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Name: The Hockey Writers
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Date Added: 2009-04-25 08:25:22
  
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Hockey Headlines: Latest News on Kris Letang, Bob Hartley and More
A collection of the latest news from around the world of hockey: Let us begin with the Kris Letang hit. It was unnecessary to be sure. Was it as bad as Brooks Orpik’s hit? No. It was reminiscent of Dustin Byfuglien’s hit on Mark Stone, and everybody loved that one. After Barry Trotz whined about […]

Kris Letang to Have Hearing with Department of Player Safety
As many expected, the NHL Department of Player Safety announced today that Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang will have a hearing for his hit on Marcus Johansson of Washington. Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang will have a hearing today for interference on Washington’s Marcus Johansson. — NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) May 3, 2016 The hit was initially […]

Flames Fire Head Coach Bob Hartley
The Calgary Flames announced today that they’ve fired head coach Bob Hartley. The #Flames have announced that they have relieved Bob Hartley of his coaching duties ~ https://t.co/2Y5XkFvRt4 pic.twitter.com/FN5N9LwJzZ — Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) May 3, 2016 The Flames, after a surprise run during the 2014-15 campaign that saw them make the postseason and advance to the […]

5th Overall Pick Presents Many Options for Canucks
The Canucks and their fans knew they would be getting a pretty good asset come draft lottery day, but there’s always a feeling around Vancouver that the team should push for more, and not be settled with what they have. That feeling came naturally after the team ended up with the fifth overall pick, despite higher odds than […]

Dallas Stars Game 2: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
The atmosphere was electric at the American Airlines Center this past Sunday. The Dallas Stars were looking to take a 2-0 series lead against the St. Louis Blues. The Stars opened the scoring at 3:36 of the first period via an Alex Goligoski shot from the slot. However the Blues responded and built a 3-1 […]

Detroit Red Wings Playoff Guide: Who to Root For
Now that the beloved Detroit Red Wings are out of the playoffs, fans in Detroit and across the world still have three rounds of playoff hockey to watch and no horse in the race—unless you’re rooting for Nyquist to win the Kentucky Derby this weekend. So who do you cheer for? You cheer for Red […]

Islanders Sign Parker Wotherspoon to ELC
The New York Islanders have signed Parker Wotherspoon to a three-year, entry-level contract, the team announced Monday. The deal carries a $735,833 cap hit at the NHL level, reports General Fanager. A 2015 4th round draft pick (112nd overall), he’s spent the last three years playing with the Tri-City Americans in the WHL. This year, […]

USA Hockey Sends Luke Glendening Home From Worlds
USA Hockey has sent home Detroit Red Wings forward Luke Glendening, the team announced Monday. They are set to start exhibition games in advance of the 2016 World Championships and, according to Julie Robenhymer, Glendening is unable to participate due to a lingering injury. Details on the injury are not available at the moment, and […]

Gostisbehere, McDavid, Panarin are Calder Finalists
The NHL announced Monday that Shayne Gostisbehere, Connor McDavid and Artemi Panarin are the league’s 2016 Calder finalists, honoring the league’s best rookie. Gostisbehere led all rookie defensemen in goals (17), assists (29), points (46), power play goals (8) and game-winning goals (5). He set a rookie record with four overtime goals, which also tied […]

Bonino Emerging as Key Player for Penguins
Who needs Sidney Crosby when you have Nick Bonino? Okay, that might be a bit of an overstatement. However, Bonino is centering one of the hottest lines in hockey right now with Phil Kessel and Carl Hagelin as his wingers. It has given the Penguins an extremely balanced attack. Despite playing behind Crosby and Evgeni […]

Brooks Orpik Opens Up About Hit on Maatta, Suspension
Washington Capitals blueliner Brooks Orpik took center stage Monday, when he addressed the media about his hit on Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta and his three-game suspension. Your browser does not support iframes. “I’m disappointed,” Orpik said of his actions. “It’s a split-second decision you make and you just got to live with it.” Orpik received […]

Rangers Chose Girardi, Not Boyle, Over Stralman
Two summers ago the New York Rangers made the decision to sign unrestricted free agent defenseman Dan Boyle to a two-year, $9MM deal. The same day, Anton Stralman left Manhattan to join the Tampa Bay Lightning with a five-year contract worth $22.5MM. Most who follow the team felt the two signings were linked, that the […]

Brayden Burke – The Next Ones: 2016 NHL Draft Prospect Profile
Brayden Burke 2015-16 Team: Lethbridge Hurricanes (#19) Date of Birth: January 1, 1997 Place of Birth: Edmonton, AB Ht: 5’10” Wt: 165 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Left Wing NHL Draft Eligibility: 2016 second-year eligible Twitter: @burkey____19 THW The Next Ones Ranking: unranked (February) Other Rankings: THW Alternate: unranked (April) THW War Room: unranked (January) Future […]

Oilers Prospect Paigin Traded To Ak Bars Kazan
As it was announced through HC Sochi’s official site that Oilers prospect Ziyat Paigin has been traded back to Ak Bars Kazan, making a move to North America during this offseason very unlikely. The defenseman had a breakout season in 2015-16, when he was traded from Ak Bars Kazan to HC Sochi and started getting significant ice time. […]

