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All-Time Tampa Bay Lightning Team
The Tampa Bay Lightning came into existence in 1992. After 23 years and 22 actual NHL seasons along with two Stanley Cup Final appearances and one Stanley Cup victory, the Lightning have had their share of noteworthy players. Among those who played in Tampa were guys like Mike Commodore, Simon Gagne, Steve Eminger and the […]

NCHC Hockey: Five Must-See Non-Conference Matchups
Last season, the National Collegiate Hockey Conference was the top conference in Division I College Hockey. The NCHC sent six teams to the NCAA Tournament and two teams to the NCAA Frozen Four. One of the reasons the NCHC sent so many teams to the NCAA tourney was their record against non-conference teams. In out […]

Galchenyuk’s Bridge Deal: Time to Play Centre
Alex Galchenyuk needs to play centre this season. After inking his name on a new bridge deal with the Montreal Canadiens, Alex Galchenyuk must use these next two seasons to show the organization that he can be the #1 centre that they thought he was when they selected him third overall in the 2012 NHL […]

David Legwand and the Buffalo Sabres
The Buffalo Sabres have built an impressive stock of young talent that is poised to serve the franchise well in the coming years. In an effort to help these youngsters, GM Tim Murray has added veteran pieces to supplement his roster. Buffalo’s veterans will provide value for the club by helping to teach the team’s young […]

Niklas Hjalmarsson Poised to Take on Expanded Role
It may sound strange to hear that a defenseman who logged 21:53 of time on ice per game just a season ago is set to hold even more responsibility, but that is exactly the situation in which Niklas Hjalmarsson of the Chicago Blackhawks finds himself in as the 2015-2016 NHL season approaches. Hjalmarsson, 28, has […]

Barclays Center in NHL 16
The NHL 16 hype train continues as the team at EA Sports has released a brand new video touting the atmosphere improves in this year’s installment of the franchise. With the New York Islanders set to begin play in their new home in Brooklyn, the Barclays Center, the developers felt it was only right to […]

Top 5 Anaheim Ducks Prospects
The Anaheim Ducks, led by superstars Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, are one of the most successful teams in the entire NHL over the past few seasons. And thanks to some savvy maneuvering and smart drafting by GM Bob Murray, the team is well-stocked with young players and prospects and looks poised to continue their […]

What to do with the Islanders’ Michael Grabner?
The Islanders have a problem. It is a statement that has been true for over 20 years now. Finally it’s a good problem to have. The Islanders have an abundance of forwards. One player who may be on the outside looking in is Michael Grabner. General Manager Garth Snow claimed Grabner off waivers from the […]

Don Sweeney’s Solution to Boston’s Cap Situation
In the first few years of Peter Chiarelli’s tenure in Boston, the organization experienced its worst draft drought in a long time. Fortunately for the Bruins, Chiarelli was able to string together a number of strong trades and free agent signings that would help lead the team to a Stanley Cup victory in 2011. Although […]

3 Los Angeles Kings Who Need to Rebound in 2015-16
By now, the pundits have beaten the same drum all summer long. An early favorite to sniff Lord Stanley’s Cup yet again, the Los Angeles Kings failed to make the playoffs last year. Oh, there were reasons. For starters, the suspension of Slava Voynov (who ultimately pled no contest and is serving a 90-day sentence […]

Is Dan Girardi a First Pairing Defenseman?
Often times on social media I see Rangers fans complain that Dan Girardi is overrated, not a first pairing defender, and not worth his $5.5 million cap hit. While he doesn’t light up the score board, he has been known throughout his career as a guy who can shut down the opposition, oftentimes playing against […]

Detroit Red Wings: Who to Protect in an Expansion Draft
Ever since the first rumblings of Las Vegas getting a team in the NHL, my focus has shifted almost exclusively on which players the Red Wings should protect in a hypothetical expansion draft (and whether or not they will stay in the Eastern Conference). While I have swayed back and forth on a few players, […]

End of July in Pittsburgh: A Fresh Start
The Penguins are in many ways an afterthought in the City of Pittsburgh at this time of year. The flurry of activity surrounding the start of the NHL’s Free Agency period has dropped off.  Most, if not all, of the big moves that are/were going to be made, have been made. The Pirates are plowing their way […]

Manon Rheaume: First Lady of Hockey
Many of you know that the initial season of the National Women’s Hockey League is this upcoming season. In the fall, there will be four teams battling it out in the new women’s professional hockey league. This brought to mind an event that goes back over 20 years. Let me set the stage. The heart […]

