Month: August 2018

For the last few summers, the Dallas Stars have become known for making a big splash. Whether it’s from acquiring new players through trade or free agency, a change in coaching staff or front office, or drafting a generational talent, the team’s exciting offseasons have made up for the lack of playoff hockey. But however quiet
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  August 8, 2018 marked the 30th anniversary of the trade that sent icon Wayne Gretzky to Los Angeles and sent shockwaves around the hockey world. Gretzky, along with Marty McSorley and Mike Krushelnyski, was shipped to the Los Angeles Kings for Jimmy Carson, Martin Gelinas, three first-round picks, and $15 million. Even more shocking
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For almost their entire existence, the Winnipeg Jets have been the blueprint for drafting and developing in the NHL. Their first round picks have been almost universal hits and their later picks have frequently struck gold as well. With that in mind, Winnipeg often ranks at or near the top of the league’s prospect systems
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During the 1970s, only the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins had more victories than the Philadelphia Flyers’ 424. During that decade, the Flyers won back-to-back Stanley Cups in 1974 and 1975, went to two more Finals, and missed the playoffs once. Furthermore, they registered 100 or more points in five consecutive seasons between 1974 and
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The decline of Jonathan Toews has gone beyond just a slump, as his point production has decreased steadily over the past four seasons. His total of 52 points last season was the lowest output of his career, excluding the lockout-shortened season of 2013. The Chicago Blackhawks will need their captain to perform at a peak
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With just under three weeks until training camp opens, the Pittsburgh Penguins don’t have many positional question marks. Barring injuries or sudden trades, their skaters are set. It’s a nice spot to be in a year after beginning camp without a third or fourth-line center. Although they do have one position with an opening, and it’s
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A decade of futility for the New York Rangers that started in the late 1990’s began with one event in July of 1997. It wasn’t a game the Rangers lost, a trade they made, or a free agent they signed (although there would be many to follow). No, the day that led to seven straight
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Martin Brodeur is coming home. The former goaltender, who became a household name by leading the New Jersey Devils to three Stanley Cup titles in his 21 seasons in New Jersey, will be named the team’s executive vice president of business development Wednesday. Welcome home, @MartinBrodeur! The 🐐 has been named the #NJDevils Executive VP
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In today’s rumor rundown, Tyler Seguin is losing faith in a deal getting done with the Dallas Stars, Max Pacioretty isn’t even getting offers to stay from the Montreal Canadiens, Jacob Trouba isn’t ruling out another extension with the Winnipeg Jets and Auston Matthews isn’t concerned about what’s happening in Toronto with their pending contracts.
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As we prepare for the 2018-19 season, we have seen two players native to the Czech Republic sign with NWHL teams. Kateřina Mrázová, a University of Minnesota-Duluth alum, has joined the Connecticut Whale while former Northeastern Huskies player Denisa Křížová signed with the team who drafted her, the Boston Pride. Moves such as these may have begun
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Three Arizona sports legends will participate in Sen. John McCain’s memorial service Thursday. Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is one of six speakers who will pay tribute to McCain. Former Diamondbacks outfielder Luis Gonzalez and former Coyotes forward Shane Doan will serve as pallbearers. The three athletes were close friends of McCain. Fitzgerald’s tribute will
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SUNRISE, Fla. — The Florida Panthers have agreed to terms with veteran right winger Troy Brouwer to a one-year contract. General manager Dale Tallon announced the move Monday, saying Brouwer adds depth and should provide leadership for Florida’s young core. Brouwer became a free agent when the Calgary Flames bought out the final two years
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It’s been a while since the round table convened, but with the NHL season just around the corner, it will become a regular meeting place for THW’s Toronto Maple Leafs coverage team to get together and talk about the major discussion points surrounding the team. With that in mind, the Maple Leafs Round Table is
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