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Injuries Having the Biggest Impact on the 2016-17 NHL Season

January 16th, 2017
Midway through the NHL's 2016-17 season, several notable players have suffered serious injuries. For the Tampa Bay Lightning, losing captain Steven Stamkos to a knee injury is adversely affecting their performance. Considered a Stanley Cup contender when the season began, the Lightning currently sit outside the Eastern Conference playoff picture.  The ...

NHL Teams Most in Need of Rebuilds

January 14th, 2017
Approaching the midpoint of the 2016-17 NHL season, several struggling clubs face the need to rebuild their rosters. Some are near the bottom of the league standings. Others are struggling to remain in playoff contention.  These teams have various roster weaknesses that are hampering their respective performances this season. Some lack scoring, ...

Calling Fact or Fiction on the Hottest NHL Trade Speculation

January 9th, 2017
As we approach the midpoint of the NHL schedule, the March 1 trade deadline is less than two months away. Notable players, such as Jarome Iginla and Gabriel Landeskog of the Colorado Avalanche, are appearing more frequently in media trade speculation. Teams will have different reasons for making moves. Given their ...

NHL Players Most Likely to Be Moved Before the Trade Deadline

January 7th, 2017
The NHL's March 1 trade deadline is less than two months away. Players who've become frequent topics of trade speculation, such as Tampa Bay Lighting goaltender Ben Bishop and Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene, could be with new teams by then.  Some, such as Bishop, could be dealt because of their ...

NHL Teams Most Likely to Improve in 2017

January 2nd, 2017
Entering 2017, several NHL teams are in need of improvement. Potential playoff contenders, such as the Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning, find themselves outside the postseason bracket. Some, such as the Boston Bruins, are barely clinging to a playoff berth. Others, such as the Winnipeg Jets, hope to vault into ...

10 NHL Players Whose Production Will Drop in 2017

December 19th, 2016
Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa tore through the first two months of the 2016-17 season. With 16 goals in 33 games, he's on pace for 40 goals this season. Unfortunately, Hossa's among several players whose production could drop over the remainder of this season.  For veterans such as Hossa, age ...

NHL Players Most Likely to Be Traded Due to the Expansion Draft

December 17th, 2016
With the NHL's Las Vegas expansion franchise unveiled as the Vegas Golden Knights, it remains to be seen which current NHL players will make up their inaugural roster. Next June's expansion draft could force some teams to trade players they might otherwise retain. Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and Anaheim Ducks defenseman ...

NHL Teams Most Likely to Make a Trade Before the Holiday Freeze

December 12th, 2016
The NHL's annual holiday roster freeze begin at midnight Eastern time on Dec. 19, expiring at midnight ET on Dec. 27. No trades can be made during this period. For teams in need of some roster help, such as the Montreal Canadiens, they must act quickly to swing a deal ...

The Top Early Storylines Surrounding 2017 NHL Free Agents

December 10th, 2016
The recent re-signings of Brent Burns by the San Jose Sharks and Brad Marchand by the Boston Bruins took two top players out of next summer's pool of NHL unrestricted free agents. More focus is shifting upon those notables who still remain, such as Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop ...

Ranking the Best Coaching Candidates for the Las Vegas Golden Knights

December 5th, 2016
The NHL's Las Vegas expansion team finally has a name (Vegas Golden Knights). Now, it needs a head coach. Candidates could come from the ranks of former bench bosses, such as ex-Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley. Former head coaches turned assistants, such as Kevin Dineen of the Chicago Blackhawks, could ...