Hockey News: Jakub Voracek Contract; Brandon Sutter Extension?
A collection of all the latest news, stories and rumors around the world of hockey… The internet has developed a new way of evaluating players. [HockeyBuzz] Why did the Bruins fire Peter Chiarelli? This is why: [The Score], [Cult of Hockey] Would the Predators consider trading Shea Weber? [Puck Daddy] Jonathan Quick talks about the goal-scorers […]

Andrighetto Knocking at Montreal’s Door
As the Montreal Canadiens’ opening night roster starts to take form with the latest addition of Alexander Semin, there are a couple of Habs prospects who will push hard to make the team. Among them is Swiss born winger Sven Andrighetto, who had a first taste of NHL hockey last season when he played in […]

Could Jack Campbell Still be “Like a Carey Price”?
In 2010, the Dallas Stars drafted USA U-18 goaltender Jack Campbell with their first round pick (11th overall). Campbell was fresh off a pair of gold medal-winning performances at the U-18 and World Junior Championships. In fact, in both cases, Campbell came off the bench to lead the Americans to victory. The Hockey News Draft […]

Dear Tom Wilson: The Caps Don’t Need You to Fight EVERY Night
It happened at some point during the Road to the Winter Classic HBO 24/7 series in December of 2010 – probably right after we watched a team doctor stitch up Washington Capitals grinder extraordinaire Matt Hendricks after yet another in a seemingly endless string of fights. Head coach Bruce Boudreau, realizing that Hendricks brought more […]

Patrik Elias Needs Bounce Back Season
Patrik Elias is bar none the best forward in New Jersey Devils history. In 1,224 games, the 39-year-old Czech has amassed over 1,000 points, 400 goals and 600 assists since joining the Devils full-time back in 1997. He’s been one of the faces of this franchise for over 15 years, but we have reached the […]

Coyotes’ Louis Domingue Will Play in Europe
The rebuild in Arizona has taken a back seat in the press to all of the team’s other troubles, but it trudges forward still, even when it takes unexpected turns. In a kind of sideways fashion, the Coyotes have revealed that goaltender Louis Domingue will be leaving the organization for the 2015-16 season, which is […]

Will Isles Pay to Keep Okposo?
One big topic of discussion around the Islanders recently has been the status of forward Kyle Okposo.  Okposo, going into the last year of his five year contract had been the subject of some trade rumors around the draft as he is expected to command a hefty raise from his current salary.  While Garth Snow has […]

How Much is Jonathan Bernier Worth?
On Wednesday the Toronto Maple Leafs asked an arbitrator to award Jonathan Bernier the absolute minimum amount money they possibly could (85% of his salary the previous season, coming out to $2.89 million). In return Bernier asked for $5.1 million. The difference is substantial, to say the least. The question then is how much is Bernier […]

Canadiens Extend Alex Galchenyuk
Thursday night the Montreal Canadiens announced a two-year contract extension for center (or is he a winger?) Alex Galchenyuk. The team didn’t disclose financial details on the contract, but the contract is reported to be worth a $2.8 million AAV, according to Pierre LeBrun. The deal carries an actual value of $2.5 million in the […]

Jakub Voracek Gets 8-Year Extension
On Thursday evening the Philadelphia Flyers announced a big contract extension for forward Jakub Voracek. The Flyers are very sneaky and decided not to announce term or money and just told fans that Voracek re-signed to some years and some money. Luckily, TSN’s Frank Seravalli passed along that the deal carries a term of eight […]

The NHL’s Biggest Question Marks: A Team-By-Team Look
We’re just over two months away from the start of the 2015-16 NHL regular season. The offseason has slowly moved along and now that the dust has settled on the draft and free agency there is more shape to the league as we head towards next season. However, with it being the middle of the […]

5 Flames Who Need Big 2015-16 Seasons
The Calgary Flames were the surprise success story of the National Hockey League in 2014-15. Despite a team lean on experience and high on youthful exuberance – and not much else except salary cap room – the club managed to make the post-season for the first time since 2009 and win a round for the […]

Good or Bad? Reviewing the Last Week’s NHL Moves
This past week has seen quite a bit of action for the last week of July. A fairly big trade, a great contract extension and few more minor things – all things considered, not to bad of a week for the hockey junkies out there. Today we’ll review those moves and see who got better […]

