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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...
Tags: Europe, Usa, America, Sport, Chicago, Czech Republic, Avalanche, Alaska, Finland, Blues, Dallas, Rochester, AHL, Hockey, NHL, Johnson


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...
Tags: Usa, Washington, Sport, Rangers, Lightning, AHL, Hockey, NHL, San Jose Sharks, Tampa, Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings, New Jersey Devils, Miller, Boston Bruins


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...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Ap, Atlantic, Lightning, Hockey, NHL, Johnson, Tampa Bay Lightning, Boston Bruins, Ondrej Palat, Kim Klement, Braydon Coburn, Maple Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Buffalo Sabres


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


Syracuse Crunch Are Replicating the Lightning’s Success

One of the hardest things to do in the NHL is building a franchise that is able to have success at both the NHL and AHL level. Oftentimes, when a franchise’s AHL affiliate is contending for a Calder Cup, it means their NHL brethren are in the process of a rebuild, pumping high-level talent into the minor leagues as they prepare to overhaul their roster with young, affordable talent. Once the big club starts pulling that talent out of the minors, that team is likely to go through their own rebuil...
Tags: Usa, Sport, AHL, Hockey, NHL, Syracuse, Tampa Bay Lightning, Steve Yzerman, Kim Klement, Tampa Bay, Syracuse Crunch, Foote, Adam Erne, Cory Conacher, Andy Andreoff, Eddie Pasquale


Trading Roman Josi is a Good Idea

From a production standpoint, the Nashville Predators have the league’s best defense, with 89 points by eight players. None of their blueliners exhibits this offensive ability more than captain Roman Josi, who consistently puts up great numbers and is currently second on the team in points. However, he is also somewhat of a polarizing defenseman as people’s opinions of him tend to be on opposite ends of the spectrum. There are many reasons to like him. He can skate, lead a rush and stick handle ...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Nashville, Penguins, Hockey, NHL, San Jose Sharks, Jones, Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Rangers, Anaheim Ducks, Minnesota Wild, New Jersey Devils, Montreal Canadiens, Burns, Edmonton Oilers


Projecting Red Wings Free Agents’ Next Contracts

Last summer, Ken Holland and the Detroit Red Wings were tasked with signing a handful of restricted free agents, including Anthony Mantha, Tyler Bertuzzi, Andreas Athanasiou, and future captain Dylan Larkin. The summer of 2019 presents a different scenario: having to choose which unrestricted free agents (UFAs) to bring back. After the 2018-19 campaign concludes, six Red Wings players will become UFAs: Gustav Nyquist, Thomas Vanek, Luke Witkowski, Niklas Kronwall, Nick Jensen, and Jimmy Howard. ...
Tags: Usa, Sweden, Washington, Sport, Nashville, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, NHL, Smith, Detroit, New York Islanders, Howard, Kim Klement, Dylan Larkin, Jeff Blashill, Blashill


Lightning’s Depth Is Causing Headaches

Things are going well for the Tampa Bay Lightning right now. Despite a number of high profile players suffering injuries, including Andrei Vasilevskiy, Victor Hedman, Ondrej Palat and Anton Stralman, the team is still finding ways to win with whoever is on the ice. This is due to the Lightning featuring some incredible franchise depth that allows them to fill in the gaps when needed. This depth does have one drawback, though. At some point, those injured players will get healthy and return...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Lightning, AHL, Hockey, NHL, Tampa Bay Lightning, Philadelphia Flyers, Anton Stralman, Kim Klement, Tampa Bay, Cooper, Jon Cooper, Dan Girardi, Reinhold Matay, Stralman


Predators Prowl: Tolvanen Makes His Impact

The Predators played four quality opponents this week – the Colorado Avalanche and Buffalo Sabres are in a playoff spot, the Arizona Coyotes are an upstart team, and the Chicago Blackhawks are a rival. The Predators finished the week 2-2-0, ending their five-game home stand and a period in which they played at home in eight of their past nine games. They lost to the Avalanche 3-2 after Nathan MacKinnon’s line accounted for four points and the Predators’ penalty kill gave up two power play goals ...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Corsica, Nashville, Vancouver, Victoria, Buffalo, AHL, Hockey, NHL, Smith, Calgary, Chicago Blackhawks, Kim Klement, Buffalo Sabres, Blackhawks


Lightning Should Trade Ondrej Palat

Since Ondrej Palat joined the Tampa Bay Lightning as a seventh-round pick in the 2011 NHL draft, he has done nothing but exceed expectations. As one of the last picks that year, there was little thought about his future with the organization at the time, let alone the belief that he would turn into one of the faces of the franchise. Yet, just a few years after he was drafted, Palat carved his way into the NHL. He worked his way up through the Norfolk Admirals, the Lightning’s then AHL affi...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Lightning, AHL, Hockey, NHL, Norfolk, Tampa Bay Lightning, Ondrej Palat, Kim Klement, Tampa Bay, Steven Stamkos, John Cooper, Brad Rempel, Andrei Vasilevskiy, Palat


