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A change is coming. It may sound like a catchy summer movie motto, but that phrase best describes the New York Rangers’ offseason plans this July. General manger Jeff Gorton wants to revamp the roster by instilling younger, faster players into the lineup, and it seems that all systems are ready to go with the
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The Buffalo Sabres’ outlook got a lot brighter after the team won the NHL draft lottery. With a certain blue-chip defenseman all but guaranteed to don the blue-and-gold next season, fan interest has been reignited after an abysmal 2017-18 showing. Pair that with the excitement surrounding the continued growth of high-potential players like Casey Mittelstadt,
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12:45 AM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN WASHINGTON — Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson believes the NHL Department of Player Safety needs to take a close look at the hard hit delivered by Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman that briefly forced Wilson out of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom was
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Let’s face it, we’re all a little tired of the Chicago Blackhawks. Given how often they’re on national television, how many of them were named to the National Hockey League’s Top 100 (despite questionable qualifications) and, of course, the league’s insistence on sending them to every single outdoor game ever, the NHL seems to view
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Sometimes, things don’t go according to plan. This was true for the 2017-18 Boston Bruins who fell short of their ultimate goal of winning a Stanley Cup following a loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second-round of the postseason. Related: Bruins Exceeded Expectations in 2017-18 Though the Bruins were unable to capture hockey’s
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Late last week, I took a look at Nico Hischier’s rookie season and the impact he had on the New Jersey Devils. It’s probably safe to assume that they wouldn’t have made the playoffs without him. Today, I’ll be reviewing Miles Wood’s season. He may not have had the same influence as Hischier, but his
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If the 1971 NHL Amateur Draft was not one of the deepest drafts, it was certainly a very fruitful one. Fifty of the players selected went on to have NHL careers. Three became Stanley Cup champions. Fourteen players would play at least 500 regular season games, while three would eventually be inducted into the Hockey
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A bridge deal is a team’s way of saying to a young player: “So you had some success on your rookie contract. We’ll give you a short contract to see if you can sustain it.” It’s a gamble for the team. If the player maintains or elevates his performance on the bridge deal, he has
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  There have been some horrible, terrible and embarrassing trades by the Toronto Maple Leafs in team history. But in recent memory, the number one worst trade blows all the others out of the water — or perhaps blows the Leafs off the trees. Everything about this deal was bad. They chose the wrong player
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On May 13, the final Tampa Bay Lightning prospects playing in juniors wrapped up their seasons. Boris Katchouk and Taylor Raddysh of the Soo Greyhounds suffered defeat in the OHL Championship, while Alex Barre-Boulet of the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada was eliminated in the QMJHL Final. For these talented prospects, the losses were a somewhat disappointing end to their
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