Capitals Sign 2015 Pick Jonas Siegenthaler
The Washington Capitals announced the signing of defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler to a three-year, entry-level contract on Thursday afternoon. Siegenthaler was the Capitals 2015 2nd Round draft pick (59th overall). Entering the draft, he was the 12th ranked European player, standing 6 foot 2, 220 pounds at age 18. He played 41 games in the Swiss […]

Blues Month in Review: Highlights of July
This month started out with a rather hectic couple of days for the NHL, but has since calmed down. The St. Louis Blues, like every team, had their fair share of involvement. Let’s take a look back on the month of July and what the three highlights of it were for the St. Louis Blues. […]

Why PK Subban Deserves the Captaincy
Seemingly from the moment PK Subban stepped onto NHL ice, he became a controversial figure in the hockey world. Some fans didn’t like how confident he was as a rookie as Subban was not just another player in the cookie cutter mould. Fast forward years later, Subban has become a core player for the Montreal […]

Swedish Team Will March in Pride Parade, Wants Others to Join
Stockholm will hold its annual Pride Parade this coming Saturday, August 1 and for the second year in a row the Swedish hockey club Kiruna IF will march in the parade. What’s different this year is that the team’s chairman Johan Kohler is publicly calling for other clubs to join Kiruna. Kiruna plays in Hockeyettan, […]

In KHL Role, Fetisov Hopes to Block Transfers to NHL
Changes are coming to the KHL following the announcement that former NHLer Slava Fetisov was named to the league’s board of directors. In particular, Fetisov has two big ideas for the KHL, according to Slava Malamud, a Russian hockey reporter. The first has long been talked about: a move into China. As soon as the […]

What if the Dallas Stars’ Two-Goalie Plan Goes Wrong?
Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill made quite a few bold moves to better his club this offseason, leaving writers and fans alike envisioning a return to the postseason for the men in Victory Green. He took advantage of the salary-dumping Blackhawks for Patrick Sharp and Stephen Johns, signed free agent defenseman Johnny Oduya, and took another Russian […]

4 Best Draft Day Steals for the Senators
In the salary cap era, finding late round gems in the draft is more important than ever. Gone are the days when teams can spend their way out of mistakes. As a team that doesn’t spend to the upper limits of the cap, the Senators rely on homegrown and developed talent. There are a limited […]

An Evening with Bill White
On Monday evening, July 27, Mike Wilson presented another of his “In the Room” events at his Toronto Maple Leaf museum in his home in Toronto.  The featured guest on this evening was Bill White, former NHL defenseman who also played a key role in Team Canada’s victory over the USSR in the 1972 Summit […]

Erik Johnson: Colorado’s Last Bit of Unfinished Business
It’s been a good summer in the Mile High City. General Manager Joe Sakic has done just about everything he needed to do to improve the Avalanche. Sakic has addressed team needs in multiple areas, from defense to the salary cap. The big trade he pulled at the NHL draft, in particular, was a big […]

3 Western Powers That Could Miss the Playoffs
There is no doubt that the NHL’s Eastern Conference is catching up to the talent level in the West. However, the West remains the significantly deeper conference. Going into 2015-16 there is really only one Western Conference team without playoff expectations, that of course being the Arizona Coyotes. Now in fairness to the East, the West […]

NYR Solidifies The Core
The New York Rangers inked a six-year $39 million deal with Derek Stepan, adding another name to the roster of players locked up to long-term deals. Negotiations over this deal were looming for quite some time and original consensus on the deal is positive for both parties. This move continues a second straight busy offseason […]

The NHL’s Most Unbreakable Playoff Records
A little over a year ago we sat down together and opened the NHL’s record book in search of some of the game’s most unbreakable records. While Wayne Gretzky’s name is found throughout the history of the game, it was decided that other marks including Sittler’s 10-point game, Orr’s 110-point season and Glenn Hall’s consecutive […]

Which Montreal Canadiens Should Be on the Trading Block?
Even though the roster of the Montreal Canadiens is, for all intents and purposes, complete—minus Alex Galchenyuk—it doesn’t mean it can’t use a little tinkering. Of course, in an ideal world, names like Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin would be wearing Habs jerseys as we speak. However, a little thing called the salary cap prevents […]

Is Claude Julien To Blame For Bruins Failure Of Retaining Young Talent?
In the past decade, the Boston Bruins have seen three top-10 picks don the iconic Black and Gold sweater. Phil Kessel (5th overall, 2006), Tyler Seguin (2nd, 2010) and Dougie Hamilton (9th, 2012) started their careers on Causeway Street and found their footing in the NHL with an Original Six franchise. Claude Julien was here to […]

