The Value of Canadian Teams in the West

This continues our look at Forbes’ The Business of Hockey report in reference to the Western Conference Canadian Teams. Unfortunately, it’s not great news, since all the Canadian teams in the west have trended down as all four teams missed the playoffs last season and sell-out streaks came to an end.. Still, 5 of 7 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

Canadian NHL Teams end Season on a High

It might be the weather but it felt too early to listen to what-went-wrong interviews as players cleaned out their lockers. The 2013-2014 regular season officially ended on Sunday leaving fourteen teams outside the playoff picture and headed either to the World Championships or home for the summer.  For the first time since 1973, only Read more

Oilers Feeling No Pressure

As the clock winds down on the NHL regular season, some teams are inching their way into a playoff position while others are dropping out.  The Edmonton Oilers, on the other hand, have been set free. With just 12 games to go in the regular season the Oilers are finally finding their stride.  They are Read more

Oilers Should Benefit from NHL Trade Deadline

  As the clock ticks down to the NHL Trade Deadline on Wednesday, March 5th, teams are bracing themselves for changes ahead.   The storm of rumours is gaining momentum, despite a quiet return to action after the Olympic break, and according to some it is just a matter of time before the speculation kicks into Read more

Welcome to the Oilers, Ben Scrivens!

New Edmonton Oilers goaltender Ben Scrivens, who arrived in Edmonton amidst some meaningless yet frustrating controversy, has brought new life to a team that has struggled for the majority of the season.  The team that Scrivens cheered for as a boy is ranked 29th overall with 42 points, almost 20 points outside of the playoff Read more

Yakupov’s Sophmore Slump a Coaching Problem

There’s a reason they call it the Sophmore Slump. The Edmonton Oilers’ Nail Yakupov is not the first rookie sensation to struggle in their second season but from all accounts, he’s being treated by the media as if this has never happened before. After a successful freshman campaign where Yakupov scored 17 goals, tied for 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

The Playoff Picture

The shortened NHL season is well past the midway point and now closing in on the finish as the playoffs loom on the horizon. But before the post-season tees up the intensity, there is the trade deadline and that final regular season push for the final playoff spots. In the Eastern Conference, the Pittsburgh Penguins, Read more

Rookie Watch

One of the most exciting aspects of an NHL season is the Calder watch. Of course, the Calder is the trophy awarded to the league’s top rookie, and this year the battle is more intense than ever. With high praise already going to handful of prospects, including forwrds Brendan Gallagher, Alex Galchenyuk, Cory Conacher and Read more

Attention #Habs Fans!

As most of you may know, we have already had a lot of fun with our friends at montrealhockeytalk.com so far this season and we’re now excited to partner with them to bring you further excitement! Visit www.montrealhockeytalk.com to find out more details and be on the lookout for some exciting contests and giveaways coming Read more

NHL Mid-Season Awards

With everyone but the Boston Bruins having played at least 24 of the 48 games in this shortened NHL season, it’s time to take a look at who is leading their respective packs when it comes to the NHL awards. While individual awards are by no means the epitome of hockey, as the Stanley Cup Read more

Thunder Hawks

It’s become such a phenomenon that Lebron James of the Miami Heat, who have been on quite a tear themselves – winning 15 straight – sent his regards over twitter to the Chicago Blackhawks for their surreal unbeaten streak of 24 games, 30 if you count back to the end of the last regular season. Read more

Flames Fans Brace For Change…

The Calgary Flames have been a team in a state of flux over the last few seasons as they have aged and descended down the ranks of the Western Conference. Once a dominant force led by Jarome Iginla and Mikka Kiprusoff, the truth is that the Flames are now trying to tread water, seeking whichever Read more

Crosby Still King

After a couple years of uncertainty, Sidney Crosby has once again reached the peak of the NHL scoring charts. Healthy and perhaps on better shape than ever before, Crosby currently leads the NHL with 34 points in 23 games played. Sitting 2 points ahead of Tampa Bay sniper, Steven Stamkos, the Pittsburgh Penguins’ captain is Read more

A Few Surprises Among NHL’s Top 10 Scorers

Nearing the halfway point of this shortened NHL season, it’s interesting to see the familiar and not so familiar faces that dot the NHL’s scoring leader board. Among the top 10 scorers in the NHL are regulars such as Sidney Crosby and Steven Stamkos (both currently tied for 1st in scoring with 31 points apiece, Read more

Bruins, Blues Dominate Special Teams

It may be only a touch over a quarter of the way into the 48 game NHL season, but special teams are starting to set teams apart. On the power play, the St. Louis Blues have been nothing short of brilliant, scoring 19 goals on 60 power play opportunities for an astounding 31.7%. A full Read more

Ruff End for Sabres Head Coach

Yesterday afternoon, the Buffalo Sabres ended one of the longest standing eras in all of pro sports by dismissing head coach, Lindy Ruff, after 15 years as the Sabres bench boss. Originally drafted by Buffalo in the 1979 NHL draft, Ruff played through the 80’s, eventually finding his way into coaching with the expansion Florida Read more

Quick Start Has Habs on Top

Last season the Montreal Canadiens finished in 15th place in the Eastern Conference, 3rd worst in all of the NHL, including the honour of being the poorest performing team on home ice. But that was last year. This season, the tide has turned as the Habs have embraced a new wave of change from top Read more

One Fasth Duck

One of the most exciting aspects of an NHL season is the Calder watch. Of course, the Calder is the trophy awarded to the league’s top rookie, and this year the battle is more intense than ever. With high praise already going to handful of prospects, including forwrds Nail Yakupov, Vladmir Tarasenko, Alex Galchenyuk, Cory Read more