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  • Sabres’ Rasmus Dahlin maturing, responding to adversity within games

    Buffalo Hockey Beat "Early in Friday’s 4-1 loss, Brad Marchand pressured Rasmus Dahlin behind the net, forcing him to cough up the puck. A second later, the Bruins star knocked the Sabres defenseman down and fed linemate David Pastrnak for the game’s first goal. The turnover was one of a few..." October 25

  • Analyzing Every NHL Team's Worst Contract

    Bleacher Report "When casually taking a stroll down CapFriendly, an NHL analyst's version of taking a random walk down Wall Street, it's generally pretty easy to pick out each team's worst contract. Typically, that deal will belong to an aging member of the organization's core who once..." October 24

  • Jack Eichel's camp, Sabres to meet regarding disk replacement surgery

    Yardbarker "The Buffalo Sabres and Jack Eichel's camp are planning to meet to discuss the former No. 2 overall pick's preference to undergo an unprecedented disk replacement surgery. Eichel has a herniated disk in his neck and per ESPN's Emily Kaplan, there is urgency to have it..." October 23

  • Ranking the 10 Best Playmakers in the NHL Today

    Bleacher Report "When one speaks of NHL scorers, they're usually speaking about goal scorers. Each year, the leading goal scorer is honored with the Maurice Richard Trophy, named for the first player to reach 50 goals in a season and the 500-career-goal plateau. Washington Capitals winger..." October 23

  • Re-drafting the NHL class of 2017: Would Cale Makar or Elias Pettersson go No. 1 today?

    The Athletic "It has been four years since the 2017 NHL Draft class walked up on the stage in Chicago. With four more seasons of play, there is a lot more evidence to prove what these players are. So now I take a look at how this class has changed with a new ranking of how I would order the players..." October 22

  • Carey Price, Jordan Binnington among 6 goalies on Team Canada's list for Olympics

    The Score "Team Canada will officially have six goalies to choose from when it comes time to build its roster for the upcoming Beijing Olympics. Carey Price, Jordan Binnington, Darcy Kuemper, Mackenzie Blackwood, Carter Hart, and Marc-Andre Fleury are the netminders..." October 21

  • The state of the captain's 'C' in the NHL

    ESPN "The Jack Eichel saga in Buffalo has been quite the soap opera. But nothing in that saga was as odious and contentious as when the Sabres announced they were stripping their franchise player of his captaincy. "From our perspective and my perspective, I feel the captain is the..." October 21

  • 5 Potential NHL Trade Destinations for Vitali Kravtsov

    Bleacher Report "Selected ninth overall in the 2018 NHL draft, Vitali Kravtsov seemed destined for a bright future with the New York Rangers. Three years later, the 21-year-old right winger and the Blueshirts appear on the verge of parting ways. On Oct. 12, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman..." October 19

  • Why NHL players and teams are agreeing to more long-term contracts

    The Atlantic "You get an eight-year deal. And you get an eight-year deal. And you get an eight-year deal. And you and you and you! Long-term deals have been in vogue the last few months in the NHL, with Charlie McAvoy, Ryan Pulock, Nick Suzuki, Mika Zibanejad and Aleksander Barkov all doing max..." October 19

  • Avs called Sabres about Jack Eichel

    Colorado Hockey Now "There are many people I really respect in my 26 years of covering the NHL and the Colorado Avalanche, but probably none more so than SportsNet and Hockey Night in Canada reporter Elliotte Friedman. I’ve said this before, but Elliotte is not only an ace reporter, but a class act of a human..." October 18

  • Ilya Kovalchuk Named GM Of Russian Olympic Team

    SI "One of Russia's greatest hockey players will now usher in his country's next generation. Ilya Kovalchuk was announced as GM of the Russian Ice Hockey Federation on Monday morning, tasked with overseeing the team that will take part in the 2022 Winter Olympics in..." October 18

  • Ranking the 8 Best Defensive Forwards in the NHL Today

    Bleacher Report "Since 1978, the NHL has annually awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy "to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game." A number of great players, including Bob Gainey, Sergei Fedorov and Pavel Datsyuk, have won this award multiple times. Several..." October 17

