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Hockey Wilderness

2018 NHL Mock Draft: St. Louis Blues select center Isac Lundeström

With the 29th overall pick, the Blues select Isac Lundeström, a two-way center from Sweden. A year after upsetting the Minnesota Wild in the first round of the playoffs in just five games, the St. Louis Blues just missed the playoffs as the Colorado Avalanche beat them by one point. One of the biggest reasons the Blues regressed this season was the same reason the Blues were able to upset the Wild, Jake Allen. During the five game series against the Wild, Allen held a 0.953 save percentage, but through 59 games this past season, Allen’s save percentage fell to 0.906. While the Blues will...

Toronto Sun

Potential for Marlies to gum up the works, in a good way

DALLAS — One last thought on the Toronto Marlies, winners of the 2018 Calder Cup after an at-times arduous run through the American Hockey League playoffs. Though Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas must add in certain areas, there’s no doubt that more than a few Marlies increased their stock through the post-season. Dubas concurred […]

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Panthers GM Dale Tallon calls Vegas' first-year success 'a great story'

The Florida Panthers didn’t make the NHL playoffs. But that didn’t stop much of the hockey world from still talking about them. As the expansion Vegas Golden Knights won the Western Conference and advanced to the Stanley Cup Final, they did so partly due to mistakes made by Panthers decision-makers...

Chicago Tribune

Blackhawks open season Oct. 4 at Senators, host Maple Leafs three days later

The Blackhawks begin their drive to return to the NHL playoffs Oct. 4 at Ottawa with their home opener coming three days later against the Maple Leafs, the teams announced today. The Oct. 7 home opener against the Maple Leafs will give Hawks fans their first glimpse at a squad — which still could...

The Hockey Writers

Intriguing Blackhawks Blue Line Targets

If Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman thought the pressure was on him last offseason after being swept out of the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, it has certainly increased with missing the postseason altogether this past spring. One of the biggest areas the Blackhawks will need to improve this offseason is the […] The post Intriguing Blackhawks Blue Line Targets appeared first on The Hockey Writers.

Fear The Fin

Sharks announce home opener

Is it October yet? Though the full schedule won’t be released until tomorrow at 2 pm EST, all 31 teams announced their opening night opponents and dates earlier today. The first home game (and presumably, the first game of the season) for the Sharks will be Wednesday October 3, against the Anaheim Ducks. The Sharks swept the Ducks in the first round of the 2018 playoffs, which sets the stage for an intense game between the California rivals. In addition, the Sharks will be featured in two other home openers. They’ll travel to Los Angeles on Friday October 5 to open the Kings’ season...


Stars draw Arizona for home opener

The Dallas Stars will open the era of coach Jim Montgomery against Arizona on Oct. 4. The Coyotes were among the NHL lightweights last season. They finished with 70 points, third-lowest total in the league. The Stars swept the three-game series.In a sign of things to come, the Stars lost their home opener to the expansion Vegas Golden Knights last season. The Stars missed the playoffs for eighth time in the last 10 seasons, leading to a coaching change. Vegas went to the Stanley Cup final.The regular season opens on Oct. 3 with three games, including reigning Cup champion Washington at home...

The Hockey Writers

2018 NHL Draft Final Consensus Rankings

Final 2018 Edition The 2017-18 hockey season is complete in every corner of the hockey world. The playoffs are all over. More importantly, the major bodies that produce rankings for the 2018 National Hockey League Draft have completed their final tallies for the year. As a result, it’s time for the final 2018 NHL Draft […] The post 2018 NHL Draft Final Consensus Rankings appeared first on The Hockey Writers.


Stars mock draft roundup: Experts think Dallas will pick a center, but which one?

Need some mock drafts? You've come to the right place. We've got more than 10 all in one spot.The Stars will pick 13th overall in the first round this year after missing the playoffs. This will be the ninth time in the last 10 years that Dallas has a pick in the top 15. Here's a quick breakdown of whom draft experts have going to the Stars in the first round.[Updated June 18]Joe Veleno, C, QMJHLChicago Sun-Times' Mark Lazerus [June 17]: "A playmaking center with terrific speed, Veleno also brings a solid defensive game and the intangible leadership skills scouts love."NBC Sports' Joe Haggerty...

Defending Big D

Stars Could Be Quiet During Trade & Free Agency This Year

By putting this out into the universe, general manager Jim Nill is totally now going to sign John Tavares, isn’t he? As the NHL’s offseason retool window opens, and teams make trades to move expiring contracts or free up cap space in advance of free agency, some Dallas Stars fans may be wondering what the front office is considering when it comes to changes to a roster that didn’t make the playoffs last season. I’m leaning towards there not being many big moves in terms of trades or free agency signings made by the Stars during the annual “silly season”. The first signal for...


2018 Player Report Card: Bryan Rust

Bryan Rust has developed into the most versatile player on the Penguins roster that sees him playing alongside Crosby and Malkin regularly. Let’s take a look at his 2017-2018 season. Player Details Name: Bryan Rust Position: Right wing Shoots: Right Age: 25 (26 on 5/11/2018) 2017/2018 Stats: 69GP/13G/25A/38P Playoffs: 12GP/3G/0A/3P Career Resume via hockeyDB Fancy Stats Via Natural Stat Trick Following the 2015-2016 season when he became a mainstay on the Penguins roster during their Stanley Cup run, Rust signed a two year deal with the team...

