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Should the Vegas Golden Knights Trade Now or Wait for Later?

The Vegas Golden Knights have regressed after their strong start. Just 4-5-1 in their last ten games, the team has come back down to earth. Amid their hot start, everyone has expected a reversion to normality sooner or later. Some are questioning their Stanley Cup Playoff credentials. However, the fact is, only two teams in NHL history have ever missed the Playoffs after earning 16 points in their first nine games. One of them was Montreal in 2015-16, who lost star goaltender Carey Price for mo
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Arizona Coyotes Forcing Out Shane Doan was a Bad Idea

On June 19, the Arizona Coyotes announced they would not be offering captain Shane Doan a new contract, despite his NHL-best 10 years as leader of the team, and 21 in the organization. The 40-year-old right wing retired just over two months later. Owner Andrew Barroway and general manager John Chayka made the call. They saw a need to focus on the future and transition leadership. “After serious consideration, we have decided to not offer [Doan] a contract for the upcoming season. The time has
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Jordan Eberle enough to get Islanders to Playoffs?

One point was all that kept the New York Islanders out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season; perhaps you could’ve forgiven Garth Snow for only slightly tweaking his team for 2017-18. However, the oft-maligned President and General Manager was not about to die wondering. On June 22, the Islanders acquired two-time All-Star Jordan Eberle from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for the disappointing Ryan Strome. The trade was widely received as an outright win for New York. It represents a 21-poin
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Edmonton Oilers Cap Troubles on The Horizon

Within one month of the off-season, the Edmonton Oilers extended stars Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl for a combined 16 years and $168 million. Their contracts will eat almost 30% of the team’s salary cap next year. Yet, for once-maligned president of hockey operations Peter Chiarelli, these two foregone conclusions received almost no negative attention. Is it possible two of the easiest moves Chiarelli will ever make may come to roost far sooner than we thought? The cost of Edmonton re-sig
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Bobby Ryan key to Stanley Cup run for Ottawa

All things considered, it has been a decent start to 2017-18 for the Ottawa Senators. The team has started the season 3-1-2 without their best player and captain Erik Karlsson. The Senators enter the season looking to improve on their run to the Eastern Conference Finals last year. Behind their captain, Karlsson and second-year coach Guy Boucher, Ottawa lost in game seven (in double overtime no less) of the Eastern Conference Finals to the eventual Stanley Cup champions the Pittsburgh Penguins.
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Nathan Walker Scores in NHL Debut with the Washington Capitals

Washington Capitals forward Nathan Walker may not have been on many fans radars when he made the roster to start the season. However, in his native Australia it marked the start of something big. Before Washington’s 6-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, no Australian had ever played in the NHL. However, almost as soon as the 23-year-old had skated his first shift, he’d scored, off a second period deflection from Devante Smith-Pelly to bring his sides score to six. The world’s sixth-
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Vegas Golden Knights' chance to do something special starts now

On October 1, 58 people were killed and over 500 injured when a gunman opened fire on a country music concert on the Las Vegas Strip. The disaster ranks as the worst shooting in United States history. It eclipsed the 49 killed at an Orlando, Florida nightclub last year. It is the worst tragedy in the history of Nevada, and the city of Las Vegas. The tragedy has nothing to do with sports; however, sports and tragedies have been inextricably linked over the years. A community rallying around the
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Was Ken Hitchcock the right hire for Dallas?

A year after finishing first in the Western Conference, the Dallas Stars were barely recognisable last season, crashing from 109 to 78 points and not surprisingly, out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The collapse resulted in head coach Lindy Ruff not being invited back for a fifth season, replaced by 65-year-old Ken Hitchcock, who took Dallas to their only Stanley Cup triumph, in 1999. Hitchcock spent 50 games of last year coaching the St. Louis Blues before being fired, and had planned to retire
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Will Chicago Resist Temptation of Alex DeBrincat?

Not since 2007 has there been this much excitement among the Chicago Blackhawks over a teenager who is still a long shot to start the season in the NHL. Back then it was Patrick Kane. Now it’s Alex DeBrincat. Listed at 5’7″ and 165 pounds, the 19-year-old forward recently helped the Erie Otters to an OHL title. He is unequivocally Chicago’s most exciting prospect. At the team’s annual training camp festival on Saturday (sold out, I might add), he impressed at left wing alongside captain Jonath
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Philadelphia Flyers Leaving Claude Giroux Behind

“When the best player in the world comes up to you and tells you, ‘I don’t know who you’re planning on starting tonight, but I want that first shift’, that says everything.” This was said of Claude Giroux by former Philadelphia Flyers Head Coach Peter Laviolette after the monstrous 2012 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Game 6 put in by his captain. Giroux scored the opening goal of the game in his opening shift, his sixth for the playoffs, crunching fellow “worldy” Sidney Crosby with a huge hit
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Puck Drop Preview: 2017-18 Chicago Blackhawks

Welcome to Puck Drop Preview 2017-18, where gives you a detailed look at each team from around the NHL leading to the start of this hockey season and offers our insight and analysis. Make sure to stick around until the end of the series, where we’ll offer our full predictions for the standings in each division, and eventually our 2017-18 Stanley Cup pick. You can check out all our articles on our Puck Drop Page. Today the series continues with the 2017-18 Chicago Blackhawks.
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Does Travis Green Have Time?

