crawford of the Detroit Free Press, The Detroit Red Wings of the mid-1990s were labeled as soft. Critics said they lacked the toughness to win the Stanley Cup, even though they resided atop the NHL standings for much of the decade. On March 26, 1997, the Wings said enough was enough. That night represented more than just revenge on Claude Lemieux of the Colorado Avalanche. It was more than just drawing blood to avenge the facial injuries Kris Draper dealt by Lemieux in the 1996 Western Conference finals. It was a chance to show the hockey world — and even themselves — they weren't going to be pushovers. [ Darren McCarty: Mike Babcock cost the Wings the Stanley Cup in 2009 ] And one could argue that the Wings got the Stanley Cup monkey off their backs, not in early June, but on this late March night at Joe Louis Arena. With every fist that Darren McCarty dropped on Lemieux in that first-period fracas, the confidence level seemed to rise, both for the Red Wings, and for their fan base. Let's look back at some of the finer details from that night: continued Below, watch 15 minutes of highlights from the game.
Revisiting the Senators’ Brassard Trade to Pittsburgh
When the New York Rangers traded Derick Brassard to the Ottawa Senators for Mika Zibanajad on July 18, 2016, the questionable move was deemed an early success when the Senators reached the Eastern Conference Final in 2017. After the Sens lost that series in seven games to the Pittsburgh Penguins, the team went into a […]
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Did You Expect Anything Different?
from Joe Haggerty of NBCSports Boston, It’s been a bad couple of weeks for the Boston Bruins — and more importantly, it’s been even worse for their employees. First, the Bruins were lambasted by the Massachusetts Attorney General for being the last team in the NHL to account for any kind of financial assistance for their TD Garden and Bruins employees once the regular season was put on pause by the coronavirus. Now, Delaware North — the parent company for both TD Garden and the Bruins — is among the first NHL teams to announce sweeping layoffs and cuts to arena and hockey club employees on their payroll. Delaware North announced that as of April 1, 2020, 68 of their full-time salaried associates will be placed on temporary leave, receiving one week of paid leave and eight weeks of full benefits. Additionally, as of April 1, 82 of their full-time salaried associates will receive an indefinite salary reduction, while contracted employees obviously were not impacted. It’s perhaps easier to say this when it’s not your own money, but there is no defending that kind of move with so many Americans headed for financial peril due to the global coronavirus pandemic. continued
Jim Lites And Jim Nill Take A Pay Cut To Help Others In The Organization
from Matthew DeFranks of the Dallas Morning News, Stars CEO Jim Lites and general manager Jim Nill have taken 50% pay cuts retroactive to the NHL’s suspension on March 12, in an attempt to help alleviate financial stress on the organization caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. “Jim and I feel a responsibility to be leaders of our team and our group,” Lites told The Dallas Morning News on Wednesday. “The Gaglardis have been really good to us, they’ve always said yes to us on things we’ve needed to do to build the franchise. I feel a personal thanks to them, they’ve been really good to both of us.” Nill said: “This situation we’re in is affecting everybody. There’s nobody going unscathed. I just think I’m fortunate enough at my age and where I’m at in my career to able to help some other people out. First of all, Tom Gaglardi has been very supportive of me, given me all the tools I need to work with. I know that his parent company is going through a tough time. He’s in the hotel/restaurant business and it’s been hit hard. “So I know they’ve had to make sacrifices up there and so can I help him out a little bit that way? And then for our organization. I know we’re making decisions on people, and by myself and Jimmy Lites making some sacrifices, does that help some other people down the food chain?” read on
Afternoon Line- Bob Wojnowski
If a longer pause is needed before the applause resumes, so be it. The games don’t get to rush to the front of the line. Nobody knows where this is headed, but people have forecast the decline of sports before, whether from the rise of video games, the reduction of youth participation or the unavoidable risk of injury, especially concussions. Sports will be back, and although that’s not the prevailing concern right now, they will be needed in essential and non-essential ways. Some day it will be safe to gather again, and when it is, people will want to cheer as loudly as ever. -Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News where you can read more on this topic.
