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Name: In the Pressbox
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Date Added: 2010-01-03 08:05:45
  
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Jason Lewis: Player Evaluation: Jordan Nolan
If you missed the review of the great Jake Muzzin, here it is! Jordan Nolan #71 Age: 25 Contract Status: $700K through 2014-15 (RFA) Stats: Other stats: Not much Fights: 6 His season: In my opinion there was no other player on the team who had a bigger drop off this season than Jordan Nolan. Despite his relatively paltry point totals from last season, Nolan showed prom...

Will Boston Bruins Goalie Tuukka Rask Repeat as Vezina Trophy Winner in 2014-15?
No NHL goaltender has won back-to-back Vezina Trophies since Martin Brodeur in 2007-08. If that string is to stop at seven years in 2014-15, it will be on Boston Bruins backstop

Tim Chiasson: Special Teams Review
The San Jose Sharks were one of the highest scoring teams in the NHL last year, putting 249 pucks over the goal line, but for some reason they couldn't translate a high scoring offense into a top power play. Only the Philadelphia Flyers (294) had more power play opportunities than the Sharks (Washington tied San Jose with 291). The Sharks did, however, lead the league in power play shots with 5...

Carrie Underwood, husband NHL player Mike Fisher announce pregnancy on Labor Day; 1st child


Ranking the 5 Most Important Players on the Tampa Bay Lightning Roster
As the calendar turns to September, the Tampa Bay Lightning are less than three weeks from the opening of training camp. All of the excitement their busy offseason brought will be put to the test as the final roster starts to take shape. With Game 1 against Florida right around the corner, there are players who are most important to the Lightning throughout the 82-game campa...

Should More NHL Teams Be Setting Up to Tank for Connor McDavid?
It is universally agreed that the 2015 NHL draft’s Connor McDavid has franchise-player potential, and he’s probably the most important draft prospect since

Mike Augello: Clark’s The Best #17, But Will He Be Part Of Legend’s Row?
The Toronto Maple Leafs have a rich history that includes numerous All-Stars, Stanley Cup winners and Hall-of-Fame players. There have been 852 players who have donned the Blue and White since their entry into the NHL in 1917, with dozens wearing the same jersey number over the years. In this completely non-scientific exercise, we’ll take a look at who wore which number and vote on who was...

Todd Cordell: Columbus Blue Jackets Prospect Notes: On Soberg, Bjorkstrand & More
Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell The Columbus Blue Jackets may not open training camp for another couple weeks, but many of their prospects in junior are already playing competitive hockey. Anyone with a clue about prospects will tell you that the Blue Jackets have a very good prospect system, and that's shining through early on in preseason. Some notes: - Forward Oliver Bjorkstrand i...

2014 Flyers Off-Season Tracker
OFF-SEASON TRACKER May 7 Flyers promote Paul Holmgren to Team President and name Ron Hextall the new General Manager. May 16 Flyers defenseman Erik Gustafsson signs a deal to play in the KHL (the Flyers would later issue a qualifying offer...

Ryan Johansen and finding comparable talent (What We Learned)
(Hello, this is a feature that will run through the entire season and aims to recap the weekend’s events and boils those events down to one admittedly superficial fact or stupid opinion about each team. Feel free to complain about it.) The Ryan Johansen saga stretches on and on in Columbus and

Former Ranger, 6-time All-Star Vadnais dies
Former NHL defenseman Carol Vadnais, a six-time All-Star, has died. He was 68.

Predicting the Statistical Leaders for the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2014-15
While the Toronto Maple Leafs will introduce a number of new faces to their fans this fall, the usual suspects are likely to be the statistical leaders in 2014-15. The Leafs should be a strong offensive team with more balanced scoring from at least three lines and a number of defensemen capable of scoring 30-40 points. Don't be surprised if some young skaters push the established veter...

Carol Schram: Vancouver Canucks: Rogers Broadcasters, Who Wore It Best (Extended Edition)
In case you missed it, what appears to be a full list of Rogers hockey personalities for next season’s broadcasts has now been released. Click here for all the details from Broadcaster magazine. If you were hoping that the new deal meant the end of CBC curmudgeons like Glenn Healy or P.J. Stock, think again. It looks like most of the HNIC crew will live on, though I guess we’ll need to see...

Sick shootout move by Patrick Seifert on German ‘Hockey Day’ (Video)
The Augsburger Panther held their “hockey day” on Saturday, in which the Deutsche Eishockey Liga’s players competed for who ...

