Ever since Jake Gardiner’s rookie season, fans have worried about his defensive play, always thinking he would turn the puck over. Defensemen develop at different speeds and some need a longer learning process. Gardiner is one of those defensemen, who at 27-years-old is just entering his prime. Skating has always been easy for Gardiner, evident
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In today’s NHL, creating a consistently competitive team is the best path toward making a dynasty. Although the common myth is that it’s hard to build a team capable of multiple championships in the salary-cap era, results prove otherwise. Since the 2004-05 lockout, just three teams — the Chicago Blackhawks, Pittsburgh Penguins and Los Angeles
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This article was originally written in February, 2016. When one thinks of ways to describe Martin Brodeur, many words come to mind. Stanley Cup champion. Gold medal winner. Vezina Trophy winner. Workhorse. Consistent. Clutch. Class. You don’t have to take my word for it, you could ask some of Marty’s teammates: and that’s just what I
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If you’re looking for a team that accepts bandwagon fans with open arms, look no further than the Anaheim Ducks. Although blessed with recent postseason (and regular season) success, the Ducks are still a very small hockey market with a fan base that struggles to fill the stadium. Against more popular NHL teams, Ducks fans
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This article was originally posted in March, 2016. Let’s rewind ten(!) years to the 2005-06 NHL Trade Deadline. It’s March 2016. Scoring is up in the NHL after years of obstruction, clutch-and-grab, and enormous goaltending equipment. The lockout is now over and the NHL has implemented a salary cap for the first time. Rookies Alex
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The Buffalo Sabres haven’t seen the playoffs since the 2010-2011 season. For some of those seasons, they were so awful that a telescope was the only thing that might have given them a glimpse. Owner Terry Pegula cleaned the front office at the end of last season, ushering in new general manager Jason Botterill and
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More so than most, Reilly Smith is a player Vegas Golden Knights fans should be excited about.Two years ago he had arguably the best season of his six-year NHL career with the Florida Panthers. His head coach during that season? Gerard Gallant, the first bench boss in Vegas history. It’s no accident that Smith and
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The Anaheim Ducks have been a perennial contender over the past few years but have ultimately fallen short in the Stanley Cup playoffs. With a solid core in place that features a mixture of productive veterans and rising youngsters, the Ducks are not in need of major changes. They are just looking for that one
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It turns out the Montreal Canadiens actually have many options at center for the upcoming season. Unfortunately, “many” simply implies quantity over quality. Nevertheless, while head coach Claude Julien has some work to do on that front (assuming general manager Marc Bergevin doesn’t on his end), there are some diamonds in the rough that could
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This article was originally written in August, 2009. “Pavel Bure was – and is – the best player to ever wear a Canucks’ uniform.” —Pat Quinn, former Canucks GM The Beginning of Pavel Bure’s Iconic Career Discussions involving Pavel Bure’s talent always inspire an incredible amount of praise. Songs were written after his arrival, fans
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The Colorado Avalanche’s recent history is one of poor decision making and missed opportunities. As we saw in Part 1 of the Odyssey of Idiocy, the mistakes started early in Colorado’s first rebuild. And as Part 2 showed us, those mistakes led to the second. The 2013 lockout shortened season kicked off with Avs fans
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His name may confuse some with former blueliner Colin White, but if New Jersey Devils defense prospect Colton White ends up with a career like Colin (a member of two Stanley Cup winners: 2000, 2003; 743 games with the team plus 111 playoff games in red and black) that’d be pretty okay for a franchise
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