Maple Leafs News & Rumors: Sparks, Kadri, Marner, Woll, Gardiner

Sat, 07/13/2019 - 02:45
I’m not sure how other Toronto Maple Leafs fans are engaging this off-season, but I’ve given up looking at the early-morning news to catch action about the Mitch Marner negotiations. I keep thinking about William Nylander’s recent comment that there’s “lots of time” left. Nylander might have nailed this one, hinting that fans are in for long, protracted negotiations. Related:...

Countdown to Puck Drop – Day 82 – Rangers’ Martin Straka

Sat, 07/13/2019 - 02:30
Introducing The Hockey Writers’ Countdown to Puck Drop series. From now until the puck drops on the 2019-20 NHL’s regular season on Oct. 2 when the Toronto Maple Leafs host the Ottawa Senators, we’ll be producing content that’s connected to the number of days remaining on that particular day. Some posts may be associated with a player’s number, while others will be...

How Long Interview Period Changed NHL Free Agency

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 23:50
Artemi Panarin did not have to imagine what he might look like in a New York Rangers uniform. His likeness in Rangers blue adorned the giant video screens at Madison Square Garden with the message “Welcome Artemi” a full four days before he signed with the team. “There was a moment where I just sat down for 10 minutes and really thought about it,” Panarin said,...

Ken Holland’s Red Wings Legacy

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 23:30
Earlier this year, former Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland accepted the same position with the Edmonton Oilers. Over the last 23 years, Holland has guided the Red Wings to four Stanley Cups and endless successes. He poured blood, sweat, and tears into the team, keeping the playoff streak alive for as long as possible. But how did he handle the struggles of the last few seasons? Were...

NHL Rumors: Canucks, Blackhawks, Stars, More

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 22:29
In today’s NHL rumor rundown there is news out of Vancouver as it pertains to both Sven Baertschi and Loui Eriksson, the Dallas Stars are trying to trade a defenseman, the Chicago Blackhawks shopping a forward and the Nashville Predators are rethinking the notion of moving Kyle Turris. Baertschi Will Be Ready, Eriksson Has a Choice Rick Dhaliwal reports there had been some talk about...

Hurricanes Land Free Agent Dzingel

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 21:01
The Carolina Hurricanes have signed one of the biggest names left on the free agent market, Ryan Dzingel, to a two-year, $6.75 million contract. The #Canes and Ryan Dzingel have agreed to a two-year contract! More Info » https://t.co/LtS4j7zlry pic.twitter.com/XEcrmguz7v— Carolina Hurricanes (@NHLCanes) July 12, 2019 The contract will see him earn $3.25 million in 2019-20 and $3.5...

Tampa Bay Lightning Jersey History

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 21:00
The Tampa Bay Lightning are the envy of the National Hockey League. They’ve got a phenomenal owner in Jeff Vinik, who put the brakes on disaster and painstakingly rebuilt the organization from the inside out. A former investment wizard, Vinik managed to strike the optimal balance between the fanatical micromanagement of some of his peers, and the utter apathy of others. As a result, the...

Sabres Should Move on from Ristolainen

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 20:35
Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen has been one of the most talked-about names on the trade market. The stout right-handed defender has been linked to multiple teams including the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Vancouver Canucks. With the recent trade acquisitions of defensemen Colin Miller and Henri Jokiharju, speculation on what to do with the Finnish defenseman has only increased by...

Blackhawks Roundtable: Shaw, Jokiharju, Lehner & More

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 04:05
With recent trades and free agent signings, the Chicago Blackhawks have certainly been quite active so far this offseason. Considering last summer the big acquisitions were Cam Ward, Chris Kunitz, and Brandon Manning, it’s reassuring to see general manager Stan Bowman make some bold and savvy moves for the 2019-20 season. On paper, the Hawks look like a much better team than they were in April....

The 11 Day Power Play: Bigger Than Ever

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 01:27
Her voice sounded a little tired, but there’s no doubt her passion and commitment were as strong as ever. “I think the ongoing support of this amazing city and just meeting amazing people that want to be a part of the 11 Day Power Play keep us energized,” said Amy Lesakowski, executive director and co-founder of the event. “We feel very humbled and grateful to meet so many people in our...

The Canadiens’ Next Move After Aho

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 00:35
Montreal Canadiens general manager, Marc Bergevin, had many options leading into July 1. The team had ample cap space to make some big moves, with $11,806,191 projected now, and enough leeway to spend up to $15 million until the regular season. Bergevin spent the past couple of years stockpiling high-level prospects and a slew of future draft picks. The team has been infused with a youth movement...

Pride Over Body: Playing Through Injury Needs to Stop

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 22:08
Every season after the Stanley Cup Playoffs, NHL teams reveal all of the injuries their players were playing through in order to win the holy grail of hockey. Players have broken bones, torn ligaments, concussions, you name it, and chances are there is someone playing through it in the playoffs. These aren’t the types of injuries that will just fix themselves either. They require...

NHL Rumors: Devils, Oilers, Canadiens, More

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 21:26
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there is still fallout from the first day of free agency. The New Jersey Devils aren’t done, the Oilers have more to do but are working at an experienced pace, and was there more to the Nazem Kadri trade than people realized? Devils Not Done Adding Mike Morreale of NHL.com says the New Jersey Devils will continue to look at adding to their roster...

