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Jul 31, 14:00


The Hockey Writers Monday, July 31, 2023 1:35 PM
     In this edition of Toronto Maple Leafs News & Rumors, I'll take a look at a number of topics emerging from the organization. First, I'll review new general manager (GM)…

The Hockey Writers Monday, July 31, 2023 12:10 PM
     In today's NHL rumors rundown, both the Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals are believed to be interested in Elias Lindholm if the Calgary Flames fail to get him signed to…

The Hockey Writers Monday, July 31, 2023 12:01 PM
     Andrei Markov, one of the Montreal Canadiens' all-time great defensemen, announced his retirement from professional hockey on April 16, 2020, at the age of 41. Being one of the best…

The Hockey Writers Monday, July 31, 2023 11:45 AM
     Nicknamed "The Nuisance" for his sandpapery, face-wash, stick-to-the-groin style of play, Dale Hunter was a difference maker for every season of his 19-year NHL career. Though he never won the…

The Hockey Writers Monday, July 31, 2023 11:41 AM
     The NHL's player pool is as talented as it's ever been, with star players featured across the league. In fact, there are so many that some do not get the…

The Hockey Writers Monday, July 31, 2023 11:07 AM
     July 31 is full of big names. One of the greatest undrafted players in the history of the NHL signed with the team where he became a Hall of Famer.…

The Hockey Writers Monday, July 31, 2023 10:55 AM
     Entering the new NHL season, the Edmonton Oilers are set between the pipes, where the duo of Jack Campbell and Stuart Skinner will tag-team again in 2023-24. This will be the…

The Hockey Writers Monday, July 31, 2023 10:15 AM
     Carolina Hurricanes forward Seth Jarvis has been a key piece within their top six since making his debut early in the 2021-22 campaign. He provided an immediate impact during his…

Jul 31, 02:00

Jul 30, 14:00


The Hockey Writers Sunday, July 30, 2023 1:58 PM
     When Brian Burke was hired as the general manager (GM) of the Toronto Maple Leafs, it appeared like the team's course would take a dramatic turn. But that's not how it…

The Hockey Writers Sunday, July 30, 2023 1:53 PM
     The 1997 NHL Draft is a bit of an anomaly. Not only were three centers projected to go in the first three picks, but all three also went on to…

The Hockey Writers Sunday, July 30, 2023 1:45 PM
     In the summer of 2022, Kyle Dubas, the former general manager (GM) of the Toronto Maple Leafs, made a curious signing. He not only acquired the soon-to-be 31-year-old Calle Jarnkrok as…

The Hockey Writers Sunday, July 30, 2023 1:42 PM
     The Pittsburgh Penguins changed the future of their franchise on this date by selecting a generational talent. There were also three retirements on July 30, including two soon-to-be members of…

The Hockey Writers Sunday, July 30, 2023 1:25 PM
     With the league being quieter during the offseason, it's a great time to look back at last season and evaluate what could be better for the following one. For the…

The Hockey Writers Sunday, July 30, 2023 1:15 PM
     In 2014, the Nashville Predators missed the playoffs for a second consecutive year, sparking changes to shake up the team. Head coach Barry Trotz was let go in favor of…

The Hockey Writers Sunday, July 30, 2023 1:05 PM
     In this edition of Buffalo Sabres News & Rumors, I'll take a look at the Sabres' signing of Zach Benson, their 2023 first-round pick, to a three-year entry-level contract (ELC).…

The Hockey Writers Sunday, July 30, 2023 12:55 PM
     Hockey Twitter has been taken by storm by screenshots of a 3×3 grid that is filled with NHL player portraits all throughout. You might be wondering what this recent trend…

Jul 30, 00:00


The Hockey Writers Saturday, July 29, 2023 4:55 PM
     It's no secret that Blue Jackets goaltender Elvis Merzlikins didn't have the best season in 2022-23. The 29-year-old Latvian appeared in 30 games and started in 27. He posted a…

