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Hockey Hibernation

Posted by James Lindsay on September 14, 2014 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (1)

The St. Louis Blues ended the 2013-2014 season almost exactly like they had the previous two seasons. They lost in the first round again, although this time it was the Chicago Blackhawks that showed us the playoff door, instead of the Los Angeles Kings which had done so the previous two seasons.  After the Blues lost again, I must admit I kind of went into a hockey hibernation.  I was really sure the Blues would advance and have a shot at the Stanley Cup, instead they faltered as th...

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Video: Johnny Gaudreau goes backhand shelf at 2014 Young Stars Classic

Posted by Landon Ewaniuk on September 14, 2014 at 2:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Calgary Flames prospect John Gaudreau showed off some of the nifty moves, which earned him the 2014 Hobey Baker award Friday night at the Young Stars tournament.


Gaudreau, 21, undressed Winnipeg Jets’ defenseman Nelson Nogier before going backhand shelf on goaltender Connor Hellebuyck.


Have a look:

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Claude Giroux would take Claude Giroux over any player in the NHL

Posted by Landon Ewaniuk on September 13, 2014 at 9:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Well, at least Claude Giroux is confident.


ESPN’s subscription Insider service is on a quest to declare the NHL’s top franchise player—that is to say the hand-picked player a franchise would choose to build around in a fantasy draft, I guess—and it’s taken the Worldwide Leader on an interesting path. They’ve taken to asking the star players themselves who they would choose.


Not surprisingl...

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Alex Ovechkin Capitals' offseason changes a 'wake-up call'

Posted by Landon Ewaniuk on September 12, 2014 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Alex Ovechkin returned to town on Wednesday, and by Thursday the autograph-seekers arrived at Kettler Iceplex. Herds of special-needs children, hosted by the Capitals captain, participated in an early afternoon skate. They posed for a massive group picture and chanted “Ovi, Ovi,” and when Ovechkin dropped the puck for a light scrimmage, he launche...

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NHL announces rules changes for 2014-15 season

Posted by Landon Ewaniuk on September 11, 2014 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

The National Hockey League announced today a series of rules changes for the 2014-15 season, following approval earlier in the summer by the League's Board of Governors and the National Hockey League Players' Association:


Rule 1.8 – Rink - Goalkeeper's Restricted Area


The trapezoid will be expanded by two feet from the goal post on both sides of the net.


Rule 23 – Game Misconduct Pena...

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Scott Stevens steps down as Devils assistant coach; Tommy Albelin to replace him

Posted by Landon Ewaniuk on September 9, 2014 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Scott Stevens, who served as a Devils assistant coach under Pete DeBoer the past two seasons, will not be back for a third.


General manager Lou Lamoriello said it was a personal decision made by Stevens and indicated Tommy Albelin will step in and replace the Hall of Famer.


"Scotty Stevens will not be coming back this year. There is nothing to read into," Lamoriello stressed. "It's not the organization. It's just a decision ...

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Henrik Zetterberg feeling healthy to start season

Posted by Landon Ewaniuk on September 5, 2014 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Good news for Detroit Red Wings fans and fantasy hockey owners alike, Henrik Zetterberg a consistently productive, almost machinelike player at the NHL level, has told Ansar Khan of  his back is fixed.


He doesn't need to worry i...

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Jason Spezza: Jim Nill made the Dallas Stars an attractive team to join

Posted by Landon Ewaniuk on September 5, 2014 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

If you are a fantasy hockey manager, look no further than the Dallas Stars this season. The Stars' made headlines  earlier this summer when they were able to land career point -per- game center, Jason Spezza. The signing signaled the Dallas Stars are a young excitin...

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Brodeur willing to back up Price with Canadiens

Posted by Landon Ewaniuk on September 4, 2014 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Goaltender Martin Brodeur says he'd be willing to finish his Hall of Fame career with his hometown Montreal Canadiens.


The 42-year-old has previously said he's “80% sure” he’s coming back for a 21ST NHL season and told QMI Agency this week that he would have no problem backing up Carey Price in net.


"I would like to play one la...

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Five reasons the Penguins will be better in 2014

Posted by Landon Ewaniuk on September 2, 2014 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)



Crosby and the Penguins will be a better team in 2014.





