3:57 PM EDT, Thu September 19, 2019
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San Jose Sharks, Peter DeBoer and Very Wrong Answers

San Jose Sharks, Peter DeBoer and Very Wrong Answers

San Jose Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer answers media questions almost daily during the preseason. But some of his answers have proven troubling. His September 16 question and answer session proved especially troubling. Will Peter DeBoer Repeat His History? Sharks fans have reason to look at their team with hope. They’ve been in the playoffs in 14 of the last 15 seasons. And reason for despair. They’ve never seen their team win a Stanley Cup despite being in the mix in most of these seasons. The Sharks need a head coach able to take a good roster and turn it into a great team at the right...
3 hours ago
2019-20 Vancouver Canucks Playoff Chances

2019-20 Vancouver Canucks Playoff Chances

What are the Vancouver Canucks playoff chances? There are two ways to look at last year's final standings. Either "They just needed five more wins," or, "They had to leapfrog four teams". Getting five wins over the course of 82 games doesn't sound all that hard. Another 10 goals put in the right places would have done the trick. Yet, the Canucks couldn't capitalize and missed the post-season for the fourth-straight season. This year, most of the predictions have five playoff spots going to the Central division, leaving just three for the Pacific Division to fight for. In a highly-competitive...
4 hours ago
Ottawa Senators Sign Thomas Chabot To Eight Year Extension

Ottawa Senators Sign Thomas Chabot To Eight Year Extension

On Thursday morning, the Ottawa Senators announced they signed defenceman Thomas Chabot to an eight-year contract extension worth, $64 million. His deal will carry an average annual value of $8 million. Thomas Chabot’s eight-year contract has an average annual value of $8 million, with the following breakdown: $7M in 2020-21, $7M in 2021-22, $4M in 2022-23, $8M in 2023-24, $10M in 2024-25, $10M in 2025-26, $10M in 2026-27 and $8M in 2027-28. — Sens Communications (@Media_Sens) September 19, 2019 News Release: #Sens sign defenceman Thomas Chabot to an eight-year contract extension:...
6 hours ago
2019 Organizational Prospect Rankings 31-21

2019 Organizational Prospect Rankings 31-21

Welcome to the 2019 Top Shelf Prospects series. As we go through the Summer of 2019 LWOH will be featuring a team-by-team look at the top prospects in the NHL. We will be following the order of the first round of the NHL draft (as if there were no traded draft picks) and you can find all the articles here.  Since we had an extensive NHL Draft preview, we will not be reviewing the players who were drafted in the 2019 draft, as there have been no games since then, and our reports on them will not have changed. Today, we look at the 2019 Organizational Prospect Rankings. What we will be doing...
6 hours ago
2019-20 Atlantic Division Preview

2019-20 Atlantic Division Preview

Welcome to Puck Drop Preview 2019-20, where Last Word On Hockey gives you a detailed look at each team from around the NHL leading to the start of this hockey season and offers our insight and analysis. Make sure to stick around until the end of the series, where we’ll offer our full predictions for the standings in each division, and eventually our 2019-20 Stanley Cup pick. You can check out all our articles on our Puck Drop Page. Today the series continues with the 2019-20 Atlantic Division. 2019-20 Atlantic Division Preview 1. Tampa Bay Lightning Brandon Higley-Blair writes: The Tampa...
7 hours ago
NHL Rumours: Pittsburgh Penguins, Colorado Avalanche, Winnipeg Jets

NHL Rumours: Pittsburgh Penguins, Colorado Avalanche, Winnipeg Jets

Welcome to another Thursday's worth of NHL Rumours here at Last Word on Hockey. Preseason is underway and teams are beginning to shave down their training camp rosters to finalize their rosters. However, a few large names are still absent from camp, whether it be due to contract disputes or other reasons. Today, we look at rumblings surrounding the Pittsburgh Penguins, Colorado Avalanche, and Winnipeg Jets. All NHL Rumours are taken from their source and are subject to change. NHL Rumours Pittsburgh Penguins Rumour: Penguins forward Bryan Rust is struggling to find a solid spot in the lineup...
Sep 18, 2019
NHL What-If… Too Many Men

NHL What-If… Too Many Men

NHL What-If is a series that looks at big moments in NHL history and wonders what might have happened had things played out slightly differently. The series is a focus on moments that impacted major games and franchises. The first moment to be examined is Too Many Men.  NHL What-If... Too Many Men History The Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins have a long and fierce rivalry. They played their first game back in 1924. Since then the hate has been brewing. Adding another level to the rivalry is the number of times the two teams have met in the playoffs. Boston and Montreal have met 34 times...
Sep 18, 2019
The Case For Michael McLeod to Make the New Jersey Devils

The Case For Michael McLeod to Make the New Jersey Devils

With the preseason underway for the New Jersey Devils, another player to keep an eye is Michael McLeod. There seems to be an edge to McLeod’s game this preseason. Things are certainly heading in the right direction through the Prospects Challenge and the beginning of training camp. He also understands what he needs to do to be a part of the Devils this season. Having played in 21 games last season in the NHL, McLeod has an advantage knowing what to expect from the coaching staff. Gaining Experience Since being drafted 12th overall by the Devils in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, expectations were...
Sep 18, 2019
What Jared Bednar Brings to the Colorado Avalanche

