Month: August 2017

Welcome to part eight of Blue Jackets’ Pressure Points, our summer review of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Our focus today turns to a player that could help decide the fate of this team. Gone are players like Scott Hartnell and Brandon Saad. Between them, they scored 90 points including 37 goals to help the Blue
0 Comments
Since his debut in the 2016-17 season, Chicago Blackhawks forward Nick Schmaltz has proven to himself to be essential to the bottom two lines. Despite having six goals and 22 assists in 61 games, Schmaltz finished his rookie season with a plus/minus of plus-10, making him one of the many rookies to shine on the Hawks. Although he’s
0 Comments
“; } document.getElementById(“sda_1735”).style.display = “block”; document.getElementById(“sda_1735”).innerHTML = sda_html; } function _load_1735() { var xhrq_1735 = new XMLHttpRequest(); xhrq_1735.open(“GET”, “/ez_aba_load/?aba_id=1735&aba_wid=F2C14FBF-A837-476F-A1B7-225A1C8BB528&aba_did=dGhlaG9ja2V5d3JpdGVycy5lem9pYy5jb20=”, true); xhrq_1735.onload = function (e) { if (xhrq_1735.readyState === 4) { if (xhrq_1735.status === 200) { eval(xhrq_1735.responseText); } } }; xhrq_1735.send(null); } if (typeof ez_cra_check === ‘undefined’) { if (typeof loadbvjhghf === ‘undefined’) { var xhr_1735
0 Comments
At the beginning of this offseason, many New York Rangers followers were shocked with the news that Rangers prospect Nicklas Jensen signed a one-year deal with a KHL team, Jokerit. This is very surprising that he would leave after his recent year in the AHL. Pending RFA Nicklas Jensen who received a QO from #Rangers,
0 Comments
The offseason is coming to an end. In a mere few weeks, we will know what the Blues’ lineup will look like at the start of the season. General manager Doug Armstrong brought in some new players this offseason, but there’s also talent in the organization who look ready to take on bigger roles with the
0 Comments
After moving to Jokerit Helsinki during the 2017 season, Nashville Predators prospect Eeli Tolvanen had an incredible start to his pro career, scoring a hat trick in his first game as Jokerit defeated Dinamo Minsk 6-1 in their KHL opener. In this translated interview, originally appearing at the popular Russian website Sport Express, Tolvanen discussed
0 Comments
This article was originally written in June, 2014. The Atlanta Thrashers had a brief, disappointing tenure in the NHL. The main reason why the Thrashers failed was their poor performance at the draft table. The Thrashers had an awful time selecting and scouting players in the junior ranks, which greatly affected their performance on the
0 Comments
Auston Matthews was not only incredibly impressive in his rookie NHL season – he was borderline unstoppable. The first overall selection in the 2016 NHL Draft, Matthews quickly lived up to the massive expectations placed upon him by both the Toronto Maple Leafs and their devoted fan base in 2017-18. Following a sensational first game
0 Comments
This article was originally written in September, 2010. Lorne “Gump” Worsley, born and raised in Montreal, was the last NHL goalie to play without a mask.  “My face is my mask,” he would say, refusing to don facial protection.  He acquired the nickname Gump as a youngster due to his facial resemblance to Andy Gump,
0 Comments
August 24th, 2017 Rob Mahon The end of the 2014-15 season seemed to mark a turning point for the Colorado Avalanche. The team was coming off a disappointing regression in 2015, and as we saw in the third part of the Odyssey of Idiocy, there were plenty of reasons for this, bad drafting being chief
0 Comments
Free agency has come and gone, training camps are about to open and summer is almost over. Somehow, Jaromir Jagr still hasn’t been signed by a team. The legendary winger has remained a free agent since July 1, when the Florida Panthers let him walk. It’s amazing that not a single team in the NHL believes
0 Comments
This article was originally written in December, 2012. The NHL has a long and storied existence. Legendary teams, lines and players serve as a reminder of days gone by while today’s players continue to forge the legacy left behind by the pioneers of our beloved game. Like any legendary player, their contributions to the record
0 Comments
Most everyone wants a piece of New York Islanders captain John Tavares. You can probably add the Montreal Canadiens to that list, seeing as they’re (supposedly) in need of a No. 1 center, and Tavares fits the bill perfectly: He’s 6’1”, 210 pounds, still in his mid-20s with presumably plenty of good to great years
0 Comments
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
0 Comments
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
0 Comments
After a disappointing 2016-17 season exposed the Dallas Stars’ flaws, changes were in order. Stars general manager Jim Nill took care of business between April and July, replacing Lindy Ruff with Ken Hitchcock as head coach, drafting top defense and goalie prospects Miro Heiskanen and Jake Oettinger, trading for franchise goalie Ben Bishop and veteran
0 Comments