Month: May 2017

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’
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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
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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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CALGARY, Alta. – Twelve coaches have been selected to lead Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team and Canada’s national men’s under-17 teams throughout development and selection camps, and 2017 events. Paul McFarland (Richmond Hill, Ont./Kingston, OHL) will return as head coach of Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team, while Daniel Jacob (Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu,Que./Blainville-Boisbriand, QMJHL) and Brent
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The fast-approaching NHL Expansion Draft for the Vegas Golden Knights could very well lead to a flurry of trade activity in the final hours beforehand. Several teams are in a bind with the draft’s exposure requirements, as they risk losing good players and getting nothing in return. One of those teams that looks to be
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“Why do you guys want to talk to me? I’m nothing special,” joked Patrik Laine of the Winnipeg Jets after a late-March game in New Jersey. Quite modest for a kid who just turned 19-years-old after completing his first full NHL season with the Winnipeg Jets. The Jets, who jumped from 6th to 2nd in
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