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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 he and coach John Tortorella were not on the same page regarding the team’s style of play. “I want us to play upbeat, puck possession, move the puck quickly, force ...Full Article

What About the Other Miracle?

FEBRUARY 18, 2014 — A few thoughts on the US’s preliminary round victory over Russia…wondering whether enough people out there remember what the former Soviet Union was really about: ...Full Article

5 Hottest NHL Teams at the Olympic Break

1. COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS (Last 17GP: 12-4-1) An overtime loss at Los Angeles Thursday night was a rare dark spot on the Blue Jackets’ record since Nathan Horton and ...Full Article

Quick Shots: Blackhawks Show Ducks Who’s Champ; St. Louis vs Boston Tonight

FEBRUARY 6, 2014 — LOS ANGELES — Some thoughts on Wednesday night’s tilt at Honda, plus looking ahead to the Blues vs. Bruins tonight. CHICAGO AT ANAHEIM WED NIGHT: ...Full Article

Shea Weber’s Big Night Reminds He’s Norris-Worthy

JANUARY 31, 2014 — NASHVILLE — Shea Weber scored twice on big shots, one wrist, one slap, powering the Predators to a 3-2 overtime victory over the New Jersey ...Full Article

Hockeytalk at Dodger Stadium Media Game

I’ve played in adult leagues as recently as last summer.  But nothing could prepare me for the thrill of skating in a media game. I had the opportunity to ...Full Article

Sabres Name Murray GM; Plus – Miller a Sure Trade?

JANUARY 9, 2014 — (UPDATE TO ORIGINAL HT POSTING) BUFFALO — Buffalo Sabres president of hockey operations Pat LaFontaine today announced the team has hired Tim Murray, a 20-year veteran of NHL front ...Full Article

Notable Players Not Named to Team USA

JANUARY 3, 2014 — As the fallout from the Team USA roster announcement settles, let’s take a look at some notable players not named to Team USA’s Sochi Olympic ...Full Article

Quick Shots: Classic Weather Expected; Spezza Dinged; Meszaros on Hot Seat; Plus: Cogliano to 500 Straight

DECEMBER 30, 2013 — Classic weather awaits 100,000+ paying customers at the 6th Winter Classic in Ann Arbor, and more news items from around the NHL. Winter Classic Weather ...Full Article

Quick Shots: Jones’ Big Start; Flames Hurtin’; Ducks Trail? No Problem

CHRISTMAS EVE 2013 — LOS ANGELES — A few notes as we head into the Christmas break: Los Angeles Kings: Martin Jones falls short(?) but Stars on uptick The ...Full Article

West Quick Shots: Mike Smith must step up; Perry enters Rocket race; Santorelli, Higgins Ignite, more

DECEMBER 13, 2013 — A quick peek around the Western Conference for a Friday AM: Francois Beauchemin and Mathieu Perreault are both targeting a Sunday return (vs. Edmonton at ...Full Article

What’s Up with Yeo and Heatley? Plus: Stastny trade bait…Antti Rantta surges…Sabres ratings suffer

DECEMBER 11, 2013 — Let’s take a spin around the NHL on this chilly Wednesday AM: LOS ANGELES KINGS Aside from the emergence of Martin Jones, who arrives on ...Full Article

Give Thornton 15 Games, Give Neal 10

DECEMBER 9, 2013 — Shawn Thornton and James Neal will have hearings with the NHL stemming from their actions Saturday night. Neal will have a phone hearing today.  Thornton (photo ...Full Article

Quick Shots: 10 Questions

DECEMBER 5, 2013 – Let’s take a quick look around the NHL, asking some important questions at the 1/3 mark of the season. 1. Should Florida trade Dmitry Kulikov? The ...Full Article

WGR550 HT’s Josh Brewster on “Sabres Hockey Hotline” with Kevin Sylvester

Previewing Ducks vs. Sabres on “Sabre Hockey Hotline” with Kevin Sylvester on WGR550. Sabres 2-12-1 face 10-3-1 Ducks in Buffalo at First Niagara Center Saturday night. Ducks lost 3-2 ...Full Article

Quick Shots: Ruff Ovation in Buffalo (video)

OCTOBER 29, 2013 — Buffalo fans gave former coach Lindy Ruff a very warm ovation during a commercial break (god knows why this wasn’t televised live, my apologies if ...Full Article

Quick Shots: Mike Ribeiro Delivers

OCTOBER 23, 2013 — GLENDALE — Despite playing up and down the Phoenix lineup card as Coach Dave Tippett seeks the proper fit, Coyotes forward Mike Ribeiro has delivered ...Full Article

Quick Shots: Byfuglien Playing Way to Team USA; Wild No Depth; Flame Monahan’s Big Night in Hollywood

OCTOBER 23, 2013 — Quick Shots for a Tuesday morning.  Don’t forget Duck Calls tonight after Ducks at Leafs.  Randy Carlyle faces the team with whom he won the ...Full Article

Monday Morning Quick Shots: Umberger off the schneid, MacKinnon vs. Crosby tonight, more…

OCTOBER 21, 2013 — LOS ANGELES — Monday morning quick shots, a fast look at the NHL…Crosby and MacKinnon to meet…tonight in Pittsburgh: MONDAY NIGHT: MACKINNON VS CROSBY IN ...Full Article

Mathieu Perrault Presents a Good Problem for Ducks; Raymond Spin-O-Rama; Dallas Unis Nice

