Are the Panthers for real?

Maybe Dale Tallon isn’t so crazy after all. It was quite the odd scene in the summer when the Florida Panthers General Manager scooped up every seemingly marginal free agent, gave them long-term deals, and called it a team. It garnered a fair share criticism, but in retrospect, they have actually been shrewd moves. The […]

Top 5 Deadline Rental Players

The trade deadline is just over a month away, and it is starting to become clear which teams will be buying, and which will be selling. Here is a look at five players that could be packing their suitcase in the coming month.  Ales Hemsky Word around the league is that Hemsky is the most […]

Blame Arniel

The axe came down on Blue Jackets head coach Scott Arniel today, bringing the total number of head coaches fired this year to a whopping seven. It is hardly a shock that GM Scott Howson decided to get rid of Arniel considering that Columbus is languishing at the bottom of the standings. But it is somewhat […]

Top 5 Wishes for 2012: Hockey Edition

As we bid 2011 adieu, today is the only day we can look at 2012 with glossy eyes and a never-ending hope for what is to come. It is also the best time to make resolutions we won’t keep, join gyms that we won’t go to, and support teams who are still in the playoff […]

Does Fighting Shift Momentum?

This is the question that is being asked, and Marc Appleby of Power Scout Hockey is trying to find out. He has been analyzing data from fights since 2009, and has quantified the momentum shift that a team receives after a fight.  He has developed the fighter impact list, and I asked him a few […]

Would a Regular NHL 24/7 Series Work?

If you’ve seen any episodes of NHL 24/7 this year with the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers or the original installment last season featuring the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins, you likely fell in love with it. The show offers a new, fresh and human angle to the game we all know and love. […]

Don Cherry Hits the Wrong Note

Oh the power of editing. How we love thee. (You can only imagine the thoughts that go through Ron MacLean’s head: Is this guy actually serious?) The Youtube account RBFlicks recently uploaded an edited video from a segement that was taken from the CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada Broadcast. The video features two of the […]

Top 10 Players at the World Jr’s

The best time of the year is upon us. No, not Christmas. It is the hockey tournament that is played over the holiday. The glorious World Juniors that captures the imagination of every Canadian, and maybe a dozen other people. Many stars of the NHL have got their big start in this tournament, so here […]

Thursday’s Top Goats: Bad Night & Bad Call

1st Goat: Chris Campoli – Montreal CanadiensThe Canadiens defensemen had a bad night on the ice, logging 20 minutes in ice time and having a -3 in the +/- category. The Habs lost the game to Winnipeg by the final score of 4-0. They continue to fall down in the standings as they currently sit […]

Wednesday’s Top Goats: Twist & Shout!

1st Goat: Niklas Kronwall, Detroit Red WingsOur top spot goes to another questionable hit, this time by Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall. In the 3rd period of the DET-VAN game, Kronwall skates into the Canucks defensive zone and levels Ryan Kessler. When you watch the hit, you’ll notice that Kronwall jumped right before contact. […]

Tuesday’s Goats: Engelland Calls Shanahan, Fans Believe Anything They Hear

No. 1 Goat: Deryk Engelland, Pittsburgh Penguins Engelland activated a beacon for the league’s department of player safety after hitting Chicago’s Marcus Kruger into the boards during the first period of play. The hit ended Kruger’s night and caused an immediate retaliation from Blackhawks forward John Scott. While Scott was hit with a misconduct, a […]

The Joy of Losing

Being an Edmonton Oilers fan born after the glory years has not been easy. We suffered through years of mediocrity and terrible drafting in the ’90’s, rode a wave of momentum all the way to the Cup finals in 2006, and then came crashing down once Mr. Pronger asked for his way out of town. […]

Is it Time to Believe in the St. Louis Blues?

As we make our way toward a new calendar year, every site is releasing their top-10 moments and stories of 2011. While you won’t find that sort of list in this article, you will find my nomination for “Most Surprising Team of 2011-12” to date. The St. Louis Blues weren’t supposed to do this well, […]

Prime Opportunity: NHL Suspends Milan Lucic

There is nothing like starting the week off with a suspension. On Saturday, December 17th there was an incident that occurred during the Bruins-Flyers game in Philadelphia. Boston forward Milan Lucic hit Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo on the far boards in the Flyers defensive zone during the second period. In the play, Lucic uses his […]

Effort of the Week: Brad Richards Declines Overtime

One of the things you might hear the most when you’re watching a hockey practice is the coach repeatedly saying to play to the whistle. This week we saw a player take those words to heart by scoring the game winning goal with only .1 seconds left in the game. Lets take a look at […]