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Awkward: Ryan Johansen and Seth Jones meet up at the airport

Trades happen. They happen all the time. There will be many more trades that happen in this game, but I bet you it will be a long time before the next trade where the two principals in the deal meet up with each other at the airport while they are flying to meet their new teams. It happened in Columbus as Seth Jones flew in to join his new team … Ran into my good buddy jonesy...
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January 08, 2016  |  Discuss

The biggest snubs of the 2016 NHL All-Star Game

I know many of you will come to this article in hopes of seeing big flashy names that were snubbed this year by the league. I could do that, but I will let you in on a little secret: Sidney Crosby didn’t deserve to go to the All-Star Game this year. *GASP* For all of the uproar, it isn’t as if he was going to go anyway. He missed the All-Star Game last year and was seen laying...
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January 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Three surprising players heading to the NHL All-Star Game

The NHL All-Star Game rosters were announced this week and many of the candidates are deserving and expected. Now, not everybody’s name announced was expected, as these three first-time NHL All-Stars were surprising choices to make the squad. Leo Komarov The Toronto Maple Leafs forward definitely belongs in the game, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t surprising to hear him announced...
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January 07, 2016  |  Discuss

The World Juniors made these five NHL teams very happy

Now that the World Junior Championships are over, and host country Finland is revelling in their gold medals, the scouting focus on the departed tournament will surely be on the 2016 draft prospects like Team USA’s Auston Matthews and Finland’s Jesse Puljujarvi (who led the tournament with 17 points … and it wasn’t close). But the WJC was chock full of players who have already...
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January 07, 2016  |  Discuss

ECHL team will wear jerseys honoring Don Cherry

The Toledo Walleye of the ECHL plan to honor Don Cherry in a gaudy way on Saturday, January 23rd. As other minor league teams have done in the past, the Walleye will wear jerseys which pay tribute to Cherry and his infamous suits. FIRST LOOK: On Saturday, January 23 the Walleye will pay tribute to hockey legend #DonCherry. Here's the jersey we'll be wearing. A photo...
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January 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets trade Ryan Johansen to the Predators for Seth Jones

We have a trade. The Columbus Blue Jackets have traded center Ryan Johansen to the Nashville Predators in exchange for defenseman Seth Jones in a huge 1-for-1 trade. #CBJ acquires Seth Jones from the @PredsNHL in exchange for Ryan Johansen. MORE: https://t.co/qhKzRydaFp pic.twitter.com/kX635Km9VT — NHL Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) January 6, 2016 You can rationalize both...
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January 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: Mike Richards signs one-year deal with Capitals

Mike Richards is back in the NHL. Darren Dreger of TSN reports that pending league approval, Richards is expected to join the Washington Capitals and will meet with commissioner Gary Bettman. It’s a one-year pact, worth a prorated $1 million. Sources say pending NHL approval, Mike Richards is expected to join the Washington Capitals. Told Richards has to meet with Bettman....
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January 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Jake Virtanen gets roasted on Twitter, while one fan petitions to deport him

Jake Virtanen, it’s safe to say, had a terrible 2016 World Junior Championship. His first point of the tournament came during Canada’s quarterfinal match against Finland, but his game will be more known for the undisciplined double minor he took as he slashed a player while already on the hook for a delayed penalty. This, along with a delay of game penalty, led to the game winning...
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January 06, 2016  |  Discuss

NHL unveils the 2016 All-Star Game jerseys

The NHL has unveiled the All-Star Game jerseys for the 2016 version of the game. They are uh … something to look at. The 2016 #NHLAllStar jerseys will represent Nashville, its vibrant nightlife, & 'Music City' nickname. pic.twitter.com/EcKM9qLOOG — NHL (@NHL) January 6, 2016 Of course, like everything else in the world, Twitter had their opinions about this jersey. ...
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January 06, 2016  |  Discuss

This 90-year-old man still plays hockey three times a week

Every day when you check in on social media or if you pick up your daily newspaper, you are bombarded by terrible news. The news doesn’t discriminate anymore. You may think that it is limited to politics and world events, but even in sports we see news of athletes getting into trouble. It doesn’t make our days any easier when we have to consume this type of info daily. Luckily...
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January 06, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: Zac Rinaldo lays out Tom Wilson with a big hit

When the name Zac Rinaldo is evoked around the NHL, you are bound to get more than a few snide remarks about the player. He isn’t known as one of the most skilled players in the league, but he sure as heck knows what his job is on the Bruins. The job you may ask? Hitting people and knocking them on their butt. The video below shows him accomplishing his goal. I am sure for...
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January 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Dropkick Murphys turned down the NHL’s offer to play the Winter Classic

The NHL is routinely criticized for its music selections at major events. Whether its the All-Star Game or the Winter Classic, the NHL has a history of questionable musical decisions. The 2016 Winter Classic featured the American Authors, Simple Plan and Nate Ruess from Fun. Though the lineup was far superior compared to the 2012 Awards Show which featured Nickelback, fans questioned...
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January 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Florida Panthers aren’t a first-place team despite record

