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Tavares dismisses rumors, wants to stay with Islanders

John Tavares has squashed a season’s worth of narrative about joining the Toronto Maple Leafs when he hits unrestricted free agency at the end of the season. The London, Ontario native has been rumored to join the Leafs at the end of next season, which would be a homecoming of sorts. Tavares wants people to know the hype is unwarranted and he plans to stick with the New York Islanders...
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Is Marchand worth the money he’s reportedly asking for?

After Steven Stamkos decided against taking his talents to the open market, it put a real damper on the offseason. Most hockey fans were hoping that Stamkos would try and leverage other teams to have them all fight for his services. This next offseason we may see a similar arms race for a less impactful player. Reportedly, Brad Marchand has set his asking price for his next contract...
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Shattenkirk for Krejci trade rumor still floating around

Kevin Shattenkirk was supposed to be traded prior to the 2016 NHL Draft. Despite dozens of rumors, a trade never developed. Shattenkirk has remained with the Blues, watching the team deal away Brian Elliott while failing to sign David Backes and Troy Brouwer. Shattenkirk and his agent admitted they were surprised a trade never happened. With the new season rapidly approaching...
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Blues GM: Team may take step back before moving forward

Blues fans have watched several key pieces from the 2015-16 roster find new homes over the summer. Brian Elliott was traded to Calgary. David Backes signed with Boston. Troy Brouwer joined Elliott by signing with Calgary. On paper, the Blues look like a weaker team entering 2016-17 after seeing important veterans exit in favor of a stronger commitment to youth. Will the Blues...
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Beer league goalie has some awesome Nintendo pads

Goalies in hockey are a rare breed and the sport allows – perhaps even encourages – them to show off some of their personality through the designs on their equipment. Many goalie masks around the NHL are art masterpieces and combine a goalie’s background with pop culture. Equipment in beer leagues tends to be more subdued, but this goalie pulled out all the stops in one incredible...
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Luke Schenn happy to play for Coyotes where there’s no “outside pressure”

Defenseman Luke Schenn recently signed a two-year, $2.5 million contract with the Arizona Coyotes. The move looked like a win-win for both sides as the 26-year-old Schenn will be given the opportunity to grow his game in the hopes of landing a larger contract after the 2017-18 season while the Coyotes are hoping they just bought low on a defenseman who could have some untapped...
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Video: Phil Kessel’s grandma drinks from the Stanley Cup

Phil Kessel made headlines when he brought the Stanley Cup to a children’s hospital and now his name is popping up again thanks to his grandma. Check out the video below where Grandma Kessel drinks – or maybe chugs – some champagne out of the Stanley Cup. Granny Kessel sipping (or chugging?) champagne from #stanleycup #pittsburghpenguins #freakingawesome @phil_kessel_81_...
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Report: Islanders looking at locations to build new arena

According to Newsday, the New York Islanders are examining two locations to build a potential new arena for the team to call home. It’s been long reported that the Islanders – along with their fans – aren’t pleased with their current home in Brooklyn at the Barclays Center and they’re exploring possible options which could take the team to a location near Citi Field...
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The NHL fired the arbitrator who handled the Dennis Wideman dispute

As some of you may remember, Dennis Wideman hit a referee this past season and it sparked a million think pieces about whether or not what happened was the right thing. He was initially suspended for 20 games, but after multiple appeals the sentence was reduced to 10 games. It apparently wasn’t to commissioner Gary Bettman’s liking as the arbitrator, James Oldham, has been...
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Retired Brad Richards will be paid by Rangers until 2025-26

Brad Richards may have retired, but he’ll still be getting paid handsomely – and regularly – as he starts a new phase of his career. General Fanager reports Richards will earn more than $5 million next season from the New York Rangers following his 2014 buyout and will be paid a total of $14.55 million for the next 10 years. It’s not a bad way to go out. Retired Brad...
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Monahan willing to take less money to help Flames compete

Sean Monahan is one of the premier young talents in the NHL. The 21-year-old has scored 21-plus goals in his first three seasons, scoring 27 goals and 63 points in 2015-16. Monahan has more than proven he’s a core piece for the Flames and currently he’s a restricted free agent. The Flames forward told TSN he wants to be in Calgary for the rest of his career and would prefer...
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Analyzing the 2016-17 NHL schedule based on tired and rested teams

It’s tradition for hockey fans and analysts to start breaking down the upcoming NHL schedule the moment it’s released. Aside from looking at all of the future matchups, the usual talking points involve road trips and back-to-back games. While these may help identify stretches which may be the most trying for a team, they don’t tell the full story. Micah Blake McCurdy, or ...
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Who won the Zibanejad-Brassard trade?