Do You Know Your NHL Goalie Trivia?

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 20:40
Goalies are often compared by their win-loss record, goals against average, and number of shutouts and Stanley Cups won. This article is about the lesser-known records. The obscure ones. Facts that are great to know and fun to discuss during water cooler conversation or when enjoying a few cold beverages with friends. Roberto Luongo sits atop the active list for games played by a...

Bobrovsky Joined Panthers to Win Stanley Cup

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 19:50
SUNRISE, Fla. — Sergei Bobrovsky already has two Vezina Trophies, the award handed out at the end of each season to the NHL’s top goaltender. He’s not looking for a third. For the Florida Panthers’ new goalie, only one trophy matters now. Bobrovsky and Florida’s three other free agent signings — defenceman Anton Stralman, and forwards Brett Connolly and Noel...

Golden Knights Report Cards: Defense

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 19:35
A couple of weeks ago, I graded the Vegas Golden Knights’ forward group from last season. Having an offensive scoring machine is one ingredient for success – however, an effective defensive corps is another critical ingredient. Having a stout defense is necessary to sustain a high level of success over the course of the season, as well as in the postseason. In tight games, it can also...

5 Fast Facts: Penguins’ Samuel Poulin

Mon, 07/01/2019 - 04:55
It’s been five years since the Pittsburgh Penguins had a chance to make a first-round pick in the NHL Entry Draft, the last being current Toronto Maple Leafs winger Kasperi Kapanen in 2014. Maple Leafs right wing Kasperi Kapanen was the Penguins’ last first-round pick in 2014. (Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports) While it’s not likely we’ll see the 2019 21st-overall pick, 18-year-old...

Oilers News and Rumors: Smith, Perry, Chiasson, More

Mon, 07/01/2019 - 04:52
As the Edmonton Oilers interview free agents, chat with GMs about potential trades and set themselves up for a busy day on July 1, there are some last-minute rumors and news items hitting the social media wire. Oilers fans have gone a little buggy over the rumors that Ken Holland has landed a backup goaltender and might be going after a veteran winger, who at one time was fantastic, but might...

Islanders Enter Free Agency in Familiar Territory

Mon, 07/01/2019 - 04:40
For New York Islander fans, this year’s free agent frenzy, which opens up on July 1, may seem a little too familiar. Another Islanders captain, this time Anders Lee, is on the brink of leaving Long Island as tensions continue to rise on the eve of free agency. But this year is different as contract negotiations have been ongoing, unlike with John Tavares just a year ago. For Lee and the...

Maple Leafs News & Rumors: Gardiner, Wideman, Pride, Marleau & More

Mon, 07/01/2019 - 04:25
There are many rumors currently swirling around the Toronto Maple Leafs, and many of these stem from general manager Kyle Dubas’ suggestions that the team would be looking for both forwards and defensemen who might want to either revive their careers by playing in the Toronto market where there’s lots of attention or engage in a legacy-move where they might have a chance to have a last...

NHL Rumors: Pavelski, Oilers, Wild, More

Mon, 07/01/2019 - 01:53
In our second installment of the NHL rumor rundown on the day before free agency, there are updates surrounding the Tampa Bay Lightning, Dallas Stars and San Jose Sharks when it comes to Joe Pavelski. There is news on what the buyout of Andrej Sekera means for the Edmonton Oilers moving forward. It appears the Minnesota Wild are going hard after Mats Zuccarello and, there is news that the...

Hurricanes Acquire Reimer for Darling

Mon, 07/01/2019 - 00:00
The Carolina Hurricanes have swapped goalies by acquiring James Reimer in a trade with the Florida Panthers. Florida acquired goalie Scott Darling and immediately placed him on waivers with the intention to buy out the remaining two years of his contract. The Panthers also acquired a sixth-round pick in the 2020 draft in the trade made Sunday, a day before the start of the NHL’s...

Oilers Place Sekera on Waivers For Future Buyout

Sun, 06/30/2019 - 22:41
There was some debate as to how the Edmonton Oilers might clear up some cap space heading into free agency. While trading Milan Lucic felt like a nice idea, the reality of that trade was that it was trick, to say the least. A more likely option, but still not an ideal one, was the notion that the Oilers might buy out the contract of Andrej Sekera knowing what it could do in terms of having some...

NHL Rumors: Sabres, Maple Leafs, Canucks, More

Sun, 06/30/2019 - 22:05
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there is news out of Buffalo with the Sabres, Toronto and the Maple Leafs hunt for value deals, and the Vancouver Canucks may have to change their approach to free agency. Buffalo Sabres in the News Chris Johnston is reporting that it’s sounding like the Buffalo Sabres will be signing Curtis Lazar to a one-way contract. The Calgary Flames...

NHL Rumors: Islanders and Marner, Gardiner, Oilers, Sharks, More

Thu, 06/27/2019 - 19:22
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, are the New York Islanders making a play for Mitch Marner? What options is Jake Gardiner considering? What are options the Edmonton Oilers are toying with as they search the NHL for an affordable winger? Where will players like Anton Stralman, Joe Pavelski and Corey Perry end up? They are all talking to different franchises this week. Islanders Interested...