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Niklas Backstrom Signs in Finland, Ends NHL Career

Goalie Niklas Backstrom is done in the National Hockey League. The 38-year-old from Helsinki has signed a one-year contract with HIFK Helsinki in the Finnish Liiga, marking the first season he’s spent in Finland since the 2005-2006 campaign when he played with Karpat. Most people will remember Backstrom for his tenure in Minnesota, where he […]

Gordie Howe: 1928 – 2016

The legendary Gordie Howe has died at the age of 88. Mr. Hockey was, plainly put, one of the greatest to ever play the game. He played 26 seasons in the National Hockey League, along with six seasons in the World Hockey Association. Born in Floral, Saskatchewan, Howe would spend the vast majority of his […]

NHL Tries to “Vacate” Wideman Suspension Decision

It may not sound like much on the surface, but the National Hockey League has applied for a judicial review against the NHLPA to vacate the reduced 10-game suspension of Calgary Flames defenceman Dennis Wideman. Many will remember that Wideman was handed a 20-game suspension by the NHL after contact with an official in late […]

Can the San Jose Sharks Actually Win?

The Pittsburgh Penguins took a series stranglehold on Monday night with a 3-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks. They’re one win away from securing the Stanley Cup and the time has come to seriously question the opposition. While yours truly asked a lot of questions yesterday, the Penguins seemed to have all the answers […]

Braun and Vlasic Contain Sidney Crosby – So Far

The San Jose Sharks have leaned on the defensive pairing of Justin Braun and Marc-Edouard Vlasic to shut down Sidney Crosby and it worked like a charm in Game Three. The duo held the Penguins star off the scoreboard on Saturday night and will look for more of the same when Game Four gets underway […]

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 […]

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