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The 2011 NHL Entry Draft in St. Paul is notable for a number of reasons. First, it was the second of three straight drafts the Edmonton Oilers picked first overall, selecting Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Second, it’s notable for being where True North Sports & Entertainment, which bought the Atlanta Thrashers a month earlier, revealed they would
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With the current suspension of the 2019-20 NHL season, the New York Islanders’ run at the Barclays Center seems to be officially over. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that all games next season will be played at the Coliseum before the team’s brand-new Belmont Arena will open for the 2021-22 season. Related: Best of the Islanders’
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Ranking goaltenders throughout the history of the NHL is an arduous task. Multiple factors must be considered: sheer dominance, longevity, impact on the sport, etc. For some, raw win and ring totals are more important than how those totals were achieved. With all of these factors in mind, let’s take a crack at ranking the five best
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Attend any NHL game today and you’ll be bombarded by colorful ads from large corporations. From arena sponsorship signage to dasher board and on-ice advertising, there’s no avoiding it; and there’s more every year. Ads on the boards are as common and accepted as goal celebrations. (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) There’s a long
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Bread anyone? It’s been approximately 36 months since the Russian sensation and “Bread Man”, Artemi Panarin, was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets in a move that sent shock waves across the National Hockey League. One year removed from claiming the Calder Memorial Trophy, awarded to the league’s best rookie, Panarin was on the move.
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Nicknamed “The Nuisance” for his sandpapery, face-wash, stick-to-the-groin style of play, Dale Hunter was a difference maker for every season of his 19-year NHL career. Though he never won the Stanley Cup, he was in many ways a “winner” just the same. Hunter did everything in his power to ensure victory for the teams he
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While the New Jersey Devils struggled on the ice over the last decade, there were also a number of players who didn’t meet expectations once the calendar struck 2010. Yes, New Jersey witnessed a few draft picks and free agents who were arguably labeled busts, but let’s revisit three underachieving Devils from the past decade.
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The Winnipeg Jets have always stressed the importance of their “draft and develop” strategy: that is, building a contender through patience, deft selection, and molding of promising youngsters into top talent rather than through finagling blockbuster trades for established elites. Through the draft is how Jets’ general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff has transformed, in less than
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NHL players are extremely well known to fans. Even many coaches and general managers are recognized by those who watch the game. But what about the owners? The people who finance your favourite team aren’t as easily recognizable despite having huge impacts on the team and the league as a whole. To better understand the
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Perhaps no team in the National Hockey League had as inauspicious a start as the Washington Capitals. In the entire century-plus of NHL history, the 1974-75 Capitals, one of two expansion teams to enter the league that year (after a horrendously unfair expansion draft from an already depleted league), hold the league’s worst-ever single-season points
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The Dallas Stars are once again considered a contender thanks in large part to superstars Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn and Ben Bishop. However, it will be organizational depth that will determine how far the club goes in coming seasons. Second and third-round picks such as Roope Hintz and Esa Lindell have filled important roles, but
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From the eighth seed in the Western Conference to the Stanley Cup Final, the Nashville Predators provided hockey fans with a wild ride through the 2017 NHL Playoffs. At the center of that playoff run was Filip Forsberg. Forsberg is just one of general manager David Poile’s many great acquisitions over the years. Since arriving
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Originally published in Sept. 2013, but updated recently, here’s a look back at some great trades for the Anaheim Ducks. In the first years of the Anaheim Ducks’ existence, the team struggled to compete with a cast of players from the expansion draft. While solid drafting and player development played a big part in the turnaround, the
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To locals he was simply known as “The Captain.” Unfortunately overshadowed by two guys named Gretzky and Lemieux over most of his career, Steve Yzerman finally got the respect he deserved in 1997 when he finally led the Detroit Red Wings to that ever elusive Stanley Cup, a drought of 42 years had ended.  The
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