In his first four months as an NHL head coach, without a puck having yet been dropped, new Vancouver Canucks mentor Travis Green seems to be preparing his employers for what they may be in for the foreseeable future. “I’m not sitting up here saying, ‘We’re going to win the Stanley Cup next year’, but we’re going to get better. We’re going to start the process of building the right culture,” he said, in his very first press conference as head coach in Vancouver. Perhaps it was a brave thing to
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Starting Six: Chicago Blackhawks All-Time Lineup

The Starting Six series comes to you to dive into the best player at each position all-time for every organization. The biggest and best at each position, with the most memorable moments in franchise history. Here is the Chicago Blackhawks all-time lineup. Obvious to Chicago fans would be the agonising over whether Tony Esposito or Glenn Hall gets this distinguished spot as the Blackhawks’ all-time goaltender. Both boast formidable resumes; Esposito featured in the NHL’s First All-Star Team thr
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Stan Bowman has the Chicago Blackhawks Flying in a Different Direction

The Chicago Blackhawks were hosting the 2017 NHL Entry Draft in their building, the United Centre. Perhaps Chicago’s vice-president and general manager Stan Bowman forgot that, when, just hours before the commencement of the annual talent dispersion, he traded away two of the team’s most popular players. The same day that Bowman decided to move three-time Stanley Cup Champion defenceman Niklas Hjalmarsson and talented young winger Artemi Panarin; he had to front the Chicago locals on the podium
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Will Nolan Patrick come back to haunt the New Jersey Devils?

The first overall pick in the NHL Entry Draft is a funny thing. In a year like this, all the Philadelphia Flyers (picking 2nd) have to do is select whomever the New Jersey Devils (picking 1st) do not. The privilege New Jersey have been gifted also carries great responsibility. They used the honour of their franchise’s first ever Number 1 pick to select Swiss centre Nico Hischier out of the Halifax Mooseheads. In a class possessing no real knockout Number 1 prospect, such as Auston Matthews and
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Chicago Blackhawks Defence Undergoing Significant Overhaul

On Wednesday, the news came that the Chicago Blackhawks had added highly sought after Czech free agent defenseman Jan Rutta. The 26-year-old blue liner signed a one-year deal with Chicago for $925,000. It also carries almost $500,000 in potential bonuses. That same day, reports also filed through that retired former NHLer Ulf Samuelsson was to sign with the Blackhawks as an assistant coach. He takes over the defensive and blue line duties of the fired Mike Kitchen. Defence and penalty kill were

Hey #hockeyinthedesert, thanks for Auston Matthews

After a fascinating season of NHL with a lingering subplot of the upcoming addition of the Vegas Golden Knights, the NHL's "hockey in the desert" campaign After a fascinating season of NHL that has carried a lingering subplot of the upcoming addition of the Vegas Golden Knights, the NHL‘s “hockey in the desert” campaign has again come under serious scrutiny. Perhaps fairly so. This kind of noise hasn’t been made around a teams’ viability, or necessity in the NHL since IceArizona Acquisition to

Connor McDavid’s scariest talent is his natural leadership

We all know Connor McDavid is an incredible talent. Perhaps even a once in a generation talent. What we are are only just beginning to learn is that maybe his leadership is also in that category. In the midst of the lead up to the World Cup of Hockey, Team North America head coach Todd McLellan spoke of just why McDavid was appointed his captain despite being the second youngest in the side, and it had nothing to do with bias from the Edmonton Oilers’ head coach.

NHL: One player to watch heading into the 2016-17 season: Part III

Ottawa Senators: Derick Brassard The Ottawa Senators have been searching for a top line centre since trading captain Jason Spezza in 2014, and this off-season, they finally managed to net one, landing Derick Brassard from the New York Rangers. But despite filling a vital need, Ottawa still could not escape the ire of supporters nor NHL fans, with the move being labeled as “overly conservative”. But why? Brassard is a fantastic two way forward who is in his prime and is a great play maker and puck controller. He fills all the needs of a first line centre for the Senators. But it was nothing to do with Brassard – the Sens gave up immensely promising young centre Mika Zibanejad, coming off a career year, to bring the Quebec native to The Palladium. Ottawa are one of the many teams in the league working on a budget, and thought of paying Zibanejad what he’s worth when he becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season was keeping gm Pierre Dorion up at night, and that fear ended up eating through him. Derick Brassard has had an impressive couple of seasons, recording 60 and 58 points respectively, but it will take an even bigger effort to erase Z Bad from the minds of Senators fans.
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