What Jared Bednar Brings to the Colorado Avalanche

Put yourself in Jared Bednar's shoes. You are fresh off a 2016 Calder Cup championship and gearing up for another campaign when you get a call from Colorado Avalanche GM Joe Sakic on the eve of NHL training camp. The legendary forward wants to interview in the wake of legend Patrick Roy's tumultuous exit. How would you feel? Jared Bednar got the job and is now entering his fourth season with the Avs with his most talented roster yet. The Impact Jared Bednar Will Have in Colorado What Bednar has Accomplished So Far It is incredible to look back and see how much Bednar has done with Colorado in...
Sep 18, 2019
Puck Drop Preview: 2019-20 Winnipeg Jets

Puck Drop Preview: 2019-20 Winnipeg Jets

Welcome to Puck Drop Preview 2019-20, where Last Word on Hockey gives you a detailed look at each team from around the NHL leading to the start of this hockey season and offers our insight and analysis. Make sure to stick around until the end of the series, where we’ll offer our full predictions for the standings in each division, and eventually our 2019-20 Stanley Cup pick. You can check out all our articles on our Puck Drop Page. Our series continues with the 2019-20 Winnipeg Jets 2019-20 Winnipeg Jets Preview 2018-19 Season For the first time since the 1992-93 season, the Winnipeg...
Sep 18, 2019
Ben Hutton Signs With the Los Angeles Kings

Ben Hutton Signs With the Los Angeles Kings

The Los Angeles Kings signed free agent defenceman Ben Hutton to a one-year contract worth $1.5 million for the season. This contract carries him through the 2019-20 season. https://twitter.com/lakingsinsider/status/1174177501121265666 Kings Sign Ben Hutton Hutton has played only for the Vancouver Canucks in his five-year NHL career. He has put up 11 goals and 59 assists for 70 career points in 276 career games. Vancouver originally drafted him in the fifth round, 147th overall of the 2012 NHL Draft. Last season he scored five goals and 15 assists for 20 points in 69 games. He also added 43...
Sep 18, 2019
NHL Rumours: Winnipeg Jets, Dallas Stars, Colorado Avalanche

NHL Rumours: Winnipeg Jets, Dallas Stars, Colorado Avalanche

Welcome back to Wednesday's edition of NHL Rumours from Last Word on Hockey. Training camp is underway and the teams are still looking to bolster their rosters for the upcoming season. Today we have NHL Rumours from the Winnipeg Jets, Dallas Stars and the Colorado Avalanche. All NHL Rumours come from their original source and are subject to change.  NHL Rumours Winnipeg Jets Rumour: According to a recent article (the article is written in Finnish. Will need translation) written by Finnish sports writer Pekka Jalonen, Patrik Laine is disgruntled about his playing time and linemates in...
Sep 17, 2019
Real Hockey Talk Podcast #14

Real Hockey Talk Podcast #14

This week's Real Hockey Talk show takes place at Twisted Italian restaurant in Peoria, AZ. Along with Dave Isaac, Greg Isaac, Ed Cole from KDUS 1060AM, and William Grigsby from lastwordonhockey.com this is podcast #14 for your listening pleasure. This location holds a special place in William's memory as this was the location of his first Real Hockey Talk show as a guest. Since then, he has now become a regular co-host on the show. Real Hockey Talk Podcast #14 Discussion Topics Dave's This Day in NHL History Dave covers some examples of what happened in the NHL on September 14th in years...
Sep 17, 2019
Montreal Canadiens Noah Juulsen to See Specialist Regarding Headaches

Montreal Canadiens Noah Juulsen to See Specialist Regarding Headaches

The Montreal Canadiens have announced that defenceman Noah Juulsen will meet with a specialist for a second opinion regarding the headaches he has been experiencing. Juulsen missed most of last season after suffering a facial fracture on November 20th against the Washington Capitals. The club also announced that Michael McCarron will be day-to-day with a groin injury. Canadiens Noah Juulsen to Seek Second Opinion Regarding Headaches Medical Update: With both player and agent approval, defenseman Noah Juulsen will consult a specialist for a second opinion regarding his headaches. Forward...
Sep 17, 2019
The 4th Line Hockey Podcast #248 – Marner Signed , Central Division Preview

The 4th Line Hockey Podcast #248 – Marner Signed , Central Division Preview

Last Word on Hockey presents The 4th Line Hockey Podcast #246 – The Historic Summer. Carl and Nick provide their own unique and fun view of hockey. Every week the guys share their thoughts on the news of the week, have a variety of guests from the world of hockey as well as spending some time in segments like The Elimination Station, The Rant Shack, and The Hot Seat. Mitch Marner Signs, Central Division Preview It was a big news week in the NHL! The NHLPA announced that they would not opt-out of the current collective bargaining agreement. With 2 more years of labour peace, can we avoid a...