Jul 29, 08:00

Jul 28, 20:00


The Hockey Writers Friday, July 28, 2023 5:30 PM
     The numbers for Boston Bruins' goaltender Jeremy Swayman's arbitration filings have been announced. Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reported Friday that the Bruins have filed at $2 million while Swayman has filed…

The Hockey Writers Friday, July 28, 2023 4:55 PM
     With the Zach Parise and Ryan Suter buyout penalties hitting their peaks this season, the Minnesota Wild are going to have very little room under the salary cap to do…

The Hockey Writers Friday, July 28, 2023 4:35 PM
     Mikael Granlund's first stint with the Pittsburgh Penguins was a disaster. After posting 64 points in 80 games in 2021-22 with the Nashville Predators, Granlund took a step back last season.…

The Hockey Writers Friday, July 28, 2023 4:15 PM
     July 25th, 2023 is a day that Boston Bruins' fans will remember for years as captain Patrice Bergeron announced that he is retiring. While the announcement hits fans hard, it…

The Hockey Writers Friday, July 28, 2023 4:05 PM
     After signing Vladimir Tarasenko to an ideal one-year deal, the Ottawa Senators' forward group just got more dangerous. The Senators have clear playoff aspirations and made a statement by signing…

The Hockey Writers Friday, July 28, 2023 3:40 PM
     Many Toronto Maple Leafs fans have been closely following the recent contract extension news regarding Carolina Hurricanes' center Sebastian Aho, as it could potentially influence William Nylander's upcoming contract negotiations.…

The Hockey Writers Friday, July 28, 2023 2:40 PM
     The 2023 NHL Draft is in the books and seven new prospects have been added to the Vancouver Canucks' pipeline. That means seven new names to be considered for the…

The Hockey Writers Friday, July 28, 2023 2:10 PM
     Sometimes satirical writing can be offensive. In a recent post, Howard Berger shared his derision for the Toronto Maple Leafs organization and the extent to which they would go to…

Jul 27, 18:00


The Hockey Writers Thursday, July 27, 2023 4:35 PM
     There is still much uncertainty surrounding the Calgary Flames as we slowly get closer to the 2023-24 season. Last season did not go as many envisioned or hoped for from…

The Hockey Writers Thursday, July 27, 2023 4:25 PM
     The Bo Horvat trade felt like a flop. The hope for the New York Islanders was that the acquisition would give the top line an elite scorer and a star…

The Hockey Writers Thursday, July 27, 2023 4:15 PM
     The Edmonton Oilers have become a destination that free agents want to come to and players want to stay in. With two of the best players in the world leading…

The Hockey Writers Thursday, July 27, 2023 3:55 PM
     In this edition of Toronto Maple Leafs News & Rumors, I'll share news about the Maple Leafs' decision to place goaltender Matt Murray on long-term injured reserve (LTIR) for the…

The Hockey Writers Thursday, July 27, 2023 3:20 PM
     The moment everyone was waiting for has finally come and the timing was perfect. Sebastian Aho and the Carolina Hurricanes have agreed on an eight-year contract extension with a $9.8…

The Hockey Writers Thursday, July 27, 2023 3:05 PM
     Leon Draisaitl's favorable contract with the Edmonton Oilers extends until 2024-25, but he's the first major name the team has up for a possible free-agency departure after the current window…

The Hockey Writers Thursday, July 27, 2023 2:50 PM
     Like The Magnificent One, Yags, Sid the Kid, and Gino in Pittsburgh, Auston Matthews is similarly revered and aptly named by fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The moniker AM34…

The Hockey Writers Thursday, July 27, 2023 2:40 PM
     Anaheim Ducks general manager Pat Verbeek targeted forward Alex Killorn and defenseman Radko Gudas when free agency opened on July 1, but it is unlikely the door is closed to…

