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  • Why NHL Teams Are Betting on Potential and Locking Up Young Stars Long Term

    Bleacher Report "Just 119 games into his NHL career, Jack Hughes got paid.  The first overall pick in the 2019 draft, the New Jersey Devils signed Hughes to an eight-year, $64 million extension Tuesday in Newark, shortly before he played only his 120th NHL game. The $8 million AAV left..." December 03

  • Free Agent Henry Rybinski Receiving Interest

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Generally, the market for free agent junior players isn’t typically strong.  Sure, the odd late-bloomer might make it through but more often than not, the more prominent free agents come from the college ranks.  However, as Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman..." December 02

  • NHL Trade Block Big Board Entering December 2021

    Bleacher Report "NHL fans didn't have to wait long for a major trade to take place this season. On Nov. 4, the Buffalo Sabres shipped Jack Eichel to the Vegas Golden Knights, removing the biggest name from our November trade board. Early-season trades involving an NHL superstar..." December 01

  • 6 Potential Trades and Landing Spots for Bruins Winger Jake DeBrusk

    Bleacher Report "On the evening of Nov. 30, Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney confirmed that Jake DeBrusk had asked the team to deal him. Trade chatter doesn't get any more official than landing on the front page of NHL.com, but that's where things are between the..." December 01

  • Nearly 10 teams have spoken to Bruins on Jake DeBrusk

    NBC Sports Boston "Interest in Jake DeBrusk has seemingly picked up since his agent confirmed to several news outlets Monday night that the Boston Bruins forward has requested a trade. TSN's Ryan Rishaug reported an update on DeBrusk's situation, and he notes that nearly 10 teams have..." November 30

  • Sizing Up the Competition in the Best Division in the NHL

    Bleacher Report "American Thanksgiving has passed, which means hockey fans are free to look at the standings. The holiday serves as a benchmark that signals the unofficial start of playoff races. With two months of play complete and teams hitting the 20-game mark, we have an idea of team identities,..." November 29

  • Canucks Receiving Strong Trade Interest In Bo Horvat

    Pro Hockey Rumors "It has been a tough couple of years in Vancouver.  They underwhelmed considerably last season and after adding some key pieces over the summer including Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Conor Garland, and Jaroslav Halak, there was an expectation that they’d be back in playoff..." November 29

  • Predicting the Most Active Teams at 2022 NHL Trade Deadline

    Bleacher Report "Believe it or not, we're 20 percent finished. And now that all NHL teams have completed one-fifth of the 2021-22 regular season, it's starting to become clearer which ones are legitimate contenders and which are just passing time until rebuilding. November 27

  • 6 NHL Players Who Should Already Be Trade Bait

    Sportsnet "A quick mix of the things we gleaned from the week of hockey, serious and less so, and rolling four lines deep. I’d like to publicly deny rumours of a rift between my stomach and a week of Mexican food during the Leafs’ California roadie. 1. Time to..." November 27

  • NHL U.S. defenseman rankings tiers: Why Adam Fox, Charlie McAvoy are in an elite class

    ESPN "With the 2022 Winter Olympics fast approaching and NHL players still on track to participate, excitement is growing for American fans. (Not over Team USA's new sweaters, unless Patrick Kane will be playing rugby in Beijing. But USA Hockey has answered the nagging..." November 26

  • Team Canada GM Doug Armstrong talks narrowing list of players and goaltending uncertainty

    The Athletic "A dark day on the NHL calendar was perfect timing for Team Canada to have one of its most important calls to date in its Olympic planning process. GM Doug Armstrong and the rest of his management team were joined by head coach Jon Cooper and the rest of his coaching staff..." November 26

  • New Jersey Devils Claim Nathan Bastian

    NHL.com "The New Jersey Devils have claimed forward Nathan Bastian on waivers from the Seattle Kraken Thursday afternoon. Bastian, 23, returns to the organization that was his home since selecting him at the 2016 NHL Draft (second round, 41st overall) until the Kraken chose him this past..." November 25

  • NHL’s Olympic participation facing new concerns and hurdles

    The Athletic "There’s a potential scenario looming that’s making some people nervous right now. The fact that so many Olympic-bound NHL players will be flying directly from the All-Star weekend in Las Vegas from Feb. 4-5 to Beijing for the Games has some concerned about the potential..." November 24

  • Drafting the best alternate jersey for every NHL franchise: Where does the Jersey jersey rank?

