The 2017-18 NHL season has been a needed reminder that we’re still capable of being surprised. The Vegas Golden Knights, who were listed with odds as high as 500-1 to win the championship before the season, are not supposed to be representing the Western Conference in the upcoming Stanley Cup Final. To claim a conference
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The Montreal Canadiens absolutely don’t need Antti Niemi. Nevertheless, it’s hard to fault general manager Marc Bergevin for re-signing the goalie, as he just did to a 1-year, $950,000 deal. Think of Niemi as that extra insurance policy you have, because, “Hey, why not?” There really isn’t a reason. Price vs. Niemi To be clear,
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Gord Downie, the powerful, enigmatic and wonderfully quirky Canadian singer-songwriter passed away in late 2017. It wasn’t a surprise to anyone. He chose to make his brain cancer diagnosis public in May 2016. That summer, he underwent an emotional and exhausting tour with his band The Tragically Hip. The finale in Kingston, Ontario was described by the New
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Ahh, the Arizona Coyotes. Hockey’s favourite punching bag. Long plagued by arena troubles, attendance troubles, financial troubles, ownership troubles and pretty much every other sort of trouble you can imagine, the National Hockey League has, nevertheless, stood by its desert outpost. While this might seem like an inexplicable course of action for the notoriously conservative
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At first glance, the title may seem dramatic, especially from a financial standpoint. The Montreal Canadiens are the third most valuable franchise in the NHL, with a valuation of $1.25 billion. From a business operations standpoint, the Canadiens are 2nd in the NHL in both revenue ($236 million) and operating income ($92 million). Geoff Molson,
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1:38 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN WASHINGTON, DC — The kids have been alright for the Washington Capitals this postseason. “They’re not kids,” corrected Evgeny Kuznetsov. Technically, this is true. Chandler Stephenson, Travis Boyd and Nathan Walker are 24. Christian Djoos and Madison Bowey are 23. Jakub Vrana is 22. Shane Gersich is 21. All of
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After a stunningly abrupt and ugly end to an uneven season, the Anaheim Ducks appear intent on retaining veteran coach Randy Carlyle heading into the 2018-19 season. The 62-year-old bench boss has coached the Ducks during two separate stints, compiling the most victories (363) in the franchise’s brief history. Now, though, a new challenge awaits him,
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From the Ted Lindsay Award to the James Norris Trophy, hockey (and sports) have a history of naming things after former players, coaches and integral people. It’s no different when it comes to the Gordie Howe hat trick. No, we’re not talking about a three goal performance of some kind. Rather, a Gordie Howe hat
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The Royal wedding took place on Saturday morning in jolly old England. The celebration was filled with the pageantry and splendor that one would expect. As an ode to this momentous occasion, I reckon that we crown the best all-time blokes…err…Los Angeles Kings from each country, shall we? Brilliant. Well, let us carry on, then.
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2:14 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN Boston University coach David Quinn has informed school officials that he intends to leave for the vacant New York Rangers head-coaching position, sources have told ESPN’s John Buccigross. Quinn, 51, would replace Alain Vigneault, who was fired after amassing a 226-147-37 record over five seasons. Quinn and the Rangers, according
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Scenario: you wake up in the morning with the incredible urge to spend your own money on 31 National Hockey League jerseys, one from the history of each franchise. Which ones would you choose? More importantly, whose name would be on the back? There’s a lot that would go into such decisions. Do you value
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