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Leafs Should Have a Quiet Trade Deadline
The NHL trade deadline is like Christmas for hockey fans. There is always something exciting that can happen for teams that are thinking of the playoffs and for teams that are hoping for a top draft pick. The hockey fan in me wants the Toronto Maple Leafs to make a big splash at the deadline, […]

Recap: Matthews, Leafs Fly Past Laine’s Jets
If the storyline wasn’t already focused on the first and second picks from the NHL’s latest draft heading into the game on Tuesday night between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets, they made sure the post-game talk was about them. In their second and final meeting this season, Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine combined […]

4 Best Defenseman in Maple Leafs History
On this date, Feb. 21, 1974, we lost Hockey Hall of Famer and all-around good guy Tim Horton in an automobile accident. Horton, a six-time NHL All-Star, played 22 seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres. In honour of his life, professional accomplishments and personal contributions to society […]

Matthew Strome: 3rd Time’s the Charm
Matthew Strome is the final Strome in a trio of brothers that have been or will be drafted into the NHL. Matthew is eligible for the 2017 NHL draft and is projected to go in the first round in mock drafts all over the internet; including our very own Christopher Ralph who has Matthew slated as the 18th overall pick in his […]

How Does Milan Lucic Compare?
Just a few short years ago, Milan Lucic was one of the most coveted players in the NHL. He was tough, he was mean, and he could score. But after the Bruins traded him, and the Kings elected not to keep him, many wondered if the Lucic model had reached it’s expiration date. The Edmonton […]

Top 3 All-Time Jets Goalies
The Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets franchise is a fairly young organization, having been in existence since just the 1999-00 season when the team underwent it’s inception into the NHL. As a result, you can probably guess that not many goaltenders have found their way passing through Atlanta or Winnipeg during those years and that their all-time […]

The Next Ones: 2017 NHL Draft Prospect Profile – Nikita Popugaev
Nikita Popugaev 2016-17 Team: Prince George Cougars (#29) (Traded from Moose Jaw on Jan. 5) Date of Birth: November 20, 1998 Place of Birth: Moscow, Russia Ht: 6’5″ Wt: 202 lbs Shoots: Right Position: LW NHL Draft Eligibility: 2017 first-year eligible Rankings: THW Consensus: 26 Future Considerations: 36 ISS: 16 McKeen’s Hockey: 26 Hockey Prospect: 23 Bob […]

Flyers Leaning on Neuvirth
The Philadelphia Flyers entered the season with a question in net – who would last past this season? It was supposed to be a battle of who can win the most games, make the most saves and lead the team to the playoffs for the second straight season between pending free agents Steve Mason and Michal […]

Spitfires Remember Captain Mickey Renaud
While every game is important on the OHL calendar, Feb. 18 is of particular importance for the Windsor Spitfires.  It is the day they pay tribute to a player, a son, a captain. Mickey Renaud. Last Saturday night, in front of over 6,200 fans, the Spitfires remembered Renaud prior to their game against the Guelph […]

The Overdue Canadien Break-Up
At the beginning of the season, no one realistically thought Alexei Emelin was a top-pair defender when he was slotted alongside Shea Weber. Now, with the Montreal Canadiens struggling, the Weber-Emelin experiment as the No. 1 duo has finally run its course and it’s time for new head coach Claude Julien to break them up. Throughout their […]

The Next Ones: 2017 NHL Draft Prospect Profile – Timothy Liljegren
2016-17 Teams: Rögle BK and Timrå IK (on loan) (#18) Date of Birth: April 30, 1999 Place of Birth: Kristianstad, Sweden Ht: 6’0″ Wt: 192 lbs Shoots: Right Position: Defenseman NHL Draft Eligibility: 2017 first-year eligible Twitter: @Timmeliljegren Rankings: THW Alternate: 2nd (January) Future Considerations: 2nd (Winter) ISS: 2nd (January) Bob McKenzie: 3rd (Mid-season) Craig Button: 3rd (January) It’s […]

Could the Wild Look Abroad for Roster Help?
We are now well into the NHL’s salary cap era where each of the 30 (soon to be 31) teams are constantly working on their own secret blueprints as they attempt to annually ice a competitive roster while staying below the league’s salary cap. We’ve seen teams attempt to bolster their rosters by overspending in July […]

Preview: Matthews, Laine Renew Apparent Rivalry
The Winnipeg Jets are set to take on the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre on Tuesday in their final meeting of the season. While it’s simply a fabricated rivalry (to this point), the Auston Matthews-Patrik Laine storyline will surely be front and centre when the two take to the ice. That being […]

Trade Deadline Predictions: 26 Potential Deals, 11 Involving Canadian Teams
2016 Trade Deadline Predictions 2016 Trade Deadline Results 2015 Trade Deadline Predictions 2015 Trade Deadline Results 2014 Trade Deadline Predictions 2014 Trade Deadline Results Hindsight is the ultimate humbler. I just spent the past hour looking back on my trade-deadline predictions from the past three years. The links are posted above if anybody is in […]