    The Athletic "Hockey is a game, and games are supposed to be fun. But because this sport sometimes takes itself too seriously, alternate jerseys provide a nice sideshow, as it did on Tuesday when the New Jersey Devils introduced their alternate uniform that literally says,..." November 24

  • China Could Be Removed From Olympic Men’s Hockey Tournament

    Pro Hockey Rumors "As the 2022 Winter Olympics draw closer, there are still more than a few major questions looming over the Beijing games. One that seemed to have been answered is the status of the host nation’s entry into the Men’s Hockey tournament. Though the host nation typically earns an..." November 24

  • Cammi Granato becomes 2nd woman named to HHOF Selection Committee

    The Score "Cammi Granato will be the newest member of the Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee, the institution announced Tuesday. The American legend is joining an 18-member group that includes only one other woman, Cassie Campbell-Pascall. " November 23

  • 5 NHL Teams That Need to Blow It Up at the Trade Deadline

    Bleacher Report "The annual NHL trade deadline is usually when teams out of playoff contention become sellers. They attempt to peddle pending free agents they can't afford to retain, as well as players signed beyond the season who no longer fit into their plans. This season's trade deadline is..." November 22

  • 1 Player from Each NHL Team Who Is Outplaying Their NHL 22 Rating

    Bleacher Report "It's easy to not consider the process that goes into a player's rating as you boot up your new copy of NHL 22. As fans, we have the luxury of experiencing what is, more or less, a finished product each October. Fresh features are generally rolled out on a yearly basis, but it..." November 22

  • Rangers trade targets: Eight forwards who could fill their middle-six need, from Calle Jarnkrok to Phil Kessel

    The Athletic "TSN’s Darren Dreger reported Thursday that New York Rangers general manager Chris Drury is on the lookout for “a middle-six forward” to replace Sammy Blais, now done for the season with a torn ACL. The Athletic confirmed that the Rangers are potentially looking to add a..." November 19

  • NHL’s total abandonment of series-style scheduling leaves road-weary players scratching their heads

    The Athletic "It’s not as if Steven Stamkos had his nose pressed up against the window in his hotel room at the Nashville Renaissance, a solitary tear slowly trickling down his cheek as he looked out at the revelry playing out before him on Broadway, just down the hill. But life on the road..." November 19

  • Why the Seattle Kraken should embrace cult heroes like Brandon Tanev

    ESPN "I don't care if the Seattle Kraken are good or bad. I only care that they're weird. The Vegas Golden Knights warped our expectations for how an NHL expansion team should perform in its first season, having leveraged the league's new advantageous draft rules to maximum..." November 18

  • Andrei Kuzmenko Drawing NHL Interest

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Every year there is a player or two from the KHL that piques the interest of teams in North America. They’re often undrafted talents from smaller Russian cities that may have been overlooked for years by NHL scouts. This year’s edition is Andrei Kuzmenko, who Elliotte..." November 17

  • NHL panic meter: Which team is in the most trouble?

    Yahoo! Sports "With more than a month's worth of NHL action to analyze and dissect, there's enough out there to begin judging teams based on their starts to the 2021-22 campaign. For some, the year has been full of surprisingly positive results. An unlikely string of wins for squads like the..." November 17

  • Ranking the 7 Best Home-Ice Advantages in the NHL

    Bleacher Report "Every season we hear about how teams across the NHL are vying for home-ice advantage in the Stanley Cup playoffs. It's why all matches matter, whether they are divisional matchups down the stretch, a bottom-feeding squad taking on a Conference leader with 20 games left in the..." November 17

  • NHL Power Rankings: 1-32 poll, plus what each team is 'most likely' to do

    ESPN "With the one-month mark in the rearview mirror -- with the requisite awards presented to their winners -- teams are certainly beginning to show tendencies that are more than just early-season trends. For this week's power rankings -- which saw a new No. 1 -- we identify..." November 17

