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Are the Dallas Stars as scary as they look?

Heading into last year, it was pretty clear that the Dallas Stars were a team on the upswing. With an overhaul in the front office, as well as a change behind the bench, in addition to an already impressive farm system, they had the ability to make some noise in the Western Conference, though a playoff appearance seemed unlikely. They did actually crack the postseason eight, however...
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NHL players guess their rating in EA’s NHL 15

A group of the NHL’s brightest stars were asked to guess their rating in EA’s NHL 15. The answers, especially those from Alex Ovechkin, were brilliant.
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For time being, NHL says no to ads on jerseys

Rejoice, NHL fans! Your team’s sweater won’t be carrying an advertisement on it this season. As seen in a report on TSN.ca, the league’s team presidents met and decided to hold off on placing advertisements on uniforms until other major leagues take the initial plunge. The decision is a noteworthy one, as it’s estimated that each team would benefit to the tune of $4 million...
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USHL won’t allow teams on the penalty kill to ice the puck

The United States Hockey League (USHL) recently announced their rule changes for the 2014-15 season and there’s a couple NHL fans should be watching. For starters, the USHL will match the AHL and use 3-on-3 hockey during their overtime periods. It’s believed that the NHL will monitor how the 3-on-3 system works and consider adopting a similar policy in the future. The other rule...
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The Anaheim Ducks came up with an awesome way to hand out season tickets

We’ve seen teams surprise season ticket holders at their home, but how can you spice things up when the season ticket holder is coming down to the arena to pick up their tickets? The Anaheim Ducks had their players man the front desk, the elevator and the phones as they surprised unsuspecting fans.
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More insight on the NHL’s new anti-diving policy

The NHL recently outlined a new anti-diving policy which is designed to punish skaters for embellishing. This new punishment system consists of a warning for the first offense, a $1,000 fine for the second offense, $2,000 for the third offense and so on until the player reaches a cap of $5,000 per dive. The interesting wrinkle here is that the head coach starts being fined as well...
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Here’s what the NHL’s new trapezoid looks like

One of the many rule changes the NHL rolled out for 2014-15 is the expansion of the trapezoid. By adding a couple of feet to both sides of the shape behind the goaltender’s net, the hope is that play will be kept at a higher pace as goalies play the puck out rather than having to wait for their defensemen to retrieve it. The Ottawa Senators recently painted their ice, giving us...
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Semyon Varlamov wears “Crimea is ours” t-shirt

Semyon Varlamov is no stranger to controversies. You may recall a little domestic incident he had last season. Now he’s making waves again because he was sporting a shirt with Vladimir Putin and the words “Crimea is Ours” in Russian. King of Controversy Semyon Varlamov wearing Putin t-shirt that says "Crimea is ours" RT http://t.co/of4ElW4IxV pic.twitter.com/zu8iMZERk5...
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Flyers made a “horrible mistake” by signing Ilya Bryzgalov

Most fans and hockey experts have acknowledged – perhaps repeatedly – that the Ilya Bryzgalov experiment in Philadelphia was a disaster of epic proportions. In situations like these, one which forces a contract to be bought out, the team responsible rarely acknowledges the mistake and often never speaks of the player in question. That hasn’t been the case with the Philadelphia...
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Dallas Stars unveil new mascot

The Dallas Stars have a new alien mascot: Meet the newest member of the #Stars family: Victor E. Green! pic.twitter.com/0YOKfYsnkg — Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) September 13, 2014 The photo doesn’t show off Victor E. Green’s black cowboy boots which we’re having a hard time not laughing at. You can see those below: Enjoy a Victor E. Green coloring card for your kids! Or...
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Report: Sharp drop in interest for Canucks tickets

How are hockey fans in Vancouver responding to the team’s current rebuilding effort? Not positively, according to a report seen on News 1130. In an interview with a major ticket broker from Vancouver Ticket, interest in Canucks tickets has taken a sharp drop. The specific broker cites that drop being as steep as 40%. Here’s the quote from the broker: “Right now there is no...
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Video: Steven Stamkos does the field goal challenge

Watch Steven Stamkos shoot pucks through the uprights. As cool as it is seeing Stamkos split the posts from some serious deep yardage, the star of the show is the fact this video brings back the idea of the glowing puck. Feel free to debate the legitimacy of this video, but it’s still cool seeing Stamkos put a puck through from 91 yards.
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Ovechkin will play both left and right wing