Maple Leafs Officially Sign Nikita Zaitsev to ELC
The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that they’ve signed Russian defenseman Nikita Zaitsev to a one-year, entry-level contract. The Maple Leafs have signed defenceman Nikita Zaitsev. #TMLtalk MORE: https://t.co/oWCAWzsJjY pic.twitter.com/ot9HOmBYim — Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) May 2, 2016 Reports of Zaitsev signing with the Maple Leafs originally surfaced in January, when Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported […]

Penguins Aren’t Falling for Same Old Tricks
In recent years there has been a pretty solid strategy to defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins. Get under their skin and watch them self destruct. To say that the Capitals are trying to implement this game plan would be an understatement. Tom Wilson on Kris Letang pointing to bicep in Game 1: ‘We’re going to stay […]

Attrition Missing From San Jose Sharks Playoff Run
The Stanley Cup playoffs are a test of many things in addition to hockey talent. It is common to hear the word ‘attrition’ during discussion of the NHL’s postseason. Most teams face attrition. In this context, it can be defined as the weakening or exhausting of teams. Weakening comes from things like injuries. Exhausting comes […]

Hobey Baker Winner Jimmy Vesey Favored to Land with Bruins
Jimmy Vesey was born and raised a Boston boy – from North Reading, Massachusetts, where he grew up a Bruins fan. His father played fifteen NHL games, four of which were with the Bruins, and Jimmy’s dream has been to carry on what his dad had started. Despite being drafted by the Nashville Predators back […]

Should Canucks Trade for Higher First Round Pick?
Saturday night was slated to be an important one for the future of the Vancouver Canucks franchise. The fan base endured months of tough-watching hockey this season, and anticipation for the draft lottery was more prevalent with each game down the stretch. In 2015-16, the Canucks lost 51 total games; that’s their most total losses in a full season […]

Hockey Headlines: Brooks Orpik Suspension; Draft Lottery News
A collection of the latest news from around the world of hockey: When Brooks Orpik had to be helped off the ice after taking a hit from Ryan White, it was a scary-looking scene. But either he is fully recovered or lost his short-term memory, because you would think his own experiences might cause him […]

The Nuck Stops Here: Draft Lottery, Sven Baertschi
‘The Nuck Stops Here’ is a Vancouver Canucks news and opinion column running every Sunday throughout the season. NEWS Canucks fall two spots in draft lottery, to pick 5th overall in draft This past Saturday, the Canucks received the news that they will pick 5th in this year’s NHL entry draft. After heading into the draft with […]

More Changes Coming To Anaheim
After the Anaheim Ducks playoff exit, the GM Bob Murray relieved Bruce Boudreau of his head coaching job. The Ducks won their fourth Pacific Division title in a row, but didn’t make it to the Stanley Cup Final again. Some felt like Boudreau should have been let go, but he wasn’t the only reason why […]

Facing Off: Leafs’ Win Overshadowing Playoffs
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, […]

50 Years Ago in Hockey: Stanley Cup Final All Even
Ralph Backstrom’s goal with seven and a half minutes left in the third period gave the Montreal Canadiens a 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings yesterday afternoon in Detroit. The Montreal victory ties the best-of-seven Stanley Cup Final at two games apiece. Crozier Hurt The loss for the Red Wings may be their costliest […]

What the Brooks Orpik Suspension Means to Caps, Pens
I thought it was a late hit. It was a target to his head. I think it was the type of hit that everyone from hockey is trying to remove from the game. – Penguins’ head coach Mike Sullivan Those were the words of the Penguins’ bench boss after Game 2 on Saturday night, referring […]

3 Stars of the Night: May 1
It’s the most, wonderful time, of the yearrrrrrrr! Who doesn’t love playoff hockey right? This is what we wait all season for, this is why most of us became fans of the game, as the postseason captivates us year after year after year. My personal favorite part is the dying minutes of a one-goal game […]

The Grind Line: What Should the Red Wings Do With Darren Helm
Like most things this year for the Detroit Red Wings, it just didn’t seem to click for the speedy Darren Helm. Detroit’s utility forward played on the second, third, and fourth lines at times throughout the season and spent time on both the power play and penalty kill units. Now, Helm’s contract is up and […]

Penguins Identity Goes Beyond Speed and Skill
The series is tied and the team is back to its Penguins identity. They don’t get rattled, they stay composed. They have quality players on all their lines and pairings. They have an all-world goaltender in the making. They have a stifling penalty kill, that has allowed just three powerplay goals against in 7 playoff games, […]

Alexander Khokhlachev Likely Finished With Bruins
It’s been a bumpy ride for Alexander Khokhlachev and the Boston Bruins. The 22-year-old Russian center has spent most of his time with the Providence Bruins in the AHL, where he’s seen sustained success as a point-getter for the Baby Bruins. However, his inability to prove himself at an NHL level, or, as he would […]

