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The Hockey Writers

What Will Patrick Kane Do Next?

It’s been another rough year for the Chicago Blackhawks. For the second straight season in a row, the team didn’t make the playoffs. The two seasons prior to that ended in first round playoff exits. Let’s face it, that 2015 third Stanley Cup in six years is starting to look pretty far removed. At this […] The post What Will Patrick Kane Do Next? appeared first on The Hockey Writers.

The Hockey Writers

Bruins Hurt by Krejci’s Silence

David Krejci was a key component in the Boston Bruins’ 2019 playoff run. In his first 17 games of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the 33-year-old notched four even-strength goals and seven even-strength assists. He tallied an additional three helpers on the power play. There’s no denying that Krejci was one of Boston’s best players […] The post Bruins Hurt by Krejci’s Silence appeared first on The Hockey Writers.

Causeway Crowd

Boston Bruins: Are they able to make a Marcus Johansson return possible?

The Boston Bruins had a marvelous run in the Stanley Cup playoffs. That fairytale path ended on just 15 wins, which is not good enough for the most elusive trophy in the world of hockey. Marcus Johansson arrived at the deadline and played a key role in the run. How to make a return to […] Boston Bruins: Are they able to make a Marcus Johansson return possible? - Causeway Crowd - Causeway Crowd - A Boston Bruins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Causeway Crowd

Boston Bruins: More Stanley Cup Final injury revelations

It’s a given most years that by the end of the playoffs, at least a few players will be playing injured. The Boston Bruins’ run this year was no different, with the obvious headline being the broken jaw that team captain, Zdeno Chara played through. Of course, Zdeno Chara was the headline Boston Bruins injury; […] Boston Bruins: More Stanley Cup Final injury revelations - Causeway Crowd - Causeway Crowd - A Boston Bruins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

The Cannon

2018-19 Player Review: Matt Duchene makes his mark in the playoffs, but will he stay in Columbus?

We all love you Matt Duchene; please stay here. Your only playoff success came here; Nashville can’t offer that. Matt Duchene came to Columbus days before the trade deadline in February - the first of GM Jarmo Kekalainen’s all in moves as he looked to build a Stanley Cup winner in the final years of Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky’s contracts. Duchene was exchanged for a first round pick in 2019, a conditional first rounder in 2020, and prospects Jonathan Davidsson and Vitaly Abramov. Duchene played 23 games in the regular season with Columbus and struggled to find a fit in the...

Second City Hockey

Blackhawks will be active in trade talks prior to NHL draft

General manager Stan Bowman says he’s “had a number of conversations.” Stan Bowman is working to improve the Blackhawks to get them to return to the playoffs after a two-year absence. The Chicago general manager made, what he believes, to be the first step in doing that by acquiring left-handed defenseman Olli Maatta from the Penguins on Saturday. But Bowman said during Sunday’s media conference call that he expects to continue to be involved in trade discussions prior to the NHL draft, which begins Friday in Vancouver. “I’ve had a number of conversations, and I expect that to...


Player Profile: An in-depth look at new Penguins’ forward Dominik Kahun

What can the Pens expect from the forward they got for trading Olli Maatta? News broke on Saturday night that the Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks swung a pretty significant trade sending defenseman Olli Maatta to Chi-town for forward Dominik Kahun. Pittsburgh also adds a fifth round pick in the trade. The writing was on the wall for Maatta to be shipped out of town given he had a poor 2018-19 season and was a healthy scratch for the last three games of the playoffs. Moving forward, what can the Pens expect out of Kahun? What kind of player is he? Let’s dive into a quick and...


Blues Stanley Cup parade

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31 Thoughts: Sharks still have shot at keeping Erik Karlsson

Elliotte Friedman has the latest on Erik Karlsson, Loui Eriksson, Milan Lucic, Roberto Luongo and much more in a post-playoffs edition of 31 Thoughts. The post NHL appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.

Pension Plan Puppets

Weekend FTB: Hitting the ground running already this offseason

Trades are being made, UFAs being re-signed, and the draft is getting closer The NHL playoffs are now over, and the initial high we all got from Brad Marchand crying is starting to wear off. The Raptors winning the NBA championship gave us a new high, but that too will slowly fade. What’s a person to do until the next NHL season comes? Thankfully, the whole league seems to have been close to bursting with moves they had ready to make while waiting for the finals to end. First, the Flyers and Capitals started the day swapping a right-handed defenseman each: Matt Niskanen going to the...

