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The Lightning’s Week from Hell

It has been a rough week for hockey in Tampa. On Friday, April 19th, the mood around the city was optimistic, despite the fact that the Tampa Bay Lightning blew a three-goal lead in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs. This was the team that won 62 games after all, so one bad game couldn’t derail the postseason… right? As we all know, the Lightning’s historic season ended with one more note to the record books, a 4-0 sweep at the hands of the Columbus Blue Jackets. This meltdown is widely con...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Lightning, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, Times, Detroit, Tampa, Tampa Bay Lightning, Steve Yzerman, Kim Klement, Tampa Bay, Columbus Blue Jackets, Blue Jackets, Yzerman, Chris O Meara


Red Wings Rebuild: Grading the Young Guns

While the Detroit Red Wings finished with the fourth-worst record in the NHL, the organization did take a huge step forward in their rebuild during the 2018-19 season. Detroit’s young core was tasked with stepping into a leadership role with Henrik Zetterberg no longer able to play and several veterans nearing the end of their contracts. They did not disappoint. To kick off the 2019 Red Wings Summer Rebuild Series, we’ll dole out grades to Detroit’s 24-and-under players who are expected to...
Tags: Usa, Washington, Sport, Earth, Detroit Red Wings, AHL, Hockey, NHL, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Kim Klement, Washington Capitals, Dylan Larkin, Jeff Blashill, Blashill, Braden Holtby


Off the Crossbar: Housley Preps Sabres for Playoffs

Citing dramatic improvement over last season’s 62-point, 31st place finish, Buffalo Sabres head coach Phil Housley is pumped for his team’s upcoming playoff run. “Most everyone counted us out,” said the sophomore bench boss. “Boy, they sure look silly now.” After a convincing 5-2 win over the Ottawa Senators at home Thursday night, the Sabres have but one game remaining in the 2018-19 regular season. They only need to collect 25 more points in that game to assure themselves the final wild car...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Humor, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, NHL, Kim Klement, Buffalo Sabres, Ottawa Senators, Columbus Blue Jackets, Jeff Skinner, Sabres, Winnipeg Jets, Sam Reinhart, Hall of Famer, Zach Bogosian


Revisiting John Ferguson Jr.’s Draft – 2004

It was a dark time for the Toronto Maple Leafs and their fanbase – following the years of Pat Quinn as their general manager – the Maple Leafs future was handed to John Ferguson Jr. on Aug. 29, 2003. With the appointment, Ferguson was also handed the reins to the team’s 2004 NHL Draft strategy – a draft class that quickly turned into a disaster for the blue and white. In this piece, we’ll look at a draft that saw one of the purest goal scorers to ever play the game go first overall when th...
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Bruins Need Pastrnak on the Second Line

Thanks in large part to injuries and perhaps somewhat out of curiosity, head coach Bruce Cassidy and the Boston Bruins are well rehearsed in the mixing and matching of line combinations, up front. While the team’s ability to adapt to these changes is commendable, one would hope to see a more permanent lineup by Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Since the additions of Charlie Coyle and Marcus Johansson prior to the trade deadline on Feb. 25, an unsolved debate has been waged within Bruins N...
Tags: Usa, Toronto, Sport, Hockey, National Hockey League, Boston Bruins, Bruins, Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, Kim Klement, Maple Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Chris Kelly, Marcus Johansson, Wagner, David Krejci


Inevitable Hitchcock Out as Edmonton Oilers Coach

In a recent media scrum, Terry Jones asked of Edmonton Oilers head coach Ken Hitchcock what he takes from this season and the experience? Citing that the organization will head a million different directions this summer, Jones suggested Hitchcock must have a lot on his mind. Hitchcock responded as many might have expected he would. Saying, “this has been the best experience of my life,” he was sincere in noting that getting to coach in a market like Edmonton, for a Canadian team where it rea...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Getty Images, Gm, Hockey, NHL, Edmonton, Jones, Edmonton Oilers, Kim Klement, Oilers, Connor McDavid, Ken Hitchcock, Terry Jones, Leon Draisaitl, Hitchcock