Jul 27, 04:00

Jul 26, 14:00


The Hockey Writers Wednesday, July 26, 2023 1:35 PM
     In this edition of Toronto Maple Leafs News & Rumors, I'll take a look at newcomer Ryan Reaves' off-ice impact and his community engagement. He's one of the players who…

The Hockey Writers Wednesday, July 26, 2023 1:25 PM
     In today's NHL rumors rundown, the Toronto Maple Leafs placed Matt Murray on LTIR. It solves part of their gigantic salary cap issue, but the question remains, how did a…

The Hockey Writers Wednesday, July 26, 2023 1:15 PM
     The New Jersey Devils will enter the 2023-24 season as legitimate Cup contenders. General manager Tom Fitzgerald and his staff have utilized the draft and made trades to create a…

The Hockey Writers Wednesday, July 26, 2023 12:35 PM
     Whenever a francophone Quebecois player becomes available or is rumoured to be available on the trade or unrestricted free agency (UFA) market, many among the fanbase and media demand that…

The Hockey Writers Wednesday, July 26, 2023 11:27 AM
     *Originally developed by Sean Sarcu Hockey is, literally speaking, no more than just a game. But as with any sport, it means so much more to those that follow it.…

The Hockey Writers Wednesday, July 26, 2023 11:23 AM
     The NHL has had its share of stars and superstars throughout history. Some of these players have been able to single-handedly impact a game, win a playoff series, even turn…

The Hockey Writers Wednesday, July 26, 2023 11:19 AM
     When I was a young boy – I am thinking about eight or nine – my father took me to visit Maple Leaf Gardens. He was usually a quiet man,…

The Hockey Writers Wednesday, July 26, 2023 10:53 AM
     Sebastian Aho will be staying with the Carolina Hurricanes for a long time, as he has signed an eight-year, $78 million contract extension with the club. It will begin during…

Jul 26, 00:00


The Hockey Writers Tuesday, July 25, 2023 5:05 PM
     In an Edmonton Oilers news and rumors update, Ryan McLeod's arbitration hearing isn't far off and a comparable deal just got done. How does that affect the Oilers moving forward?…

The Hockey Writers Tuesday, July 25, 2023 4:45 PM
     The Montreal Canadiens enter next season with new players and young prospects hungry for the NHL. Like every other team in the league, they will aim to win the Stanley…

The Hockey Writers Tuesday, July 25, 2023 4:35 PM
     Calgary Flames general manager (GM) Craig Conroy must feel like he is operating on the wings of a dilemma and the horns of a quandary trying to deal with the…

The Hockey Writers Tuesday, July 25, 2023 4:25 PM
     Don Waddell is not done adding to this roster and has made another impactful signing. Tony DeAngelo returns to the Carolina Hurricanes on a one-year deal and will make $1.675…

Jul 25, 12:00


The Hockey Writers Tuesday, July 25, 2023 11:36 AM
     Marc Bergevin was the general manager (GM) of the Montreal Canadiens for nine years and had his ups and downs. He seemed to be very good at making trades but…

The Hockey Writers Tuesday, July 25, 2023 11:32 AM
     Jason Priestley, who most Canadians know from his time on television's 'Beverly Hills 90210', is a lifelong hockey fan. As a result, his foray into creating a documentary about controversial…

The Hockey Writers Tuesday, July 25, 2023 11:28 AM
     For established world-class athletes, joining a team in New York City from elsewhere always has been, and always will be, a different animal. A select group of imported players thrives…

The Hockey Writers Tuesday, July 25, 2023 10:55 AM
     Edmonton Oilers defenceman Darnell Nurse recorded 36 points in 56 games during the shortened 2020-21 campaign and was rewarded with a massive eight-year, $74 million contract worth an average annual…

The Hockey Writers Tuesday, July 25, 2023 10:12 AM
     One of the most colorful coaches in the history of the National Hockey League got his first job in the league on this date. Also, a pair of elite goaltenders…