Head coach Barry Trotz is supposed to bring change to the Washington Capitals. That change may be coming sooner than expected as he revealed he plans to have Alex Ovechkin skate on both the left and the right wing as the team prepares to enter training camp. Trotz on Ovechkin's wing placement: "Actually both." Said he's leaning more towards LW entering camp, but...
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Ottawa Senators’ prospect is “ready to be with men on a nightly basis”

Ottawa Senators’ prospect Curtis Lazar could have phrased his statement on gaining muscle a bit better. When asked about his size and competing at the NHL level, Lazar went with this awkward comment: Curtis Lazar on gaining some muscle weight: "I feel like I'm ready to be with men on a nightly basis" #Sens — Paul (@Sens_Army_) September 12, 2014 Oh my. Assuming...
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Minnesota Wild corn maze

It’s that time of the year! The season of hockey and corn mazes is upon us, so why not combine the two concepts? The Twin Cities Maze in Minnesota did just that. (H/T Reddit Hockey)
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Claude Giroux says the NHL’s best franchise player is Claude Giroux

When Craig Custance of ESPN asked a group of NHL players to name the top-3 players they’d start a franchise with, it was easy to predict which names would appear at the top. Sidney Crosby led the way while other stars such as Jonathan Toews, Shea Weber, Tuukka Rask and Steven Stamkos rounding out the top-5. Claude Giroux broke the mold with an interesting answer and picked …...
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HBO decides to shutter NHL 24/7

HBO has announced they will not be producing NHL 24/7 for the upcoming 2015 Winter Classic between the Washington Capitals and the Chicago Blackhawks. The news originally leaked out on Twitter and was later confirmed by HBO through various sources such as Puck Daddy. Here’s what Ray Stallone, a spokesman for HBO, told Puck Daddy: “Everybody at HBO enjoyed working with the NHL...
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Ottawa Senators will test “European style” section for fans

European hockey is well known for their incredibly loud cheering sections and raucous fans. These fans typically stand the entire game and resemble some of the wildest groups you may have seen on a broadcast of European Soccer. This unique experience hasn’t transitioned over to the NHL, but the Ottawa Senators are trying to change that. For 10 games, the Senators will dedicate...
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Photo: Coyotes unveil new Gila River Arena logo

The Arizona Coyotes (we’re still getting used to typing that) have unveiled the new logo and name for their arena. Their rink in Glendale is officially Gila River Arena.
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Mark Messier takes on advisory role with the Oilers

Mark Messier has confirmed the reports stating he has taken on a new role with the Edmonton Oilers. Messier now serves as an “advisor or consultant” to the Oilers, according to a recent interview seen on the Oilers’ website. Here’s what Messier had to say about his new role: “I am available for anything that they need me to do or talk about. For example, just coming in...
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Saku Koivu announces his retirement

At 39, Saku Koivu has decided to hang up his skates. After spending 18 seasons in the NHL, Koivu ultimately decided that it was in his best interest to call it a career rather than attempting to play in a 19th. Though some expected him to skate in one more season, Koivu now leaves the game after appearing in 1,124 games and scoring 255 goals and 577 assists. Why did Koivu call it...
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The Twitter account for the Blue Jackets apparently had a seizure or something

We’re big fans of the Columbus Blue Jackets’ Twitter account. The content posted there is usually fun, informative and typically pretty clever. Then this post happened: we're so fancy we already know our fenwick's climbing but we've got a ways to go follow us plz — NHL Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) September 10, 2014 You can’t win ‘em all. You’re better...
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P.K. Subban wants an NHL team in Houston because of Beyonce

Here’s a pretty random statement from P.K. Subban which might leave you questioning the defenseman. In regards to the topic of NHL expansion, Subban overlooked the obvious contenders such as Las Vegas and Seattle, Subban mentioned a team in Houston. …Houston? Why? The rationale for a team in Houston is awesome. .@PKSubban1 wants Houston in the NHL expansion conversation: "...
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The Blue Jackets are enjoying a season ticket sales boom

Things are moving in the right direction in Columbus. Following up a 2013-14 season which saw the team become a formidable opponent in the East, the Blue Jackets are enjoying a nice season ticket boom heading into 2014-15. According to the Columbus Dispatch, the Blue Jackets have sold over 10,000 season tickets for the first time since 2009-10. This is a pretty remarkable accomplishment...
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Sidney Crosby would build a team around Jamie Benn

If you were starting a brand new NHL team and you could pick any player to start your squad with, who would you select? Most would say Sidney Crosby, but who would Crosby select if he was given the option? More love for Jamie Benn, this time from Sidney Crosby. Says Benn would be the guy (non-teammate) he'd build a franchise around. — Craig Custance (@CraigCustance) September...
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