Eklund: Happy Labor/Labour Day! Who is the NHL's Hardest-Working Player?
Happy Labor/Labour Day to all HockeyBuzz readers in the United States and Canada. Tomorrow it is back to work with rumor updates and a new HockeyBuzzCast. Today is a day to enjoy some time with the family and to appreciate those of us who serve our communities, our countries and the world in ways that never afford them to a day off. Having grown up in Philadelphia, I saw the Flyers win two Stan...

Bill Meltzer: Labo(u)r Day Musings: Team Lunchpail, Prospect Updates, Quick Hits
FLYERS ALL-TIME 'LUNCHPAIL' TEAM Fred Shero used to refer to Bobby Clarke as a "dream dressed in work clothes." The Flyers' captain was the epitome of elite playmaking skill combined with a tireless work ethic and a fierce will to win. In honor of the Labo(u)r Day holiday in the U.S. and Canada, I came up with an all-time Flyers "Lunchpail Team" to recognize some of the hardest-working players...

1 Star on Each NHL Team in Decline Ahead of 2014-15 Season
An old saying claims time and tide wait for no man. That phrase certainly rings true for NHL players. No matter how talented or well conditioned, no matter how brightly their star burns, at some point they all encounter the inevitable decline of their skills and performance. The players on this list enter this season facing a downturn in their play for a variety of reasons. For some, it's simply a matter of age, reaching the twilight years...

By The Numbers: Drew Miller
#inner td { padding: 15px; border: thin solid rgb(102, 102, 102); } By The Numbers will highlight the Red Wings on-ice accomplishments in the 2013-14 season. Each week during the off-season, By The Numbe...

Michael Stuart: Tampa Bay Lightning: Building a Third Line
Having built the 2014-15 Tampa Bay Lightning’s first two lines in two previous blogs, it’s time now to take a look at the team’s third line. For those of you who haven’t been following this series, I’m releasing my ideal Lightning lineup piece by piece. Working with the assumption that Steven Stamkos, Valtteri Filppula, Tyler Johnson, and Brian Boyle will be the team’s four pivots,...

Dee Karl: Preseason Decisions: Brooklyn, Bridgeport or the Barn
September is just about upon us, and we are almost ready to really concentrate on NHL hockey again. Camps will open about September 18th and preseason games begin only a few days later. The Isles will play the Ottawa Senators on 9/22 then return to the USA to play in Uniondale, Brooklyn and Bridgeport before the season ‘officially’ starts. I was asked if I would be going to Brooklyn to ca...

Matt Karash: Things have not looked this bleak for the Canes since...
...the summer of 2005. NO ONE is picking the team to finish any higher than way out of the playoffs. There is talk of the team moving (to Las Vegas). An undersized, undrafted Chad LaRose will be making a longshot attempt to push for a roster spot only because the team was not very good last year. And the last playoff hockey in Raleigh feels like ages ago. The situation for the Carolina Hu...

Boston Bruins' 2014-15 Season Will Be Key to Sustaining Their Elite Status
A quarter-century ago, the Boston Bruins were one of the last losing Stanley Cup finalists to return to that round within two seasons. After suffering a sweep via Edmonton in the 1988 championship, they mustered a 1990 rematch, though they brooked the same basic fate in five games. Since then, only three NHL teams hav...

Mike Augello: Who’s The Best #16?; Leafs To Split Up Top Line?
The Toronto Maple Leafs have a rich history that includes numerous All-Stars, Stanley Cup winners and Hall-of-Fame players. There have been 852 players who have donned the Blue and White since their entry into the NHL in 1917, with dozens wearing the same jersey number over the years. In this completely non-scientific exercise, we’ll take a look at who wore which number and vote on who was...

Former NHL all-star defenceman Carol Vadnais dies at age 68


Can Braydon Coburn Carry the Philadelphia Flyers' Defense in 2014-15?
Braydon Coburn has been very underappreciated during his tenure as a Philadelphia Flyer, and my hope is that will...

Ryan Wilson: Zone Entries and the Penguins Bottom Six Forward Group
Follow me on twitter Follow @GunnerStaal !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); The data from this blog is from Corey Sznajder's amazing manual data track...

John Jaeckel: Meditations On Nothingness
Follow JJ on Twitter @jaeckel! It's quiet. Eerily quiet, as Hawk fans await the "one move" the Hawks will make to get under the salary cap and possibly shore themselves up somehow (without taking on more cap obligation and defeating the purpose) for the 2014-15 season. Meanwhile, the Hockey News has installed the Hawks as early favorites to win the Stanley Cup (beating Tampa Bay). Meh....