Ken Hitchcock Not Likely to Return as Oilers Coach

In a recent media scrum, Terry Jones asked of Edmonton Oilers head coach Ken Hitchcock what he takes from this season and the experience? Citing that the organization will head a million different directions this summer, Jones suggested Hitchcock must have a lot on his mind. Hitchcock responded as many might have expected he would. Saying, “this has been the best experience of my life,” he was sincere in noting that getting to coach in a market like Edmonton, for a Canadian team where it rea...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Getty Images, Gm, Hockey, NHL, Edmonton, Jones, Edmonton Oilers, Kim Klement, Oilers, Connor McDavid, Ken Hitchcock, Terry Jones, Leon Draisaitl, Hitchcock


Penguins’ McCann Fitting in Perfectly

On Feb. 23, 2018, the Pittsburgh Penguins traded for Derick Brassard and believed they had finally found the long-term solution for their third-line center . With superstars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin centering the top-two lines, Brassard initially made the Penguins the deepest team down the middle in the NHL. Derick Brassard never found his mojo with the Penguins and was traded to the Florida Panthers after less than a season. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports) However, it...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Espn, Penguins, Hockey, NHL, Jared, Pittsburgh, Dallas Stars, Florida Panthers, Kim Klement, Derick Brassard, Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins, Charles LeClaire, Rutherford


Penguins 1st-Round Matchups – How Do They Stack Up?

With just eight games left in the regular season, the Pittsburgh Penguins are still looking to clinch a postseason berth for the 13th consecutive season. The team is in third place in the Metropolitan Division behind the Washington Capitals and New York Islanders. However, the Carolina Hurricanes sit just two points behind Pittsburgh with two games in hand. If the season ended today, the Islanders would host the Penguins in the first round, the first time the two have met in the postseason si...
Tags: Usa, Washington, Sport, Penguins, Hockey, NHL, Columbus, Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Islanders, Pittsburgh, Metro, Islanders, Kim Klement, Washington Capitals, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets


Sabres ‘Snipeshow’ – Is Nylander Ready for the Show?

With Buffalo Sabres captain Jack Eichel given a two-game timeout by the NHL Department of Player Safety for his headshot on Colorado Avalanche forward Carl Soderberg, Alex Nylander has been recalled from the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League. Nylander, nicknamed Snipeshow and owner of the handle @snipeshow98 on Twitter, will get his first taste of NHL action this season when the Sabres host the Dallas Stars Tuesday night. Alexander Nylander is set to make his season debut with t...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Dallas, Vancouver, Rochester, AHL, Hockey, NHL, Calgary Flames, Taylor, Calgary, Edmonton, Tampa Bay Lightning, Kim Klement, Maple Leafs, Buffalo Sabres


Senators Weekly: Bettman, Gibbons, Gustavsson, Coaching & More

Welcome to Senators’ Weekly, where you can catch up on the past week of the Ottawa Senators throughout the 2018-19 season. From trending topics to surging prospects to news and notes, this is your weekly roundup on all things Sens. The Senators came into the week having just won their first game after a seven-game losing streak. This week didn’t exactly keep the team trending in the right direction. They dropped a home-and-home against the New York Islanders 5-4 in a shootout and then 4-2,...
Tags: Column, Usa, Toronto, Sport, Gm, AHL, Hockey, NHL, North America, New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks, Anaheim Ducks, New York Islanders, Ottawa, Gibbons, Los Angeles Kings


Jets Make Significant Upgrade With Hayes Trade

For the second straight season, the Winnipeg Jets made a deadline-day deal to improve their stock at centre, acquiring Kevin Hayes from the New York Rangers in exchange for their 2019 first-round pick, Brendan Lemieux, and a conditional fourth-round draft pick. After nearly five full seasons with the New York Rangers, Kevin Hayes is heading to the Winnipeg Jets. (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) While Hayes wasn’t the biggest catch in the pond or on the Jets’ fish-finder, acquiring him made sen...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Gm, Jets, Hockey, NHL, Berkshire, New York Rangers, Dallas Stars, Kim Klement, Patrik Laine, Ottawa Senators, McIntyre, Columbus Blue Jackets, IMG, Paul Stastny


