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Panthers win draft lottery, will pick first overall in upcoming draft

On Tuesday evening, the NHL Draft Lottery took place in Toronto. After the dust settled, the Florida Panthers won the lottery and will pick first in June’s NHL Draft which will take place in Philadelphia. While the New Jersey Devils did not qualify for the playoffs, they will be picking 30th in the first round of this year’s draft. This is due to the NHL giving New Jersey back...
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Did the Flames turn down a huge offer for Jay Bouwmeester?

The Calgary Flames traded Jay Bouwmeester to the St. Louis Blues a little over one year ago. In exchange, the Flames received a conditional first-round pick, Mark Cundari and goaltender Reto Berra. The trade was supposed to begin the rebuilding effort in Calgary, but many believed the Blues escaped with a nice asset for an extremely manageable price. It turns out that the Flames...
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5 breakout candidates for the NHL playoffs ☆

The NHL playoffs can bring players that are on the fringe of stardom right to center stage. Here are some names to watch up for as the league prepares to drop the puck on its season season. Ryan Johansen, Columbus The leading scorer for the Blue Jackets has had a breakout season and he could really make a name for himself in the playoffs.  Going up against the Penguins won’t...
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NHL has record attendance in 2013-14

The 2013-14 season was a good one for NHL attendance. Though there were still some teams which struggled to draw fans, the overall picture was a positive one as the league set a new record for total attendance. A total of 21,758,902 fans flocked to NHL arenas this past season, representing 96% average capacity around the league. This number toppled the old record of 21,475,223 set...
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The NHL Lottery is today

Before we get to bask in the glow of the NHL’s best 16 teams, we have to watch the worst. The NHL Lottery is today, and here are the odds on who will get the first pick in this upcoming draft via TSN: According to Central Scouting, the top pick this year could be Samuel Bennett. And while Bennett is said to have a little bit of Doug Gilmore in his game, these 14 teams may have...
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Hockey fights of the week

The 2013-14 season is in the books. There were a few tight playoff races, but the overall picture was mostly decided. Despite there being few truly pivotal games in the final week, the fights didn’t disappoint. This will be our final regular installment of Hockey Fights of the Week for the 13-14 season. Stay tuned as we’ll be releasing our massive recap of the year’s best fights...
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Nashville Predators say goodbye to Barry Trotz with billboard

It’s not shocking that Barry Trotz was relieved of his coaching duties today (and offered a spot in the Predators organization). The Preds have missed the playoffs the past two seasons, and it appears Trotz has squeezed all of the water from the stone that is the Nashville offense. It’s time for some new blood. Trotz is also the only coach that the Predators franchise has ever...
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Why the Eastern Conference won't win the Stanley Cup

You read why the West won’t win the Stanley Cup, but we’re here to tell you they’ve got it all wrong. We probably could just point out that the Metropolitian Division is in the Eastern Conference and that would be enough. Here are our 8 reasons why the East won’t win the Stanley Cup this year.   Pittsburgh Penguins By: Derek Rocco The Penguins aren’t as deep as they need...
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Why the Western Conference won't win the Stanley Cup

The Western Conference has been labeled the more difficult of the two conferences in 2013-14. That point is certainly debatable, but several of the league’s top teams call the Western Conference home. Will this regular season success translate into a Stanley Cup for one of these Western teams? We’re not so sure. Here are eight reasons (one for each playoff team) why a representative...
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Dustin Byfuglien will start as a forward in 2014-15

Dustin Byfuglien has been used a forward and a defenseman throughout the 2013-14 season. In January, the Jets moved Big Buff up front while still using him on the point with the man advantage. His primary role shifted to forward during 5-on-5 play after serving as a defenseman for a little over three years. Where will Byfuglien play in 2014-15? It looks like the Jets have already...
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Gostisbehere golden in Union’s national title win

In what was as perfect an advertisement for college hockey as you could imagine, Union College — a small, liberal arts school in Schenectady, New York — defeated the mighty University of Minnesota 7-4 in the NCAA title game at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Often championship games take a turn toward the more unsung players in their narratives, but not in this one. The...
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AHL game canceled due to rave party

On Saturday night, the Adirondack Phantoms (affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers) were scheduled to take on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (affiliate of the New York Islanders) at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport. However, the game was canceled due to unsafe ice conditions. Why was the ice unsafe for play? Great question. On Friday evening, Webster Bank Arena held a rave party, which...
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WATCH: Daniel Paille crushed on hit by McCabe

