Panthers’ Matheson Poised for Breakout Year

July 20, 2018

Florida Panthers defenseman Mike Matheson will be entering his third professional season in 2018-19. He established himself as a top-four d-man with a career-high average of 21 minutes and 20 seconds of ice time last season but the Panthers need him to take the next step and prove he’s top-four on any blue line, not just theirs. It is a lot to ask of a young player, but he looks…

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Maple Leafs Are a Good Team…Deal with It

It has taken me a while to gather my thoughts. Unlike other writers that cover the Toronto Maple Leafs, I didn’t know what to say when I saw the news. Sure, I was excited and thrilled like every other fan in Leafs Nation, but I was left speechless as this is one of the biggest things to happen for the Maple Leafs, besides drafting Auston Matthews. When I heard the…

July 20, 2018
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Danault Deal Ranks Among Canadiens’ Best

Upon signing forward Phillip Danault to his latest deal, Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin’s work this summer may very well be finished. Granted, Bergevin still has likely farmhands Michael McCarron and Kerby Rychel to re-sign and Max Pacioretty to potentially trade, but, for all intents and purposes, the big-league roster has taken shape. By and large, it’s been a job relatively well done for Bergevin, at least when it…

July 20, 2018
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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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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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Will Bruins Give McIntyre Minutes?

At the opening of the free agent market on July 1, the Boston Bruins answered one of their more pressing questions heading into next season. With Anton Khudobin’s strong season, the Bruins weren’t surprised to see last season’s trusty backup move on for some additional money (he actually doubled his paycheck and then some, earning a raise from $1.2 million to $2.5 million) with his move to Dallas. As a…

July 19, 2018
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Filip Gustavsson: Goalie of the Future for the Ottawa Senators

The Ottawa Senators look to be heading towards a rebuild, but the team’s goaltender position already looks to have a positive future ahead thanks largely to a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins, which saw Filip Gustavsson join the team. The Senators’ Current Goaltending Situation Ottawa has a fairly average situation between the pipes, at best, with veteran goalie Craig Anderson entering his eighth full season with the team. Heading into…

July 19, 2018
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Remembering an Old Friend: Buffalo’s Memorial Auditorium

An electric atmosphere. Great sight lines. Lively glass panels and boards that would rattle and reverberate from solid body checks. There was so much to love about Buffalo’s Memorial Auditorium. Before jumping back in to another Sabres season that’s filled with new front office personnel and an overhauled roster, let’s pause and turn back the clock to reminisce about the earlier years of the beloved Blue & Gold. A Love…

July 18, 2018
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Red Wings Prospects Ready to Take Veterans Jobs?

For the Detroit Red Wings, the appropriate time to “play the kids” is an age-old debate, with fans, media, and management each having varied opinions on the matter. But as Bob Dylan said about the times, they are a-changin’. Sort of. During Detroit’s end-of-season press conference, general manager Ken Holland stated that he expects two or more Red Wings prospects to push for NHL jobs in the fall. Michael Rasmussen…

July 17, 2018
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