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Will next Washington Capitals leader be a Great One?

Wayne Gretzky did a terrible job managing and coaching the Phoenix Coyotes. That franchise made the playoffs once in his nine years in the Valley of the Sun. But he is still Wayne Gretzky, so the New York Post reported that Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis is intrigued by the possibility of bringing him aboard as team president.  This is the hot fad among NHL owners. Trevor...
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May 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Philadelphia Flyers ponder front office shakeup

The Philadelphia Flyers started their season 1-7. Coach Peter Laviolette lasted only three games before getting canned.   The Flyers battled back to reach the playoffs, but their first-round loss still miffed chairman Ed Snider. Given his heavy investment in talent (and expensive buyouts), Snider believes his team should always contend for the Stanley Cup.   So general manager...
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May 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Front office shakeup possible for Philadelphia Flyers

The Philadelphia Flyers started their season 1-7. Coach Peter Laviolette lasted only three games before getting canned. The Flyers battled back to reach the playoffs, but their first-round loss still miffed chairman Ed Snider. Given his heavy investment in talent (and expensive buyouts), Snider believes his team should always contend for the Stanley Cup. So general manager Paul Holmgren...
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May 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Boston Bruins finish atop NHL power rankings

The Boston Bruins won their second Presidents Trophy for earning the most regular season points. That earned them a nice team photo opportunity, but winning another Stanley Cup is all these guys really care about. That goal is reasonable. They roll four very good lines. Veterans Patrice Bergeron and Jarome Iginla got better as the season went on. Their power play ranked third in...
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April 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Ranking the NHL playoff goaltenders

Goaltending is everything in the NHL playoffs. A brilliant netminder is the competitive equivalent of five shutdown starting pitchers in baseball. A hot performer at this position can become the great equalizer. He can steal games, turn series and carry a lesser team to the Stanley Cup.  "When you get the goaltending, it rubs off on the rest of your game, whether it's your...
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April 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Blackhawks get healthy for the playoffs

Top Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews felt good Monday while practicing in Chicago. So did his running mate Patrick Kane.So the Blackhawks should be back to full strength for Game 1 of their playoff series with the St. Louis Blues, who will only get some of their key players back by Thursday.“I don't think you ever want to miss any games, but if you do on the one side you can...
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April 14, 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...
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April 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Martin St. Louis is killing the New York Rangers

Martin St. Louis finally scored a goal for the New York Rangers. It sealed a 3-1 victory at Vancouver and offered a glimmer of hope for the playoffs ahead.“It’s always nice to score goals, especially in a winning way,” St. Louis told reporters. “I guess the first one is the toughest one to get.”Apparently so, because St. Louis produced just one goal and three assists...
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April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike Ribeiro has been worthless

Say, whatever became of Mike Ribeiro?The veteran NHL center was supposed to provide offensive support for the Phoenix Coyotes. He had excelled in his previous time with coach Dave Tippett with the Dallas Stars.He did pretty solid work for the Washington Capitals behind tip center Nicklas Backstrom. The Coyotes invested $22 million over four years into his playmaking ability, believing...
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April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Blackhawks offense takes big injury hits

The Chicago Blackhawks have been playing without top winger Patrick Kane. He went down March 19 against the St. Louis Blues and is working to get back for postseason play.Also, top center Jonathan Toews suffered an upper-body injury in Sunday’s game against at Pittsburgh. He took a big hit from Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik and left the ice holding his arm.Blackhawks...
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April 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota not Wild about Dany Heatley

Yesteryear goal scorer Dany Heatley is useless these days.Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo finally conceded that point by benching him as a healthy scratch for a critical stretch run game. “We’re not done with him,” Yeo told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “We’re going to need him again.”OK, so Heatley is virtually useless. He does have 12 goals and 15 assists this season...
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March 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Matt Duchene's knee injury could cripple Colorado Avalanche

Colorado Avalanche fans are nervously awaiting word on Matt Duchene’s knee injury.This is team is built on offense. Duchene is the team’s top center. He has scored 23 goals and added 47 assists this season.He went down on the first shift of a 3-2 victory over San Jose after colliding with teammate Jamie McGinn. Duchene was able to put some weight on the leg, but he made no attempt...
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March 30, 2014  |  Discuss

St. Louis Blues make good impression in Pittsburgh

The Blues delivered a lock-down performance in Pittsburgh, keeping bodies on the powerful Penguins throughout Sunday’s 1-0 victory.Earlier the season the Blues beat them 2-1 at Scottrade Center. So, yes, they have the full attention of the Penguins.“We didn't alter from what we were trying to do,” Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. ...
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March 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Phoenix Coyotes lose Mike Smith, hope