We’re almost at the midpoint of the NHL season and surprise, surprise the Florida Panthers are leading the Atlantic Division with a 23-12-4 record. Playing in a garbage division aside, the Panthers seem to be a much-improved squad from the 2014-15 version which won 38 games, missing the playoffs. Florida ownership has so much confidence in what the team is doing they signed general...
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January 05, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: Daniel Sedin takes puck to mouth

Everyone knows hockey players are tough SOB’s and are always willing to risk life and limb for a win. That isn’t to say that hockey is great for that fact alone, but it’s definitely compelling for some. For the people who love the warrior aspect of hockey, they must have loved the resolve Daniel Sedin demonstrated after he took a puck to his mouth courtesy of Michael Stone...
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January 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Video: Dylan Larkin fakes Cory Schneider out of his skates for a great goal

This has been a startlingly good year for rookies. Players like Jack Eichel and Connor McDavid were the players expected to blow people’s minds this year. Who would have thought that Dylan Larkin was the player that would be the most highlight worthy halfway through the season? The goal is outstanding on its own, but when you take into consideration that he is a rookie and only...
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January 04, 2016  |  Discuss

The 5 best hockey fights from Week 13

Welcome to the first edition of Hockey Fights of the Week of the new year! The days leading into and shortly after New Year’s Day brought some outstanding fights which have been sorely lacking so far throughout 2015-16. 5. Jordan Nolan (LA) vs Andrey Pedan (VAN) – Dec. 28th This isn’t the best of bouts, but Pedan’s first NHL fight is an impressive one. His size and strength...
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January 04, 2016  |  Discuss

David Rundblad joins Swiss League after going unclaimed on waivers

After going through waivers unclaimed, Chicago Blackhawks defenseman David Rundblad has been loaned to ZSC Lions of the Swiss National League A. The #Blackhawks have loaned defenseman David Rundblad to the ZSC Lions of Switzerland’s National League A. https://t.co/kkzwpsvitw — Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) January 3, 2016 Rundblad has had a tough time in the NHL since...
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January 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Are NHL teams not evaluating young players properly?

With Ondrej Palat coming back for the Tampa Bay Lightning, they sent down highly-touted forward Jonathan Drouin to the AHL affiliate in Syracuse. Drouin has had a bit of a tumultuous start to his NHL career to say the least. That isn’t to say Drouin has played badly. It is more to say that he has yo-yo’d all over the organization and seems unable to find a spot in the Lightning...
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January 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Video: Huge line brawl from the National Women’s Hockey League

If you haven’t checked out the National Women’s Hockey League yet, here’s a solid introduction from the New York Riveters and the Connecticut Whale. The Whale, who are off to an outstanding start and have only lost one game, held a 5-0 lead in the third period. A Riveter skater attempted to clear the crease of a Whale forward and that’s when things boiled over. Great brawl...
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January 03, 2016  |  Discuss

2016 Winter Classic ratings were the worst in the event's history

The 2016 Winter Classic continued the event’s ratings dive. Previously, the 2015 Winter Classic was the least-viewed Classic, bringing in a rating of 2.3. The 2016 edition sank even lower, posting a rating of just 1.6. Per NBC Sports, the 2016 Winter Classic earned a 1.6 household rating in the US with 2.775 mil. viewers. Lowest of the 8 Winter Classics. — Alex Prewitt (...
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January 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Video: North Dakota hockey player scores after a filthy deke

There have been a ton of outstanding goals and dekes scored in the NHL this season, but this one from North Dakota hockey player Drake Caggiula may best them all. Check out this unreal move he uses to get around defenseman Cody Champagne: That’s dirty. Caggiula hasn’t been drafted, but it’s fair to assume he’ll get some attention from the NHL after that move. The post...
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January 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Jonathan Drouin demands to be traded

Before the season started, did any of you have Jonathan Drouin as a player who would demand a trade during the season? The young forward has all the promise in the world and it looks like he won’t be able to live out that promise in Tampa Bay. Drouin’s agent Allan Walsh released a statement to Bob McKenzie about the particular demand. A statement from Jonathan Drouin's agent...
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January 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Strange: Blue Jackets goalies slip in same spot moments apart

This hasn’t been the best season for the Columbus Blue Jackets. They have already fired their head coach once this season and have seen little to no success with John Tortorella now helming the bench. So when the Blue Jackets faced the top team in the Eastern conference, I wouldn’t blame you for cringing at the thought of the game. Luckily for the Blue Jackets, they actually...
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January 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Video: Ryan Johansen fools Braden Holtby in the shootout by doing nothing

Ryan Johansen hasn’t had the best year in the NHL. His year has been surrounded by trade rumors and perceived laziness. So when he got called upon to take a shootout attempt in front of a near sellout crowd in Nationwide Arena, he must have carried a weight of the season on his shoulders. What he ended up doing had to have been such a relief. Or perhaps what he didn’t do. John...
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January 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Video: Pacioretty gets caught on photographer’s lens

Max Pacioretty loved skating in the Winter Classic and even stated that it was the most fun he has ever had playing hockey. That comment aside, there was one moment which fired up Pacioretty as he got caught on a photographer’s lens which was sticking through the glass. Watch the left side of the video: Pacioretty is not too happy with the camera man. pic.twitter.com/tlJDrkBA6c...
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January 02, 2016  |  Discuss
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