Bruins: 3 Trade Targets at Center

The Boston Bruins need help at the center ice position. This was true even before Patrice Bergeron went down with an injury. At the same time, every team in the NHL could use a center, even the deepest teams at the position would love to take an extra center on their roster as they are so important to success in the NHL. Because the position is so crucial to success and the Bruins are dealing with a hole on their third line as well as on their first line with Bergeron out, it seems like the Brui...
Tags: Column, Usa, New York, Boston, Sport, Arizona, Kings, Rangers, Hockey, NHL, Los Angeles Kings, Boston Bruins, Carter, Madison Square Garden, Bruins, Patrice Bergeron


NHL Rumors: Kovalchuk, Hextall, Canadiens, More

In today’s rumor rundown, there are whispers the Kings are looking at moving Ilya Kovalchuk, there are names already being tossed around to take over for Ron Hextall after a power struggle saw him lose his GM job in Philadelphia on Monday, the Panthers have an eye on a netminder out of Montreal and the Canadiens are looking at big changes on their blue line. Kings Looking at Kovalchuk Trade? Kovalchuk came over to the Los Angeles Kings this summer from the KHL but so far, his tenure with the K...
Tags: Florida, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Gm, Kings, Philadelphia, Hockey, NHL, Montreal, Los Angeles Kings, Florida Panthers, Montreal Canadiens, Canadiens, Edmonton Oilers, Philadelphia Flyers


The Grind Line: Red Wings Trade Candidates, Playoffs & More

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. Tony Wolak, Jacob Messing and Rachel Anderson are the muckers who make up THW’s forechecking unit and sound off on Red Wings topics. Before the 2018-19 NHL season kicked off, many assumed that the Detroit Red Wings would be making the headlines for all the wrong reasons. It certainly star...
Tags: Column, Usa, Boston, Toronto, Sport, Atlantic, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, NHL, Montreal, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Montreal Canadiens, Flyers, Steve Yzerman, Kim Klement


Did the Avalanche Win the ‘Top Line Showdown’?

The Colorado Avalanche suited up against the Boston Bruins last week in the battle of the top lines, a showdown between the leading point scoring trios in the NHL. Poll questions have circulated, media members have commented and fans have argued – which line is THE top line in the NHL? It’s time to break down their head-to-head matchup to see how they fared. Meet Two Top-Scoring NHL Lines In any good showdown, one needs to set the stage. It’s important to understand the competition and t...
Tags: Usa, Colorado, Boston, Sport, Avalanche, Hockey, NHL, Boston Bruins, Bruins, Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, Kim Klement, Colorado Avalanche, Ron Chenoy, Marchand, Gabriel Landeskog


Weekly Cat Nip: Panthers Inconsistency Stunting Playoff Hopes

The Florida Panthers carried their win streak from last week into this one, but it came to an abrupt halt when they met the Columbus Blue Jackets in Columbus. Their rock, Roberto Luongo, was in goal all week but did not get enough defensive support to muster more than one victory. Scores of the Week at Philadelphia Flyers, 2-1 W Florida controlled play for the majority of this game. After a quiet first half, Aaron Ekblad opened the scoring with a power play goal. Mike Hoffman recorded ...
Tags: Florida, Usa, New York, Sport, Power, Rangers, Philadelphia, AHL, Hockey, NHL, Columbus, New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks, Pittsburgh, Florida Panthers, Philadelphia Flyers


The Grind Line: Red Wings Power-Play Observations

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. Jacob Messing, Tony Wolak, and Rachel Anderson are the muckers who make up THW’s forechecking unit and sound off on Red Wings topics. The Detroit Red Wings have been a pleasant surprise this season, particularly in winning eight of their last 10 games as the team is running its best power...
Tags: Column, Usa, Sport, Corsica, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, NHL, Detroit, Kim Klement, Dylan Larkin, Tony, Justin Abdelkader, Red Wings, Larkin, Jacob, Tim Fuller


Coyotes Head Home After Brutal Road Trip

Well, after 17 games, the Arizona Coyotes are back in the same place they were at the start of the season: right at the .500 mark. After winning six of seven from Oct. 18 to Nov. 2, the ‘Yotes have now dropped four of their last five, including three of four on last week’s brutal Eastern Conference road trip. They’ll have another five-game homestand starting on Thursday night in Glendale, and they’ll need to string together a few more solid home-ice performances in order to climb back into the P...
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Quenneville’s Legacy With the Blackhawks

Chicago Blackhawks fans were stunned Tuesday morning when the organization announced the firing of Joel Quenneville. In his tenure with the Hawks, Quenneville won three Stanley Cups, became the second most winningest coach in the history of the NHL, and won the hearts of every Hawks fan. He will no doubt go down as one of the best coaches in the history of NHL, and his legacy speaks for itself. Quenneville’s Accomplishments It’s no secret that Quenneville is the best head coach in Blackhawks h...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Chicago, Hockey, NHL, Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Tribune, Kim Klement, Blackhawks, Hawks, Joel Quenneville, Patrick Kane, Chicago Sun Times, Jonathan Toews, Stanley Cups, Brent Seabrook