  • Sabres unwilling to retain salary in potential Jack Eichel trade

    Sports Grid "The Jack Eichel saga has taken another turn. The former second-overall selection ended last season on the injured reserve after a disagreement with the team on how to resolve a neck injury, souring his relationship with the Buffalo Sabres. Subsequently, his agent released a statement this..." October 17

  • 2021-22 Season Goals for Every NHL Team

    Bleacher Report "Any NHL executive or player worth their weight in cliches will tell you their goal is to win the Stanley Cup. It doesn't matter how likely or unlikely it is for that to happen. That's especially true early in the season before the haves and have-nots settle into..." October 16

  • Sabres Claim Christian Wolanin Off Waivers

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Sabres have added some depth on the back end as Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman is among those reporting that they have claimed defenseman Christian Wolanin off waivers from the Kings.  To make room on the roster, the Sabres moved defenseman Henri..." October 16

  • Ranking every starting goalie in the NHL for the 2021-22 season

    Yardbarker "No position or player can change a team more than a great goaltender (or a bad goaltender if that happens to be the case). So we are going to take a look at all 32 starting goalies in the NHL and rank them from Andrei Vasilevskiy in Tampa Bay to Carter Hutton in Arizona and..." October 15

  • Why no-trade clauses are becoming an important contract battleground in the NHL

    The Athletic "Mattias Ekholm isn’t about to complain after signing a four-year extension which will pay him an average of $6.25 million a season right up to 36. But what he didn’t get in his new extension is what almost no Predators player ever gets: A no-trade or no-move..." October 15

  • 10 Storylines to Watch at the Start of the 2021-22 NHL Season

    Bleacher Report "The 2021-22 NHL season is underway, a little later than usual because of the COVID-19 pandemic's ongoing effects upon life in general. Its impact upon unvaccinated players and the league's schedule will remain a noteworthy storyline to follow in the coming weeks. That's..." October 15

  • Buying or Selling the Latest NHL Trade and Free-Agency Rumors

    Bleacher Report "The 2021-22 NHL season is underway, and there's already plenty of trade and free-agent speculation. A rumor mill that had slowed throughout the month of August is returning to life following several weeks of training camp and preseason play through September into early..." October 14

  • Scenes From a (Broken) Marriage: How Jack Eichel and the Sabres Fell Apart

    The Ringer "On August 5, 2021, Jack Eichel started a Twitter account. This wouldn’t be a noteworthy development for most people, but after the season—and even more to the point, the offseason—Eichel had with the Buffalo Sabres, the sudden social media presence was momentous. For..." October 14

  • Maple Leafs are most valuable NHL team at $2 billion

    Yardbarker "Despite being stuck in a Stanley Cup drought of over half a century, the Toronto Maple Leafs are No. 1 among all NHL franchises in one category. According to data compiled by Sportico, the Maple Leafs are worth an NHL-high $2 billion. According to ESPN's Emily Kaplan, each of the..." October 14

  • DraftKings Becomes Exclusive NHL Sportsbook, Daily Fantasy Provider for Turner Sports

    Bleacher Report "DraftKings announced Wednesday that it reached an agreement to become the official sports betting, daily fantasy sports and iGaming partner of the NHL as well as the exclusive NHL sportsbook and DFS provider for Turner Sports. Regarding the working relationship between..." October 13

  • Gary Bettman says only four NHL players unvaccinated as season begins

    ESPN "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the league has only four unvaccinated players as it opens up the 2021-22 season. Bettman was in attendance for the regular-season opener between the back-to-back Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning and the Pittsburgh..." October 12

  • NHL sets escrow on contracts at 17.2 percent: What it means for players

    The Athletic "The NHL set escrow on player contracts at 17.2 percent for the 2021-22 season, according to The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun. That's in line with projections for this season, which were estimated between 14-18 percent. The league set escrow, the amount that the league pulls back..." October 12

  • 22 predictions for the 2021-22 NHL season

    The Score "1. Lightning almost three-peat, lose to Avalanche in Cup Final The Tampa Bay Lightning, along with the Vegas Golden Knights and Colorado Avalanche, are a popular Stanley Cup pick. Frankly, the two-time defending champions are probably the most talented team in the..." October 12

  • NHL starts season with fewer than five players unvaccinated. How league achieved 99% buy in.

