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There Was Nothing Wrong with Overhyped Jimmy Vesey's Decision-Making Process

Last week, the New York Rangers brought an end to the biggest NHL free-agent race since July 1 by signing forward Jimmy Vesey to an entry-level contract. Virtually everything about Vesey signing with the Rangers was controversial: his...Show More Summary

Dawn Braid Hired by Coyotes, Believed to Be 1st Full-Time Female Coach in NHL

The Arizona Coyotes reportedly made history on Wednesday when they announced a slew of coaching hires. According to the Associated Press (via Yahoo Sports), the club added Dawn Braid as the franchise's new skating coach, and she " is...Show More Summary

Son of Notorious Minor League Goon Might Be Next Big Thing in US Hockey

Scotty Bowman remains one of the biggest rink rats out there. At 82 years young, the legendary former NHL coach was right there with all the other coffee-swilling amateur scouts in Buffalo recently, looking at prospects at a U.S. National...Show More Summary

The Player on Each NHL Team Most Likely to Be Traded in 2016-17

There are plenty of reasons for NHL trades. Teams in danger of missing the playoffs will look to ditch their expiring contracts for an asset or two before they potentially lose them for nothing. Those looking to make a playoff run will seek out depth players to bolster their roster. Show More Summary

NHL Players Most Likely to Hold out During 2016 Training Camps

With NHL training camps opening in mid-September, several restricted free agents remain unsigned. The notable players include Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov and Calgary Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau. One or more could stage a holdout if still unsigned when training camp begins. It's no certainty any of these players will hold out. Show More Summary

Predicting Which NHL Goaltenders Will Improve the Most in 2016-17 Season

Big changes were supposed to be in store for the National Hockey League's goaltending fraternity in 2016-17. According to a March report from the Canadian Press (h/t Sportsnet ), the league declared its intention to crack down on oversized...Show More Summary

NHL Teams That Could Have New Coaches After the 2016-17 Season

The NHL coaching carousel made some unusual stops this summer, with Bruce Boudreau moving from the Anaheim Ducks to the Minnesota Wild. Now, new names coach Calgary Flames and the Ottawa Senators, while the Colorado Avalanche have aShow More Summary

Every NHL Team's Best Value Contract for the 2016-17 Season

The salary cap is omnipresent in the NHL today. The strict upper limit brought in during the 2004-05 lockout (or in some cases, an even lower budget) forces teams to take the dollars and cents into account with every single move, and adjust their behavior accordingly. Show More Summary

10 NHL Players to Watch in Their Contract Years During 2016-17 Season

Among next summer's crop of NHL unrestricted free agents, San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns and Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop will garner most of the headlines. However, Burns' teammate Joe Thornton will be among other notables...Show More Summary

Sean Monahan, Flames Agree to New Contract: Latest Details, Comments, Reaction

The Calgary Flames and center Sean Monahan reached an agreement Friday on a new seven-year contract extension. The Flames announced the deal on their official site. Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reported the deal is expected to check in at around $6.3 million per season. More to follow. Read more NHL news on

Predicting the Top Candidates for the 2016-17 Hart Trophy

According to, "T he Hart Memorial Trophy is an annual award given to the player judged to be the most valuable to his team. The winner is selected in a poll of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association in all NHL cities at...Show More Summary

World Cup of Hockey 2016: Odds for Each Team to Win the Tournament

There will be hockey in less than a month. Fiercely played hockey, with the best players in the world playing for their country's honor. If the original news went by without being noticed, here it is again: The World Cup of Hockey takes place from Sept. Show More Summary

NHL Players Most Likely to Have Sophomore Slumps in 2016-17

NHL rookies face an enormous uphill battle for playing time, and precious few receive substantial ice time in their first year in the league. During the 2015-16 season, only 25 rookie skaters played 1,000 or more minutes. But as difficult...Show More Summary

Tampa Bay's Cagey Bet on James Wisniewski Could Pay Off Big

Imagine, for a moment, that your NHL team could add an impact player for almost nothing. No trade cost at all is involved in bringing this player in, and his contract is entirely reasonable. We’re talking here about a defenceman who can effectively log more than 20 minutes per game, one who can run the power play and kill penalties too. Show More Summary

The Latest Updates on the NHL's Hottest Offseason Speculation

The NHL offseason has reached the point where there's little activity in the trade and free-agent markets. However, the rumor mill remains busy. There's persistent speculation over possible moves involving such notables as New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash. Show More Summary

The 10 Ugliest Uniforms in NHL History

In preparing the this list of the ugliest NHL uniforms of all time, I talked with Ray "Chicken Parm" Ferraro. Ferraro had a fine, 18-year NHL career. He played from 1984 to 2002, scoring 408 goals in 1,258 games. He played for six teams–Hartford, Los Angeles, Atlanta, St. Show More Summary

Every NHL Team's Most Likely Hall of Fame Player

The Hockey Hall of Fame is the ultimate honor for NHLers who have wrapped up their careers. It takes longevity, the greatest of reputations and most impressive statistics to lock up a spot in the elusive club of past players. With that...Show More Summary

Predicting the Top Candidates for the 2016-17 Vezina Trophy

Nine goalies received votes for the Vezina Trophy in 2015-16, with Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals leading the way. Holtby delivered a fabulous season, highlighted by 66 starts, 48 wins and strong finishes in all categories. The Vezina Trophy is voted on by the 30 NHL general managers, with guidelines explained per Show More Summary

The 10 Biggest Trade Candidates in the 2016-17 NHL Season

When the curtain rises on October for the 2016-17 NHL season, the trade rumor mill will also return to life. Several players, such as Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk,Show More Summary

Potential Replacements for Patrick Roy as Colorado Avalanche Coach

Patrick Roy’s surprising resignation from the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday leaves the NHL team in a bit of a pickle. Normally, a summer coaching vacancy is the easiest kind to fill. There’s always a long list of candidates from the NHL assistant and AHL head coaching ranks, to say nothing of the candidates in college, junior or European hockey. Show More Summary

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