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Flyers Third Line Looking for Fresh Start
If there is anything that a few of the past Stanley Cup winners have proven, it’s that third and fourth lines are critical to the success of a team. The Penguins found immense contributions last year from guys like Tom Kuhnhackl, Bryan Rust, and Daniel Sprong, among others. That was on top of having arguably […]

Tampa Bay Lightning 2016-17 Season Preview
After deep playoff runs in each of the past two seasons, the Tampa Bay Lightning seek to take the next step toward winning the Stanley Cup in 2016-17. As the Lightning were eliminated in the 2016 Eastern Conference Final by the Pittsburgh Penguins, the end of the team’s postseason marked the beginning of arguably its […]

NHL ‘Negative’ on Participation at Olympics, Wayne Gretzky’s Note & More
The National Hockey League reportedly has its doubts about player participation at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. With the 2016 World Cup of Hockey set to begin Game 1 of the finals on Tuesday, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly spoke about the future of player participation at the Olympics— a topic receiving […]

Blackhawks Roster Preview: Forwards
The Chicago Blackhawks don’t get to start their season until Oct. 12 against the St. Louis Blues, but speculation about the team’s opening day roster is already running rampant. With this in mind, this article will be the first in a series of three that provides an outline of the current Blackhawks roster and the players […]

Olli’s Return to Form is What Maatta’s Most
At 19-years old, Olli Maatta joined the Pittsburgh Penguins and left them absolutely no choice but to keep him at the NHL level. He played 78 games his rookie season, tallying 29 total points and displaying the type of defensive awareness and poise you’d expect to see from a ten-year veteran. He was brilliant. Then […]

Top Storylines as Rangers Preseason Opens
The New York Rangers will open up their 90th anniversary season on home ice against the cross-town rival Islanders on Oct. 13, but more in the present, the Blueshirts will skate against their arch rivals from Brooklyn in tonight’s preseason opener at Madison Square Garden. Many key Rangers — including Henrik Lundqvist, Rick Nash, Ryan […]

Jacob Trouba’s Agent Speaks, Teams Make Roster Cuts & More
With unsigned restricted free agent Jacob Trouba publicly requesting a trade, the NHL world has been sent into a frenzy. While there is a lot of speculation about the reasoning behind Trouba’s demands, his agent, Kurt Overhardt, spoke with TSN 1290 in Winnipeg Monday to get the record straight. Agent: Trouba wants to realize his […]

Black N’ Gold Hockey Podcast: Marchand, Training Camp and World Cup
The Latest From the THW Podcast Channel In Episode 25 of the Black N’ Gold Hockey podcast hosts Mark Allred and Rob Tomlin break down the latest Boston Bruins headlines. The duo starts with the big news of the Brad Marchand extension, then the details of Bruins training camp by reviewing the Peter Mueller PTO, the Frank Vatrano […]

Pitlick Seizes Overdue Opportunity
It started with Benoit Pouliot missing Monday’s pre-season game due to illness and ended with Tyler Pitlick — Pouliot’s last minute replacement — potting a goal and an assist in a 4-2 Oilers victory over the Calgary Flames. Pitlick was named the game’s first star and showed signs of the Pitlick the Edmonton Oilers drafted in […]

Flames Camp Opens With Little Progress on Gaudreau’s Contract
You’ll have to excuse Brad Treliving, GM of the Calgary Flames, if he’s not feeling the World Cup of Hockey hype right now. Mikael Backlund’s concussion, sustained at the tournament, combined with the stellar performance (4 pts in three games) of unsigned puck magician Johnny Gaudreau leaves the Flames with lots of unanswered questions as training […]

Lanny McDonald, the World Cup and Dreams of Playing Hockey
With the hype that surrounded the revamped World Cup of Hockey leading up to the middle of this month, it seemed only fitting that Scotiabank would release arguably one of the best hockey commercials in recent memory. The commercial – part of the bank’s fifth season initiative aimed to connect young players with the great […]

Patrick Maroon and the Edmonton Oilers
After pulling the trigger on a last-second deal with the Anaheim Ducks during the 2016 NHL Trade Deadline, general manager Peter Chiarelli was hoping he had found the proverbial “diamond in the rough” in landing Patrick Maroon. While he did pay what was deemed the going rate at the time, a bottom-tier prospect in blueliner Martin […]