The Bruins may’ve had an easy wrap up of the President’s Trophy today, beating Buffalo 4-1, but one of their forwards did not have a smooth game. Daniel Paille, who has been concussed twice this season – once in December and again in March, may’ve suffered a third one in today’s game. This high hit by Jake McCabe on a vulnerable Paille knocked the winger for a loop: He...
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Sabres set record for most goalies dressed in a season

The Buffalo Sabres will own an NHL record at the conclusion of the 2013-14 season. The club will dress its ninth goaltender on Saturday when they face the Boston Bruins. Connor Knapp will back Matt Hackett as the Sabres play in their 81st game of the season. Knapp joins an enormous list of goaltenders who have suited up for the Sabres at least one time this season. While it’s important...
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Report: Ryan Malone arrested for DUI, cocaine possession

As was first reported by Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times, Tampa Bay Lightning left winger Ryan Malone was arrested Saturday morning for driving under the influence and possession of cocaine. According to the arrest report, the driving under the influence charge is a misdemeanor in the second degree charge while the possession of cocaine charge is a felony in the third degree...
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Report: Most Oilers skipped Ryan Smyth’s retirement announcement

Teams stick together. Apparently no one told that to the Edmonton Oilers. During Ryan Smyth’s emotional retirement announcement, only a few Oilers actually attended. The rest of the team was mysteriously missing. I saw 3 Oilers players at Smyth's retirement. Find the answer to why there wasn't 23, and u might be on to what's happened to this org. — Mark Spector (...
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Ducks give out 30,000 shirts to local students

The Anaheim Ducks are trying to paint their city orange just in time for the playoffs. The team is giving away 30,000 orange “Let’s Go Ducks!” shirts to students in the OC. The @AnaheimDucks are preparing to #paintItorange 30,000 #LetsGoDucks shirts will be delivered to OC students today pic.twitter.com/q6W9Qb9Eq5 — Matt Savant (@msavant88) April 11, 2014 Who doesn’t love...
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Florida Panthers mascot pays tribute to the Ultimate Warrior

The @FlaPanthers mascot paid tribute to the Ultimate Warrior tonight. pic.twitter.com/hzrdB1NZ7C — Andy Slater (@AndySlater) April 11, 2014
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Florida Panthers mascot pays tribute to the Ultimate Warrior

The @FlaPanthers mascot paid tribute to the Ultimate Warrior tonight. pic.twitter.com/hzrdB1NZ7C — Andy Slater (@AndySlater) April 11, 2014
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Video: Geoff Platt scores insane KHL goal

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Pavel Datsyuk crushes Sidney Crosby

Pavel Datsyuk isn’t exactly known for his physical play. That’s a huge, huge understatement. However, during his team’s important game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Datsyuk delivered a crunching blow on Sidney Crosby. The hit was as awesome as it was unexpected. (H/T Reddit Hockey)
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Claude Giroux and the case for the Hart Trophy runners-up

Yesterday afternoon, the question was posed to the Puck Drunk Love staff. With all the drooling and stroking of Patrice Bergeron’s chances at the Hart Trophy sauntering south from New England over the last few weeks, why is there no similar push for Claude Giroux rising from the streets of Philadelphia? Let’s get one thing straight here: there is no debate about who is going...
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University of Alabama athletic revenue is more than all 30 NHL teams

There are some NHL teams that bring in big bucks, like the Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens, and Boston Bruins. None of them can touch the juggernaut that is college sports. According to CBS News, the University of Alabama’s athletic revenue is more than the individual revenues of all 30 NHL franchises. For last year, their revenue was $143 million dollars. Keep in mind...
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Video: Canucks fans chant “Fire Gillis” as team is eliminated

It was a forgettable season in Vancouver this year. As the Canucks’ playoff hopes were officially ended against the Ducks, the Vancouver faithful wanted GM Mike Gillis to know how upset they were. So, with about three minutes to go, they started chanting “Fire Gillis.” The announcers picked up on it as well, so that made it worse for Gillis. Everyone has bad days at work,...
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Video: Ilya Bryzgalov trolls Winnipeg Fans during the play ☆

Ilya Bryzgalov is crazy, we know that. On Monday night, he showed just how crazy he is. Up 1-0 and in the third period, Bryzgalov played into the Winnipeg crowd by egging them on as the chanted his name. Laugh at Bryz all you want, but he has flown under the radar as one of the better pickups at the trade deadline. He has gone 6-0-3 since being acquired on March 4th, and with his...
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