The NHL Postpones The Combine, Awards Show And Draft
NEW YORK / TORONTO (March 25, 2020) - The National Hockey League today announced the postponements of the 2020 NHL Scouting Combine, the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Awards, and the 2020 NHL Draft, which were originally scheduled for June 1-6 in Buffalo, N.Y., June 18 in Las Vegas, and June 26-27 in Montreal, respectively, due to the ongoing uncertainty resulting from the coronavirus. The location, timing and format of the 2020 NHL Draft (and Draft Lottery) will be announced when details are finalized. With respect to the Bridgestone NHL Awards, the League looks forward to returning to Las Vegas in the future. Las Vegas has been the home of the Bridgestone NHL Awards since 2009.
Video- The Playoff Goals From Tomas Holmstrom
All 46 of them, compiled by awood40.
Lightning: Looking At the 2020 Restricted Free Agent Class
For the Tampa Bay Lightning, the 2019-20 season was supposed to be one of redemption. After years of postseason meltdowns, Tampa Bay needed to win a Stanley Cup with their stacked roster that was considered one of the best in the NHL. As the playoffs approached, things were looking good, with everything in place to […]
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Penguins’ Most Creative Player Nicknames Through the Years
Every professional hockey player acquires a nickname by the end of his career, whether he plays just a few games or a collection of seasons. These nicknames are often simple, with the letters “er” or “y” added to the end of the first or last name, like with the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Bryan “Rusty” Rust or […]
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Kaiden Guhle- 2020 NHL Draft Prospect Profile
Kaiden Guhle 2019-20 Team: Prince Albert RaidersDate of Birth: Jan. 18, 2002Place of Birth: Edmonton, Alberta, CanadaHt: 6-foot-2 Wt: 186 lbsShoots: LeftPosition: DNHL Draft Eligibility: 2020 first-year eligible Rankings NHL Central Scouting: 7th (among NA Skaters) Future Considerations: 28th Josh Bell’s February Rankings: 50th Bob McKenzie’s Rankings Mid- Season Rankings: 12th ISS: 14th Dobber Prospects […]
A Must Win To Lose Tournament
from Craig Custance of The Athletic, While so much of the conversation on what an eventual NHL season might look like focuses on potential playoff formats for the teams at the top of the standings, those at the bottom might have a different focus. For those outside the playoff bubble, it’s all about the NHL Draft. And the eventual draft lottery. As it stands right now, it’s very possible the lottery looks different than what fans (and executivess) are currently refreshing on Tankathon. According to an NHL source, the draft lottery format will likely be linked to whatever decisions are made regarding the schedule and playoff system. It’s still too early to get a full idea of what those solutions might look like, but a source said the league would consult with general managers and the board of governors before making a final call on any adjusted draft lottery process. Right now, the league is currently kicking around various concepts.... According to an NHL source, at least one team has submitted a lottery proposal that would include a tournament in which lottery teams play for the first-overall pick. At its face, the idea sounds radical but structured the right way this has the potential to be a real asset for the league. more ($$$)
Thoughts On Dylan Larkin
from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, - One of the things I’ve wondered this year is how much Steve Yzerman discusses his early years in Detroit with Dylan Larkin. Yzerman went through tough times in Detroit and eventually was rewarded. What advice does he give Larkin on how to handle things? “I have had very positive talks with Steve throughout the season,” Larkin wrote via email. “He has been very helpful and a mentor to me as someone who has been in this situation a few times as a player and manager. His advice has been to make sure my level of professionalism — in mindset, work ethic and leadership — is setting the tone and example for the rest of the team all the time.” I thought that was really interesting. No matter how tough a season, there are always fun moments. What are the moments of this season that did make you smile? “There have been a lot of bright spots. This season has had a lot of downs, but we have a great group of young players that have made it very enjoyable coming to the rink every day. I look back at our opening-night win against Nashville on the road and our home opener the next night against Dallas when Anthony Mantha scored four goals. We have played very well against top opponents in our division and that makes me excited for the future. We’ve also played better in buildings where we have struggled in the past.” - Larkin made me laugh with this next one. Him, Connor McDavid and Mathew Barzal. Goal line to goal line. Standing start. Who wins, and by how much?... more Thoughts from Friedman...
