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Dr. Pucksworth

Dr. Pucksworth has written 2666 posts for HockeyDraft.ca Newsroom

Evgeni Malkin Has to Get Going

In three Stanley Cup Final games against the San Jose Sharks so far, Pittsburgh Penguins centre Evgeni Malkin has no points. In fact, the Magnitogorsk-born 29-year-old enters Game Four on Monday night with no goals in the past six games and just one in his past 15. But to hear Malkin tell it, there’s nothing […]

Playing the Game: Crosby Accused of “Cheating” in Faceoffs

The San Jose Sharks are down two games to none in the Stanley Cup Final, so it stands to reason that the game is afoot. Sharks forward Logan Couture laid it all out on the line when asked why Pittsburgh Penguins centre Sidney Crosby was so dominant in the faceoff circle. “He cheats,” said the […]

Habs Hire Kirk Muller as Associate Coach

While Kirk Muller was once considered to be next in line for the head coaching gig in St. Louis, he actually turned down their offer after the announcement of a contract extension for head coach Ken Hitchcock. Muller, along with longtime Blues assistant coach Brad Shaw, were offered one-year contracts by general manager Doug Armstrong […]

Andrew Ladd to Test Free Agency

Andrew Ladd doesn’t think he’ll be back with the Chicago Blackhawks next season. The 30-year-old forward was traded from the Winnipeg Jets to the Blackhawks on February 25 and now he’s saying there’s a chance he could be back in Manitoba for the 2016-2017 season. “When we spoke after the season, [Chicago] said it would […]

Blues Sign Ken Hitchcock for One More Year

The St. Louis Blues are ready to take at least one more kick at the can with Ken Hitchcock behind the bench. The club announced the signing of the head coach to a one-year contract, cementing him for a sixth season with the Blues. Armstrong offered one-year contracts to everyone on Hitchcock’s coaching staff, but […]

NHL Boss Gary Bettman Speaks on Olympic Participation, Expansion

Money has become the issue standing between the NHL and the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman held his annual state of the league address at Game One of the Stanley Cup Final and noted that the NHL and the NHLPA have some decisions to make regarding participation in […]

The Dustin Brown Problem

It was way back on Friday that reports emerged out of Los Angeles that suggested Dustin Brown was to be stripped of the Kings’ captaincy. Brown is/was the longest-serving captain in franchise history and it could be argued that he was responsible for one of the most successful eras the Kings have ever experienced. They […]

Why the Penguins Will Win the Stanley Cup

The Pittsburgh Penguins could very well win it all against the San Jose Sharks, as some brave souls have predicted. And in the interest of digging deeper, it’s time to lay out the case for the Penguins as Stanley Cup champions and to explore some of the storylines to watch when the action gets underway […]

Why the Sharks Will Win the Stanley Cup

The San Jose Sharks could win it all against the Pittsburgh Penguins, as I’ve outlined in my prediction for the Stanley Cup Final. In the interest of digging deeper, it’s time to lay out the case for the Sharks as Stanley Cup champions and to explore some of the storylines to watch when the action […]

Breaking It Down: San Jose Sharks vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

It all comes down to this. The Pittsburgh Penguins and the San Jose Sharks will meet in the Stanley Cup Final. For the Sharks, this is the first kick at the can in their 25-year history. Pittsburgh will be making their fifth trip to the Final, but their first since 2009. And in 2009, by […]

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