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NHL Rumors: Oilers, Lightning, Coyotes, More

In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there is speculation that Swedish free agent Joakim Nygard has his choice of destination down to two teams, there is an update on the status of Ryan Callahan in Tampa, news out of Washington and the Coyotes are being creative in their search for talent. Oilers or Flames for Nygard? Editor in chief/chefredaktör, Uffe Bodin is reporting that it sounds like the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames are the final two teams in contention for Swedish free agent for...
Tags: Edmonton Oilers, NHL Rumors, Washington Capitals, John Chayka, Matt Niskanen, Ryan Callahan, Top Story


Predators’ Offseason To-Do List

The Nashville Predators’ 2018-19 season ended in a disappointing loss in the playoffs, and the offseason is in full swing for them. As a team with Stanley Cup aspirations, their offseason is about setting themselves with the best opportunity to win it all in 2019-20. It starts with the Entry Draft and re-signing their own players, and continues in free agency. All in all, this summer figures to be an active one for the Predators. Here are nine items general manager David Poile and his staff need...
Tags: Long Read, Nashville Predators, David Poile, Eeli Tolvanen, Kyle Turris, Roman Josi


Gulls looking forward to home-ice advantage as series shifts to San Diego

The San Diego Gulls seized home-ice advantage in the AHL’s Western Conference final with a 3-0 victory over the Chicago Wolves in Game 2 of the best-of-7 series Saturday at Rosemont, Illinois. The Gulls’ reward was a chance to close out the series at home, thanks to the 2-3-2 playoff format. The Gulls host the Wolves in Games 3, 4 and 5 on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at Pechanga Arena. Game 6, if necessary, would be Monday at Allstate Arena. The Gulls, the Ducks’ AHL affiliate, don’t want the...
Tags: Sports, Sport, Chicago, Soccer, San Diego, San Jose, AHL, NHL, Muhammad Ali, Anaheim-ducks, Toronto Maple Leafs, SAP Center, Bakersfield, Boyle, Western Conference, Chicago Wolves


Review Predators’ 2018-19 Season: Goaltending Edition

To wrap up my positional review of the Nashville Predators’ 2018-19 season, I move to their goaltenders. For reference, here are the reviews I’ve written thus far: Forwards ReviewDefensemen Review The 2018-19 season was a rough one for goaltenders. League-wide, netminders had a .910 save percentage (SV%), the lowest since 2008-09. Simultaneously, they had a 2.81 goals-against average (GAA), the highest since 2005-06. The Predators are a team that relies heavily on its goaltenders, and thei...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Corsica, Finland, Nashville, AHL, Hockey, NHL, New York Islanders, Dallas Stars, Nashville Predators, Rinne, Martin Jones, Robin Lehner, Anton Khudobin, GAA


Penguins’ Name & Mascots Hold Legacy in Pittsburgh

Though it’s not the fiercest team name in the NHL, the Pittsburgh Penguins moniker has become associated with greatness over the franchise’s 52-year existence. It’s hard to believe that one simple write-in naming contest could have changed the entire branding of the team, eliminating things like slick black-and-gold uniforms, a great arena nickname, and even a few lovable mascots. The Pittsburgh franchise that is known and loved today could have taken on an entirely different branding with...
Tags: Japan, Russia, Sport, Ohio, Espn, Penguins, AHL, Hockey, NHL, Montreal, Seattle, Detroit, Carol, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh, George


The Grind Line: Red Wings’ Offseason Wish List

What’s The Grind Line? Apart from the once-famous line of Kris Draper, Kirk Maltby, and either Joe Kocur or Darren McCarty, The Grind Line is also The Hockey Writers’ weekly column about the Detroit Red Wings. Rachel Anderson and Tony Wolak are the muckers who makeup THW’s forechecking unit and sound off on Red Wings topics The offseason is never lacking in roster moves throughout the NHL. The Red Wings have already made a handful, including re-signing defenseman Dylan McIlrath, signing promi...
Tags: Column, Sport, Detroit Red Wings, AHL, Hockey, NHL, Detroit, Ericsson, Grand Rapids, Steve Yzerman, Justin Abdelkader, Red Wings, Milan Lucic, Jonathan Ericsson, Trevor Daley, Darren McCarty