When New York Rangers forward Derick Brassard fell on top of goaltender Mike Smith, the Phoenix Coyotes saw their dreams of a deep playoff run going tumbling down. Smith suffered a right knee injury. He was unable to put weight on the leg as he was helped off the ice. After Smith went down. the Rangers rallied for a 4-3 overtime victory. Now the Coyotes must march on with Thomas...
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March 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Carolina Hurricanes ready to hit reset button

This disappointing 31-31-9 season will trigger a long-overdue overhaul in Carolina. Various media reports suggest general manager Jim Rutherford will yield daily control of the hockey operation this season. He would move upstairs into a general oversight position. “I think we want to get to the postseason and take a look at what direction we’re going,” Rutherford, 65, told...
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March 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Marian Gaborik settling in with Los Angeles Kings

Pending free agent Marian Gaborik is taking a test drive with the Los Angeles Kings during this stretch run. The team is doing the same with him.If all goes well, Gaborik could be a good fit for the offensively challenged Kings.“It still takes some time to get used to the system, but this team was established as a winning team over the last couple of years and they won a Cup,...
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March 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Edmonton Oilers finally wake up

Too bad the Edmonton Oilers waited so long to play to their ability.With the help of improved goaltending by newcomer Ben Scrivens, the Men of Oil went on a 10-4-3. At least they can carry that success forward.“Absolutely, we started 4-15-2 to start the season and you look at right now, we’re a .500 team,” winger Jordan Eberle told the Edmonton Sun. “If things were different...
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March 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Vladimir Tarasenko huge loss for St. Louis Blues

The St. Louis Blues have terrific depth and lots of interchangeable parts. The team also has a few special components.Vladimir Tarasenko was one of those components. He possesses the elusive “it” quality as a scorer. Week by week, he was gaining more confidence in his ability to exploit that ability at this level.As the Blues got even better at transitioning from defense to offense...
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March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Rostislav Klesla wins "Most Unhappy Player" prize

The activity (or lack thereof) at the trade deadline left a lot of players miffed.But none were unhappier than defenseman Rostislav Klesla. He refused to report to the Buffalo Sabres, opting to go home instead of reporting to the team that acquired him at the trade deadline.This action likely ended his NHL career.“With all due respect to the Sabres organization, I decided this...
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March 09, 2014  |  Discuss

NHL's trade deadline winners and losers

The worst team in the National Hockey League did the best work before the trade deadline.The Buffalo Sabres already had lots of prospects and draft picks to rebuild with. And by trading away goaltender Ryan Miller, a third-round pick and forwards Thomas Vanek (earlier this season), Steve Ott, Matt Moulson and Cody McCormick, here is the franchise’s net gain:Forwards Chris Stewart...
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March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

NHL stages goaltender swap meet before deadline

See what the St. Louis Blues started?By make the blockbuster Ryan Miller deal early, Blues general manager Doug Armstrong sent the trade dominoes tumbling for goaltenders.Several netminders changed teams before this NHL trade deadline.The Vancouver Canucks made the big move, off-loading Robert Luongo and his onerous contract on the Florida Panthers. Luongo welcomed his return to...
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March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Blackhawks give up on Brandon Pirri

The Chicago Blackhawks lack depth at center. The organization isn’t blessed with many front-line prospects on the cusp of playing in the NHL.So general manager Stan Bowman’s decision to send center Brandon Pirri to the Panthers for a 2014 third-round draft pick, and a 2016 fifth-round draft pick was a bit surprising.Pirri led the American Hockey League in scoring last season...
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March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Vancouver Canucks bury Roberto Luongo

Roberto Luongo was good enough to go to the Olympics as a back-up goaltender. But apparently he isn’t good enough to play for the Vancouver Canucks – not with Eddie Lack in the house.Canucks coach John Tortorella kept Luongo on the bench as his team took three of six points during a three-game home stand coming out of the Olympic break.Luongo makes $6,714,000 this season. He...
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March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Chaos reigns in Buffalo as Sabres continue rebuilding

The Buffalo Sabres front office is in a state of disarray after president of hockey operations Pat LaFontaine abruptly exited to return to the NHL's home office.For for Sabres general manager Tim Murray is continuing down his rebuilding path by offering numerous players around the league.What’s going on in Buffalo? Is owner Terry Pegula meddling with this crucial rebuilding...
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March 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Blues go "all in" with Ryan Miller trade

As your would expect, Blues general manager Doug Armstrong earned rave reviews for making the long-awaited Ryan Miller trade.This team wants to win a Stanley Cup and goaltending is everything come playoff time. Jaroslav Halak has had great stretches in his NHL career, but his habit of allowing bad goals and suffering untimely injuries finally did him in as a Blue.Brian Elliott got...
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March 01, 2014  |  Discuss
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