NHL Rumors: Canadiens, Blackhawks, NHLPA Comments, More
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, could a recently shipped out forward make his way back to the Montreal Canadiens? In Chicago, what does a contract for Dominik Kubalik look like? And, according to NHLPA, the players only want to play for the Stanley Cup under certain conditions. Kovalchuk Back to Canadiens? Sportsnet’s Eric Engels believes […]
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Blackhawks Top 3 Current Rivalries
The Chicago Blackhawks have some of the most historic rivalries in National Hockey League history. Although many of them are in the past, the Blackhawks have earned plenty of enemies in the last decade with their three Stanley Cups in six seasons. Here are the top three current rivals of the Blackhawks. St. Louis Blues Although it […]
Montreal Canadiens Poised to Add Significant Skill at 2020 Draft
Montreal Canadiens general manager (GM) Marc Bergevin has repeatedly stated that he is building through the draft. Since the 2017 NHL Draft, his amateur scouting staff led by assistant GM Trevor Timmins and head of amateur scouting Shane Churla have added 28 prospects, and the organization has 14 picks in the 2020 Draft, currently scheduled […]
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Bauer Now Producing Medical Shields
from Emily Kaplan of ESPN. The hockey manufacturing company Bauer had been winding down business in both of its North American manufacturing facilities due to the coronavirus pandemic. But the company figured, if it couldn't provide helmets and skates for elite athletes, perhaps it could use its resources to help doctors, nurses and other first-responders in the medical field. Bauer is now producing medical shields that could be delivered to hospitals as soon as next week. By Wednesday morning, Bauer had orders come in to its Quebec facility for more than 100,000 units across Canada, according to Bauer CEO Ed Kinnaly. The company is also looking to provide for the United States. "In the U.S., honestly, the word is not out yet." Kinnaly said. continued
Senators Who Need Jerseys Retired After Phillips
With only two jerseys retired in the history of the revived Ottawa Senators, there could stand to be some new additions. It could take some time, though. Defenseman Chris Phillips’ No. 4 jersey just got retired alongside long-time captain Daniel Alfredsson’s (No. 11). Admittedly few others come close to matching their contributions to the team, […]
Today in Hockey History: March 25
Today’s date is one of firsts throughout National Hockey League history. It has given plenty of new marks in both the regular season and in the Stanley Cup playoffs over the decades. Gretzky Does the Unthinkable On March 25, 1982, Wayne Gretzky accomplished something many thought could never be down; score 200 points in a […]
Q & A with Blackhawks Prospect Alex Vlasic
Drafted in the second round (43rd overall) of the 2019 NHL Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks was a dream come true for Illinois-native Alex Vlasic. The 18-year-old defenseman had just finished two seasons with the United States National Team Development Program where he put up 28 points (6g-22a) from the blueline. He’s projected to be […]
Devils Need Subban to Bounce Back
The New Jersey Devils’ biggest acquisition last summer was snagging P.K. Subban, who they acquired for two draft picks, Jeremy Davies, and Steven Santini. The hope was Subban would help fix some of the team’s defensive woes. Unfortunately, that’s not how things played out in 2019-20. His first campaign with the Devils was, without a doubt, […]
5 Best Avalanche-Nordiques Draft Classes
The Colorado Avalanche share a 40-year history with the Quebec Nordiques, including a checkered record concerning draft selections. The Nordiques joined the NHL for the 1979 season and played 16 seasons before relocating to Denver, becoming the Colorado Avalanche. While the location changed, the draft classes share a hit-or-miss track record. In breaking down the […]
On The Detroit Prospects
from Max Bultman of The Athletic, With a bit of convincing (as a condition of this article, I agreed to explicitly note Scott’s reluctance to make prospect comparisons), The Athletic’s Scott Wheeler agreed to lead our panel alongside former NHL GM and TSN director of scouting Craig Button. Then, to round things out, we asked Jokke Nevalainen, the head of European scouting at Dobber Prospects, and Will Scouch of Scouching to share their opinions on Detroit’s Europeans and North Americans, respectively. Jared McIsaac, LHD, Moncton (QMJHL) Wheeler: Alec Martinez. The first thing that comes to mind for me with McIsaac has always been that he’s a strong complementary player. He has been asked to be more than that throughout his career as a relatively high-end prospect, particularly in Halifax where he’s a power play-guy and relied on to produce points, but I’ve never seen a ton of skill in his game and I don’t think that’s the kind of player he’s going to be at the next level. Instead, I see a useful left-shot defender who can contribute mid-20s points, act as a safety valve for his partner and make the odd play at even-strength while not being shy physically. Button: Jared to me is never going to be a big offensive player, but he’s going to be a really good defenseman. And by defenseman, you’re not going to hear me use “defensive defenseman.” He’s going to be a defenseman that’s going to be able to play in the defensive zone, he’s going to be able to start the play moving, break the play down defensively and get the puck in the offensive zone and in the neutral zone in transition. He reminds me a lot, in terms of competitiveness and style of game, of Ryan Lindgren (of the Rangers). Jared has got a quiet, quiet competitiveness to him. And the one thing I’ll tell you about Jared: The harder the game, the more important the game, you don’t ever have to worry about Jared shrinking, ever. He rises to that occasion. I think he’s a really quietly fierce competitor. more (paid) players...