Potential Landing Spots for Phil Kessel

The Pittsburgh Penguins had a down season by their standards, bowing out of the playoffs early after a four-game sweep at the hands of the New York Islanders. While some considered this a monumental upset, this season’s iteration of the Penguins was not quite the same force that won back-to-back Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017. In TSN’s list of possible Trade Bait released on May 17, Phil Kessel was listed as the top offseason trade target in the league. On the surface, some may question the l...
Tags: Usa, New York, Minnesota, Boston, Sport, Arizona, Rangers, Dallas, Penguins, AHL, Hockey, NHL, North America, Montreal, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh


Does Trading Nurse Make Sense for the Oilers?

Imagine you are the general manager of a professional hockey team. You have a 6-foot-4, 220-pound defenseman who is turning just 25 years old. He’s played the equivalent of just over three seasons in the NHL. Every season he plays, he improves his offensive output and minutes played. His most recent season also saw him pace his defensive teammates with 41 points. It’s the most points a defenseman has posted for this organization since the 2008-09 season. He stands up for his teammates, he h...
Tags: Usa, New York, Nurse, New York City, Sport, Getty Images, New Jersey, Nashville, Penguins, AHL, Hockey, NHL, Taylor, Ducks, Edmonton, Hall


Gulls goalie Kevin Boyle shuts out Wolves on 29 shots, tying series

The San Diego Gulls scored a pair of second-chance goals and goaltender Kevin Boyle made 29 saves in a 3-0 shutout of the Chicago Wolves in Game 2 of the AHL’s Western Conference final Saturday at Rosemont, Illinois. The Gulls evened the best-of-7 series 1-1. Games 3, 4 and 5 will be Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at San Diego’s Pechanga Arena. The Gulls, the Ducks’ AHL affiliate, scored the only goal they would need to win and even the series when Sam Carrick converted on a rebound only 6:56 in...
Tags: Sport, Chicago, Soccer, San Diego, Nba, AHL, NHL, Carrick, Boyle, Western Conference, Chicago Wolves, Adam Cracknell, San Diego Gulls, Eakins, Ryan Kesler, Kevin Boyle


Gulls tie series as goaltender Kevin Boyle shuts out Wolves on 29 shots

The San Diego Gulls scored a pair of second-chance goals and goaltender Kevin Boyle made 29 saves in a 3-0 shutout of the Chicago Wolves in Game 2 of the AHL’s Western Conference final Saturday at Rosemont, Illinois. The Gulls evened the best-of-7 series 1-1. Games 3, 4 and 5 will be Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at San Diego’s Pechanga Arena. “Of the two games, I actually thought we played better last night (in Game 1) than we did tonight, but Kevin Boyle came in and just gave us a hell of a g...
Tags: Sport, Chicago, Soccer, San Diego, Nba, AHL, NHL, Carrick, Boyle, Western Conference, Chicago Wolves, Adam Cracknell, San Diego Gulls, Eakins, Ryan Kesler, Kevin Boyle


Review Of Detroit’s 2015 Draft

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press, F Evgeny Svechnikov Drafted: 19th. Scouting report: Considered a complete package of size, skill and strength. Wingspan: It looked promising when Svechnikov notched 20 goals among 51 points in 74 games with the Grand Rapids Griffins as a rookie, and then helped them win the Calder Cup with 12 points in 19 AHL playoffs games. His second pro season, though, started with a slump — Svechnikov had just five points his first 27 games with...
Tags: Sport, Wings, AHL, NHL, Detroit, ECHL, Detroit Free Press, Vili Saarijarvi, Toledo Walleye, Grand Rapids Griffins, Helene St James, Svechnikov, Dennis Cholowski, Filip Hronek, Wings Svechnikov, Gustav Lindstrom


Ducks prospect Max Comtois scores twice, but Gulls fall to Wolves in OT

Cody Glass of Chicago beat Jeff Glass of San Diego with the game-winning goal on a breakaway 14:03 into sudden-death overtime to give the Wolves a 5-4 victory Friday over the Gulls in Game 1 of the AHL’s Western Conference final in Rosemont, Illinois. Cody Glass got free after the Gulls’ Chase De Leo slashed his stick out of his hands in the neutral zone. Glass headed to the Chicago bench for a new stick and when he turned back to rejoin the play, the Wolves had gained possession and he was behi...
Tags: Sports, Toronto, Sport, Chicago, Soccer, San Diego, Nba, AHL, NHL, Ducks, Anaheim-ducks, Charlotte, Eastern Conference, Hague, Tye McGinn, Western Conference


