Sabres Botterill is the New Swedish Chef

His wooden spatula has been replaced by a hockey stick. His thick, bushy eyebrows and mustache have been cleanly shaven. And his chef’s apron has been swapped out for a crisply laundered button-down shirt and suit. Move over Muppets, there’s a new Swedish Chef. His name is Jason Botterill. Instead of making a turkey casserole in the kitchen, the Buffalo Sabres general manager’s task is much harder; to make a…

May 24, 2018
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No Room on Red Wings in 2018-19

The 2018-19 NHL season is nearly four months away and pending a lack of offseason changes, the Detroit Red Wings roster is pretty much complete. “I’m hoping and expecting that minimum of two, maybe four or five kids between the ages of 19 and 22 are on the roster next year that weren’t on the team to start this year,” general manager Ken Holland said during locker room cleanout in…

May 24, 2018
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Sharks Re-Sign Kane

May 24, 2018

The San Jose Sharks and forward Evander Kane have agreed to terms on a seven-year contract worth $49 million. The deal comes with a cap hit of $7 million per season and was originally reported to be completed by Irfaan Gaffar on Tuesday before being confirmed by the Sharks on Thursday. Kane joined the Sharks at the trade deadline in February. It’s official: the #SJSharks re-sign @evanderkane_9 to a 7-year contract! 🦈:…

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Did Vegas Steal the Panthers’ Cup Run?

May 24, 2018

Of all the egregious errors that allowed the Vegas Golden Knights to reach the Stanley Cup Final, Dale Tallon’s blunder firmly stand out among the rest. In a move that’s been roasted since the expansion draft, Tallon gave the Golden Knights two-thirds of a top line in Reilly Smith and Jonathan Marchessault. Just in case giving away two of their best players wasn’t enough, Tallon threw in a fourth-round pick…

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Senators’ Late Round Draft Success

There’s no question the 2018 NHL Draft could be integral to the Ottawa Senators’ rebuild. Not only do they have the fourth overall pick, but also the 22nd overall pick, acquired as part of the Derrick Brassard trade to the Pittsburgh Penguins in February. With the fourth pick, the Senators are going to get a top-end player who would ideally be a big part of their core moving forward. They…

May 24, 2018
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Is Max Pacioretty Done as Habs’ Captain?

In 2014-15, the Montreal Canadiens responded to the departure of former captain Brian Gionta by naming four alternate captains – Max Pacioretty, P.K. Subban, Andrei Markov, and Tomas Plekanec. The lack of a captain didn’t hurt the team much, as they won 50 games for the first time since the Stanley Cup finalist team of 1988-89. It could be argued the sharing of duties was an audition for the captaincy…

May 24, 2018
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Blackhawks Should Draft Defense in Dallas

May 24, 2018

The Chicago Blackhawks missed the playoffs for the first time since 2008, and, whether justified or not, a lot of the blame was placed on an underperforming and aging defensive core. Duncan Keith, while never much of a scorer, tied a career-low in goals with two. He scored 32 points, which was also a low mark for the perennial 40-point man. His fellow blueliner, Brent Seabrook, didn’t fare much better,…

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Flyers Season in Review: 88 Immortalized in January

The 2017-18 Philadelphia Flyers season was a roller-coaster ride that ended with their second postseason berth in the last three years. The season was filled with great moments, goals, saves and players’ performances. Over the next couple of weeks, The Hockey Writers will take a deep look at each month of action. We will break down what happened in a specific month and what it meant to the season and the…

May 24, 2018
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