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Are the Surprising New York Rangers Built to Last?

Are the New York Rangers for real? Or are they as genuine as that Rolex you can buy for $20 on a Times Square street corner? The answer is: it depends. This much has become evident about the NHL in 2016-17 —t here are no great teams....Show More Summary

Wayne Gretzky Says Sidney Crosby Is NHL's Best Player over Connor McDavid

Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid has taken the NHL by storm early in his career, but his team's partner and vice chairman doesn't think he has surpassed Sidney Crosby as the league's best player. Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky compared the two Thursday, giving the nod to Crosby, per Craig Custance of "Sid is still the best player in hockey. Show More Summary

Anze Kopitar One Goal Shy of Wayne Gretzky for 6th-Most in Kings History

Los Angeles Kings forward Anze Kopitar needs just one goal in Thursday's game against the Carolina Hurricanes to tie Wayne Gretzky for the sixth-most in franchise history, per Sportsnet Stats. Gretzky spent a little fewer than eight seasons in Los Angeles to reach that total, while Kopitar is currently in his 11th campaign with the Kings. Show More Summary

Post to Post: Can Connor McDavid Win the Hart Trophy and Miss the Playoffs?

The question posed in the headline is one that the members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association may find themselves grappling with toward the end of the 2016-17 NHL season. Edmonton Oilers centre Connor McDavid leads the NHL with 36 points, seven more than the second-place man, Nikita Kucherov. Show More Summary

The Biggest Busts of the 2016-17 NHL Season So Far

Every year there are big expectations heaped upon certain players. Some have signed pricey extensions, others were coveted free agents who cashed in. They don't always live up to those lofty hopes, and there are certainly a few examples...Show More Summary

Erik Karlsson Takes All-Time Points Lead in Senators History Among Defensemen

Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson tallied three points in Wednesday's game against the San Jose Sharks, passing Wade Redden for the most in franchise history for defensemen, per Sportsnet Stats. Karlsson now owns 412 total points in his career, topping Redden by two. Show More Summary

Las Vegas Golden Knights' Trademark Application Denied

The NHL's 31st franchise that was awarded to Las Vegas hit a snag just weeks after revealing its new team name, the Golden Knights. On Wednesday, the team's application to trademark the name was turned away by the United States Patent...Show More Summary

NHL Players Making the Most of Increased Roles in 2016-17

NHL management and coaching staffs plan the fall rosters with painstaking detail over the offseason. Seemingly moments after the faceoff on opening night, all those plans go out the window and force the franchise to find quick solutions...Show More Summary

John Scott Retires from NHL: Latest Comments and Reaction

Veteran NHL forward John Scott, who rose to prominence by reaching the 2016 All-Star Game thanks to a groundswell of fan support, officially announced his retirement from hockey Wednesday. Scott wrote about the decision in a piece for...Show More Summary

Ranking the Best Coaching Candidates for the Las Vegas Golden Knights

The NHL's Las Vegas expansion team finally has a name (Vegas Golden Knights). Now, it needs a head coach. Candidates could come from the ranks of former bench bosses, such as ex-Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley. Former head coaches turned assistants, such as Kevin Dineen of the Chicago Blackhawks, could also merit attention. On Nov. Show More Summary

What Will It Take for the NHL's Most Disappointing Teams to Turn Things Around?

How do you write a rip-job column on the most disappointing teams in the NHL when, at the time of this writing, the worst record in the league is 8-11-3? That team, the Arizona Coyotes, has earned points in one of every two games an average. In the NPL (the newly named National Parity League), calling a team bad isn't easy. Show More Summary

Jaromir Jagr Missed Penguins' Stanley Cup Reunion Because He's Still Playing

The Pittsburgh Penguins held a reunion Saturday night to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their 1991-92 Stanley Cup championship team. While nearly everyone from that squad was in attendance, Jaromir Jagr was not—because he is still...Show More Summary

NHL Power Rankings: B/R Experts' Week 9 Poll

The dropoff that some expected for the New York Rangers just isn't happening. A team that before the season looked on the wrong side of things in a cyclical sense continues to cycle upward. The Blueshirts, therefore, are our new No. 1 team in the power rankings. Show More Summary

Corey Crawford Injury: Updates on Blackhawks Goalie's Recovery from Appendectomy

Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford underwent an appendectomy on Saturday and will miss the team's game against the Philadelphia Flyers. Continue for updates. Latest on Crawford's Recovery Saturday, Dec. 2 "Corey presented this morning with acute appendicitis," Blackhawks p hysician Dr. Show More Summary

The Ideal Replacement for Every NHL Coach on the Hot Seat in 2016-17

Gerard Gallant became this season's first NHL coaching casualty, fired by the Florida Panthers on Nov 27. General manager Tom Rowe has taken over the role until season's end on an interim basis. At some point, however, the Panthers must find an ideal replacement. Florida isn't the only club that could face a coaching change in the near future. Show More Summary

The Biggest Overachievers in the 2016-17 NHL Season so Far

The science of scouting and player assessment still leaves plenty of room for surprises to emerge every season in the NHL. These days, many of the league's overachievers are newcomers who are making big impacts much sooner than expected. Show More Summary

NHL CBA Negotiations: Latest News, Rumors on Labor Talks

The NHL's collective bargaining agreement contains opt-out clauses that can be exercised in Sept. 2019, and the league has reportedly been in contact with the NHL Players' Association regarding an extension of the current deal. Continue for updates. Latest on CBA Extension Talks Friday, Dec. Show More Summary

Emerging NHL Players Most Likely to Achieve Elite Status in 2016-17

The NHL season is past the quarter pole, and teams are jockeying for position. One of the prominent storylines this fall has to do with a large number of youngsters emerging as impact players. It normally takes some time, but this year the sophomores are pushing the veterans and grabbing major headlines. Show More Summary

Jonathan Toews Injury: Updates on Blackhawks Star's Back and Recovery

Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews was placed on injured reserve Friday as he continues to battle a back injury that has sidelined him for the last four games. Continue for updates. Latest on Toews' Recovery Friday, Dec. 2 According to's Brian Hedger, Toews has already been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Philadelphia Flyers. Show More Summary

Justin Abdelkader Injury: Updates on Red Wings Star's Knee and Return

Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader is set to miss two-to-four weeks after suffering a knee injury. Continue for updates. Latest on Abdelkader's Playing Status Friday, Dec. 2 According to Helene St. James of the Detroit FreeShow More Summary

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