Union and Blue

Columbus Blue Jackets Minding the Metro: Trotz Leaving D.C.

Barry Trotz is leaving D.C. but he still may face off against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Metro Division games next season. The head coach that not only knocked the Columbus Blue Jackets out of the playoffs, but raised the Stanley Cup, will not be back with his team next season. Barry Trotz has resigned […] Columbus Blue Jackets Minding the Metro: Trotz Leaving D.C. - Union and Blue - Union and Blue - A Columbus Blue Jackets Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

All About The Jersey

Scoring with Hart - 2017-18 Taylor Hall Point Review Part 8: Summary

Capping off a review of every single point Taylor Hall put up for the New Jersey Devils in the 2017-18 regular season and playoffs, this post summarizes the findings from where and how Hall scored his goals, whether the assists involved were legitimate, and so much more detail about Hall’s amazing campaign. Taylor Hall put up a total of 41 goals and 58 assists in 82 total games between the 2017-18 regular season and the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs for the New Jersey Devils. It was amazing. It was sensational. It was worthy of the Lindsay and the Hart Trophies and he has appropriately been...

Last Word on Hockey

Florida Panthers Off-Season To-Do List

The Florida Panthers wrapped up quite the up-and-down season back in April. For the year's first half, they occupied a spot in the bottom five of the league. Then, they finished just one point shy of a playoff spot. Because of the drastic improvement they made, yet still failing to qualify for the post-season, their off-season should be intriguing. On one hand, this is their second consecutive season outside of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. On the other, the team made enormous improvements and held the league's second-best record after the All-Star break. Dale Tallon's To-Do List: Florida...

Hockey Wilderness

Tweaking a Veteran Roster Can Lead to (Some) Success

Lessons the Wild can learn from other veteran teams that have found success without tanking. The Minnesota Wild are a good hockey team. Really, they are. They’ve made the playoffs for six consecutive seasons in a highly competitive division and have posted back-to-back 100-point seasons. However, they have failed to make meaningful progress in the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2003, when they shockingly reached the Western Conference Final. Teams at this point in their competitive cycle have a choice to make: tweak the roster and continue to be competitive, or start trading away veteran...

Puck Prose

Carolina Hurricanes: 5 players they should trade for

The Carolina Hurricanes are shaking things up from top to bottom in an effort to get back to the playoffs. Here are five players they should trade for. Change is coming to Carolina and it is taking it by storm. With a new general manager, head coach, and the second overall draft pick, majority owner […] Carolina Hurricanes: 5 players they should trade for - Puck Prose - Puck Prose - NHL

The Hockey Writers

Braden Holtby & the Making of a Champion

Early April 2012. The Capitals are a victory away from clinching a playoff berth. However, things fall flat when Marco Sturm lands awkwardly on Michal Neuvirth’s pad, injuring Washington’s starter. Both he and Tomas Vokoun are out heading into the playoffs, leaving a baby-faced Braden Holtby as their starter. He was 22 at the time, […] The post Braden Holtby & the Making of a Champion appeared first on The Hockey Writers.

All About The Jersey

Rasmus Kupari: 2018 NHL Draft Prospect Profile; A Great Skating & Puck Handling Center

Rasmus Kupari is one of the best skaters available in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. He is also one of the best stickhandlers. What else can the center from Karpat do? Learn more about him in this prospect profile. Since Ray Shero has taken over as general manager of the New Jersey Devils, the team has emphasized speed and skating ability. Three words come to mind: Fast, attacking, supportive. As the team has improved by leaps and bounds from a miserable 2016-17 season to a successful (by making the playoffs) 2017-18, the Devils have become a faster team with many quick, agile, and strong...


Matt Grzelcyk gets two-year deal with Bruins

The Bruins have signed defenseman Matt Grzelcyk to a two-year contract through the 2019-20 season with an annual cap hit of $1.4 million, the team announced yesterday.Grzelcyk joined the Bruins out of Boston University when he signed a two-year, entry-level deal in April 2016. The Charlestown native originally was selected by the Bruins in the third round (85th overall) of the 2012 NHL draft.Grzelcyk played in 61 games as a rookie in 2017-18, notching three goals and 12 assists. Grzelcyk skated in 11 games during the Stanley Cup playoffs, picking up one assist.Before reaching the NHL,...

Pension Plan Puppets

Friday’s FTB: The Calder Cup is here

The Marlies are Calder Cup Champions The Marlies did it! They won the Calder Cup with a blowout Game 7 last night. pic.twitter.com/fOictpwetU— Pension Plan Puppets (@PPPLeafs) June 15, 2018 Andreas Johnsson wins the MVP award in AHL playoffs - KatyaIt’s the Conn Smythe of the AHL, and this year’s winner is well deserved as the playoffs points leader. Marlies captain Ben Smith has signed a three-year deal in the German league - KatyaHe joins Adler Mannheim as their 8th import player. We’ve been up partying with the kittens all night, so we’re a little behind on the FTB, but...

