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Justin Williams loves the LA Kings, but open to playing elsewhere

Justin Williams will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1st and to date his future looks pretty cloudy. Williams, 33, may be at a crossroads in his career as the LA Kings look to squeeze in numerous players despite minimal room under the salary cap. What does Williams want to do at this stage of his career? He loves the LA Kings, but he’s open to playing for a winner. Via...
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Video: New Stanley Cup commercial asks “What’s in a name?”

The NHL has released a new ad for the Stanley Cup playoffs and it asks a very simple question: What’s in a name? Liev Schreiber lends his voice to this ad which discusses names and ponders which ones will be added to the best trophy in all of sports. The NHL has set the bar pretty high for themselves when it comes to ads. By most standards, this is a strong ad which highlights...
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Good news for the effort to bring an NHL team to Vegas

It’s been a while since the movement to bring an NHL team to Las Vegas had an update, but prospective owner Bill Foley recently unloaded a bunch of noteworthy info to the media. Foley outlined the surge in ticket commitments as well as the new expected start date for a new franchise. Here are the key takeaways, as seen in the Las Vegas Sun: The ticket commitment for a team...
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Report: Buffalo Sabres to hire Dan Bylsma as head coach

After throwing crazy money at new Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock and missing out, it seems the Buffalo Sabres have settled on an adequate backup plan as John Wawrow reports the team is set to hire Dan Bylsma.  Just filed: Person familiar with talks tells AP that #Sabres have agreement in place to hire Dan Bylsma pending compensation to #Penguins. — John Wawrow...
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WATCH: Ducks score controversial goal

Corey Crawford was pretty upset after Clayton Stoner scored and he had every reason to be. As he was reaching for the puck, Crawford’s glove was bumped by Jakob Silfverberg. The officials appeared to miss the contact completely and the goal counted. Plays like these will benefit from the future addition of a coach’s challenge. (H/T Reddit Hockey) The post Video: Crawford’s...
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Blackhawks have some trouble counting

The Chicago Blackhawks have had a lot of trouble counting in the playoffs. Numerous times (five, to be exact) the Blackhawks have had too many men on the ice. The noteworthy part here, aside from the fact they’ve been guilty so many times, is the fact that most of these aren’t even close. Take this example from Game 6 against the Ducks: why can't this team count pic.twitter...
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Ken Hitchcock doesn’t think goaltending is an issue for the Blues

When the St. Louis Blues were dumped out of the playoffs in the first round, it was clear that the team needed to make changes in order to reach the next level. After bringing back Ken Hitchcock, it’s clear the team will need to make those changes on the ice if they hope to avoid more playoff embarrassment. Where can the team improve? Many Blues fans point to the team’s core...
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Brian Murray says “five or six teams” called on Sens goaltending

The Ottawa Senators seemed like unlikely suitors when they signed coveted Boston University star goaltender Matt O’Connor this offseason. They were already stacked with depth, with two NHL goaltenders on their roster – Craig Anderson and Robin Lenher. Things got muckier when they signed Andrew Hammond to a three-year $4.05 million deal after his stellar play in the regular season...
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Report: Andrei Kostitsyn wants to return to the NHL

A familiar name is reportedly interested in returning to the NHL. According to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston, Andrei Kostitsyn is looking to come back to the NHL after spending the last four seasons skating in the KHL. Though he’s interested in a return, Kostitsyn is only pursuing a one-year contract. Andrei Kostitsyn wants to return to the NHL after four years in Russia. Believed...
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Emilio Estevez cheers on the Ducks on Twitter

Emilio Estevez, AKA Gordon Bombay, got the hockey world buzzing on Twitter during Game 5 between the Anaheim Ducks and the Chicago Blackhawks. Estevez, the head coach of the classic Mighty Ducks series, isn’t very active on Twitter but he surfaced in order to cheer on his Ducks. GO GET 'EM TONIGHT DUCKS!!! @AnaheimDucks#GordonBombay — Emilio Estevez (@EMILIOTHEWAY) May 26, 2015...
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Matt Beleskey is sick of the Chicago Blackhawks

Rivalries and enemies are made during the NHL playoffs. While it’s probably premature to call the Blackhawks and the Ducks rivals, the two teams certainly don’t like each other very much. Just ask Anaheim’s Matt Beleskey. Immediately following the Ducks’ Game 4 OT loss, Beleskey commented on his distaste for the Blackhawks, as seen in the OC Register. “I’m sick of them...
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Video: Ryan Callahan and Dominic Moore simultaneously high-stick each other

It’s not too often you see two players high-stick one another at the exact same time. Ryan Callahan tried to steal the puck from Dominic Moore and ended up catching Moore in the face with his stick. As Moore defended the puck, he too was guilty of hitting Callahan in the face with his stick. No penalties were called on the play. (H/T Reddit Hockey) The post Video: Ryan Callahan...
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Blackhawks made NHL history with OT win in Game 4

The Chicago Blackhawks claimed Game 4 against the Anaheim Ducks thanks to a goal from Antoine Vermette in the second overtime period. If it seems like the Blackhawks have played a lot of overtime and have been successful more times than not, it’s not your imagination. The Blackhawks have set an NHL record by winning four times this postseason in games which required at least two...
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Penguins are trying to acquire a first-round pick

The Pittsburgh Penguins are a team without a first-round pick in the upcoming 2015 NHL Draft. The Penguins shipped their first-round selection (16th overall) to the Edmonton Oilers in the deal which brought in David Perron. Now, the Penguins are trying to jump back into the first round and they’re talking trades with several teams. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the...
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Dan Bylsma to meet with the Buffalo Sabres

After missing out on Mike Babcock, the Buffalo Sabres are moving on and continuing their head coach search. That search now turns to Dan Bylsma who is expected to meet with the team this week. The Sabres already received permission to speak with Bylsma from the Pittsburgh Penguins (Bylsma was fired by the Penguins, but is still on their payroll as his contract ran through next year...
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Andrew Shaw receives soccer gear from the Chicago Fire

Andrew Shaw’s headbutt “goal” has been discussed more than most goals this season that actually counted. His header even impressed the refs on the ice and may result in discussions by the league on whether goals like Shaw’s should count in the future. Shaw’s “goal” even caught the eye of soccer teams, including the Chicago Fire. Hey @ChicagoFire thanks for the new...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Don Cherry wore a TV test pattern suit

Don Cherry has worn a lot of colorful, interesting and bizarre suits. Some are great. Others … not so much. Tonight’s suit was one of his best and was a TV test pattern. A+ for creativity on this one. pic.twitter.com/sY1MPly3qd — Josh Gold-Smith (@GoldAndOrSmith) May 23, 2015 The post Don Cherry wore a TV test pattern suit appeared first on Puck Drunk Love.
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Slava Fetisov wants to prevent young Russians from playing in the NHL

Are young Russian hockey players going to be restricted from playing in the NHL? That’s the hope of former Detroit Red Wings skater Slava Fetisov who aims to ban young hockey players from joining the NHL until they’re 28. Fetisov currently serves as a Senator in Russia and hopes a new federal law will be put in place to keep young hockey stars in Russia. The report, as seen...
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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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8 days ago  |  Discuss

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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