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Martin Brodeur Keeper Of New Jersey
When one thinks of ways to describe Martin Brodeur, many words come to mind. Stanley Cup champion. Gold medal winner. Vezina Trophy winner. Workhorse. Consistent. Clutch. Class. You don’t have to take my word for it, you could ask some of Marty’s teammates and that’s just what I did. A rookie in name only In […]

Philadelphia Flyers Loss of Couturier Might Alter Season
The Philadelphia Flyers are currently on the outside looking in of the NHL playoff race. But they’re certainly not out of contention yet, they have 55 points through 51 games and the current wildcard teams, the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins, have 60 and 59 points, respectively. The advantage the Flyers have over the three […]

Rangers Lose Their Captain Due to Concussion
The Rangers had an eventful game in Philly against the Flyers on Saturday, where the team left with a shoot out win, where rookie Oscar Lindberg dropped the gloves for the first time, and where captain Ryan McDonagh suffered a now confirmed concussion. Recap In the first period McDonagh came into contact with Flyers’ forward Wayne […]

Pittsburgh Penguins Must Avoid Major Trades
The last major trade the Pittsburgh Penguins made was acquiring Phil Kessel during the last offseason. The five time 30-goal scorer was expected to light the world on fire while playing with either Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin. However, through 51 games, Kessel has just 15 goals. This puts him on pace to finish the […]

3 Needs for the Kings to Address at the Trade Deadline
A man should always consider how much he has more than he wants — Joseph Addison After a one-year hiatus, the Los Angeles Kings are in an ideal position with respect to making this year’s playoffs, sitting atop the Pacific division with a 31-17-3 (65 points). The San Jose Sharks are seven points back, with […]

The Winnipeg Jets Need Auston Matthews
Auston Matthews has never played for a Canadian team before. By this time next season, that will almost certainly have changed. Matthews, the consensus number one-ranked player in the coming NHL entry draft, is the apple of the eye of several GMs whose teams are sitting in that dog pile at the bottom of the […]

The Detroit Red Wings Quiz Guaranteed to Stump You
How well do you know the Detroit Red Wings? With the rich history the Detroit Red Wings have, there are plenty of factoids and tidbits to stump the most avid fans. This quiz dives into the history, records, and fandom that surrounds the Red Wings. The answers are below the quiz. Don’t cheat. The Red […]

The Change To 3-On-3 Forces Hockey To Evolve
It’s easy to point out the star on any team, but sometimes even the best defensemen can be left in the shadows of the dynamic forwards – especially now, thanks to the National Hockey League (NHL) and their implementation of 3-on-3 overtime. Agents of change like Gary Bettman, the Commissioner of the NHL are constantly on […]

NHL Rumors (Feb. 8): Boedker, Penguins, Maple Leafs and More!
The rumor mill is one of the most controversial areas for a hockey fan. Different names on different days make for the most interesting conversations around the water cooler. The daily rumor roundup takes a look at some of the latest rumors making waves, and shares them all in one place so you don’t have […]

Team Russia World Cup Roster Projection
We’re continuing through our series anticipating the March 1 first roster announcements for the reborn World Cup of Hockey with a Team Russia World Cup roster projection. In the first roster announcement, each team will be required to announce 16 players, including two goaltenders. Below, a full roster is projected with the first 16 players […]

The Grind Line: Detroit Red Wings Who Must Step Up Down the Stretch
The Detroit Red Wings’ 2015-16 season has had its share of highs and lows. Through 52 games the team sits 7th in the Eastern Conference, hanging on to one of the two wild card spots. They have played admirably on the road this season, but the team’s offense has been anemic, and too many players are […]

Facing Off: Weighing In on Wideman, Suspending All-Stars, and All Things Hawks
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: Buffalo, Baltimore, ‘Frisco Impress Brass
On the first day of the National Hockey League’s expansion meetings in New York, the governors heard a full spectrum of presentations. Among the cities with whom the board was most impressed were Buffalo, San Francisco and Baltimore. There were also a few surprises. Depending on who you were listening to, some applicants eliminated themselves […]

