Long Read

With the 2017-18 NHL season over, it’s time for the Detroit Red Wings to evaluate their performance and make roster decisions heading into the 2018 NHL Draft and free agency. As the rebuild progresses, this time becomes more and more important in producing Detroit’s next winner. During his press conference on locker clean out day,
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As the NHL’s regular season winds down, one would expect that the Arizona Coyotes, who have essentially been eliminated from playoff contention since early November, would pack it in and simply “go through the motions” over the final few weeks as they look forward to a long offseason with their families. However, they’ve done just
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The Quebec Nordiques almost didn’t exist. And depending on who you ask, maybe they shouldn’t have existed at all. In fact, their story begins on the other side of the continent, under the considerably warmer skies of San Francisco, California. The Nordiques (roughly translated as the “Northerners” or “Northmen”) were originally called the San Francisco Sea
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At face value, a 7-2 loss at the hands of the Northeastern Huskies seems disappointing. Add the fact that the 7-2 loss meant the team was swept out of the playoffs and most fans would be left shaking their heads. This is exactly what happened to the University of Massachusetts Minutemen hockey team last weekend. They
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The battle for the Stanley Cup kicks off in less than a month, on Wednesday, April 11. While there are still several teams battling to secure a playoff spot in the Western Conference, teams in the East are fairly well decided. Best Odds to Win the Stanley Cup This season, three of the four 2016-17
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One of the most complex issues facing sports, including hockey, is chronic traumatic encephalopathy, CTE, a brain disease associated with violent head trauma. It has been six years since John Branch’s seminal reporting on the death of hockey fighter Derek Boogard, at age 28, and the advanced CTE which was found in a posthumous study
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Unless you played for the New York Islanders or were a fan of the team, you despised Billy Smith. He was mean and ornery to say the least, and wielded his goalie stick like some sort of wild hatchet man. No opposing player was safe around Smith’s goal crease. Whether it was a butt end
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After moving to the Colorado Avalanche this summer, Andrei Mironov decided to get back to Russia after being disappointed with playing in the AHL. In this translated interview, originally appearing on the popular Russian site Sovsport.ru, Andrei Mironov explained the reasons for his return to home. * You can enjoy the original Sovsport.ru article by
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The great Jacques Plante summed it up this way, “Imagine sitting at your desk. You make a mistake. A red light goes on behind you, a siren starts sounding and 18,000 people are yelling at you. That’s what it’s like to be a goaltender.” MONTREAL, CANADA – CIRCA 1972: Jacques Plante poses for a photo
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The NHL Trade Deadline is just around the corner, and Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli will be working the phones to get this team back on track. Saying the 2017-18 season has been a disappointment is an understatement. The question now is where does this team go from here? Patrick Maroon has an uncertain future,
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The 2018 National Hockey League Trade Deadline is fast approaching, and speculation is rampant regarding who the buyers are – and what they want – and who will be selling – and what they have on offer. The Florida Panthers are approaching the deadline without much they can really offer other teams, at first glance,
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As the first-overall pick in the 2014 National Hockey League Draft, there were, and still are, massive expectations heaped upon the shoulders of Aaron Ekblad. The Florida Panthers defenseman has done nothing but perform, quickly establishing himself as the Panthers’ number one rearguard after stepping into the NHL at 18. He’ll no doubt continue to
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