Maple Leafs 2019 NHL Draft Picks: Grading Abruzzese, Koster & Loponen
As I noted in a recent post, the Toronto Maple Leafs are similar to other NHL teams in that they build their roster in several ways, including free agency, trading current players for others, and through the NHL’s annual Entry Draft. During the 2019 draft, the team entered without a first-round pick; however, general manager […]
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Bruins’ Swayman Named Hobey Baker Finalist
The finalists for the annual Hobey Baker Award, given to the top collegiate hockey player, were recently announced for the 2019-20 season. University of Maine goaltender and recent Boston Bruins signee Jeremy Swayman made the top-10 finalists list. Related: Boston Bruins Logo History Following the shutdown of the season right before the Hockey East tournament […]
Islanders’ 5 Best Head Coaches
The New York Islanders are one of the NHL’s most storied franchises, making their mark on the league during their brisk ascension in the late 1970s and early 1980s. After their four straight Stanley Cups and 19 consecutive playoff series wins, the Islanders found themselves on a bumpy road as they fought to stay relevant […]
A Look At Joe Veleno
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press, Like many young players, the jump from junior to pros has been a learning curve for Veleno, who turned 20 on January 13. He had just started to look more like the player the Wings hoped they drafted when the season was postponed. Now he’s on hold — including his strength and conditioning program. As part of the fight to stop the spread of COVID-19, players have been told by stay home as much as possible. The Wings are trying to come up with alternate strength and conditioning routines. Though Veleno looked better in the second half, he projects to spend more time in the AHL next season learning how to be the two-way center the Wings want him to be. The Free Press spoke to Shawn Horcoff, the Wings’ director of player development, about Veleno’s progress. “He’s had a really good second half of the year,” Horcoff said. “There’s been so much emphasis for him from the coaching side and the development side on his defensive game. He put a lot of hard work into that and he’s come a long way. He’s much more comfortable at that now. He’s playing big PK minutes, he’s on the ice at the end of the game — important minutes. So defensively we are really happy with his game.” “The problem is sometimes when you do that, it can affect the offensive side. It can take time to figure out how to play at both ends of the rink properly. For Joe, he really started to figure it out in the second half. The biggest thing I noticed is his skating he is starting to separate himself down there, he’s starting to have confidence to move the puck through the neutral zone, drive wide on D. That’s going to be an asset for him as he gains more strength and maturity.” more
2020 NHL Draft: Top 10 Mock Scenarios 3.0
Mock 1.0 Mock 2.0 In this series, I’ve been running the Tankathon simulator for the draft lottery on a daily basis and mocking the results for the top 10 leading up to the 2020 NHL draft — or until the actual lottery takes place to determine the official draft order. There are more than 30 […]
Ranking the Islanders Jerseys
For the most part, when you think of the New York Islanders sweaters, you really only think of the blue home and white road sweaters that have been around since the 1972-73 season (minus the names on the back). Since then, not much has changed on those uniforms, and honestly, that’s a wonderful thing. The […]
Bruins’ DeBrusk & Bjork Have More to Prove with Season in Jeopardy
The fate of the 2019-20 National Hockey League season currently hangs very much in the balance as league officials wait to see if resuming play is a realistic possibility with the world in the grips of the coronavirus pandemic. For two young Boston Bruins, in particular, this is not good news. Related: Boston Bruins Logo […]
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Connor Bedard Granted First-Ever WHL Exceptional Status
History has been made in the Western Hockey League. Hockey Canada has approved Connor Bedard’s request to be the first-ever player to gain exceptional status in the WHL, joining an elite list of players in the Canadian Hockey League to be granted the honour. From BC Hockey’s press release, “Exceptional player status is granted to […]
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Video- TSN Insiders Tonight
via TSN's YouTube page, Following Tuesday's NHL GM's conference call, Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie and Pierre LeBrun, along with Senior Hockey Reporter Frank Seravalli, share the latest on the best case scenario of hockey returning this season, discuss the challenges NHL ice makers face if the league is to play through the summer, and much more.