  • Canucks Have 5 Candidates to Replace Jim Benning if He is Fired

    The Hockey Writers "The Vancouver Canucks are a mess. They currently have a historically bad power play and just came off a three-game road trip that saw them give up 19 goals. Change needs to occur, and it could come in the form of Jim Benning being fired as general manager (GM). Here are five potential..." November 16

  • Potential trade options to fix the Bruins’ defense

    Stanley Cup Of Chowder "Through the first dozen or so games, one thing has made itself remarkably clear is the current group of defensemen on the Boston Bruins are just not good enough for this team to be a serious contender. Since the departure of Zdeno Chara, the Bruins have not been able to find a..." November 16

  • 8 Notable NHL Players Underperforming so Far in 2021-22

    Bleacher Report "NHL players usually settle into the routine of an 82-game schedule within a month of the start of the season. They've shaken off the rust of the offseason and adjusted to the increasing tempo and intensity of play as the season progresses. Many are now performing up to the level..." November 16

  • Kraken struggling in first season, have 'found a way to lose,' GM Ron Francis says

    NHL.com "The Seattle Kraken have "found a way to lose" games in their inaugural NHL season and should be more competitive, general manager Ron Francis said Monday. "We felt that goaltending and defense would give us a chance in each game," Francis told The Seattle Times...." November 16

  • A lot of teams should regret not making bigger trade push for Vladimir Tarasenko

    Pro Hockey Talk "Vladimir Tarasenko wanted a trade away from the St. Louis Blues this offseason. The Blues seemed willing to at least consider honoring that request, and even made him available to the Seattle Kraken in the expansion draft where they could have potentially lost him for nothing, and in..." November 16

  • Only 2 non-expansion NHL teams showing attendance increase compared to 2019-20

    The Athletic "Only two of the 31 teams that played in the NHL before this season — the Washington Capitals and the Tampa Bay Lightning — are averaging at or higher attendance numbers through the first six weeks of the season than they were before the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered the 2019-20 season..." November 16

  • Way-too-early picks for the 2022 Hockey Hall of Fame class

    ESPN "The Hockey Hall of Fame welcomed its newest class on Monday night in Toronto, which means it's time to start speculating on next year's immortals. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there wasn't a 2021 class for the Hall. That means players like Henrik and Daniel Sedin..." November 16

  • Ranking the 10 Best NHL Dynamic Duos for 2021-22

    Bleacher Report "NHL teams often put their best forwards on the same line in the hope they will perform well together. While all three might mesh well together, sometimes two of them will develop better chemistry because of their respective skills. Several of the players on this list, such as the..." November 15

  • Eric Staal Still Hoping To Play In The NHL This Season

    NHL Trade Talk "TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reports that veteran center Eric Staal is hoping to continue his career with an American team in the NHL this season. If he could get picked up by a club, it would be his 18th NHL campaign, but he wasn’t signed in the offseason and nothing..." November 15

  • Riley Sheahan And Leo Komarov Placed On Waivers

    Pro Hockey Rumors "A pair of veterans are on the waiver wire today as James Mirtle of The Athletic reports that the Kraken have placed center Riley Sheahan on waivers while the Islanders have done the same with Leo Komarov. " November 13

  • NHL style power rankings: Dressing drippy in Philly, complaints from Columbus and a new No. 1 in Winnipeg

    The Athletic "Folks, happy weekend and welcome back to The Athletic’s Official NHL Style Power Rankings™. There have been several pressing developments in the world of NHL fashion since we last talked that we absolutely need to discuss, so let’s get right into it. First,..." November 13

  • NHL rookie watch: Stock report on all the top first-year players

    ESPN "Early in the 2021-22 NHL season, rookies aren't just building their respective cases for the Calder Trophy. Many of them are helping to change the trajectory of their teams -- in most cases for the better, in some cases for the worse. Here's a look at which rookie forwards,..." November 12

  • NHL Power Rankings: The Panthers and Hurricanes are trouble, but the Wild have us seeing red

