What if … the Capitals didn’t hire Dale Hunter and Adam Oates? (NHL Alternate History)

(Ed. Note: It’s the NHL Alternate History project! We’ve asked fans and bloggers from 31 teams to pick one turning point in their franchise’s history and ask ‘what if things had gone differently?’ Trades, hirings, firings, wins, losses, injuries … all of it. How would one different outcome change the course of history for an NHL team? Today: Read more

Stanley Cup odds, Sidney Crosby and David Pastrnak (Puck Daddy Countdown)

  (In which Ryan Lambert takes a look at some of the biggest issues and stories in the NHL, and counts them down.) 8 – Jeremy Roenick Nice to occasionally be reminded that nothing will ever be less surprising than Jeremy Roenick, who has as many Cups as I do, being a MAGA CHUD. You Read more

What We Learned: The Will Butcher sweepstakes begins

(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.) Tomorrow is the day. It’s another Aug. 15, and a former high-end NCAA player Read more

Is Kansas City a viable NHL expansion location?

The NHL is going to add a team to the Western Conference at some point. (Let’s leave Quebec City out of this discussion, despite being the only other city to bid in the last round of NHL expansion, falling short while Las Vegas got a franchise. First, because one assumes they’d be in the East, Read more

Sweeney insists Bruins aren’t trading David Pastrnak

Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney says he will not trade star forward David Pastrnak. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) Twenty one years old and brimming with enormous talent, David Pastrnak checks off all the important boxes as a historically certifiable trade chip for the Boston Bruins. But unlike Phil Kessel and Tyler Seguin (among others), Boston’s breakout star from Read more

What if … Avalanche never matched Joe Sakic offer sheet? (NHL Alternate History)

   (Ed. Note: It’s the NHL Alternate History project! We’ve asked fans and bloggers from 31 teams to pick one turning point in their franchise’s history and ask ‘what if things had gone differently?’ Trades, hirings, firings, wins, losses, injuries … all of it. How would one different outcome change the course of history for an NHL Read more

Steve Simmons thinks Phil Kessel is petty for Stanley Cup hot dog photo

Pittsburgh Penguins star Phil Kessel performed a championship troll job during his day with the Stanley Cup this week, posing for a photo with the Cup filled with hot dogs. This was an overt reference to the infamous column penned by Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun on the day Kessel was traded by the Read more

Jeremy Roenick slams Marshawn Lynch for anthem protest

It was an ill-considered morning on Twitter for NHL on NBC analyst Jeremy Roenick. Evidently aggravated by news that another NFL player exercised his right to protest on the same weekend white supremacists and similarly vile human beings marched in Charlottesville, Va., Roenick took to social media to share just what values he prefers in a Read more

Phil Kessel eats hot dogs out of the Stanley Cup like a boss

Phil Kessel’s love of hot dogs is well-documented – even if it isn’t accurate – and the Pittsburgh Penguins winger is in on the joke. If you played word association with a hockey fan and offered up “Phil Kessel,” there would be a number of reasonable answers. Speedy would be a good one. Sniper. Penguins. Read more

What if … the Flyers hadn’t lost Chris Pronger? (NHL Alternate History)

(Ed. Note: It’s the NHL Alternate History project! We’ve asked fans and bloggers from 31 teams to pick one turning point in their franchise’s history and ask ‘what if things had gone differently?’ Trades, hirings, firings, wins, losses, injuries … all of it. How would one different outcome change the course of history for an NHL team? Today: Kelly Read more

What if … the Hurricanes had signed Sergei Fedorov? (NHL Alternate History)

(Ed. Note: It’s the NHL Alternate History project! We’ve asked fans and bloggers from 31 teams to pick one turning point in their franchise’s history and ask ‘what if things had gone differently?’ Trades, hirings, firings, wins, losses, injuries … all of it. How would one different outcome change the course of history for an NHL team? Today: Derek Read more

What If… the Canucks won the first NHL Draft Lottery? (NHL Alternate History)

(Ed. Note: It’s the NHL Alternate History project! We’ve asked fans and bloggers from 31 teams to pick one turning point in their franchise’s history and ask ‘what if things had gone differently?’ Trades, hirings, firings, wins, losses, injuries … all of it. How would one different outcome change the course of history for an NHL team? Today: Kent Read more

Red Wings, NHL vow to end logo use by white supremacists

The violent white supremacist gathering in Charlottesville, Va., this weekend has featured Nazis, wannabe Nazis, Klansmen, militia members, Polynesian cultural appropriators and, in one case, the Detroit Red Wings logo being used by white nationalists on homemade shields and flags. We explained the possible connections between the Red Wings logo and hate groups in an Read more

Remembering Bryan Murray, legendary NHL coach and GM

Bryan Murray was a hockey lifer, and hockey was better for this man having dedicated his life to it. He coached five teams from 1981-2007, amassing 620 wins in 1,239 games, winning the Jack Adams Award with the Washington Capitals in 1984. He was the coach and general manager for the Detroit Red Wings, Florida Read more

Red Wings logo used by white supremacists in Charlottesville

In Charlottesville, Virginia, on Friday night, a collection of white supremacists and nationalists and Nazi cos-players and frightened man-babies marched on McIntire Park, taking issue with the city’s decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a municipal park. Many of them carried tiki torches, an item that was popularized in Read more

P.K. Subban and this million Twitter followers nonsense

Look, we all love P.K. Subban. There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing his star go supernova since being traded to an American franchise and signing with WME. He’s at the ESPY Awards. He’s playing musical chairs at the Nick Kids’ Choice Sports 2017 Awards. It’s great! This week, he cracked one million followers on Twitter, Read more

What if … the Red Wings didn’t let Marian Hossa walk? (NHL Alternate History)

(Ed. Note: It’s the NHL Alternate History project! We’ve asked fans and bloggers from 31 teams to pick one turning point in their franchise’s history and ask ‘what if things had gone differently?’ Trades, hirings, firings, wins, losses, injuries … all of it. How would one different outcome change the course of history for an NHL team? Today: Read more

Why Calgary Flames window could slam shut (Trending Topics)

  Taken on its face, the high end of the Calgary Flames roster is probably among the best in the Western Conference. You have Johnny Gaudreau, Mark Giordano, Dougie Hamilton, TJ Brodie, the entire 3M line, Sean Monahan. The good news is that basically all those guys, with the exception of Giordano (very old) and Read more

Chicago hockey player uses stick for White Sox ‘first pitch’ (Video)

  The Chicago Steel of the USHL are your 2017 Clark Cup champions, and you know what that means: Massive celebrations and huge parades and a worldwide tour of the trophy. Or, failing that, attending a Chicago White Sox game. It was “Chicago Steel Night” on Wednesday at Guaranteed Rate Field, where members of the Read more

You Can Play: NHL, Stars send ‘clear and compassionate’ message with stance on ‘bathroom bill’

The NHL suggests it will “reassess” if the “bathroom bill” is enacted in the Texas senate. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes) On Wednesday, the Dallas Stars took a formal stance against the “bathroom bill,” the anti-transgender legislation proposed in the Republican-controlled Texas Senate aiming to establish restrictions on bathroom usage based solely on “biological sex.” Other Read more