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Tournament Breaks Across Europe; Ward Leads DEL Eagles

NOVEMBER 19, 2014 — A number of annual tournaments took place across Europe.  Here’s an overview of hockey around Europe, with updates on North American players currently playing in elite leagues there. Germany´s DEL: In the German Elite Hockey League the Mannheim Eagles are the leading team. In coach Geoff Ward’s first season (photo, right), the Eagles are dominating the ...Full Article

About Those “Pukes”

NOVEMBER 19, 2014 — After Sunday’s 6-2 defeat at the hands of the Buffalo Sabres, Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel told an inquiring reporter, to “get away from me.” ...Full Article

Now that He’s Caps’ Top Scorer, is it Time to Trade Ovechkin?

NOVEMBER 5, 2014 — Tuesday night in an overtime loss to the Calgary Flames, Alex Ovechkin became the franchise’s number one scorer of all time. Ovechkin has now scored ...Full Article

Jonas Hiller Big Win in Chicago; Parenteau Hot

OCTOBER 17, 2014 — Jonas Hiller’s victory in Chicago was great to see. Last spring, the veteran netminder was benched during the biggest playoff games his former Anaheim Ducks had ...Full Article

This Ain’t No Tank Job

SEPTEMBER 26, 2014 — An interesting perception has emerged about the Buffalo Sabres, who finished last in the NHL last season and ended up losing the draft lottery to the ...Full Article

3 Hot Starts in the KHL

SEPTEMBER 26, 2014 — The KHL, probably the most noticeable and talked league in Europe at the moment has gained a good reputation over the past few years. The ...Full Article

Ryan Johansen Should Tell His Agent to Shut His Yap

SEPTEMBER 22, 2014 — Ryan Johansen has yet to report to the Columbus Blue Jackets training camp, despite the fact that Prez John Davidson and GM Jarmo Kekalainen have ...Full Article

DEL Preview 2014-15 (German Elite League)

SEPTEMBER 16, 2014 — Hockeytalk sees the Cologne Sharks and Mannheim Eagles squaring off in the finals, and we predict that current champion Ingolstadt might not be able to get ...Full Article

NHL Should Have Banned Bertuzzi for Life

SEPTEMBER 5, 2014 — With a legal settlement finalized, the Steve Moore/Todd Bertuzzi chapter of NHL history is at its conclusion, but the failure of the league to ban Bertuzzi ...Full Article

Hockeytalk Back in Action for 11th Season

AUGUST 1, 2014 — Hello to all, thanks as always for your support.  After a much-needed summer vacation, I just wanted to let you know that you’ll be seeing ...Full Article

Messier Awakens to Reality: 9 of 10 Canadian Kids Not Playing, Elite Travel Gets Too Much Focus

AUGUST 2, 2013 — BEST OF HOCKEYTALK — “Nine out of ten kids in our country are not playing hockey. That is a shock to me.” The speaker was ...Full Article

Center Mike Iggulden Joins DEL Cologne Sharks

AUGUST 12, 2014 — COLOGNE, GERMANY — Over the last two DEL seasons, the Cologne Sharks finished as runner up for the title, after losing in 2013 to the ...Full Article

Ranking of Prospects Not Always a Science

JUNE 25, 2014 — There are just a couple of days until the NHL Draft takes place in Philadelphia. For some, the event will be the most exciting day ...Full Article

Deep Discount: Gaborik Takes Less to Stay in LA

JUNE 25, 2014 — LOS ANGELES — Dean Lombardi tried to convince me that the trade with Columbus was “good for both teams,” and I’m sure he believes that, but ...Full Article

NHL Meat Market: Unrestricted Free Agents 2014

JUNE 13, 2014 — A look at the NHL’s upcoming crop of Unrestricted Free Agents (UFAs).  Today we take a look at forwards and defensemen (goalies in an upcoming issue). ...Full Article

Rangers Rue Non-Call as Game 3 Looms Large

JUNE 9, 2014 — NEW YORK — After surrendering two consecutive 2-0 leads in Games 1 and 2, the New York Rangers realize that tonight’s Game 3 is do-or-die. With ...Full Article

Vigneault’s Experience Proves Helpful vs Kings

JUNE 4, 2014 — LOS ANGELES — It may be difficult to take solace after a Game 1 defeat, but New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault proved Wednesday night that ...Full Article

Jarmo Claus

JUNE 3, 2014 — The Los Angeles Kings have done many things well this postseason, but nothing compares to what GM Dean Lombardi did when he landed Marian Gaborik ...Full Article

Top German Player Leon Draisaitl Rated 4th Overall for NHL Entry Draft

MAY 29, 2014 — Team Germany’s early exit from the World Championships in Minsk, Belarus was disappointing, but center Leon Draisaitl is one of the few winners. From the ...Full Article

