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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Even if the Colorado Avalanche had the most top-tier players in the league, it still wouldn’t turn them into a winning franchise. Just look at the Edmonton Oilers in 2015-16 for instance. Even when they had 12 first-round picks on their roster, they still couldn’t stop themselves from ranking second-to-last overall. Those who have the
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Welcome back to our Blue Jackets offseason roundtable. In Part 1, we talked expansion draft and entry draft. Now we shift our focus to potential moves the team could make. Our Blue Jackets writers (Kenyon, Jeff, Dan and myself) return with answers to those questions and more. Let’s jump right in. Salary Cap Troubles? Question
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COBOURG, Ont. – The Cobourg Cougars, hosts of the 2017 RBC Cup, have been crowned this year’s national Junior A champions following a 3-2 overtime win over the Brooks Bandits. The Cougars opened up the scoring 3:56 into the first period on a goal by Jamie Huber (Goderich, Ont.). Conner Jean (Oakland, Mich.) tied it
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COLOGNE, Germany – Canada’s National Men’s Team are coming home with a silver medal after a 2-1 shootout loss to Sweden in Sunday’s gold-medal game at the 2017 IIHF World Championship. Canada had to fight back from a one-goal deficit after Sweden scored shorthanded in the final minute of the second period. Ryan O’Reilly (Varna,
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Whether you want to be able to play a hard-hitting, ‘heavy’ game, a strangling defensive system or a fast-paced skill game, championship teams still need timely scoring, shutdown defense, and a hot goalie, all traits of a Stanley Cup-winning team. Pekka Rinne and Ryan Kesler (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports) Different teams find different solutions, each according
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It’s no secret that the New Jersey Devils are barren at defense. The main roster blue line has noticeable shortages and the prospect pool has dried up. An important part of John Hynes’ fast, attacking, supportive strategy relies on defenders to drive play up ice to create chances. A low scoring team cannot go far unless its
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COBOURG, Ont. – With preliminary-round action concluded and the semifinal match-ups set at the 2017 RBC Cup, it was time to recognize individual player contributions at the annual awards banquet on Friday. Cale Makar (Calgary/Brooks, AJHL) made event history, walking away with back-to-back MVP and Top Defenceman awards at the 2016 and 2017 RBC Cup.
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CALGARY, Alta. – Canada’s National Women’s Team is travelling east for its upcoming training camp that will be hosted in Fredericton, N.B., from May 26-June 12, 2017. For the 28 players recently named to Canada’s Olympic centralization roster, the camp will focus on off-ice training, which includes dryland training, fitness-testing, and physical and mental preparation.
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With the Czech Republic team eliminated from the World Championships, Jan Rutta is set to make his future in the NHL known. According to inside hockey reporter and always trusted analyst Darren Dreger, the finalists seem to be the Edmonton Oilers and the Calgary Flames. Player agent Allen Walsh represents Rutta and Walsh didn’t waste
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