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Team Sweden Names Final World Cup Roster
The Swedish Ice Hockey Association announced today its final, 23-man roster for the World Cup of Hockey 2016, adding seven to the first 16 chosen in March. Among them are forwards Carl Hagelin and Patric Hornqvist of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who advanced to the Stanley Cup finals by defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning last night in game […]

Czech Republic Names Final World Cup Roster
After calling the first 16 names in March, Czech Republic added another seven  players for their World Cup of Hockey lineup earlier today. The seven players are Michal Jordan, Zbynek Michalek, Jakub Nakladal, Radek Faksa, Ales Hemsky, Dmitrij Jaskin and Michal Michalek. All the added players are from NHL teams, and since Michal Kempny signed […]

Maxim Kitsyn Back To Russia
After spending the last three seasons in North America, mostly in the ECHL, Maxim Kitsyn decided to end his overseas career to sign back at home in Russia. Kitsyn, 24, signed with KHL franchise Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod, as the team’s official site announced. The Novokuznets, Russia, native was acquired by the Torpedo during the 2012-13 campaign, […]

Top Five WHL Prospects Going into the NHL Draft
This last edition of ranking Canadian Hockey League prospects will further examine the top five Western Hockey League (WHL) prospects headed into the NHL Entry Draft in June. In recent memory the WHL has been known to produce some of the NHL’s top talent. Defensemen such as Shea Weber, Dion Phaneuf, Brett Seabrook and Duncan […]

Addressing the Leafs Goaltending Issues
After a season where the Toronto Maple Leafs finished dead last in the NHL, there is a sense of hope and optimism surrounding the team. Much of it has to do with having a new management group and a lot of young talent in the organization. There is also the 2016 NHL draft where the Leafs have the […]

Team Sweden World Cup Roster: Final Projection
Rickard Grönborg faces the World Cup as the first task at his new job as general manager for the Swedish national team, and he has spent the last year or so preparing for the assignment, traveling the world (or at least the North America) to find his lucky twenty-three. With him, Grönborg have brought a team of, […]

Jake McCabe Worthy of a World Cup Roster Spot
The final spots on the World Cup of Hockey rosters will be announced tonight. Each team will be adding seven players to the roster to join the initial 16 announced back in March. The final spots on each team are highly debated and difficult decisions for the management in charge. One of the players on […]

Time for the NCHC to Move the Frozen Faceoff to the Xcel Energy Center
On Tuesday, the National College Hockey Conference released their season-ending report. Going into their fourth season, the NCHC appears to be in good standing. According to the NCHC release, the NCHC’s conference tournament produced approximately $1.2 million in revenue. Also, the two-day Frozen Faceoff drew 22,569 fans. I believe those numbers will improve in the […]

London Knights Deserve Crown as Canadian Hockey League Champions
Whether you’re a fan of the London Knights, or just a hockey fan in general, you have to think this is the year for the green-and-white. From 2012-2014, the London Knights were fixtures in the Mastercard Memorial Cup, the four-team tournament to determine the Canadian Hockey League Championship. In 2012, London went 2-1 during Round […]

Penguins Moving on as the Land of Misfit Toys
The Pittsburgh Penguins are headed to the Stanley Cup Final for the fifth time in franchise history and their third in the Sidney Crosby era. How they got to this point, though, is worth a publishing deal and probably a movie. The Penguins started 2015-16 as a struggling team with no real identity. They were […]

Red Wings Trade Draft Pick for Shark’s Prospect Sadowy
Since the San Jose Sharks had a day or two off before their first game in the 2016 Stanley Cup Finals, and the Detroit Red Wings have had time to make a list of players they want, the two teams made a deal on Thursday for Sharks prospect Dylan Sadowy. The Wings acquired left wing […]

Coyotes Hire Segal, Promote Sullivan and Re-Sign Brown
The Arizona Coyotes are wrapping up probably the busiest month in franchise history since they moved from Manitoba in 1996. In just the last two days they hired former Anaheim Ducks management staff member Ari Segal as chief operating officer, promoted Steve Sullivan Director of Player Development, and re-signed Newell Brown to a multi-year contract extension as the […]

Canucks Sign Former Leafs Draft Pick Tom Nilsson
After making a deal for fellow right shooting defenseman Erik Gudbranson on Wednesday, general manager Jim Benning announced that the Vancouver Canucks have signed former Toronto Maple Leafs draft pick Tom Nilsson to a one year, two way contract. The native of Tyreso, Sweden, was originally selected by the Leafs in the fourth round (100th overall) in the 2011 […]

