With the way the New Jersey Devils performed in 2016-17, it is difficult to look back fondly on the season and identify any stars in the making. Despite the team’s 28th ranked 70 points, there was some good to come out of 2016-17. Here are the three Devils who won fans’ hearts at a time
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Ron Hainsey is a former Carolina Hurricanes defenseman. For three and a half years he was the anchor on the ‘Canes blue line, often paired with All-Star, Justin Faulk. In many respects, he embodied the typical NHL defenseman, in that he came to work and took care of his business without fanfare or the desire
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Since his debut in the 2015-16 season with the Chicago Blackhawks, Artemi Panarin has caught the eye of many on and off the ice. Often compared to teammate Patrick Kane, there is a lot about the Russian-born star that most of the public doesn’t know. Here are five quick things to know about Artemi Panarin.
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The Minnesota Wild now have another need that has to be addressed this summer. According to Michael Russo of the Star Tribune, assistant coach Scott Stevens has resigned. Stevens pulled head coach Bruce Boudreau aside recently, telling him his intentions to step down. Boudreau stated that Stevens will be “very difficult to replace” and that
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Last week, I suggested that new Buffalo Sabres general manager Jason Botterill absolutely should consider finding out what it would cost to acquire backup goaltender Philipp Grubauer from the Washington Capitals. My reasoning was simple (at least in my mind): Grubauer will be the best player left unprotected by the Capitals when the expansion draft
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The 2016-17 season was a disappointing one for the Detroit Red Wings and their entire fan base. Finishing with a record of 33-36-13, the team missed the playoffs for the first time since 1989-90, ending their consecutive postseason appearance streak at 25 seasons. Most fans could recognize the warning signs a few years ago –
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The first few weeks that follow after the Stanley Cup Final could involve the most wheeling and dealing in recent memory, according to Pierre LeBrun. On ESPN radio, LeBrun said that the period between June 15 and July 2 could be the busiest in NHL history. The upcoming expansion draft coupled with an NHL draft with
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The Grand Rapids Griffins are heading to the Calder Cup finals for the second time in franchise history, and have a chance to capture their second Calder Cup in five seasons. They won their first championship back in 2013 against the same Syracuse Crunch they will begin to play against this weekend. In this week’s
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Ron Francis, GM of the Carolina Hurricanes is holding prime cards. As the 2017 NHL Entry Draft approaches, and with it the poaching of players by the NHL expansion Vegas Golden Knights, Francis is his usual stoic self. He knows he’s got a good hand and, like World Series of Poker players, believes he will
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From the eighth seed in the Western Conference to the Stanley Cup Final, the Nashville Predators have provided hockey fans with a wild ride through the 2017 NHL Playoffs. In doing so, the Predators have received contributions from just about everyone in the lineup en route to the franchise’s first chance to take home the
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After the most successful season in franchise history, the Columbus Blue Jackets find themselves shrouded in a bizarre haze surrounding the future of their goaltending heading into the offseason. On the one hand, Sergei Bobrovsky is almost certainly going to win his 2nd Vezina Trophy as the league’s top goaltender next month. They have a
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The Calgary Flames have many talented players playing for their American Hockey League affiliate, the Stockton Heat. Many of these players could very well be key players in the Flames’ future. Some of the prospects appear to be NHL ready, whereas some of them may never be in the NHL. In this article, I discuss who
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Keep up, Vegas Golden Knights fans. There are plenty more names you need to know ahead of the NHL Expansion Draft next month. Take a second and get caught up with the teams and players we’ve already covered. When you’re all caught up, let’s talk about the Arizona Coyotes. Arizona finished just a point ahead
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Any New Jersey Devils fan that watched last season can tell you that the team needs major upgrades on defense. Turnovers, sloppy positioning, and lack of production were all too common of themes from the blue line in 2016-17. The Hockey Writers’ Will Agathis went more in depth on the current state of the Devils’ defense
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Most summers, free agency and the entry draft are the marked and bolded dates on the NHL calendar. This summer, those events may take second and third place in anticipation of the Expansion Draft less than a month away. Like the 29 other teams that will have one player selected by the Vegas Golden Knights,
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The Anaheim Ducks’ season ended with a disappointing Game 6 loss to the Nashville Predators on Monday. Regardless, there were many positive aspects of the Ducks’ playoff run and season as a whole. For one, they finally beat their Game 7 curse by defeating the Edmonton Oilers in the second round. They were crowned the
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