Every team, no matter how good, can always improve from the right trade. The Calgary Flames have enough quality pieces for them to be considered a playoff-caliber team. But there are four players out there that could potentially take them from a playoff team to a contender. Although it would be nice, the Flames aren’t
New in the 2017-18 season, we will have an OHL column called the Sunday Seven. Once a week or thereabouts, we will go around the league and highlight seven stories of note and share analysis. This week, we celebrate the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and their 23-game winning streak by devoting more than half this
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Brett Howden scored twice and Canada rebounded from a snowy loss to the United States to beat Denmark 8-0 on Saturday night and win Group A in the world junior hockey championship. Robert Thomas, Sam Steel, Cale Makar, Alex Formenton, Michael McLeod and Drake Batherson also scored and Carter Hart made 18
Injuries rocked the Golden Knight’s crease early in the season. First, it was Marc-Andre Fleury going down in the fourth game of the season with a concussion. Enter ‘the other Subban’ – Malcolm Subban, claimed on waivers three days before the team’s first game, was supposed to serve as the primary back-up, playing only when Marc-Andre
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg has been placed on injured reserve with an upper-body injury, the team announced Saturday before its home game against the Minnesota Wild. Forsberg had 15:04 of ice time Friday night in a loss in Minnesota. His last shift ended with 8:40 remaining in the third period.
The coming of Christmas didn’t go exactly as planned for the Washington Capitals. They were on a four-game winning streak heading into a Dec. 22 game against the Arizona Coyotes, where they fell 3-2 in overtime. After that, the Capitals would be left scratching their heads, blanked by the Golden Knights 3-0 in their last
A strong core of veterans leads a howling pack of rookies bringing an extra punch to the Boston Bruins lineup this season. Entering the holidays, the blazing hot B’s won 12 of their last 16 games allowing them to unwrap 25 of a possible 32 points in total. They continued to streak on the other side,
To say the Calgary Flames are among the NHL’s elite teams, or to say they’re among the Stanley Cup favorites, would be incorrect. They still have a ways to go before they reach that level. But that doesn’t mean winning the Cup is impossible or un-achievable this season. No one expected the 2005-06 Carolina Hurricanes
From being swept by the Nashville Predators in the first round of the playoffs to defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins 10-1 in the 2017-18 season opener, it’s safe to say that 2017 has been a year of ups and downs for the Chicago Blackhawks. With a few notable concerns early in the 2017-18 season and plenty to
ORCHARD PARK, New York — Amid freezing temperatures and snowfall from start to finish, a record 44,592 people attended Friday’s International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship preliminary round game between the United States and Canada at New Era Field. It shattered the previous record high attendance for a World Junior Championship of 20,380 in
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The NHL isn’t going to get drawn into any discussions about participating in future Winter Olympics until after the Pyeongchang Games are complete. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly said that’s the answer he provided to International Ice Hockey Federation general secretary Horst Lichtner on Friday. Daly and Lichtner happened to sit together
“The Vezina Trophy is an annual award given to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at this position as voted by the general managers of all NHL clubs.” That is how the trophy is described on nhl.com. The end of the year is a good time to evaluate what we have seen and determine who
A couple of punches. That’s all it took for Washington Capitals winger Tom Wilson to take down Sharks captain Joe Thornton in a Dec. 4 game against the San Jose Sharks. A period beforehand, Thornton delivered a blow to T.J. Oshie’s head, and after that, Wilson knew what he had to do: avenge his teammate.
