When the Oilers traded Taylor Hall for defensive help, then drafted Jesse Puljujarvi and signed Milan Lucic, there was a feeling that Hall’s lost offense would be replaced by committee. Adam Larsson has fewer points than Zack Kassian, Puljujarvi couldn’t get reliable ice time and got sent to the AHL
APRIL 29: Lindy Ruff of the Dallas Stars looks on during pregame warm up before the Stars take on the St. Louis Blues in Game One of the Western Conference Second Round during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at American Airlines Center on April 29, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. The problem with coaching
JANUARY 5: Mike Vecchione #21 of the Union College Dutchmen warms up prior to a game against the Boston University Terriers during NCAA hockey at Agganis Arena on January 5, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Terriers won 5-4 in overtime. Hockey East has gotten a lot of attention for its tightening
FEBRUARY 05: Cam Talbot #33 of the Edmonton Oilers protects his net during the NHL game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre on February 5, 2017 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Edmonton Oilers defeated the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 in a shootout. There are just a few goalies who, over the
It was a psychological effect, more than anything else. When you’re winning, as the Columbus Blue Jackets were for a good chunk of the season, there’s little impetus for fans, players, coaches, or executives to question the process by which those wins were gained. In fact, even outside observers who
The Bruins defeated the Canadians 4-2. Here’s why the Claude Julien firing was not good for the Bruins: All the very obvious reasons you can think of. Here’s why the Claude Julien firing was good for the Bruins: It was the first step in admitting something they should have realized two years ago.
DECEMBER 11: Matt Duchene #9 of the Colorado Avalanche skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on December 11, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Avalanche defeated the Maple Leafs 3-1. At this point it’s beginning to feel as though there have only ever
FEBRUARY 06: Boston College Eagles defenseman Casey Fitzgerald (5) skates with the puck to start a play during the first period of the Beanpot Tournament semifinals game between the Boston University Terriers and the Boston College Eagles on February 6th, 2017 at TD Garden in Boston, MA. More than that
Here’s how you know Don Sweeney is playing whatever the opposite of 12-dimensional chess is. It was bad because this starts the countdown on Sweeney’s own inevitable firing, which I see as probably being like 15 months from now if we’re being particularly hopeful. Julien was the shield against anyone
If Ken Hitchcock were a better coach, he would have told Jake Allen and Carter Hutton to stop the extra 23 shots this year they would have needed to give the St. Louos Blues average goaltending. Back then, Hitchcock could remember to tell his goalie, “Be above-average!” And it worked! By any other
The NHL did that thing where they just make everyone mad by doing a thing that is ostensibly well-meaning. This time they let a bunch of chuckleheads including Gary Bettman, Keith Jones, and world-famous hockey talent evaluator Mike Milbury pick the 100 best NHL players of all time.
JANUARY 28: Connor McDavid #97 of the Edmonton Oilers competes in the Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater event during the 2017 Coors Light NHL All-Star Skills Competition as part of the 2017 NHL All-Star Weekend at STAPLES Center on January 28, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. No one should have to deal
At first glance, there isn’t much that stands out for Western Michigan. Except the fact that they’re fourth in the Pairwise right now, seven games above .500, and third in the NCHC.
It used to be that all minor penalties ran the full two minutes. When the League first announced it would go from a 4-on-4 OT to 3-on-3, many wondered whether that meant there was a future for the game going 4-on-4 in regulation. At this point, it seems as though the League has seized on the 3-on-3
The Ottawa Senators head into the All-Star break comfortably in a playoff spot, primarily because the rest of their division is not very good. Not that 58 points from 47 games and a plus-4 goal differential is necessarily a bad thing, of course. Given the weird way in which the Eastern Conference in
DECEMBER 17: William Nylander #29 of the Toronto Maple Leafs waits for a faceoff against the Pittsburgh Penguins during an NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on December 17, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. High-end defensemen in their early 20s are at such a premium in the league today that you have
The Islanders defeated the Blues 3-2. Look, one of the teams really being sunk by bad goaltending is of course the St. Louis Blues, because neither Jake Allen nor Carter Hutton are performing very well. The good news is the team is good enough to keep going along in a playoff spot regardless, despite
It seems like every year, Harvard becomes an en-vogue team for a few weeks in December and January. Obviously a lot of that has to do with the fact that they tend to win a lot of games in those months for one reason or another — first theory is the bottom of the ECAC is very bad — and that they play
People say the Winnipeg Jets are having a disastrous season, and it’s easy to see why. While their offense is actually better than you might expect (it was eighth in the league in total goals after Saturday’s win over St. Louis) but their defense has been horrific. Things got so bad for Connor Hellebuyck
It feels like the Boston Bruins have been firing Claude Julien forever. You want to read the “It would be a mistake to fire Claude Julien” takes, you can do it anywhere. The reasons why you don’t fire Claude Julien are self-evident: The Bruins are the best possession team in the league.
The Blackhawks defeated the Avalanche 6-4. With NHL Trade Season now finally upon us — less than six weeks to the deadline, gang! — and more than half the season gone, we’re starting to get a good idea of what teams will be looking to buy or sell. A team with a very clear need right now is Chicago.
Well it’s that time of year again: Rumor Town USA (or Canada depending upon your own personal address, I guess) and you know it’s that time of year because an NHL.com writer retweeted a fake Bob McKenzie account on Monday night.
It’s getting tougher to say who, exactly, is the best team in the NCHC. Over the past few weeks there have been some, shall we say, troubling results for the nation’s second-best conference, with very good teams suffering very bad losses and allowing the door to open up a little bit for other teams
Filling out a mid-season awards ballot the other day took a little bit of research, and when I got to the Vezina category it was a slam dunk. With that having been said, we’ve seen Dubnyk eat it big-time before, so it’s not outside the realm of possibility, especially considering that no one gets this