Audio- Does The NHL Need A New CBA Now?
via Sportsnet, Elliotte Friedman joins Tim and Sid to discuss possible salary cap ramifications for the NHL, suggesting a potential need for a new collective bargaining agreement.
NHL Players And Staff Should Continue With Self-Quarantine
from Christ Johnston of Sportsnet, The NHL has instructed players and team staff to extend their period of self-quarantine by another 10 days amid the spread of the COVID-19 virus. That message was shared with general managers during Tuesday’s call with senior league officials. Clubs had originally been asked to observe self-quarantine through Friday, but will now remain in isolation at home until April 6. With the season on pause, the goal is to allow enough time for symptoms to present themselves — so far only two NHL players, both Ottawa Senators, have tested positive for coronavirus — and to keep the community as free from the fast-spreading virus as possible before next steps can be taken. The league has said that it would like to eventually reopen team facilities to small groups for voluntary workouts if conditions allow. That would precede a training camp period before any resumption of play. continued
James Neal: Oilers Most Likely Moved Before the 2020-21 Season
As we noted when we took at look at the future of Kris Russell, next season, the Edmonton Oilers will have some decisions to make. As NHL owners and GM’s meet in conference calls this week — much of the talk likely surrounding next season’s potential salary cap — the topic of compliance buyouts will […]
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Will Cuylle – 2020 NHL Draft Prospect Profile
Will Cuylle 2019-20 Team: Windsor Spitfires (#13)Date of Birth: Feb. 5, 2002Place of Birth: Toronto, ONHt: 6-foot-3 Wt: 204-pounds Position: LWShoots: L NHL Draft Eligibility: 2020 first-year eligible. Rankings: Future Considerations: 45thNHL Central Scouting: 21st (North American Skaters)Bob McKenzie: 43rdCraig Button: 66thAndrew Forbes: 60th Larry Fisher: 78th Drafted third overall by the Peterborough Petes in […]
Phantom Sniper Fires Up Red Wings’ “Terrible Ted”
Back in the 1950s, the Detroit Red Wings were nearly unstoppable. That is, until Jack Adams broke up the band. But before Adams could attempt his own rebuild, the franchise won four Stanley Cups in six years. Between 1950 and 1956, the Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs met in the Stanley Cup semi-finals […]
Wild’s GM Guerin Has a Pivotal To-Do List
The surge by the Minnesota Wild down the stretch this season emphatically states that general manager Bill Guerin is not going to tear the whole thing down. However, upon taking this job he received a tangled web with some young unproven players, not a whole lot of previously drafted talent in the prospect system, and […]
New York Rangers 2019 Draft Catchup
The NHL and the world of sports is on pause in the midst of the outbreak of the coronavirus. Hockey might resume in June, or July, or not at all for the rest of the season. No one truly knows how long the ongoing pandemic will last. Related: 2007 NHL Draft: The 16 Defensemen Selected […]
Red Wings: 3 Free Agent Fits
With all that’s going on in the world, who knows when or if the NHL will resume its season. Recent reports suggest that the league may resume in August, award the Stanley Cup in September, and then hold a truncated offseason during October when the draft and free agency would take place. That means waiting […]
A Compliance Buyout Of Justin Abdelkader Or Not
