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Gary Bettman praises the NHL’s new website and app (which are currently awful)

If you haven’t noticed, the NHL has a new look on its digital properties. The reaction has been poor to say the least, but it goes beyond the usual criticisms that come with a major redesign. As fans struggle to find features they used to use and adapt to the new look, Gary Bettman is more than pleased while ignoring the obvious flaws. Gary Bettman's full answer when I asked...
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Nazem Kadri fined $5,000 for throat-slashing gesture

Nazem Kadri has been fined $5,000 by the NHL for making a throat-slashing gesture towards Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano during Tuesday night’s game in Calgary. Kadri's reaction to the hit from Giordano (s/t @Fan960Wills) pic.twitter.com/JjRETZZaxE — Stephanie (@myregularface) February 10, 2016   Nazem Kadri said following the game, he didn’t remember the incident...
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Report: St. Louis Blues no longer interested in Jonathan Drouin

Back at the beginning of January, Jonathan Drouin requested a trade from the Tampa Bay Lightning. Since then, he’s been suspended by his club and he’s been connected to a variety of teams in the ol’ rumor mill. One of the teams believed to be the closest to making an actual offer for the for 20-year-old forward were the St. Louis Blues. Apparently the Blues are no longer interested...
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Three NHL players who can cement their legacies like Peyton Manning

On Sunday, Peyton Manning won his second Super Bowl and cemented himself into a higher pantheon of NFL quarterbacks. Parlaying this into the NHL, who are the players who stand to gain the most from winning a Stanley Cup this year? Sidney Crosby The criticism around Crosby has been very intense as the Penguins have only one Stanley Cup since he joined the team. Many put the onus...
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Pending UFA Milan Lucic would like to “finish of my career” in LA

The Los Angeles Kings and Milan Lucic are talking an extension. The power forward, who was acquired on draft day in a trade with the Boston Bruins, told Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times while extension talks have just begun, he wants to remain a member of the Kings for the rest of his career. “Nothing to get excited about,” he said. “There’s been two or three little...
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How will Dustin Byfuglien’s extension effect the Jets?

Recently it was announced that the Winnipeg Jets signed Dustin Byfuglien to a five-year extension with an AAV of $7.6 million, bringing the contract to a total of $38 million. It was a number that had been bandied about for quite some time as the team was trying to come to terms with the big defenseman. While this is a good move for Byfuglien, where does this put the rest of the...
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Video: Drew Stafford suspended one game for reckless high stick

Drew Stafford may be one of the oddest players in the league. While not being terrible by any means, he isn’t great either. He fills in admirably and doesn’t get his nose dirty. Well, at least until this past week, when he committed a flagrant high stick on Avalanche defensemen Nick Holden. I can’t even imagine what that must have felt like. I want to cry after seeing that...
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Bruins prospect Subban fractured larynx from puck hitting throat

Boston Bruins prospect Malcolm Subban was taken to the hospital Saturday, after taking a puck to the throat while playing for the Providence Bruins in a game versus the Portland Pirates. Subban reportedly stayed in the hospital overnight for precautionary reasons, and the club released a statement saying the former first-round pick was diagnosed with a fractured larynx and is out...
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Canadiens and Sharks starting to gauge trade market

The NHL trade deadline is less than a month away, and teams starting to fall out of contention are beginning to assess where they’re at in preparation. One of those teams, the Montreal Canadiens, who accomplished the rare feat of falling out of contention despite being among the best teams to start the season, are considering becoming sellers during the upcoming trade-fest. ...
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Video: Patrick Roy blows up on the officials

Patrick Roy has had some pretty memorable outbursts ever since he became the head coach of the Colorado Avalanche. He added another on Saturday when he blew up on the officials after a goal from the Winnipeg Jets was upheld. This was a gem. Roy picked up a bench penalty for his tirade, but he appeared to get in some pretty good insults – particularly the one he said over his shoulder...
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Jason LaBarbera’s goalie mask is a tribute to The Rock

Goalie masks in hockey allow a rare opportunity for an athlete to express themselves as a part of their official uniform. In the case of Jason LaBarbera, the masks allow him to pay tribute to some of his favorite wrestlers from the WWE. Skating in the AHL within Philadelphia’s organization, LaBarbera needed a new helmet and he wanted to highlight one of the most popular (and...
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WATCH: Wayne Simmonds loses his cool, earns match penalty

Wayne Simmonds is known as one of the tough guys in the league and shows it every time he steps on the ice. This time against the Rangers though, he went over the line. Or at least the officials thought he crossed the line, but you be the judge. Something must have happened that we are missing as Simmonds does not take kindly to the decision at all. He completely loses it and...
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Minnesota Wild say Mike Yeo’s job is safe

The Minnesota Wild are spiraling out of control in the Central Division and blame is being thrown in numerous directions for the team’s slide. They’ve lost nine of their last 10 games and they hardly resemble the team which many believed could be a legitimate contender. Questions are being asked of head coach Mike Yeo, and though it’s not fair to assign him all of the blame...
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Florida Panthers attendance is up 30% compared to last year

