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Ranking the Top 50 Defensemen for the 2014-15 NHL Season

In the NHL, it's usually the superstar forwards who draw most of the attention. Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin and Phil Kessel filling the net is what always finds its way on highlight reels. But it's usually defense that wins championships,...Show More Summary

5 Players the Detroit Red Wings Would Make Available in an NHL Expansion Draft

Being an Original Six franchise, t he Detroit Red Wings have never picked in an NHL expansion draft. With rumors galore of NHL expansion being on the horizon, now is as good a time as any to discuss whom the Red Wings would give up in...Show More Summary

Detroit Red Wings Desperately Need a Stephen Weiss Comeback in 2014-15

It would be a stretch to say that the Detroit Red Wings' 2014-15 season hinges on Stephen Weiss. One player does not make a team, and that’s particularly true when the player in question isn’t even a first-line forward for the club. However,...Show More Summary

Complete Preview for the Carolina Hurricanes 2014-15 Season

It's been five seasons since the Carolina Hurricanes reached the postseason. The only team with a longer drought is the Edmonton Oilers, who haven't been back to the playoffs since beating the Hurricanes in the 2006 Stanley Cup Final. Consider...Show More Summary

Ranking the Top 7 Toronto Maple Leafs Defencemen Heading into the 2014-15 Season

The Toronto Maple Leafs were not a good defensive team last season, which has led to some modest turnover among their top seven defenders heading into the 2014-15 NHL season. While the core remains, except for Carl Gunnarsson, expectations will be much higher for this group. Captain Dion Phaneuf remains as the No. Show More Summary

Anaheim Ducks Complete Season Preview

There is an old saying that goes, “If you can’t beat them, join them.” But in the NHL, the trend is more along the lines of, “If you can’t beat them, copy them.” The Anaheim Ducks had their dreams of winning a Stanley Cup squashed when the Los Angeles Kings defeated them in a thrilling seven-game series back in May. Show More Summary

5 Biggest Takeaways from Tampa Bay Lightning's 1st Wave of Roster Cuts

The Tampa Bay Lightning significantly reduced their roster on Sept. 27 when they announced that 28 players were being reassigned. The wave of cuts brings the training camp roster from 64 to 36 and included a few surprises. Tampa Bay sent 25 of those 28 players to the Syracuse Crunch's American Hockey League camp. Show More Summary

Why the Eastern Conference Is Watching Ryan Johansen's Contract Standoff

In a year where quality centres are dropping like flies in the Eastern Conference, one team has a perfectly healthy, perfectly high-end pivot sitting out of training camp thanks to a contract dispute. It’s a squabble that looks set to...Show More Summary

Assessing the Latest Boston Bruins Trade Talk Surrounding Boychuk, McQuaid

Predictably enough, puck pundits are proposing trades for the Boston Bruins to alleviate their blue-line overstock and chafing financial straps. Two of the more jutting musings from the past week came from a team-focused beat writerShow More Summary

Complete Preview for the Calgary Flames' 2014-15 Season

Though the Calgary Flames finished 27th overall in 2013-14, an unexpected sense of hope surrounds a team that had stripped itself down to its bare bones. A gritty work ethic and sense of promise surrounding the Flames' young playersShow More Summary

Complete Preview for the Detroit Red Wings' 2014-15 Season

The summer of 2014 has been an odd one for Detroit, defined less by the team’s actions than by what hasn’t happened. One of the Red Wings' big offseason goals was to acquire a significant right-shooting defenceman to give their back end a different look. Show More Summary

Steve Downie Is the Type of Player the Pittsburgh Penguins Need in 2014-15

The one-year, $1 million pact between Steve Downie and the Pittsburgh Penguins is one of the most sensible deals of the offseason, one that makes exceptional sense for both parties. For the Penguins, a top-heavy team in need of capable NHL forwards to round out its roster, it represents an opportunity to land such a player on the cheap. Show More Summary

Complete Preview for the Colorado Avalanche's 2014-15 Season

The Colorado Avalanche turned a lot of heads late season, with many of them coming after Patrick Roy made a statement very early on in the season. The Avs legend—and newest bench boss—shook the glass in the face of Bruce Boudreau, head coach of the Anaheim Ducks, and it seemed like he was trying to set a tone early on in the season. Show More Summary

Buffalo Sabres Complete Season Preview

Life hasn't been easy for the Buffalo Sabres and their fans over the past few years, especially during the 2013-14 season. The team's luck was so bad that Buffalo couldn't even win the NHL draft lottery despite having the league's worst...Show More Summary

10 Productive NHL Players Most Likely to Retire After the 2014-15 Season

NHL teams employ veteran players because they're reliable and can mentor younger players. In many cases, teams will sign veterans long after their career peaks because they still flourish in specific roles. Sooner or later, even the greatest players in history leave the game. Show More Summary

Ranking the NHL Teams with the Most Depth for the 2014-15 Season

For NHL franchises looking to build and develop roster depth, the salary cap is proving to be a formidable foe. Today, every team's roster is a jigsaw puzzle. The pieces are shaped not just by players' ages, positions and skill sets, but also by salary commitments—both present and future. Winning today while preparing for tomorrow is no easy task. Show More Summary

A Healthy Stephen Weiss Can Make a Difference for Detroit Red Wings at Center

The Detroit Wings made a splash during the 2013 free-agency period, and they thought they were getting a quality center in Stephen Weiss. He had a proven track record in which he put up between 45 and 60 points on a Florida PanthersShow More Summary

Ranking the Top 60 Wingers for the 2014-15 NHL Season

There are plenty of characteristics that make a great hockey winger. First and foremost, it's the ability to score—after all, games are won by teams that put more pucks in the net than the opposition. But there are other things to consider. Show More Summary

5 Reasons Why Los Angeles Kings Fans Should Be Worried in 2014-15

The Los Angeles Kings are the defending Stanley Cup champions. They've made three consecutive Western Conference Final trips and won their first championship in franchise history in 2011-12. This is a very talented, deep, well-coached and managed team. Show More Summary

What Corey Crawford Has to Do to Get to the Level of the NHL's Elite Goalkeepers

Corey Crawford may be the key to the Chicago Blackhawks' chances of having a successful 2014-15 season. With a roster that is clearly one of the most talented in the NHL and a team that has won two Stanley Cups in the last five years,...Show More Summary

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