Sabres Sign Forward Vaclav Karabacek to Three-Year Deal
The Buffalo Sabres announced that they have signed forward Vaclav Karabacek, 20, to a three-year, $695,000 per year contract. The Sabres originally drafted Karabacek out of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) in the second round (49th overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Without this agreement the Sabres would have lost the rights to […]

Blues Will Learn From Western Conference Finals Loss
Last night the St. Louis Blues needed to beat the San Jose Sharks to force their series to seven games. That, however, didn’t happen and the loss spelled the end of the 2015-16 season for the Blues. While elimination is not what the team wanted and losing in the Western Conference Finals was not the main […]

San Jose Sharks Advance By Staying In The Moment
The sequence came with about a dozen minutes to go in the third period. The San Jose Sharks were leading the St. Louis Blues, 3-0. The Blues leading scoring, Vladimir Tarasenko, flashed open in the high slot area. But as he got off his shot, three Sharks collapsed on him. His shot was deflected, floating […]

Capitals: Jay Beagle Deserves Promotion to Third Line Centre
The Washington Capitals have a problem they hope to address. Though the forward lines are stacked, even down to the fourth line, the team needs to address the position of a third line centre. Considering this is the checking line, the team needs a big, physical forward who can generate offense and play a solid all-around […]

Team North America World Cup Roster: Final Projection
Team North America (née Young Guns) has developed into a likable team that genuinely has a chance in the tournament. At the start of the season there were more questions about defensive depth and goaltending, but those fears have been erased. In fact, it’d be surprising to see this team sitting at the bottom of […]

Niagara IceDogs Fire Marty Williamson: Report
After an extremely successful season, the Niagara IceDogs will spend some of their offseason looking for a new general manager and head coach. This comes after it was announced that Marty Williamson would no longer hold those positions with the OHL franchise. This comes after Williamson’s IceDogs finished fourth in the Eastern Conference during the […]

Who Won the Gudbranson for McCann Trade?
It’s not often that we big trades happen between the trade deadline and the draft. Yesterday, however, during the Sharks and Blues Game Six, news broke that the Panthers had traded defenseman Erik Gudbranson and a 5th round pick to Vancouver for Jared McCann, a 2nd rounder and a 4th round pick. Before the trade […]

One For It All: Lightning Faces Penguins in Decisive Game 7
Win or go home. After an 82-game regular season and nearly three full rounds in the playoffs, at the end of tonight’s Game 7 only one team in the Eastern Conference will move on to play the San Jose Sharks in the Stanley Cup Final. The Pittsburgh Penguins enter Game 7 after staving off the […]

Senators’ Chris Phillips Announces His Retirement
He was a force on the Ottawa Senators’ blue line for 18 seasons. But after missing the entirety of the 2015-16 season as a result of a back injury, defenseman Chris Phillips officially announced his retirement. Phillips’ family and doctors played a role in the decision, but in the end he made the choice that […]

What Bruce Boudreau Brings: Part One- The Bruce Effect
The Minnesota Wild have hired Bruce Boudreau to be the fourth non-interim coach in their short history. He comes in with a very impressive record, but also with a muddled reputation. His ability to rack up wins and division titles has many fans excited; while his inability to translate that regular season success to playoff glory has […]

Minnesota Wild Helping Fort McMurray Victims
The wildfires in Fort McMurray, Canada, continue to blaze on, despite Canadian officials’ best efforts to keep the massive fires under control. The fire, which has burned for over three weeks, has affected hundreds of thousands of Canadians, including a handful of NHL players. The Minnesota Wild’s Jared Spurgeon is one of those players. Spurgeon’s wife, […]

Should They Stay or Go: Anthony Peluso
Anthony Peluso has said he’s not fond of the term “nuclear option” to describe himself as a hockey player. On the other hand, there’s no denying that many see him in the role of a deterring force. Peluso, one of the last of the true heavyweight fighters in the NHL who might be described as enforcers, in many […]

Emotional Reactions – The Blues Reflect on Their Season
A deep run in the playoffs bonds players together, when it comes to an end it can be very emotional. The St. Louis Blues were no different after their Round 3 exit at the hands of the San Jose Sharks. Wednesday night was a tough end to a very impressive 2015-16 season. With a ton […]