NHL News & Notes: GM of the Year & More, Blue Jackets/Rangers & More

In today’s News & Notes, the NHL has announced the finalists for General Manager of the Year, John Davidson has resigned from the Columbus Blue Jackets and Juuso Ikonen has been placed on unconditional waivers. Related: NHL News & Notes: Lindell, Rangers & More NHL General Manager of the Year Finalists Announced The NHL has announced their three finalists for the General Manager of the Year Award. All three general managers named brought their respective teams to the Conference Finals...
Tags: New York, News, Sweden, Sport, Gm, Finland, Rangers, Dallas, Diana, AHL, Hockey, NHL, Columbus, New York Rangers, Boston Bruins, Bruins


NHL News & Notes: GM of the Year & More, Blue Jackets & More

In today’s News & Notes, the NHL has announced the finalists for General Manager of the Year, John Davidson has resigned from the Columbus Blue Jackets and Juuso Ikonen has been placed on unconditional waivers. Related: NHL News & Notes: Lindell, Rangers & More NHL General Manager of the Year Finalists Announced The NHL has announced their three finalists for the General Manager of the Year Award. All three general managers named brought their respective teams to the Conference Finals...
Tags: New York, News, Sweden, Sport, Gm, Finland, Rangers, Dallas, Diana, AHL, Hockey, NHL, Columbus, New York Rangers, Boston Bruins, Bruins


Why the Oilers Should Trade the 8th Overall Pick

For many Edmonton Oilers fans, the thought of trading a top-10 pick in this year’s NHL Entry Draft might seem crazy, but hear me out.Since 2006, the Oilers have had 93 draft picks. Out of those 93 players chosen, only 37 played at least one game in the NHL. Of those 37 players to lace up their skates at the NHL level, only 20 have played more than 150 games. Only nine of those players were drafted after the first round. It’s clear that Edmonton has struggled heavily with developing prospects in ...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Dallas, AHL, Hockey, NHL, Edmonton, New York Islanders, Benson, Boston Bruins, Edmonton Oilers, Ryan Nugent Hopkins, Perry Nelson, Oilers, Bouchard, Connor McDavid


Craig MacTavish First of Many Holland Changes

It was only a matter of time before the Edmonton Oilers started making changes. New GM Ken Holland needed a few moments to gather his bearings, see where the organization was at and make some moves in an effort to finally send the Oilers organization in the right direction. One of the first among the many expected exits is that of Craig MacTavish, who will be leaving the Oilers and joining the KHL. It was reported by Igor Eronko early Thursday am that MacTavish had signed a 2-year deal with L...
Tags: Sport, Gm, Holland, AHL, Hockey, NHL, Edmonton, Edmonton Oilers, Oilers, Bakersfield, Bob Hartley, Mike Keenan, Ken Holland, Edmonton Journal, Gretzky, Peter Chiarelli


Ducks prospects spur San Diego Gulls AHL playoff run

Sam Carrick has five goals and seven assists for the San Diego Gulls, their co-leader after 10 games in the Calder Cup playoffs. Sam Steel has four goals and six assists. Kalle Kossila scored two goals in their series-clinching win Monday over the Bakersfield Condors in the second round. The Ducks’ season ended with a whimper more than a month ago, when they finished in sixth place in the NHL’s eight-team Pacific Division with a 35-37-10 record and missed the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first t...
Tags: Sports, Sport, Chicago, Soccer, San Diego, Nba, San Jose, AHL, NHL, Calgary Flames, Terry, Ducks, Steel, Anaheim-ducks, Pacific Division, Bakersfield


Rangers assistant GM Jim Schoenfeld resigns

NEW YORK (AP) — Jim Schoenfeld has resigned as vice president and assistant general manager of the New York Rangers. The former NHL defenseman and coach spent 17 seasons in the Rangers’ organization, serving in a variety of roles. He spent most of that time as general manager of the AHL’s Hartford franchise, which he […]
Tags: New York, News, Sports, Ap, Rangers, AHL, NHL, New York Rangers, Hartford, Jim Schoenfeld


