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Max Domi thinks the Arizona Coyotes will make the playoffs

Summer is a time for sunshine, warm weather and a renewed sense of optimism from teams and players around the NHL ahead of the 2016-17 season. This is the time of the year when players on teams that failed to make the playoffs in 2015-16 make comments about how the roster is improved and the playoffs appear to be in reach. The Arizona Coyotes ended last season with 78 points, but...
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July 31, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: Linesman blindsided by Wideman underwent surgery

The injury linesman Don Henderson suffered at the hands of Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman might end up costing him his career. Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe reports the 20-plus year NHL official underwent neck surgery three weeks ago. He writes that friends of Henderson worry his career might be over. Wideman was suspended 20 games (later reduced to 10) and Henderson...
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July 31, 2016  |  Discuss

Matt Cullen’s family eats cereal out of the Stanley Cup

The Stanley Cup has had its fair share of crazy adventures this summer (including a trip down a water slide), but it’s also enjoying some quieter moments too. Matt Cullen opted to enjoy a special breakfast with his family which included eating cereal out of the Cup. Breakfast can be a little different at the Cullen's (Detroit Lakes, MN) #stanleycup @penguins @NHL @HockeyHallFame...
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July 30, 2016  |  Discuss

AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals will hold a mini election with Trump and Clinton hockey bobbleheads

The Presidential Election won’t be held until November 8th, but fans of the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals will have a chance to make their choice early thanks to a Trump and Clinton hockey bobblehead vote. The team announced that one of their promotions for the upcoming season is a bobblehead giveaway in which fans could choose to take home either a hockey-playing Donald Trump or...
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July 30, 2016  |  Discuss

Lawyer who reps concussion lawsuit wants to speak with Bettman

National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman took an odd stance this week, denying a relation to Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (C.T.E), a disease of the brain found in athletes with a history of repetitive brain trauma, and hockey. C.T.E., which many athletes suffer after taking multiple blows to the head, has shown up in almost all contact sports, including prominently in...
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July 30, 2016  |  Discuss

Lake Erie ditched racist logo, changed their team name

Well that didn’t take very long, huh? The Lake Erie Warriors, who debuted a less than appropriate logo the other day is already back tracking on that logo. They didn’t just change the logo either as they changed the entire damn name. I don’t think they particularly realize why they needed to change their logo since they decided to change it all. They are now the Lake Erie...
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July 29, 2016  |  Discuss

Video: Jose Bautista’s bat flip is a goal celebration in NHL 17

A small piece of baseball culture is coming to NHL 17. Jose Bautista’s iconic bat flip is apparently making its way to NHL 17 in the form of a goal celebration. Here’s a look at how the bat flip appears in EA’s new NHL offering: So Jose Bautista's bat flip as a goal celebration in #NHL17 is apparently a very real thing. #BlueJays pic.twitter.com/NtCSKY2wE5 — Alykhan K. Ravjiani...
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July 29, 2016  |  Discuss

Calvin de Haan mocks a troll on Twitter

Trolls on Twitter are the absolute worst. They try to get under your skin and they distract from the main point you are trying to make. I am only a lowly sports writer and I can’t even imagine what an athlete’s Twitter account must look like. We got a tiny glimpse when Calvin de Haan of the New York Islanders put one troll on blast. @kreyer16 @StapeNewsday good one Kenny…since...
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July 28, 2016  |  Discuss

Cam Talbot thinks the Oilers are close to making the playoffs

Goaltender Cam Talbot is pretty confident in the Edmonton Oilers. “I don’t think we’re that far off from making the playoffs, to be honest with you,” Talbot told Sportsnet.ca. “I think one more piece [on defense] and we’ve got all the talent up front we’ve always had and added more talent via free agency and the draft. When you shore up the back end, which is what...
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July 28, 2016  |  Discuss

Canucks don't dismiss acquiring player with past issues

Trevor Linden isn’t outright dismissing he’d acquire a player with a checkered police history. The Canucks president appeared on TSN 1050, where he discussed players with a history of trouble with the police. He said each situation is unique and he wouldn’t jump to conclusions without knowing all the details. “I think with any situation, they’re all unique to themselves...
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July 28, 2016  |  Discuss

Lake Erie Warriors debut new racist logo

Starting a new hockey team from scratch has to be an exciting experience. Putting together a front office, assembling a team of players and also picking the team name. The Lake Erie Warriors, a team that is going to start this year in the National College Prospects Hockey League, a tier-two junior league, is off to a less then stellar start when they debuted this logo. Quite a logo...
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July 27, 2016  |  Discuss

Tavares dismisses rumors, wants to stay with Islanders

John Tavares has squashed a season’s worth of narrative about joining the Toronto Maple Leafs when he hits unrestricted free agency at the end of the season. The London, Ontario native has been rumored to join the Leafs at the end of next season, which would be a homecoming of sorts. Tavares wants people to know the hype is unwarranted and he plans to stick with the New York Islanders...
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July 27, 2016  |  Discuss

Is Marchand worth the money he’s reportedly asking for?