Blues Set Record With 11 Straight Wins

When Ryan O’Reilly lifted a shot over goaltender Frederik Andersen of the Toronto Maple Leafs in overtime on Tuesday, he captured a little bit of history for the St. Louis Blues. Tuesday’s victory marked the 11th in a row for the Blues, a new franchise record. When compared with the teams that won 10 games in a row for the Blues, the fact that this group has broken new territory is very telling about what this team is and where it might go. Pronger, MacInnis and Quenneville…Oh My! The Bl...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Blues, Dallas, Nashville, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, St Louis, Hall of Fame, Tampa Bay Lightning, Anaheim Ducks, Kim Klement, Toronto Maple Leafs, Buffalo Sabres, Ryan O Reilly, Joel Quenneville


Lightning’s Deadline Deals in the Yzerman Era

During his time as general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Steve Yzerman approached every trade deadline differently. Some seasons he was a seller, auctioning off veteran players in order to help build the future of the franchise. Other seasons he was a buyer, cashing in some of those assets he acquired at past deadlines in order to bring in key players for a playoff push. As the Tampa Bay Lightning’s general manager for close to a decade, Steve Yzerman steered the team through a number of ...
Tags: Usa, New York, Sport, Rangers, Lightning, San Jose, Philadelphia, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, NHL, St Louis, Bishop, Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Rangers, New York Islanders, Los Angeles Kings


NHL Rumors: Duchene, Panarin, Oilers, Panthers, More

In today’s rumor rundown there is news out of Edmonton that defenseman Andrej Sekera is nearing a return and that means the Oilers need to clear some space for him. Our of Florida, there are rumors the team might be looking to trade a couple key forwards to make room for a couple big-name free agents and in Winnipeg, the Jets might be going after a surprising type of player. Finally, could a roundabout deal happen where Matt Duchene becomes a Blue Jackets forward and Panarin leaves Columbus? Th...
Tags: Florida, Usa, Sport, Jets, Vancouver, Hockey, NHL, Columbus, Edmonton, Ottawa, Florida Panthers, Edmonton Oilers, Kim Klement, Oilers, TSN, Patrik Laine


Coyotes Weekly: A Powerless Power Play

Last week, we touched on how important it would be for the Arizona Coyotes to get off to a good start in the second half of the season if they had serious aspirations of making a run at a playoff spot in the Western Conference. Well, after a 0-2-1 road trip in the first week of play following the All-Star Break, it’s safe to say things aren’t off to a great start. Coyotes Week in Review After a nine-day layoff from game action due to the All-Star Break, the Coyotes traveled to the site of the ...
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Predators Prowl: Changes to the Power Play & Blue Line

The Predators Prowl is a weekly post on how the Nashville Predators performed the previous week. Generally published on Tuesdays, Predators Prowl isn’t a recap of games, but rather a look at the themes, news and rumors that occurred throughout the week. Let me know in the comments below your thoughts on how the team performed this week, your views on the week’s themes and any other ideas or questions you have about the team. Related: Last Week’s Predators Prowl This week, the Predators’ bye week...
Tags: Florida, Usa, Sport, Ap, Stars, Dallas, Nashville, Hockey, NHL, Smith, Florida Panthers, Kim Klement, Central Division, Nashville Predators, Tyler Seguin, Bridgestone Arena


NHL News & Notes: Vermette, Rask & More

In today’s News & Notes, Antoine Vermette has announced his retirement from the NHL, Tuukka Rask will start in net for the Boston Bruins and Dustin Byfuglien is progressing well and is considered day-to-day. Related: NHL News & Notes: Watson, Robitaille & More Vermette Announces NHL Retirement After playing in the NHL for 14 seasons, Vermette has announced his retirement from the NHL. The veteran forward was originally drafted in the second round of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft by the Ottawa Senat...
Tags: Column, Usa, News, Minnesota, Sport, Hockey, NHL, New York Rangers, Anaheim Ducks, Boston Bruins, Philadelphia Flyers, Bruins, Kim Klement, Ottawa Senators, Winnipeg Jets, Tuukka Rask


Rangers & Hayes: The Final Countdown?

