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2012 NHL Season: Top 20 Blue-Collar Defensemen

April 6th, 2012
Every year the top defensemen win the Norris Trophy with large offensive numbers and good defensive play. Think of names like Nick Lidstrom, Chris Pronger, Scott Niedermeyer and Zdeno Chara. But it is the blue-collar defensemen that can also make a big difference in their team's fortunes through much more than goals, ...

Toronto Maple Leafs NHL Draft: Should They "Fail for Nail"?

March 17th, 2012
At this time, after 71 games played, the Leafs have a record of 31 wins, 32 losses and 8 overtime losses for 70 points on the season. This has them sitting at 24th overall in the standings, giving them the seventh overall pick in the NHL entry draft this season.This ...

NHL’s Top 10 2012 Shootout Goaltenders

March 10th, 2012
It really was a shame that we never had the opportunity to witness Hasek's potential prowess in shootouts. He always had an answer to any shot that came his way, whether it was with his blocker, glove, pad, foot, head, back, stick: anything he could throw in it's way. He ...

NHL’s Top 10 Grinders

March 9th, 2012
Everyone remembers the Detroit Red Wings "grind line" of Kirk Maltby, Kris Draper and Darren McCarty. They were an integral part of the the Red Wings' Stanley Cup wins in 1997, 1998, 2002 and 2008. They provided solid defensive play and chipped in with timely goals when other teams focused on ...

Tampa Bay Lightning: New Jerseys and Logos for 2011-2012 NHL Season

April 9th, 2011
Since hiring Steve Yzerman as General Manager May 25, 2010 the Tampa Bay Lightning franchise has been slowing turning the corner into a respectable, classy and winning organization. Yzerman's long association with the Detroit Red Wings franchise, as both a player and Vice President, obviously taught him a great deal ...

NHL: 10 Things the Dallas Stars Need to Do to Compete in the West

July 25th, 2010
General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk of the Dallas Stars has much work to do to lead a once proud franchise back to Stanley Cup contention. Thus far, he appears to be part of the new wave of ex-player executives that have their heads on their shoulders. Let's take a look at what ...

NHL Free Agents 2010: Top Ten Depth Guys Still Out There

July 19th, 2010
Every year the players that get the most ink are those that light up the scoreboards. But often it is the depth players that make the big difference come playoff time. In the past it was players like Mike Ricci, Kris Draper, Kirk Maltby, Claude Lemieux, Jay Pandalfo, Ken Daneyko, ...

Possible NHL and CWHL Partnership in the Works

July 17th, 2010
The National Hockey League and Canadian Women's Hockey League held meetings this past January regarding a potential partnership between the leagues for the upcoming 2010-2011 hockey season. The proposed partnership would see the NHL provide funding to pay the players $35,000 per season. Even at this rate the total investment required ...

NHL Free Agency: The Top 10 GMs We Should Trust To Rebuild Our Team

July 11th, 2010
In a job that requires constant attention, with vacations few and far between, a blackberry is a basic necessity. The people in these jobs are tied to their phones, as it is their lifeline to their team and the rest of the league. Imagine the thrill of seeing one of your ...

NHL Free Agents 2010: Likely Landing Places for the Top 15 Free Agents

July 5th, 2010
These are the top 15 NHL free agent players left on the market. With a flurry of signings last week when free agency opened we saw a very slow Fourth of July weekend in terms of signings and trades. But expect the floodgates to open this morning as we see ...