Category Archive: NHL

Dec 08

Paul MacLean fired by Ottawa Senators for things that aren’t his fault

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Paul MacLean has been fired by the Ottawa Senators after four seasons, two of which were playoff years and two of which were frustrating messes thanks to jettisoned talent, average goaltending and penny pinching ownership.* So if it sounds like we’re saying “don’t blame Paul MacLean for the Ottawa Senators’ problems,” that’s because that’s what …

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Oct 21

NHL Basement Clubs

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Everybody looks towards the top of the NHL, but with the Western Conference’s near dominion of the league – the past four Stanley Cups have been won by the Chicago Blackhawks and the LA Kings, both of whom compete in the Western Conference – things have become stale.   Although it is early days, you …

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Jul 05

Puck Daddy: Wayne Gretzky to own NHL Seattle franchise? Agent denies report

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Wayne Gretzky is going to get back into the NHL in some capacity, and one expects it’s going to be in a grandiose way. He’s not the guy who hands out an award he invented in Vegas every June; he’s the guy who runs the team that contends for the Stanley Cup that month. At …

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Jun 28

Puck Daddy: Winners and Losers of the 2014 NHL Draft

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PHILADELPHIA – The 2014 NHL Draft ended with a whimper, as trade activity involving roster players was handcuffed once again by the salary cap. The James Neal trade between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators was the lone blockbuster; the biggest other news was made over what didn’t happen.* Here’s a look at some of …

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Jun 24

Puck Daddy: How Bob Murray of the Anaheim Ducks won GM of the Year

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Bob Murray was named the 2014 NHL General Manager of the Year after voting*”conducted among the 30 Club General Managers and a panel of NHL executives, print and broadcast media at the conclusion of the regular season.” (Note: voting was actually extended through Round 2 of the playoffs.) The Anaheim Ducks GM beat out Dean …

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Jun 22

Puck Daddy: Puck Daddy’s 10 can’t-miss dates of the 2014-15 NHL season

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The 2014-15 NHL schedule is here, a mere nine days after the Los Angeles Kings were crowned Stanley Cup champions for the second time in three seasons. Now road trips can be planned out and money set aside in our budgets for those games we just have to get to.* There are always certain dates …

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Jun 15

Puck Daddy: The LA Kings are not a dynasty

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The hockey world loves a good story. For evidence, one need look no further than Justin Williams, Mr. Conn Smythe himself, who took home the award not so much because he was truly the Kings’ most valuable player in these NHL playoffs — I think we can all agree LA would have suffered much, much …

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Jun 08

The Sports Bank.net: LA Kings among 8 GREAT teams that NO ONE READS about

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The best teams should get the most coverage; in a perfect sporting world. And almost all the teams on this list do get a lot of coverage. They all sell a bunch of tickets to their games, and have a decent amount of fans. Only one team, the program in the #1 slot, is a …

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Jun 04

“The Stack” 6-4-14

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The Stanley Cup Finals start tonight and The Stack is pumped and ready for this series. Time to preview the series so let’s get right to it and see what is in “the stack” for today, Wednesday, June 4th: Stanley Cup Finals preview New York Rangers @ Los Angeles Kings 8 PM ET NBC For …

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May 29

Puck Daddy: Rangers look to put Game 5, Canadiens behind them in Game 6

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NEW YORK — In hockey, it’s often said goalies should have short memories after bad games.*Hours before their second attempt to eliminate the Montreal Canadiens and advance to the Stanley Cup Final, the New York Rangers chose to make like goalies, and forget Game 5 as a team. They weren’t looking back 48 hours to …

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