The Hockey Writers Tuesday, July 25, 2023 10:05 AM
     Aside from goaltending, the New Jersey Devils have gotten the bulk of their offseason work done. They acquired Tyler Toffoli from the Calgary Flames for top-six scoring and strengthened their defensive depth…

The Hockey Writers Tuesday, July 25, 2023 9:55 AM
     The 2023-24 season is just over a month away, and the signings have slowed down. The focus for a number of teams now is settling their arbitration cases with their…

The Hockey Writers Tuesday, July 25, 2023 9:45 AM
     In sports, there are always new streaks forming and coming to an end. For the Buffalo Sabres, there's an active streak that they would love to put to rest as…

Jul 25, 00:00


The Hockey Writers Monday, July 24, 2023 9:18 PM
     After being bought out by the Philadelphia Flyers last week, defenseman Tony DeAngelo has found his new home, signing a one-year, $1.675 million contract with the Carolina Hurricanes. Tony DeAngelo…

The Hockey Writers Monday, July 24, 2023 4:55 PM
     Hockey Hall-of-Fame member Ray Bourque has cemented his name in hockey history with his legendary career and iconic first Stanley Cup win in 2000. However, he is not the only…

The Hockey Writers Monday, July 24, 2023 4:30 PM
     One of the biggest moves of the offseason for the Seattle Kraken has finally happened. On July 21, the Kraken officially put pen to paper with their top defender Vince…

The Hockey Writers Monday, July 24, 2023 4:15 PM
     Starting the season strong is essential, and building momentum is important. Qualifying for the playoffs does not happen in the first month, but you can find yourself behind the pack…

The Hockey Writers Monday, July 24, 2023 4:05 PM
     Henrik and Daniel Sedin will go down as two of the most iconic Vancouver Canucks in franchise history. Currently, Henrik holds the record for games played (1,330), assists (830), points…

Jul 24, 10:00


The Hockey Writers Monday, July 24, 2023 9:55 AM
     The start of the 2023-24 NHL season is still a few months away and the Calgary Flames' players are likely enjoying their time away from the spotlight. However, for fans…

The Hockey Writers Monday, July 24, 2023 9:45 AM
     The New Jersey Devils have had their fair share of breakout candidates over the last few years. In 2021-22, Jesper Bratt totaled 26 goals and 73 points in 76 games.…

The Hockey Writers Monday, July 24, 2023 9:35 AM
     As the Windsor Spitfires prepare for their 2023-24 Ontario Hockey League (OHL) season, their home arena, the WFCU Centre, is getting ready for a milestone. Later this year, it'll celebrate…

The Hockey Writers Monday, July 24, 2023 9:25 AM
     Mike Babcock's name carries a negative connotation with it around the NHL at this point following his fall from grace as a result of multiple well-documented incidents with his former…

The Hockey Writers Monday, July 24, 2023 9:15 AM
     The Washington Capitals have a long way to go before they can be considered Stanley Cup contenders again. They struggled in the 2022-23 season and missed the postseason by a…

The Hockey Writers Monday, July 24, 2023 9:05 AM
     The Edmonton Oilers will be a Stanley Cup contender this upcoming season. That said, there are still some holes in their lineup that will need to be filled. They signed…

The Hockey Writers Monday, July 24, 2023 8:55 AM
     Dan Bylsma has had plenty of success in his career. He is a Stanley Cup winner, has won over 320 games in the NHL and was the recipient of the…

The Hockey Writers Monday, July 24, 2023 8:45 AM
     The offseason is in full swing and all the big moves are in the rearview mirror. The New York Islanders for the most part will return a similar roster to…

Jul 23, 20:00


The Hockey Writers Sunday, July 23, 2023 5:10 PM
     It's been a busy week for the Chicago Blackhawks, especially considering it's the offseason. But the organization is tying up some loose ends as they prepare for the upcoming 2023-24…

