3:59 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN There’s an annual tradition in the Stanley Cup Playoffs where the last remaining Canadian franchise, attempting to bring the chalice north-of-da-border for the first time since 1993, is anointed “Canada’s team” by the barometer of public sentiment, the newspaper editorial page. “The Winnipeg Jets are the perfect team for all
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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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Minnesota Whitecaps, welcome to the National Women’s Hockey League! After three exhilarating seasons in which three different Isobel Cup champions were named, the league finally has a new team in addition to the “Founding Four”. And while NWHL proponents knew that increasing the number of hockey clubs was always inevitable, it makes the introduction no
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Author’s Note: This article was published before an announcement was made by the Edmonton Oilers confirming the signing of Joel Persson to a one-year entry-level contract (ELC). Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli has stated Persson will be loaned to the Vaxjo Lakers of the SHL for the 2018-19 season. Edmonton does have recall rights if
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The Buffalo Sabres’ outlook got a lot brighter after the team won the NHL draft lottery. With a certain blue-chip defenseman all but guaranteed to don the blue-and-gold next season, fan interest has been reignited after an abysmal 2017-18 showing. Pair that with the excitement surrounding the continued growth of high-potential players like Casey Mittelstadt,
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12:45 AM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN WASHINGTON — Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson believes the NHL Department of Player Safety needs to take a close look at the hard hit delivered by Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman that briefly forced Wilson out of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom was
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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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If there was a glaring weakness on the Vancouver Canucks’ roster last year, it was that big black hole on defence. Although Travis Green’s up-tempo style resulted in more offensive chances, the Canucks’ defence was more porous than that of the 2016-17 squad—not a dubious designation considering that the Canucks gave up the second-most goals in
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