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Gretzky: Connor McDavid could be the next Gretzky

Connor McDavid is expected to be the next great young skater in the NHL. The bar has been set extremely high as McDavid has received some high praise and big comparisons. Inevitably, any young star with huge upside is compared to Wayne Gretzky. So, what does Gretzky think of McDavid? He thinks McDavid could be the next Crosby, Lemieux or even the next Gretzky. Gretzky’s comments...
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Video: Refs mic’d up for Andrew Shaw’s headbutt “goal”

Andrew Shaw’s headbutt “goal” was pretty amazing, but it didn’t count because he didn’t make a legal play to put the puck in the net. So, what were the officials saying down on the ice while reviewing the remarkable play? Aside from deciding it didn’t count, they were pretty impressed too. The refs admit that Shaw’s play was awesome. Fans agree. Even Ducks fans who...
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Video: Kevin Hayes obliterated by Steven Stamkos

Steven Stamkos receives plenty of attention over his offensive skills, but the guy can certainly throw his body around when he desires. Kevin Hayes learned that pretty quickly after getting leveled by Stamkos as he searched for the puck in his skates. (Reddit Hockey) The post Video: Kevin Hayes obliterated by Steven Stamkos appeared first on Puck Drunk Love.
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Nick Foligno named new Blue Jackets captain

What an exciting day in Columbus, Ohio. What? What’s that you say? You’re more concerned about the news north of the border? It is an exciting day in the buckeye state as Nick Foligno has been named the sixth captain of the Columbus Blue Jackets. First reported by Columbus Dispatch reporter Aaron Portzline yesterday, it all became official today at 11 am eastern time, while the...
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Sabres had press conference planned for Babcock, ‘livid’ on how things were handled

With Mike Babcock headed to Toronto to become the head coach, the Buffalo Sabres are quite ticked off about how things were handled over the last few days. The Sabres seemingly had Babcock locked down, but he changed his mind at the last minute and went with the cities closest neighbor. Apparently they were so sure they were going to land him, they had a press conference planned...
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Report: Mike Babcock leaving Red Wings to coach Maple Leafs

After reports yesterday strongly suggested he would become the next coach of the Buffalo Sabres, Mike Babcock did a heel turn and is now set to become the next coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs per TSN’s Darren Dreger.  Sources say Mike Babcock has been hired by the Maple Leafs. Mammoth 8 yr contract believed to be around $50 million. — Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) May...
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The Washington Capitals should acquire Phil Kessel

The Washington Capitals are looking to pair Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom with a top talent winger according to general manager Brian MacLellan, as Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports. MacLellan said a 1RW is "on the shopping list" and "is a priority…you'd like to have more stability there." — Alex Prewitt (@alex_prewitt) May 18, 2015 While Ovechkin played with...
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WATCH: Stoner commits dirty plays against 'Hawks

Clayton Stoner was lucky to receive just a two-minute penalty for this hit from behind on Marcus Kruger. Stoner cross-checked Kruger, sending him into the boards head-first. Kruger has no time to react or to protect himself, resulting in a nasty collision. Immediately following the hit, Stoner caught Andrew Shaw with a punch, but he escaped discipline on this infraction. The...
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Camera operator watches Rangers-Lightning during Mets game

Game 2 between the New York Rangers and the Tampa Bay Lightning stole a lot of attention away from the New York Mets’ regular season game against the St. Louis Cardinals. That includes at least one camera operator who was in charge of taking in the action between the Mets and Cards, but couldn’t help watch the Rangers. Via Reddit:   This practice actually isn’t too uncommon...
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Report: Babcock in negotiations to become Sabres coach

The Associated Press is reporting Mike Babcock, the NHL’s biggest coaching free agent ever, is in contract talks with the Buffalo Sabres to become their next head coach. The person said negotiations were taking place by phone between Babcock and Sabres general manager Tim Murray on Tuesday afternoon. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the talks are private...
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NHL 16 promises new features including playoff beards

NHL 15 was a pretty disastrous endeavour for EA Sports. It was the long-running title’s first release on eighth generation platforms, and it was missing modes, including the removal of the popular EASHL and GM Connected, and lacked basic features. Here’s the list of everything that was missing from the game from Operation Sports. The release was met with critical disapproval...
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Russia will be punished for skipping Canada’s anthem after championship game

Canada blasted Russia in the final game of the 2015 World Hockey Championship, winning by a 6-1 score. Most of the Russian squad immediately left the ice at the final horn, skipping the traditional playing of the winner’s national anthem. According to Reuters, Russia will be punished for going against the etiquette of the sport. Via Reuters: “Once we arrive back home after the...
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Todd McLellan set to become next head coach of the Oilers

