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The Chicago Blackhawks are your 2013 Stanley Cup champions

Game 7 looked like a certainty with just over a minute left in regulation of Game 6. Boston clung to a 2-1 lead over Chicago, desperately trying to keep elimination at bay. The Blackhawks delivered a crushing and shocking blow, scoring the tying goal with 1:16 to go in regulation.  Wait! There's more! As soon as overtime seemed like a certainty, Chicago put the finishing...
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June 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild give Niklas Backstrom a three-year, $10.25 million contract

After missing out on the chance to acquire Jonathan Bernier, the Minnesota Wild have signed Niklas Backstrom to a three-year, $10.25 million contract. The WIld were believed to be in the hunt for Bernier, but the Kings traded him to the Toronto Maple Leafs on June 23rd. Given the lack of other options out on the open market, the Wild elected to retain their winnigest goaltender...
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June 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Video: Chicago reporter tricks Boston fans with fake Stanley Cup case

WGN’s Pat Tomasulo has a case that's roughly the same size as the Stanley Cup. Smack a couple of NHL stickers on the side and put on a suit with white gloves and suddenly everyone thinks you are carrying around the Stanley Cup.  Meet the ultimate practical joke.  The Chicago reporter pulled off this trick in Boston, making many Bruins fans think they were taking...
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June 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Los Angeles trades Jonathan Bernier to Toronto

After weeks of speculation, Jonathan Bernier was finally traded on Sunday afternoon. The Los Angeles Kings sent their backup goaltender and restricted free agent Bernier over to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Matt Frattin, goalie Ben Scrivens, and a second-round draft pick in either 2014 or 2015, as reported by Steve Simmons. The Maple Leafs will now have to sign Bernier...
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June 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Bruins have big fan in Ray Charles, the blind golden retriever

I'm sure that Ray Charles will be tuned in to Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals tonight, cheering on his beloved Bruins. I'm not sure that he'll be able to see any of it, though. No, not because he's dead. Because he's blind.  Obviously, I am not speaking of the Ray Charles that you are thinking of. I am speaking of Ray Charles, the blind golden retriever...
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June 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Toronto, Philadelphia and Minnesota pursuing Jonathan Bernier

Recently we discussed the fact Jonathan Bernier's time with the Los Angeles Kings is coming to an end. The time has finally come for the Kings to part with their backup netminder and give him a chance to compete for the starting job in a new city. At the time of our most recent article on Bernier, as many as 10 teams were believed to be interested in his services.  Now...
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June 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Major flooding at Calgary's Saddledome

The major flooding in Calgary has caused significant damage inside the Saddledome. Reports (and the photo above) from Eric Francis, a Calgary Sun columnist, indicates that the arena is flooded up to the 10th row. The dressing rooms are underwater and the jumbotron control room is destroyed. As you might imagine, most equipment is ruined.  BREAKING: Water is up to row 10 at...
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June 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Lindy Ruff named new coach of the Dallas Stars

On Friday, the Dallas Stars announced that they have hired Lindy Ruff to be their next head coach. Jim Lites, President and CEO of the organization, tipped off the hire to people who were eating at a luncheon in Fort Worth on Thursday, which sent social media outlets in a frenzy throughout the day. A press conference is scheduled to take place on Friday at the American Airlines Arena...
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June 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Rule changes likely coming to fights in the NHL

Fights in the NHL might look a little different in 2013-14. Pending approval from the NHL's Board of Governors, all 30 GMs have agreed to on some new rules when players decide to drop the mitts. Any player that intentionally removes his helmet prior to a fight will receive a two-minute penalty on top of his five-minute major. Also, the rule (that was only occasionally enforced...
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June 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Avalanche planning to pass on Seth Jones

It's been widely believed for quite some time now that Seth Jones will be the first name called during the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. The defenseman has been extremely impressive in his young career, scoring 56 points in 61 games for the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL during the 2012-13 season. At 18, Jones already plays an intelligent game which far exceeds his years.  Will...
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June 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Danny Briere informed he will be bought out by Philadelphia Flyers

Each team, under the new CBA that goes into effect next week, is allowed two amnesty buyouts of big salaries. Why not punish teams for past sins? Cap compliance, of course. The Flyers have two very large contracts that don't look very practical: those of goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov and forward Danny Briere. Briere has been informed that he will be the first of the two buyouts,...
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June 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Pavel Datsyuk signs extension to stay in Detroit through 2016-17

Pavel Datsyuk has signed a three-year extension which will keep him with the Detroit Red Wings through 2016-17, as reported by the Detroit News. This news officially ends any speculation that Datsyuk may shift over to the KHL to finish out his career after the 2013-14 campaign. Datsuk will earn $23 million during his three-year extension and will carry an average cap hit of just...
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June 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Jonathan Bernier's time with the LA Kings is coming to an end