Blackhawks Fire Head Coach Joel Quenneville

It’s a story that has been on the table for some time with the near-dynasty, modern-day Chicago Blackhawks slowly slipping into irrelevancy. But on Tuesday, it was announced that the team decided to part ways with long-time head coach Joel Quenneville along with assistants Kevin Dineen and Ulf Samuelsson. Quenneville By the Numbers Quenneville has been behind the bench in Chicago since 2008 and led the Blackhawks to three Stanley Cups (2010, 2013 and 2015) over six seasons. He tallied a record...
Tags: Usa, News, Sport, Chicago, AHL, Hockey, NHL, Chicago Blackhawks, Joel, Kim Klement, Central Division, Blackhawks, Joel Quenneville, Nashville Predators, Kevin, St Louis Blues


Lightning in a Bottle: 4th Round to 3rd Line

When the Tampa Bay Lightning selected Mathieu Joseph in the fourth round of the 2015 NHL draft, there was little hype behind the pick. In his draft year, Joseph posted 21 goals and 42 points in the QMJHL, which was enough to draw the attention of the Lightning but were far from mind-boggling scoring numbers. During the next two seasons, though, he exploded onto the scene, scoring more than 30 goals and 70 points with the Saint John Sea Dogs while also representing Canada in the 2017 World ...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Canada, Lightning, AHL, Hockey, NHL, Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers, Joseph, Kim Klement, Steven Stamkos, Reinhold Matay, Saint John Sea Dogs, Anthony Cirelli, Top Story


Lightning’s Contract Conundrum With Gourde

In the quest to capture the Stanley Cup, every team will inevitably bleed talent as they attempt to retain franchise faces while staying under the leagues’ hard cap ceiling. If handled improperly, a franchise can be forced to trade a keystone player for pennies on the dollar or get nothing out of one of their former stars when they leave for greener pastures in free agency. For the Tampa Bay Lightning, the fight with the cap ceiling has been an ever constant struggle as new players each ye...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Lightning, AHL, Hockey, NHL, Tampa Bay Lightning, Steve Yzerman, Kim Klement, Tampa Bay, ECHL, Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov, Christopher Hanewinckel, Yzerman, Andrei Vasilevskiy


Breaking Down Bergeron’s Home-Opening Hat Trick

Patrice Bergeron earned a hat trick in the Boston Bruins’ home opener against the Ottawa Senators on Monday, making him the difference-maker as the Bruins won 6-3. Relive Patrice Bergeron's fourth career hat trick, courtesy of @Enterprise. pic.twitter.com/LSr6Gb2xDU — Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) October 9, 2018 The beauty of Bergeron’s three-goal afternoon was in the execution. Each goal was distinctly different and required unique skills. One goal was the result of hard work in the creas...
Tags: Usa, Boston, Sport, Hockey, NHL, Boston Bruins, Edmonton Oilers, Bruins, Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, Kim Klement, Ottawa Senators, David Pastrnak, Mike Condon, Cody Ceci, Marchand


Hurricanes Hoping to See More From Cajkovsky

It’s not typical for a player to come in on a Professional tryouts (PTO) and earn an NHL contract by the time the season begins. However, this is the case with Slovakian defenseman Michal Cajkovsky, who has just signed a 1-year, 2-way contract with the Carolina Hurricanes worth $650,000 at the NHL level. Cajkovsky entered camp as an obscure player, but will begin the 2018-19 campaign with his first NHL contract. At 26, Cajkovsky is no longer a prospect but he has proven to be valuable neverthele...
Tags: Usa, Sport, AHL, Hockey, NHL, North America, Charlotte, Kim Klement, Carolina Hurricanes, American Hockey League, PTO, Observer, News Observer, South Carolina Stingrays, Raleigh News, Charlotte Checkers


Buffalo Sabres Prospect Pyramid

As the availability of hockey news and statistics continues to grow, fans have been able to track the progress of their team’s top prospects more efficiently. As a result, writers across the league release hundreds of numerical prospect rankings every year. While these articles tend to inspire healthy discussion, they don’t necessarily tell the entire story or give the reader an accurate perspective of how their team’s youngsters stack up against the rest of the league. Sportsnet analyst, Steve ...
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3 Key Avalanche Roster Questions – Forwards

As the Colorado Avalanche skate into the heart of their preseason matchups, some stories are moving to the forefront. Training camp laid the foundation for watching the player usage, but there are some key issues to be addressed before the regular season starts. The first piece in the three-part series on the Avalanche roster will cover the forward positions, which could see a substantial shakeup. 1. Will the Nathan MacKinnon Line Get Scoring Help? Last year, the forward line combination of Na...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Avalanche, AHL, Hockey, NHL, Kim Klement, Soderberg, Logan, Colorado Avalanche, Jerome Miron, Carl Soderberg, Jost, Isaiah J Downing, Nieto, Nathan MacKinnon