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Maple Leafs News & Rumors: Babcock, Marner & Stars as Trade Partners

Given the news of the past few days that a 24-team play-in tournament was proposed by the NHL and approved in principle by the NHLPA, it’s tough for Toronto Maple Leafs fans not to think about their next possible opponent, which would be the Columbus Blue Jackets. Related: Maple Leafs News & Rumors: NHL Restart, Tavares, Lehtonen & Brooks The matchup would feature a classic offensive team (the Maple Leafs) vs. a classic defensive team (the Blue Jackets). Although I’m guessing more hockey p...
Tags: Sport, Stars, Fox, Detroit Red Wings, Penguins, Hockey, NHL, Babcock, Columbus, Tampa Bay Lightning, Anaheim Ducks, New Jersey Devils, Dallas Stars, Auston Matthews, Maple Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs


Philadelphia Flyers’ Coaching History

Throughout the 53-year history of the Philadelphia Flyers, there have been 21 men to perform the duties of head coach. Some have stuck around for plenty of successful years, while others were shown the door before they’d even coached a full season. Heading into the 2019-20 NHL season, Alain Vigneault became the latest addition to the Flyers’ coaching legacy. He joins a list of Stanley Cup-winning coaches, Hall of Famers, and NHL legends. Short Term Answers Like most teams, the Flyer...
Tags: Sport, Atlantic, Gm, Clarke, Ncaa, Philadelphia, Quinn, AHL, Hockey, NHL, Hall of Fame, Barber, New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings, Dallas Stars, Neilson


Capitals Ready for One Last Cup Run With This Roster

With the NHLPA voting to approve a 24-team playoff format, the Washington Capitals are likely to be one of the favorites to go all the way. They have successfully lifted Lord Stanley’s Cup very recently, and have many of the pieces that got them there still on the roster. Though there have been some bumps in the road this season, some trade deadline acquisitions and recent improved play from some of their veterans have them appearing ready to take on whatever this new format throws at them. ...
Tags: Washington, Sport, San Jose, AHL, Hockey, NHL, Montreal, Sharks, Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings, Dallas Stars, Capitals, Montreal Canadiens, Canadiens, Washington Capitals, Anaheim


Avalanche Have to Choose Between Francouz and Grubauer

Logically speaking, when your starter returns from injury, you go right back to playing him. However, what happens when you’re no longer sure he’s your starter? Like the Colorado Avalanche with regard to Philipp Grubauer, after backup Pavel Francouz played so well in his absence? Francouz Shines with or Without Grubauer To be fair, it’s not like Francouz sealed the Vezina Trophy or anything during Grubauer’s absence due to a lower-body injury. For that to have happened, Grubauer would ha...
Tags: Sport, Dallas, Hockey, NHL, Anaheim Ducks, Dallas Stars, Vladislav Namestnikov, Ryan Miller, Colorado Avalanche, Ben Bishop, Avs, Michael Hutchinson, Philipp Grubauer, Tuukka Rask, Anton Khudobin, Sakic


Canadiens’ Marc Bergevin Replacements

You can’t go onto any platform, message board or conversation about the Montreal Canadiens without someone demanding that general manager (GM) Marc Bergevin or head coach Claude Julien be fired. My THW colleague and Habs Unfiltered’s, Trege Wilson made a list of top coaching replacements. Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz) A change would temporarily calm the bloodlust of a vocal portion of the Canadiens’ fan base that demands that the ...
Tags: Colorado, Sport, Avalanche, Gm, Philadelphia, Roy, Hockey, NHL, Montreal, Quebec, Hall of Fame, Ottawa, Dallas Stars, Montreal Canadiens, Canadiens, Agm


Today in Hockey History: May 23

This has been a memorable date for many National Hockey League franchise over the years. We saw everything from overtime wins, return trips to the Stanley Cup Final and even a name change. A Great Day in Chicago May 23 has been a very kind day for the Chicago Blackhawks over the years. In 1968, they traded defenseman Pierre Pilote to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Jim Pappin. Pilote was nearing the end of his Hall of Fame career and played just one season with the Maple Leafs. Meanwhile...
Tags: Sport, Chicago, Detroit Red Wings, Penguins, Hockey, NHL, San Jose Sharks, National Hockey League, Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks, Anaheim Ducks, New Jersey Devils, Dallas Stars, Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens


