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Rebuilding Through the Draft: Two Rebuilds. Two Philosophies.
Rebuilding through the Draft is a trend we’re seeing a lot of these days and this strategy is being used not just by the Toronto Maple Leafs, but the Carolina Hurricanes as well. Taking a look back to the beginning of the Leafs’ rebuild, you’ll see that they are currently a couple months into their third […]

Facing Off: Recapping Draft Weekend, Previewing Free Agency
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, […]

Hockey Headlines: Taylor Hall Trade Looming?
Oilers Trade Talk Why would the Edmonton Oilers consider trading a player of Taylor Hall’s caliber, you ask? 1. He will fetch the best return, mainly the top-pairing defenceman they desperately need. 2. They just drafted a skilled winger in Jesse Puljujarvi, who is ready to step in right away. 3. If they are intent […]

Young, Yellow and Blue in Buffalo
It appears the Buffalo Sabres have cracked the code on building a solid NHL roster. The answer was hidden in the jersey colours, in the combination of blue and yellow, which unifies the Sabres with Sweden. Since the Sabres invested both their first and second draft picks in Swedish prospects, the blue and yellow players might come to shine […]

What Bruce Boudreau Brings: Part Two- His Playoff Performance
When Bruce Boudreau was hired by the Minnesota Wild, it was a move that was generally applauded in the hockey community. With the applause came hushed concerns about Boudreau and what he brings to the Wild. Despite an impressive record in the regular season, that kind of success has yet to find Boudreau in the […]

Penguins’ Schultz Return Possible; Cullen Update
As expected, the Penguins decided not to extend a qualifying offer to defenseman Justin Schultz making him an unrestricted free agent. It was the right move as he was a bottom-pairing defenseman while in the lineup, and frequently a healthy scratch. Not to mention that the 25-year-old would have made nearly $4 million if tendered. […]

Andrew Shaw Contract Conundrum
When the salary cap for the 2016-17 season was set at $73 million, it seemed like the Chicago Blackhawks and Andrew Shaw were set to part ways. Prior to the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, it was reported that Shaw was seeking a contract worth $4.5 million per season which was simply not feasible for Stan […]

Little Wiggle Room for Penguins with Free Agency Looming
Why fix what’s not broken? The Penguins are heading into the off-season with their championship-winning roster almost set to return. That’s a good thing for them, because their players’ salaries won’t create a lot of wiggle room for the Pens’ general manager Jim Rutherford to work with on the market. There are, however, a few considerable […]

Ray Bourque Pleads Not Guilty
On Friday, former NHL defenceman Ray Bourque was charged with driving under the influence after allegedly rear-ended a minivan in a construction zone.  Nobody was injured during the incident, and the former Bruin was taken into custody. On Monday, the 55-year-old Bourque pleaded not guilty in Lawrence District Court. According to a police report filed […]

Kings Switch Focus To Free Agnecy
The NHL Draft concluded a few days ago where the league welcomed 211 new players into the vast NHL family. Auston Matthews, who was selected first overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs, and Filip Helt, who was picked at number 211 of the draft, served as bookends for the 2016 NHL Draft. At various spots between […]

3 Arizona Home Games to Highlight for 2016
The NHL announced the 1,230 games that will make up the 2016-17 season last week. The schedule for the Arizona Coyotes has them opening at home on Oct. 15 against the Philadelphia Flyers, followed by a six-game trip against Eastern Conference foes. Even though there are still four months between the Coyotes and their return to […]

Sneak Preview of Nikita Kucherov’s Contract
Tampa Bay Lightning fans should heed the recent news out of Nashville regarding the new contract the Predators struck with Filip Forsberg. The six-year, $36 million deal is a good barometer of what Nikita Kucherov should be looking for from the Lightning. Being a restricted free agent as Forsberg was, Kucherov is waiting for his new deal […]