from Luke Fox of Sportsnet, With the 2020-21 cap expected to take a COVID-19 hit, there are rumblings the league may consider implementing a similar option in the near future — with the NHLPA’s blessing, of course. And while a throwback to the compliance buyout is purely hypothetical at this stage, we found ourselves with enough time on our hands to sift through the rosters and drum up a list of potential candidates. Justin Abdelkader, three years at a $4.25-million cap hit Because the rebuilding Red Wings are in no rush to spend to the cap and assemble an immediate contender, and because they’ll also have a bunch of expensive contracts coming off the books this summer (Jimmy Howard, Jonathan Ericsson, Trevor Daley), they can still absorb overpaid veterans like Abdelkader and Frans Nielsen (two more years at a $5.25-million hit) with ease. Here’s the question: Does Steve Yzerman still want a 36-year-old Abdelkader taking up cap space in 2023? It’s easy to look at Abdelkader’s 2019-20 numbers — zero goals, three assists, minus-14 rating — and start dreading another three declining years of overpaying a depth winger. There could be sentiment at play here, with Abdelkader being a loyal, career-long Wing and a respected leader. But remember this: Yzerman used a compliance buyout on local hero Vincent Lecavalier when he served as Tampa’s GM. more names...
NHL Players And Teams Are Active On Social Media
from Joshua Clipperton of the CP at CTV, The video starts with Morgan Rielly standing at a sink before the Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman proceeds to demonstrate the correct way to wash your hands. Another clip shows teammate Zach Hyman inviting fans to play games against him online. Vancouver Canucks centre Elias Pettersson went for levity with a carefully edited golf video, while Montreal Canadiens counterpart Max Domi shared some impressive balance as he juggled a ping pong ball with his hockey stick. In an unprecedented era of social distancing, self-isolation and quarantine during the global COVID-19 pandemic that has seen arenas go dark, NHL players and their teams are doing their best to stay connected with fans on social media. "A lot of what they're trying to do is just do their part," said Joe Gagliese, co-founder and CEO of marketing agency Viral Nation. "People look to them in times like this because they idolize them." continued
Longest Stanley Cup Droughts
It’s often said that the Stanley Cup is the hardest trophy to win in professional sports. Of the league’s 31 teams (and with Seattle joining in 2021-22), only 20 have won the Stanley Cup and just 13 have won multiple championships. In the modern era, it’s become tougher to win championships and build dynasties which […]
Rangers’ Top 4 All Time
The Franchise Four. The Mount Rushmore. Four players who tell the story of an organization. In this series I’ll be taking a look at the history of all 30 NHL squads. For criteria, I’m choosing one forward, defenceman, goaltender and a wild card from any position. An “Original Six” squad, there’s no shortage of sensational […]
NHL Rumors: Blue Jackets, Maple Leafs, Bruins, More
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there is news on the Columbus Blue Jackets who are working on a long-term deal for one of their young defensemen, there are more and more insiders estimating trouble for the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Boston Bruins are thinking long-term about a few players and the NHL GM’s are getting […]
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Tyson Foerster – 2020 NHL Draft Prospect Profile
Tyson Foerster 2019-20 Team: Barrie Colts (#71)Date of Birth: January 18, 2002Place of Birth: Alliston, ON, CanadaHt: 6’1” Wt: 194 lbsShoots: RightPosition: Center/WingNHL Draft Eligibility: 2020 first-year eligible Rankings NHL Central Scouting: 41st (among NA Skaters) Future Considerations: 39th THW Josh Bell’s Rankings: 30th THW Andrew Forbes’ March Rankings: 53rd THW Larry Fisher’s March Rankings: 49th Every season, a number […]
Pay Cuts At The NHL Office And Layoffs In Montreal
via Emily Kaplan of ESPN, The NHL is temporarily cutting the pay of league office employees by 25%. The league confirmed that salaries will be reduced across the board starting April 1. The NHL's season has been on pause since March 12 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. According to sources, the NHL is hoping that the temporary pay cut among league office employees will prevent layoffs during this uncertain time. Below, the Montreal Canadiens are temporarily laying off personnel.