Top 3 All-Time Lightning Goalies
The Tampa Bay Lightning have been in existence for 24 NHL seasons. During this time, there have been 43 men who took their position between the pipes for the Bolts. For our purposes, we are only looking at those goalies that played at least 100 games for the Lightning. The minimum game criterion gets the […]

Quiet Oilers Trade Deadline Isn’t a Bad Thing
There’s been a lot of speculation surrounding the 2017 NHL Trade Deadline. The Edmonton Oilers look to be playoff bound for the first time in 11 years, and rumors suggest the Oilers will be buyers. That might not be the case, however. In fact, it doesn’t have to be. Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli took […]

Bruins a Playoff Team After All?
Just about two weeks ago, things looked awfully bleak for the Boston Bruins. Having just fired their long-time head coach, the Bruins were set to play a difficult three games under a new boss before heading into the bye week. To make matters worse, the Bruins sat two points behind the Toronto Maple Leafs and […]

Top 7 Oilers Likely to Be Traded
When your hockey club is a buyer at the trade deadline, the first thought isn’t which players you’ll be trading. After all, the idea is to acquire assets that will help your team for what is hoped to be an extended playoff run. This is the scenario for the Edmonton Oilers, who for the first […]

Kuhnhackl Gets A Second Chance
The Pittsburgh Penguins have been hurting as of late. Their injured reserve list over the past few months has included enough core players to make any fan wince. Recent injuries have included those to Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang and Carl Hagelin. Right now, the Penguins are missing defensemen Olli Maatta and Justin Schultz, both significant losses as they […]

Forwards Deadline Options for the Canadiens
As the deadline gets closer, all eyes are on the NHL General Managers to see who will make the biggest changes to improve their clubs going into the final stretch of the season. Montreal Canadiens General Manager Marc Bergevin has made the biggest splash so far, and it wasn’t for his trade with the Tampa […]

5 Ways to Make the NHL Better
Every sport has its share of outdated/silly rules, and the NHL is no different. Some of them were created due to individual players (see: Trapezoid Rule), while others never made any sense from the beginning (see: calling a dive and a penalty on the same play). However, with these five tweaks, the NHL will be […]

Dmitri Samorukov Gearing up for the Draft
After representing Team Russia at the 2016 U18 WJC, defenseman Dmitri Samorukov moved to the OHL.  He was drafted by the Guelph Storm in the CHL Import Draft and will be eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft. In this exclusive interview, the Russian defenseman talks about his first steps in hockey, his move overseas, and […]

Devils Kids Are All Right
If the writing isn’t on the wall, it doesn’t have to be. Michael Cammalleri was a healthy scratch in two consecutive contests. Sergey Kalinin was traded. Vernon Fiddler was also dealt. The kids are coming and they’re coming fast with the New Jersey Devils. Before the season started I wrote about how the AHL Albany […]

Hurricanes Show Slow, Sloppy Hockey
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Toronto Maple Leafs met Sunday night and the Hurricanes were slow and sloppy, losing 4-0. I’ve been covering the Hurricanes for The Hockey Writers for over three years. I’ve seen varying degrees of hockey from them along the way, some good and some bad. I’ve seen the ‘Canes play like […]

Maple Leafs Should Target Brian Boyle
After more than a few years of mediocrity, the Toronto Maple Leafs appear to be on the right track, thanks in large part to their management team. The Leafs are one of the youngest and most talented squads in the NHL today. They own a plethora of stars in the making including Auston Matthews, Mitch […]

5 Worst Trades Blackhawks History
It is always easy to determine the winner and loser of a trade long after the fact. The Chicago Blackhawks have made some awful trades that looked like mistakes the very moment they made them. Here are the five worst trades in franchise history.

Flames Monday Musings: A Wild Week
This past week was an up-and-down one for the Calgary Flames, to say the least.  Following their five-day break, the team came out flying on Monday night against the Arizona Coyotes, registering 19 shots on goal in the first period alone.  Finding themselves unable to beat Mike Smith early, however, the Flames then fell flat […]

Team Canada…If the NHL Goes to the Olympics
Will NHL players go to the 2018 Olympic Games in PyeongChang? It’s a question, that while remains unanswered, has to come to a resolution, and soon. The players certainly want to go. The majority of the owners would rather not. Gary Bettman and the NHL’s position? They’re playing hard ball. Maybe it’s posturing, maybe it’s […]

Is Trading Giroux an Option?
If there’s one thing people in Philadelphia are notorious for, it’s directing blame at a single player when the team is failing to meet expectations. It happens across all four major sports teams in the city. Right now, Claude Giroux isn’t necessarily feeling the brotherly love from the city that has seen him as captain […]

Sabres Are Lacking an Identity
The 2016-17 NHL season was supposed to be a great one for the Buffalo Sabres. As fans, we all know what was supposed to happen. Kyle Okposo was supposed to be the first line winger the team desperately needed to round out their lineup. Fans expected Evander Kane to have a bounce back season after a […]

