The Vancouver Canucks struggled defensively in the 2016-17 season, fishing the puck out of their net 241 times, the fifth highest total in the League. Riddled with injuries and inexperience, the Canucks’ blue line was a shell of its potential. With the status of injured Erik Gudbranson still unknown, the departure of Luca Sbisa and with
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After a 17-year NHL career spanning four different teams, Brian Campbell retired this week. The 38-year-old defenseman announced his decision as well as his plans to join the Chicago Blackhawks’ front office staff as a special advisor in business and hockey relations. Brian Campbell (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) Campbell was willing to take a
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A little over five years ago, Shayne Gostisbehere was nothing more than an undersized third round selection in the 2012 entry draft. Listed at 5’11” and 160 pounds, his chances of making the NHL were rather slim, but his explosive offensive style was too much to ignore at one point. NCAA Career and Frozen Four During
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As the saying goes, sometimes the best moves are the ones you don’t make. For the Ottawa Senators, it couldn’t be more relevant. Rather than overpay for players like Kevin Shattenkirk, Karl Alzner or Martin Hanzal in a bid to keep pace with or artificially widen the gap between their divisional opponents, the Sens have
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Jim Benning’s busy offseason is nearly complete, but he has one major task left — sign the Vancouver Canucks’ best player. Bo Horvat enjoyed a breakout season during his third year in the League, potting 20 goals and 52 points. Both of those totals led the offensively inept Canucks. If it wasn’t for the way
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Matt Duchene has been at the center of trade rumors for the past two seasons. The reasons for trading him have been covered so many times that the discussion has become tiresome. Yet, as August approaches, “Mighty Matt” is still a member of the Colorado Avalanche and this might not change before training camp begins. This
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What are the Florida Panthers doing? Summertime is upon us, yet this question persists. Even now the dust of free agency has settled, we are no closer to understanding the plan for the beleaguered franchise. There has been movement, yes; hirings and firings, signings and buyouts. It cannot be said the Panthers stayed idle after
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Vancouver Canucks GM, Jim Benning raised some curious eyebrows at the 2017 trade deadline when he traded away long-time Canuck, Alex Burrows to the Ottawa Senators in return for 19-year-old Jonathan Dahlen. The deal looked good on paper for both parties but Benning’s true motive didn’t come into the light until the 2017 NHL entry
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It’s the oldest mantra in the profession: coaches are hired to be fired. In his long coaching career, Paul Maurice knows it well. Perhaps it’s an unfair saying, as coaches can’t do anything but work with the talent their GM assembles, but it has proven true many times. When a team struggles, the coach gets
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With the rebuilding process underway, the Detroit Red Wings will look build for the future rather than reload for a deep playoff run. While tanking is not exactly the plan, the Red Wings hope to open Little Caesars Arena with a young, competitive team that will give fans optimism for what’s to come. During the
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After 16 years in the NHL, defenseman Andrew Ference has hung up his skates and sheathed his hockey stick. Wearing the threads of four different NHL teams over the course of his career, he decided to retire at the age of 38. The Edmonton native finished his career with his hometown Oilers. Andrew Ference served as
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Before the expansion draft took place on June 21st, the Toronto Maple Leafs made the decision to protect Josh Leivo from the Vegas Golden Knights. The negative repercussions of this decision included exposing two promising prospects in Brendan Leipsic and Kerby Rychel. In the end, the Golden Knights decided to choose Leipsic over Rychel. I
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It’s hard to imagine an NHL team’s MVP needing a role adjustment. With the Vancouver Canucks however, improvement is needed everywhere. That includes the Canucks’ MVP from last season. Bo Horvat was the team’s best player in 2016-17, other than Ryan Miller. He posted career highs with 20 goals and 52 points, despite not scoring
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OTTAWA, Ontario — The Ottawa Senators avoided arbitration with restricted free-agent forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau on Monday by agreeing to terms on a $9.3 million, three-year contract. The 24-year-old center will earn $2.6 million next season, $3.3 million in 2018-19 and $3.4 million in 2019-20. Pageau had eight playoff goals last spring as the Senators reached
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Summer is in full swing. Backyard barbecues are sizzling. Recreational lakes across North America are full of warm-weather visitors and weekend warriors. Daylight is plentiful. Cold beverages rarely taste better than in the heat of July. As summer reaches its peak, many wish time would stand still. But for some, a little slice of perfection
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