Save for a random minor hockey trade, the hockey news tends to slow down a fair bit over the summer. Hockey fans rejoiced as Derick Brassard of the New York Rangers and a 2018 seventh-round pick were traded to the Senators for Mika Zibanejad and a 2018 second-round pick. As far as mid-July trades go, this is a pretty exciting one. #NHLTrade Alert: Derick Brassard traded to @Senators...
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Report: Russian hockey players involved in doping scandal

Russia faces a possible ban from the Olympics due to an alleged Government-operated doping scandal and it appears hockey players were also involved in the cover-up. According to Slava Malamud, WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) found between 16 and 17 drug samples from the Russian hockey team that were either tampered with or disappeared. The results are from both the men and women’s...
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Phil Kessel brought the Stanley Cup to a children’s hospital

Confirmed: Phil Kessel is a good dude. The Pittsburgh Penguins star had his day with the Stanley Cup on Monday and decided to bring hockey’s most prestigious trophy to a children’s hospital. Kessel showed up to the SickKids hospital in Toronto to give some youngsters the chance to meet him and take pictures with the Stanley Cup. SickKids shared a couple photos on Facebook of...
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Yzerman makes first offseason misstep with seven-year Alex Killorn deal

The Tampa Bay Lightning announced on Sunday that they avoided arbitration with forward Alex Killorn and signed him to an eight-year deal, worth $31.5 million. Get ready! Killer’s back for seven more years as a Bolt ⚡️ : https://t.co/9UoTZZvkh6 pic.twitter.com/fBOF890h2J — Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) July 17, 2016 The signing was the latest transaction general manager...
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Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook helped recruit Jordin Tootoo to the Blackhawks

Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook used their star power to recruit somebody to the Chicago Blackhawks and the player might surprise you. According to Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times, the two Chicago defensemen lobbied general manager Stan Bowman to sign enforcer Jordin Tootoo. The three players all live in Kelowna, British Columbia, so being a bird in Tootoo’s ear wasn’t...
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Video: P.K. Subban sings Johnny Cash at a Nashville bar

When a personality like P.K. Subban is apart of your league, it is something you have to cherish. He is compelling and bold in a league filled with mostly boring and bland players. When you inject him into a city like Nashville, you are bound to get some pretty good results. .@PKSubban1 arrives in #Smashville, promptly sings Johnny Cash at Tootsie’s. #Preds >> https://t...
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Islanders plan to spend up to the cap maximum

New York Islanders owner Jon Ledecky wants to see the team play competitive hockey and he’s willing to spend some money in order to make it happen. Ledecky, who along with Scott Malkin has the team’s majority ownership, spoke with the New York Daily News about their commitment to make the Islanders great again. Ledecky stated that GM Garth Snow won’t have any financial obstacles...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

The NHL should copy the NBA’s Summer League

Each summer NHL insiders gleefully leave to go to their cottages. The lack of NHL news means that there is no demand for their services. It is a boring time for hardcore hockey fans and leaves a bunch wanting more. Outside of some highlights from development camps, there isn’t much to discuss. Meanwhile the NBA, which just ended its season, has had a bevy of events that have held...
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Video: Devils prospect J.D. Dudek scores an incredible shootout goal

Development camps around the NHL have produced some pretty incredible shootout goals this summer. This one from Josh Wilkins and this one from Alexander Nylander may have raised the bar for what’s possible in the skills competition, but New Jersey Devils prospect J.D. Dudek had his own tricks up his sleeve. Check out this insane shootout goal from Dudek: Dudek hits the back of...
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Jamie Benn’s skills finally recognized with massive contract extension

Jamie Benn recently received a massive eight-year, $76 million contract extension which will pay the forward an average of $9.5 million each season beginning in 2017-18. Benn, who will now be under contract through the 2024-25 season, is receiving a massive raise compared to his previous average salary of $5.25 million a season. Does Benn deserve such a large raise? Did the Stars...
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Blackhawks president calls Andrew Shaw a “wonderful young man” and a “classic overachiever”

The trade which sent Andrew Shaw from Chicago to Montreal caught many by surprise, particularly because it sounded like Shaw and the Blackhawks were closing in on a new contract prior to the trade. It was also surprising because the Blackhawks have made it clear that Shaw was a favorite and recently club president John McDonough commented on just how much Shaw meant to the organization...
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James Reimer’s wife had a great way to announce her pregnancy

We could all argue about which Florida Panthers goalie gives the team the best chance to win going forward this season: Incumbent Roberto Luongo, or newcomer James Reimer. But one thing we thought we couldn’t argue was which goalie had more social media skills. Luongo’s strombone1 Twitter account is generally thought to be one of the best Twitter accounts by an athlete in the...
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David Booth still has nightmares about John Tortorella

David Booth and John Tortorella only spent one season together with the Vancouver Canucks, but the two may have had a more colorful relationship than previously believed. During their time together, the two reportedly had a heated confrontation after Tortorella believed Booth showed up late to practice (Booth disputed this claim) and at one point Torts publicly called Booth a ...
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