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Blue Jackets' helmet has "Clumbus" typo

Move over Perds, there's a new typo in town. The Columbus Blue Jackets sported their alternate uniforms on Saturday night and things went pretty well as the club cruised to a 5-2 victory over the New York Islanders. There was just one humorous problem.  As seen in this photo of Michael Chaput, the Columbus on his helmet was missing the rather important "O" and...
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November 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Panthers fire Kevin Dineen, assistants

On Friday, Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon announced that head coach Kevin Dineen and assistants Craig Ramsey and Gord Murphy have been relieved of their duties. This was first reported by George Richards of the Miami Herald. Dineen and company have been on the job for just over two seasons, taking the helm at the beginning of the 2011-2012 season after coaching the...
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November 08, 2013  |  Discuss

NBCSN getting everything right but the games

Sometimes, it's fun to pick up on how NBCSN is doing. We don't write about it much as we (and by we, I mean both myself as someone who's covered the NHL on TV forever, and hockey fans in general) used to. I think part of it is the 10-year contract. We all know the league is in this relationship into the next decade. But part of that is that there's fewer and fewer...
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November 08, 2013  |  Discuss

WATCH: Jesse Winchester elbows Chris Kelly in the head

Is it just us, or has the start of this NHL season featured a ridiculous number of brutal and unnecessary hits to the head? You can add another one to the list as Florida's Jesse Winchester landed a flying elbow on Boston's Chris Kelly.  As awful as this hit is, it might be worse that there wasn't a penalty called on the play. Winchester sees Kelly, lines him up, jumps...
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November 07, 2013  |  Discuss

WATCH: Jets player's helmet ripped off, beer dumped on him

In the fine Chicago tradition of the Wrigley Field bleacher dwellers (Shane Victorino remembers you), Adam Pardy wound up with a beer shower tonight, but not before being checked through the glass and having his helmet ripped off by the beer thrower's husband. Witness the magic: The beer dump is fairly obvious here. No word yet on if she wasted a decent brew or was just...
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November 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Nike's Team Finland Olympic jerseys are as awesome as the others

You go Nike! Keep on designing Olympic hockey jerseys that everyone hates. Sure, every single Olympic release thus far has been panned, with the Team Canada ones even drawing comparisons to Nazi-esque designs, but Nike continues to churn out unique international sweaters for the Sochi games that incorporate national flags. Some of them even turn their players into national flags...
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November 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Martin Brodeur would consider waiving his no-trade clause

Martin Broduer would be willing to play for a new team if the New Jersey Devils aren't contenders late in the 2013-14 season. In an interview seen over on The Star-Ledger, Brodeur outlined that he'd be willing to waive his no-trade clause if the Devils were out of the playoff picture and if a contender came calling.  Brodeur has been with the Devils since the 1991-92 season...
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November 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Ryan McDonagh dumps Corey Perry into bench twice in one shift

This might be our new favorite video of the young NHL season. Ryan McDonagh hitting Corey Perry into the New York bench was humorous enough as is, but the play reached epic proportions when it happened twice on the same shift. It's fairly rare a player is hit over the boards and into the bench, but the odds of it happening twice in a little under 15 seconds is insanity.  ...
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November 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Hockey fights of the week

Everyone is still talking about the Ray Emery - Braden Holtby "fight" which occurred during a massive brawl between the Flyers and Capitals. It'd be easy to rank that incident as the best from last week due to the sheer spectacle of it all, but we've opted to go in a different direction. Which fight leads the way? Read on to find out.  5. George Parros (MON...
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November 04, 2013  |  Discuss

The weekly NHL Index

Welcome back to another edition of the NHL Index. Below you'll find some of the biggest stories, hottest teams and best goals from the past week.  Biggest story of the week Semyon Varlamov was the talk of the NHL this week and not for his solid play so far this season.  The Colorado Avalanche goaltender was arrested on domestic violence charges early in the week. ...
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November 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Columbus will host the 2015 NHL All-Star Game

The NHL has officially announced that the Columbus Blue Jackets will host the 2015 NHL All-Star Game. Columbus was supposed to host the event in 2013, but the event was canceled thanks to the lockout. With there being no All-Star Game in 2014 due to the break for the Olympics, the logical choice was to give Columbus the All-Star Game in 2015.  Gary Bettman's comments on...
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November 03, 2013  |  Discuss

GIF: Joffrey Lupul elbows his teammate in the head

Toronto's Joffrey Lupul tried to elbow Vancouver's Henrik Sedin in the head as he skated by the Maple Leafs' net. Instead of catching Sedin, Lupul landed a crushing blow on teammate Nazem Kadri. While we're not sure what Lupul was trying to accomplish, Sedin is lucky to have avoided the hit and Kadri is lucky to escape this hit without a serious injury. Lupul...
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November 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Sabres waive Patrick Kaleta to "save his career" or something