Hockey News: Bruins, Canadiens Unveil Winter Classic Logos
August is almost here, which means one thing: one more long month until training camps open. Beat the summer heat with some news from around the NHL: The Bruins and Canadiens unveiled their Winter Classic logos on Wednesday. [Sportslogos.net] These two teams create a storied rivalry; they should never be broken apart by realignment. [Today’s […]

Penguins Can’t Be Finished Making Moves
The Pittsburgh Penguins caught everyone by surprise two days ago. No fan, no spectator and no member of the media knew that the Penguins were planning to trade center Brandon Sutter so suddenly. Sure, he had been on the trading block for quite some time and it was not a secret why he was there. […]

Erik Haula and Wild $425K Apart
With arbitration scheduled for Friday morning, Erik Haula and the Minnesota Wild are $425,000 apart entering arbitration. The Wild are reported to be offering $775,000, while Haula’s camp is requesting $1.2 million, according to the Star Tribune’s Michael Russo. The Wild have just $2.9 million in cap space remaining, according to General Fanager. That $425,000 […]

Coyotes Sign Free Agent Goaltender Niklas Treutle
The Arizona Coyotes announced Wednesday evening that they have signed 24-year-old German goaltender Niklas Treutle to a one-year, entry-level contract. Treutle was ranked 11th among European goaltenders entering the 2012 draft on the heels of a strong performance for Germany at the 2011 World Juniors Tournament, despite Germany getting relegated. Last season, playing for Munich […]

Andrew Ladd’s Contract and the Ryan Kesler Factor
Since moving to Winnipeg, the Jets have been represented by one player more than any other. Andrew Ladd has been the captain since day one, and has been a great representative of the city. He is the exact kind of player that Winnipeg loves, a lunch pail guy who works hard, isn’t afraid of the […]

Slava Voynov Begins Serving Jail Time, May Be Released Early
Kings defenseman Slava Voynov was sentenced to 90 days in jail earlier this summer after he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of corporal injury to his spouse. Voynov is reported to have begun serving his sentence on July 7 in the Seal Beach Police Detention Center, according to the Seal Beach city attorney […]

Canucks: The Factors Surrounding a Sedin Twins Trade
They’re household names in Vancouver and within the homes of anyone who knows anything about hockey. But, are Henrik and Daniel Sedin on the trading block? The rumor mill is abuzz with such eyebrow-raising speculation. NBC Sports’ Jason Brough recently reported that the Sedin twins were asked by a Swedish news publication if they feared […]

The 5 Biggest Blackhawks Draft Busts this Century
Since the turn of the century the Blackhawks, like many teams, have had some home run draft picks and some draft picks that didn’t quite pan out, or as we like to call them, busts.  We couldn’t possibly go through every pick the Blackhawks have had in those fifteen years of drafting, so I am […]

Drafting Report Card of Steve Yzerman
Last month in Las Vegas, Tampa Bay Lightning general manager, Steve Yzerman was awarded the 2015 NHL GM of the Year. This announcement was thought to be well deserved, especially in the Tampa Bay area. Looking back at the incredibly productive year by Yzerman, he bolstered his roster through free agency with the likes of […]

Why the Richards Signing is Unnecessary for Red Wings
Before I get into why I feel the Brad Richards signing was unnecessary, I would like to commend Ken Holland for going out and getting the Detroit Red Wings an insurance policy. His method has always been to create competition for spots within the Red Wings’ lineup, and this move certainly does that. Fellow THW […]

UND Hockey: 5 Must-See Series
As we make our way through a semi-eventful off-season, you can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. As the calendar turns to August, there are roughly 70 days until the University of North Dakota kicks off the 2015-16 season. If you haven’t been paying attention during the off-season, there have been a few […]

Looking Back: Islanders – Penguins Classic 1993 Series
One of the all-time best playoff series in New York Islanders history was the 1993 second-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. But before we dive into that great match-up, let’s look at how the Islanders made it to the second round of the playoffs during the 1992-93 season. New York made the playoffs that season by finishing third in […]

Zac Rinaldo: Boston’s Odd Man Out
When the Bruins traded a 2017 third round pick to Philadelphia for winger Zac Rinaldo, general manager Don Sweeney was already under heavy fire from the media and the fan base. He had just traded Dougie Hamilton and Milan Lucic, without bringing in any immediate replacements. Cooler heads have now prevailed, as most people are […]

