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A Flawed Concussion Protocol In The NHL
from Chris Hine of the Chicago Tribune,
When it comes to handling concussions, the NHL is miles behind the NFL — hardly the model on the issue. In the NFL, there is an independent injury spotter in the press box at every game, looking o...
23 Players Have Elected Salary Arbitration
TORONTO (July 5, 2015) – Twenty-three players have elected Salary Arbitration:
A One-Year Extension For Nazem Kadri In Toronto
via the Toronto Maple Leafs,
The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Sunday that the club has signed forward Nazem Kadri to a one-year contract extension.
Kadri, 24, finished fourth among Maple Leaf skaters in scoring last season with 39 points (18 ...
The Philadelphia Flyers Need To…
from Jay Greenberg of PhiladelphiaFlyers.com,
... the Flyers have to make up the 14 points by which they missed the playoffs a year ago. Improvement is going to have to come from within, and here are the means by which it has to happen:
Problems Still Exist With The Los Angeles Kings
from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times,
Everyone knows Kings Coach Darryl Sutter loves to play youngsters. That is sarcasm — but Sutter might have no choice.
General Manager Dean Lombardi has noted that the Kings don't have a lot of cap ...
Blaming Brandon Saad
from John Dietz of the Chicago Daily-Herald,
If fans want to place blame anywhere, it should be with Saad, who said he allowed his agent to handle all contract negotiations with the Hawks.
Had he been willing to accept a deal in the $5 mi...
One Thing Still Missing With The Boston Bruins
from Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald,
That missing element? Hunger. It was gone when the Bruins went up to Montreal for Game 6 in that series and seemed quite content from the outset to forget about the business at hand and aim to win Game ...
The St. Louis Blues Have Made Changes, Will They Be Better?
from Jeremy P. Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Last week, the Blues bid farewell to Barret Jackman and T.J. Oshie, who had combined for 19 years and 1,315 games with the organization.
On the same day that Jackman became an unre...
Calgary’s #3 Defenseman
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
By acquiring Dougie Hamilton, the Flames now have the deepest blue line in the league. On their depth chart, Hamilton is No. 3 behind Mark Giordano and T.J. Brodie. Ex-Bruin Dennis Wideman, Kris Russel...
Steve Simmons On A Sunday Morning
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
- Teams that could use Tyler Bozak: Arizona, New Jersey, Minnesota, Detroit and Boston, if it could afford him.
- On the greatest day of his hockey career, Phil Housley shouldn’t be in the same...
Derek Stepan’s Next Contract
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
It was Christmas in July for Derek Stepan but a lump of coal in Jeff Gorton’s stocking, this gift of Buffalo’s seven-year, $52 million ($7.5 million per) extension to Ryan O’Reilly tha...
Minnesota Wild Make Devan Dubnyk Extension Official
SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has re-signed goaltender Devan Dubnyk (pronounced DOOB-nihk) to a six-year contract through the 2020-21 season.
Dubnyk, 29, ...
The New York Rangers Face Stiff Competition In The Metropolitan Division
from Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News,
What does clearly set the Rangers back, however, is what happened elsewhere in the Metropolitan Division these past couple weeks, primarily in Washington and Columbus:
As the Rangers failed eve...
A Deeper Nashville Predators Team
from Adam Vingan of The Tennessean,
"We now have the depth that we need," Poile said.
Jackman's veteran presence, which cost $4 million over two years, will balance what many believe is the NHL's strongest defense, led by do-it-all tandem...
Will The Bufallo Sabres Make The Playoff?
from Frank Seravalli of TSN,
October marks a fresh start for the Sabres. No team - not the Oilers, Coyotes, Hurricanes or Maple Leafs - lost as many games (120) as Buffalo over the last two seasons. They lost 102 of those games in regulation ...
An Easy Decision For Joel Ward
from Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea,
In yet another move that strongly suggests that the Sharks are back in win-now mode, veteran right wing Joel Ward was signed on Friday to a three-year contract with San Jose.
On the day before July 4, Ward i...
from Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
I have no problem with the Blues’ decision to trade forward T.J. Oshie to Washington for power forward Troy Brouwer plus a goaltending prospect and a third-round draft pick.
To The Defense Of Columbus
from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
... after I read Chicago Tribune columnist Steve Rosenbloom’s piece entitled, “It’s my theory on the Blackhawks trading Brandon Saad, and I’m sticking to it.”
Those “Sensationalized” Traffic Violations Regarding Leo Komarov
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
The Maple Leafs insist Leo Komarov has “co-operated” with Finnish authorities regarding criminal charges stemming from a “sensationalized” 2014 traffic accident.
Komarov, who r...
Cody Franson Is Still Available
from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,
At the same time, on Oilers Now, The Edmonton Journal’s Jim Matheson said he didn’t think Franson would be a good fit for the Oilers as Franson had p...
Happy 4th Of July
Enjoy the day and the weekend everyone.
Weather here in southeast Michigan looks great for all kinds of activities.
But do be safe and don't think you are invincible when it comes to fireworks.
As a 14 year-old, had a 40 pack of Black Cats g...