The Florida Panthers are holding on to a relatively narrow lead in the Atlantic Division and hockey fans around the NHL are starting to see the club as legitimate contenders. As the Panthers continue to put on impressive displays on the ice, Florida residents are taking notice and attendance is improving. Usually when we discuss the Panthers and attendance it’s about some crazy...
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A sleeping giant is awakening in Tampa Bay

The 2015-16 season has not been what Tampa Bay Lightning faithful would’ve hoped for. After advancing all the way to Game Six of the Stanley Cup Final last year, the Lightning were expected to be just as good, if not better this year. That hasn’t remotely been the case. After scoring a league-leading 262 goals last season, the Lightning are 11th overall in goals scored thus...
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Hockey Tweets of the Week – Week 18

Yes kids, it’s another edition of Hockey Tweets of the Week! And this past week is probably the most twitter friendly of all the weeks of the season, as we have All-Star Weekend to look back on. And it was a pretty eventful weekend: PK Jagr Ya gotta love the Jaromir Jagr impression by PK Subban … IT'S A BIRD!IT'S A PLANE! IT'S PK JAGR!! #NHLbreakawaySUBBAN pic.twitter.com/ERPCZvhnUO...
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Brad Marchand Forgets He’s Brad Marchand, Scores Sick Goal

We like to put hockey players in a box. Johnny Gaudreau is small and shifty. John Scott is a goon. Brad Marchand is a pest who everybody hates. Well get ready to forget everything you know about hockey players and their narratives, because Brad Marchand will not work within the confines of the box you put him in. No seriously, check this out: It’s like Marchand went to one of...
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Darnell Nurse KO’s Max McCormick, Nurse’s father goes nuts

As a parent you are always going to be proud of your son, in hockey you also get to be proud of your son knocking the crap out of someone. Darnell Nurse got into only his second fight of his career but he made it a memorable one. To make it even better Nurse’s father was in the stands to take it all in. Can’t blame the man one bit, I would do the exact same thing. Poor McCormick...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: Joel Quenneville loses it after blown call

Joel Quenneville has had some pretty infamous blowups on the bench. Remember the classic scene when he grabbed his nuts? His latest meltdown didn’t live up to those high standards, but his reaction to a disallowed goal against the Coyotes was a pretty good one. Coach Q has a point here. It’s pretty insane that this goal didn’t count, especially considering the replay clearly...
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Michel Therrien: Canadiens are aware they’re in tough shape for playoffs

After riding high to start the season, the Montreal Canadiens have completely imploded. As I’ve covered in-depth before, losing Carey Price, questionable coaching decisions and a lack of goals has decimated a squad which once posted an NHL-est 17-4-2 record to lead the NHL. For a slumping Montreal squad, last night against the Buffalo Sabres was no different. The Canadiens...
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Video: Corey Crawford helps babysit, cook for young fan

Each year the Blackhawks put on their “What’s your goal” series and it’s always bound to bring a tear to your eye. This edition centers around Corey Crawford helping out Emilie, who babysits a little boy named Ben. Ben has a condition that impairs his ability to use his arms and legs. Luckily, Crawford is sticking around for the day and helping show the kid a good time. ...
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Nazem Kadri lays HUGE blindside hit on Brad Marchand

The Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs have always been a fierce rivalry but in recent years it has been anything but competitive with the Bruins taking it to the Leafs as of late. So when the Leafs get a chance to take it to the Bruins, they are obviously going to do it. Nazem Kadri is the latest Leaf to lay the lumber on the Bruins. The victim? Brad Marchand. Many Leaf fans...
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Toronto Maple Leafs unveil new logo

Last night the Toronto Maple Leafs debuted their new logo during their game against the Boston Bruins. It was met with a lot of fanfare, and many people enjoyed the new design that hearkens back to the 40’s through 60’s. The Maple Leafs broke down the significance of the logo: • The new Maple Leaf has 31 points, a nod to the year 1931 and a defining moment in team history with...
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WATCH: Connor McDavid scores insane goal in first game back

When Connor McDavid broke his clavicle in a game against the Philadelphia Flyers, the entire hockey world stopped and gasped. It was a moment that won’t soon be forgotten for quite some time. It was like your present getting broken on Christmas morning, it just was a damn shame. Well, here’s Santa Claus making up for lost time in the form of McDavid making his return to action...
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Barry Trotz compares Aaron Ekblad to Hall of Fame defensemen

Ahead of the Washington Capitals matchup against the Florida Panthers tonight, Caps head coach Barry Trotz offered the highest praise imaginable to Panthers defensemen Aaron Ekblad, saying he has “Hall of Fame talent.” Trotz just compared Panthers D Aaron Ekblad to Nick Lidstrom, Al MacInnis, Chris Pronger. Says he has Hall of Fame talent. #CapitalsTalk — Chuck Gormley (...
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