Blue Jackets Guide To The Trade Deadline
The Columbus Blue Jackets have returned home from their western Canada road trip. After securing a pair of 2-1 victories in Vancouver and Calgary, the Blue Jackets finally get a taste of some extended home cooking. They start a five-game home stand Tuesday night against the New York Islanders. In spite of the winning four […]

After Further Review, Goalie Interference Calls Still Inconsistent
I thought instituting a coach’s challenge was supposed to help eliminate the debate related to goals caused (or not) by goalie interference. Alas it appears my expectations have once again been set too high. The latest debate of goal or no goal came in the first period of February 4th’s 2016 Chicago Blackhawks versus Arizona Coyotes game. […]

Always Steady Alzner Makes Big Strides for Capitals
On a team full of highly skilled players with MVP-type capabilities in the midst of a potential record-setting season that has already had its share of amazing individual and team performances, one player for the Washington Capitals often gets overlooked. But, in a pure hockey sense, who on the roster has been better or more […]

Has There Ever Been a Maple Leafs Season This Boring?
LEAFS DAILY Well, another week closer to the trade deadline. That’s about all you can say for the last week of the Leafs season. They won two games during the week and then were blown out Saturday by the Senators. But who cares? It’s hard to get up for losses and even harder to get […]

An Ode To Milan Lucic In Boston
The date is June 24, 2006. The Boston Bruins come into the NHL Draft in Vancouver with four of the first 71 picks slated to be used on the night. Boston has struggled to cope with the first season after the lockout, finishing with the fifth-worst record in the League. This is their first attempt […]

2016 NHL Draft Dark Horses: Noah Gregor
Noah Gregor broke into the Western Hockey League as a fresh-faced 16-year-old after leading the Alberta Midget Hockey League in scoring the previous year. He seemed poised for a strong rookie season. He had a good start, generating five points in his first eight games. Then he broke his collarbone and missed the bulk of […]

Drew Stafford to Have Player Safety Hearing
Winnipeg Jets forward Drew Stafford will have a hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety on Monday, the league announced Sunday. The hearing will be for a high-sticking infraction against Colorado Avalanche defenseman Nick Holden on Saturday. Stafford potted a pair of goals in the match, but was assessed a double minor on the […]

Klingberg is Taking Lots of Shots (And Not the Good Kind)
John Klingberg burst on the scene in November last year with the Dallas Stars and ever since fans have been incredibly captivated by his ability with the puck on his stick. While he has continued to pile up the points this season (43 in 53 games played), he has also put himself in a position to […]

Montreal Listening to Offers on Fleischmann, Weise and Gilbert
A win on Saturday hasn’t curbed the Montreal Canadiens’ free fall down the standings. So, it’s not surprising that the team is listening to offers on Tomas Fleischmann, Dale Weise and defenseman Tom Gilbert, according to the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch. With all three underperforming over the last two months and on expiring contracts, there’s […]

Murphy’s Law Has Sunk The Flames Season
Perhaps due to the afterglow of their 2014-15 playoff run and their off-season additions of Michael Frolik and Dougie Hamilton, the external expectations on the Calgary Flames were quite high as the 2015-16 season kicked off. Now past the half-way mark of their schedule, the Flames have disappointed many – including likely themselves – by […]

11 Places to Find Forward Depth at the Trade Deadline
The NHL trade deadline hits this month and contending teams are going to be looking for cheap ways to bolster their depth for a deep playoff run. Here are 11 depth forwards who could help bolster the roster of a contending team for a reasonable price. 11. Nick Spaling, C, TOR Spaling is an interesting […]

Should The Maple Leafs Trade Tyler Bozak?
Going into last offseason, the biggest question was not if the Toronto Maple Leafs were going to make a trade, it was how many were they going to make. Candidates to be moved included Phil Kessel, Dion Phaneuf, Joffrey Lupul and Tyler Bozak. By the time spring training rolled around, only Kessel had been moved […]

Summing Up Everything That’s Wrong With the Montreal Canadiens
It’s about time to release frustrations… Not-So-Bold Prediction: The Montreal Canadiens will not be a playoff team in 2016. The Habs have underwhelmed since December, as they have proven that without the heart and soul of the team, Carey Price, they are nothing. Price’s nagging injury has kept him out throughout the entire Canadiens slide […]