A Devilish Look Ahead
After months of speculation, analysis, and predictions, the 2016 NHL Entry Draft has come and gone. New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero told reporters prior to the draft that the goal was simple, to add more talent and the Devils undoubtedly did with a bevvy of new prospects headlined by the 12th overall pick, […]

Panthers Look to the Future at 2016 NHL Draft
With the recent restructuring of the front-office staff and the apparent shift to an analytics-heavy scouting philosophy, conventional logic seemed to be out the window when it came to figuring out who the Florida Panthers would select in the 2016 NHL entry draft. Many analysts figured that the club, and new GM Tom Rowe, would […]

Reviewing the 2016 NHL Draft
There have been a couple of days between the draft and now, some thinking time to identify trends, losers, winners, surprises and more. Let’s have a look at the biggest stand outs from the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. The Obvious There was a big fuss on a potential first overall selection of Patrik Laine prior […]

Andy Frost Won’t Be Signed by MLSE
If you’ve ever been to the Air Canada Centre (or Maple Leaf Gardens before that) or listened to post-game radio in the Toronto area, chances are you’ve heard the voice of former PA announcer Andy Frost. For nearly 17 years and about 700 games, Frost introduced players, announced goals and shamed those penalized during the […]

Q & A with Milica McMillen of the New York Riveters
After four seasons at the University of Minnesota, two National Championships, and 120 points (44g-76a) over 149 games Milica McMillen is ready to take the next step in her hockey career. That’s something that wasn’t possible two seasons ago since the NWHL didn’t exist yet. The 22-year-old was part of the league’s first ever draft […]

Top 10: Free Agents Expecting the Biggest Raises
These unrestricted free agents are expected to significantly increase their salary when they officially hit the market July 1st. When teams can begin signing free agents July 1st, expect some questionable contracts to be doled out. Players’ market value isn’t necessarily determined by just their previous statistical performance, but rather what they could bring to […]

Capitals Post-Draft Free Agency Outlook
The Washington Capitals are through the first major event of the off-season schedule, which was the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. It was an eventful day for the organization, making one major move to address a weakness in their lineup. They also selected several players that match their new philosophy of icing a lineup that utilizes […]

Montreal Canadiens: Draft Weekend Recap
Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin got to work on the first day of the 2016 NHL draft weekend by trading Lars Eller to the Washington Capitals for second round picks in 2017 and 2018. His next move was acquiring Andrew Shaw from the Chicago Blackhawks for both of Montreal’s 2016 second round picks. Friday […]

Maple Leafs News: 2016 Draft, Trades and Free Agency
The Toronto Maple Leafs have done some excellent work over the past few of weeks. They made a couple of key trades, had a very successful draft and have started talks potential free agents. Maple Leafs News has been off for much of June, and the reason is because I moved to a different province […]

Nashville Predators Hire Wade Redden
The Nashville Predators have added another former NHL All-Star to their team, but not on the ice. On Monday, it was announced that the Predators hired former NHL defenceman Wade Redden as their assistant director of player development, according to the Daily Reporter. His role will be to will be to help out director of […]

Canadiens Sign Andrew Shaw to 6-Year Deal
Less than a week after the Montreal Canadiens acquired forward Andrew Shaw from the Chicago Blackhawks, the Habs have signed the 24-year-old to a six-year deal worth $23.4 million. Andrew Shaw's six-year deal with #habs is worth $23.4M — a $3.9M AAV — Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) June 28, 2016 The Blackhawks, who couldn’t afford Shaw’s […]

Tyson Jost Excited About Joining UND
This past Friday, University of North Dakota’s incoming freshman forward Tyson Jost was picked 10th in 2016 NHL’s Entry Draft. Jost became the sixth top-10 draft pick taken in UND’s storied history. Only five former players have been picked higher than Jost. Coming into the draft, Jost has been compared to former UND All-American Jonathan […]

