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Pension Plan Puppets

Wednesday FTB: Just start the playoffs already

Photo by Claus Andersen/ I’m officially tired of the regular season With 43 games played, I’m officially tired of the regular season. I haven’t even fully watched a game I wasn’t recapping in the past week or two. I might for a bit again when Foligno joins the roster and Nylander returns, so I can see what a fully healthy group of skaters looks like. But other than that, it’s just waiting for the playoffs to come now. They’re likely going to win the division, and if they don’t they’re still going to make the playoffs. That’s what matters. That’s all...

The Hockey Writers

Best Fantasy Hockey Playoff Pickups

ESPN fantasy hockey league playoffs have started. Despite this, a number of players remain available who could be difference-makers in leagues. Here are the best of them. Michael Bunting, Forward,…

Hockey Wilderness

Assessing Bill Guerin’s trade deadline decision

Photo by Brandon McCauley/NHLI via With the Minnesota Wild GM opting to do nothing at all before the playoffs, let’s look into why. The NHL trade deadline came and went on Monday afternoon without the Minnesota Wild making a single trade. The only in-season trade was an early move which swapped Greg Pateryn for Ian Cole, a move which saved Colorado space against the cap and benefitted the Wild’s third defensive pairing greatly. Between that move, the Jason Zucker trade (which netted Calen Addison and a first-round pick), and the various swaps that Guerin made at...

Blackhawk Up

3 Reasons To Keep Watching The Blackhawks As The Season Ends

The Chicago Blackhawks season is coming to a close with under 25 percent of the games left to go. Even though the team has struggled a lot, there are still reasons to keep watching. With just 13 games left on the schedule, and the Blackhawks a few points out of the playoffs, it might be […] 3 Reasons To Keep Watching The Blackhawks As The Season Ends - Blackhawk Up - Blackhawk Up - A Chicago Blackhawks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

The Hockey Writers

Blackhawks: 6 Keys to Making the Playoffs

It’s official; the NHL trade deadline is behind us, and we can now focus on the remainder of the season. While the Chicago Blackhawks look a little different than they…


Why Bernstein says ‘save your money’ on Maple Leafs in the playoffs

NHL writer Dennis Bernstein joins Follow The Money for his take on why the Maple Leafs would be one-and-done in the final four if they even make it out of the North Division. The post NHL appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.

Defending Big D

Gameday Thread: Stars vs Predators (7:30 PM CST)

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports The trade deadline has come and gone: will the Stars make a push to get into the playoffs? There’s 16 games to go starting tonight. Dallas Stars vs Florida Panthers Location: American Airlines CenterPuck Drop: 7:30 p.m. CSTTV: Bally Sports Southwest PLUSRadio: 96.7 FM / 1310 AM The Ticket

Toronto Sun

Thornton might see reduced role with Leafs

For the stormy seas of playoffs, the Maple Leafs have added a fourth captain’s ‘C’ to the bridge. Nick Foligno joins John Tavares, Jason Spezza and Joe Thornton as those who had that letter on previous NHL teams, though in Thornton’s post-deadline world, he might have a reduced role. Heading into Monday’s game in Montreal, the 41-year-old Thornton had gone 12 games without a point and appears to be...

Matchsticks and Gasoline

The Tinderbox, Ep. 51: We’re Talking Post Trade Deadline Flames

Trades, Lucic, Markstrom and Playoffs. It’s like a pot luck dinner. The Tinderbox This season we are continuing the new look/sounding Tinderbox as part of SBN’s Podcast Nation. We will cover a variety of topics throughout the season and have different guests from our SBN Family when the Flames are playing a team in their respective areas. So pull up a chair by the fire place, put on your best robe and kick back and relax to the sounds of the Tinderbox! Don’t forget you can download this podcast at Spotify, iTunes and Google Podcasts. Episode 51: Hosted by Mark, Maddie,...

The Cannon

Game #44 Recap: Good game, bad result

Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Blackhawks beat Blue Jackets 4-3 in overtime The trade deadline has come and gone and the focus of the hockey world is back on the actual games. Unfortunately, for the first time for several players on this roster, this team will likely not be headed to the playoffs. After being sellers at the deadline and trading Nick Foligno, David Savard, and Riley Nash, the captain-less Columbus Blue Jackets would look to prove a point against the Chicago Blackhawks. 1st Period An uneventful first half of the period saw a pretty even game going both...

Second City Hockey

Young Guns Report: Lankinen rebounds among Blackhawks’ developing defensemen, goalies

Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via The young netminder returned to form after a slump during the month of March. Despite still fighting for a position in the playoffs, it was good to see nothing crazy was done during the NHL trade deadline to derail The Plan™ for this season: commitment to developing young players and rebuilding the roster. Because of this, the Blackhawks defense has remained fairly untouched as an eye was kept on both being competitive now while maintaining for the future. Only Lucas Carlsson was traded, but he wasn’t one of the top touted...

