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Why hockey fans in New York and New Jersey have it made

Hockey is a game that breeds addiction. Chris Rock once joked about the sport, "Hockey is like heroin. Only drug addicts do heroin. It's not like a recreational drug. It's never like, No, that's O.K., I'm not going to have heroin. You guys go right ahead. Hockey is kind of the same way. Only hockey fans watch hockey." He's not wrong, and he definitely...
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March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Yzerman, Lightning in unique position after St. Louis trade

Predictably, Steve Yzerman was not happy in the aftermath of yesterday's trade with the New York Rangers. After all, he was painted in a corner by his 38-year old star winger with little wiggle room to negotiate a deal that would make his team better with the playoffs approaching. But there's one thing the trade did grant Tampa Bay's disgruntled general manager: organizational...
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March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

The 2013-14 NHL trade deadline was all about goalies

The 2013-14 NHL trade deadline has passed. This year's deadline was an exciting one as numerous teams made trades and plenty of noteworthy players were shipped to new cities. Despite all of the big and surprising swaps, goaltenders stole the show.  A total of 11 goaltenders were moved leading up to the deadline. One goalie, Jaroslav Halak, landed on the list twice as he...
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March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

The Florida Panthers bond with Roberto Luongo on Twitter

Roberto Luongo's trade to Florida was a shocker. Considering all of the drama in Vancouver over Cory Schneider and Roberto Luongo during the 2012-13 season, it's crazy that the organization now no longer owns either goaltender. Things look pretty dismal in Vancouver, but hockey fans in Florida finally have a major acquisition to celebrate.  Luongo's return to the...
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March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Roberto Luongo traded back to the Florida Panthers

It's finally over. After three years of dragging goaltender Roberto Luongo on regarding his future, the Vancouver Canucks' goaltending controversy ends with a trade. Eddie Lack has a new partner in young goaltender Jacob Markstrom, and Luongo is heading back where he put up some outstanding numbers: the Florida Panthers. Luongo and his huge contract are now property of...
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March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild surprise trade for Bryzgalov leaves Brodeur out in the cold

So much for Martin Brodeur heading off to wear a different team's Christmas sweater. The goaltender, who is in his final two months of his last contract, was attached to the Wild via rumors - but apparently those rumors aren't worth the Twitter they were tweeted on. The Minnesota Wild have effectively ended the Niklas Backstrom era by trading just a fourth round pick to the...
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March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Devils to trade old player often confused as best goaltender of all-time

Bernie Parent. Terry Sawchuk. Patrick Roy. Glenn Hall. Ken Dryden. Jacques Plante. Dominik Hasek. Martin Brodeur. You could make a case that any of those goaltenders were the best to ever lace up their skates at the NHL level. Well, all but one. As you well know by now, Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur will get one more start wearing the familiar Devils logo before he is...
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March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Gary Bettman thinks it'd "be fun" for Vancouver to have a geographic rival

NHL expansion is coming whether hockey fans like it or not. It's been a matter of "when" and not "if" the NHL will bring more teams into the fold for the past several years. While we could debate whether or not the league should expand (how about getting your existing teams in order first?), there's definitely enough rumors out there for a healthy conversation...
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March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Which team did the Ryan Miller trade help more?

Ryan Miller is on a new team. The drama, rumors and speculation out of Buffalo surrounding the goaltender's future are finally over. With the dust still settling around the deal and fans from both sides are still wrapping their heads around the future for both clubs, we're left asking: Which team did this trade help more? Let's debate! Laura: I don't...
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March 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Only two untouchable players in Calgary?

The Calgary Flames are one of many teams which are expected to be active near the NHL trade deadline. The Flames, one of the worst teams in the West, are expected to sell several of their assets as they continue the long and difficult rebuilding process.  A report from TSN indicates that almost everyone in Calgary is available, with the exclusion of two individuals. Though acting...
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March 01, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Tim Thomas falls down, still makes amazing save

Mike Green thought he had an easy goal. Breaking in all alone on Florida's net, goaltender Tim Thomas tripped and fell down on his backside. Despite tripping over his own legs, Thomas managed to slide over and rob Green of what should have been an easy goal by.  Big blunder, even bigger recovery.  Let's look at a different angle. Both views are courtesy of Reddit...
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Pouting Martin St. Louis requests trade to Rangers

  There are plenty of reasons to suggest moving on from the only professional team you've ever played for is for the best. Stuff happens. Relationships fall apart all the time.   But feeling like the victim of an impartial decision-maker you thought you had a close relationship with is not one of them. Martin St. Louis, the 38-year old Tampa Bay winger...
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Buffalo Sabres probably won't trade Ryan Miller

The Olympics are over. You know what that means, don't you? It means more Ryan Miller rumors, of course!  The latest rumor to hit the Internet surrounding Miller's future in Buffalo is a little bit different than you might expect. This one suggests that Buffalo will hold on to their goaltender and will focus on signing him to a new contract as opposed to trading him before...
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February 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Was failure to medal a step back for Team USA hockey?

