Rome wasn’t built in a day, and good hockey teams can’t be built in one season. Or, so the prevailing wisdom goes. Todd McLellan came to the Los Angeles Kings to challenge that wisdom. Armed with a mixed roster of young guns and old blood with seven players over the age of 30, the Kings […]
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ST. LOUIS — Brady Tkachuk didn’t mind cutting his vacation to the Bahamas short. Tkachuk, a 20-year-old forward for the Ottawa Senators, was planning on a couple of days of fun in the sun before going to St. Louis to watch his older brother, Matthew, represent the Calgary Flames at NHL All-Star Weekend. But Toronto’s […]
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Where is this NHL season going, seriously? We are just 30 days away from the Trade Deadline. While the players are in the midst of both the All-Star Game and their bye weeks, management is starting to decide how they want to handle this all important day. Do they buy? Do they sell? Maybe they […]
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The All-Star break is here, and it couldn’t have come at a better time for the Arizona Coyotes. With a 1-4-1 record in their last six games, and a 6-7-1 mark since losing goaltender Darcy Kuemper to injury back on Dec. 19, the Coyotes need to rest, refocus, get healthy, and prepare for what will […]
ST. LOUIS — Victor Hedman fondly recalls the NHL’s first 3-on-3 overtime because it was madness. “It was probably a minute and a half of just breakaways,” the Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman said. “Jason Garrison scored the goal — beat the D-man (and scored) five-hole.” Trading breakaways and playing at a frenetic pace was what […]
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Puck and player tracking is coming to the NHL beginning in the playoffs. Commissioner Gary Bettman said Friday that puck and player tracking will be up and running in all playoff arenas this spring and is expected to be fully operational leaguewide beginning next season. “There will be more data than ever before,” Bettman said. […]
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When rugged defenseman Jim Schoenfeld broke into the NHL with the Buffalo Sabres during the 1972-73 season, you would have been hard-pressed to find a tougher hockey player. A 20-year-old, fiery redhead who was larger than most of his contemporaries at 6-foot-2 and over 200 pounds. With a mane of sweat-laden hair that touched upon […]
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Prospects can make or break an NHL organization. Properly scouting, drafting and developing players can set up a team for a decade of success. Trading off those pieces and draft picks for an immediate fix may help that season, even the next one, but it will hurt the franchise in the long run. Every NHL […]
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Sweden has produced some very talented hockey players over the years. The country is stocked with world-class-skating forwards and talent-rich defensemen. Arguably the most famous of them all include Mats Sundin, Niklas Lidstrom, the Sedin brothers–Henrik and Daniel, Henrik Zetterberg, Daniel Alfredsson and Peter Forsberg. The Buffalo Sabres (6), Toronto Maple Leafs (6), Columbus Blue […]
The New York Rangers head into the 10-day All-Star Break on a very low and disappointing note. The Rangers dropped two-straight home games, one to the Columbus Blue Jackets and one to the rival New York Islanders. In the first loss, the Rangers gave up two third-period goals and a bad line change helped the […]