Team USA World Cup Roster: Final Projection
When naming their first players to the World Cup roster, USA Hockey held out on a handful of guys that fell into one of two categories. The first was skaters who have been national team regulars but are maybe hitting the point in their career where they are about to fall out of favor. The […]

Hockey Headlines: Canucks/Panthers Trade; Pens or Bolts?
The Sharks are in Uncharted Waters They finally did it. Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and the San Jose Sharks are in the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in franchise history, which is remarkable considering the great teams they’ve had. But getting to the end is no easy feat, and you could argue that […]

Out of Nowhere, the San Jose Sharks are Accomplishing the Unthinkable
It’s hard to put into words what the San Jose Sharks did on Wednesday night. Newswires and sports shows will tell you that they clinched a spot in the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in their 25-year history. But given the context of what the franchise has gone through — the playoff upsets, […]

A Quick Look – The Blues’ 2015-16 Season Comes to an End
Young, yet experienced. Fast, yet strong. Unproven, yet game-changing. The St. Louis Blues answered a lot of questions in their Western Conference playoff run this year. In the end, the San Jose Sharks seemed to have their number. A 5-2 loss did them in in Game 6, ending their 2015-16 season. Heart and Hard Work […]

Carolina Hurricanes Prospects Who Could Make the NHL Roster
As the offseason wears on, the Carolina Hurricanes will look to fill holes in their lineup. There will be many ways to do this. The NHL Draft is under a month away, the trade market will be very active, and free agency always provides options both for depth roles and top-of-the-lineup spots. Other options that […]

Michal Kempny Signing Helps Defensive Depth For Blackhawks
The Chicago Blackhawks signing Michal Kempny is a move that will benefit the team’s defensive depth moving forward. Defensive depth is something the Blackhawks have notoriously been short on in the past, as evidenced by Duncan Keith’s ice time back in the 2015 playoffs. Per Brian Hedger on who wrote about Keith’s unanimous Conn Smythe Trophy […]

Top 5 QMJHL Prospects Going Into the NHL Draft
A few weeks ago I highlighted some of the best Ontario Hockey League players going into this year’s NHL Draft. Now I will take a look at the flip side and focus on some of the Quebec Major Junior League’s best players that will be drafted come June. The last first overall pick that played […]

Bruins Consider Deals with Loui Eriksson, Torey Krug
The Boston Bruins continue to express uncertainty regarding pending UFA winger Loui Eriksson, whom the team acquired from the Dallas Stars in 2013 as part of the deal for former second overall pick Tyler Seguin, reports Today’s Slapshot. Management can only definitively say that discussions are continuing with Eriksson as the impending decision on players who […]

3 Stars of the Night: May 25
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 […]

Sharks Stanley Cup Run Benefits Maple Leafs
On Wednesday night, it was all good news for the San Jose Sharks as they punched their ticket to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in franchise history. But with that, came good news for the Toronto Maple Leafs. I know what you’re thinking and no, I’m not crazy. Those who were paying […]

Panthers Talking With BC’s Ian McCoshen: Report
On a night loaded with news about the Florida Panthers blue line, the Miami Herald’s George Richards reports that the Panthers are discussing a contract with Boston College defenseman Ian McCoshen. The Hudson, Wisconsin native just finished his junior year of NCAA hockey and was a huge part of Boston College having a great year […]

Brian Campbell to Test Free Agency: Report
Veteran leader Brian Campbell may be headed to free agency rather than re-signing with the Florida Panthers, according the Miami Herald’s George Richards per general manager Tom Rowe. While details are scarce, it’s not entirely surprising, seeing as the veteran defender has strong underlying numbers with great possession marks throughout his career. The 37-year-old posted […]

Jon Merrill Sidelined 4 Months After Surgery
New Jersey Devils defenseman Jon Merrill underwent surgery on his right shoulder Monday, the team announced Wednesday. General manager Ray Shero said that the surgery will require a long recovery. He’s slated to be laid up for four months. That should put his return, barring any setbacks, right at the end of training camp as […]

Martin Gernat Heading to Czech Republic
Former Edmonton Oilers prospect Martin Gernat has inked a deal with HC Sparta Praha in the Czech Liiga, reports The 122nd overall pick in the 2011 draft, Gernat has spent his career since being drafted playing for the WHL’s Edmonton Oil Kings, followed by time in the Oilers system and, briefly, the Anaheim Ducks […]

