New Times For The Nashville Predators

#451370058 / Since 1997, Barry Trotz had been the only head coach the city of Nashville ever knew until the end of the 2013-2014 season. He had seen 16 seasons behind the bench of a team that many thought would be an unfit market for the sport. But something had to give. The Predators missed the postseason for the second consecutive season. The last time that happened...
Via Beyond The Benches
July 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Avalanche a team worth moving for

Denver is a pretty nice place to live. Whether a fan of seasons—summer and winter are popular—or mountains or even marijuana, colorful Colorado has plenty to offer both newcomers and natives alike. There used to be a time when this was enough of a selling point to attract big name players to local sports clubs. The days when the dominant Colorado Avalanche could land Paul Kariya...
Via Mile High Sports
July 07, 2014  |  Discuss

As game evolves, Flames' Gaudreau seeking next step

Johnny Gaudreau's home in Carneys Point, N.J., is littered with hardware. The 20-year-old Calgary Flames prospect is looking to add one more to the mantle, an ESPY. But as the award nominations and accolades continue to pile up, so too does the expectation that Gaudreau can take the next step and jump into the NHL. Gaudreau, the reigning Hobey Baker Award winner, is among the...
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Getting ready for Hockey Hall of Fame selection day

The Toronto Star's Kevin McGran penned a fine summary of today's events surrounding the Hockey Hall of Fame's 2014 induction class... When the 2014 Hockey Hall of Fame inductees are announced on Monday afternoon (TSN, 3 p.m.), it could be the first time in history that no Canadian player is on the list. There are some obvious first-time candidates — stars who...
Via Kukla's Korner
June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Teemu Selanne distraction-free heading into Game 7

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Teemu Selanne doesn't want Game 7 to be his last game. So he's not treating it as anything other than that. There will be no ceremonies, video tributes, no extra family or friends in the stands and no Paul Kariya - he said just getting his former teammate here for his final regular season game was a miracle - because this game isn't about winning for...
Via Fox Sports West
May 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Barry Trotz finally got the axe

Life in the NHL won’t be the same without Barry Trotz coaching the Nashville Predators. He has been at the helm since that franchise’s very first game.Against all odds he lasted 15 seasons, generally keeping Predators competitive despite the lack of high-end scorers. Over the years Nashville has landed elite goaltending (Pekka Rinne) and top defensemen (Shea Weber, Ryan Suter...
Via Fox - The Hockey Guy
April 14, 2014  |  Discuss

BC, Northeastern, Vermont Force Decisive Game 3 In Hockey East Quarterfinals

Boston College kept its Hockey East tournament hopes alive on Saturday when it defeated Notre Dame 4-2 at Kelley Rink. It was a strong bounce-back performance from the Eagles after losing 7-2 to the Fighting Irish on Friday. Top-line forward Johnny Gaudreau, who leads Division I men’s hockey in scoring, led BC’s offense with two goals and two assists. Gaudreau’s first goal...
March 15, 2014  |  Discuss

The five most dramatic hockey goals of the last decade

5. Ales Hemsky "Can you, believe, what we, just saw!" (Video Here)In a regular season game against the Edmonton Oilers on January 4, 2007, Stars forward Patrick Stefan made an enourmas blunder that will forever be in the all-time hockey blooper reel. In a desperation move to score a goal, the Oilers pulled their goalie. With 15 seconds left, Stefan stripped Bergeron of...
Via Talk Hockey
December 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Selanne Ends Drought in Edmonton Victory

The Ducks continued their winning ways at home with a 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday.  They are now 13-0-2 at home, the only NHL team unbeaten in regulation, a franchise best for them. Perhaps the most satisfying part of Sunday's victory was seeing Teemu Selanne end his scoring drought.  After 19 long games and nearly two months (since October 20th) with...
Via On the Duck Pond
December 16, 2013  |  Discuss

It's Not the Same NHL

With all of my posts you would think that baseball is the only sport I watch. That's not exactly true. I was raised on the Red Wings, and hockey in general, by my dad. He grew up playing hockey and I remember being 5 years old (my earliest memories) and sitting on the couch next to my dad watching the Red Wings. I love the sport of hockey but I haven't watched the NHL much...
Via Route4Sports
December 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Class action complaint filed against NHL over concussions

Fans, players, and the league probably expected this sooner or later. A la former NFL players, a group of former NHL players are suing the league in a class-action suit regarding concussions. The NFL group had about 4500 players involved. Here? Ten. These 10 guys played between 1970 and 1997, and none of them are what you could consider star caliber players, but all suffered career...
Via Bloguin Best
November 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Class action complaint filed against NHL over concussions

Fans, players, and the league probably expected this sooner or later. A la former NFL players, a group of former NHL players are suing the league in a class-action suit regarding concussions. The NFL group had about 4500 players involved. Here? Ten. These 10 guys played between 1970 and 1997, and none of them are what you could consider star caliber players, but all suffered career...
Via Puck Drunk Love
November 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Video: Nikolai Khabibulin goes down but makes save

Despite getting hurt in an upper-body injury and being in a considerable amount of pain, goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin still managed to make a great save crawling on the ice. What an unbelievable play by the goaltender. Related:Down But Not Out Paul Kariya '03** 
Via Talk Hockey
November 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Remembering Don Baizley

