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5 Things the L.A. Kings Need to Accomplish This Season
This has been quite an off-season for the Los Angeles Kings. Jarret Stoll was arrested for suspicion of drug possession, pleaded guilty to reduced charges and ultimately signed with the New York Rangers. Mike Richards was waived as a prelude to being bought out, then saw his contract terminated after being held at the Canadian […]

Honoring Scott Gomez: Former Stars Who Bounced Around Before Retiring
While the 2014-15 season was hailed by some as a comeback season of sorts for Scott Gomez, it should be instead labeled one of his last kicks at the can. This is a soon-to-be 36-year-old we’re talking about who once won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the league’s top rookie (15 years ago!). His 34 […]

Final Forwards Spots a Tossup in Vancouver
As much as it’s unclear who fits in the Canucks top six forwards, the rest of the team’s forward group is even more up in the air. Projecting the Canucks starting lineup up front on opening night is far from a sure thing. With about ten forwards whose spots should be solidified in the lineup, the team […]

Sharks Previews & Predictions: Braun’s Recovery
Previous Previews: Joe Thornton, Joe Pavelski, Joel Ward, Patrick Marleau, Logan Couture, Tomas Hertl, Chris Tierney, Matt Nieto, Tommy Wingels, Ben Smith, Melker Karlsson, Barclay Goodrow, The 13th Man, Marc-Edouard Vlasic Filling in the right side of San Jose’s first defense pairing will likely be the American, Justin Braun. Braun supposedly struggled last season and […]

Fantasy Hockey Mailbag: Answering All Your Fantasy Questions
Saturday is typically the busiest day of the fantasy hockey week, so I felt it would also be the best day to introduce my newest column — Fantasy Hockey Mailbag. For those familiar with the “mailbag” concept, you are probably already putting two-and-two together. Essentially, I’ll be soliciting and answering questions pertaining to fantasy hockey from […]

Eakin Extension Further Solidifies Stars’ Future At Center
Sometimes the rich just get richer. Already boasting one of the league’s top 1-2 punches at center with Tyler Seguin and Jason Spezza, the Dallas Stars supplemented their depth at the position on Friday by extending young pivot Cody Eakin to a four-year, $15.3 million dollar extension. The native of Winnipeg, Manitoba is coming off […]

From Size to Speed: How the Ducks Have Changed Their Team Identity
Back in November the Ducks made a trade to get rid of giant Bryan Allen and bring in winger Rene Bourque from the Montreal Canadiens. This is an interesting trade to point out because this is when Bob Murray started to change who the Ducks were as a team. Bryan Allen had recently turned 35 years […]

KHLer Score Incredible LaCrosse-Style Goal
It’s one of the most elusive goals in the game. But a couple of times a year, somewhere in the world, someone does it (and always scores… you never see a goaltender making some brazen forward look silly). It happened Friday in the KHL when Pavel Medvedev of Urga popped one into the upper corner […]

Keith Ballard, Jordan Leopold Leaning Toward Retirement
With no contracts coming through for either former Minnesota Wild defenseman, both Keith Ballard and Jordan Leopold are considering retirement, according to The Star Tribune’s Michael Russo. Russo says that Ballard is “leaning toward retirement,” but hasn’t yet made up his mind. Ballard has suffered a handful of concussions in his career and it happened […]

A Look at Anze Kopitar’s Contract Talks
It was obvious what the Los Angeles Kings had atop their to-do list this summer. Sign Tyler Toffoli and Anze Kopitar to contract extensions, bring in a d-man to fill the hole left by Andrej Sekera and Robyn Regehr, and bring in some offensive help. Easy enough, right? Well, the Kings have gotten the majority […]

Chicago Blackhawks’ All-Time Great Roster: Goalies and Head Coach
We’ve now come to the end of my series in which I’ve assembled the best possible roster of Chicago Blackhawks past and present in an effort to put together an incredible dream team of legends. This has been a very fun project, and I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed reading along. In this final post, I’ve […]

Ducks Summer Mailbag: Does Anaheim Have A Leadership Problem?
It’s been a long summer for Ducks fans. Maybe not as long as last summer, when the Ducks bowed out at the Honda Center after a game seven loss to the Los Angeles Kings, but a long summer nonetheless. So while we anxiously await the puck dropping on the season, let’s answer some burning questions that loyal readers […]

Roller Hockey Maintains a Foothold in NYC
If you head out to the Bergen Beach Youth Organization in Brooklyn on a Saturday afternoon, your likely to find a group of people playing some pickup roller hockey. If there isn’t anyone willing to brave the heat in full goalie gear, then the game is usually three-bar, where a goal is counted only when […]