Tip of the Tower

Maple Leafs: What Rittich trade might say about Andersen’s future

Kyle Dubas was leaving no stone unturned at the NHL Trade Deadline and wanted to make sure the Toronto Maple Leafs were covered for any scenario heading into the playoffs. You can never be too careful when you consider how vulnerable the goaltending position can be for a contending team. Ask the Colorado Avalanche and […] Maple Leafs: What Rittich trade might say about Andersen’s future - Tip of the Tower - Tip of the Tower - A Toronto Sports Site - Maple Leafs, Blue Jays, Raptors, Toronto FC, Raptors and Argonauts

All About The Jersey

New Jersey Devils Prospect Update: 4/13/21

Daniil Misyul’s season has continued in the MHL playoffs where he has a chance to win a championship. | Photo by Kevin Light/ This week saw Daniil Misyul advance to the finals in the MHL, Akira Schmid continue to stay hot in the USHL, and the seasons come to an end for Alexander Holtz in Sweden and Benjamin Baumgartner in Switzerland. Welcome to the 27th week of the 2020-21 New Jersey Devils prospect update! This week was highlighted by Daniil Misyul and Loko Yaroslavl advancing to the Kharlamov Cup Finals in the MHL. In the USHL, Akira Schmid continued to be the...

CBC News

The North Division picture is clearing up, and the Leafs are on top

CBC Sports' daily newsletter examines how each Canadian NHL team handled the trade deadline, and looks ahead to the playoffs.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Divisional arms races heat up at NHL trade deadline

Thank divisional play through the first two rounds of the playoffs for a little extra spice at the NHL trade deadline.


Coyotes, GM Bill Armstrong stand pat at NHL trade deadline as team fights for playoffs

The Arizona Coyotes passed on offers at the NHL trade deadline, and will move forward with the team they have to make a push toward a playoff spot.       


Bennett can bolster Panthers in playoffs after inconsistency with Flames

Ryan Leslie and Eric Francis look at the trade sending Sam Bennett to the Flames, and how he can bring his playoff success to the Panthers after lots of uncertainty in Calgary. The post NHL appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.

The Hockey Writers

Canucks Prospects Report: Podkolzin, Kunz, Jurmo, Comets & More

It’s time for another edition of the Vancouver Canucks prospects report. Highlights include Vasily Podkolzin’s heroic two-game performance in the KHL Playoffs, Joni Jurmo’s continued offensive production in the Mestis, and Jackson…

Hockey Wilderness

Marcus Foligno likely to return from injury

Photo by Christian Petersen/ One of the Wild’s most important forwards is reportedly coming back tonight against the Blues. The Minnesota Wild have been spiraling as of late. Despite their strong start to the season and every casual observer jumping on the bandwagon with Kirill Kaprizov creating every single highlight reel with a flick of his wrist, a 3-3-2 record in their last 8 games isn’t the makings of a team that wants to take a deep run into the playoffs. Especially when you consider how disastrous their underlying numbers have been. Through the last 30 days,...

Puck Prose

The next trade for the Colorado Avalanche should be big or not at all

The Colorado Avalanche’s next move needs to be huge. Today is the 2021 NHL Trade Deadline and the Colorado Avalanche have already made attempts to address their team needs in preparation for a deep Stanley Cup Playoffs run. The Av’s needs are not many, seeing as they are currently keeping excellent pace in a deep […] The next trade for the Colorado Avalanche should be big or not at all - Puck Prose - Puck Prose - NHL

Broad Street Hockey

Monday Morning Fly By: The end of the line

Heather Barry Today’s open discussion thread, complete with your daily dose of Flyers news and notes… *Happy Deadline Day, hockey fans! The day in which we all act like reasonable human beings capable of nuanced thought and reasoning. Anyway, the Flyers’ last hope for the playoffs effectively died yesterday, when they lost to the Buffalo Sabres. Again. Recap! *First “big” trade happened yesterday, with the Blue Jackets trading their captain to Toronto. [Pension Plan Puppets] *One assumes that Fletcher’s plan for the franchise didn’t hinge on the results...

Defending Big D

Monday Links: Stars’ Kryptonite Strikes Again

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports If only they could win in overtime, muses Matthew DeFranks. Plus, who’s in on Oleksiak, breaking down the Foligno trade, and more. It’s official: The Dallas Stars’ Kryptonite is overtime against the Nashville Predators. As soon as the latest contest of Aliens vs. Predators went to OT, Stars fans everywhere experienced the sinking feeling of another imminent loss. The Dallas Morning News’ Matthew DeFranks summed it up in cold numbers: If the Stars miss the playoffs, the 11 overtime losses will be staring back at Dallas....


Bruins Newcomer Curtis Lazar Takes Shot At Sabres After Trade

The 2021 NHL playoffs begin in just over a month, but Curtis Lazar still will see plenty of his former team before the 2020-21 regular season comes to an end. Lazar and Taylor Hall on Monday morning officially were dealt by the Sabres to the Bruins. Six of the final 17 games on the docket […] The post Bruins Newcomer Curtis Lazar Takes Shot At Sabres After Trade appeared first on NESN.com.

Mile High Hockey

Avalanche bring Carl Soderberg back

DENVER, CO - APRIL 30: Carl Soderberg #34 of the Colorado Avalanche celebrates after a goal is scored against the San Jose Sharks in Game Three of the Western Conference Second Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Pepsi Center on April 30, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. | Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via The Colorado Avalanche have acquired, or re-acquired, center Carl Soderberg from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for forwards Josh Dickinson and Ryder Rolston. Soderberg, 35, who is on a $1 million contract that expires at the end of the year, had 15...

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