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail, In the summer of 1993, after Paul Kariya was chosen fourth overall in the NHL entry draft, a steady stream of player agents made the trek to his North Vancouver home, hoping to represent the budding hockey superstar. Mr. Kariya was a student at the University of Maine and so technically couldn’t sign a contract until he turned pro...
Via Kukla's Korner
July 10, 2013  |  Discuss

One of Mike Babcock’s mentors received the Order of Canada this past weekend

The Hockey Hall of Fame will announce its 2013 inductees on Tuesday, July 9th, and Red Wings player mentor Chris Chelios and former Devil and Duck Scott Niedermayer are likely to take up 2 of the 4 possible spots on the "roster" (Markus Naslund, Keith Tkachuk, Paul Kariya, Rob Blake and Mathieu Schneider are also up for induction for the first time this year). The Edmonton...
Via Kukla's Korner
July 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Past fourth overall draft picks

On June 30 in Newark, New Jersey, the Nashville Predators will be selecting fourth overall. There are three prospects who could be drafted first overall on the big day. Those players are defenseman Seth Jones and forwards Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin. Then there are your potential top five picks like Aleksander Barkov, whom the Predators are most likely to select, Elias...
Via Fang Faction
May 31, 2013  |  Discuss

California Teams Have Historically Churned Out Talented Southpaws.

Clayton Kershaw, Paul Kariya, Wayne Gretzky, Sandy Koufax. The list certainly goes on, and add Steve Young to that list. I recently won his RC in a contest over at Sports Card Info, and I love that it features him as a Buccaneer. And yes, I am using "churned out" lightly. Prominently featured, if you will.It's a cool addition to my modest collection of rookie cards...
Via Plaschke, Thy Sweater Is Argyle
May 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Epic Lot: 10 For The Price Of 1.

Grabbing lots for great prices is a tremendous feeling. Grabbing a lot of autos for $2 a pop is an even better feeling, especially when one of the cards within said lot would usually command the entire price you paid, if not more.I recently landed a lot of ten Anaheim Ducks' hits for the price of a blaster, and last I checked there's no blaster in the world that will yield...
Via Plaschke, Thy Sweater Is Argyle
April 26, 2013  |  Discuss

I Finally Own A Paul Kariya Auto!

It's taken me a long time, and too long in fact, to lock down an autograph of one of the best players in Ducks' franchise history. Paul Kariya signatures usually go for too much cash as he doesn't seem to have a lot of John Hancocks available. I was patient and eventually landed the below beaut for a bit over half a blaster.It was a sum I was more than happy to shell...
Via Plaschke, Thy Sweater Is Argyle
March 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Vote: Who Would You Name Captain of Your Hockey East All-Time Team?

As arguably the nation’s preeminent college hockey conference, Hockey East has boasted its share of legends throughout its 29-year history. Choosing a single definitive Hockey East all-star team is difficult enough, but what if you had to choose just one player to captain that squad? Undeniably the most high-profile player on this list, Paul Kariya was a dominant force during his...
March 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Todd Bertuzzi dodges a bullet

I don't know if we're gonna find a video of the play, but Todd Bertuzzi took a stick to the eye on a follow-through by Stars forward Jamie Benn. The refs called what is not but should be a double minor for high sticking as follow-throughs are exempt from penalties--though Kris Draper was nearly blinded by Paul Kariya on a similar play. As Wings fans' collective breath...
Via Kukla's Korner
January 29, 2013  |  Discuss

NFL Doesn't Want Concussion Experts on Sidelines, According to NFLPA Executive Director

The grim realities of head injuries have really come into focus over the past couple years. Every so often a player like Eric LeGrand or, more recently, Brandon McCarthy would come along and remind everyone about the serious physical danger many professional athletes face every day. But what about the injuries that don't show up immediately? What about concussions and other head...
September 24, 2012  |  Discuss

The Average Avalanche

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News, Not long ago the Colorado Avalanche were a prime destination for elite NHL players. The franchise was known for augmenting its already strong lineup by trading for stars such as Ray Bourque, Rob Blake and Theo Fleury or signing marquee free agents like Teemu Selanne and Paul Kariya (the original, more accomplished version of Zach Parise and Ryan...
Via Kukla's Korner
July 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets grab D Murray with No. 2 overall pick

The Columbus Blue Jackets took a major step to shore up their porous defense, taking defenseman Ryan Murray with the second pick in the NHL draft on Friday night. The 6-foot, 198-pound Murray spent the last three seasons with the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League. He led Everett defensemen in scoring in each of the last two seasons. He had nine goals and 22 assists...
Via AP on Fox
June 22, 2012  |  Discuss

Fantasy Hockey 301: Drafting Fear In Your Eyes!

Sooooooo......this classic applies to any fantasy hockey GM out there and it is from September of last year. The reality is it could be for any summer, from the start of the offseason until the beginning of training camp. Here goes something!     Yes fear takes many forms, but was Paul Kariya?  No, he went on to answer the bell literally as he scored a goal after...
Via The Hockey Program
June 20, 2012  |  Discuss
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