The Hockey Writers Sunday, July 23, 2023 4:50 PM
     Most Minnesota Wild fans have been waiting impatiently for the announcement of Filip Gustavsson's new contract for months at this point. But the good news is, that wait will be…

The Hockey Writers Sunday, July 23, 2023 4:23 PM
     The Toronto Maple Leafs and goaltender Ilya Samsonov arbitration hearing has reached its final decision. The 26-year-old has been awarded a one-year, $3.55 million contract by an arbitrator. Ilya Samsonov…

The Hockey Writers Sunday, July 23, 2023 4:20 PM
     The second season of 3ICE is well underway. Wednesday, July 26 will be the fifth week of the season as a few teams will be looking to keep their championship…

The Hockey Writers Sunday, July 23, 2023 4:10 PM
     Since being traded to the New York Islanders in January 2023, the Bo Horvat experience has been somewhat underwhelming. Before his linemate Mathew Barzal got injured, Horvat was playing at…

The Hockey Writers Sunday, July 23, 2023 3:52 PM
     The Vancouver Canucks have struggled to draft and develop players for a large part of the past seven years. Yes, they have found some key players like Thatcher Demko and…

The Hockey Writers Sunday, July 23, 2023 3:48 PM
     It may seem cut and dry who the top defenseman in Pittsburgh Penguins history is, but the players leading up to it have made a case for themselves. While the…

The Hockey Writers Sunday, July 23, 2023 3:44 PM
     In March 1965, a formal process began headed by then NHL President Clarence Campbell so that the league would expand its operation to include a second division of six teams. Gone…

Jul 23, 08:00

Jul 22, 20:00


The Hockey Writers Saturday, July 22, 2023 3:35 PM
     Since being removed from the fourth line while under the poor management of former coach Ralph Krueger, Jeff Skinner has been one of the Buffalo Sabres' best forwards. This past…

The Hockey Writers Saturday, July 22, 2023 3:20 PM
     During the 2005 NHL Draft, the Montreal Canadiens selected goaltender Carey Price fifth overall in a decision that was met with immediate scrutiny. Nearly a decade and a half later, he stands…

The Hockey Writers Saturday, July 22, 2023 3:10 PM
     Only eight players with Indigenous roots have ever laced up a pair of skates for the Ottawa Senators in the 31 years the modern version of the team has been…

The Hockey Writers Saturday, July 22, 2023 1:39 PM
     In June 1990, the Edmonton Oilers were on top of the world. They had just won their fifth Stanley Cup in seven years, after beating the Boston Bruins 4-1 in…

The Hockey Writers Saturday, July 22, 2023 1:35 PM
     The New York Rangers show similarities to the 1990s Detroit Red Wings. Both teams had and have deep prospect pools with a tough lineup to crack. So far during the…

The Hockey Writers Saturday, July 22, 2023 1:30 PM
     NHL players are extremely well known to fans. Even many coaches and general managers are recognized by those who watch the game. But what about the owners? The people who…

The Hockey Writers Saturday, July 22, 2023 1:20 PM
     The recent signing of offensive-defenseman Vince Dunn to a four-year, $29.4 million extension with the Seattle Kraken has raised interesting parallels and potential implications for the Edmonton Oilers' Evan Bouchard.…

The Hockey Writers Saturday, July 22, 2023 1:10 PM
     In this edition of Toronto Maple Leafs News & Rumors, I comment on what I see as the deep irony of the arbitration ruling for Ilya Samsonov. For me, it…

Jul 21, 02:00

Jul 20, 12:00


The Hockey Writers Thursday, July 20, 2023 11:45 AM
     In today's NHL rumors rundown, there are updates surrounding the situation regarding the pursuit of Erik Karlsson by the Pittsburgh Penguins, including how badly the Penguins want to bring him…

The Hockey Writers Thursday, July 20, 2023 11:33 AM
     The year is 1994. The location is Lillehammer, Norway. It's a sudden death shootout in the Olympic hockey finals. With the crowd screaming, Peter Forsberg is at the opposite blue line staring…

