The Mighty Ducks are back! What can we expect with Coach Bombay’s return behind the bench? Speaking of coaches, Bruce Boudreau was fired by the Minnesota Wild this week. But why? Zack Kassian learned that kicking someone in the chest is not allowed. Was his punishment appropriate? Evander Kane thinks that his suspension, as well as others, are not in line with the league’s precedent and had some words for George Parros about it. Was he justified? The New Jersey Devils got their trade deadline started moving Blake Coleman and Andy Greene. Will this set the price for the next week? The Montreal Canadiens haveRead More →

Being a 5’10”, Russian forward is almost a surefire reason to not make the NHL, but the very talented Devils prospect, Arseni Gritsyuk, may just break that stigma. Omskie Yastreby vs. Tolpar Ufa (3-2) January 6, 2020 Player Profile Name: Arseni Gritsyuk (#81) Height/Weight: 5’10″/157 lbs. Position: LW/RW Team: Omskie Yastreby (MHL) NHL Affiliate: New Jersey Devils (2019 NHL Draft, #129 Overall) Shift 1   Immediate offensive impact from Arseni Gritsyuk here, as he gets the puck in the neutral zone. A clean zone entry gives him a clear shooting lane, but he falls down on the shot, and the netminder, Dmitri Braginsky, makes theRead More →

Cheating is rampant in sports these days and hockey is now exception anymore! The Arizona Coyotes are being investigated for illegal fitness testing of junior players. Was it worth the potential $5 million in fines? On the heals of a Frederik Andersen injury, the Toronto Maple Leafs made a trade for Jack Campbell and Kyle Clifford from the Los Angeles Kings. Will it work out for them? What other trades could happen before the deadline? Could Kyle Connor be on the move? Which goalie will have a new home? Darnell Nurse has signed an extension with the Edmonton Oilers. Will it work for the team?Read More →

This week saw TWO editions of the hottest rivalry in the NHL: The Battle of Alberta.   In Version #1 David Rittich flipped his stick and Leon Draisaitl flipped his lid. In Version #2, Mike Smith got in a fight and Cam Talbot got in trouble. When was the last time we had a rivalry this good? Justin aka Dustin Byfuglien is nearing the end of his time as a Winnipeg Jet. What does the future hold for the defenseman? Gritty has been vindicated. Which led to what might be the initial pieces of The Mascot Union. The Buffalo Sabres enter the Elimination Station. IsRead More →

Do you remember what made you fall in love with your favorite NHL team? Were you swooned by their flashy colors and fearsome logo? Were you taken to a game by your dad as youngster? Maybe you were born into tradition, or your hometown adopted a relocation or was awarded a franchise. Perhaps you saw Claude Lemiuex and Darren McCarty spearhead the most vicious rivalry in all of sports history live on television. All of us were taken on a different path, some short, some longer, to find that one team we call our own. We immerse ourselves and in essence we become a partRead More →

An often forgotten part of the NHL Draft is that teams usually like to make their picks based on positional needs or continue their reputation of drafting players with similar traits. Montreal taking French-Canadians was one example of a reputation-based drafting style. More recently, Detroit selected Moritz Seider sixth overall in the 2019 draft, not because he was the best player available, but because he was arguably the best left-handed defenseman on the board. This happens every year with drafting, and often results in angered fans for ‘not picking the right player’. So as we move towards the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, which teams selectionsRead More →

The NHL All Star Weekend is finally over.   We look back at the weekend that was, including: The All Star Skills competition featured two new elements: The Women’s 3-on-3 and the Shooting Stars Competition. Were they a hit? What were the highlights in the rest of the skills competition? In the All-Star Game itself, what was noteworthy? Gary Bettman had his press conference touching on a number of subjects about the future of the NHL, including the Olympics, the CBA and tracking data. Which has us the most excited? And which gives us the most hope? After a hotly contested debate, the San JoseRead More →

The Detroit Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche played on recording day, which meant rivalries were renewed as per usual, right? Gerard Gallant was replaced as the head coach of the Vegas Golden Knights and Pete DeBoer immediately replaced him. Gallant was also replaced as the coach of the Pacific Division for the All Star Game by Rick Tocchet. Where will Gallant go next? Nicklas Backstrom signed an extension with the Washington Capitals. Who won the deal? Brad Marchand lost the Boston Bruins a game this week, but was it fair? As Alexander Ovechkin passes Mario Lemieux and continues to move up the all time goalRead More →