Stars Extend Cody Eakin
The Dallas Stars have put another of their young forwards on contract for the foreseeable future, signing Cody Eakin to a four-year contract extension, the team announced on Friday. The deal will pay Eakin an AAV of $3.85, according to The Dallas Morning News’ Mike Heika. Eakin’s current contract, paying him $1.9 million, will expire […]

Boston Bruins Face Free Agency Conundrum in 2016
The Boston Bruins offseason has been anything but ordinary. Entering the summer, they had limited cap space to make improvements on a roster that failed to punch a postseason ticket for the first time since 2007. Don Sweeney comes in as general manager, inheriting the bad contracts and such that Peter Chiarelli left in his […]

Pressure to Win No Different for Flyers
Training Camp hasn’t started yet and there appears to already be a cloud hanging over the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Can the Flyers really avoid missing the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since the average price of gas in the U.S. went from $1.05 per gallon to $1.09? While it remains […]

Bill Torrey, Denis Potvin Recall Their Time With Al Arbour
Following the passing of legendary Islanders coach Al Arbour on Friday, Florida Panthers Alternate Governor and former New York Islanders GM/President Bill Torrey talked about his long working relationship and even longer friendship with Arbour, saying that “he was a special person.” Torrey recalled bringing Arbour to Long Island as he continued to build the […]

Penguins Give Daniel Sprong Entry-Level Deal
The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed their top draft pick from the 2015 draft (46th overall), Daniel Sprong, to a three-year, entry-level contract, the team announced on Friday. General Fanager reports that the deal is worth the maximum $925,000 at the NHL level. The 18-year-old Dutch right wing has spent the last two seasons playing for […]

Kings Sign Peter Budaj to PTO
The Los Angeles Kings have signed goaltender Peter Budaj to a professional tryout contract (PTO), according to Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider. Budaj spent last season playing for the St. Johns IceCaps in the AHL, where he got into 19 games with a 0-9-6 record and a .888 save percentage. In his career he’s […]

Legendary Isles Coach Al Arbour Dies at 82
Hall of Fame coach Al Arbour, who coached the New York Islanders to four straight Stanley Cups, died on Friday at the age of 82. Arbour passed away at his home in Sarasota where he was being treated for Parkinson’s disease and dementia, according to the NHL. Arbour’s legend is massive. Leading the Islanders to […]

Fantasy Sleepers For Your Keeper League – Goalie Edition
It’s often said that teams are built from the crease out. Finding a good – or rather great – goalie is the key to finding success in hockey. In many ways, the same can be said about fantasy hockey. While goaltenders aren’t the only asset needed, it certainly doesn’t hurt to have two solid guys […]

Path to Postseason a Promising One for Blue Jackets
The Columbus Blue Jackets failed to reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2015– a disappointing result for a season that promised so much. After qualifying for the postseason for just the second time in franchise history in 2014, the Blue Jackets won their first playoff game but lost the series in six games to the Pittsburgh […]

Analyzing the Fantasy Value of the Nashville Predators
The National Hockey League season is just over a month away, and fans are already thinking about their fantasy hockey squads. Today I take a look at which Nashville Predators could make an impact for your fantasy teams I’ll break them down into different categories. Must-Picks are the top 50 selections, the next tier, overvalued/undervalued […]

The Detroit Red Wings Alumni Dream Team: Right Wings
Don’t worry, Dan Cleary won’t be a part of this team either. Poor Dan, no one wants him on the ice. With the centers and left wings chosen for the Detroit Red Wings’ alumni team roster, it’s time to pick the right wings that will suit up against the Colorado Avalanche alumni before the NHL […]

3 UND Players Set to Have Big Years in 2015-16
There are roughly 42 days until the University of North Dakota hockey team kicks off the 2015-15 season. On October 9-10, 2015, UND travels to Portland, Maine, to play in the 2015 Ice Breaker Tournament. Looking at the roster, this season, UND is going to be a much younger team. UND will start the 2015-16 […]

If Max Pacioretty Isn’t 100%, What’s Plan ‘B’ For Canadiens?
The good news, according to an NHL.com report from earlier this month, is Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty is on schedule to return prior to the regular-season opener October 7 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The bad news? He will likely still be missing all of training camp. It’s only logical as a result that, […]

Chicago Blackhawks’ All-Time Great Roster: Defensemen
Having already completed the Chicago Blackhawks’ best possible all-time roster’s forward group in the three posts linked below, it’s now time to turn to the defensive unit. As is the case with the three positions I’ve already done, the Blackhawks have been very fortunate to have quite a few outstanding defensemen throughout the history of […]

Hockey News: Mike Richards Charged; Patrik Berglund Injured
Here are the worst NHL contracts on each team: [Bleacher Report] How many goals is Phil Kessel going to score on Crosby’s wing? [The Hockey News] Is the Penguins’ defence core good enough? [NBC Sports] Blues center Patrik Berglund is going to be out four months following shoulder surgery. [Today’s Slap Shot]. The team has […]