Not Quite Revenge, But Sweet: Russia Beats Finland for World Championship

MAY 25, 2014 — MINSK, BELARUS — The 78th World Championship was opened by Rene Fasel (IIHF President) and Belarus´ president Alexander Lukaschenko in an impressive ceremony. As always ...Full Article

Canucks Name Jim Benning as New GM

MAY 24, 2014 — On Wednesday it was announced that the Vancouver Canucks had chosen Jim Benning as the new general manager of the team. And Benning was introduced ...Full Article

Las Vegas Wranglers Given Time

MAY 20, 214 — The Las Vegas Wranglers season came to a close on April 25th as they fell in a Game Four loss of 3-2 to the Alaska Aces. ...Full Article

Habs Lose Price to Injury

MAY19, 2014 –During their morning skate today, six skaters were absent from the Montreal Canadiens’ optional workout: Daniel Briere, Dale Weise, Brendan Gallagher, Max Pacioretty, David Desharnais and Carey ...Full Article

Eastern Conference Final – Battle of Will

Though the first game has been played of this series, with the New York Rangers giving the Montreal Canadiens a serious drumming, as anyone who has watched playoff hockey ...Full Article

Lucic Tarnished Own Reputation

MAY 15, 2014 — Milan Lucic has always been known as a tough player who can score, a very valuable member of the top line on a great Boston ...Full Article

Is Sidney Crosby Solely to Blame?

MAY 13, 2014 — With the elimination of the Pittsburgh Penguins less than 48 hours in the past, many media outlets are still pointing fingers at Sidney Crosby as ...Full Article

“Death, Taxes, and First Penalty in Montreal”

MAY 5, 2014 — The Boston Bruins seem to take a certain resolve in coming from behind; despite the many years it takes off the lives of their fans. ...Full Article

Canadiens and Bruins Create Emotional Storms

MAY 5, 2014 — The rivalry between the Boston Bruins and the Montréal Canadiens traces back to the Original Six era. There have been a lot of face offs, ...Full Article

The San Jose Sharks: Everything You’ve Heard is True

April 30, 2014 — Everything you’ve heard about the San Jose Sharks is true. Chokers. Playoff failures. A dearth of leadership. Continue. It’s all true. Wednesday night at HP ...Full Article

Quiet Composure Moving Bruins Forward

APRIL 28, 2014 – BOSTON – The Boston Bruins defeated the Detroit Red Wings in Game 5 on Saturday, eliminating the Wings and moving on to the second round ...Full Article

Capitals Release McPhee and Oates

APRIL 27, 2014 – BOSTON – Vice President and general manager, George McPhee, was in the last year of his contract with the Washington Capitals and the team’s majority ...Full Article

Cooke Receives Seven Game Suspension

April 23, 2014 – Boston – On Monday, April 21st, Matt Cooke of the Minnesota Wild appeared to intentionally hit, knee-on-knee, Tyson Barrie of the Colorado Avalanche, at 2:02 of ...Full Article

Calder Trophy: Zero Defensemen + Zero Goalies = Lazy Writers

APRIL 23, 2014 — No Defensemen, No Goalies. True to form, the Calder Trophy race is a contest between three forwards, nominees mostly based on offensive output.  C Tyler Johnson ...Full Article

Trotz Moves On with Class: Now Poile Must Answer for Offensive Woes

APRIL 22, 2014 — The fact that Barry Trotz was the first, not third or fourth coach fired by David Poile is a modern miracle. Trotz took over the ...Full Article

Pavel Datsyuk – Rested, Rusty or Recuperating?

APRIL 21, 2014 — When the Detroit Red Wings were forced to play a total of  37 games this season without the injury-riddled Pavel Datsyuk, there wasn’t much in ...Full Article

Canucks Can Gillis

APRIL 9, 2014 — One day after his Vancouver Canucks were eliminated from playoff contention, GM Mike Gillis was fired after four seasons at the helm. Gillis recently indicated that ...Full Article

Bruins Bearing Down the Stretch

APRIL 7, 2014 – BOSTON – As the Boston Bruins were packing up and getting their travel suits on having taking the annual team photo followed by a spirited ...Full Article

DEL Semifinal Matchups and Picks

APRIL 4, 2014 — The German Elite League (DEL) is heading into its semifinal round.  Our man in Europe, Ivo Jaschick, previews the semifinals and looks back at the ...Full Article

Zero Tolerance on Hookings Not Head Shots

APRIL 3, 2014 – BOSTON – On Tuesday night, Montréal Canadiens Douglas Murray received a match penalty and was ejected for his elbow to the head on Tampa Bay ...Full Article

When Is a 40-Plus Goal Scorer a Liability?

APRIL 2, 2014 — BOSTON — A shut out of the Washington Capitals in their own arena, by the Dallas Stars, on Tuesday night saw Jaroslav Halak pulled after ...Full Article
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