In today’s Rumor Rundown we take a look at some of the names most likely to be on many insider’s trade-watch list. As the NHL Trade Freeze comes to a close, among those garnering the most attention are Kris Letang from the Pittsburgh Penguins, Mike Hoffman of the Ottawa Senators and Max Pacioretty from the
The 2013 NHL Entry Draft saw several current superstars make their first appearance on stage in their new threads including Nathan MacKinnon, Aleksander Barkov and Sean Monahan. Nine players from the first-round have been traded since, most notably, Jonathan Drouin, Seth Jones and Shea Theodore. Eight players from that draft class have dressed in less than
The New York Rangers are set to host the Buffalo Sabres at Shea Stad… err, Citi Field (usual home of the New York Mets) in the latest edition of the NHL’s Winter Classic outdoor game on New Year’s Day. It’s the 10th time the league is putting on the special showcase. Do you still care
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Samuel Bucek scored an unassisted goal with 2:08 remaining in the third period to give Slovakia a 3-2 victory over the United States at the world junior hockey championships on Thursday. Filip Krivosik scored the other two goals for Slovakia, and Roman Durny made 43 saves in his world junior debut. Casey
According to statisticians, it happened with 1:09 remaining in regulation. That’s when the New York Islanders rallied with a goal to tie their game against the Sabres, 2-2. Not according to Robin Lehner. “Everything is predetermined against us,” Lehner said after the game in Barclays Center. “I know Toronto already made up their mind it
For many, expansion teams in professional sports should suck. They should be destined for a multi-year sentence of futile failure. It’s sort of like an unwritten rule that speaks to the initiation of new franchises. As a result, fans are treated to disappointing results night after night and are left with little reason for optimism. Players
New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider is out indefinitely with a blood clot in his right arm, the team announced Thursday. Kreider was pulled from Wednesday’s 1-0 win over the Capitals in the first period and didn’t return. He was sent to a hospital on Wednesday night, and the clot was diagnosed later that night.
The Ottawa Senators are far from where they expected to be by the end of December. Sitting at seventh place in the Atlantic Division, any hopes of a playoff spot are quickly starting to fade. The math certainly isn’t in their favour, as the Senators are 15 points back of the final playoff spot in
1:51 AM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN Buffalo Sabres goalie Robin Lehner said the NHL “predetermined” that his team would lose a video goal review on Wednesday night in Brooklyn, one that resulted in the New York Islanders’ game-tying tally with 1:09 left in regulation. With their goalie pulled, the Islanders worked the puck to winger Josh
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Jonah Gadjovich scored twice, and Canada routed Slovakia 6-0 on Wednesday night to improve to 2-0 in the world junior hockey championship. Maxime Comtois, Taylor Raddysh, Sam Steel and Jordan Kyrou also scored, and Colton Point made 20 saves. Canada was coming off a 4-2 victory over Finland on Tuesday in its
Aside from their 8-1 thrashing of the Carolina Hurricanes in the Next Century Game, the Toronto Maple Leafs had hit a mini slump over the past couple weeks. Losses to the Flyers, Wild and Red Wings without Auston Matthews in the lineup had Leafs Nation wondering what this team was going to do on a
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?
ST. LOUIS — The Blues have signed general manager Doug Armstrong to a four-year contract extension with a team option for a fifth year, the team announced Wednesday. Armstrong, who is also the team’s president of hockey operations, is in his 10th season with the Blues. Since he became GM in 2010, the team has
‘Ducks Drill Down’ is a regular, ~weekly column that recaps the latest goings-on with the Anaheim Ducks. In the midst of a six-game road trip, the Anaheim Ducks were in danger of letting their season slip dangerously far from their grasp. A promising 3-1 win in St. Louis was followed by blown two-goal leads in
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Casey Mittelstadt and Kieffer Bellows each scored two goals, Joseph Woll made 17 saves, and the United States began its title defense at the world junior hockey championship with a 9-0 victory over Denmark on Tuesday night. In other preliminary round games, the Czech Republic upset Russia 5-4, Sweden beat Belarus 6-1,
TORONTO — Johnny Bower didn’t even want to come to Toronto. Yet the pint-sized goalie with the big heart became a part of Maple Leafs lore. Bower, a beloved two-time Vezina Trophy winner who helped the Leafs win their last Stanley Cup in 1967, died on Tuesday. He was 93. His family said in a
If Belarus is to have any chance of staving off relegation at the 2018 World Junior Championships in Buffalo, they will need nothing short of a miracle. Stranger things have happened before but the Belorussians are in deep waters. Perhaps the one saving grace that they have from the get-go is being in Group B and