After Steven Stamkos decided against taking his talents to the open market, it put a real damper on the offseason. Most hockey fans were hoping that Stamkos would try and leverage other teams to have them all fight for his services. This next offseason we may see a similar arms race for a less impactful player. Reportedly, Brad Marchand has set his asking price for his next contract...
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July 27, 2016  |  Discuss

Shattenkirk for Krejci trade rumor still floating around

Kevin Shattenkirk was supposed to be traded prior to the 2016 NHL Draft. Despite dozens of rumors, a trade never developed. Shattenkirk has remained with the Blues, watching the team deal away Brian Elliott while failing to sign David Backes and Troy Brouwer. Shattenkirk and his agent admitted they were surprised a trade never happened. With the new season rapidly approaching...
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July 26, 2016  |  Discuss

Blues GM: Team may take step back before moving forward

Blues fans have watched several key pieces from the 2015-16 roster find new homes over the summer. Brian Elliott was traded to Calgary. David Backes signed with Boston. Troy Brouwer joined Elliott by signing with Calgary. On paper, the Blues look like a weaker team entering 2016-17 after seeing important veterans exit in favor of a stronger commitment to youth. Will the Blues...
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July 25, 2016  |  Discuss

Beer league goalie has some awesome Nintendo pads

Goalies in hockey are a rare breed and the sport allows – perhaps even encourages – them to show off some of their personality through the designs on their equipment. Many goalie masks around the NHL are art masterpieces and combine a goalie’s background with pop culture. Equipment in beer leagues tends to be more subdued, but this goalie pulled out all the stops in one incredible...
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July 25, 2016  |  Discuss

Luke Schenn happy to play for Coyotes where there’s no “outside pressure”

Defenseman Luke Schenn recently signed a two-year, $2.5 million contract with the Arizona Coyotes. The move looked like a win-win for both sides as the 26-year-old Schenn will be given the opportunity to grow his game in the hopes of landing a larger contract after the 2017-18 season while the Coyotes are hoping they just bought low on a defenseman who could have some untapped...
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July 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Video: Phil Kessel’s grandma drinks from the Stanley Cup

Phil Kessel made headlines when he brought the Stanley Cup to a children’s hospital and now his name is popping up again thanks to his grandma. Check out the video below where Grandma Kessel drinks – or maybe chugs – some champagne out of the Stanley Cup. Granny Kessel sipping (or chugging?) champagne from #stanleycup #pittsburghpenguins #freakingawesome @phil_kessel_81_...
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July 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: Islanders looking at locations to build new arena

According to Newsday, the New York Islanders are examining two locations to build a potential new arena for the team to call home. It’s been long reported that the Islanders – along with their fans – aren’t pleased with their current home in Brooklyn at the Barclays Center and they’re exploring possible options which could take the team to a location near Citi Field...
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July 23, 2016  |  Discuss

The NHL fired the arbitrator who handled the Dennis Wideman dispute

As some of you may remember, Dennis Wideman hit a referee this past season and it sparked a million think pieces about whether or not what happened was the right thing. He was initially suspended for 20 games, but after multiple appeals the sentence was reduced to 10 games. It apparently wasn’t to commissioner Gary Bettman’s liking as the arbitrator, James Oldham, has been...
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July 23, 2016  |  Discuss

Retired Brad Richards will be paid by Rangers until 2025-26

Brad Richards may have retired, but he’ll still be getting paid handsomely – and regularly – as he starts a new phase of his career. General Fanager reports Richards will earn more than $5 million next season from the New York Rangers following his 2014 buyout and will be paid a total of $14.55 million for the next 10 years. It’s not a bad way to go out. Retired Brad...
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July 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Monahan willing to take less money to help Flames compete

Sean Monahan is one of the premier young talents in the NHL. The 21-year-old has scored 21-plus goals in his first three seasons, scoring 27 goals and 63 points in 2015-16. Monahan has more than proven he’s a core piece for the Flames and currently he’s a restricted free agent. The Flames forward told TSN he wants to be in Calgary for the rest of his career and would prefer...
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July 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Analyzing the 2016-17 NHL schedule based on tired and rested teams

It’s tradition for hockey fans and analysts to start breaking down the upcoming NHL schedule the moment it’s released. Aside from looking at all of the future matchups, the usual talking points involve road trips and back-to-back games. While these may help identify stretches which may be the most trying for a team, they don’t tell the full story. Micah Blake McCurdy, or ...
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July 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Who won the Zibanejad-Brassard trade?

Save for a random minor hockey trade, the hockey news tends to slow down a fair bit over the summer. Hockey fans rejoiced as Derick Brassard of the New York Rangers and a 2018 seventh-round pick were traded to the Senators for Mika Zibanejad and a 2018 second-round pick. As far as mid-July trades go, this is a pretty exciting one. #NHLTrade Alert: Derick Brassard traded to @Senators...
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July 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: Russian hockey players involved in doping scandal

Russia faces a possible ban from the Olympics due to an alleged Government-operated doping scandal and it appears hockey players were also involved in the cover-up. According to Slava Malamud, WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) found between 16 and 17 drug samples from the Russian hockey team that were either tampered with or disappeared. The results are from both the men and women’s...
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July 19, 2016  |  Discuss
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