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Steven Stamkos won’t be dealt before trade deadline

In a largely unprecedented move, General Manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning Steve Yzerman released a statement saying that the team would not be looking to trade star player Steven Stamkos before the trade deadline. No one really knows why this statement was necessary as not many believed that Stamkos was going to be available via trade anyway. For those uninformed of the situation...
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February 15, 2016  |  Discuss

The 5 best hockey fights from Week 18 & 19

It’s been a couple weeks since we’ve posted a recap of the best fights from around the NHL, so this edition is a version loaded with some outstanding scraps. Only one of Evander Kane’s three fights from his game against the Panthers made the list, but both he and Alex Petrovic deserve a special shoutout for dropping the mitts three times in a night. 5. Robby Fabbri (STL...
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February 15, 2016  |  Discuss

Alex Burrows denies reports on waiving no-trade clause

Vancouver Canucks forward Alex Burrows has gone on record to say he doesn’t want to waive his no-trade clause and wants to remain with the Canucks. Reports of Burrows possibly approaching the Canucks surfaced when Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet.ca reported during his headlines segment that Burrows may be willing to waive his no-trade clause should Canucks management approach...
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February 15, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: Islanders may not trade Travis Hamonic by the deadline

Back at the end of 2015, Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic requested a trade out of the organization. Hamonic’s request reportedly had little to do with the Isles and more to do with the fact the 25-year-old wanted to be with a Western Conference team so that he’d be closer to home. The Jets (his home team) and the Oilers (a team that always needs defensive help) sounded like...
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February 14, 2016  |  Discuss

Did the Wild make the right move firing Mike Yeo?

It was announced yesterday that Mike Yeo was fired as the coach of the Minnesota Wild. It wasn’t a very surprising move given what this season has been for the Wild. The team has vastly underperformed and haven’t played anywhere close to their potential and because of it Yeo was the casualty. This was easily the worst year for the team thus far. Their winning percentage this...
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February 14, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: Canucks GM wants to tear down and rebuild but owners won’t allow it

The Vancouver Canucks are spinning out of the playoff picture and it looks like they’re going to be classified as sellers as the trade deadline nears. Though they may be clear sellers, that doesn’t mean they’re actually going to sell according to a report from Elliotte Friedman on Hockey Night in Canada. Elliotte commented on the desires of Canucks GM Jim Benning and how the...
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February 14, 2016  |  Discuss

Video: Joseph Blandisi scores between-the-legs goal

You may not know Joseph Blandisi. He was a sixth-round pick in 2012 selected by the Colorado Avalanche. During his time in junior hockey he played on three separate OHL teams over his six year career in the league. In his final year in the OHL, he was scoring at a near two point per game pace. His play was noticed by the New Jersey Devils and because of it, he has been a difference...
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February 13, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: Filip Forsberg goes beast on Lightning with this goal

It has been a tough year for the Nashville Predators. After acquiring Ryan Johansen, the Predators have had an up and down campaign with not a lot to show for it. One of the poster boys of their disappointment has been Filip Forsberg. After having a stellar rookie campaign, his play has come back down to earth. This doesn’t mean that from time to time Forsberg hasn’t shown glimpses...
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February 13, 2016  |  Discuss

Hockey Tweets of the Week – Week 19

Welcome back kids! It’s your hockey twitter recap that you can’t live without: The Tweets of the Week. This past week, social media captured some truly bizarre happenings around the NHL. We’ll dive in slowly, as we explore an early week blowout which might have been the catalyst for a crazy mid-week transaction: The Senators Blow Out Toronto And yes, Leafs fans were predictably...
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February 13, 2016  |  Discuss

Video: Mitch Marner scores incredible goal, Leafs fans salivate

Leafs prospect Mitch Marner scored a goal on Friday night for the London Knights of the OHL that was absolutely incredible. You might want to check this out, especially if you’re a long suffering fan of the NHL franchise in Toronto. It’ll get you out of your seat and have you dancing in dark intersections late at night: The good news keeps coming for Maple Leafs fans. First...
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February 13, 2016  |  Discuss

The Canucks look pretty sharp in throwback 90s uniforms

The Vancouver Canucks are throwing things back to the 90s on Saturday and they’re going to look amazing when they do it. Check it out! #RetroNight
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February 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: Carey Price could be done for the season

The Canadiens sit three points out of a playoff spot with a 27-24-4 record, and are still undefined as a playoff contender. One of the big reasons why that’s the case is the status of Carey Price. His MCL injury has caused the Canadiens to falter, but as bad as Montreal can be, with Price in the lineup they at the very least be a competitive playoff team. There may be bad news...
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February 12, 2016  |  Discuss

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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February 11, 2016  |  Discuss

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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February 11, 2016  |  Discuss

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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February 10, 2016  |  Discuss

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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February 10, 2016  |  Discuss

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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February 10, 2016  |  Discuss

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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February 09, 2016  |  Discuss

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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February 09, 2016  |  Discuss

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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February 09, 2016  |  Discuss

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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February 08, 2016  |  Discuss

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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February 07, 2016  |  Discuss

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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February 07, 2016  |  Discuss

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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February 06, 2016  |  Discuss

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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February 06, 2016  |  Discuss
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