Where Do the Canadiens Go from Here?
Another disappointing night for Montreal Canadiens fans. After a painful season, Habs fans thought they should be treated with some luck. That wasn’t the case. The days after the draft lottery leave more questions than answers and ultimately more uncertainty within the organization. Marc Bergevin sat in his grey suit at Sportsnet studios with a blank […]

Maple Leafs News: The Auston Matthews Effect
The Toronto Maple Leafs had a lot break their way this year. They were able to shed the  long-term cap space of both Phil Kessel and Dion Phaneuf, the latter without any hint of salary retained. They traded veteran players away and stocked the cupboards with prospects and draft picks. At this time, they have 12 […]

Washington Capitals’ Brooks Orpik Suspended Three Games
Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik had a phone hearing with the NHL’s Department of Players Safety on Sunday afternoon, and has been suspended for three games for his hit on Olli Maatta in Game 2. Orpik’s shoulder went into Maatta’s chin, injuring the Penguins defenseman. He is expected to miss Game 3, and Penguins head coach […]

Dupuis, Jagr, Zuccarello Named Masterton Finalists
The NHL announced the 2016 Masterton finalists on Sunday, which include Pittsburgh’s Pascal Dupuis, Florida’s Jaromir Jagr and New York’s Mats Zuccarello. The trophy honors the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. The nominations are voted on by local chapters of the Professional Hockey Writers Association (PHWA). The […]

Amanda Kessel Joins NWHL, Signs With Riveters
The NWHL got another major name in the league on Sunday. University of Minnesota forward Amanda Kessel has signed a one-year deal worth $26,000 with the New York Riveters. That is more than any contract from the 2015-16 season. She’s a huge addition to the league, but will fill a badly needed gap for the […]

Barkov, Eriksson, Kopitar Named Lady Byng Finalists
On Saturday, the NHL named Aleksander Barkov, Loui Eriksson and Anze Kopitar finalists for the 2016 Lady Byng Trophy, honoring “the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.” Barkov served as a leader on a Florida Panthers team that set a […]

Riveters Sign Fratkin and Leonoff
The New York Riveters have struck first during free agency, signing Connecticut Whale defenseman Kaleigh Fratkin and goaltender Jamie Leonoff, the team announced Sunday. Fratkin earns a one-year $19,500 deal, and Leonoff gets a one-year $10,000 deal. Fratkin posted 17 points (5-12-17) in 18 games, leading all NWHL defensemen in points and ranking seventh overall. […]

Penguins Nix Mistakes, Even Series at 1-1
Interestingly enough, Game 2 followed much of the same script as Game 1 did for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Start fast, carry the bulk of the play, and dominate the shot total. Only this time, the push back from the Washington Capitals came in the form of their goaltender, Braden Holtby. While the Penguins utterly dominated […]

3 Stars of the Night: April 30
It’s the most, wonderful time, of the yearrrrrrrr! Who doesn’t love playoff hockey right? This is what we wait all season for, this is why most of us became fans of the game, as the postseason captivates us year after year after year. My personal favorite part is the dying minutes of a one-goal game […]

The Winnipeg Jets at the Draft: Patrik Laine
On April 29, Patrik Laine wasn’t really part of the plan for the Winnipeg Jets. As April 30 turns into May 1, he’s all Jets fans want to talk about. It’s amazing what a lottery pick can do for your franchise. You go from likely looking at the sixth overall pick and a bevy of solid […]

Schedule Puts Predators at Disadvantage
When the third period began in Game 1 Friday, it was evident that the Nashville Predators were tired and barely hanging on to a 1-0 lead. Of course, it was hard not to expect the Predators to be a bit gassed after just defeating the Anaheim Ducks in an emotional seven-game series Wednesday and only […]

Matt Duchene Must Not be Traded
It’s hard to believe that this type of article even needs to be written, but here we are. The Avalanche have missed the playoffs again, a storyline that has been well documented throughout the hockey world. Interestingly, the story line that has found its way to the forefront this offseason is that the Colorado Avalanche […]

11 Reasons Why the Dallas Stars Will Win the Cup
After Friday night’s 2-1 Dallas Stars victory over the Blues, they are now 11 wins away from hockey immortality. Therefore, I thought it would be fitting to review 11 different reasons why the Cup will come back to Dallas. Dallas Stars Reasons 1-4 1.) Depth, depth and more depth. While the Dallas Stars might lack […]

Finally, The Draft Lottery Falls Favorably For Columbus
5-7-3-4. These are the numbers that will go down in Columbus Blue Jackets history. After the Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets won the first two drawings, the combination 5-7-3-4 came from the machine and gave the Blue Jackets something to celebrate. For the first time in club history, the Blue Jackets move up in the […]

Flyers Final Grades: Forwards Part 2
The 2015-16 season was a surprisingly impressive one for the Philadelphia Flyers. The men in orange and black finished in 5th place in the strong Metropolitan Division with a 41-27-14 record (96 points) which was good enough to enter the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs as the second and final wild-card team in the Eastern Conference. Unfortunately, […]

 

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