Flames Have 3 Good Options to Backup Rittich

One big question mark that the Calgary Flames will need to address once free agency begins is what their goaltending situation will be moving forward. This season, they decided to bring in veteran Cam Talbot to backup David Rittich. It worked out well, as Rittich made the All-Star Game and Talbot was terrific when called upon. However, with Talbot’s recent comments about how he can be and wants to be a starting goalie, the Flames may need to search for a new backup goaltender. Cam Talbot, ...
Tags: New York, Sport, AHL, Hockey, NHL, Calgary Flames, Ducks, Anaheim Ducks, New York Islanders, Dallas Stars, Miller, Free Agents, Islanders, Ryan Miller, Ben Bishop, Cam Talbot


Today in Hockey History: May 22

Today was a big date in National Hockey League history for teams making to the Stanley Cup Final. Some teams made for the first time ever, while others returned for the first time in a long while. Motown Memories May 22 has been very kind to the Detroit Red Wings over the years. In 1997, goaltender Mike Vernon recorded his fifth career playoff shutout, and second with the Red Wings, as they won 6-0 over the visiting Colorado Avalanche, in Game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinals. Igor...
Tags: Sweden, Colorado, Atlanta, Sport, Kings, Jets, Detroit Red Wings, Penguins, Hockey, NHL, Calgary Flames, Ducks, Denver, National Hockey League, Tampa Bay Lightning, Chicago Blackhawks


Maple Leafs News & Rumors: Deciding About Robertson & Andersen

May 21 will be an important day for the NHL. Late on Wednesday, Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston tweeted that the NHL would call teams to review discussions about a return-to-play format that’s been proposed. Related: Maple Leafs News & Rumors: Crazy Ideas, Pietrangelo, Coach & Gardiner There are many issues to resolve; but, for now, getting the NHL’s collective “head” around an acceptable format might be the impetus needed to move towards a complex step two – figuring out such things as COVID-...
Tags: Sport, Fox, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, NHL, Babcock, Detroit, Cornell University, Toronto Raptors, Dallas Stars, Murray, Montreal Canadiens, Phoenix, Auston Matthews, Leafs, Maple Leafs


The 5 Most Memorable Pavel Datsyuk Moments

It is exceptionally rare for an athlete to come along and become something of a human highlight reel in any sport. I’m talking about the ability to make people say, “Wow!” Yet, for 14 seasons, the NHL was treated to such a talent. His name was Pavel Datsyuk, and he played for the Detroit Red Wings. Datsyuk’s blend of on-ice intelligence and creativity paved the way for goals, passes and dangles like this generation of fans had never seen before. His skill on a nearly nightly basis earned him...
Tags: Sport, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, NHL, Archives, San Jose Sharks, Chicago Blackhawks, Dallas Stars, Steve Yzerman, Blackhawks, Nashville Predators, Red Wings, Connor McDavid, Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Datsyuk


Today in Hockey History: May 21

Two of the greatest dynasties National Hockey League history hoisted Lord Stanley’s Cup on this date. May 21 has also seen some big individual performances and final games for future Hall of Famers. A Pair of Dynastic Wins On May 21, 1979, the Montreal Canadiens won their fourth straight Stanly Cup and their sixth of the 1970s. Jacques Lemaire scores a pair of goals in the second period, including the game-winner, in the 4-1 victory over the New York Rangers, in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup...
Tags: Boston, Atlanta, Georgia, Sport, Chicago, Canada, Kings, Rangers, Roy, Penguins, Hockey, NHL, Detroit, San Jose Sharks, National Hockey League, New York Rangers


Available UFA Goalies

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News, Here are some potential unrestricted free-agent goaltenders who could interest the Wings: Braden Holtby, Washington 2019-20 stats: 25-14-6 record, 3.11 goals-against average, .897 save percentage Cap hit: $6.1 million Analysis: Holtby, 30, is a Stanley Cup-winning goaltender, but his play hasn’t been at that same caliber over the last two seasons (including this one). The Capitals appear comfortable letting Holtby walk, and it’ll be inter...
Tags: Washington, Sport, Wings, Dallas, Detroit, Dallas Stars, Braden Holtby, Holtby, Cap, Anton Khudobin, Khudobin, Ted Kulfan, Dallas Stars Photo, Detroit News Here, Anton Khudobin Dallas, UFA Goalies