FINAL VOTE: Giroux vs Giroux for Highlight of Year
POLLS ARE OPEN: The Final Showdown for the 2013-14 Flyers Highlight of the Year is finally here… and it pits Captain vs. Captain. Claude Giroux's last second winner in OT vs. the Blackhawks made its way through the bracket by defeating Vinny Le...

Ty Anderson: Naming the Expansion Teams
Be sure to 'like' Hockeybuzz on Facebook! Growing up, along with a love of hockey, baseball was a huge passion of mine. So much so that I tried mastering the All-Star Baseball games for Playstation 2, much like EA’s NHL series, for friendly competition and bragging rights among my friends. (By the way, MVP Baseball 2005 remains perhaps the best sports game of all time, but that’s a blog for...

Todd Cordell: New Jersey Devils Notes: Henrique, Zubrus, Loktionov & Carter
Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell While shooting percentage can vary from year-to-year depending on who certain players are playing with and the volume of shots they take, it's generally a pretty telling stat if used properly. For example, if a player shoots 8% on average, then one year jumped up to 15% while taking a similar amount of shots, generally it's a safe bet to assume they'll regre...

Eklund: Tryout Season Updates on Kaberle, Penner and Diaz
A few days ago, it was widely reported that Tomas Kaberle is a good bet to attend the New Jersey Devils training camp as a tryout player. This is still the case but Kaberle could still wind up accepting an invite to an Atlantic Division team's camp or playing in Europe. I am also still hear Dustin Penner could be going to camp with New Jersey, Montreal or (despite their denials) Philadelphia. S...

Ryan Johansen not expected at Blue Jackets camp do to contract impasse
The Columbus Blue Jackets open camp on Sept. 18. Their best centerman, and arguably their best offensive player, isn’t expected to be there.  Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch doubts that Johansen will be on the ice to start camp – a negotiating tactic from agent Kurt Overhardt as the ...

Jason Lewis: 1st Annual Kings Hockeybuzz Fantasy Challenge
Greetings everyone, I hope that the extended labor day weekend is going great. It's almost time for the season to commence, and one of the more fun things for people to get involved in when it comes to sports is fantasy. I myself am not a huge fantasy sports guy, but I have been hooked on fantasy baseball for the last few years and it really does get addicting and very fun. So this season I...

Former Canadiens defenseman Carol Vadnais passed away
MONTREAL - The Montreal Canadiens are saddened by the passing of former NHL defenseman Carol Vadnais at age 68. A 16-year NHL veteran, Carol Vadnais began his career in Montreal with the Canadiens in 1966. Two years later, in 1967-68 he helped the Canadiens win the Stanley Cup. Vadnais would also suit up with the California Seals, the Boston Bruins, the New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils. In 1,087 regular season NHL games, he tallied 587 points, including 169 goals. Vadnais also etc...

GARTH'S CORNER: Bergeron Role Plays Cuba Gooding, Jr.
Actors love athletes who love actors. Its a mutual admiration society. Looks like Patrice Bergeron and Cuba Gooding, Jr. have been role playing. Who knew that Bergeron was such a gifted and giving thesbian? I love how Brad Marchand channel's his inner Mike Reno of Loverboy as he opines about wanting to marry NHL 15. Friggin Beauty!...

Todd Cordell: Contract Dispute Between Johansen, Blue Jackets May Drag Into Camp
Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell The two sides have been negotiating for months, but the Blue Jackets and Ryan Johansen's camp still aren't nearing an agreement on a contract extension. As we get closer and closer to training camp - it opens in a little over two weeks - the chances of Johansen being extended before it begins continues to shrink. So much so, that Blue Jackets beat Aaron Port...

Posing naked with your hockey trophy is very Australian (Photo)
The Melbourne Mustangs of the Australian Ice Hockey League captured the Goodall Cup over their archrivals the Melbourne Ice on Sunday, the first title in franchise history.  The celebration was expectedly raucous, the combination of championship elation and Australian birthright. There was booze, laughter, an ice bucket challenge and one of the more, ahem, stimulating postgame images we’ve seen from the Mustangs’ locker room:

Travis Yost: Shot Coordinate Fun
There are a couple of scraping programs on the internet these days that allow you to easily grab shot coordinate data from the RTSS -- something I find immensely interesting. Knowing what we know about the importance of shot distances and their relationship to goal-scoring, I think there's value in looking at year-to-year stuff, especially with guys on the poles. When I say guys on the poles, I...

Tim Chiasson: Imaginary Rebuild
Earlier in the off-season GM Doug Wilson said that the Sharks were prepared to rebuild and fully ready for the pain that comes with that process. Here we are inching closer and closer to the start of camp and these are the notable moves by the veteran general manager in his “rebuild”: Additions F John Scott (FA) Subtractions Brad Stuart (Trade w/ Colorado Avalanche) Dan Boyle (Tra...