    USA Today "For two seasons, the NHL endured everything from pauses to restarts to bubbles while navigating the coronavirus pandemic. As the 2021-22 season approached and the league and players' association once again negotiated player safety protocols, all parties involved saw vaccines..." October 12

  • Examining the state of NHL officiating through its past, present and future

    The Athletic "NHL officiating is in the crosshairs every year, but the vitriol and unpleasantness soared to new heights during last year’s playoffs. And if one single moment capsulized the collective frustration, it occurred in the Stanley Cup semifinals when Islanders defenceman Scott Mayfield..." October 12

  • Can Turner do for the NHL what it did for the NBA? Here’s what to expect from Wayne Gretzky and Co.

    The Athletic "Turner Sports has an easy-to-digest goal when it comes to its inaugural season of broadcasting the National Hockey League: They want to be at the intersection of hockey and culture. Can they achieve it? Well, that is the challenge — and a significant one. October 12

  • What to expect from ESPN’s NHL coverage

    The Athletic "For starters, the theme song is back. When it comes to ESPN and the NHL, one of the most pressing questions, both internally and externally, centered around whether the ESPN NHL theme would be making a return as the network re-embarks on its journey as the national TV partner for the..." October 12

  • Capitals re-claim Axel Jonsson-Fjällby back from Buffalo Sabres

    Russian Machine Never Breaks "Axel Jonsson-Fjällby just pulled a Vitek Vanecek. The Swedish forward is back with the Capitals organization after the Sabres claimed him from Washington seven days ago. Buffalo put AJF on waivers Sunday, hoping to sneak him down to the AHL’s Rochester Americans, but the..." October 11

  • Ducks, Flames Leading Candidates To Acquire Jack Eichel From Sabres

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Jack Eichel has been on the trade block for what seems like forever and has not been on the ice for the Buffalo Sabres this preseason as he continues to await neck surgery. Yet, his market is heating back up. As TSN’s Darren Dreger wrote earlier this week, the Sabres have..." October 10

  • The only way Rangers will pull trigger on Jack Eichel trade

    New York Post "So lo and behold there is renewed urgency to settle this Jack Eichel matter, and it is good to see that Slap Shots missed absolutely nothing during our annual late summer hiatus. And, also pretty much right where we left it, we are being told alternately by well-placed sources that..." October 10

  • The Biggest Winners and Losers from 2021 NHL Preseason

    Bleacher Report "And just like that, the 2021-22 NHL season is upon us. Over the past few months, we've watched contenders try to bolster their Stanley Cup aspirations or scramble to keep their band together. The Tampa Bay Lightning lost their entire third line, for example. We've..." October 10

  • NHL season predictions 2021-22: Panel picks Stanley Cup winner, breakout star and biggest disappointment

    The Athletic "We made it through preseason and are on the cusp of a full 82-game NHL season for 2021-22. There is so much to look forward to in the next 1,312 games. The Seattle Kraken are now a real team — although we will miss the mock expansion drafts. Minnesota will..." October 10

  • Where each NHL head coach stands entering the season

    The Score "Behold, your comprehensive list of the statuses of all 32 NHL head coaches, broken down into tiers, as we inch toward the 2021-22 campaign.   Newcomers Here, we have all first-year coaches and ones who took over at some point last..." October 09

  • Ranking the 10 Best Offensive Defenseman in the NHL Today

    Bleacher Report "The primary role of NHL defensemen is to prevent their opponents from scoring. There are those, however, who are as renowned for their offensive skills as their defensive ones. Some, such as the Tampa Bay Lightning's Victor Hedman, play a terrific two-way game, contributing to..." October 09

  • The latest on renewed Jack Eichel trade talks

    The Athletic "There’s an urgency that’s been re-established in the Jack Eichel trade talks with the clock ticking for a player waiting to have neck surgery. He needs the surgery like yesterday. But it can’t happen until his NHL rights are dealt for reasons well..." October 08

  • Bold Trade Predictions Before the 2021 NHL Season Begins

    Bleacher Report "It feels like the Tampa Bay Lightning won their second consecutive Stanley Cup yesterday, but the start of the 2021-22 NHL season is already upon us like a ferocious forecheck from Ryan O'Reilly. Three months ago, the offseason appeared to be shaping up as one of the more eventful in recent..." October 08

  • Could the NHL’s reverse retro jerseys make a comeback?

