Capitals’ 2020 Draft Preview
The Washington Capitals will pick 25th overall in the 1st round of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft which will take place on Oct. 6-7. They also have picks in rounds 3, 4, 5, and 6. General manager, Brian MacLellan, has to take stock of his prospect pool and decide what moves are the best for […]
Wild Ink Brodin to 7-year Extension
Per Michael Russo and other sources, the Minnesota Wild have handed defender Jonas Brodin a seven-year contract extension worth $42 million. Brodin’s year-by-year (all salary, no SB) breakdown: Year 1: $4M (Full NMC)Year 2: $5M (Full NMC)Year 3: $8M (Full NMC)Year 4: $8M (Full NMC)Year 5: $7.5M Year 6: $5.5MYear 7: $4M There is no […]
Dale Hawerchuk: A Legacy Beyond the Hall of Fame
After a long battle with cancer, NHL legend and Hall of Fame member Dale Hawerchuk left this world on August 18, 2020. He left behind a legacy that will affect the game of hockey for years and possibly decades to come. For me personally, his passing carries a little bit of extra sadness. Hawerchuk was […]
Capitals Relieve Reirden of Coaching Duties
The Washington Capitals announced this afternoon that general manager Brian MacLellan has relieved head coach Todd Reirden of his duties as head coach. MacLellan also released a statement on Twitter: Statement from Capitals senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan pic.twitter.com/SBCKSHUpQg — Washington Capitals (@Capitals) August 23, 2020 Higher Expectations The first sentence of […]
Reirden’s Future With Capitals Has To Be in Trouble
The Washington Capitals currently find themselves down 3-0 in their Stanley Cup playoff series against the New York Islanders. This is certainly not where this team expected to be and it cannot be where general manager Brian MacLellan expected them to be. It’s hard to look at the roster with the deadline additions MacLellan made […]
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Will Martin Fehérváry Be the Next Man Up for the Capitals?
For the playoffs, the Capitals’ defensive unit seems pretty set. Jonas Siegenthaler has returned to North America after training in Switzerland and the seven-man unit of John Carlson, Dmitry Orlov, Michal Kempný, Nick Jensen, Brenden Dillon, Radko Gudas and Siegenthaler appears to be ready to go for the playoffs. However, once this season ends, both […]
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Loaning Prospects Overseas Amid COVID-19 Uncertainty
On July 17, I learned via the Merrit Centennials twitter account that the BCHL was eying a Dec. 1 start date. That got me thinking about the junior leagues that compose the CHL. #BCHL #NEWS:The BCHL has announced that they are planning to open the regular season on December 1st. Read more: https://t.co/NgFqD6uSkD #BCHL pic.twitter.com/gY1Oi44h2G […]
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Wild Take Big Step Forward With Brackett Hire
Minnesota Wild general manager Bill Guerin has done it again with a stellar front office hiring. Judd Brackett has the potential to be a key component in making the Wild competitive for the future. As the director of amateur scouting, Brackett will be the principal party responsible for the selection of future Wild prospects. The […]
Wild’s Roster Moves Change Their Postseason Landscape
The Minnesota Wild have announced their roster for training camp for the 2020 postseason. On that list are some additions from their prospect pool, their AHL affiliate, and one particularly high profile player from the KHL. Some of these players could end up having a major impact on how far the Wild can go in […]
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Should the Capitals Make a Move for Eichel?
Jack Eichel is “fed up with losing.” This comes in the wake of a season when his offensive production, minutes per game and analytics ticked upward for the fifth season in a row. There are a lot of tough questions being asked about the Buffalo Sabres right now, but some have begun to question if […]
Capitals Face Tough Roster Decisions
It has been reported that the NHL salary cap might be effectively frozen at $81.5 million until 2023. During that time period, Alex Ovechkin’s current contract will expire, several players will hit free agency, and drafted prospects will be trying to break into the NHL. This puts the Washington Capitals into an interesting position with […]
Flyers’ 2020 Mock Draft 2nd Round and Beyond
In the second round of THW’s Mock Draft, I took over the Philadelphia Flyers from fellow writer, Johnny Berman. When all was said and done, I looked back at the picks that had been made and had to confess that this was my favorite group of players among the teams that I had picked for. […]
Coyotes’ 2020 THW Mock Draft Recap
For the 2020 THW Mock Draft, I was the general manager for a couple of teams, including the Arizona Coyotes. The Coyotes had no picks in the first round, so the second round was where I started my work for them. With these picks, I tried to use a mix of my scouting and the […]
Capitals’ 2020 Mock Draft Picks
The Washington Capitals have five picks in the upcoming draft and I volunteered to try my best to impersonate general manager Brian MacLellan and select for them in the mock draft. When it started out, I thought we’d just be doing the first round, but it became a full, seven-round mock draft. I was elated […]
Wild’s Late Streak Secures Spot in Proposed 2020 NHL Playoffs
Since Feb. 1, the Minnesota Wild are 12-6-1. It’s a short span of time, but that’s a standing point percentage of .658. If the Wild had been able to maintain that points percentage over the course of the entire season, they would have been the second-ranked team in the entire Western Conference. This stretch of […]
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Capitals Ready for One Last Cup Run With This Roster
With the NHLPA voting to approve a 24-team playoff format, the Washington Capitals are likely to be one of the favorites to go all the way. They have successfully lifted Lord Stanley’s Cup very recently, and have many of the pieces that got them there still on the roster. Though there have been some bumps […]
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Panthers Sign Grigori Denisenko
The Florida Panthers have signed 2018, 15th-overall pick Grigori Denisenko to a three-year, entry-level contract. This is a huge step forward for the Panthers. Who Is Grigori Denisenko? In 38 KHL games this season, Denisenko acquired 6 goals and 6 assists. Those point totals do not jump off the page as anything to be particularly […]
Kings’ Top 10 Prospects
Ask anyone who covers prospects and they will tell you that the Los Angeles Kings have one of the best prospect groups in the NHL right now. Related: The NHL’s Best Farm Systems Ranked – Midseason Update For this list, players were given a ranking based NHL Readiness and NHL Potential. NHL Readiness ranks how […]
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 […]
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 […]
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