Flyers’ 2020 Draft Targets: Centers

Excitement surrounding the impending NHL draft has begun to heat up. No one yet knows what the draft order will be or even how it will be determined, but the prospects ranking boards are set and scouting season is in full swing. Related: 2009 NHL Entry Draft – 5 Forgotten Picks The Philadelphia Flyers are deep at virtually all positions, giving them the freedom to select the best player available. There is a drop off after the first 10 overall prospects or so, but this draft looks to be p...
Tags: Sport, Ncaa, Philadelphia, Hockey, NHL, Dallas Stars, Jarvis, University Of Wisconsin, Philadelphia Flyers, Flyers, Jamie Benn, Team Canada, WHL, Jeff Carter, USHL, Mitch Marner


NHL Rumors: Senators, Devils, Maple Leafs, Stars, Oilers, More

In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there is news that the Ottawa Senators are losing one of their veteran forwards to the Swiss league. Is Corey Schneider considering retirement? Would the Toronto Maple Leafs entertain a Mitch Marner to Dallas trade? And, how will the Edmonton Oilers juggle their blue line with limited funds? Senators Will Lose Mikkel Boedker Technically, the Ottawa Senators haven’t been eliminated from play in 2019-20, but it doesn’t seem likely they’ll be in any postseason...
Tags: Toronto, Sport, Stars, New Jersey, Dallas, Hockey, NHL, Ottawa, New Jersey Devils, Dallas Stars, Edmonton Oilers, Oilers, Leafs, Maple Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators


Rangers Miss Zuccarello’s Leadership and Grit

Last season, the New York Rangers traded Mats Zuccarello to the Dallas Stars at the trade deadline. He then signed a five-year, $30 million contract with the Minnesota Wild over the offseason. The trade made sense because the Rangers were rebuilding last season and Zuccarello was a veteran in the final year of his contract. The Blueshirts got a second and third-round pick for him, allowing them to get younger players. While the trade helped them rebuild, the team and its fans still miss every...
Tags: New York, Sport, Rangers, Norway, Penguins, AHL, Hockey, NHL, New York Rangers, Minnesota Wild, Dallas Stars, Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers, Derick Brassard, Washington Capitals, Mats Zuccarello


2020 NHL Draft: First Round Mock Scenarios 10.1

This series, which started with top 10 scenarios, has expanded to the top 31 — to first round scenarios for the 2020 NHL Draft — by extending those 10 initial mocks, using the same results for the top 10 from running the Tankathon simulator for the draft lottery. The debut edition elaborated on all the details and I’ve explained the rationale for the remainder of the draft order. I’ll be providing analysis for every new selection while linking repetitive picks back to their original mock for ...
Tags: Europe, Florida, Sweden, Minnesota, Colorado, Washington, Boston, Russia, Atlanta, Sport, Stars, Arizona, Wisconsin, Finland, Blues, Rangers


Today in Hockey History: May 19

A pair of historic Stanley Cup champions were crowned on this date. May 19 has also seen some great individual efforts by Hall of Fame defensemen and goaltenders. Champions Crowned On May 19, 1974, the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Boston Bruins 1-0, in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final, to become the first expansion team to win a championship. Rick MacLeish deflected a shot from the point for the game’s only goal, late in the first period. MacLeish scored the Cup-winning goal in 1974...
Tags: Colorado, Sport, Avalanche, Rangers, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, NHL, Calgary Flames, San Jose Sharks, Sharks, Hall of Fame, Calgary, Jones, New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks, Anaheim Ducks