According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Todd McLellan will be the next head coach for the Edmonton Oilers. Todd McLellan will be the next coach of the Oilers, however, the deal is not done. Still a few details being worked out. — Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) May 18, 2015   Further to @DarrenDreger report, expect Jay Woodcraft to be also named to the Edmonton Oilers staff...
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Wall Street Journal analyzes the remaining playoff beards

Playoff beards are awesome. Some are better than others, but it’s always fun to see hockey teams let the facial hair go as the Cup draws near. Which team has the most beards? Which team has the best beards? The sports division of the Wall Street Journal found out the answers to these pressing questions. Forget about the hockey, which @NHL team is winning the 2015 beard contest...
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Dominik Hasek urges the NHL to embrace the Olympics

Will NHL players compete during the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea? That’s a decision the NHL hasn’t made quite yet, but the league’s upcoming World Cup of Hockey in 2016 may signal an end to players making the journey to compete for their country. Fans appear to be fairly split on the topic, but former NHL goaltender Dominik Hasek believes the league should embrace the...
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Video: Frederik Andersen robs Patrick Kane with his paddle

Patrick Kane’s incredible patience should have resulted in a goal for the Chicago Blackhawks, but Frederik Andersen had other plans. As Kane waited and skated around Andersen, the Anaheim netminder desperately dove and managed to get his paddle on the puck to prevent a goal. (H/T Reddit Hockey) The post Video: Frederik Andersen robs Patrick Kane with his paddle appeared first...
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Jaromir Jagr once again retires from international competition

Jaromir Jagr is hanging up his skates from international competition. While Jagr’s career in the NHL is still rolling along, he has announced that he’s done competing with the Czech Republic following his side’s 3-0 loss to the United States during the bronze medal game at the World Hockey Championship. Jaromir Jagr just confirmed that this was his last game for the Czech...
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WATCH: Ryan McDonagh blocked shot with his bum

Hockey players sacrifice their bodies on a regular basis. Sometimes that means blocking shots in an uncomfortable area as Ryan McDonagh found out in Game 1 in the New York Rangers’ series against the Tampa Bay Lightning.  Watch as McDonagh throws his butt in the way of a shot. (Via Reddit Hockey) The post Video: Ryan McDonagh blocks a shot with his butt appeared first...
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Video: Refs mic’d up during the second round

There’s a whole other world of hockey taking place each night down on the ice. It’s only when players or officials are mic’d up that fans can experience what’s really happening over the course of the game. The NHL mic’d up several refs during the second round and there were some fascinating soundbites. The post Video: Refs mic’d up during the second round appeared first...
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Former NHLer Malcolm Davis says concussions derailed life, blames NHL’s lack of protocol

Former NHLer Malcom Davis wrote a poignant editorial published at The National Post, where he claims the league didn’t care about his concussion problems. Davis played 100 games with the Detroit Red Wings and Buffalo Sabres spread over six seasons between 1978-1986. He also spent most of his career on different minor league teams. He says concussions weren’t seen as serious...
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Red Wings rename trophy to honor late CapGeek founder

CapGeek was an amazing website and the hockey community lost a valuable asset with the passing of its founder Matthew Wuest. Countless tributes were posted online honoring Wuest and recognizing just how important his contributions were to the sport of hockey. The Detroit Red Wings have joined in that effort, renaming their trophy for the NHL Prospect Tournament to the Matthew...
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Blue Jackets will name new captain next week

The Columbus Blue Jackets have decided who will be their next captain and they plan to announce the decision next week on Wednesday, May 20th. The team sent the announcement via email to season ticket holders and it was later confirmed by the media. Puck-rakers: #CBJ will announce a captain next week http://t.co/TQnEpGia3Z — Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) May 15, 2015 The Blue...
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Unidentified NHL owner: Coyotes will move to Vegas

We’ve talked about Las Vegas receiving an NHL franchise for quite some time now. For the most part, the belief has been that the NHL will award an expansion franchise to the city. Most of the rumors about relocating an existing team to Vegas have failed to gain any traction, but that hasn’t stopped one unidentified NHL owner from offering their opinion on the Arizona Coyotes...
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Emma Nichols: The best 11-year-old goalie you’ve ever seen

While you may think England is an unlikely place to produce great hockey goalies, Emma Nichols may be changing that mindset. The 11-year-old goaltender put on an absolute show at the 2015 EIHA Inter Conference Tournament held in Sheffield, backing her team to a 3-0 shutout, making 35 saves in the performance. Check out the video. Skip to the 54 second mark if you want to see an...
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Is Matt Beleskey the next David Clarkson?

As the postseason continues to chug along, the other teams in the league have turned their eyes elsewhere to a place where hopes and dreams seem just as grand as the Stanley Cup. I am of course talking about the NHL offseason. A player who is improving his stock much more than anyone else with each game played is Anaheim Ducks winger Matt Beleskey. While having a strong regular season...
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