Bill Meltzer: Meltzer's Musings: NF Flyers, Prospect Updates, Quick Hits
FLYERS PILGRIMAGES: NIAGARA FALLS Years before the Philadelphia Flyers played their first game in the National Hockey League, the Niagara Falls Flyers were one of the most prominent teams in the old Ontario Hockey Association (OHA). Created in 1960, the Boston Bruins-affiliated Niagara Falls club won three OHA championships and two Memorial Cups between 1962-63 and 1967-68. The Philadelphia...

Ed Stein: Counterpoint: NHL Expansion is a Good Idea
When the news of potential NHL expansion broke, it became a hot topic all over the hockeyverse. Everyone seems to have an opinion. James Tanner, our Arizona Coyotes blogger, wrote a column to express his disapproval of adding four new teams to the league. For the most part, I disagree with him. I believe it is a good time to expand the league. Before I start, I'd like to lay out a little pe...

Pens Elite Host Third Annual Icebreaker Tournament
Friday marked the start of the third annual PPE Icebreaker Tournament presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods. The tournament, hosted by the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite AAA hockey organization, will showcase some of the top amateur hockey players in Nort...

GARTH'S CORNER: Johansen Not Blinking First
In my humble opinion, The Columbus Blue Jackets are going to blink first before Ryan Johansen does. The centerman and the Jax are miles apart right now. Johansen wants #1 center money in the $6M-$7M per season range. The Jax aren’t willing to go there. Johansen turned 22 on July 31 and he is already a brand name, elite centerman in the NHL. The 6’3”, 225 lb. power center ( 4t...

Ty Anderson: Boychuk for Yakupov?
Be sure to 'like' Hockeybuzz on Facebook! Theoretically, the Boston Bruins have to make a move of some sort. Unless they want to wait until Day 1 of the NHL season when they can place Marc Savard’s $4 million plus cap-hit on the long-term injured reserve and then sign restricted free agents and pivotal pieces of the 2014-15 puzzle in Torey Krug and Reilly Smith, a trade needs to be made....

Carol Schram: Vancouver Canucks: More Thoughts on Expansion, Who Wore It Best?
Thanks for all the diverse and entertaining dialogue on the last message board. I've been grateful for those of you that have hung in through the quiet summer months! It should get fun as things start to ramp up for another season of intrigue. It won't be long now. Just a brief blog today to kick off the weekend. I wanted to share this Eric Duhatschek column from The Globe and Mail, where he...

Puck Daddy's Most Disappointing Summer Series: Toronto Maple Leafs Edition
(Ed. Note: There’s entirely too much sunshine in the summer. So your friends ...

Kesler, Goaltending Among Ducks' Five Questions
By Curtis Zupke | NHL.com The search for a second-line center has been a long-term project for the Anaheim Ducks. Since trading Andy McDonald in 2007, the Ducks have largely struggled to slot someone behind captain Ryan Getzlaf. Anaheim was ...

Young Talent in Ducks Lineup Ready for Breakthrough
By Corey Masisak | NHL.com The Anaheim Ducks had a great regular season in Bruce Boudreau's second full year in charge, winning the Western Conference and coming within a point of the Presidents' Trophy. Taking the eventual Stanley Cup cham...

Ducks Hope Heatley Fills Revolving Door at Left Wing
By Curtis Zupke | NHL.com The audition to find a left wing to play with captain Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry lasted all last season for the Anaheim Ducks. Dustin Penner rebooted his career there before he was traded. There was also Patrick ...

Yahoo Fantasy Hockey: Here are the rookies you need to draft
Here's the final edition of our fantasy hockey primer. Thanks to Dobber Hockey for the insight! The sleeper pick is the ultimate fantasy owner move. Grab a player late in the draft who nobody else was even considering and he does great? Well that could win your league. And the ultimate sleeper pick is a rookie. Other than the top three or four picks in the latest NHL Draft plus a couple of the 'hyped' favorites, the average pooli...

James Tanner: NHL Expansion a Huge Mistake
Follow @james_tanner123 !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); This week several news sources reported that the NHL would be expanding. According to variou...

Heralded Gibson Highlights Ducks' Top 10 Prospects
By Adam Kimelman | NHL.com Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry have been part of the Anaheim Ducks organization since they were first-round picks in 2003. They emerged as NHL stars during the Ducks' run to the Stanley Cup in 2006-07. They continue ...

