Leafs Claim Their Prize

The Toronto Maple Leafs are expected to announce today that they’ve won the NHL coaching jackpot. Former Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock, widely considered to be one of the best coaches in the game today, has decided to join the Toronto Maple Leafs rebuilding effort.   Fans of many NHL teams, including the Montreal Read more

The Ottawa Senators Big Day

There was big news out of Ottawa on Thursday when Senators owner Eugene Melnyk and General Manager Bryan Murray held a press conference to announce Erik Karlsson as the team’s new captain and the long-awaited contract extension for Bobby Ryan. Placing the “C” on Karlsson’s jersey came as a pleasant surprise after months of speculation Read more

Oilers Lose Hold on Vladimir Tkachev

The Edmonton Oilers had hopes of padding their future roster by signing 18 year old training camp sensation Vladimir Tkachev.   Those hopes, however, came to an end on Wednesday after the NHL deemed the contract ineligible. On Tuesday, the Oilers believed they had locked up the speedy, young sniper that had slipped under the NHL’s radar.  Tkachev went undrafted  in Read more

2014-2015: Must See Oilers Games

Yes, the Edmonton Oilers have struggled in recent seasons.  Still, fans continue to pack Rexall Place to see their beloved and storied team, because of the wealth of young talent and because there’s nothing better than the sport of hockey. While the Oil may not be a Stanley Cup contender, or even make the playoffs, in Read more

Breaking Down the Colorado Avalanche Schedule

The Colorado Avalanche had a respectable off-season. They cut loose the players that weren’t working out in Shane O’Brien, David Jones and Greg Zanon; sought out some vet presence in Alex Tanguy; and brought in rugged defenseman Cory Sarich to help with their struggling defense. These moves arguably bolstered, though hardly salvaged, a young lineup Read more

Breaking Down the Philadelphia Flyers Schedule

After consistent and significant playoff appearances since 2007, the Philadelphia Flyers finished 10th in the Eastern Conference in the lockout shortened season.  Management wasted no time bolstering their lineup this offseason and less than a week after the Tampa Bay Lightning bought out Vincent Lecavalier’s contract, the Flyers scooped up the coveted center and signed Read more

Breaking Down the New York Islanders Schedule

The New York Islanders were one of the biggest surprises in 2013 as they forced the Powerhouse Penguins to six games in their first post-season appearance since 2007. With the NHL realignment, there’s a little more competition in the former Atlantic Division with the additions of the Washington Capitals, Carolina Hurricanes and Columbus Blue Jackets Read more

Breaking Down the New York Rangers Schedule

The Rangers did something different this off-season. Instead of going after the biggest name on the free agent market, they decided to trust in their roster and build on the two previous seasons with a new coach. The NHL realignment hasn’t changed the Rangers’ schedule all that much compared to previous years, though the team Read more

So Long Mr. Kovalchuk

 It’s a sad day when the NHL loses one of its premier talents. At just 30 years of age, Ilya Kovalchuk has announced his retirement from the NHL to return to his homeland. It is shocking news for those of us who viewed the gifted Russian as one of the NHL’s best. He was a Read more

We meant it when we signed you

  We weren’t wrong. Only a few years ago, those of us who knew the career expectancy of an NHL player or understood the salary cap criticized GMs around the league for signing players to ridiculously long contracts; and we weren’t wrong. Those contracts were ridiculous, as evidenced by the countless compliance buyouts we’ve witnessed Read more

The NHL 2013 Draft

 Two things became apparent during the 2013 NHL Draft.  1. I’m old. I remember hating Tie Domi (whose son Max was the highest ‘next generation’ draftee at no. 27) because he was so infuriating. I remember watching Warren Rychel play, the Andrew Cassels trade to the Whalers, the ever-disgruntled Mike Comrie and the infamous Bertuzzi Read more

The NHL 2013 Draft

 Two things became apparent during the 2013 NHL Draft.  1. I’m old. I remember hating Tie Domi (whose son Max was the highest ‘next generation’ draftee at no. 27) because he was so infuriating. I remember watching Warren Rychel play, the Andrew Cassels trade to the Whalers, the ever-disgruntled Mike Comrie and the infamous Bertuzzi Read more

NHL Playoffs: Sens Back in the Series

  There is no shortage of surprises after the first week of the NHL Playoffs Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. Here’s a look at where we stand.   After a 2-1 double overtime victory on Sunday night, the Ottawa Senators are now down by one game in their Eastern Conference semi final series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Read more

Winners and Losers

With the Pittsburgh Penguins adding veteran skill and leadership in captains Brenden Morrow of the Dallas Stars and Jarome Iginla of the Calgary Flames only days before the gruesome, season-ending injury to captain Sidney Crosby, the Penguins have my vote for the runaway winners of the trade deadline sweepstakes. Tampa Bay did alright as well, Read more

Only 47 Days Until Trade Deadline…

With a quarter of the NHL season pretty much complete, attention turns to the second quarter and, of course, the fast approaching trade deadline. Set for April 3rd of this year, things are only beginning to heat up. Never before has the league had a trade deadline expire in April. And never before have fans Read more

Will the Offense Run Wild?

Over the last summer, many changes were made as players switched jerseys in a fervent effort to make sure they had a team to call their own before the lockout put an end to the musical chairs that Free Agency has become. The good news is that, thanks to the end of the lockout, we’ll Read more

Hockey Tickets 101

It’s the final day of January so you know what that means, right? Exactly. Meaningful hockey kicks off tonight! With 13 games on the NHL schedule tonight, so begins the true race for the playoffs. And with 6 teams all within reach of the 8th and final playoff spot in each Conference, that means that Read more

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