It is only a matter of time… or is it? Returning from an upper-body injury that has kept him off the ice since Jan. 2, pending free agent Kevin Hayes slid back into the New York Rangers lineup for their matchup with the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday. Perfect timing for general manager Jeff Gorton to market his star center with roughly four weeks until the trade deadline. There is no questioning the effort that Hayes has put forth for the organization in his five seasons in New York, particularl...
Tags: Usa, New York, Boston, Sport, Rangers, Hockey, NHL, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Flyers, Kim Klement, AAV, Brendan Smith, Panarin, Jan, Chris Kreider


Diving Into the Detroit Red Wings No-Trade Clauses

The Detroit Red Wings and no-trade clauses (NTCs) simply go together. Like Steve Yzerman and leadership or Nicklas Lidstrom and perfection, it’s a match made in heaven. That may seem like hyperbole, but the fact of the matter is that the Red Wings have doled out 11(!) NTCs to players presently on the roster. When discussing the topic at hand, The Hockey Writers colleague Kyle Gipe joked, “(Red Wings general manager Ken) Holland gave those out like candy at one point.” With Detroit rebuilding, it...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Green, Holland, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, NHL, Seattle, Detroit, Ericsson, Steve Yzerman, Kim Klement, Dylan Larkin, Red Wings, Daley, Larkin


Lightning Have ‘Unfinished Business’ After Break

SAN JOSE, Calif. — For Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning, just about everything has gone right so far this season. But as they get ready to return from the All-Star break as the NHL’s top team, the Lightning knows there is little they can do before April to make this a successful campaign. Tampa Bay leads the league with 76 points so far this season, opening up a 13-point edge over the next best team in the Eastern Conference. But after losing in the Stanley Cup Final in 2015 and then i...
Tags: Usa, Colorado, Washington, Sport, Atlantic, Nashville, San Jose, Jets, Hockey, NHL, San Jose Sharks, Sharks, Pacific, Calgary, Edmonton, Tampa Bay Lightning


The 2019 Calder Trophy Race

The discussion surrounding the Calder Memorial Trophy race heading into the 2018-19 season felt very similar to 2017-18 as there was no one clear-cut favorite at the start. Unlike in 2015-16 and 2016-17, there wasn’t a generational talent like Connor McDavid or Austin Matthews taking over headlines as they made their NHL debuts. Of course, that didn’t mean this was a weak crop of rookies this season, as almost every team in the league had one or two rookies who looked primed to make an imm...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Dallas, Las Vegas, Hockey, NHL, Tampa Bay Lightning, Commentary, Dallas Stars, Calder, Montreal Canadiens, Kim Klement, Buffalo Sabres, Vancouver Canucks, Carolina Hurricanes, Canucks


Revisiting Doug Armstrong’s Drafts – 2011

A few weeks ago, we began to review the St. Louis Blues’ drafts under general manager Doug Armstrong, starting in 2010. That was a good draft, as the Blues selected Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko in the first round, but was weaker in the later rounds. The 2011 Entry Draft was just the opposite. Having surrendered their first-round pick in the trade that sent Erik Johnson to the Colorado Avalanche, the Blues were forced to make due with a bevy of picks in rounds two through seven, but in h...
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Arvidsson, Forsberg and Subban Dazzling in Returns

The Nashville Predators have been on a roll of late with five wins in their last seven games with their only losses occurring in overtime. Before that, however, it was a different story as they lost six in a row, including four against non-playoff teams. The biggest reason for their turnaround has been a return to health, especially by key players as Viktor Arvidsson, Filip Forsberg and P.K. Subban all missed extended periods of time between November and January. Arvidsson has had two injury abs...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Ap, Nashville, Hockey, San Jose Sharks, Chicago Blackhawks, Dallas Stars, Pdo, Kim Klement, Toronto Maple Leafs, Blackhawks, Nashville Predators, P.K. Subban, Irwin, Subban


