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Calling Fact or Fiction on the Hottest NHL Trade Speculation

With the Thanksgiving weekend over and the NHL Christmas trade freeze commencing on Dec. 19, trade speculation is growing. Some of it involves notable NHL stars such as Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene and Columbus Blue Jackets...Show More Summary

NHL Power Rankings: B/R Experts' Week 8 Poll

Beware the Los Angeles Kings. After a difficult start to the year, one that saw the Kings robbed of cornerstone netminder Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles appears to be back. With five straight wins, the team is the hottest in the NHL and finds itself just a single point back of the division lead in the Pacific. Show More Summary

Gerard Gallant Reportedly Fired by Panthers: Details, Comments and Reaction

The Florida Panthers reportedly fired head coach Gerard Gallant on Sunday, according to Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos. The Miami Herald's George Richards confirmed that Gallant is on the way out. The move comes shortly after the Panthers' 3-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. More to follow. Read more NHL news on

Restricted Free Agents in Line for a Big NHL Payday in the 2017 Offseason

The 2017 crop of NHL restricted free agents is thin on notable talent. Only a handful of the 400 players due to become RFAs, such as Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin, will be in line for substantial raises. Some, like Panarin, are completing their entry-level contracts. Show More Summary

Ranking the Best Power Forwards in the NHL in 2016-17

Simply put, a power forward is a big guy who puts up points and likes to throw his weight around. One iconic archetype is Cam Neely, now the president of the Boston Bruins. In his peak on-ice years, the late 80s and early 90s, NeelyShow More Summary

Ranking the Best Hockey Players Not Currently in the NHL

The NHL houses the lion's share of elite hockey talent, and it controls about 1,500 of the best players in the world. Even with that understood, there is world-class talent in other leagues, and some of those names are of particularShow More Summary

Popular Preseason Predictions Already Looking Foolish in 2016-17

We like to make NHL predictions here at Bleacher Report—whether it's prognosticating the league's award winners, ranking the teams ahead of the season or coming up with some original and bold possibilities. Some seemed like no-brainers—such...Show More Summary

NHL Draft Busts Still Hanging on to Roster Spots

NHL general managers do all kinds of things to draw the ire of their respective fan bases, but few mistakes are considered more noxious than missing on a high draft pick. Scott Cullen of TSN has done exceptional work on the odds of missing out on a pick, and there is little risk at the top of the draft. Show More Summary

Vegas Golden Knights Announce Nickname, Logo for NHL Expansion Team

The NHL awarded Las Vegas an expansion team in June, and the league's 31st franchise assumed an identity Tuesday evening when owner Bill Foley revealed a mascot and logo in front of a packed house at Toshiba Plaza outside of T-Mobile...Show More Summary

Brent Burns' Contract Extension a Necessary Evil for San Jose Sharks

Brent Burns’ new contract with the San Jose Sharks is not a good deal. He’s certainly worth $8.0 million in the present, but with a term that stretches past his 40th birthday, the amount of risk associated with the pact would make it...Show More Summary

Joe Thornton Ties for 25th on All-Time Points List

San Jose Sharks forward Joe Thornton tied Hall of Famer Brendan Shanahan for 25th on NHL's all-time points list Monday night, per Sportsnet Stats. The veteran notched his 1,354th career point in the second period of Monday's game against the New Jersey Devils. Show More Summary

Brent Burns, Sharks Agree to New Contract: Latest Details, Comments, Reaction

The San Jose Sharks signed defenseman Brent Burns to an eight-year extension on Tuesday, according to The 31-year-old is in his 13th season in the NHL and helped the Sharks appear in their first-ever Stanley Cup Final last season. According...Show More Summary

NHL Rumors: Latest Buzz on Michael Stone, Ryan Murphy and More

While he has not gotten on the scoreboard yet this season, offensive defenseman Michael Stone of the Arizona Coyotes could be a valuable pickup for a team that is looking for some decent production on the blue line. Stone is on the trading...Show More Summary

Beware of the Carolina Hurricanes in 2016-17 If They Can Find a Hot Goaltender

The Carolina Hurricanes haven't made the playoffs since 2009, their owner is answering questions about relocation and they currently sit second-to-last in, perhaps, the NHL's toughest division. Yet there are legitimate reasons to believe...Show More Summary

Brutal Injury Derails Mike Zibanejad's Breakthrough Season with New York Rangers

The trade which brought Mika Zibanejad to the New York Rangers was one of the sharpest made by any team over the summer. The 23-year-old centre responded to the move immediately, starting 2016-17 at a pace which would have made it the best season of his career. Unfortunately for player and team alike, that's on hold now. Show More Summary

Red-Hot NHL Players Most Likely to Cool Off

Several NHL players, such as Winnipeg Jets right wing Patrik Laine and Chicago Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov, are off to sizzling starts to the 2016-17 season. However, they could find it difficult maintaining their current rates of production. A rookie such as Laine tends to cool off over the course of their first full NHL season. Show More Summary

NHL Power Rankings: B/R Experts' Week 7 Poll

As we near the quarter pole of the NHL season, some facts are starting to consistently be borne out, such as Carey Price is really good. The Montreal Canadiens goalie kept his team undefeated at home in regulation this season with a tremendous effort against longtime rival the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday night. Show More Summary

Mika Zibanejad Injury: Updates on Rangers Star's Leg and Return

New York Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad suffered a broken fibula during Sunday's game against the Florida Panthers. Continue for updates. Zibanejad Out with Broken Leg Sunday, Nov. 20 After the game, Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault...Show More Summary

Ranking the 10 Best NHL Players Under 25 Years Old

Among today's top NHL stars are a number of players under the age of 25. Some, such as Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin, are well-established among the league's best. Others, like Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid, are quickly blossoming into superstars. These youngsters are blessed with a skill level higher than that of their peers. Show More Summary

Way-Too-Early Ranking of the Top Candidates for the 2016-17 Hart Trophy

We're not even 20 games into the 2016-17 NHL campaign, but it's never too early to think about who might be named the league's most valuable player at the end of the regular season. Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association...Show More Summary

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