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The Montreal Canadiens absolutely don’t need Antti Niemi. Nevertheless, it’s hard to fault general manager Marc Bergevin for re-signing the goalie, as he just did to a 1-year, $950,000 deal. Think of Niemi as that extra insurance policy you have, because, “Hey, why not?” There really isn’t a reason. Price vs. Niemi To be clear,
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After a stunningly abrupt and ugly end to an uneven season, the Anaheim Ducks appear intent on retaining veteran coach Randy Carlyle heading into the 2018-19 season. The 62-year-old bench boss has coached the Ducks during two separate stints, compiling the most victories (363) in the franchise’s brief history. Now, though, a new challenge awaits him,
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From the Ted Lindsay Award to the James Norris Trophy, hockey (and sports) have a history of naming things after former players, coaches and integral people. It’s no different when it comes to the Gordie Howe hat trick. No, we’re not talking about a three goal performance of some kind. Rather, a Gordie Howe hat
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Scenario: you wake up in the morning with the incredible urge to spend your own money on 31 National Hockey League jerseys, one from the history of each franchise. Which ones would you choose? More importantly, whose name would be on the back? There’s a lot that would go into such decisions. Do you value
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It’s hard to imagine there could be greater divide over a single player on the Buffalo Sabres roster more than Robin Lehner. But, times have changed. Move over Robin — it’s Ryan O’Reilly’s turn. After O’Reilly’s comments at locker room cleanout day that he’d “lost passion for the game at times this year,” he’s become
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Sometimes, things don’t go according to plan. This was true for the 2017-18 Boston Bruins who fell short of their ultimate goal of winning a Stanley Cup following a loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second-round of the postseason. Related: Bruins Exceeded Expectations in 2017-18 Though the Bruins were unable to capture hockey’s
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Jack McBain 2017-18 Team: Toronto Jr. Canadiens (#19)Date of Birth: January 6, 2000Place of Birth: Toronto, ONHt: 6’3” Wt: 196 lbsShoots: LeftPosition: CNHL Draft Eligibility: 2018 first-year eligible Rankings The Barrie Colts took a gamble in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection. They owned two first-round picks. This would have been a perfect opportunity to make
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The Tampa Bay Lightning are the envy of the National Hockey League. They’ve got a phenomenal owner in Jeff Vinik, who put the brakes on disaster and painstakingly rebuilt the organisation from the inside out. A former investment wizard, Vinik has managed to strike the optimal balance between the fanatical micromanagement of some of his
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Game 7 ended the way it began for the Nashville Predators and their fans, in heartbreak. Pekka Rinne had a rough first few minutes and spotted the Jets a two-goal lead. Predators head coach Peter Laviolette then made the call to pull the veteran and put in 23-year-old Juuse Saros. He kept his team in the game
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There’s no hiding the fact that the Edmonton Oilers will be facing a salary cap crunch as they attempt to fill in the holes on their roster this offseason. Luckily for general manager Peter Chiarelli there are various ways that the team can address this impending problem. Earlier, I looked at a group of unproven
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It’s possible the Montreal Canadiens retain the services of Max Pacioretty up to the point at which his contract expires next summer and beyond. Just unlikely. That’s due to numerous factors. For example, barring an inability to bounce back from an uncharacteristically unproductive 37-point season, his next contract will be more befitting of a perennial
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Sampo Ranta 2016-17 Team: Sioux City Musketeers (#8)Date of Birth: May 31, 2000Place of Birth: Naantali, FinlandHt: 6’2” Wt: 192 lbs.Position: LWNHL Draft Eligibility: 2018 first-year eligible Rankings NHL Central Scouting: 18th (among NA Skaters) Future Considerations: 58th Bob McKenzie: 42nd Craig Button: 73rd After growing up and playing hockey overseas in both Finland and
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Last season at this time Marc-Andre Fleury was in the same spot. Two rounds complete in the Stanley Cup playoffs, eight wins down and eight to go, and Fleury was the odds-on favorite to take home the Conn Smythe Trophy. But that was in Pittsburgh. He was eventually replaced in net and the Penguins went
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The Washington Capitals had found themselves in the same situation before: Game 6 sudden death overtime against Pittsburgh. However, they’ve always found themselves on the other end, usually falling in defeat as the years of heartbreak and second-round woes find the team over and over again. However, that all changed Monday. A little over five minutes
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