The Hockey Writers Thursday, July 20, 2023 11:29 AM
     It's been more than four years since the Toronto Maple Leafs acquired Jake Muzzin from the Los Angeles Kings, in a trade on Jan. 28, 2019, that had fans ecstatic.…

The Hockey Writers Thursday, July 20, 2023 11:25 AM
     Pull up Siri or whatever AI assistant you have on your phone and then ask it "who is the Magic Man?" Seriously, do it, I'll wait. Pavel "The Magic Man"…

The Hockey Writers Thursday, July 20, 2023 10:45 AM
     Flashback to last season's trade deadline. As the Toronto Maple Leafs prepared for last season's playoffs, strengthening their defensive lineup was a top priority. Among the names in trade rumours…

The Hockey Writers Thursday, July 20, 2023 10:41 AM
     July 20 has been an eventful date in National Hockey League history despite no games being played. A Hall of Fame goaltender finally landed in a spot where he can…

The Hockey Writers Thursday, July 20, 2023 10:35 AM
     With Tomas Nosek officially finding his new home, the Boston Bruins now need to decide who their fourth-line center will be next season. Thankfully for them, they have a handful…

The Hockey Writers Thursday, July 20, 2023 10:25 AM
     It's the dull part of the offseason in the NHL as free agency and the draft have already concluded. The St. Louis Blues are likely done with significant moves this…

Jul 19, 22:00


The Hockey Writers Wednesday, July 19, 2023 10:00 PM
     The Winnipeg Jets have signed newly acquired forward Gabriel Vilardi to a two-year contract, avoiding arbitration. The deal is worth an average annual value of $3.4735 million, which is great…

The Hockey Writers Wednesday, July 19, 2023 4:25 PM
     We are just over two weeks into the 2023 NHL Free Agent market opening. Interim general manager and president of hockey operations, Kyle Dubas has done a good job adding…

The Hockey Writers Wednesday, July 19, 2023 3:35 PM
     After agreeing to a two-year, $2.5 million deal with restricted free agent (RFA) Alexey Toropchenko, the St. Louis Blues now have only $293,571 of available cap space. To go along…

The Hockey Writers Wednesday, July 19, 2023 2:55 PM
     There are a few things that the Boston Bruins need to accomplish during the offseason, with just two restricted free agents left to sign in Trent Frederic and Jeremy Swayman.…

The Hockey Writers Wednesday, July 19, 2023 2:19 PM
     The New Jersey Devils have added to their forward depth, signing center Tomas Nosek to a one-year, $1 million contract. #NEWS: We have signed forward Tomáลก Nosek to a one-year,…

Jul 18, 16:00


The Hockey Writers Tuesday, July 18, 2023 3:35 PM
     The Arizona Coyotes enter the 2023-24 season with plenty of young and exciting players. Some names include Clayton Keller, Barrett Hayton, and recently signed Matias Maccelli; there's no shortcoming of…

The Hockey Writers Tuesday, July 18, 2023 3:15 PM
     We are well into the middle of July, but there are still plenty of names available for the Winnipeg Jets to target. Cap space is an issue, as the organization…

The Hockey Writers Tuesday, July 18, 2023 1:15 PM
     The Toronto Maple Leafs are heading into the 2023-24 season with high expectations. It is understandable, as they possess a very strong roster led by Auston Matthews, John Tavares, Mitch…

The Hockey Writers Tuesday, July 18, 2023 12:50 PM
     In today's NHL rumors rundown, the Calgary Flames are going to retire Miikka Kiprusoff's jersey this coming season. Meanwhile, the trade rumor linking the Boston Bruins to the New York…

The Hockey Writers Tuesday, July 18, 2023 12:35 PM
     NHL fans are quickly becoming addicted to a new, viral, daily online game called Puckdoku. Each day, a new grid of nine squares is released, with each column or row…