It’s been quite the offseason for the Pittsburgh Penguins.


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Edmonton Oilers sign Justin Schultz to one-year deal

Posted by Landon Ewaniuk on August 31, 2014 at 2:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Two seasons after being the most sought after college free-agent on the market, Justin Schultz likely did not have a bridge contract with the Edmonton Oilers in mind when contract talks arrived. Early speculation was, Justin Schultz would receive the same type of long-term deal as the other young Edmonton cor...

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Aaron Ekblad ready to lace up for Panthers' home opener

Posted by Landon Ewaniuk on August 26, 2014 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Aaron Ekblad is getting back to work.


The first overall draft pick of the Florida Panthers said on Saturday he’s free of any concussion-like symptoms less than three weeks after he took a hard hit in a world junior exhibition game.


“The concussion is perfectly, completely gone. I feel great,” said Ekblad. “I’ve bee...

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McDavid: 'Pretty Crazy' Teams May Tank for Me

Posted by Landon Ewaniuk on August 25, 2014 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Connor McDavid (Terry Wilson/OHL Images).

When the NHL announced changes to the Draft Lottery process on Wednesday for the 2015 and 2016 Drafts, it was considered a way to potentially combat against teams tanking in the upcoming season.


After all, with players of elite talent like Connor McDa...

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Fantasy Hockey: Point Per Game NHL Players Next Season

Posted by Landon Ewaniuk on August 23, 2014 at 2:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Sidney Crosby

Ryan Getzlaf

Claude Giroux

Tyler Seguin

Corey Perry

Phil Kessel

Taylor Hall

Alex Ovechkin

Jamie Benn

Anze Kopitar

John Tavares

Evgeni Malkin

Patrick Kane

Thomas Vanek

Nathan MacKinnon

Jason Spezza

Matt Duchene

Logan Couture

Henrik Zetterberg

Henrik Sedin

Daniel Sedin

Steven Stamkos

Pavel Datsyuk

Nicklas Backstrom

Joe Thornton

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Thornton on losing captaincy: 'It's a big responsibility so it's a little strange when they take it away from you'

Posted by Landon Ewaniuk on August 21, 2014 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

The San Jose Sharks announced on Wednesday that captain Joe Thornton and alternate captain Patrick Marleau (who was stripped of the captaincy in 2009) will come into training camp without letters on their jersey.


"We are going to have a fresh slate at training camp as far as leadership goes," Sharks head coach Todd McLellan told David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News. "The veteran players that were on this team last year will have to come up wi...

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Bruins express interest in free agent Hayes

Posted by Landon Ewaniuk on August 19, 2014 at 2:50 AM Comments comments (0)

It makes too much sense for the Boston Bruins and suddenly unrestricted free agent Kevin Hayes to find each other at the NHL level, and it could just happen.


A source indicated to that the Bruins have expressed interest in Hayes to his agent, Robert Murray, since he became an amateur free agent this weekend. The hope is that the Black and Gold are in ...

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Who is Kevin Hayes?

Posted by Landon Ewaniuk on August 18, 2014 at 2:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Kevin Hayes (born May 8, 1992) is an American amateur ice hockey right winger currently playing for Boston College. Hayes was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks 24th overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. His older brother Jimmy Hayes plays for the Florida Panthers....

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Report: Giguere to announce retirement next week

Posted by Landon Ewaniuk on August 15, 2014 at 10:55 PM Comments comments (0)

According to RDS, former Colorado Avalanche goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere will officially announce his retirement from the NHL next Thursday.


The 37-year-old will remain in hockey with the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada organization of the QMJHL.


Giguere spent his last three seasons with the Avalanche mostly in a backup role and became...

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Video: NHL 15 Overhead Gameplay - First Look

Posted by Talk Hockey on August 15, 2014 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

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GIF: The Evolution of Graphics in EA Sports' NHL Series

Posted by Talk Hockey on August 14, 2014 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Graphics, NHL 15, EA Sports, Evolution, Video Games

With NHL 15 around the corner, here's a GIF showcasing the major improvements EA Sports has made to their NHL series after twenty years of video games. Check out this infographic from Twitter as well.



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