Lightning Weekly Flash: Kucherov, All-Star Snubs & the Streak

Well, it finally happened folks. After going more than a month without suffering a regulation loss, the Tampa Bay Lightning finally came out of a game without earning a point this week. In the final game of their California road trip, a tired Lightning squad lost to the San Jose Sharks. So the dream of Tampa Bay ending the season on a 50-game point streak is now officially over. While we all knew the streak would eventually come to an end, it still was fun to see just how far the team coul...
Tags: Usa, California, Sport, Earth, Atlantic, Kings, Lightning, San Jose, Hockey, NHL, San Jose Sharks, Tampa, Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Islanders, Los Angeles Kings, Edmonton Oilers


Former Red Wings Reigning Over the NHL

If you look at the front offices of the NHL, chances are you’ll see Detroit Red Wings alumni guiding franchises. In fact, quite a few players and coaches from the most recent Hockeytown dynasty are now enjoying management roles throughout the league. Just think about the great hockey minds that were in Detroit at one time – Steve Yzerman, Brendan Shanahan, Mike Babcock, Ken Holland, Scotty Bowman, and Jim Nill were all a part of the surprisingly thrifty 2005-06 team and spent several additional ...
Tags: Europe, Usa, Toronto, Sport, Stars, Chicago, Gm, Switzerland, Dallas, Holland, Michigan, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, NHL, Babcock, Smith


Lightning’s 2018 Is a Year to Remember

And just like that, 2018 has come and gone. While the new year is more of a formality in the NHL, the 2018 calendar year has been one of the most active times in Tampa Bay Lightning history. In fact, so much happened this year for the team that it is easy to lose track of everything. Blockbuster trades? You’d better believe it. Major re-signings? More than one. A new general manager? Yeah, that happened. So let’s look back at the year that was for the Lightning, and appreciate how much hap...
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Lightning Are Primed for a Deep Playoff Run

Heading into Christmas break, the Tampa Bay Lightning were the best team in the NHL. With 58 points in 37 games, they stand six points ahead of their closest competition, the Toronto Maple Leafs, for both the Atlantic Division title and for the Presidents’ Trophy. Not only did they enter the break on a 12-game point streak, but they also only lost one game in December, an overtime decision to the Winnipeg Jets. Offensively, the Lightning’s numbers are staggering. They have scored a league-high 1...
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Predators’ Remaining Schedule Is All Uphill

The Nashville Predators have been one of the league’s better teams this season with a 22-12-2 record at the time of writing this. Their 46 points has them in second place in the Central Division and third in the Western Conference. The on-the-surface reasons for their success are obvious: the league’s most productive blue line, offensive depth and Vezina-caliber goaltending. However, an under-the-radar reason for their record has been their schedule. A schedule that has been surprisingly team-fr...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Nashville, Hockey, NHL, Sharks, Calgary, Anaheim Ducks, Edmonton Oilers, Kim Klement, Oilers, Central Division, Nashville Predators, Coyotes, Vancouver Canucks, Canucks


Should Kevin Hayes Wear a C, or Another Team’s Jersey?

Right on cue, hockey fans are spewing trade rumors as we near the middle of the season and as the February trade deadline draws closer. For the New York Rangers, it is an especially contested topic this season, especially when it comes to the question of what to do with center Kevin Hayes: trade him for younger talent or re-sign him to a new deal. To make matters more challenging, the NHL’s announcement of a new team in Seattle means another expansion draft in 2021 and any player not protected b...
Tags: Usa, New York, Sport, Rangers, Ncaa, Hockey, NHL, Seattle, New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks, Brad Penner, Kim Klement, Blackhawks, Henrik Lundqvist, Johnny Gaudreau, Mika Zibanejad