Potential Trouba Trade Not Disastrous for Jets
This past weekend Winnipeg Jets’ defenseman Jacob Trouba made it known to the hockey world that he has requested a trade out of Winnipeg. While many believe it was related to the fact that the restricted free agent is still without an NHL contract, after making high demands, Trouba insists that his trade request is “an opportunity […]

The Grind Line: Who Has the Most to Gain From Training Camp
On the fringe of the NHL preseason, The Grind Line takes a look at which players have the most to gain from training camp in Traverse City, Michigan. From seasoned veterans looking for a role to young prospects hoping to crack the roster, it seems as though every Red Wings player has something to prove […]

Flames Training Camp: The Land of Opportunity
With the Calgary Flames preseason underway, there is a common narrative among players and coaches. It’s the story of second chances and how they can have a positive impact. Ranging from players like Alex Chiasson, Linden Vey, Lauri Korpikoski, Chris Higgins, to Nicklas Grossmann — the Flames have shown early that they are not afraid of reclamation projects. Granted, […]

Dallas Stars 2016-17 Season Preview
The Dallas Stars exploded out of the starting gate in 2015-16, going 9-2-0 in October to take command of the Western Conference. Dallas maintained a blistering pace through the first half of the season, compiling a 28-8-4 record through Jan 2, which marked the best 40-game start in franchise history. Much of what went right […]

Lupul Finished With the Leafs?
The Toronto Maple Leafs have begun a new era of hockey with the focus around their crop of young talent. At the same time, other eras are ending with Joffrey Lupul starting the season on the injured-reserve (IR) list. Starting the season on IR doesn’t necessarily mean that Lupul won’t play again, but after battling […]

2 Penguins at the World Cup
The Pittsburgh Penguins sent six of their players to play in this year’s World Cup of Hockey. Four of them played in the semifinals; one of them will be playing in the finals this week. This is a profile of two of those players, both of whom are key in the Pittsburgh Penguins lineup- one a […]

Lehkonen’s Chances of Making Canadiens’ Roster
Going into the season, the Montreal Canadiens have a lot of young players vying for a roster spot. From current NHLers like Daniel Carr, Sven Andrighetto and Phillip Danault to AHLers such as Michael McCarron, Charles Hudon and Jacob de la Rose, they are battling each other for that coveted spot in the NHL. Unfortunately, […]

Nikita Nesterov Signs, Gaborik Out Eight Weeks, Isles Add PTOS & More
Team Europe is preparing for their first game against Team Canada in the best-of-three championship round of the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. However, they’re going to have to do it without forward Marian Gaborik, who has been excellent in the tournament. He was seen early Monday walking around Toronto’s ACC on crutches. Now, Helene […]

Facing Off: World Cup Winding Down, But Who’s Winning?
Facing Off is a weekly column debating five of hockey’s hottest topics each and every Monday. From current events like trades and hat tricks to bigger-picture stuff like scandals and expansion — you name it, we’re debating it. Albeit, not always with a serious tone. We’re keeping this column light, so keep that in mind when reading, […]

Maple Leafs News: Training Camp Notes and Joffrey Lupul
The World Cup of Hockey is into its final round. It will be Team Canada taking on upstart Team Europe, who defeated Sweden in overtime to secure their finals berth. While the eyes of the hockey world will certainly be tuned into this best of three series, there is tons of other hockey going on […]

QMJHL Season Preview – West Division
The final installment of our three-part Quebec Major Junior Hockey League season preview series focuses on the always competitive West Division. Once again, we’ll look at each team’s top-five key players and season expectations as we gear up for what should be another great year of junior hockey. Related: QMJHL Season Preview – Maritimes Division Related: […]

Vrbata Excited to Be Back in Arizona
While talking to the press at team media day on Thursday at Gila River Arena, Coyotes forward Radim Vrbata didn’t hesitate to describe his excitement regarding his offseason return to the Arizona Coyotes. “It feels like coming back home. It really does.” Vrbata has indeed called Arizona home for six of his NHL seasons and […]