Tip of the Tower

Toronto Maple Leafs: How they could look very different next season

The Toronto Maple Leafs have reached the playoffs in three consecutive seasons with largely the same corps, but that could be changing next season. Recent reports have emerged that see the Toronto Maple Leafs moving a number of players, whether that be by their request or the team just feels the need to move on. […] Toronto Maple Leafs: How they could look very different next season - Tip of the Tower - Tip of the Tower - A Toronto Sports Site - Maple Leafs, Blue Jays, Raptors, Toronto FC, Raptors and Argonauts

Second City Hockey

Dylan Cozens has all the tools to be an option for Blackhawks at No. 3 overall

The Lethbridge Hurricanes’ center from the Yukon is a versatile, speedy two-way force. The Yukon, Canada’s northernmost province, has not produced an NHL player since the 1980’s nor one that has played in ten or more NHL games. Dylan Cozens stands to change that as a top-five center prospect and one of the most well-regarded skaters in the 2019 NHL Draft. Cozens led the Lethbridge Hurricanes to the Western Hockey League (WHL) playoffs, where the Hurricanes lost in seven games to the Calgary Hitmen in the first round. Cozens had the most points by a player in his draft class in the...


Best hits from 2019 playoffs: Ferland thumps Grzelcyk

From Micheal Ferland smashing Matt Grzelcyk, to Sammy Blais crushing former Blue David Backes, here’s all the best hits from the 2019 NHL Playoffs. The post NHL appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.

Second City Hockey

Doug Christiansen named head coach, GM for Blackhawks’ ECHL affiliate Indy Fuel

The 41-year-old led Manchester to the second round of the playoffs last season. The Indy Fuel, the Blackhawks’ ECHL affiliate, named Doug Christiansen as their head coach and general manager Friday morning. Christiansen, 41, guided the Manchester Monarchs (Kings) to a 39-29 record and a Kelly Cup playoff appearance in his first season at the helm. In the playoffs, the Monarchs defeated the Adirondack Thunder (Devils) in five games then fell to the eventual champion Newfoundland Growlers (Maple Leafs) in six games. Christiansen was left looking for a job after the season as the ECHL...

Blues needed entire roster to help lift Cup

Contributions came from everywhere throughout playoffs, including Cup Final upset of the Boston Bruins.


Bruins’ Patrice Bergeron Will Rehab Groin Injury, Won’t Need Surgery

It’s no secret that Patrice Bergeron is no stranger to playing through injuries in the playoffs, and this year was... Read More »

Matchsticks and Gasoline

2018-19 Player Report Card: Austin Czarnik

A mixed bag is the best way to describe Austin Czarnik's 2018-19 season. Austin Czarnik: Centre Regular Season: 54 GP, 6 G, 12 A, 18 Pts, 8 PIM, -1, -0.3 CFRel% Playoffs: 1 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 Pts, 0 PIM Individual Grades MarkParkinson14= (C) I feel like Austin Czarnik should have been given more games to show his talents to the Flames brass, but when I look at his GP and see 54, I’m surprised it was that many. Czarnik showed flashes this season, like his stretch from February 16 to February 26th where he had a point in five of six games. He set new career highs in goals, assists, points...

The Cannon

2018-19 Player Review: Sergei Bobrovsky delivers a rollercoaster final (?) season for the Columbus Blue Jackets

If that was his last season as a Blue Jacket, it was a pretty good one Sergei Bobrovsky’s 2018-19 campaign, unfair as it may be, stands out for what happened before and after the regular season. In training camp, he said he wouldn’t negotiate a contract during the season and started speaking in past tense about his time in Columbus. In the playoffs, he exorcised his postseason demons by engineering one of the most stunning upsets in hockey history and helping the Columbus Blue Jackets to their best season ever. In between? Sixty-two games of...

The Hockey Writers

Busy Offseason Expected for Capitals’ Front Office

With the Washington Capitals' unexpected first-round exit from the Stanley Cup Playoffs, general manager Brian MacLellan has some difficult decisions in front of him. The Capitals' roster is a powder-keg of high-priced contracts, expiring contracts, and aging stars. Unfortunately, some of the Caps' brightest young stars hold those expiring contracts, and MacLellan will most likely have to make some sacrifices to keep a championship-caliber team together. The post Busy Offseason Expected for Capitals’ Front Office appeared first on The Hockey Writers.

