Maple Leafs News & Rumors: Johnsson, Marchment, Trade Bait, Nylander

Sun, 05/19/2019 - 01:25
As always, the Toronto Maple Leafs are in the news. There is much speculation about trades, and I’m curious to imagine how general manager Kyle Dubas might creatively construct a new roster in the face of a menacing salary cap. This review of news and rumors focuses on those potential moves, as well as the continued play of Maple Leafs prospect Mason Marchment and forward William...

Early Erie Otters’ Camp Takeaways

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 22:32
The Erie Otters opened their orientation camp Saturday morning at Erie Bank Center. It was their first opportunity to see third-overall pick Connor Lockhart take the ice. Lockhart made news Friday night when he officially committed to the Otters. He and general manager Dave Brown spoke to the media with his parents in attendance. It was an exciting day for all involved. Brown was happy to...

NHL Rumors: Karlsson, Bobrovsky, Oilers, More

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 21:39
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there is news on Erik Karlsson and where he’ll land come free agency, talk about whether or not the Columbus Blue Jackets will try to find another goaltender if they lose Sergei Bobrovsky, and the Edmonton Oilers might still be a couple of weeks away from announcing a new head coach. Is Jeff Skinner ready to commit to the Sabres yet? Rangers...

Hurricanes Owe McElhinney Another Shot in Net

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 20:13
It should be an easy decision for the Carolina Hurricanes. Statistically speaking, they barely got adequate goaltending from Petr Mrazek in the playoffs. Curtis McElhinney showed better results in relief. With both slated to become unrestricted free agents, if they have to choose one, go with McElhinney, right? Right. McElhinney’s Surprise Success There’s little denying McElhinney...

Blues’ Sloppy Play to Blame for a Tied Series

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 19:20
By now, unless you’ve been in a coma, you have probably heard about the controversy that ended Game 3 of the Western Conference Final between the St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks. A blatant hand pass led to the game-deciding goal in overtime, and it went unnoticed by the officials, who later said it was a non-reviewable play. The Blues were justifiably upset by the result of the game,...

Dylan Cozens – 2019 NHL Draft Prospect Profile

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 19:05
Dylan Cozens 2018-19 Team: Lethbridge Hurricanes (#24)Date of Birth: February 9, 2001Place of Birth: Whitehorse, YukonHt: 6-foot-3 Wt: 181 poundsShoots: RightPosition: CentreNHL Draft Eligibility: 2019 first-year eligible Rankings The Hockey Writers (Pike’s Picks): 5th (final)Future Considerations: 7th (Spring)ISS: 5th (April)Bob McKenzie: 5th (April; draft lottery update)Craig...

Kakko’s Performance Pulling Him out of Rangers’ Grasp?

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 18:50
Maybe the New Jersey Devils are simply jumping at the opportunity to spend the lead-up to the NHL draft tweaking the New York Rangers. The Devils’ recent Twitter strategy regarding their first-overall draft pick in June has often taken a cheeky and witty approach, forcefully vague and possibly designed to provoke hopeless speculation over whether Jack Hughes or Kaapo Kakko will be their...

Kirby Dach – 2019 NHL Draft Prospect Profile

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 18:35
Kirby Dach 2018-19 Team: Saskatoon Blades (#77)Date of Birth: January 21, 2001Place of Birth: St. Albert, AlbertaHt: 6-foot-4 Wt: 198 poundsShoots: RightPosition: CentreNHL Draft Eligibility: 2019 first-year eligible Rankings The Hockey Writers (Pike’s Picks): 4th (final)Future Considerations: 6th (Spring)ISS: 7th (April)Bob McKenzie: 4th (April; draft lottery update)Craig...

The Devils Won the Lottery, Now What?

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 04:35
After winning the NHL Draft Lottery and the number one overall pick for the second time in three years the New Jersey Devils have a groundbreaking decision in front of them. Do they draft American centerman Jack Hughes who has been projected as the first overall pick for quite some time now, and in the process give them two centers they can pencil in their lineup for the next decade (or...

Maple Leafs’ Shanahan Re-Signed: The History of the Shanaplan

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 02:05
With another season in the books, the Toronto Maple Leafs are in for another busy summer. Fortunately, Leafs Nation has one less thing to worry about this summer as Brendan Shanahan will be brought back as the president and an alternate governor. The organization announced that Shanahan has signed a six-year extension that will run through the 2024-25 season. This should come as good news to fans...

Calder Cup Playoffs: Western Conference Finals Preview

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 01:55
The Western Conference has narrowed down its field of championship contenders down to just two final teams: the Chicago Wolves and San Diego Gulls. The Wolves needed all five games to eliminate the Grand Rapids Griffins in the first round before dispatching the Iowa Wild in six games during the Central Division Final. The Wolves are in the conference finals for the fifth time since joining...

NHL News & Notes: Lindell, Rangers & More

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 01:47
In today’s News & Notes, Esa Lindell has signed a long-term extension, Jim Schoenfeld has stepped down from the New York Rangers and Craig MacTavish is the new head coach of Lokomotiv in the KHL. Related: NHL News & Notes: Krueger, Heponiemi & More Lindell Signs Extension With Stars The Dallas Stars have agreed to terms with Lindell on a six-year contract extension...