Columbus Re-Signs Lukas Sedlak
The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed 23-year-old enter Lukas Sedlak to a one-year, two-way contract, the team announced Wednesday. The team did not disclose the terms of the contract. However, Cap Friendly reports that the deal is worth $600,000 in the NHL and $60,000 in the AHL, with an $85,000 minimum. The 2011 5th round […]

Erik Gudbranson traded to Canucks from Panthers
Hockey trades in May! The Florida Panthers have traded defenseman Erik Gudbranson to the Vancouver Canucks along with a 2016 fifth-round pick. Heading back to the Panthers in the deal are forward Jared McCann, a 2016 second-round pick and a 2016 fourth-round pick. It will be McCann, a second and a fourth for Gudbranson and […]

NHL 17 Wishlist
To many fans, the NHL franchise from EA Sports has taken some pretty big steps in the wrong direction since making the jump to the current generation of consoles. Absent are things like a fully-featured EASHL or Be-A-Pro modes and Connected GM that added more replay value to a franchise that used to be at […]

The San Jose Sharks Creating First World Problems
Her first words Wednesday morning, May 25, were “If I book this flight …” The words came before our alarm clock went off. Before her eyes even opened. Such is the life of a Sharks fan with a business conflict. The challenges at home started in earnest with the Sharks Game 5 win over St. […]

Flyers 2016 Draft Targets: Jake Bean
Currently the Philadelphia Flyers sit comfortably with the 18th overall selection in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. The Flyers will be able to add someone with considerable skill and NHL upside to the stable of prospects they’ve been churning out the last handful of seasons. So, who might Ron Hextall and co. select at the […]

Paajarvi Out, Upshall In for St. Louis Blues’ Game 6
There will be changes coming to the St. Louis Blues lineup for Game 6 outside of the crease. According to Kevin Kurz of, it looks as though Magnus Paajarvi will sit for the all-important Game 6 against San Jose and that Scottie Upshall will draw back into the Blues’ lineup. The 25-year-old Paajarvi has […]

Dale Tallon’s 3 Worst Moves as GM of the Panthers
A few weeks back, when the Florida Panthers announced that Dale Tallon would be promoted to president of hockey operations, and Tom Rowe was named the team’s new general manager, I wrote an article on Tallon’s five best moves as GM of the Cats. But, as we all know, for every good move a general […]

Playing Defense First will win Series for Blues
The St. Louis Blues are on the brink of elimination. However, as the captain David Backes so eloquently put it after Game 5’s heartbreak, “(They’re) also just 60 minutes away from a Game 7.” This isn’t the first time the Note have been in a do-or-die situation this season, or this playoffs, however it is the first time […]

Steven Stamkos, Ben Bishop Out for Game 7?
The Penguins and Lightning are headed to a Game 7 in Pittsburgh. For Tampa Bay, it’s going to take all hands on deck to win the series as they will likely still be without two of their top players in Steven Stamkos and Ben Bishop. According to’s Dan Rosen, Lightning head coach Jon Cooper […]

2006 Leafs Draft Picks: Where Are They Now?
With the 2016 NHL Draft coming up in a month, it will mark 10 years since the 2006 NHL Draft. Prospects drafted in that class are now 28 to 30 years old, in the prime of a player’s hockey career. The Toronto Maple Leafs drafted seven players in 2006, starting with the 13th overall pick. Usually, […]

Lindholm the Swedish Beast Tamed
Elias Lindholm was glossed “The Swedish Beast” by former Carolina Hurricanes captain, Eric Staal in November 2014. Lindholm had just scored the game-winning goal in overtime to lift the Hurricanes over the Columbus Blue Jackets. The gloss seemed appropriate at the time, and Lindholm had a really good season for a really young player. He […]

Penguins Get Contributions From Literally Everywhere
We could talk about the Penguins’ best players finally being their best players. Or about their rookie goalie all but locking up his spot in the crease for at least the rest of Pittsburgh’s playoff run. Or how Olli Määttä is recovering from his flaws while producing a second consecutive, very solid game in Trevor Daley’s absence. How about Kris Letang […]

5 Things Canadiens Fans Can Look Forward to
The Stanley Cup Final is just within reach, which serves as one more reminder of how Montreal Canadiens fans are missing out. Granted, the Habs making it even this far this postseason would have been about as likely as Donald Trump becoming the Republican presidential nominee. It was always a possibility (apparently), but who saw […]