Patrick Kaleta, noted waste of space and recent recipient of the Matt Cooke "Hey, Bro, I can help you change" award, has been waived by the Buffalo Sabres. You may remember that Kaleta was given a 10-game suspension for this hit on Jack Johnson. If you look up "head shot" on Wikipedia, I'm fairly sure that there's a screen grab of the hit as an...
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November 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Video: Flyers and Capitals brawl, Emery hits a defenseless Holtby

The Capitals beat the Flyers easily on Friday night by a score of 7-0, but all of the talk following this one will be on Ray Emery. The Flyers wanted to take out their frustration and since they weren't having much luck scoring goals, they decided to drop their mitts. Goaltender Ray Emery skated the length of the ice to challenge Washington's Braden Holtby. Holtby wasn'...
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November 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Henrik and Daniel Sedin sign matching contract extensions

In further proof that the Sedin twins really do have to do everything together, Henrik and Daniel Sedin have signed coordinating contracts with the Vancouver Canucks. According to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun, both contracts are (of course) exactly the same. Each deal is for the next four years, at $7 million a year. The Canucks now have $56 million dollars tied up in the twins....
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November 01, 2013  |  Discuss

A look at the future shows what playoff chaos realignment could wreak

I remain somewhat wary of the NHL's realignment system.  Believe me, I'm all for keeping rivalries strong, and emphasizing division play further, but I have a little trouble with how it extends to the postseason. We can all agree that the Stanley Cup Playoffs, along with March Madness and the World Cup, is the best sports tournament there is. It's why we love this...
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November 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Buffalo's John Scott suspended for 7 games

The NHL has given Buffalo's John Scott a seven-game suspension for his hit to the head of Boston's Loui Eriksson back on October 23rd. The league determined that Scott's hit to Eriksson's head was severe enough to warrant a large punishment even though the forward has no previous history of NHL discipline. Scott has already served three games while waiting for his...
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October 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Colorado goaltender Semyon Varlamov arrested on domestic violence charges

Colorado goaltender Semyon Varlamov has been arrested on domestic violence charges. While this situation is still developing and most details are unknown, it appears Varlamov is being charged with a second-degree kidnapping charge and a third-degree assault charge, as reported by the Denver Post.  The Denver Post goes on to state that the assault charge is classified as a Class...
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October 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Coyotes celebrate goalie Mike Smith's goal with bobbleheads

Mike Smith is the 11th goaltender in NHL history to score a goal and the Coyotes are excited about that. They're also excited about Mike Smith Bobblehead Night on Saturday, November 9th. But how to effectively combine both events into one glorious video that everyone will remember/will be talking about? Stop motion bobblehead animation! Inventive? Yes. Adorable? Of course...
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October 30, 2013  |  Discuss

WATCH: L.A. Kings star Drew Doughty takes an embarrassing dive

Hockey players are known as some of the toughest athletes in all of sports. They've earned this reputation by playing through serious injuries and only leaving the ice when absolutely necessary. Drew Doughty is evidently trying to tarnish that reputation as evidenced by his hilariously awkward dive against the Phoenix Coyotes.  Let's recap. Doughty has a minor collision...
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October 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Hockey fights of the week

Last week's edition of Hockey Fights of the Week featured several lopsided bouts. If your thirst for beatings was quenched last week, you'll be happy to know things are bit more balanced this week. Ready to judge some close scraps? Of course you are.  5. Brandon Mashinter (NYR) vs Wayne Simmonds (PHI) - Oct 24 This fight has some pretty incredible moments. First...
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October 28, 2013  |  Discuss

The Columbus Blue Jackets' latest tweet is awkward

The Columbus Blue Jackets have a tremendous Twitter account. Most notable for their bromance with the LA Kings' account (#lumbus forever), the team's account is conversational, funny, and pretty quick to participate with fans and other teams. Basically, they're what a lot of teams' Twitter accounts need to be. Occasionally, though, they'll tweet a clunker...
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October 28, 2013  |  Discuss

New York Islanders trade for Thomas Vanek

The Buffalo Sabres have dealt Thomas Vanek to the New York Islanders in exchange for Matt Moulson, a first round pick in 2014 and a second round pick in 2015. The move comes as the Sabres are sputtering in the Atlantic Division and amidst persisting trade rumors surrounding several players on the Buffalo roster.  The trade, as confirmed by Newsday, is a fascinating development...
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October 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Don Cherry defends John Scott

Don Cherry has made some ridiculous comments over the years. Controversial statements from Cherry are the norm. You can add some more to his resume as he has now taken a firm and unbelievable stance defending Buffalo's John Scott.  On his Hockey Night in Canada segment, Cherry defended Scott and believes Scott's actions were due to limited time on the ice. Due to his...
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October 27, 2013  |  Discuss

NHL must do more to promote Western teams

The Vancouver Canucks were in Newark, New Jersey on Thursday night to take on the Devils. Most of the controversy behind the Schneider/Luongo reunion had passed through on New Jersey's earlier trip to BC a couple of weeks ago. Still, however, this is a game featuring a team that made a recent Stanley Cup visit, has two viable NHL superstars in the Sedin twins, an Olympian in...
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October 25, 2013  |  Discuss
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