    The Athletic "The reverse retro program may be getting a reboot. Multiple sources have told The Athletic that the alternate jersey program could be set to return during the 2022-23 season, which would be a welcome sight for many teams and executives who spoke on the matter. October 08

  • Latvia adds Rudolfs Balcers, Zemgus Girgensons and Kristians Rubins to Beijing 2022 roster

    TSN "Latvia added San Jose Sharks winger Rudolfs Balcers, Buffalo Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Kristians Rubins to their 2022 Olympic roster on Friday. Girgensons will be playing in his second Olympics after representing Switzerland at Sochi..." October 08

  • NHL trades to watch for: One player on all 32 teams who will end the season on a different roster

    The Athletic "It is never too early to talk about a trade in the NHL. After all, last season’s blockbuster trade that sent Patrik Laine and Jack Roslovic to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Pierre-Luc Dubois going to the Winnipeg Jets happened just 10 days into the..." October 07

  • Why the NHL has a sleep problem and how it could change

    Sportsnet "Hockey has a sleep balance problem, and it’s one without an easy fix. When I worked with the Toronto Marlies, the team travelled on two busses, one for just the players and one for the staff. This arrangement was created specifically so every player could have two seats they..." October 07

  • Hot seat rankings for NHL players, coaches, GMs: Who's under the most pressure in 2021-22?

    ESPN "As the 2021-22 NHL season arrives, so does the pressure of expectations. Every player, coach and general manager feels the heat to some degree. But some feel its intensity like a neglected hamburger under a fast food restaurant lamp, sizzling and spoiling and preparing to be tossed..." October 07

  • Sabres, Jack Eichel hopeful on trade after sharing additional info with teams

    TSN "It appears there could be some movement on the Jack Eicheltrade front. TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reports that ongoing discussions and additional access to Eichel’s medical file has helped teams with trade interest clearly see his situation. He adds that both the..." October 06

  • Which high-profile pending NHL UFAs could sign extensions early this season?

    The Athletic "There are no hard and fast rules about extending a player during the NHL season. Some pending UFAs prefer to halt talks once the season is officially underway. Others don’t care and keep the dialogue going. But generally speaking, it is rare for the higher-end pending UFAs not..." October 06

  • Tomas Hertl, Phil Kessel names to watch on trade market this season

    TSN "San Jose Sharks centre Tomas Hertl and Arizona Coyotes veteran Phil Kessel are two names to watch on the trade market this season, TSN Hockey Insiders Pierre LeBrun and Darren Dreger said Tuesday. Both players are pending unrestricted free agents, and while the Sharks would have liked..." October 06

  • Flames “Really Tried” to Acquire Jack Eichel

    The Hockey Writers "Calgary Flames fans are upset. There is no getting around that. Many wanted and expected change this offseason, and very little happened. However, that apparently wasn’t for lack of trying. The Jeff Marek Show on Monday, Elliotte Friedman spoke on Jack Eichel and his situation..." October 06

  • NHL will look at Mexico as next phase of expanding Latino fan base

    ESPN "Over the last three decades, the NHL's expansion into the American Sun Belt has served to diversify the league's geography and fan profile. Markets with high Latino populations such as Phoenix, Dallas-Fort Worth and Miami have reaped the benefits. Now, the league is poised to..." October 06

  • 5 big questions entering NHL season

    The Score "Every new NHL season brings numerous question marks, and there are more than usual heading into 2021-22. The league returns to an 82-game schedule after each team played 26 fewer contests in 2021, and after the 2019-20 regular season was cut short before those playoffs took place in..." October 06

  • The NHL’s top 10 regression candidates for 2021-22

    The Athletic "For as fun as it is to think about the breakout stars that will arrive with the dawn of a new NHL season, there’s also the other side of the coin: the players who will inevitably move in the opposite direction. That’s what we’re in search of today — 10 players..." October 06