World Cup Final: Guaranteed Win or Trap for Canada
For a few moments, one minute and 12 seconds to be precise, it almost felt as though Team Canada was toying with the Team Russia. For all the Canadian faithful, it felt as though their country might *gasp* lose. But this is Team Canada we’re talking about. After falling behind 2-1, they promptly tied the […]

Steelheads Swim in Opening OHL Weekend
It is no secret that the Mississauga Steelheads are carrying monumental expectations on their shoulders this season. A mere year ago in 2015-16, the Trout not only clinched a playoff birth but drove the high-powered, second-seeded Barrie Colts to a Game 7 in their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal matchup. Although the team eventually dropped a hard-fought […]

Columbus Blue Jackets 2016-17 Season Preview
Last season for the Columbus Blue Jackets ended before it began. After blowing a late lead in the first game of the season, the Blue Jackets lost their next seven in a row. They then lost their coach. Any hopes of a successful season faded to black quicker than a winter sunset. The team spent […]

Trouba Trade? What Oiler Fans Need to Know
The Edmonton Oilers have just over half a million Facebook and Twitter followers respectively. To summarize the weekend in a nutshell; Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba publicly announced his trade request and every Oiler fan online had traded the young defenseman to Edmonton about half a million times. There is a potential match between Trouba […]

Sidney Crosby Still Reigns Supreme
Last season, Sidney Crosby was washed up. He was too old to compete at the high level we’ve all come to expect of him and there was a good chance we’d never see him atop the NHL scoring ranks again. For his critics, I’m sure that was fun while it lasted. In all fairness, Crosby […]

Swedish Roster for World Cup 2020?
After a disappointing performance in the knock-out stage against Team Europe, the Swedes got sent off in the World Cup of Hockey before they ever got to reach the summit of their own expectations. But there’s really no use in dwelling on that surprising semifinal loss; what happened has happened and when it’s over, it’s over. […]

Brad Marchand’s Extension, MacArthur’s Concussion, Trouba Saga Starts & More
The Boston Bruins have extended Brad Marchand, according to reports Monday morning. The new contract will carry an AAV of $6.125 million over eight years, a sizeable increase from the $4.5 million AAV he currently plays under. Additionally, General Fanager reports that the deal carries a no-move clause (NMC) that starts in 2017. That will […]

Projected Red Wings Scoring Statistics
Entering Jeff Blashill’s second year with the Detroit Red Wings, fans are hoping the team can rebound from a season in which the Red Wings struggled mightily with the offensive side of the game. Earlier this month, TSN’s Scott Cullen released his Top 300 Projected Scorers for the upcoming 2016-17 NHL campaign. THW’s Jacob Messing […]

The NHL Needs the Olympics
If you have been paying attention to the hockey world lately, you may have realized that international hockey has been front and center. The World Cup of Hockey is an exhibition showcasing the world’s finest talent and it has produced some wild and exciting games so far, the type of hockey that will make your […]

Who Won the 2009 Tavares Trade?
Before John Tavares became an NHL star, he was one of the most talented offensive players the OHL had ever seen. He was also involved in one of the biggest trades in OHL history. The 2008-09 season saw the London Knights and Windsor Spitfires battle tooth-and-nail in the OHL’s Western Conference. A few days prior […]

Washington Capitals 2016-17 Season Preview
Despite a record-breaking season full of trophies, milestones, and unbelievable stories, the season ended in a way that has become all too familiar for the Washington Capitals: with a disappointing, heartbreaking exit in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. With only weeks before training camp and not too many changes left to be made, […]

Rangers Should Pursue Trouba Trade
News of Winnipeg Jets RFA defenseman Jacob Trouba requesting a trade surely grabbed the attention of many NHL general managers. A 22-year-old right-handed defenseman who can play on the top pair is something any team would want. It also just so happens to be exactly what the New York Rangers need. A Natural Fit With […]

Price vs. Halak: World Cup Edition
Six years ago, the Montreal Canadiens had a major decision to make. They had two excellent young goalies who were both restricted free agents and it was obvious that one had to go in order for both players to become full-time starters. Jaroslav Halak was fresh off an outstanding playoff run that captured the hearts […]


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