Blues & Sharks Series – Controversy & Questions Cloud Game 3

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 01:45
The St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks played a very tight Game 3 in the Western Conference Final last night, with two-goal games by Joe Thornton, Erik Karlsson, and David Perron, and strong performances from a variety of different players. Related: Sharks Beat Blues – Missed Hand-Pass Leads to Game-Winner All of that was forgotten in a moment, though, when the final goal was allowed...

Craig MacTavish First of Many Holland Changes

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 23:48
It was only a matter of time before the Edmonton Oilers started making changes. New GM Ken Holland needed a few moments to gather his bearings, see where the organization was at and make some moves in an effort to finally send the Oilers organization in the right direction. One of the first among the many expected exits is that of Craig MacTavish, who will be leaving the Oilers and joining the...

Lightning Defense Could Look Really Different Next Season

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 19:20
Heading into the 2018-19 season, the Tampa Bay Lightning featured one of the deepest defensive corps in team history. With Norris Trophy winner Victor Hedman in his prime, along with a mixture of experienced veterans and young talent behind him, the unit was primed to become one of the Lightning’s biggest assets. For most of the season, this was the case. When Hedman went down with an...

Maple Leafs News & Rumors: Shanahan, Marner, Lindgren, Worst Trade

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 19:05
Perhaps the contract extension of Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan, who signed on for six more years (through the 2024-25 season), is the biggest recent news surrounding the club this week. It suggests that the Shana-Plan continues. Related – Maple Leafs: Tavares, Nylander, Franson, Zaitsev & More And, so far so good. Since Shanahan assumed the role of team president...

Rangers’ Free Agent Targets This Offseason

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 00:20
The New York Rangers’ management team has made it pretty clear over the past few months that this is going to be a critical offseason. In addition to their multiple first-round picks in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, the Rangers plan to spend significant money when the free agency period begins. For much of this season, rumors have connected pending Columbus Blue Jackets unrestricted free...

NHL Rumors: Marner, Skinner, Short-Term Deals, More

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 22:45
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there are updates out of Toronto when it pertains to Mitch Marner, NHL insiders wondering if short-term deals are the way contracts will go in the NHL and news on what comes next in Buffalo. Is it a Jeff Skinner extension? Insiders Believe Short-Term Deals Coming A conversation started on Twitter between NHL insiders Pierre LeBrun and Brian Lawton about...

Krueger Named Sabres’ Head Coach

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 20:26
On May 15, the Buffalo Sabres announced they had hired Ralph Krueger to be their next head coach. This news occurs following a coaching search that began when the team parted ways with Phil Housley. We found our guy.Welcome to Buffalo, Coach Krueger! pic.twitter.com/uJEnxca8XV— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) May 15, 2019 Krueger comes to Buffalo with a wealth of coaching...

Oilers Have Untouchables Beside McDavid and Draisaitl

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 19:35
The Edmonton Oilers and new general manager Ken Holland are each looking to turn back the clock to a certain degree. The Oilers to their glory days and Holland to those of the Detroit Red Wings dynasty, of which he was the architect. Both date back decades, though. Edmonton Oilers general manager Ken Holland – (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson) Thankfully, not all of the moves the...

Lack of Consistency Sends Blue Jackets to Brink

Sun, 05/05/2019 - 22:40
The third period on Saturday night between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Boston Bruins will go down as one for the ages. The period started 1-0. It ended 4-3 in regulation for the Bruins. Those 10 minutes in the third were wild. From goals to a long replay review, from momentum swings to David Pastrnak making his mark on the series, and from close calls to Charlie McAvoy sealing the win,...

NHL Rumors: Holland, Smith-Pelly, Avs, Sabres, More

Sun, 05/05/2019 - 22:35
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, it appears Ken Holland will be accepting the role of General Manager for the Edmonton Oilers, there is buzz that a certain Washington Capitals forward won’t be back, the Buffalo Sabres may have signed a Finnish prospect and there is no truth to some interesting rumors out of Colorado. Holland to Accept Oilers GM Job It’s not official and the...

Mark Messier – NHL Legend and 6 Time Stanley Cup Winner

Sun, 05/05/2019 - 20:48
Mark Messier did it all in a career that spanned 25 NHL seasons over four decades. He’s the only player in NHL history to captain two different professional teams to championships; he won five Stanley Cups with the Edmonton Oilers and one with the New York Rangers—all in a span of ten years. Simply remarkable. The 15-time All-Star power forward is second on the all-time point scoring...

Maple Leafs News & Rumors: Korshkov, Rielly, Rosen & Salary Cap Fixes

Sun, 05/05/2019 - 20:25
Ironically, with the Toronto Maple Leafs out of the Stanley Cup playoffs, the news swirling around the team seems more constant than when the team was playing. In today’s news and rumor report, I will review the Toronto Marlies playoffs as well as share some of the interesting thoughts of others who write about the Maple Leafs. Item One: Yegor Korshkov Makes His North American Debut On...

Sabres Survive Senators in Overtime – Reliving the May 5, 2006 Classic

Sun, 05/05/2019 - 19:55
The 2005-06 season was a very memorable one for Buffalo Sabres fans. Coming out of the NHL lockout, the team was not expected to accomplish much with a low payroll and the second-lowest highest-paid player in the league. They were a young team, led by co-captains Daniel Briere and Chris Drury along with Teppo Numminen and Mike Grier. A number of young players were making their first real...