It has taken me a while to gather my thoughts. Unlike other writers that cover the Toronto Maple Leafs, I didn’t know what to say when I saw the news. Sure, I was excited and thrilled like every other fan in Leafs Nation, but I was left speechless as this is one of the biggest
Retired goalie Martin Brodeur and forwards Martin St. Louis and Willie O’Ree received the call that every former hockey player yearns for. When a retired hockey player hears from Lanny MacDonald, it is an invitation to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, the most exclusive club in the sport. Every year, a new
Of the many questions yet to be answered ahead of the 2018-19 National Hockey League season, the fate of Slava Voynov is perhaps the most impactful. Voynov, once a rising star defenseman with the Los Angeles Kings, was arrested on charges of domestic violence against his wife, Marta Varlamova, in October 2014. Initially charged with
A new sensation has hit all parts of the hockey world and it became center stage at the NHL Combine. Several prospects admitted that teams were asking them about video games and how much they play them. Specifically, teams asked about the ever-popular game Fortnite. This game has taken the hockey world by storm. With
The National Hockey League was founded on November 26, 1917. Over the league’s 100 years, countless players have left indelible marks on the game. Names like, Morenz, Shore, Richard, Howe, Beliveau, Orr, Gretzky and Lemieux are uttered in hockey circles with the utmost reverence. If one were to ask multiple generations who the best NHL players
Unlike Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night, when the scoresheet was filled with a page full of goals, Game 2 on Wednesday night was filled with a page full of penalties. Referees Kelly Sutherland and Chris Rooney, working their first game together this postseason, called a total of 13 infractions. There
On Saturday, I shared my list of must-have prospects with you. Today, we look at the other side of the spectrum. This is our annual “Do Not Draft” list. We debuted this column in 2017. Those who appeared on that list included Casey Mittelstadt (went 8th not 3rd), Michael Rasmussen and Klim Kostin (went 31st).
His wooden spatula has been replaced by a hockey stick. His thick, bushy eyebrows and mustache have been cleanly shaven. And his chef’s apron has been swapped out for a crisply laundered button-down shirt and suit. Move over Muppets, there’s a new Swedish Chef. His name is Jason Botterill. Instead of making a turkey casserole
It’s hard to imagine there could be greater divide over a single player on the Buffalo Sabres roster more than Robin Lehner. But, times have changed. Move over Robin — it’s Ryan O’Reilly’s turn. After O’Reilly’s comments at locker room cleanout day that he’d “lost passion for the game at times this year,” he’s become
A little while ago, I wrote an article bemoaning the demise of nicknames for National Hockey League arenas, and proposing some new ones to restart the trend. Lack of nicknames aside, the actual names of the league’s current buildings are, by and large, utterly terrible and devoid of all notions of excitement and wonder. I mean,
It’s been a long time since the race for the Hart trophy was so crowded. In an era of NHL parity, perhaps it makes sense that at least 12 different players could have been nominated as the league’s best player. Taylor Hall, Anze Kopitar, and Nathan MacKinnon ended up as the final candidates, which didn’t
If Game 2 of the Washington Capitals versus Pittsburgh Penguins series taught us anything, it was that there is still no conclusive ruling on what a controversial goal is or is not. Penguins’ Controversial No-Call In a game where the Capitals took a quick three-goal lead just minutes into the second period, Pittsburgh’s comeback bid
A 13-2-2 end to the regular season. A 2-0 series lead in the playoffs with both wins coming on the road in overtime. Everything was set up for the Columbus Blue Jackets to finally break through the door to playoff success. Game 3 went to double overtime. Lars Eller won it on a lucky bounce.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have never been in a better position in franchise history. Their wealth of talent and youth have them in a position to win a playoff series for the first time ever. They own a 1-0 series lead on the Washington Capitals heading into Sunday night’s game two. But the story of
For the first time in history — or at least in a long time — members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association will be revealing their votes for the NHL’s annual awards this season. I don’t get a vote there (yet) but, here at The Hockey Writers, Ryan Pike compiles our ballots for his spin