Jonathan Bernier asked for a trade from the Los Angeles Kings back in the summer of 2012. You might recall a story we wrote on why Bernier deserves a new opportunity and a chance to prove himself in the NHL. Trapped behind Jonathan Quick, Bernier has never had more than a part-time role in the NHL.  Bernier may finally get his opportunity almost exactly one year later. It&...
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June 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Calgary Flames willing to trade three first-round picks for the top overall pick

It's no surprise that the Calgary Flames want to shake up their roster. This point was made clear prior to the 2013 trade deadline when the Flames dealt Jarome Iginla to the Pittsburgh Penguins and Jay Bouwmeester to the St. Louis Blues. Add in speculation that Miikka Kiprusoff is preparing to retire and you have a franchise ready to take on a new identity.  The Flames...
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June 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Logan Couture points out Vezina injustice

Every player probably feels like their team's goaltender had a shot at the Vezina this year, and many could offer up a solid argument as to why. The San Jose Sharks' goaltender, Antti Niemi, had an outstanding season. He finished with a .924 save percentage and a 2.16 goals against average and helped the Sharks through some genuinely tough patches this past season. Sergei...
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June 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Jaromir Jagr's favorite player growing up was ... Jaromir Jagr

During CBC's player intros leading up to Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals, players were asked to name their favorite skater from when they were growing up. David Krejci said that his favorite player growing up was current teammate Jaromir Jagr. Following Krejci was Jagr himself. Who did he say was his favorite player? Jaromir Jagr, of course. Yet another great moment from...
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June 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Alain Vigneault is the new head coach of the Rangers

Alain Vigneault is the new head coach of the New York Rangers, as reported by several outlets on Saturday afternoon. Vigneault, the former head coach of the Vancouver Canucks, will take over the position recently vacated by John Tortorella.  There was some belief that Vigneault might stand behind the bench in Dallas, but reports surfaced that he had turned down the position...
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June 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Rangers interview Messier for coaching job

File this under "too good to be true." The New York Rangers have interviewed Mark Messier for their head coaching position. No, seriously. They have interviewed someone with no coaching experience to lead their team deeper into the playoffs than John Tortorella did.  Why Messier? Well, besides the fact that he's such a great leader he has a trophy named after...
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June 15, 2013  |  Discuss
BAD IDEA TWEETS

Kane calls Bosh a 'fairy' on Twitter

Winnipeg Jets star Evander Kane took to Twitter on Thursday night during Game 4 of the NBA Finals and tweeted that Chris Bosh "looked like a fairy" on a play.

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June 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Season tickets for the Florida Panthers start at just $7 a game

Want season tickets for the Florida Panthers? Want them cheap? How about extremely, extremely cheap? You're in luck. The Panthers announced during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals that they are offering a ridiculously good deal for 500 season ticket packages.  You can buy season tickets for the Panthers for just $7 a game. This package includes tickets to 44 games as well...
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June 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Penguins give Evgeni Malkin a huge eight-year, $76 million extension

The Pittsburgh Penguins have given Evgeni Malkin an enormous eight-year, $76 million contract extension which will keep him within the organization through the 2021-22 season. Malkin's old contract was still in place through the 2013-14 season, but the team clearly believed they needed to address his contract as soon as possible.  Malkin will make $7.5 million in 2013-14...
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June 13, 2013  |  Discuss

A Don Cherry centaur from Detroit's WDIV

Your eyes will not be able to un-see the majesty of Don Cherry this time. His suits are a collective Rorschach test of terribleness, but never before has Cherry been this disconcerting. Via Andrew Ebbett of the Vancouver Canucks comes indisputable proof that Americans find Cherry as interesting as Canadians do: Wow. Thank you for that, WDIV. I for one am anxiously awaiting...
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June 13, 2013  |  Discuss
DIDN'T SEE YOU THERE

Bruins teammates have nasty collision

The biggest hit from Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals was an accident. Milan Lucic skated across the blue line, completely unaware that Jaromir Jagr was about to cut and head his direction. The two Bruins had a huge collision which sent both men sprawling. To make matters worse, Chicago's Brandon Saad was unable to avoid the traffic jam and ran into the back of Lucic. The result...
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June 13, 2013  |  Discuss

NHL's "Handshake" commercial highlights one of the best traditions in sports

The handshake line in hockey is one of the best traditions in all of sports. Losing teams quickly dash off the field in baseball, football and basketball. In hockey, the players are forced to congratulate the opponent which often leads to some memorable exchanges.  Here the NHL capitalizes on the tradition in a commercial simply titled "Handshake". The video takes...
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June 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Flyers trade for defenseman Mark Streit

The Philadelphia Flyers have acquired Mark Streit from the New York Islanders in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft. The Flyers now own the rights of the defenseman and will have the opportunity to sign him prior to July 5th when he'll be an unrestricted free agent.  We knew Streit wasn't going to be an Islander in 2013-14 after he turned down the...
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June 12, 2013  |  Discuss
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