Jordan Staal: Hurricanes’ Stealth Leader

Jordan Staal can best be described as the Carolina Hurricanes’ stealth leader. He’s not normally found in the headlines and he is not who first comes to mind when thinking about the Hurricanes. Yet, if the team lost Staal, his absence would be monumental. Being Without Staal Really Hurt As a matter of fact, the Hurricanes were without him for an extended period of time before. In September of 2014,…

July 19, 2018
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NHL Rumors: Panarin, Montour, Nelson, More

July 19, 2018

In today’s rumor rundown, Artemi Panarin gives the Blue Jackets a deadline to talk business, the Islanders are working on a deal with Brock Nelson and the Anaheim Ducks are figuring things out with Brandon Montour. Panarin Gives Deadline In what seems like a bit of a strange development to this story, Artemi Panarin has given the Columbus Blue Jackets a deadline to discuss any business matters with him. This comes after confirmation…

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Last Chance for Several Young Sabres

As he promised at the 2017-18 end of season press conference, Jason Botterill has shaken up the core of the Buffalo Sabres’ roster. With a new cast of characters, there will be a great deal of competition for starting roles, particularly at forward. For several youngsters on two-way deals, and those approaching the final year of their entry-level contracts, it’s now or never. For years fans have held out hope…

July 19, 2018
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Islanders at Home – A House Divided

Being a New York Islanders fan is not easy. Since the early 1980s when the team won four consecutive Stanley Cups, playoff appearances have been few and far between, making it difficult for fans to find anything to cheer about for an extended period of time. The news that they will finally be building a state-of-the-art, permanent home adjacent to Belmont Racetrack provided reason to cheer, but the recent loss of…

July 19, 2018
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Flames Draft Pick Koumontzis’ Future at ASU

Demetrios Koumontzis, pronounced KOO-moan-zees, is a true freshman committed to playing NCAA hockey with the Arizona State Sun Devils. Before even suiting up in their jersey, he’s making history for them. This June, he became the highest-selected Sun Devil in an NHL Draft when he was drafted No. 108 overall by the Calgary Flames. But before Koumontzis gets too deep in his NHL dreams coming true, he has to focus…

July 19, 2018
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St. Louis Blues Still Have Questions in Net

No general manager in the NHL has been more active this summer than Doug Armstrong of the St. Louis Blues. Though his team missed the playoffs by just one point in 2017-18, Armstrong took strides to overhaul his roster through trade and free agency. Now, the Blues have a brand new look, but one question remains: will inconsistent goaltender Jake Allen be able to find his stride and support the…

July 19, 2018
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Jets’ Dynamic Potential Trio Worth a Shot

A simple number change is all that’s needed in and around Winnipeg to fuel debate and conjecture. New season. New number.@JRoslovic96 will now be wearing number 2️⃣8️⃣! pic.twitter.com/cNS3ub9cVF — Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) July 14, 2018 A few days ago, 21-year-old forward Jack Roslovic changed his number from 52 to 28, sparking immediate speculation online about whether the Jets will put together a 27-28-29 line — a line on which Roslovic…

July 19, 2018
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Red Wings Development 2018-19: What to Expect

Unbeknownst to many Detroit fans, the Red Wings have been in full development mode since 2014. Until recently, the dirty “rebuild” word was never thrown around as much as it currently is. Rebuilding is not uncommon to any sports franchise but the Red Wings fandom today doesn’t remember (or were not alive) for the last rebuild. I wasn’t and I highly doubt many others were. Consequently, we can’t grasp the…

July 19, 2018
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The Canadiens Wild Centennial Season

The Montreal Canadiens marked their 100th anniversary as a franchise on December 4, 2009, in what was their 101st season. Celebrations officially began a year earlier, but since no NHL hockey was played in 2004-05, the 2009-10 season was actually their real centennial year. Few fans noticed, as they were too busy following the unpredictable chain of events that led to the Habs longest playoff run in 17 years. In…

July 19, 2018
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