Top 10 Highlights From Blackhawks’ 2019-20 Season

Gosh, I miss hockey! While the NHL is looking at ways to finish out the NHL season and reward the Stanley Cup, we’ve all been without hockey for quite some time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Chicago Blackhawks’ last contest was a 6-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Mar. 11. To that end, this seems like a perfect time to feature highlights from the Blackhawks’ shortened 2019-20 season. For those interested, I’ve included my similar piece from the 2018-19 season below. It’s always kind ...
Tags: Washington, Sport, Nashville, Hockey, NHL, Calgary Flames, San Jose Sharks, Calgary, Sin City, Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks, New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils, Dallas Stars, Florida Panthers


Rangers Helped & Hurt By the NHL Pause

It’s a safe bet that not a single member of the New York Rangers wanted to see the 2019-20 season paused due to the coronavirus pandemic. A young team on an apparent rise was squarely in the mix for a playoff spot, a largely unexpected turn of events just two years into the organization’s wholesale rebuilding project. Related: Mark Messier – NHL Legend and 6-Time Stanley Cup Winner Yet the NHL appears determined to restart the season, albeit in a radically different form from what exist...
Tags: Washington, Sport, Broadway, Rangers, AHL, Hockey, NHL, New York Rangers, New Jersey Devils, Dallas Stars, Philadelphia Flyers, Henrik Lundqvist, Artemi Panarin, Brendan Lemieux, Panarin, Mika Zibanejad


Every Stanley Cup Winner Since 1960

While nearly everything in the NHL has changed over the last 59 years, the goal has remained the same. Raising Lord Stanley’s Cup remains the prime objective of each player in the NHL each season. Here we will take a look back at every single Stanley Cup winner since 1960. 1960 NHL Stanley Cup Champions – Montreal Canadiens 1960 Runner-up: Toronto Maple Leafs (4-0) This was the fifth year in a row that the Montreal Canadiens stood atop the NHL as the Stanley Cup champions. The team sw...
Tags: Archives, Hockey History, Stanley Cup


2020 NHL Draft: First Round Mock Scenarios 9.1

This series, which started with top 10 scenarios, has expanded to the top 31 — to first round scenarios for the 2020 NHL Draft — by extending those 10 initial mocks, using the same results for the top 10 from running the Tankathon simulator for the draft lottery. The debut edition elaborated on all the details and I’ve explained the rationale for the remainder of the draft order. I’ll be providing analysis for every new selection while linking repetitive picks back to their original mock for ...
Tags: NHL Entry Draft, Previews and Predictions, Prospects, 2020 NHL Draft, 2020 NHL Mock Draft, Top Story


Philadelphia Flyers in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame honors some of the best Americans to ever contribute to the game. Like the Hockey Hall of Fame located in Toronto, Ontario, the U.S. association also selects and inducts a number of players and other personnel per year. Over the span of the association’s existence, there have been some who have been bestowed upon this honor who have also had at least a part of their career with the Philadelphia Flyers. Their contributions helped grow the game in the United States. ...
Tags: New York, Minnesota, Nbc, Sport, Chicago, Fox, Canada, United States, Rangers, Dallas, Philadelphia, Detroit Red Wings, Penguins, Hockey, NHL, Houston


Today in Hockey History: May 14

May 14 has been a very busy day in the history of the National Hockey League. Between historic comebacks, series-clinching wins, broken records and awards being handed out, this date has seen a little bit of everything. 3-0? No Problem The 2010 Philadelphia Flyers were a team many had written before we hit May 14 on the calendar. They lost the first three games of Eastern Conference Semifinals to the Boston Bruins, but never gave up. Simone Gagne’s overtime goal in Game 4 kept the season...
Tags: Washington, Boston, Sport, Blues, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, NHL, San Jose Sharks, Hull, Happy Birthday, Hall of Fame, Calgary, Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Rangers, Stanley Cup, Chicago Blackhawks


Today in Hockey History: May 12

This date has provided plenty of big postseason moments throughout the history of the National Hockey League. In addition, two Hall of Famers and all-time greats are celebrating birthdays today. Beat Me in St. Louis The St. Louis Blues pulled off one of the biggest comebacks in Stanley Cup playoffs history on May 12, 1986, in Game 6 of the Campbell Conference Final. Trailing the Calgary Flames 5-2 with less than 12 minutes to play and facing elimination, Brian Sutter began an epic comeba...
Tags: Boston, Sport, Blues, Nashville, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, NHL, Montreal, St Louis, Detroit, Ducks, Hull, Hall of Fame, Calgary, National Hockey League, Chicago Blackhawks


