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Welcome to the first edition of Weekly Cat Nip, your Monday morning fix of Florida Panthers coverage. During the season, we’ll dive into game recaps and storylines from each week. At this point, 12 days into the season, the Panthers have played three games and none have gone exactly how they had hoped. Game 1:
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It’s Mailbag time! With the 2018-19 season underway, it’s time to start a monthly mailbag answering any and all questions regarding the Boston Bruins. In this mailbag, I will attempt to answer all of these questions fairly and objectively while paying attention to the past, present and future of players, drafts, trades, standings and whatever
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Defense wins championships. It’s a saying as old as hockey itself, but there is truth to this wisdom. A stout defense that can both limit the opponent’s scoring chances while placing additional pressure on them in the offensive zone can turn the tide of a game and a playoff series. When a defense is playing
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The first month of the 2018-19 hockey season is upon us, and the Chicago Blackhawks are in this thing for better or for worse. There have been so many question marks surrounding this team throughout the offseason. But the preseason has given us a glimpse at some of the answers. Will they be the kind
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Evaluating talent is part of the business in the NHL. While general managers, scouts and executives for each team have to look at talent within the system and typically create an internal ranking of their own players, it’s almost impossible to definitely list prospect A over prospect B with the exception of a few elite
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Despite a late season push, the 2017-18 Florida Panthers missed the playoffs by one point. Considering they started with a 17-18-5 record through 40 games, a remarkable second half was needed to be in contention at season’s end. They did just that by earning points in 30 of 42 games, including a 10-8-2 record against
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Perhaps overshadowed by Mathew Barzal’s brilliance and Calder Memorial Trophy-winning season, Ryan Pulock’s first full National Hockey League season was still an impressive one. Now, Pulock isn’t only looking to build off his rookie campaign but to become the go-to guy on the New York Islanders’ blue line. Drafting Ryan Pulock In 2013, the Islanders used
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Picture a scenario. Your local NHL team is playing a nationally-televised game. It’s on NBCSN, which you access through an app because you don’t have cable or satellite. You’re excited to watch it, but when you turn it on, you’re denied because of your location. Another scenario. You live in Philadelphia and have purchased NHL.TV
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With the San Jose Sharks a week away from their Oct. 3 season opener, we continue our season preview. We’ve covered the team’s pre-Erik Karlsson trade roster, our expectations for the division opponents, the Sharks’ area of greatest vulnerability and the team’s X-factors. I’ve taken a look at important side effects of the Karlsson trade, and my colleague, Mac
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  The Winnipeg Jets have always been a bit of an odd bunch in the aesthetics department. Their World Hockey Association days saw them change their uniforms nearly every single year. Once they reached the National Hockey League, they wore a stolen jersey template for an entire decade. The return of the Jets to Winnipeg
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What a difference a summer makes. Five months ago, the Blues were sputtering to the end of their season, losing five of their final six games to miss the playoffs by just one point. Fans were disgusted with their team and their general manager, certain that they were headed towards another offseason with minor tweaks
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Beginning in 1981, Dale Hawerchuk became one of the most dominant centers in the National Hockey League and was the face of the Winnipeg Jets. After a junior career in the QMJHL in which he scored 81 goals and 102 assists in all of 72 games for the 1980-81 Cornwall Royals , he was at
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It was no secret that Jason Botterill planned on altering the complexion of the Buffalo Sabres roster this summer, but even the most optimistic fan couldn’t have predicted just how successful he’d be in doing so. After a 2017-18 campaign that the organization would like to forget, there was a wide range of speculation regarding
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The 1983-84 Buffalo Sabres belonged to Scotty Bowman. The winningest coach in NHL history – and arguably the all-time greatest hockey coach at any level – was also the team’s GM and had his fingerprints all over that team. From pulling off some of the bigger trades in Buffalo history, to maintaining longtime veterans, to
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In the NHL—and really all professional sports—the offseason is meant to be a time when general managers reflect on the state of their respective teams and formulate a plan to get better. After all, the name of the game is improvement. No team wants to stay stagnant and miss the postseason year after playoff-less year. But
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For most hockey players, winning the Stanley Cup is the ultimate goal. From being drafted to helping a team through the regular season, playoffs and eventually Stanley Cup Finals, hoisting the cup is always the end-goal. Along the way, however, players all seek to play the best they can for a variety of purposes. While
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