Stepan’s Deal With Rangers a Positive for Both Sides
Derek Stepan and the Rangers avoided arbitration on Monday when the two sides reached a six-year deal worth $39 million. After it was reported that Stepan was seeking $7.2 million through arbitration, the Rangers came back with an offer of $5.2 million. So what did the two sides do? They met in the middle and […]

Analyzing Brandon Saad’s Potential Impact
On June 30th, the Chicago Blackhawks made arguably the biggest splash of the offseason and traded budding young star Brandon Saad to the Columbus Blue Jackets. In what could only be described as a surprising development, Chicago GM Stan Bowman traded one of the best young wingers in the league after he helped them capture […]

Devils Place Dainius Zubrus on Unconditional Waivers
The New Jersey Devils have placed forward Dainius Zubrus on unconditional waivers for the purpose of terminating his contract, the team announced on Wednesday. The 37-year-old forward played 74 games for the Devils last season, scoring four goals and six assists. In his career, he’s played 1,243 games split between the Devils, Buffalo Sabres, Washington […]

Eric Fehr Will Thrive With the Pittsburgh Penguins
With the NHL season just a little more than 70 days away, one can safely say that the Pittsburgh Penguins are doing their damnedest to right the wrongs of the previous season. Another disappointing postseason finish, this time capped in a hard-fought five games against the New York Rangers, saw the team have their depth […]

3 Bold Predictions for the Nashville Predators in 2015-16
The Nashville Predators’ much anticipated 2015-16 season opener is against the Carolina Hurricanes on Oct 8. Afterwards, the Predators will proceed to play 81 more games in efforts of prolonging its season into the playoffs in April. With a bolstered, more experienced roster, there are high hopes for Nashville in the upcoming year. Below are three […]

DeBoer Takes Over Sharks With Sky-High Expectations
Anyone who has followed me even somewhat frequently over the years knows I’m not a big fan of Todd McLellan. The former Sharks head coach and current head man of the Edmonton Oilers gets mostly praise around the league for his regular season record with the Sharks. While top players like Joe Thornton and Patrick […]

Hockey 201: Goaltending and Hextally
Ron Hextall was a goaltender for the Philadelphia Flyers and now presides over his former team as General Manager. He also has a new statistic named after him. Hextally is a goaltending stat that examines the difficulty of saving particular shots. [Check out the rest of our Hockey 201 Series] The Original Goalie Stat Gets […]

Sizing up the Future of the Kings Defense
The best way to build a championship contending team is from the back out. Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi has made no reservations in choosing top defensive prospects in the drafts he has managed, even to the point of making questionable decisions like drafting Thomas Hickey with the number four overall pick in the 2007 […]

Hockey News: Penguins and Canucks Make a Trade
Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon have a fallback career if this hockey thing doesn’t work out. [CBC] Big trade alert: The Penguins have traded Brandon Sutter to the Canucks. [Pensburgh]. Pittsburgh also signed free agent Eric Fehr to a three-year deal. [RMNB] Jim Rutherford did good things? Doesn’t erase the horrific Ben Lovejoy trade but […]

3 Takes: Keys To Winning The Metropolitan Division
Three Takes is a weekly feature that explores the world of the Columbus Blue Jackets and offers strong insights into the team and what to watch for. Have a strong take to share? Feel free to leave your comments below or tweet me anytime @THWMark. Take One: Be Dominant Against Someone When looking at the […]

Sergey Zborovskiy Fully Adapted To North America
After a successful rookie season in North America playing for the Regina Pats of the WHL, Sergey Zborovskiy was drafted in the third round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. In this translated interview, originally appearing on the Winners agency website, Zborovskiy talked about his first year in Canada, North American hockey and being drafted by the […]

Why Pursing Steven Stamkos as an UFA Makes Sense for Toronto
If I were newly-minted Leaf GM Lou Lamoriello, I would seriously consider pursuing Steven Stamkos when and if he becomes an unrestricted free agent (UFA) on July 1, 2016. Speculations on the Stamkos Home Coming Have Been Heating Up for Quite Some Time: To this date, we have already seen waves of debates surrounding three […]

5 Predictions for the Washington Capitals Next Season
The Washington Capitals had an excellent 2014-15 season, bowing out of the Stanley Cup playoffs in the second round against the New York Rangers after an overtime loss in Game 7. However, it was a flattering postseason run given that the Capitals were lacking at right wing. The right-wing situation changed during the offseason with […]

 

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