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The cast of Entourage fights over Jimmy Vesey

If you’ve been wondering what Kevin Connolly and Jerry Ferrara have been doing since Entourage finally stopped filming after the 2015 feature film, the answer might surprise you. On Tuesday, Ferrara, who played Vincent Chase’s assistant Salvatore “Turtle” Assante on the hit HBO show, made a pitch to college free agent Jimmy Vesey. Ferrara tagged the 23-year-old on Twitter...
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August 17, 2016  |  Discuss

Just how quickly will the Toronto Maple Leafs compete?

The Toronto Maple Leafs are going to be a case study for analytics whether we want them to be or not. After bringing in multiple analytics consultants and assistant general manager Kyle Dubas, the target was placed firmly on their back. For better or for worse, you will see different writers pointing at the Maple Leafs as the reason why analytics are faulty and not worth your time...
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August 17, 2016  |  Discuss

Ducks continue puzzling summer, sign Antoine Vermette

After being ousted early in the playoffs, the Ducks felt some retooling was needed. Rather than moving toward the future with analytics and a coaching staff that embraces these new methods, they brought on Randy Carlyle as coach. Needing a good bottom-six winger, they brought in Jared Boll. The emphasis on truculence would make one think that the team is moving in that direction...
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August 17, 2016  |  Discuss

Quebec hockey player charged with assaulting a referee

Violence in hockey has always been a feature of the sport. Hockey, like many other sports is, beginning to turn the corner on player safety and even referee safety. One particular incident happened this past February in Quebec when a referee was spit on by a player. The player involved in that incident, Olivier Marcotte, is now being charged with assault. Here’s video of the...
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August 16, 2016  |  Discuss

Dan Bylsma warns that the Corsi stat isn’t perfect

Advanced stats have slowly infiltrated the NHL over the past several seasons. Some teams continue to publicly ignore advanced statistics, but the majority of the league has at least recognized the value in looking beyond the traditional measurements. As terms such as Corsi, Fenwick and PDO continue to grow in populatiry, Dan Bylsma warns that it’s important to not place too much...
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August 16, 2016  |  Discuss

WHL’s Regina Pats will wear uniforms honoring the Toronto Blue Jays

Franken-jerseys are often times fun creations and some of the best promotional tools in minor league hockey. This time the WHL’s Regina Pats are going to take it to a whole other level. On January 6th against the Calgary Hitmen they will be having Blue Jays night and will sport unique uniforms to honor the occasion. WHL's Regina Pats set to host special Toronto Blue Jays night...
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August 16, 2016  |  Discuss

Video: P.K. Subban enters beast mode while squatting a ton of weight

Many people tried to drag P.K. Subban’s name through the mud and make him into something he wasn’t after he was traded. His charitable donations and gregarious personality should make him one of the most loved players in the game. Now that he has joined Nashville, his work isn’t done and he is trying to assert his position as one of the best defensemen in the game. His weightlifting...
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August 15, 2016  |  Discuss

Radim Vrbata signs one-year deal with Coyotes

Returning to the team that helped elevate him to the player that he is, Radim Vrbata has joined the Arizona Coyotes for one year for just $1 million. The transaction was first reported by Craig Morgan of Arizona Sports. The deal is an absolute steal and shows how fantastic a wait-and-see approach can be during the NHL offseason. Coming off of a down year with the Canucks where he...
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August 15, 2016  |  Discuss

Senators GM is confident the Sens are a playoff team

Pierre Dorion is confident in the roster he’s helped assemble. The rookie Ottawa Senators GM spoke to Bruce Garrioch of Postmedia, revealing he believes his club is a playoff team. “Without a doubt, and I know when you work for an organization you’re biased about your players because you drafted a lot of them and you’ve made a trade for a few of them,” Dorion said. “But...
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August 15, 2016  |  Discuss

Video: KHL goaltender makes crazy stick save in preseason game

August doesn’t have to be the slow period for hockey news. The KHL has given us plenty to write about this preseason. While most of that news hasn’t been related to the skills on the ice, the KHL may have already given us the save of the year. The goaltender who made the save was Alexei Krasikov from HC Sibir who is only 20 years of age. The save itself is out of this world...
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August 15, 2016  |  Discuss

Here’s a first look at Taylor Hall in a Devils uniform

The Taylor Hall – Adam Larsson trade was pretty shocking. It’s wasn’t a surprise to see Hall moved, but Oilers fans probably would have preferred a larger return for one of their best assets. Now that the dust has settled on the move, the Devils poured some salt in the wounds of Oilers fans by showing off Hall in his new red and black uniform. Here’s a first look at Hall...
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August 14, 2016  |  Discuss

Bryan Rust sleeps and eats fries with the Stanley Cup

The Stanley Cup recently spent some quality time with Bryan Rust as it continued its summer victory tour with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Cup has already been dented, taken down a water slide and used as a cereal bowl this summer, but now it’s serving a new purpose – McDonald’s fries holder. But first, Rust needed a nap and a special snuggle buddy: Everybody deserves a...
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August 14, 2016  |  Discuss

Vegas NHL team won’t be called Red Hawks or Desert Hawks, Nighthawks still an option

The new Las Vegas NHL team is closing in on an official name, but recent reports about what that name might be apparently aren’t entirely accurate. Owner Bill Foley has publicly stated that Red Hawks and Desert Hawks are no longer options, but he confirmed Nighthawks is still on the table along with two other names. Previous reports suggested that the Vegas team had narrowed their...
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August 13, 2016  |  Discuss

Alexander Radulov center of Patrick Roy–Avalanche dispute?