Going Globetrotting Around the NHL
When it comes to nationalities, the NHL offers a rather homogeneous mix. It’s basically Canada, the US, and a smattering of countries across Europe. The vast majority of the best NHL players come from just a handful of countries. You know these countries as the powerhouses that are always contending for medals at the Olympics, […]

NHL Team Prospect Pools Power Rankings
We’ve ranked the top 100 prospects (skaters) along with the top 30 goalie prospects. Now how do the teams stack up against each other when it comes to their respective prospect pools in terms of quality and depth. A team of prospect-focused writers here at THW have collaborated to rank NHL franchises on this basis. […]

The Story of the Philadelphia Flyers & the ‘Missing Piece’
It has been just over 40 years since the Philadelphia Flyers won their second of back-to-back Stanley Cups in 1975. It was only the franchise’s seventh and eighth years of existence and since then every attempt to climb back up the NHL mountain has been thwarted — including six trips to the Stanley Cup Final […]

Pominville Trade Added Fuel to Buffalo Sabres’ Rebuild
The Buffalo Sabres are on the cusp of a new beginning. With a revamped roster, the Sabres are built to be a more competitive team than the club has been for the past few seasons. The road through the rebuilding years has been a long and winding one for the Sabres. Buffalo finished in last […]

Sabres Interested in Cody Franson?
It’s been no secret that the Buffalo Sabres have been interested in adding defensive help for the upcoming season. And, according to at least one report, the organization may be keying in on one player to add to the roster. According to Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News, the team is trying to bring in […]

‘Canes Extend Elias Lindholm for 2 Years
The Carolina Hurricanes have signed 20-year-old center Elias Lindholm to a two-year contract extension, the team announced on Thursday. The deal carries an AAV of $2.7 million, the team shared of their own accord, with Lindholm making $2.5 million in the 2016-17 season and $2.9 million in the following year. This coming season Lindholm will […]

Uncertainty Surrounding Steven Stamkos Will Hinder Tampa’s Success
The 2015-2016 season is fast-approaching with the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs set to kickoff the new campaign, but the spotlight is already directed towards the 2016 offseason. Describing the list of potential unrestricted free agents as star-studded is an understatement. The list features the NHL’s top players and perennial All-Stars, but one name […]

Patrik Berglund to Miss 4 Months With Injury
The St. Louis Blues suffered their first significant injury of the 2015-16 season when they announced on Thursday that center Patrik Berglund has re-injured his shoulder while training for the coming season. Berglund will undergo surgery on Friday and is expected to be re-evaluated in about four months, which puts an optimistic return at late […]

Intoxicated: The Need for Reform in the NHL’s Drug Policy
On August, 25th 2015, former Los Angeles Kings forward and two-time Stanley Cup victor Mike Richards was formally charged with possession of a controlled substance while entering Canada. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police issued a short statement saying just that, but their stark public words meant a whole lot more to the hockey world than […]

Could Wayne Simmonds Top 30 Goals in 2015-16?
The Philadelphia Flyers have been changing a lot of aspects of their organization this offseason. General manager Ron Hextall has done a great job at beginning to rid Philadelphia of their bad contracts and improve the quality of the team. He’s done some solid work, but there is still a lot to do. Much of […]

Blues Will Bring in Scott Gomez on PTO
The St. Louis Blue have given veteran forward Scott Gomez a professional tryout contract (PTO) to come to camp in September and compete for a roster spot with the club, according to KTRS’ Andy Strickland. In St. Louis, Gomez will join longtime teammate Martin Brodeur if earns a contract with the Blues. Earlier this week, […]

Chicago Blackhawks’ All-Time Great Roster: Right Wings
The Chicago Blackhawks are one of the NHL’s most storied and successful franchises in history. They would never have gotten there if they didn’t have great players on their roster with great regularity. Over all the eras of NHL hockey in Chicago, there have to be 20 players who were the best at their respective […]

The Colorado Avalanche Franchise Four
The Franchise Four. The Mount Rushmore. Four players who tell the story of an organization. In this series I’ll be taking a look at the history of all 30 NHL squads. For criteria, I’m choosing one forward, defenceman, goaltender and a wild card from any position. Since moving from Quebec in 1995, the Colorado Avalanche […]

Michal Neuvirth Will be Instrumental to Flyers Success
As the Flyers prepare to hit the ice for the start of training camp on September 18th, there are many question marks concerning their roster. Who will play on the top line with Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek? What will first-year coach Dave Hakstol do with Vincent Lecavalier? Will the defense, who has been the […]

Thoughts On Leafs Rebuild and What’s to Come
While drafting Mitch Marner and William Nylander is enough to make even the most casual of Leafs fans excited, most of the people who seem to know what they’re talking about feel that neither player will be in the NHL this year. As a fan, facing the prospect of a 50+ loss season while the […]