Helping Holland Find Forwards for Oilers

Ken Holland needs to find the Oilers some new forwards before fall. Scorers, grinders — you name it, he needs it.  Edmonton has a long list of needs — starting with another new head coach — but overhauling the forward group ranks right up there on Holland’s to-do list. Acquiring wingers that can put the puck in the net will be one of his top priorities this summer. There are only three roster locks up front for the Oilers — the go-to guys that everybody knows: captain Connor McDavid, Le...
Tags: Florida, Usa, Colorado, California, Washington, Toronto, Los Angeles, Sport, New Jersey, Arizona, Gm, Dallas, Holland, Nashville, San Jose, Vancouver


Calder Cup Playoffs: Eastern Conference Finals Preview

The Charlotte Checkers and Toronto Marlies have been on a collision course to meet in the Eastern Conference Finals since the Calder Cup Playoffs began. These two teams have breezed through the first two rounds with a combined 14-1 record. The Checkers swept the Hershey Bears in the Atlantic Division Final while the Marlies needed just four games to bounce the Cleveland Monsters from the North Division Final. Toronto won three of the four regular-season meetings against the Checkers, with tw...
Tags: Toronto, Sport, Atlantic, AHL, Hockey, Charlotte, Marlies, Toronto Marlies, Mueller, GAA, Charlotte Checkers, Aleksi Saarela, Kasimir Kaskisuo, Sheldon Keefe, Bracco, Jeremy Bracco


Jake Gardiner’s Walk to Free Agency Will Hurt More Than You Think

Since joining the team in 2011, Jake Gardiner has been the most polarizing player on the Toronto Maple Leafs. His skill and swashbuckling style of play left fans amazed at some times and frustrated at others. It was not uncommon to see the smooth-skating defenceman make a costly giveaway in his own end, only to follow it up with an elusive move to create a scoring chance on the very next shift. Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Jake Gardiner (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette) And now t...
Tags: Usa, Minnesota, Toronto, Sport, Detroit Red Wings, AHL, Hockey, NHL, Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Jake, Red Wings, Air Canada Centre, Ontario Hockey League, Hershey, Mike Babcock


New Jersey Devils Top Ten Prospects 2018-19

The 2018-19 season was a tough one for the New Jersey Devils, but perhaps the one silver lining in all of it was that many of their prospects logged significant playing time due to multiple key injuries throughout the season. Some of their younger prospects who weren’t quite NHL-ready also made great strides in their development, excelling at the minor, junior and collegiate levels across the board. It’ll be interesting to see how their development affects the next few months. Some prospects ...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Harvard, Canada, New Jersey, Ncaa, Slovakia, AHL, Hockey, NHL, Smith, Alberta, Anderson, New Jersey Devils, Toronto Maple Leafs, Schneider


Revisiting David Poile’s Drafts – 2005

Recently, I’ve been diving into David Poile’s draft history as general manager of the Nashville Predators. Since he’s been the franchise’s only GM, he’s been at the helm for every draft since 1998. Beginning with that first draft, I’m working forward to the present, with this installment covering the 2005 Draft. For reference, here are the drafts I’ve covered so far: 1998: Franchise’s Inaugural Draft1999: Erat Leads to Forsberg2000: Scott Hartnell and Nothing Else2001: Hamhuis and Tootoo2002:...
Tags: Sweden, Minnesota, Germany, Massachusetts, Milwaukee, Toronto, Sport, Canada, United States, Harvard University, Iowa, Gm, Finland, Belarus, Nashville, Philadelphia


NHL News & Notes: Kesler, Pilut, Koekkoek & More

In today’s News & Notes, Ryan Kesler has undergone successful hip surgery, Lawrence Pilut has undergone successful shoulder surgery, Slater Koekkoek has signed a contract extension and the Los Angeles Kings have signed Nikolai Prokhorkin. Kesler Undergoes Hip Surgery The Anaheim Ducks announced Monday that Kesler has undergone successful hip surgery after playing while significantly injured. This injury will likely keep Kesler out for the entirety of the 2019-20 season, though there is s...
Tags: Column, News, Sweden, Russia, Sport, Getty Images, Kings, Rochester, AHL, Hockey, NHL, Ducks, Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks, Anaheim Ducks