Islanders’ 5 Greatest Games at Barclays Center
With the current suspension of the 2019-20 NHL season, the New York Islanders’ run at the Barclays Center seems to be officially over. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that all games next season will be played at the Coliseum before the team’s brand-new Belmont Arena will open for the 2021-22 season. Related: Best of the Islanders’ […]
Morning Line- Zach Werenski
"I have goals going into each year that I set for myself. Obviously you have to take every game and every season in stride. You never know what is going to happen, you never know what a team is going to do or whatnot. "Twenty goals was a number I thought I could hit. Whether it was 17 or 19 or 22, I don't really know, but that was the kind of number I wanted to get near. Scoring 20, that has a lot to do with your teammates. I have said this before, but it seems like I'm just getting ice and they're finding me and pucks are finding me. I've been pretty fortunate this year with that." -Zach Werenski, defenseman for the Columbus Blue Jackets. Jeff Svoboda of BlueJactes.com has more on Werenski.
The Tampa Bay Lighting Have Seen This Before
from John Romano of the Tampa Bay Times, ...more than a week’s worth of hockey games have already been lost, and around here, that uncertainty has a familiar bleakness to it. Particularly for a man who has lived through the dismay of wondering what might have been. Go back to the spring of 2005 and an NHL labor stoppage. The Lightning were the defending Stanley Cup champions but had not been back on the ice since their Game 7 victory against Calgary the previous June. Like the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic shutdowns, the realization that more and more games would be lost and a postseason was in jeopardy played out like a slow-motion, low-budget horror film for then-Lightning general manager Jay Feaster. RELATED: Could we see August and September hockey? “You start off by hanging on any piece of information and any sort of hope or rumor that you hear,” said Feaster, who now runs the Lightning’s community hockey development program. “You hear, ‘Well, it’s going to be X number of games in the season.’ And then, ‘Oh well, that deadline has passed. Now we can still play this many games.’ As you keep progressing, you realize you’re going to hit a point of no return, and that’s ultimately what happened.” read on
Flyers Sign Forward Tanner Laczynski to Entry-Level Deal
On Monday afternoon, general manager Chuck Fletcher and the Philadelphia Flyers took the next step in locking up their offensive future by signing forward, and 2016 NHL Draft pick, Tanner Laczynski to an entry-level contract. Laczynski was set to finish his senior year with the Ohio State Buckeyes this spring with the Big Ten tournament […]
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2020 NHL Draft: Top 10 Mock Scenarios 2.0
Mock 1.0 The mocking has commenced — at least for the top 10. Yesterday I started a series with ambitions of running the Tankathon simulator for the draft lottery on a daily basis and mocking the results for the top 10 leading up to the 2020 NHL draft — or until the actual lottery takes […]
Pittsburgh Penguins’ All-Time Greatest Lines
In its 103-year history, the National Hockey League has seen some phenomenal players, and fans have been blessed enough to see these players join forces as linemates. Some of these lines have been branded with titles to make them even more memorable. Famous ones include the Buffalo Sabres “French Connection” of Gilbert Perreault, Rick Martin, […]
Yaroslav Askarov – 2020 NHL Draft Prospect Profile
Yaroslav Askarov 2019-20 Team: SKA-Neva St. PetersburgDate of Birth: June 16, 2002Place of Birth: Omsk, RussiaHt: 6-foot-3 Wt: 176 poundsCatches: Right Position: FNHL Draft Eligibility: 2020 first-year eligible Rankings NHL Central Scouting: 1st (Among EU goalies) Bob McKenzie, TSN: 10th HockeyProspect.com: 5th ISS: 1st (Among goaltenders) McKeen’s Hockey: 12th Future Considerations: 11th The Hockey Writers […]
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Today in Hockey History: March 24
Today’s trip through the history of the game takes to some of the most storied cities in the National Hockey League. We will make stops in Detroit, Montreal, Chicago and Pittsburgh where there has been plenty of winning over the decades. Plus, if you are a fan of shutouts, then March 24 is a good […]