The Emergence of Tanner Pearson Is Key for the Kings
Diagram an ideal Cup-contending team (for convenience, we’ll throw last season into the dumpster) and what you’ll tend to get is something that looks eerily like the 2015-16 Los Angeles Kings: – A franchise center (Anze Kopitar) – A franchise defenseman (Drew Doughty) – A franchise goaltender (Jonathan Quick) – A couple of snipers (Marian […]

Maple Leafs Taking Unconventional Rebuild Route
“We need to put Canada’s team back on the map.” Mike Babcock’s introductory press conference as the 30th coach in Toronto Maple Leafs history on May 21st was one of the most noteworthy moments of the offseason, but this statement Babcock made stands out. The Toronto Maple Leafs, the team with one playoff appearance in the […]

50 Years Ago in Hockey: Vancouver Edges Closer to NHL Team
Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson has given a huge boost to the city of Vancouver’s hopes of obtaining a National Hockey League franchise. Mr. Pearson announced that he has pledged $2 million in federal grant money to the city for the construction of a trade centre / arena complex. According to a report by Anthony […]

Washington Capitals’ Projected Starting Lineup for 2015-16
With the Washington Capitals’ training camp and preseason just less than a month away, it is time to break down their potential opening night lineup. Guys like Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom have their first-line spots locked down, but the rest of the lineup could be shifted around at any given moment. The additions of T.J. […]

Mike Richards Formally Charged With Possession of a Controlled Substance
The Canadian Mounted Police in Manitoba have formally charged former Los Angeles Kings forward Mike Richards with attempting to enter the country while in possession of a controlled substance. He is due to appear in court on September 10. TSN’s Rick Westhead reports that Richards was charged back on August 25 and that he has […]

So You Want to Be a Stars Fan
A month and a half from now, fans clad in Victory Green will fill the seats at the American Airlines Center for the season opener in Dallas. The Dallas Stars will play the Pittsburgh Penguins that night and open what could be a very special season. If you are a new hockey fan and are looking at […]

Hockey News: Quebec City Isn’t in the Clear Yet; Hurricanes Sale Lingers
Here are your NHL headlines for Aug. 27, 2015: Although Quebec City is in Phase III of receiving an expansion team, the city cannot be considered a slam dunk. [Sportsnet.ca] With Quebec City wanting a team, Carolina hockey fans may want to be watching their backs. [SI.com] Realistically, a two-day drive from Raleigh to Quebec […]

Max Talbot Goes Undercover in Montreal
There’s no denying the historic rivalry between the Boston Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens. Even after a quieter season between the two teams, it’s still pretty safe to say that the Bruins and Habs are each other’s biggest rivals. That rivalry goes beyond the ice. Sure, the players tend to have a general disliking for […]

Intriguing Overtime Options For The San Jose Sharks
The new NHL overtime rules will give us 3-on-3 hockey. My own opinion is that, like the shootout, it is another gimmick. But gimmicks have their place in sports: the basketball (NBA) rule where the team can advance to the ball to front court with a timeout is a gimmick intended to make the final […]

The Best #9’s in NHL History
Over the course of the NHL’s 98 year history, there have been many records put away into the books, rarely to be broken. The class of the best to ever take the ice is fairly crystal clear. At the top would be Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Bobby Orr, with others trickling below them. Awards are […]

Chicago Blackhawks’ All-Time Great Roster: Left Wings
Every NHL franchise in existence has their greats. Fans of every team have their players from the past that they idolize and hope that the current crop of players can grow and develop into someone like them. The Chicago Blackhawks are no exception to this rule. While the left-wing and the right-wing positions may be […]

10 Fantasy Hockey Players Yahoo Missed The Mark On
With Yahoo and ESPN opening up their respective Fantasy Hockey sites last week we can finally almost taste the coming season. Each year when this happens we fantasy owners debate the player rankings of these sites. Which players are ranked too low? Which are going too high? So far only Yahoo has released their list […]

KHLer Michal Sersen Scores From Center Ice
The KHL season opened earlier this week and there’s been no shortage of highlights already, from Alexander Radulov getting stuffed by Mikko Koskinen to a Tron-like mega opening ceremony, the KHL has been entertaining while the excitement in the NHL has been… I see Tom Sestito got a PTO… and… let me look… On Wednesday […]

Former NHLer Sergei Gusev Gets Doping Ban in KHL
40-year-old Russian defenseman and former NHLer Sergei Gusev has been handed down a six-month ban from playing in the KHL for doping, ESPN reports. The Russian Anti-Doping Agency handed down a vague ruling that serves the ban as punishment for “breach of anti-doping rules.” The suspension is back dated to March 23 when his KHL […]

 

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