The Hockey Writers Tuesday, July 18, 2023 11:31 AM
     The Ottawa Senators have been known to mismanage their assets. One that stands out is the trade that involved Derick Brassard and Mika Zibanejad. On July 18, 2016, the Senators…

The Hockey Writers Tuesday, July 18, 2023 11:27 AM
     During the 1980s, the Edmonton Oilers epitomized offense. From the 1981-82 season through 1985-86, they scored an average of 5.29 goals per game. They peaked in the 1983-84 season, putting up…

The Hockey Writers Tuesday, July 18, 2023 11:22 AM
     It's rare that one trade catches an entire sport by surprise, but when the Montreal Canadiens dealt defenseman Chris Chelios and a second-round draft choice to the Chicago Blackhawks for…

Jul 18, 02:00

Jul 17, 12:00


The Hockey Writers Monday, July 17, 2023 11:45 AM
     In today's NHL rumors rundown, the Chicago Blackhawks have announced the official signing of Connor Bedard's NHL entry-level contract. Why did they wait until today? Meanwhile, are the Pittsburgh Penguins…

The Hockey Writers Monday, July 17, 2023 11:37 AM
     From the THW Archives, written by former contributor Alli Baker and originally published Feb. 16, 2015. So you think you know everything there is to know about hockey, eh? Well if…

The Hockey Writers Monday, July 17, 2023 11:32 AM
     Every team has them. Players they took in a draft but went on to have success in other cities. Maybe the original team didn't think the player was good enough,…

The Hockey Writers Monday, July 17, 2023 11:28 AM
     *This was originally published in May 2017 With NHL expansion to Seattle having recently occurred, the discussion around hockey will eventually turn to the deadlines for protected lists and possible players…

The Hockey Writers Monday, July 17, 2023 11:05 AM
     As we enter the longest stretch of the year where there are little to no hockey events or news to look forward to, it creates some time to reflect on…

The Hockey Writers Monday, July 17, 2023 10:29 AM
     July 17 turned out to be a very active day in the history of the National Hockey League. In New York, a general manager, who ended a historic drought, was…

The Hockey Writers Monday, July 17, 2023 10:25 AM
     Last season will go down as one of the worst in Columbus Blue Jackets' history. The team was drastically worse than it looked on paper at the start of the…

The Hockey Writers Monday, July 17, 2023 10:15 AM
     Every season, the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) has one or two players that become the coveted "big piece" at the Jan. 10 trade deadline. In 2017, one of those players…

Jul 17, 00:00

Jul 16, 12:00


The Hockey Writers Sunday, July 16, 2023 11:35 AM
     Drafted 50th overall in the second round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins, Milan Lucic quickly became a fan favourite during the eight seasons he spent…

The Hockey Writers Sunday, July 16, 2023 10:25 AM
     It doesn't take an analyst to predict the Montreal Canadiens will need to name a new alternate captain to replace Joel Edmundson.

The Hockey Writers Sunday, July 16, 2023 10:15 AM
     Let's be honest here: Lucas Raymond did not have the sophomore season anyone was hoping he would have. For him, the 2022-23 season was a learning experience. "I feel like…

The Hockey Writers Sunday, July 16, 2023 9:15 AM
     Last week, a new summer league in Columbus dropped the puck on their inaugural season. The league was founded by four local hockey players/coaches in the Columbus area: Nick Petraglia,…

The Hockey Writers Sunday, July 16, 2023 9:05 AM
     In the midst of a hectic first day of NHL free agency, the Sabres announced the signing of free agent Erik Johnson to a one-year, $3.25 million contract.  The 35-year-old…

The Hockey Writers Sunday, July 16, 2023 8:55 AM
     Though several notable free agents remain on the market, the Colorado Avalanche have taken care of their most important pieces of offseason business, including acquiring a second-line center in Ryan…

The Hockey Writers Sunday, July 16, 2023 8:45 AM
     The offseason has already been eventful for the Ottawa Senators but the headlines keep piling up. This week, the team dealt forward Alex DeBrincat to the Detroit Red Wings for…