Patrick Roy shocked the hockey world by announcing his resignation as head coach and VP of hockey operations with the Colorado Avalanche. Roy issued a blunt statement in which he essentially indicated that he wasn’t pleased with how much say he had over the final roster. Roy’s resignation, a move that might be a blessing in disguise for the Avalanche, might have been partially...
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August 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Video: Eddie Lack snipes a goal in full goalie gear

Summer is a time for fun and Eddie Lack is making the most of his time off before the 2016-17 season. Lack, a current goaltender for the Carolina Hurricanes, skated in a Pro-Am game in Salmon Arm, British Columbia and had a bit of fun by breaking the rules and joining the play in the offensive zone in full goalie gear. Using a regular stick, Lack unleashed a pretty nifty wrister...
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August 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Jimmy Vesey is closing in on a decision, wants to hear from 4-5 more teams

The Jimmy Vesey sweepstakes continues. Vesey’s agent said the talented forward is still looking to hear from other teams as he’s about to enter free agency, including the Boston Bruins. “What Jimmy wants to do is see it through,” Vesey’s agent Peter Fish told the Boston Herald. “He’s wanted to go to free agency and he’s going to see it through. There’s about 4-5...
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August 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Video: Jonathan Toews is the next Picasso in new Canadian Tire commercial

To some, hockey can be described as beautiful chaos as bodies fly everywhere while the puck moves quickly from player to player. So it shouldn’t come as any surprise that hockey is described as art in Jonathan Toews’ new commercial for Canadian Tire. According to the ad itself, Toews is Picasso. If hockey’s an art, @JonathanToews is Picasso. #CTWowGuide https://t.co/bWOc6gOGDWhttps...
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August 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Is Shayne Gostisbehere due for a sophomore slump?

Each year in the NHL we run into the breakout player who takes the league by storm. You’ll always have your Connor McDavids of the world, first-round picks with high expectations. Other times you’ll have your Shayne Gostisbeheres, whom you pick later in the draft and they surprise you when they make such a big impact in the league. In the case of Gostisbehere, his story is...
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August 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Video: Pierre McGuire is doing water polo commentary and says the sport is “very similar” to hockey

Did you think you could avoid Pierre McGuire all summer long? Wrong! NBC stuck McGuire on color commentary for water polo at the Rio Olympics much to the chagrin of hockey fans everywhere. McGuire wasted no time making a hockey comment and when he was quizzed about the connection between water polo and hockey, he said the two are very similar. What? According to Pierre water polo...
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August 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Olympic participation discussion not priority for NHL

As hockey fans watch the Olympic action in Rio, the question of whether the NHL will participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics inevitably pops up. The NHL is currently preparing to host the 2016 World Cup of Hockey this September, but fans and players are still interested to hear what the NHL is planning to do when the Olympics head to South Korea. A recent interview with Gary Bettman...
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August 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Marc-Andre Fleury on a mission to win back starting job

If training camp goes Marc-Andre Fleury’s way, he’ll be the starting goaltender for the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 2016-17 season. Fleury spoke with Robert Laflamme of NHL.com about being a backup goaltender during the Pittsburgh Penguins' run to a Stanley Cup victory. He admitted it was an odd feeling being on the bench while rookie Matt Murray started but said, at the...
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August 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: San Jose Sharks will debut a new secondary logo

When you are an nontraditional franchise like the San Jose Sharks, any tiny misstep and the traditionalists will get on your back about ruining the game. Coming off of a season where they made the Stanley Cup Final, the Sharks don’t have to do a whole lot to get fans into the SAP Center. The Sharks though aren’t just going to stand by while other franchises are debuting new...
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August 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Video: Man receives a shave from a hockey skate during KHL game

The KHL can’t keep out of the hockey news cycle right now. Mostly the news has been centered around violence but they also are making a name for themselves in an outside of the box way too. Apparently during last Saturday’s final at the Sochi Open, a fan got to receive a close shave in an unexpected way. According to Yahoo’s Puck Daddy blog, the person performing the shave...
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August 09, 2016  |  Discuss

San Jose Sharks will give away grills so you can look like Brent Burns

The San Jose Sharks made news last season when they had a Brent Burns Chia Pet giveaway as apart of their promotional schedule. The club took the traditional thought of giveaways (rally towels, shirts, etc) and turned it on its head with a unique item which got fans and the hockey world talking. What are they doing for an encore? They are bringing back the Chia Pet in the form of...
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August 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Video: KHL player sucker punches multiple players, opposing team walks out

Another day in the KHL, another ridiculous incident. The other day we had two coaches fighting and going at one another. We haven’t seen anything like that since Bob Hartley and John Tortorella. This time, a KHL player sucker punches every player on the opposing team and that team proceeds to forfeit the match. It truly is a jaw-dropping sight to see. The player going around and...
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August 08, 2016  |  Discuss
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