Top 3 All-Time Spitfires’ Goalies
The OHL has a long history of outstanding goaltenders. They have been leaders, walls in the crease and puzzling to the league. Selecting a Top 10 list of goaltenders would be a very difficult task. Instead, we changed things up.  In this series, we will look at the OHL’s Western Conference and examine the Top […]

Alex DeBrincat: From Undrafted to Historic
Turns out Connor McDavid was right after all. Not that there was much doubt in what he said about Alex DeBrincat. But it’s scary to think back about how right McDavid was. McDavid’s Prophecy on DeBrincat Let’s set the scene for you. DeBrincat just scored his 50th goal of his Ontario Hockey League rookie season […]

Top 3 All-Time Senators Goalies
The Ottawa Senators have had many goaltenders come through the organization in their 25-year history, many didn’t stay very long with the franchise, but some have had a lasting impact. The top three goaltenders selected made an impact at different points in the team’s young history. Between them, they have 107 playoff games and a […]

The Grind Line: Greatest Red Wings Team Ever
Before the Detroit Red Wings reeled off two straight wins against the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins this weekend, things had been gloomy for Hockeytown. The prospect of missing the playoffs is something an entire generation of Red Wings has yet to experience. With little to be thankful for, The Hockey Writers’ Grind Line column […]

Expansion Draft Priority: Knights Need a Goalie
This summer’s NHL Expansion Draft is expected to be quite an affair. Vegas Golden Knights owner Bill Foley paid $500 million to become a part of the NHL and has every intention of securing an impressive roster by night’s end. The league is taking a major risk on expanding out West again and gambling (no pun […]

Anton Lander More Valuable From the AHL
In the NHL he can’t seem to catch a break. In the AHL, he lights the league on fire. His name is Anton Lander and he’s been a professional hockey player in the Edmonton Oilers organization since he was drafted 40th overall by the Oilers in 2009. With 16 goals and 16 assists in 20 […]

Monday Morning Howl: Coyotes Continue to Improve
Following their exciting overtime victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Feb. 11 at Gila River Arena, the Arizona Coyotes kicked off their week in Calgary on Monday. Facing off against a rusty Flames team that had just returned from their bye week, the Coyotes dominated as they picked up a convincing 5-0 victory to avoid […]

Wishful Thinking: 2018 Team USA Olympic Roster – Part 2
If you’ve read Part One, then you know the philosophy that drove my selection of forwards for Team USA’s 2018 Olympic roster was a combination of speed and two-way ability. For their defense, I maintained that same two-way philosophy. My selections are based on a list of 17 defensemen that have excelled at the NHL level, […]

Dave Strader Returns to Broadcast Booth
The return of Stars’ play-by-play broadcaster Dave Strader put things in perspective Saturday night. It’s been a rough stretch for the Stars of late, seemingly waiting for the shoe to drop on head coach Lindy Ruff or certain players to be moved for future assets while they still hold some value on the trade market. […]

3 Things from Hawks vs. Broncos
This past weekend, the University of North Dakota was unceremoniously swept by Western Michigan (4-2, 3-2) in Kalamazoo, Michigan. With the untimely sweep, the Fighting Hawks are now in danger of being on the road for the first round of the NCHC playoffs. For the last 14 seasons, UND has played the first round of […]

Hamilton Bulldogs Playoff Push Update
The Hamilton Bulldogs have 13 games remaining in the OHL season and are pushing towards the playoffs. The question is how will they be playing and will some of their injured players return when the playoffs begin? They are in fourth place in the OHL’s Eastern Conference, constantly fighting with the Kingston Frontenacs for the […]

The Bear Among Capitals
Zach Sanford will remember it for a lifetime. He came across the ice, corralled the puck and wristed the puck into the net to give the Washington Capitals a one-goal edge, and coincidentally, Sanford’s first goal in the National Hockey League. He threw up his arms in jubilation as the puck crawled over the red […]

The Next Ones: 2017 NHL Draft Prospect Profile – Nolan Patrick
Nolan Patrick 2016-17 Team: Brandon Wheat Kings (#19) Date of Birth: September 19, 1998 Place of Birth: Winnipeg, Manitoba Ht: 6’3″ Wt: 198 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Center NHL Draft Eligibility: 2017 first-year eligible Twitter: @nolan_patrick19 Rankings: THW Alternate: 1st (January) Future Considerations: 1st (Winter) ISS: 1st (January) Bob McKenzie: 1st (Mid-season) Craig Button: 1st […]

History of Panthers Coaches and GMs
There has been plenty of discussion over the last few months about the Florida Panthers’ coaching and front office situation since the team fired bench boss Gerard Gallant and replaced him with general manager Tom Rowe. Gallant was the winningest head coach in Panthers’ history and a finalist for the Jack Adams Award last season […]

Recap: Predators Prevail Over Blue Jackets
Sunday night, in front of 17,894 fans at Nationwide Arena, the Columbus Blue Jackets chased the game and their opponents only to fall short by the score of 4-3 to the Nashville Predators. The loss puts the Blue Jackets at an even 3-3 on their current seven-game homestand, while the Predators finished their mini two-game road […]


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