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To say that the Buffalo Sabres require a lot of change and a lot of work to become a competitive playoff team isn’t too much different from saying that a fifth-grader in remedial English requires a lot of change and a lot of work to become a Harvard graduate. Sophomore general manager Jason Botterill promised sweeping
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What a difference a summer makes. Five months ago, the Blues were sputtering to the end of their season, losing five of their final six games to miss the playoffs by just one point. Fans were disgusted with their team and their general manager, certain that they were headed towards another offseason with minor tweaks
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It was no secret that Jason Botterill planned on altering the complexion of the Buffalo Sabres roster this summer, but even the most optimistic fan couldn’t have predicted just how successful he’d be in doing so. After a 2017-18 campaign that the organization would like to forget, there was a wide range of speculation regarding
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The 1983-84 Buffalo Sabres belonged to Scotty Bowman. The winningest coach in NHL history – and arguably the all-time greatest hockey coach at any level – was also the team’s GM and had his fingerprints all over that team. From pulling off some of the bigger trades in Buffalo history, to maintaining longtime veterans, to
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In the NHL—and really all professional sports—the offseason is meant to be a time when general managers reflect on the state of their respective teams and formulate a plan to get better. After all, the name of the game is improvement. No team wants to stay stagnant and miss the postseason year after playoff-less year. But
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His nickname was “Nifty”, and if you ever saw Rick Middleton play you would understand why. Few snipers could skate in on a goaltender or dangle the puck the way that he could. In fact, the term “dangling” in hockey might best belong to Middleton. It was the way he did it. When lovers of
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As players arrive on Long Island with training camp just over a week away (Sept. 13), we have begun to see the culture change that president of hockey operations and general manager Lou Lamoriello promised when the New York Islanders brought him onboard May 22. With the Islanders missing out on the playoffs for the
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If you find yourself wearing a big “C” on your sweater, you can assume that you have reached the pinnacle of individual hockey success. Being named team captain is an ode to an individual’s character as well as his playing ability by his team and teammates. Throughout the Florida Panthers relatively young existence, there have
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The late sixties were an eventful period to say the least. Peace rallies opposing the continued American military presence in Vietnam were growing like wildfire, the Beatles maintained their dominance of the music charts with the release of their “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band” album, and the summer months were dubbed the “summer of
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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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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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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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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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Calling him a steal would be an understatement. Drafted 152nd overall by the New York Islanders in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Anders Lee has turned out to be one of the best goal scorers in the National Hockey League. Having played parts of five seasons in the NHL, here are the top 10 moments
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Welcome to our second monthly installment of The Hockey Writers Chicago Blackhawks roundtable! In our first roundtable, we discussed line combinations, the state of management, and our opinion on bringing back Marcus Kruger. Today Meghan Dillon, Greg Boysen, and Gail Kauchak give their view on three more questions regarding the Blackhawks. Let’s get started. The
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