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Bruins Experiencing Cup Hangover

The Boston Bruins are experiencing what is commonly called the “Stanley Cup hangover.” It is admittedly far too early to start placing teams in their spots, but that hasn’t stopped many pundits from across the country from going after the Bruins (and the Vancouver Canucks) for doing less than expected in the standings. The Bruins, […]

Opinion: Carcillo, Sutton Suspended

A pair of suspensions, one of which has yet to be determined with respect to length, have been handed down by the NHL. The first suspension we’ll talk about involves Dan Carcillo of the Chicago Blackhawks. He was suspended two games for shoving Carolina’s Joni Pitkanen into the end boards. The suspension was issued as […]

Nugent-Hopkins Staying with Oilers

The answer on Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is in: he’s staying with the Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers announced the news via a tweet on Friday, confirming that their first overall pick will not be rejoining the junior club. ”It’s official, fans! Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is going to remain in an Oilers uniform and not return to junior, ” read the tweet. […]

Kyle Turris Asks Coyotes for a Trade

The Kyle Turris situation in Phoenix just took another turn. “This has never been about money, we’ve been upfront with the club from day one,” agent Kurt Overhardt told ESPN.com. “We’ve respectfully requested that the player had the opportunity to move forward in his career by having a fresh start.” Turris and the Coyotes have […]

Teams Must Decide on 2011 Draft Picks

In order to delay the start of their entry level contract, NHL teams must decide within 10 games as to the immediate futures of their 2011 NHL Draft Picks. This is a gamble in many ways, depending on whether or not a team is assured that their particular player of choice is ready for primetime. […]

Opinion: Pronger Injury Draws Out Visor Debate…Again

It wasn’t a pretty picture on Monday night as Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Chris Pronger took a stick to the outside of his right eye. He was racing for a puck with Toronto’s Mikhail Grabovski and, as Grabovski slapped after the puck, the stick connected with Pronger’s and the blade came right up in the Flyers’ face. “He […]

Sweet, Sweet Fantasy: Jacob Markstrom’s Big Chance

Goaltending is always a tricky category to figure out because a lot of goalies go through slumps and, to be kind, less than consistent patches. Both Roberto Luongo and Dwayne Roloson have been inconsistent in October, while Craig Anderson’s been struggling with a weak defensive group in front. Steve Mason, currently at 0-7-1, is almost […]

Examining the Canucks/Panthers Trade

Shortly after the Vancouver Canucks took a 3-2 overtime victory over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday afternoon, they announced a trade with the Florida Panthers. The Canucks sent NHL veterans Mikael Samuelsson and Marco Sturm to the Sunshine State in exchange for David Booth, centre Steven Reinprecht and a draft pick. In sending away Samuelsson, the Canucks gave up the only […]

Opinion: Shea Weber Fined $2,500 for Hit on Hansen

Nashville Predators defenceman Shea Weber has been fined $2,500 for his hit on Vancouver’s Jannik Hansen. Check out the hit here if you haven’t seen it. Weber received a minor penalty for boarding along with a minor for unsportsmanlike conduct. “I didn’t like this hit and I expressed that to Shea Weber. I feel it […]

Sweet, Sweet Fantasy: Some Surprising Left-Wingers

Choosing left wingers for any hockey pool can be a daunting task because, let’s face it, there’s a lot of skill to be found. The position has featured some historically remarkable players like Luc Robitaille, John Bucyk, Brendan Shanahan, Dave Andreychuk, and Bobby Hull. And heading into 2011-2012, the historical awesomeness of left wing continues with […]

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