The Columbus Blue Jackets are at the crossroads of their 2017-18 season. They enter Tuesday night’s game against the New York Islanders tied in the standings with the Islanders at 60 points. They are both one point from the playoffs as well as one point from last place. It’s not often that regular-season games in
The Columbus Blue Jackets’ last two games can be summed up in just a few words. They are as follows: critical mistakes, losing momentum, failure to regain momentum. Repeat. This vicious cycle has plagued the Blue Jackets for far too long this season. It’s now to the point where many around the league wonder if
32%. That is the percentage of games in which the Columbus Blue Jackets have gone to overtime. Out of their 50 games this season, 16 of them have gone beyond 60 minutes. That’s one way to get points. Another and more important way to get points is getting the elusive second point in overtime or
The Boston Bruins are on a streak of epic, historical proportions, having recorded at least one point in 18 consecutive contests (14-0-4) as they emerge from the All-Star break. Eighteen. As in, the Bruins’ point streak can buy itself a pack of Marlboro and join the Marine Corps. Ok, so it hasn’t been quite that
Like every all-star event in every sport, there’s been conversation after conversation about which players were snubbed of the chance to play in the mid-season classic. For me, it was Toronto’s Frederik Andersen. While questions of why he wasn’t named to the team circulate, a bigger question remains on the table – who really cares?
On this week’s edition of the OHL Sunday Seven, I present my case as to why I feel Ty Dellandrea is a first rounder in this June’s NHL Draft. We also revisit my current top-10 OHL draft prospects as there is quite a race heating up. We also discuss the current playoff format, Dmitry Sokolov,
Today marks 40 days until the Feb. 26 trade deadline. That means Evander Kane has a little more than a month to finish out his career as a Buffalo Sabre. Kane knows he’s the big fish for contending teams hoping he will put them over the top this year. His phone could ring at any
In this edition of Columbus Blue Jackets unzipped, we ask what most fans have in their heads. Is it time to panic about the state of the Blue Jackets? After completing a third period comeback Tuesday night in Dallas, the Blue Jackets traveled to Denver in the hopes of starting a winning streak. Instead they left
Christmas Break is over. For the Columbus Blue Jackets, it’s time to get back to business. They open their post-Christmas schedule and finish calendar-year 2017 with three tough games. They play in Pittsburgh and Ottawa then come home to face the NHL-leading Lightning. What are we watching for from now until the end of January?
Where would the Columbus Blue Jackets be without Pierre-Luc Dubois? It seems no matter what situation he finds himself in, he comes through. Dubois scored the only goal of the shootout to lift the Blue Jackets to a 2-1 win Saturday night over the Philadelphia Flyers. You’d think from the move he put on Brian
All we talk about is the Western Conference. Not even a mention of the Toronto Maple Leafs. That criticism wasn’t entirely true in regards to Episode 11 of the Facing Off Podcast — our season debut, starring Félix Sicard — since there was also valuable insight on Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens. Félix will
And the misery continues. The Buffalo Sabres lost both ends of their home-and-home series this weekend with the Pittsburgh Penguins. They’ve now dropped four straight and have won just a single game of their last 12. The Sabres sport a dismal record of 6-17-4 for the season. Of their six wins, only five are in
The Columbus Blue Jackets are the hottest team in the NHL. Their 5-2 win over the Ottawa Senators gave the Blue Jackets their sixth win in a row. They lead the dreaded Metropolitan Division by just a single point over the New Jersey Devils going into Saturday’s games. Cam Atkinson scored twice to help the
Sergei Bobrovsky is up to his old tricks again. Friday night, Bobrovsky pitched his 21st career shutout in a 2-0 win over the New York Rangers. He stopped all 36 shots thrown his way. The win was the third in a row by the Blue Jackets. They sit tied in points with both New Jersey
It’s been too long — far, far too long — but the Facing Off Podcast is finally back. Félix Sicard returns to debate the NHL season to date in Episode 11, which reflects on the first quarter ahead of American Thanksgiving and also serves as our season debut. Better late than never, right? Truth be