Pension Plan Puppets

Andreas Johnsson wins the MVP award in AHL playoffs, the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy

It’s the Conn Smythe of the AHL, and this year’s winner is well deserved as the playoffs points leader. The AHL figured these were the choices before tonight’s game. There are plenty of contenders for this year's Jack A. Butterfield Trophy winner....who is your pick for #CalderCup MVP? pic.twitter.com/ZwphS0NMdC— AHL (@TheAHL) June 13, 2018 When the game was over, there was no contest, and Johnsson was given his due. Andreas Johnsson is MVP pic.twitter.com/1hHsIsM31B— Pension Plan Puppets (@PPPLeafs) June 15, 2018

Pension Plan Puppets

Ben Smith has signed a three-year deal in the German league

He joins Adler Mannheim as their 8th import player. First thing this morning, their time, Adler Mannheim announced officially what was rumoured for some time: Ben Smith is moving to the DEL next season. Smith leaves the Toronto system after playing parts of two seasons on the Leafs, and then playing one glorious, perfect year as captain of the Marlies. He led the team to the cup, was the regular season points and goals leader with 59 points and 27 goals in 73 games, and was third in the playoffs with 16 points behind the playoffs MVP Andreas Johnsson and Trevor Moore. Before he was on...

Hockey Wilderness

2018 Mock Draft: The Kyle Dubas Era of drafting starts with Dominik Bokk

The Toronto Maple Leafs begin a new era under GM Kyle Dubas by drafting German Dominik Bokk from the Växjö Lakers The Toronto Maple Leafs have now made the playoffs two years in a row, only to be eliminated in the first round on both occasions. Now Lou Lamoriello is gone, and so is Mark Hunter; Kyle Dubas has taken over as General Manager and Lawrence Gilman has joined the organization as Assistant General Manager. Under this new management, in his first draft Dubas and company, in this mock draft, takes Dominik Bokk, a talented player who could go anywhere between top-10 and early 2nd...

Hockey Wilderness

2018 Mock Draft: The Anaheim Ducks select two-way center Benoit-Oliver Groulx

Former QMJHL 1st overall pick is chosen at 23 to fill a future need the Ducks will have down the middle of the ice. The Anaheim Ducks had another great regular season, ending with 101 points giving them the 2nd seed in the Pacific Division. They have made the playoffs the last six seasons, five of six seasons producing over a hundred points. That all sounds good, but when the playoffs come around, this “core” of Ducks seems to come up short. The Ducks haven't reached the Stanley Cup Final since they won it in 2007. This postseason for Anaheim ended as badly as a postseason can go. The...

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Florida Panthers announce 2018 preseason schedule

The Florida Panthers, coming off their third-best season in franchise history, announced their 2018 preseason schedule on Thursday. The Panthers, who missed the playoffs by one point despite finishing with 96 points, will play seven preseason games, including a double-header and two neutral-site...

The Hockey Writers

Wild Players Most Likely to Be Traded

The Minnesota Wild have had a busy offseason since being eliminated in the playoffs by the Winnipeg Jets. The team kicked things off by firing their general manager Chuck Fletcher. This move was long overdue and needed to be done if the team ever wanted to be successful. The Wild also managed to find Fletcher’s successor […] The post Wild Players Most Likely to Be Traded appeared first on The Hockey Writers.

St. Louis Game Time

Please don’t trade for Mike Hoffman

His brand of drama isn’t what the locker room needs. Last season, there were rumors of discord in the Blues’ locker room. That there was a leadership vacuum. That there were cliques. Of course, these rumors created further rumors that this discord was a major reason for the Blues’ second half slump and eventual slide out of the playoffs - you know, never mind Jaden Schenn’s injury and other issues. The Blues needed to make a trade to shake things up at the deadline, and one of the targets was reported to be Senators winger Mike Hoffman. A trade for Hoffman fell apart, probably...

Puck Prose

Florida Panthers: Ideal 2018 offseason blueprint for success

The Florida Panthers were the last team out of the playoffs this year, ending with 96 points. How do they climb the hill this offseason to make the postseason next year? The Florida Panthers came down to the wire and could have been a playoff team with just a few more wins this season. As […] Florida Panthers: Ideal 2018 offseason blueprint for success - Puck Prose - Puck Prose - NHL

Rangers vs. Islanders, Patrick Division semifinal, Game 5 - April 10, 1984 | NHL Classics

For the fourth straight year, the New York Islanders eliminated the Rangers in the playoffs, this time in OT of Game 5 of the Patrick Division semifinals. ----------------------------------------------

Tim and Sid: No quick fix for Canadiens, could take months to find solutions

Nick Kypreos joins Sid and Faizal to talk about the rough situation the Montreal Canadiens are in and how it could be months and many deals before any real progress is made and how the Oilers could surprise many if they did not make the playoffs.

Tim and Sid: The Maple Leafs' disallowed goal was the right call

Sid and Faizal discuss the controversial disallowed Maple Leafs goal and how Leaf fans shouldn't worry too much given the standings. They also touch on if this is the year the Leafs make a real push in the playoffs.