The Hockey Writers Sunday, July 16, 2023 8:35 AM
     The New Jersey Devils' future was on display this week at development camp and from the looks of the assembled talent, that future is big, fast, and secure. The team…

Jul 16, 00:00


The Hockey Writers Saturday, July 15, 2023 5:00 PM
     "I think you would have absolutely loved being a fly on the wall during that process." When interviewing 3ICE CEO E.J. Johnston, son of NHL All-Star and current 3ICE coach…

The Hockey Writers Saturday, July 15, 2023 4:30 PM
     There's no doubt about it, the Montreal Canadiens have a rather bright future. A significant portion of the players they've drafted project to be impact players. The team will need…

Jul 15, 12:00


The Hockey Writers Saturday, July 15, 2023 11:10 AM
     *this was updated during the 2023 offseason but doesn't include Connor Bedard Every year, the NHL welcomes the best teenagers in the world to the top league. Of course, in…

The Hockey Writers Saturday, July 15, 2023 11:06 AM
     This article was originally written in August, 2015. Updated in 2020. In 2005-06, a 25-year-old native of Moose Factory, Ontario, one of the most northern settlements in the Province located…

The Hockey Writers Saturday, July 15, 2023 11:02 AM
     The Old Forum in Montreal -- Opening night, November 9, 1908, was a sensation and all 3,000 pairs of roller skates available for rental saw extensive use as thousands of Montrealers came to wander through, gawk at or try out the facilities at what was hyped in the press as "the largest, finest and most hygienic roller rink," a decent establishment, "catering only to the highest classes of patronage."

The Hockey Writers Saturday, July 15, 2023 9:45 AM
     One game. That's all it takes for a player to be considered a former member of a franchise. But rarely are those player remembered when it comes to historical conversations…

The Hockey Writers Saturday, July 15, 2023 9:35 AM
     Entering the 2023-24 season, the St. Louis Blues must prioritize letting their young players play as there are several in the organization that deserve more opportunities. On the surface, it…

The Hockey Writers Saturday, July 15, 2023 9:25 AM
     The New York Rangers have a long history of underachievement from their top draft picks and Alexis Lafreniere. The number one overall pick in 2020 has not yet played to…

The Hockey Writers Saturday, July 15, 2023 9:15 AM
     The lack of a number-one center has become the forefront of basically every conversation about what the Minnesota Wild need to be a better team and to progress further in…

The Hockey Writers Saturday, July 15, 2023 9:05 AM
     The Chicago Blackhawks face an interesting season. Despite landing a generational talent in Connor Bedard and some proven veterans in Taylor Hall, Nick Foligno, and Corey Perry to surround him,…

Jul 14, 22:00


The Hockey Writers Friday, July 14, 2023 4:50 PM
     The Edmonton Oilers made some changes this offseason, but not many, so the roster will generally look the same as last season, with a few necessary upgrades to suit their…

The Hockey Writers Friday, July 14, 2023 4:00 PM
     With the conclusion of the 2023 NHL Draft coming a few weeks ago, it's time to take a look at how the Vegas Golden Knights' best prospects shape up against…

The Hockey Writers Friday, July 14, 2023 3:45 PM
     In the ever-changing landscape of the NHL's barely-increasing salary cap era, teams and agents are constantly seeking contract comparables to gauge fair valuations in the current challenging environment. One such…

The Hockey Writers Friday, July 14, 2023 2:50 PM
     The Vancouver Canucks have been adding a lot of defencemen to their prospect pool over the last few years. While only one of them was a first-round pick (Tom Willander),…

The Hockey Writers Friday, July 14, 2023 2:35 PM
     Most NHL teams are locked into awkward, uncomfortable contracts with goaltenders who they'd just as soon be rid of. John Gibson has demanded a trade from the Anaheim Ducks with…