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NHL Stars Facing the Biggest Question Marks in the 2016-17 Season

The big part of the NHL offseason is complete, leaving a trail of massive stories that thrilled fans over a frantic two-week period surrounding the entry draft and free agency. At this point in the summer, we have time to review those...Show More Summary

Predicting the Top Candidates for the 2016-17 Calder Trophy

The latest NHL draft class offers up an intriguing collection of candidates who will form the focal point of the discussion for the NHL's 2017 Calder Trophy for rookie of the year. Of course, rookies in hockey don't have to be 18-year-olds straight out of junior. Show More Summary

NHL Twitter Mailbag: What Is Hockey's Most Overrated Statistic?

The only ice most people care about probably this week is in their summer drinks, but that will not stop us from doing another NHL Twitter Mailbag. The questions keep coming in, and we live to serve here in this here section of the Interweb, so let's get on with it. 1. Oh goodie, a chance to tee off on analytics! First off, get off my lawn. Show More Summary

1 Player on Each NHL Team in Need of a Bounce-Back Season in 2016-17

A year ago, we looked at every NHL team and picked a player off each roster in need of a rebound campaign. Some of them delivered splendidly. Loui Eriksson scored 30 goals, his best total since 2009. Mike Smith added 12 points to his save percentage, won an additional game and lost 32 fewer contests. Show More Summary

Team-Player Free Agent Matches That We Didn't Expect to See

NHL teams have done most of the heavy work of free agency, with a few secondary signings each week drifting in. Fans are often ahead of the curve in terms of identifying the best available fit to match need, but the market dictates where...Show More Summary

NHL Rumors: Latest on Evander Kane Trade, Kris Russell and More

The NHL rumors market tends to slow this time of year, but it has just enough juice to compete with other majors leagues such as the NBA. How could it not? Guys like Evander Kane potentially find themselves on the trade market, and many...Show More Summary

Predicting Every NHL Team's Top Scorer in the 2016-17 Season

You'd think this would be really easy. In some cases, it actually is. Some teams are very much reliant on one or two players to carry the franchise offensively and don't have the kind of depth to create competition for top spot on the...Show More Summary

Ranking the 10 NHL Teams with the Worst Long-Term Salary Cap Issues

As the opening month of the NHL's 2016 free-agent period draws to a close, many teams have invested most of their available salary-cap space for 2016-17. Some, such as the Tampa Bay Lightning, have limited cap room for both next season and 2017-18. Those clubs will find it difficult to bolster their rosters over the course of 2016-17. Show More Summary

NHL Rumors: Latest on Jimmy Vesey, Jhonas Enroth and More

While the NHL's free agency and trade market has slowed down dramatically at this point in the summer, there are still several moves to be made before teams report to training camp in September. One of those moves is likely to come with unsigned rookie free-agent forward Jimmy Vesey, who was drafted four years ago by the Nashville Predators. Show More Summary

Brayden Schenn, Flyers Agree on New Contract: Latest Details and Reaction

The Philadelphia Flyers and center Brayden Schenn announced a new four-year contract Monday, just before a scheduled arbitration hearing was set to begin. Schenn, 24, had a career high with 59 points (26 goals, 33 assists) in 2015-16. Show More Summary

Do Lightning Stars Lecavalier and Richards Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Between 1998 and 2004, the Tampa Bay Lightning drafted exactly two impact NHL players. They took them in the same year and even from the same team. Both would be key pieces in the only Stanley Cup win in Bolts franchise history. This...Show More Summary

NHL Twitter Mailbag: Which Team Is Winning the Offseason?

We're getting close to August, which has become about the only month on the calendar when nothing hockey-related happens. July doesn't have a lot either, but there is free agency, arbitration and usually a few trades happen. August is the month when it's pretty much impossible to get any hockey person on the phone. Show More Summary

Predictions for NHL Stars Most in Need of New Contracts

On July 8, we examined several NHL players most in need of new contracts before the 2017 NHL free-agent period. While one of them (Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn) has since re-signed, such notables as San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent...Show More Summary

NHL Teams That Are Doomed to Disappoint in the 2016-17 Season

Disappointment abounds in the NHL every season. Only 16 of the league's 30 teams make the playoffs, and that number is quickly pared to eight after the first round of the postseason. But teams disappoint for a number of reasons. Yes, failing to make the playoffs amid expectations of success is one of them. Show More Summary

Predicting the Top Candidates for the 2016-17 Selke Trophy

A month has passed since the 2016 NHL Awards ceremony was held in Las Vegas on June 22. Last year's biggest winner was Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks. He went home with the Hart Trophy as most valuable player, the Ted Lindsay Award as MVP voted by the players and the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's leading scorer. Show More Summary

Every NHL Team's Biggest Question Mark for the 2016-17 Season

The 2016 offseason has been explosive and entertaining for NHL fans, with blockbuster trades and surprising destinations for free agents. The balance of power further shook with at least three impact draft picks heading to bottom-feeder...Show More Summary

Kevin Hayes, Rangers Agree to New Contract: Latest Details and Reaction

The New York Rangers are betting on Kevin Hayes' future after agreeing to a new deal with the 24-year-old. The Rangers confirmed the agreement with Hayes, who was a restricted free agent, on their official Twitter account. TSN hockey analyst Aaron Ward reported the deal is for $2.6 million over two years. More to follow. Read more NHL news on

Evander Kane Arrested for Criminal Trespass: Latest Details, Comments, Reaction

Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane has been arrested on misdemeanor criminal trespass charges, according to the Buffalo News. Kane turned himself in to police in relation to the June incident that reportedly took place at Buffalo's Bottoms Up bar. Show More Summary

Chris Kreider, Rangers Agree to New Contract: Latest Details, Comments, Reaction

The New York Rangers and restricted free agent Chris Kreider agreed to a new contract Friday, according to the team, that will reportedly pay the forward a total of $18.5 million over four years, per Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post. Kreider...Show More Summary

NHL Arbitration: Potential for Bruised Feelings Makes Actual Hearings Rare

It's easy to say "It was just business, nothing personal" in pro sports. Players are conditioned to expect criticism, and owners are conditioned to expect paying as much as a player can get. Usually, the sides come away saying "no hard...Show More Summary

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