Month: June 2017

There was a lot to dislike about the Philadelphia Flyers’ 2016-17 roster. Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Chris VandeVelde were overused throughout the year by coach Dave Hakstol and even-strength scoring just wasn’t where it needed to be. Brayden Schenn was expected to be one of the key pieces to the future but was dealt to the
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When the Buffalo Sabres lost winger Will Carrier to the Vegas Golden Knights in the expansion draft, the task of Sabres’ General manager Jason Botterill to take a mediocre roster and guide it to within spitting distance of the playoffs became that much harder. Not because Carrier was an integral part of the Sabres’ future,
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The rumors are fast and furious. As such, we’ll be coming hot and heavy for the remaining days leading up to July 1. Teams are talking to pending unrestricted free agents and trades are being considered in order for clubs to make room when the market opens. Related: Rumor Rundown: Tavares, Yakupov, Thornton, More on
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The Washington Capitals kicked off development camp at Kettler Capitals Iceplex Tuesday, showcasing their prospects and newer draft picks for the first time this offseason. With this year’s camp comes a wave of returning players and newcomers, and each of them come with something to prove. While big-name prospects like Madison Bowey and Christian Djoos are
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Re-signing David Pastrnak will be a priority for the Bruins. The the 21-year-old forward is coming off a breakout season in which he tallied 70 points in 75 games. Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire The Montreal Canadiens were not satisfied with a first-place finish in the Atlantic Division — and much less so with a first-round exit
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Entering free agency, the Pittsburgh Penguins could lose as many as six unrestricted free agents. Key components from their back-to-back Stanley Cups such as Nick Bonino, Chris Kunitz, Matt Cullen and Trevor Daley need new contracts. Furthermore, Justin Schultz, Conor Sheary, Brian Dumoulin and a few others are restricted free agents. Obviously, there are bigger fish
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The Vegas Golden Knights have traded Marc Methot to the Dallas Stars in exchange for goaltender prospect Dylan Ferguson and a second-round draft pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. The 32-year-old Method is coming off his fifth season with the Ottawa Senators in 2016-17 and his 11th year in the NHL after spending parts of six
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On Saturday, NHL teams will have the ability to retool and revamp their rosters through free agency. This always has some level of intrigue, as players can pick their teams and teams try to fit them under the $75 million salary cap. Below we answer some of the major questions going into free agency and
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The selections of Urho Vaakanainen and Jack Studnicka in the first and second rounds of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft allowed the Bruins to select a goaltender with their fourth round pick. With the 111th overall pick, the Boston Bruins selected goaltender Jeremy Swayman of the United States Hockey League. The 18-year-old was born and raised
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The Chicago Blackhawks organization and fan base endured an emotional weekend. The NHL Entry Draft, hosted by Chicago for the first time in history, was supposed to take center stage. For many, it quickly became an afterthought as general manager Stan Bowman made two trades that will re-shape the team’s 2017-18 roster. Blockbuster Trades In
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It was a milestone Monday for five Team Canada alumni, who learned they will be part of the Class of 2017 to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Dave Andreychuk, Danielle Goyette, Paul Kariya and Mark Recchi will go into the player category this fall, while legendary coach Clare Drake will enter as
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Canadian hockey was front and centre this past weekend in Chicago, Ill., with 81 prospects (77 Canadian-born, four with dual citizenship) selected at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. The 77 players born in Canada were the most of any country, 27 ahead of the second-place United States. Nolan Patrick was the first of 11 Canadians
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The NHL saw no shortage of moving and shaking last week between trades, the expansion draft and the entry draft. So, who were the winners and losers? ESPN spoke with Dennis MacInnis, the direct of International Scouting Services, Leslie Treff of McKeen’s and Mark Seidel from North American Central Scouting helped assess which teams struck
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The 2017 NHL draft has been completed, and graded. But that’s old news. What say we take a look at the top players available for next year’s draft? The 2018 class is not a blow-you-away group; as of now, it looks about average to slightly above average. Joe Veleno’s simply okay 16-year-old season keeps this
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For an organization that seems to have become almost obsessively focused on acquiring players with size, it was rather refreshing to hear Peter Chiarelli call the name of Kailer Yamamoto as the Edmonton Oilers first round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.  Despite being the smallest player ever selected in the first round, the
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The Montreal Canadiens. The Arizona Coyotes. The Chicago Blackhawks. The Columbus Blue Jackets. The New York Rangers. The Minnesota Wild. The Dallas Stars. The St. Louis Blues. The Philadelphia Flyers. The Pittsburgh Penguins. The Edmonton Oilers. The Calgary Flames. The New York Islanders. The San Jose Sharks. The Vancouver Canucks. The Los Angeles Kings. The
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There was once a time where the United States Hockey League wasn’t considered a major developer of talent. Sure, they hosted the United States National Development Program’s under-18 touring team, but the league’s clubs were effectively the Washington Generals to the USNDP’s Harlem Globetrotters – hardly a force to be reckoned with. However, the USHL
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For fans that don’t follow college and junior hockey as intently of our great staff at The Hockey Writers, when the NHL Draft rolls around and we start hearing names called, some of the first reactions are generally: is he related to so-and-so? Well, here I am to connect all of the dots for those
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Roughly a day and a half after adding 31 players to their organization, the Vegas Golden Knights went back to work at the 2017 NHL Draft. Armed with 13 selections – including three first round picks – general manager George McPhee put a bow on a year’s worth of extensive scouting by his club with
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