Team USA hockey failed to bring home a medal from Sochi. Coming off of their 2010 performance in Vancouver where they were one goal away from a gold medal, the 2014 result was extremely disappointing. Though demoralizing, the result wasn't exactly a surprising one. If you look back at the PDL Staff predictions from February 12th, you'll see that three writers believed the...
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February 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Three ideas to keep women's hockey relevant

The loss by the ladies of team USA was worse, to me as an American fan.  It wasn't necessarily that women's hockey means more to me than men's hockey. It doesn't, though I do enjoy the U.S. women's team whenever I see them play. It's that I know that, for the two teams involved, this will be their only time in the limelight between now and 2018 in Pyeongchang...
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February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Hey Hockey Canada, please stop calling it your game

I'm going to start this off by saying congrats to the Canadian women's hockey team for their 3-2 win over the US. Hard fought, gritty, and determined - those are the things that win you medals. I will also say that I am not a bitter American fan. Obviously when someone begins something with "I'm not bitter, but..." it's a red flag that the person who...
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February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Winter Olympics: Pictures of sad Russian fans after loss to Finland

Few events provide better stunned pictures than when a home team loses at the Olympics. Russia went down against the Finns, and the photos were incredible. Seriously. Here are some of our favorites: More like Vladimir "Poutin" Bunch O'Russians Sad Russian, Bros: And if anything, this will be the lasting pic from Sochi: [follow]
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February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Winter Olympics: With Tavares out, is it finally Duchene's time to shine?

According to TSN, John Tavares will miss the remainder of the tournament with an apparent leg injury. As amazing as this may sound, the absence of a Hart Trophy contender isn't all that daunting to Canada's chances of advancing in the tournament in the wake of their surprisingly narrow 2-1 victory over Latvia. After all, this team has a wealth of talent at their fingertips...
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February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Patrick Sharp offended by Kane's praise of Phil Kessel?

Patrick Kane has played with some truly amazing hockey players over the course of his career. So, who is the best player Kane thinks he has ever skated with? Is it Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa or someone else on the Chicago Blackhawks? Nope. The answer is Toronto's Phil Kessel.  Patrick Kane calls Phil Kessel "probably the best guy I've ever played with. He&...
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February 18, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Winter Olympics: Is Russia ripe for a quarterfinal upset?

In a word, yes. The host nation, which went over 95 minutes of game time without scoring a single goal against Slovakia and Norway, could be in serious trouble when they take on Finland in the quarterfinals on Wednesday. Aside from Pavel Datsyuk's masterful two-goal performance against the Americans, most of the big names on Russia's roster have been awfully quiet...
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February 18, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Winter Olympics: Men's Olympic hockey Qualification/Quarterfinal schedule

Pool play is over at the 2014 Winter Olympic men's hockey tournament and it gave us some surprisingly competitive games. While the rise of the Swiss as a death-trap of defensive hockey was somewhat expected, who saw Latvia putting three goals by Henrik Lundqvist? Or the Czechs going through a ton of drama before getting themselves somewhat righted? Or Slovenia? Oh, Slovenia. ...
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February 17, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Winter Olympics: Jan Laco butt checks Alexei Tereshchenko

Slovakia hasn't had too much to celebrate during the men's Olympic hockey tournament, but goaltender Jan Laco has been one bright spot to rally around. Called on to start in the country's third game of the competition, Laco stood strong and was narrowly defeated by Russia 1-0 in a shootout.  Despite his strong effort in net, it was a play he was involved in behind...
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February 17, 2014  |  Discuss

ESPN confuses Russia-Slovakia game with basketball

Via reader John N. ESPN was nice enough to provide mobile updates for the Olympic hockey tournament. But, they forgot one thing: hockey.   In case you were wondering, both teams went scoreless from the field and Russia won in a shootout. [follow]
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February 16, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Winter Olympics: What part of Siberia did Putin banish Alexander Radulov to?

In the aftermath of the United States' dramatic 3-2 shootout victory over the host nation, Russian head coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov was very critical of star winger Alexander Radulov's performance. Kevin Allen of USA Today got some of his thoughts on Radulov taking two critical penalties that led to both US goals: "Yes, he needs to be scratched among...
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February 15, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Winter Olympics: 11 Reactions to T.J Oshie's shootout goal from around the country

When the USA / Russia game started, no one could have imagined Americans gathered in their houses, and in their favorite bars holding their breath as T.J. Oshie skated in on the Russian net in the eight round of a shootout. As Oshie ticketed a puck past Sergei Bobrovsky, strangers high fived. Texts of " what a game," and key smashes of " jndkjkkmkme" were tweeted...
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February 15, 2014  |  Discuss
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