2016 NHL Draft War Room: Top 30 Impact Prospects
By Eldon MacDonald (edited by @ChrisRalphTHW) THW’s War Room Top 210 NHL Draft Rankings for May have already been released. Here is a more in-depth look the top 30 prospects along with some thoughts behind the rankings, and grouped in tiers. This part one looks at those players slotted one through fifteen. Number One Matthews, Auston […]

Boston Bruins’ New Assistants Bolster Youth Integration
The Bruins announced on Tuesday, May 24 that Bruce Cassidy and Jay Pandolfo will join head coach Claude Julien’s staff as assistants, alongside returning Joe Sacco and Bob Essence. Assistant Doug Jarvis, who has been with the team since 2010, will not be retained. Bruce Cassidy and Jay Pandolfo will join Joe Sacco and Bob Essensa on Head […]

The San Jose Sharks, This Team
About a year ago, I wrote an article where I discussed ‘this team’. In context, it was about the commitment Sharks management made to the 2014-15 version of the San Jose Sharks. It was not much of a commitment and the results were not pretty. For 2015-16, management made a different commitment, and the results […]

Is Marc-Andre Fleury Done in Pittsburgh?
You could see it coming in December when Marc-Andre Fleury missed time with his first concussion of 2015-16. Matt Murray, after a historic performance in the AHL one year prior and another hot start to the season, got his chance to show what he could do at the NHL level. He flourished. The Penguins put […]

Who Might the Buffalo Sabres Target At Eight?
The NHL Draft is just over a month away, meaning that draft boards are being finalized as teams get set for the upcoming NHL Scouting Combine. For the Buffalo Sabres, the former last place team is picking eighth overall after picking second the last two years. Because of this, Buffalo isn’t likely to get a […]

3 Stars of the Night: May 24
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 […]

Jonathan Dahlen – The Next Ones: 2016 NHL Draft Prospect Profile
Jonathan Dahlén  2015-16 Team: #54, Timrå IK, Allsvenskan Date of birth: 1997-12-20 Place of birth: Östersund, SWE Ht: 5’11”   Wt: 176 lbs Shoots: L Position: C/LW NHL Draft Eligibility: 2016 1st year eligible Twitter: @JonathanDahlen THW The Next Ones Ranking (Midterm): 38 Other Rankings Hockey Prospect: 26 THW War Room May Rankings: 30 Pike’s Picks: 42 NHL Central Scouting […]

Revisiting Claude Giroux, Shayne Gostisbehere’s World Cup Chances
The Philadelphia Flyers will be well-represented at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Jake Voracek, Radko Gudas and Michal Neuvirth will all suit up for their native Czech Republic, while Mark Streit and Sean Couturier will participate for the newly created Team Europe and Team North America, respectively. Yet it’s perhaps the two biggest contributors […]

Leafs Defense Has Many Questions
The Toronto Maple Leafs have had quite the off-season so far. They’ve seen their AHL team, the Toronto Marlies, reach the AHL’s Eastern Conference Final. They’ve watched Mitch Marner, one of their best prospects, and the London Knights make the Memorial Cup Tournament. Of course, to top it all off, they won the 2016 NHL […]

Hurricanes General Manager Wants to Talk to Victor Rask
Carolina Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis has reached out to Victor Rask’s agent, hoping to start negotiations on a new contract for the sophomore centreman, according to Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer. Rask becomes a restricted free agent July 1st. Rask played a chunk of the 2015-16 season with an injured shoulder, and […]

Bruins Bench Reboot: Jay Pandolfo Replaces Doug Jarvis
The Boston Bruins leadership team is restructuring and rebuilding its coaching staff before heading into the June draft and the July 1st free agency period. On Tuesday general manager Don Sweeney announced a number of additions, and subtractions, behind the Bruins bench. Sweeney announced that the Bruins have hired Bruce Cassidy and Jay Pandolfo as assistant […]

Mitch Marner’s Highlight Assist at Memorial Cup (Video)
In a penalty-filled affair between the London Knights and the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies at the MasterCard Memorial Cup it was a shorthanded assist by Toronto Maple Leafs prospect – Mitch Marner – that stood out. Marner’s highlight assist is just another notch on his belt of great hockey plays. Up 2-1 late in the second period, […]


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