Hall of Fame Inducts Surprising Class of 2016 featuring Lindros, Makarov, Quinn, Vachon
The Hockey Hall of Fame announced the class of 2016 Monday. Eric Lindros, Sergei Makarov, Pat Quinn and Rogie Vachon will receive one of hockey’s highest honors this fall. Meet the Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2016. Eric Lindros, Sergei Makarov, Pat Quinn and Rogie Vachon. #HHOF — Hockey Hall of Fame (@HockeyHallFame) […]

Recent Oilers Free Agent Signings
July 1st is an important day on the hockey calendar. It signals the official start of free agency. Because of the salary cap, and teams’ desires to lock up their players before they can even become free agents, the day isn’t as exciting as advertised. This year, however, there are a few intriguing names available, […]

Cuts Coming to Sportsnet’s Hockey Night in Canada
It seems that Sportsnet and Hockey Night in Canada are making significant changes to their hockey coverage. After news came out that Ron MacLean would be joining the intermission show again – taking over for George Stroumboulopoulos – it’s expected that the outlet will be saying goodbye to Glenn Healy, according to David Shoalts. In […]

Should the Oilers Pursue Stamkos and/or Lucic in Free Agency?
When the Columbus Blue Jackets passed on right-winger Jesse Puljujarvi, it threw a wrench into the Oilers plans. They were likely going to choose defenceman Mikhail Sergachev at the number four slot, but simply couldn’t pass up on the talented Finn when he fell into their laps. The Oilers made the right choice, because Puljujarvi […]

Is Andrei Vasilevskiy Ready for Prime Time?
The NHL draft weekend is the epicenter of NHL rumors. As Tampa Bay Lightning GM, Steve Yzerman struggles to make personnel decisions to fit under the expected salary cap for the upcoming season, his team already leads the league in rumors. One of the most prevalent tales has the Lightning rumored to be trading their […]

Filip Forsberg Signs 6-Year, $36 Million Extension
The Nashville Predators announced today that they’ve re-signed forward Filip Forsberg for six years. FIL-TASTIC! Filip Forsberg inks a 6-year, $36 million contract with the #Preds. 📖 >> — Nashville Predators (@PredsNHL) June 27, 2016 Forsberg, 21, was acquired by Nashville in a 2013 trade with the Washington Capitals that saw Michael Latta […]

Mikhail Sergachev Discusses Draft, Next Season
With the 9th overall pick, the Montreal Canadiens selected Russian defenseman Mikhail Sergachev, who had a great rookie season in the OHL with the Windsor Spitfires. In this translated interview, originally appearing on the Russian website Sport-Express, Habs prospect Mikhail Sergachev discussed the draft ceremony, and talked about last season and next year plans. * If […]

Pittsburgh Penguins Re-Sign Tim Erixon
The Pittsburgh Penguins announced today that they’ve re-signed defenseman Tim Erixon to a one-year, two-way contract. The team made the announcement via their official Twitter account. The #Pens have re-signed defenseman Tim Erixon to a one-year, two-way contract. Release: — Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) June 27, 2016 Erixon was acquired by Pittsburgh as part […]

Blue Jackets Baffling Experts Not Biggest Takeaway
“Columbus Blue Jackets are proud to select from Cape Breton…” Wait. What? Friday night in Buffalo was one for the ages. As expected, the Toronto Maple Leafs made Auston Matthews the top pick. The Winnipeg Jets followed that up by selecting Patrik Laine second overall. Finally, the moment Jesse Puljujarvi had been waiting for had […]

San Jose Sharks 2015-16 Review: Summary
We’ve finally come the finale of our Sharks season review, To catch up on any of the prior subjects, click on the appropriate link. Main Points Forwards Defense Goalies The Roster and the Cap Coach GM and Owner Summary In this article, I‘ll do a quick overview, fill in a few gaps missed in earlier […]

Could the Hawks Still Move Marcus Kruger?
The center ice position was one of the strongest for the Chicago Blackhawks just a few weeks ago. A group headlined by Jonathan Toews and supported by the likes of Artem Anisimov, Teuvo Teravainen, and Marcus Kruger boasted an impressive mix of two-way play and dazzling offensive skill. However, the recent loss of the promising […]

