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NHL Rookies Facing the Most Pressure in 2013-14 Season

September 16th, 2013
Since the 2004-05 lockout, NHL general managers have been forced to fill out their rosters with talented young players who bring speed and skill to the ice but don't take up much of the salary cap. As young players with entry-level contracts, rookies are under a lot of pressure to perform ...

Ranking the 10 Greatest Rookie Seasons in NHL History

September 16th, 2013
One of the most exciting parts of each season is the arrival of the top rookie players who represent the next generation of NHL stars. Every year we see many ultra-talented rookies make an immediate impact at the NHL level, but only a few can be considered as the best ...

Top Toronto Maple Leafs Prospects Who Could Make NHL Roster in Training Camp

September 13th, 2013
There is an unusual amount of optimism in Toronto as the new NHL season approaches. After years of mediocrity and failed attempts to reach the postseason, the Leafs are finally a playoff-caliber team with a deep prospect pool. The patience shown by former general manager Brian Burke and his successor Dave Nonis ...

Alex Pietrangelo Signing Will Help Rekindle Blues-Blackhawks Rivalry

September 13th, 2013
The Chicago Blackhawks are poised to dominate the Central Division for the foreseeable future thanks to an ultra-talented core of championship veterans and depth at every position. But a fierce challenger is stepping up to the plate—a familiar rival that has a long history with the Original Six club. That team is ...

The Complete Guide to Following the Boston Bruins on Twitter

September 13th, 2013
As we found out in the premiere of NESN's new show Behind the B, Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli reads the Twittersphere. So should you. The long-awaited return of Boston Bruins hockey is almost upon us. To make sure you are up to date on all the latest news and rumors, here's ...

Is Marc-Andre Fleury or Tomas Vokoun a Better Starter for Pittsburgh Penguins?

September 12th, 2013
The Pittsburgh Penguins are one of the top Stanley Cup contenders in the NHL heading into the 2013-14 season, but there will be no championship celebration in the Steel City next June if the team's goaltending fails to improve. The two players who will be tasked with giving the Penguins a ...

Positional Battles to Watch in the NHL Preseason

September 12th, 2013
One of the most exciting parts of the preseason is watching positional battles unfold. This is the time of the year when young NHLers and top prospects attempt to impress the coaching staff and earn a permanent roster spot. But not all positional battles are amongst younger players. Many of these ...

Should the NHL Consider Making a Change to 3-on-3 Overtime?

September 10th, 2013
The shootout has been one of the more controversial topics of the NHL landscape since its creation following the 2004-05 lockout. Deciding games in a team sport with an individual skills competition that uses a scenario that doesn't happen too often during the normal course of play was a horrible idea. In ...

Why New York Rangers Should Sign Derek Stepan to a Long-Term Contract

September 10th, 2013
The New York Rangers are in a salary-cap squeeze. With only $2,180,833 million in cap space, general manager Glen Sather doesn't have much financial flexibility to sign No. 1 center and leading scorer from last season Derek Stepan. According to Larry Brooks of the New York Post, the two sides still have ...

Should Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane Play on the Same Line in 2013-14?

September 10th, 2013
The turning point for the Chicago Blackhawks in last year's Stanley Cup Final came when head coach Joel Quenneville finally reunited superstars Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews on the top line for Game 4 with his team trailing 2-1 in the series. "I like that line. Big picture getting reunited, they ...