50 Years Ago in Hockey: NHL Reviewing Expansion Applications Today
The National Hockey League begins a historic three days of meetings today in New York City. The league’s board of governors will be reviewing applications for expansion franchises and listening to presentations from prospective team owners. It is expected that at least two franchises will be awarded some time this week. Montreal Canadiens president David […]

The Nuck Stops Here: Radim Vrbata, Yannick Weber
The Nuck Stops Here is a Vancouver Canucks news and analysis column that runs every Sunday throughout the season. NEWS Alex Biega Extended The following is a press-release from the organization: Vancouver, B.C. – Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has signed defenceman Alex Biega to a 2-year, one-way contract […]

Scrivens Goes Offside in Criticism of Oilers
When it comes to the 2015-16 NHL season, not much has gone according to plan for either the Edmonton Oilers or current Montreal Canadiens netminder Ben Scrivens. While the Oilers continue to spin their wheels when it comes to moving up the Western Conference standings, the 29-year old has watched his career continue to spiral […]

Q&A With Islanders Prospect Ilya Sorokin
During the 2014 NHL Draft, the New York Islanders drafted two very talented guys from Europe, Linus Soderstrom and Ilya Sorokin. While both are having good careers, we can say that thus far Sorokin, who is one year older, had perhaps a better senior career, since he is now the starting goalie of the arguably […]

Who Will the Blackhawks Move at the Trade Deadline?
The February 29th NHL trade deadline is still weeks away, but that doesn’t mean general managers and coaches haven’t started developing a strategy for that crucial day. Although the Chicago Blackhawks haven’t been known as the biggest buyers under Stan Bowman, they are usually an active team that maximizes their assets through the acquisition of […]

Goalies Take Ceremonial Faceoff With Martin Brodeur
The New Jersey Devils are taking some time to celebrate the recently retired Martin Brodeur, including a number retirement and an unveiling of a statue on Tuesday, February 9. In advance of that ceremony, the team brought in Broedur to drop a ceremonial puck before Saturday’s game against the Washington Capitals. It was a ceremonial […]

Wild Coach Mike Yeo’s Job is Safe, Says GM
Prior to the team’s fourth straight loss, doled out by the St. Louis Blues on Saturday, Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher asserted that coach Mike Yeo’s job is safe. It was the first time Fletcher had addressed the media in a while. The team is going through a midseason slump for the third season in […]

If the Montreal Canadiens Had Any Guts…
The Montreal Canadiens are having a terrible year. By now you know the story well: They started with a huge winning streak, all-world goalie Carey Price gets injured and then they go through two months where they are barely able to scratch out one win out of every five games. There is no main reason […]

Dennis Wideman Hearing Set for Wednesday
Dennis Wideman‘s ongoing travails with his suspension have a date for the commencement of stage two. Wideman’s appeal hearing will be held by the league on Wednesday in New York, according to the NHLPA. Wideman was recently suspended 20 games for hitting lineman Don Henderson in a game against the Nashville Predators on January 20. […]

Wayne Simmonds Ejected, Knocks Ryan McDonagh Out of Game
In Saturday’s matinee between the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers, Wayne Simmonds found himself done with work for the day quite early. He was ejected 10-and-a-half minutes into the first period after punching an unsuspecting Ryan McDonagh in the head during a fracas. The skirmish was started by McDonagh delivering a cross check up […]

Rangers Top Flyers in an Action Packed Game
The Rangers took the ice in Philly in a Saturday matinée to take on the Flyers in what turned out to be an eventful and very action packed game. Though they were behind at first, the Rangers ended up coming ahead thanks to an incredible goal made by Keith Yandle to tie the game with […]

Report: Blues May Host Blackhawks in 2017 Winter Classic
Following a report yesterday that the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers could host a 2017 Stadium Series game, Jeremy Rutherford reports in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the St. Louis Blues are a frontrunner for the 2017 Winter Classic. According to the report, the NHL is “strongly considering” giving the game to the Blues.Though, as […]