Hockey Hall of Fame Announcing 2016 Class
The Hockey Hall of Fame will be announcing their Class of 2016 on Monday with a number of players hoping to get the call. First-year eligible players include Miikka Kiprusoff, Milan Hejduk, Mike Knuble, Vaclav Prospal and Petr Sykora. Along with the first-year players, there are some big names that are still waiting their turn. […]

2016 NHL Draft Results: Where The Next Ones Landed
The 2016 NHL draft is now in the books. 111 of 120 prospects ranked in The Next Ones Final Rankings were ultimately drafted. Some went higher, others lower than where they were ranked. But that is to be expected given this was not a prognostication of NHL results, but where The Next Ones perception of their longterm potential and […]

Capitals Draft Shows Change in Philosophy
The Washington Capitals held the 26th overall pick at the 2016 NHL Draft, and like every year, there was plenty of speculation as to who the team would select. Before the draft even seemed to be in full swing Capitals General Manager Brian MacLellan made headlines by making the first major splash of the day […]

Penguins: Trade or Keep Chris Kunitz?
Like Marc-Andre Fleury, Chris Kunitz has been the target of trade talk during this young offseason. It has even been suggested that the Penguins should use their buyout on Sidney Crosby’s long-time winger. Even though Kunitz will be 37-years-old before next season starts, he still has value. So what exactly should Pittsburgh’s next course of action […]

Alexander Radulov Staying in Russia
After speculation of a possible NHL return, Alexander Radulov will be staying in Russia inking a deal with the KHL’s Salavat  – according to Elliotte Friedman. Friedman explained that no NHL team was willing to pay the 29-year-old forward his asking price and because of that he’ll continue his career overseas. Radulov hasn’t played in […]

Nill Targeting Cup-Winning Texas Goaltender?
As July draws closer it can mean only one thing. Jim Nill is quietly orchestrating another blockbuster trade. Nill has made a blockbuster trade in each of his first three summers in Dallas. What’s on the agenda this summer? Goaltending. Yes, publicly Nill has made it known he’s pleased with the current goaltending situation, but […]

Unforgettable Journey for Vinny Lecavalier
It became official this week. Former Tampa Bay Lightning captain, Vinny Lecavalier announced his retirement from the NHL. He played in 1,212 games and scored 421 goals and had 949 total points and in addition to the Lightning, suited up for the Philadelphia Flyers before ending his career in Los Angeles with the Kings. For […]

Draft Review: Coyotes Stress Economics, Player Development
If the Arizona Coyotes hired John Chayka for his penchant to dissolve numbers into results, the organization may be getting its first real benefit. In a move to take an amount off the Coyotes’ salary cap and gain a player whom they sought, Chayka made a deal with the Detroit Red Wings on draft night […]

Jake Bean Leads WHL in 2016 NHL Draft
There was a lot of chatter around Western Hockey League observers over the past season regarding the relative weakness of the 2016 class for the National Hockey League draft compared to recent years. But after all that chatter, WHL representation in the 2016 NHL Draft was largely unchanged from the year prior – and generally […]

Eller Fills Capitals’ Void
The Washington Capitals were among the winners of the 2016 NHL Draft Weekend, but it might be because of one simple trade. The Capitals acquired centre Lars Eller from the Montréal Canadiens in exchange for two second-round picks in 2017 and 2018. With this trade, the Capitals added even more depth to their arsenal of centres, and […]

Penguins’ Draft Creates Identity Crisis
The Pittsburgh Penguins may have created a paradigm shift in the NHL with a non-traditional approach to their lineup. Three lethal scoring lines brought wave after wave of offensive attack. While smooth skating, puck moving defensemen neutralized opposing forecheckers by getting to the puck first, and executing quick zone exits. The defense was also a […]