Puck Prose

Stanley Cup Playoffs: What went wrong for the Boston Bruins?

With Game 7 over, the almighty Boston Bruins have fallen at the hands of the Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues. What went wrong in their quest for hockey’s ultimate prize in the Stanley Cup Playoffs? They say it’s not over until the fat lady sings. Well, she must be singing “Gloria” right about now, […] Stanley Cup Playoffs: What went wrong for the Boston Bruins? - Puck Prose - Puck Prose - NHL


2019 Stanley Cup closing montage

Relive the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs with this special montage. The post NHL appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Blues aren't much different from Wild. How did they win the Cup?

Welcome to the Thursday edition of The Cooler, where the only blueprint is no blueprint. Let's get to it: *The Blues made the playoffs six years in a row from 2011-17, achieving a modest level of postseason success but never making the Stanley Cup Finals, let alone hoisting the Cup. Then they missed the postseason a year ago (albeit with a healthy 94 points) and slumped so badly to start this season that they fired head coach Mike Yeo after 19 games and at one point in early January had the worst record in the NHL. So how the heck did it come to be that St. Louis triumphed in a...

Fear The Fin

Playoffs Round Up: Final ends with Couture on top

Also, the Blues won. This was possibly the least fun I’ve had watching the Stanley Cup Final since that one time the San Jose Sharks lost in it. This wasn’t the result any of us wanted after the series the Sharks endured against the St. Louis Blues, I’m sure. Anyway, here’s what happened. I’m sorry you have to read this. Game 4 The series returned to St. Louis and the Blues came out on top. Ryan O’Reilly opened up scoring early in the first. Charlie Coyle responded for the Boston Bruins, but it wasn’t long until Vladimir Tarasenko regained the lead. Brandon Carlo came back in...

Pension Plan Puppets

Kyle Dubas has 19 days to makeover the Maple Leafs

Now that the Stanley Cup Playoffs are over and we can get on with forgetting this offseason, Kyle Dubas can get to work. Now that the Stanley Cup has been awarded, the 30 NHL teams who aren’t celebrating can pull out all the stops on their offseason work. There are 19 days left, including July 1, and that’s the period Kyle Dubas and all the other GMs have to makeover their teams. Sure, a few things, even important things, happen after the very first day of free agency, and there’s no guarantee Mitch Marner’s contract is sorted out by then, but most of the meaningful work has to get...

Matchsticks and Gasoline

2018-19 Player Report Card: Travis Hamonic

Travis Hamonic is A-ok Travis Hamonic: Defence Regular Season: 69 GP, 7 G, 12 A, 19 Pts, 33 PIM, +21, -1.4 CFRel% Playoffs: 5 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 Pts, 2 PIM Individual Grades MarkParkinson14= (A) How many times do you have to have your face broken before you get respect? Travis Hamonic was the ultimate team player in 2018-19 as he sacrificed his body (face) on multiple occasions this season to help the team and defend his teammates. Points wise Hamonic had his best season since 2015-16 and set a new career high in blocked shots with 167. Hamonic’s name is appearing in trade rumours, which...

St. Louis Game Time

Ryan O’Reilly Wins Conn Smythe Trophy

The Blues forward had a brilliant series. Ryan O’Reilly was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff most valuable player after tonight’s 4-1 victory over the Boston Bruins. O’Reilly finished the playoffs with nine goals and 16 assists, and scored in four straight playoff games this round. After a slow start that had fans wondering if he was hurt, O’Reilly came back in a big way to help get the Blues across the finish line. The Blues had several candidates for Conn Smythe: Jordan Binnington, Vladimir Tarasenko, Jaden Schwartz. But in the end, it was the player that the Blues...

Winnipeg Jets' Hellebuyck talks playoffs and his pregame rituals | Off the Ice with KT | NHL on NBC

In the latest episode of Off the Ice with Kathryn Tappen, Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck goes for a stroll with his dog, Tinsley, and talks ice fishing, pregame rituals and playoff environment in Winnipeg. #NBCSports #NHL #WinnipegJets »

The Los Angeles Kings' impossible comeback against Gretzky's Edmonton Oilers deserves a deep rewind

The Edmonton Oilers were by the far the favorite against the Los Angeles Kings in the 1982 Stanley Cup playoffs. They were breaking records, had Gretzky in his prime (who was also breaking his own records), and their new division rival Kings were...not. B

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. ----------------------------------------------