2020 NHL Draft: First Round Mock Scenarios 8.1

This series, which started with top 10 scenarios, has expanded to the top 31 — to first round scenarios for the 2020 NHL Draft — by extending those 10 initial mocks, using the same results for the top 10 from running the Tankathon simulator for the draft lottery. The debut edition elaborated on all the details and I’ve explained the rationale for the remainder of the draft order. I’ll be providing analysis for every new selection while linking repetitive picks back to their original mock for ...
Tags: NHL Entry Draft, Previews and Predictions, Prospects, 2020 NHL Draft, 2020 NHL Mock Draft, Top Story


THW 2020 Mock NHL Draft Round 1: Our Armchair GMs Make Their Picks

The 2020 NHL Draft will happen. We just don’t really know when. Or how. But we know it will happen at some point… Right? The NHL discussing moving up the draft to early June has led media outlets, scouting agencies, and NHL teams to really amp up their draft content and preparation. We at The Hockey Writers are no different, as we’ve been putting out some stellar prospect profiles, features, rankings, and – (pause for dramatic effect) – mock drafts. Related: 2020 NHL Draft Guide We have...
Tags: Europe, Florida, Usa, New York, Minnesota, Washington, Russia, Sport, Canada, New Jersey, Kings, Blues, Rangers, Nashville, Ncaa, Jets


Winnipeg Jets/Atlanta Thrashers’ Coaching History

While it’s the players jumping over the bench that score the goals, make the big bucks, and get most of the glory, the man behind the bench is also of utmost importance to any NHL squad. After all, it’s the head coach who chooses how to utilize players, prepares strategies, analyzes the minutia of every game, and oversees the development of young guns and prospects. In total, the Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets franchise has had a total of seven head coaches, some of whom found much succes...
Tags: Atlanta, Sport, Gm, Spirit, Jets, Associated Press, Vancouver, Bob, Hockey, NHL, Calgary Flames, Dan Snyder, Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Rangers, Anderson, New Jersey Devils


8 Years of Bergevin Has Habs Fans Divided

Marc Bergevin is one of the most controversial and enigmatic general managers (GM) in recent Montreal Canadiens’ history. So controversial in fact that he has single-handedly divided one of the most passionate fanbases in hockey. Fans either love him or hate him and there are very few in between. Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz) What makes him so controversial? Mostly how the media and fanbase have reacted to some of his more high-pr...
Tags: Sport, Chicago, Gm, Dallas, Nashville, Vancouver, Hockey, NHL, Montreal, Chicago Blackhawks, Dallas Stars, Montreal Canadiens, Canadiens, Blackhawks, Jonathan Drouin, Arizona Coyotes


Blues’ Biggest Draft Misses of the 2000s

Before Doug Armstrong became the general manager of the St. Louis Blues, the club had some struggles in the 2000s decade that allowed them to have some premium picks at the top of multiple drafts. The early 2000s saw the Blues have some quality regular seasons that led to late first-round picks, similar to the last five seasons for the club. The middle of the 2000s saw them have some lost seasons leading to early to middle first-round picks. St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstro...
Tags: Colorado, Washington, Sport, Chicago, Blues, Dallas, Penguins, Buffalo, Hockey, NHL, Jackson, Johnson, St Louis, Belle, King, Ross


Today in Hockey History: May 10

Before we begin our trek through all the great National Hockey League moments that occurred on this date, all of us at The Hockey Writers wish a very happy Mothers’ Day to all the moms out there. There are generations of hockey players who never would have achieved their success without the love and support from their “hockey moms.” Bobby’s Big Day Bobby Orr has always enjoyed May 10. Whether he was collecting hardware or scoring iconic goals, he made plenty of history on this date. ...
Tags: Washington, Sport, UPS, Detroit Red Wings, Penguins, Hockey, NHL, Smith, St Louis, Calgary Flames, San Jose Sharks, Ducks, National Hockey League, New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks, Anaheim Ducks