Checking in With the Maple Leafs OHL Prospects
The Toronto Maple Leafs knew they were going into a rebuilding season. They had a few priorities which included shipping out players in return for picks and prospects, as well as developing a constant culture of hard work and tenacity night in and night out. Both of these things have slowly started to happen as […]

Brad Marchand’s Recent Form Pushing Bruins Forward
There are many adjectives Bruins fans would use to describe Brad Marchand. Agitator and pest are two of the more common ones you’ll hear from Black and Gold supporters around New England. The national perspective on the pesky winger? Well, most of them aren’t exactly family friendly. However, Marchand may be able to add two more important […]

Hamhuis Returns, Who’s Out?
It took 21 games for Canucks defender Dan Hamhuis to heal the fractures in his jaw and cheekbone to a point where the club felt comfortable taking him off the Injured Reserve. Tonight’s likely the night that Hamhuis will see action again as the Canucks defensive game continues to struggle. Each passing game has proven […]

New Coaching Entourage Sees Unseen Talent
It’s no secret that great coaching is hard to come by in any hockey league, let alone the Canadian Hockey League (CHL). When the right one does finally show up though, it can be life changing for the team and the fan base. Austin Wagner of the Western Hockey League’s (WHL) Regina Pats is one […]

Minnesota Wild: Injuries & Scratches Bring Big Changes Saturday
The reeling Minnesota Wild have made some serious lineup changes heading into Saturday, hoping to avoid losing their fourth straight game. A loss to St. Louis on Saturday would put them at 3-10-3 in their last 16 games and probably turn up the temperature on coach Mike Yeo’s seat, despite assertions from GM Chuck Fletcher […]

Nashville Predators Should Trade for Loui Eriksson
Just when you thought the Nashville Predators were back on track having won four games in-a-row entering the 2016 NHL All-Star Break, they returned from break looking like same frustrating team the Predators have been for much of this season. Nashville has lost two straight with a 1-0 defeat to the St. Louis Blues on […]

Anaheim Ducks: Back to Being Contenders
The Anaheim Ducks came out of this season’s all-star break facing a rather difficult task. The team was on the outside looking in on the Pacific Division playoff picture and all of their games this week were against the teams ahead of them in the standings. Although it would not be an easy goal to […]

Montreal Canadiens Are Still Close to Contending
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it… and the Montreal Canadiens, as one of the league’s most valuable teams, are far from broke. Look to the Future, not the Car-Crash Present They have the means to turn this around sooner rather than later… just not this season, with Carey Price still far from returning (in […]

Tyler Johnson Is Finally Back To Normal
We have seen it since his call up in March of 2013; Tyler Johnson has emerged as one of the top young players in the National Hockey League. After going undrafted, fighting his way through the American Hockey League, and earning a full-time spot on the Lightning’s NHL roster, Johnson has blossomed into a fabulous […]

Analyzing Chuck Fletcher Part 2: The Drafts
ICYMI: Check out Part 1 of our Chuck Fletcher series courtesy of our own Alli Baker, where she breaks down notable trades made by the Wild GM thus far during his tenure in Minnesota. Well, the losing continues for Minnesota as does the frustration and anxiety for the fans. Much of the Wild’s woes during […]

Zack Kassian and the Edmonton Oilers
Zack Kassian may not have been a member of the Montreal Canadiens for very long but you can bet the Edmonton Oilers forward had today’s date circled on his calendar. Despite being acquired from the Vancouver Canucks on July 1st in exchange for Brandon Prust and a fifth-round pick in the 2016 Entry Draft, the 25-year […]

Why Ottawa Is Desperate For Clarke MacArthur’s Return
Clarke MacArthur has been held out of the lineup for quite some time. It all started with a collision with former Senators’ goaltender Robin Lehner late last season that forced both players to sit out the rest of the year. From there, MacArthur had the offseason to take a significant amount of time to heal […]

50 Years Ago in Hockey: Leafs Dump Hawks, Blank Hull
The Toronto Maple Leafs may have found the key to beating the Chicago Black Hawks. The Toronto club’s formula was quite simple last night in Toronto.  Keep Bobby Hull from scoring and you’ll likely win the game. Hull didn’t light the red light and the Leafs skated to a well-earned 5-2 win over the Hawks […]


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