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Is Montreal Canadiens’ Tomas “Turtleneck” Plekanec on the move? There are credible arguments to suggest that he may be. He is a proven defensive center in a league where few exist. He still has some speed and offensive upside. He is the kind of depth, complementary player teams need to win a Stanley Cup. This
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In today’s Rumor Rundown we look at the most popular names on the trade market. One day after a big trade that sent defensemen Dion Phaneuf to the Los Angeles Kings, will the dominos fall when it comes to other trades that might have been contemplated? What is the standing on trades that include players
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2:52 PM ET Emily KaplanESPN A recap of the Pyeongchang men’s and women’s hockey tournaments, with a focus on Team USA’s gold medal quests. Three Stars 1. Jan Mursak, F, Slovenia He’s the only Slovenian player with NHL experience (46 career games with the Detroit Red Wings) and my, oh my, did he come up
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Things are really heating up for the Vancouver Canucks… when it comes to their prospects. All over the world, from Utica all the way to Sweden and Finland, Canucks prospects are dominating their respective leagues — Adam Gaudette is holding down the fort at the college level. Gaudette is easily one of the best players
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With less than two weeks to go until the 2018 NHL Trade Deadline, speculation, and rumor-mongering have been kicked into hyperdrive, filling the league’s news cycle. For several weeks every season, the games themselves seem to take a backseat to the exciting and occasionally maddening prognostication as experts and novices alike attempt to pinpoint who
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The Los Angeles Kings have traded forwards Marian Gaborik and Nick Shore to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for defenseman Dion Phaneuf and forward Nate Thompson. The deal was originally rumored to be in the works by Bob McKenzie. As part of the terms of this deal, the Senators will also be retaining 25 percent
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9:33 PM ET Emily KaplanESPN Seattle has officially applied to be the NHL’s 32nd team. The paperwork — plus a $10 million down payment — arrived Tuesday, nearly two months after commissioner Gary Bettman authorized an ownership group, the Oak View Group, to conduct a season-ticket drive in Seattle and invited the city to apply
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Since he made his National Hockey League debut in the fall of 2016, Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk has burnt an indelible image in the memories of players throughout the league. That image isn’t a goal celebration or a glare after battles in the trenches – it’s a devilish, mischievous smirk, often punctuated by a
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Detroit Red Wings prospect Filip Hronek has had an impressive rookie season with the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins and should earn an NHL call-up for the Red Wings’ down the stretch. Detroit’s already slim playoff chances are dwindling by the game and the team’s youth has shown the future is now in Hockeytown. Like any
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The Florida Panthers are, and pretty much always have been, one of the most colourful teams in the National Hockey League. On the figurative side of things, whether it’s arena shenanigans, overbearing ownership, or general manager Dale Tallon’s twisted revenge plot, the Panthers are never, ever boring. And on the literal side of things, the Cats
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Feb 13, 2018 Emily KaplanESPN Last season was a tumultuous one for NHL coaches. On Nov. 27, 2016, Gerard Gallant stood by the loading dock of PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina, luggage in tow, waiting for a cab. He had just been fired as coach of the Florida Panthers. Claude Julien, who won a
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‘Ducks Drill Down’ is a regular, ~weekly column that recaps the latest goings-on with the Anaheim Ducks. Coming back home was so nice. Until it wasn’t. Returning from a brutal stretch in eastern Canada temporarily put the Anaheim Ducks back on the winning track, but it all came crashing down in a disheartening defeat Sunday
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The Toronto Maple Leafs are continuing to toy with the lineup as the season progresses, filling holes where they need it and plucking some players off the roster and either scratching them or loaning them to their AHL affiliate Toronto Marlies. Kasperi Kapanen and Frederik Gauthier have been up and down, while Matt Martin has
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The past week or two have been rough on the Columbus Blue Jackets. Solidly in Stanley Cup Playoff contention – or so it seemed – their 0-4-1 slide took the team from the upper end of the pack to the bottom in the up-and-down Metropolitan Division, where the order shuffles every night. That five-game skid became
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