Archive for the ‘NHL’ category

Carolina Hurricanes Need a Breakout NHL Season from Ryan Murphy

July 19th, 2014
The first professional season for Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Ryan Murphy began strong, faltered late and answered few questions about the former first-round pick's future. Murphy, the 12th overall selection in the 2011 NHL draft, appeared in 48 games—but only 10 in the second half of the season—for Carolina in 2013-14. His ...

What Will Lee Stempniak Bring to New York Rangers’ Lineup?

July 18th, 2014
The New York Rangers are closing in on signing Lee Stempniak to a one-year deal, according to Darren Dreger of TSN: Brad May of Sportsnet, however, tweeted that the Rangers have signed Stempniak: Larry Brooks confirmed the deal on Saturday with this tweet: So with that in mind, what can the Rangers expect ...

NHL Teams with the Most Work to Do in 2014 Offseason

July 18th, 2014
Every summer, all 30 NHL teams try to improve their position in next season's league rankings. It's mathematically impossible for them all to succeed. As the frenzy of activity surrounding the 2014 NHL draft and free-agency period winds to a close, it's becoming clear that not every team has been able ...

Will the San Jose Sharks Still Be a Force in the Western Conference in 2014-15?

July 18th, 2014
San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson has made no secret about what he plans to do with his hockey team: rebuild. “Everything that we do is based upon building a championship team,” he told the NHL Network in June. “And if it means taking a step backwards to do that, ...

What Should Pittsburgh Penguins Fans Expect from Mike Johnston’s Offense?

July 18th, 2014
Forget about how new general manager Jim Rutherford missed out on his top choice to take over the Pittsburgh Penguins this summer. That's irrelevant to how Mike Johnston is going to come in and run this team. Despite the seemingly long jump from the WHL to the best pro-hockey league ...

Predicting the 10 Best Rookies for the 2014-15 NHL Season

July 18th, 2014
NHL teams have learned over the years that patience is a virtue when it comes to draft picks. Looking ahead to the 2014-15 season, most of the best rookies have been in their organization for a year or more. Some are high picks from this June, others are draftees from a ...

Where Toronto Maple Leafs Can Still Turn for Help in 2014 Offseason

July 18th, 2014
With the roster nearly set for the beginning of the Toronto Maple Leafs' 2014-15 season, it is unlikely that fans will see significant changes in the coming weeks. The Leafs do have some cap space with over $10 million still available to the club. The issue, particularly with more veteran players, is ...

Dallas Stars’ Tyler Seguin Allows Golf Pro to Hit Tee Shot off His Groin

July 18th, 2014
It takes supreme confidence and a hefty plate of huevos rancheros to let someone hit a golf ball off your body. Anyone, even a golf pro of the highest stripe, possesses a measure of human fallibility that could turn a stunt shot for charity into a messy limp to the infirmary. ...

How Each Offseason Addition and Departure Will Affect Pittsburgh Penguins

July 17th, 2014
The Pittsburgh Penguins are known around the hockey world for having one of the most talented cores ever seen in the game of hockey. However, the past few seasons have ended in a disappointing fashion, which has the front office scrambling for answers on how to return to their 2009 championship ...

Updated Strategy for Rangers in Talks with Mats Zuccarello and Derick Brassard

July 17th, 2014
From a financial standpoint, the buyout of Brad Richards is looking better each and every day, especially with the news coming out via Larry Brooks of the New York Post that Mats Zuccarello and Derick Brassard want to get paid. It was expected that both would be looking for a raise given ...