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Barrie Colts’ Dale Hawerchuk to Take Leave of Absence

BARRIE, Ont. — Former NHL star Dale Hawerchuk is taking a leave of absence as head coach of the Ontario Hockey League's Barrie Colts for the upcoming season.
The Colts announced Tuesday that Hawerchuk is making the move for health reasons. The team did...

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Former Teammates Confident Smith-Pelly Will Get Another Shot

TORONTO — Brett Connolly says he owes the Stanley Cup ring on his finger to Devante Smith-Pelly.
Some 15 months after that magical playoff run, Connolly simply hopes his former teammate gets another chance.
Smith-Pelly scored in Games 3,...

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Flyers’ Early Schedule Could Define 2019-20 Season

No strangers to adversity, the Philadelphia Flyers will face an early onslaught at the start of the 2019-20 season. Six quick games in October will likely define the season for the orange and black. A mix of contenders and on-the-cusp re-builders will show if Alain Vigneault, Chuck Fletcher, and Claude Giroux are ready to return […]

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Maple Leafs’ Babcock Needs to Trust Matthews

In early August, The Hockey News’ Matt Larkin posted a snippet from an upcoming article that quoted Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock on franchise centre Auston Matthews’ expected increase in ice time:  At face value, it seems like a good thing, but when you look at Matthews’ average time on ice for the […]

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Meet the New Kings: Joakim Ryan & Martin Frk

On the first day of free agency, general manager Rob Blake and the Los Angeles Kings didn’t waste any time in adding depth to the lineup. The team signed unrestricted free-agents Joakim Ryan and Martin Frk on July 1.  Both players have shown they can contribute in different ways. They have the ability to add […]

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Is the Capitals’ Defense Cup-Worthy?

September is finally here and, with it, the beginning of training camps for teams across the NHL. The Washington Capitals’ camp starts on Sept. 13 and their first preseason contest is only three days later against the Chicago Blackhawks. For Capitals fans, the arrival of the new season is welcome news and will help them […]

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Predicting the Maple Leafs’ Power Play Units

In the 2017-18 season, Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock went the ‘spread the wealth’ route in regard to his power play units, much to the dismay of many Maple Leafs fans as the deadly Auston Matthews-William Nylander duo resided on the less-utilized second unit behind the likes of Tyler Bozak and James van […]

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State of the Red Wings’ Rebuild

The Detroit Red Wings officially began their rebuild during the 2016-17 season when hopes of a 26th-consecutive playoff appearance were dashed. Then-general manager Ken Holland kicked off the process by selling at the deadline, moving a handful of players for picks and prospects.  Since then, Holland and Steve Yzerman have led the organization through a […]

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Capitals Face Some Preseason Tests

The 2019 preseason starts this week for the Washington Capitals. To make things easier for everyone, we have compiled the important information for the upcoming dates and opponents. Preseason Is Important Too While preseason often gets overlooked by fans foaming at the mouth for regular season, unofficial play often sets precedent for what to expect […]

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Gritty’s Not on Sesame Street, but He’s Part of the Game

No one can say exactly what Philadelphia Flyers’ mascot Gritty is despite many theories and origins explored by our own Jeff Seide. One thing we do know about him is he’s popular amongst the players and fans. It took Flyers fans a while to warm up to Gritty, as many criticized his appearance and his […]

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TIME TO PUT THE SMASHDOWN

Dallas Stars: 4 Potential First-Round Targets

The Dallas Stars have a solid core with Tyler Seguin, Alexander Radulov, Rope Hintz, John Klingberg, and Miro Heiskanen. Even though the team is one of the top 4 seeds in the Western Conference with the new playoff format, their success was mostly due to their excellent defensive play. They allowed the second-fewest goals in […]

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