OCTOBER 6, 2013 – Great start by Mathieu Perrault, traded to the Anaheim Ducks for prospect forward John Mitchell and a 2014 4th round draft pick.  Perrault was vaulted ...Full Article

Josh Brewster Guest on AM830′s Travis Rodgers Show Talking Ducks Opening Night in Colorado 10-3-13

Patrick Roy went ballistic and was fined, the Ducks started strong but got throttled, 6-1, in Colorado. Hockeytalk’s Josh Brewster discusses this and more on AM830 with Travis Rodgers, ...Full Article

Josh Brewster Previews the Ducks Opener on the Travis Rodgers Show; Duck Calls tonight after the game on AM830

Hockeytalk’s Josh Brewster was the guest this morning on the Travis Rodgers show on AM830, flagship station of the Anaheim Ducks.  Ducks open tonight in Colorago.  Duck Calls tonight ...Full Article

Audio: Josh Brewster with Host Chris Kober on Anaheim Calling

Josh Brewster, host of Duck Calls, previews the Ducks’ season with Chris Kober, host of Anaheim Calling podcast and a longtime former writer and friend of Hockeytalk. Click here ...Full Article

Morrow at a Discount Could Bring Big Return for Blues

SEPTEMBER 24, 2013 – After making $4.1M per, Brenden Morrow, longtime captain of the post-Stanley Cup Dallas Stars, stepped down to a cheaper neighborhood, signing with the St. Louis Blues ...Full Article

Lou Lamoriello Wins Again: Brunner Tryout Brings Devils Big Talent / Update: Brunner Signs 2yr./$5M Deal

SEPTEMBER 17, 2013 — NEW JERSEY — UPDATE SEPT. 23: Brunner signs 2yr./$5M deal w/Devils. At 27, Brunner would seem to be the perfect candidate for a nice bridge ...Full Article

Duck Notes: Corey Perry Speaks About Dustin Penner’s Return

SEPTEMBER 12, 2013 — ANAHEIM — Caught up with Corey Perry at Ducks’ first day of training camp at Anaheim Ice.  Not surprisingly, the questions mostly centered around the ...Full Article

Buffalo Exit and 2nd Fiddle to Quick Likely for Miller; St. Louis Underdog?

AUGUST 28, 2013 — Ryan Miller didn’t sound too terribly upset that he could be headed out of his only NHL home. “That’s the nature of sports,” Miller said. ...Full Article

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

“Nine out of ten kids in our country are not playing hockey. That is a shock to me.” The speaker was Mark Messier, one of the game’s all-time greatest ...Full Article

Top UFA’s Still on the Market

JULY 26, 2013 — Here’s a quick look at some of the most desirable unrestricted free agent talent in the NHL: Player / Position Team Age Cap Hit Bryzgalov, ...Full Article

Do the Math: Kovalchuk Will Earn Far More in KHL, But Gagarin is not Stanley’s Cup

JULY 12, 2013 – Jeremy Roenick’s comment that “something’s fishy” surrounding the retirement of 30-year old Ilya Kovalchuk sums up a great many observers’ questions about his departure from the ...Full Article

One Vote Victory for Coyotes Says it All

INDEPENDENCE DAY 2013 — Tuesday night, the Glendale City Council voted 4-3 to approve an arena lease agreement with Renaissance Sports and Entertainment. With just one vote giving the ...Full Article

Messier Leaves Rangers to Work on Epic Project: Kingsbridge National Ice Center

JUNE 27, 2013 — NEW YORK — New York Rangers legend Mark Messier has informed the team, for which he served as special assistant to President/GM Glen Sather since ...Full Article

Morning Thought: Bergeron Toughs it Out

JUNE 25, 2013 — Thanks to Mark Spector of Sportsnet.ca for this one.  Patrice Bergeron of the Bruins surely wins the guts award: Patrice Bergeron may have been the ...Full Article

Bobby Ryan Summer Rumor Mill; Vinny Buyout?

JUNE 19, 2013 — A look at a couple of veteran players who could move this Summer: SUMMER RERUN: BOBBY RYAN RUMOR MILL It’s summer, so it must be ...Full Article

Bernie Parent Vibes? Quick Dominates

MAY 15, 2013 — LOS ANGELES — The way the Sharks outshot the Kings last night, 35-20, makes HT remember a time, way back in the 1970s, when a ...Full Article

Stop Bitching About Gary Bettman, Part Deux

MAY 5, 2013 — LOS ANGELES — Last year at this time, I reminded Hockeytalk readers that there never was a time, not even during the “good old days,” ...Full Article

Further Proof that Hits are Hockey’s Most Overrated Stat

Consider this on this fine sunny Sunday morning, hockey freaks: As if the career of Nicklas Lidstrom wasn’t enough, the 2012-13 Chicago Blackhawks offer more further evidence that hits ...Full Article

J-S Giguere’s ‘Chaotic Week’

APRIL 12, 2013 — LOS ANGELES – “It’s been a bit of a chaotic week,” said Jean-Sebastian Giguere in the understatement of the month. His Avalanche had just lost in ...Full Article

The Mark Spector Show: Guest Josh Brewster on Team 1260 Edmonton

Hockeytalk’s Josh Brewster on the Mark Spector show, April 8, 2013 Mark Spector is senior columnist for Sportsnet.ca, and host of The Mark Spector Show on Team 1260, Edmonton ...Full Article

Indoors or Out, Freeway Faceoff Intensity Grows

The Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks have always delivered one of the NHL’s top modern rivalries. SoCal knows it, and soon, either through a playoff matchup, an outdoor ...Full Article
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