Ducks Fixing Issues that Cut Short Playoff Run
By Curtis Zupke | NHL.com NHL.com continues its preview of the 2014-15 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout August. For a team that led the Western Conference with 116 points, the Anaheim Ducks had a lot of is...

EA Sports under fire for sexist selfies in NHL 15
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Matt Henderson: The Team As MacT Built It
Craig MacTavish is finished adding to the pool of players vying for roster spots this fall. The team, as he envisioned it, is complete for now, although with serious question marks at the Center position. At the Schultz press conference MacT acknowledged the potential weakness of the team's pivots but suggested teams were in a holding pattern. When asked about the possibility of a trade the Oi...

Canucks expect playoff return
For a Vancouver Canucks fan base used to the slow, calculated -- critics would say dithering -- approach of former general manager Mike Gillis, this summer must have felt like a bungee jump into NHL team-building. A little more than one month a...

Mike Augello: Leafs Q & A : August 30th Edition
The month of September marks the end of summer and usually means three things to sports fans in Toronto, Southern Ontario and Western New York; the start of another disappointing Buffalo Bills season, the Blue Jays out of contention and playing meaningless games and the start of Maple Leafs training camp. The Labor Day weekend will be the last until next April that there will be little or no n...

Eklund: Thornton Situation Can't End Well
Has an NHL team's decision to strip a player of the captaincy EVER had a positive outcome for the team and player alike? I am among those who are mystified by the San Jose Sharks' decision to extend Joe Thornton for three seasons and also remove the C from his sweater. Ditto the decision to remove the A from Patrick Marleau. I get the fact that the Sharks want to make it clear that they expect...

Travis Yost: Any Room?
It's hard not to look at the signing of David Legwand and assume that the deal will, at least temporarily, adversely affect prospect JG Pageau. Pageau, who saw 28-games of regular season action last year after an impressive 2012-2013 post-season, has been knocking on the NHL-regular door for quite some time. This is a common theme in Ottawa's system -- NHL-ready or NHL-tweener forwards looking...

Michael Stuart: Tampa Bay Lightning: Building a Second Line
Two days ago I posted a blog outlining how I would go about building a first line for the 2014-15 Tampa Bay Lightning. Today, the multi-part series continues with a look at the team’s second line. For those of you who need a quick refresher, I’m working with the assumption that Steven Stamkos, Valtteri Filppula, Tyler Johnson, and Brian Boyle will be the team’s four pivots. As noted in...

Jason Lewis: Player Evaluation: Jake Muzzin
If you missed the evaluation on the departed Willie Mitchell, check it out. Jake Muzzin #6 Age: 25 Contract Status: $1.00MM AAV through 2014-15 (RFA) Stats: Other stats: Corsi on: 23.94 Corsi relative: 13.5 Quality of Competition relative: +.556 (2nd on team behind Doughty) TOI: 19:01 Hits: 169 (2nd amongst Dmen) Shooting %: 2.9 His season: Fantastic. Really though....

Todd Cordell: Devils Re-Sign Dan Kelly
Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell As the new season approaches, Lou Lamoriello continues to take care of housekeeping to get the Devils - both New Jersey and Albany - ready for the upcoming year. Lamoriello's latest move has been signing defenseman Dan Kelly to a two-year, two-way contract extension. Kelly, 25, had 17 points and 86 penalty minutes in 71 regular season games with Albany la...

Bill Meltzer: Meltzer's Musings: Prospect Updates, Quick Hits
QUICK HITS: AUGUST 30 * Radel Fazleev and Travis Sanheim both enjoyed multi-point games but the Calgary Hitmen sustained a 6-5 loss to the Regina Pats in Western Hockey League preseason action last night. Calgary outshot Regina by a 43-20 margin but yielded three goals apiece in the first and third periods. In the meantime, the Hitmen exploded for five goals in the second period but could not f...

Michael Pachla: Individual goal projections plus, the art of simply watching a game
Before we get into the individual stats, a quick note. Last night I was at my son's football game and as I watched these high school kids play, I was reminded of how great it was just to watch a game simply for the competition itself. There were no names on the back, no fantasy football stats, no television time outs. Just 11 players per side battling it out. Taking that approach allowed...

Todd Cordell: Still Nothing
Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Training camp opens in just over two weeks, and the Blue Jackets still haven't re-signed their best player Ryan Johansen. Johansen's camp has stepped away from their demands of a long-term contract and settled on the two-year term, but a sizeable gap in dollars remains, and Johansen doesn't seem about to budge on his current demands. Blue Jackets GM Jarmo...

 
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