NHL Rumors: Zuccarello, Hitchcock, Maple Leafs, More

In today’s NHL rumors, there are updates on Mats Zuccarello out of Dallas, updates on the coaching situations in Edmonton, Toronto, and Buffalo with some specific details on Ken Hitchcock, Sheldon Keefe, and Mike Babcock. Dallas Stars Updates Matthew DeFranks of the Dallas News says that Dallas Stars pending free agent winger Mats Zuccarello is looking to stay with the Stars but waiting on the team. He says, “This is my team now. We’ll see what’s going on. I’m kind of a guy when someon...
Tags: New York Post, New York, Sport, Rangers, Dallas, Holland, Buffalo, AHL, Hockey, NHL, Babcock, Columbus, Edmonton, Dallas Stars, Edmonton Oilers, Oilers


Kansas City Scouts 1975 NHL Draft Recap

The 1975-76 season was the Kansas City Scouts’ final season of existence as an NHL team in Kansas City, Missouri. The Scouts were initially baptized into the league alongside the Washington Capitals for the 1974-75 season. Excluding 1979 when the NHL held an expansion draft in order to bring aboard four teams as part of a merger agreement with the WHA, the Scouts and the Capitals were the last true expansion teams brought into the league until the San Jose Sharks came along in 1991. The K...
Tags: Minnesota, Colorado, California, Germany, Sport, Williams, New Jersey, Spurs, Finland, Ncaa, Vancouver, Detroit Red Wings, AHL, Hockey, NHL, North America


Devils Should Pursue Jeremy Bracco Trade

The highly talented Jeremy Bracco is continuing to make a name for himself in the AHL with the Toronto Marlies. In his second AHL season, the 22-year old Long Island, NY native has more than doubled his stat line from 2017-18, leading his team with 79 points (22 G, 57 A). In 125 total AHL games, the young right-winger has upped his total to 111 points (28 G, 83 A). Currently in the Eastern Conference Final of the Calder Cup, Bracco is leading the Marlies in playoff points (11) with two goals ...
Tags: Toronto, Sport, New Jersey, AHL, Hockey, NHL, New Jersey Devils, Leafs, Maple Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Devils, Marlies, Patrick Marleau, Mike Babcock, William Nylander, Ray Shero


Youngsters Making an Impact in the NHL Playoffs

This season’s NHL Playoffs have been arguably the most unpredictable and exciting in a while, with an upset-filled first round that set the table for furious and hotly-contested final rounds. Several of the league’s top preseason contenders were bounced early. The Presidents’ Trophy-winning Tampa Bay Lightning lost in a shocking sweep to the upstart Columbus Blue Jackets and joined the Pittsburgh Penguins, Calgary Flames, and Toronto Maple Leafs as another contending team to bow out early. ...
Tags: Usa, Colorado, Washington, Sport, Stars, Finland, Dallas, San Jose, AHL, Hockey, NHL, North America, San Jose Sharks, Sharks, Columbus, Vegas


Devils to Watch at the 2019 World Championship

The 2019 IIHF World Championship starts May 10 in Slovakia, and for New Jersey Devils fans, there are plenty of players to keep an eye on. Not only will both Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko be playing for their respective countries as they continue to showcase to their talent ahead of the 2019 NHL draft, but a total of six Devils players will be competing in the tournament from May 10-26. Sweden will look to win a third consecutive gold medal for the first time since the Czech Republic three-pea...
Tags: Sweden, France, Germany, Russia, Sport, Czech Republic, Austria, Canada, Britain, United States, Italy, Switzerland, Finland, Denmark, Latvia, Norway


Assessing the New York Rangers’ Rebuild so Far

We are about a little over a year removed from the New York Rangers’ front office sending a letter to their fans stating that they were going to start rebuilding for the future. In the letter, it said, “As we approach the trade deadline later this month and into the summer, we will be focused on adding young, competitive players that combine speed, skill, and character. This may mean we lose some familiar faces, guys we all care about and respect.” To the Rangers’ credit, they have held to that ...
Tags: New York, Sport, Fox, United States, Broadway, Wisconsin, Rangers, Dallas, AHL, Hockey, NHL, Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings, Andersson, Edmonton Oilers