Two OHL Players, Two Different Paths, One NHL Draft
For Erie Otters’ forward Alex DeBrincat and Mississauga Steelheads’ defenceman Sean Day, the NHL Draft is a unique day. DeBrincat and Day are two highly-touted, highly-talented OHL players. If you look at them strictly on the surface, you’ll see a couple of young men who are on the verge of something special as they enter […]

Pittsburgh Penguins: No Concern Over Draft Approach
The Pittsburgh Penguins faithful set social media ablaze following the NHL Entry Draft. Did Jim Rutherford and his staff really have the nerve to draft physical defensemen? Isn’t that mindset counterproductive to what made Pittsburgh so successful last season? Well, not really. It is true that the Penguins’ Stanley Cup run was driven by their […]

Did the Edmonton Oilers Steal Tyler Benson?
When the first-round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft came to its conclusion and Vancouver Giants winger Tyler Benson was still available, there was little doubt as to where he would end up being selected on Saturday morning. After the Toronto Maple Leafs kicked things off by grabbing Russian winger Yegor Korschkov, the Edmonton Oilers […]

Eller, Shaw Trades Show Canadiens Have Missed the Point
The Montreal Canadiens made two highly publicized 2016 NHL Entry Draft-day trades, which left fans something to be desired, namely forward Lars Eller. The Underappreciated Lars Eller Eller, who got traded to the Washington Capitals for two second-round picks (one each in 2017 and 2018), was always an unheralded player by many, a defensive stalwart […]

Jets Fans Will Warm to Logan Stanley
When the Winnipeg Jets selected Logan Stanley 18th overall on June 24th, trading up to get him no less, the reaction from their fanbase was, shall we say, mixed. The Jets, already playing with house money after getting Patrik Laine 2nd overall, decided they were going to draft a steady defenseman next, and once Dante Fabbro […]

Winners and Losers From NHL Draft Weekend
For the past few weeks, The Hockey Writers have been bringing you a series of articles detailing several intriguing aspects of the 2016 NHL Draft, including Five Potential Draft-day surprises and Three potential sleepers. With the 2016 NHL Draft finally in the books, here are a few teams that either hit a home run with their […]

OHL Shines in First Round of NHL Draft
While the Big Three made a splash at the start of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, the OHL dominated the rest of the first round. Much of the discussion prior to the draft was focused on the top three prospects – Auston Matthews, Patrik Laine and Jesse Puljujarvi. They went first, second and fourth overall, […]

Nice Job Moving Kessel Leafs
Phil Kessel traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins! The headlines screamed across the hockey media last year as the Toronto Maple Leafs finally moved the guy they just couldn’t figure out. Kessel had to go, and go he went. It seemed to many involved that canning Kessel was inevitable, not only in a general sense, but […]

Reviewing the 2016 Calgary Flames Draft Class
The Calgary Flames strolled into Buffalo for the 2016 NHL Draft with 10 picks and no clear starting goalie. They left 48 hours later with 10 brand-new players, including a shiny new starting goaltender. Here’s how Brad Treliving spent his weekend in Buffalo. The Rundown After getting a long, long look at him during the […]

Holden Harbinger for the Rangers?
Going into the 2016 NHL Draft, there was a general expectation that the New York Rangers would be involved in some trade activity, especially given that the club did not own a pick in the first or second round. Outside of their eventual picks on Saturday however, the Rangers were surprisingly quiet until they made […]

Q&A: Ryan Bahl, 2017 Antarctica Ice Hockey Team
Ryan Bahl is on a mission to make his dream of playing a hockey game on all seven continents become a reality. To date, Bahl has played hockey on six continents. He is currently working with a team of colleagues to complete his quest of bringing a hockey game to Antarctica that is slated for May 2017. For […]

Leafs Steal Kerby Rychel in Trade with Blue Jackets
The Toronto Maple Leafs made a trade just a few hours after the end of the draft. The Leafs were quick to work out a deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets, trading Scott Harrington and a conditional fifth round pick in exchange for Kerby Rychel. This is a fantastic trade for the Leafs and a […]


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