    The Athletic "Every once in a while the power rankings devolve into complete chaos as we try to shoehorn some random theme into the mix that has absolutely nothing to do with hockey. As some of you know all too well, this isn’t the first time. It won’t be the last time either. Listen, it’s..." November 12

  • NHL Discussing Holding All-Star Skills Contests Outdoors on Las Vegas Strip

    Bleacher Report "The NHL is weighing the idea of staging a new portion of its All-Star skills competition on the Las Vegas Strip, according to ESPN's Greg Wyshynski. Discussions with Las Vegas city officials are ongoing since one plan would see a portion of Las Vegas Boulevard closed to..." November 11

  • The 7 Biggest Surprises from the First Month of the NHL's 2021-22 Season

    Bleacher Report "It's been almost a month since the puck dropped on Oct. 12 to start the NHL's 2021-22 season. The opening weeks always have their share of surprises, and this season is no different. Some involve teams projected to be bottom feeders in the standings, such as..." November 09

  • The 10 best lines in hockey — where does Vegas’s new trio fit?

    The Athletic "Jack Eichel, one of the game’s absolute best centers when healthy, is a Vegas Golden Knight. It’s the latest in a series of power-hungry moves for a franchise that found immediate success through dominant depth and tore that all down in a quest for supreme star..." November 08

  • All NHL owners should feel responsibility to speak up and act in aftermath of Blackhawks scandal

    The Athletic "It was a quote that raised eyebrows because it came from an NHL owner. “I commit to you today that I will use my influence within the National Hockey League to acknowledge that there are systemic problems that will require systemic solutions and that we will partner with all of..." November 08

  • 6 NHL Trade Dominoes That Could Fall Following the Jack Eichel Deal

    Bleacher Report "The trade that NHL fans had been waiting for finally happened Thursday. Jack Eichel is no longer a member of the Buffalo Sabres, as the Vegas Golden Knights were willing and able to meet the asking cost of a top-10-protected first-round pick, a second-round pick, two young players and..." November 07

  • Stunning numbers from first month of the NHL season

    NBC Sports "The Vegas Power Play More like power-less play at this point (nailed it). .psd-readMoreComponent{padding-top:15px;padding-bottom:15px;border-top:1px solid #eee;border-bottom:1px solid..." November 06

  • NHL power rankings: The Florida Panthers and Carolina Hurricanes are taking care of business

    The Athletic "It’s Season 2: Episode 4 of the Only Power Rankings That Matter and some are saying it’s the best yet, the episode that’ll make you come back for more. Loose ends from previous segments have been tied up and no gimmicks meant to distract you from our lack of know-how. This one..." November 05

  • AHL Reveals Coachella Valley Firebirds

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Seattle Kraken will have a primary AHL affiliate next season and today the name, logo, and colors of that franchise have been revealed. In 2022-23 the Coachella Valley Firebirds will take flight, wearing uniforms of “flaming red and orange, with an ice blue..." November 05

  • Three Under-the-Radar Rookies Shining Through in the NHL

    SI "It's easy to put all the focus on the big-name rookies each year. Cole Caufield, for example, was one many expected to run for the Calder Trophy. He's in the AHL now, helping to make the rookie class even more wide open than before.  What about the rookies who are playing..." November 05

  • Gary Bettman must do the right thing and resign as NHL commissioner

    The Star "It is time for NHL commissioner Gary Bettman to retire. I mean this with the utmost respect, because I’ve come to respect and I think understand Bettman as a human being in my dealings with him over the years. November 02

  • 5 NHL Players in Desperate Need of a Trade

    Bleacher Report "Every NHL season sees a number of players changing teams via trade. Despite the limitations of a salary cap remaining flattened at $81.5 million leaving many teams with limited cap space, we should expect trade activity to increase as the season progresses toward the March 21 trade..." November 02

  • Gary Bettman and the NHL are who we thought they were

    The Athletic "More than 46 minutes into Monday’s press conference, Gary Bettman answered a question. For the first time all afternoon, he was helpful. .psd-readMoreComponent{padding-top:15px;padding-bottom:15px;border-top:1px solid #eee;border-bottom:1px solid..." November 02