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Free-Agent Fits Still Available for Every NHL Team in 2015 Offseason

NHL free agency is about to enter its third month, and most of the big names in this year's class have found homes around the league. There are, however, a surprising number of bona fide major league players still on the market, as salary-cap...Show More Summary

Stars Fan Delivers Burger to Tyler Seguin After Taking Order Over Twitter

Before heading over to the rink to watch Tyler Seguin play in a charity sled hockey game, one Dallas Stars fan decided to offer to bring the Stars center a burger. Little did she know, Seguin would take her up on that offer. And it was...Show More Summary

Ranking the NHL's Best Remaining Unrestricted Free Agents in 2015 Offseason

With less than a month to go until National Hockey League training camps open, plenty of experienced veterans have yet to lock down a place to play next season. Some of these now-unrestricted free agents attracted solid returns for their former clubs when they were moved before the trade deadline. Show More Summary

NHL Stars Who Will Decline in the 2015-16 Season

NHL players are among the world's best-conditioned professional athletes. At some point in their careers, however, they all face an inevitable downturn in their performance. Various factors contribute to a player's decline. Some on this list, like Chicago Blackhawks' Marian Hossa, will eventually be slowed by age. Show More Summary

Al Arbour, Former Islanders Coach, Dies at Age 82

Legendary New York Islanders coach Al Arbour, who led the franchise to four straight Stanley Cups starting in 1980, has died at the age of 82. The Islanders confirmed the news Friday. Team president and general manager Garth Snow talked...Show More Summary

Cody Franson Addition Would Further Accelerate Sabres' Rapid Rebuild

The Buffalo Sabres have been among the NHL's most active teams this summer. General manager Tim Murray seems hellbent on rapidly improving his team, and between trades and the draft, he has accomplished an impressive amount in a single offseason. Apparently, he isn't finished yet. Show More Summary

Why the Lady Byng Trophy Is an Essential Piece of the NHL Awards Lineup

The Lady Byng Memorial Trophy is an award with few defenders today. Requests for it to be renamed are as much a part of the annual hockey season as training camp stories about Player X being in the best shape of his life. Complaints about the way it is awarded are virtually inescapable. Show More Summary

Every NHL Team's Worst Contract for the 2015-16 Season

The marginal increase in the NHL's salary-cap ceiling for 2015-16 forced general managers to spend more frugally on their player payrolls. However, every team enters the upcoming season carrying at least one bad contract. Some players,...Show More Summary

Mike Richards Charged with Possession of Controlled Substance

The incident involving NHL free agent Mike Richards at the Canadian border in June was finally given some clarity Thursday, as the two-time Stanley Cup winner was charged with possession of a controlled substance. According to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police of Manitoba, Richards will appear in court Sept. Show More Summary

NHL Teams Most Likely to Regress in the 2015-16 Season

Fans and media love to make predictions before the season begins, but most are off the rails by Halloween. It's difficult to project regression season over season because there are so many moving parts in the game of hockey. There are a few teams who show real signs of erosion, and they are very likely to fall this year. Show More Summary

Examining the Groundbreaking Work of the NHL's Latest Analytics Hire

Last week, the Carolina Hurricanes announced an addition to their front office. Eric Tulsky, a hockey blogger whose credits include mainstream publications such as the Washington Post and appearances at MIT’s Sloan Sports Analytics Conference,...Show More Summary

NHL Players Most Likely to Hold out During 2015 Training Camps

The offseason is no holiday for National Hockey League general managers. Once the Stanley Cup is awarded in June, teams have just a couple of weeks to get their scouting lists in order for the draft. The draft-weekend frenzy typically...Show More Summary

Weak FA Market Helped Calgary Flames Re-Sign Mark Giordano at Bargain Price

It’s impossible to analyze Mark Giordano’s surprisingly reasonable new contract with the Calgary Flames without first considering context. It’s been an odd summer for NHL free agents, with many forced to accept less money or fewer years than they had originally expected, and many more still out there looking for contracts. Show More Summary

Mark Giordano, Flames Agree to New Contract: Latest Details, Comments, Reaction

The Calgary Flames announced Tuesday they reached an agreement with defenseman Mark Giordano on a six-year contract extension. The new deal will carry an annual average value of $6.75 million, meaning the team's captain will earn $40.5 million, per Chris Johnston of Sportsnet. Giordano is one of the best two-way blueliners in the NHL. Show More Summary

Patrick Kane Reportedly Meets with Investigators in Sexual Assault Case

The investigation into allegations Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane raped a woman at his Hamburg, New York, home entered a new phase Monday as investigators reportedly met with the NHL superstar. According to Lou Michel and Tim...Show More Summary

Ranking the 10 Most Mobile Defensemen in the NHL for 2015-16

Mobile defensemen have always been valuable, but today's NHL gives these players elevated status. Speed and mobility are useful in all areas of the game, and since so much of the action occurs in transition, the top-end skaters can dominate. Every...Show More Summary

The Player with the Most to Prove on Every NHL Team in 2015-16

Training camps are just around the corner, which will officially turn the page on the last NHL season. But that doesn't mean everyone has a fresh start. Plenty of players have something to prove in the 2015-16 campaign. From young players...Show More Summary

Los Angeles Kings Stabilize Defence with Christian Ehrhoff Addition

The 2014-15 NHL season was a difficult campaign for the Los Angeles Kings, and the offseason hasn’t been particularly easy either. The Sunday addition of veteran defenceman Christian Ehrhoff was a nice change from all that; it was a clear win for a team that needed one. Partially, the deal is a win because of the contract details. Show More Summary

Predicting Which NHL Goaltenders Will Improve the Most in 2015-16 Season

In 2014-15, the biggest story in the NHL's goaltending fraternity was the ascension of the Montreal Canadiens' Carey Price from "great" to "one of the greatest." Price took his Olympic gold medal and his solid NHL stats to the next level,...Show More Summary

The Most Intriguing Training-Camp Battle to Watch for Every NHL Team in 2015-16

Across the NHL this fall, training camps will have intense battles for starting roles. Although NHL teams have done their best to address needs, some expensive solutions will be found wanting, and a few prospects are going to find aShow More Summary

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