Brad Stuart, you can go home again

Brad Stuart began his career with the Sharks and thanks to today’s long anticipated deal, he’ll get a chance to return home to finish it. The Red Wings get Andrew Murray and a seventh round pick in the 2014 draft if Stuart signs with the Sharks. Stuart becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1st, […]

Canucks re-up Alain Vigneault

With a year left on his contract, and an unexpectedly premature exit from his team this year, Alain Vigneault had unfinished business in Vancouver. The Canucks decided that giving him some job security in the completion of his mandate as the team and their coach agreed to an extension.   Like many NHL deals, terms […]

A job for a captain, not a commissioner

We’re a week away from the beginning of the Stanley Cup Finals. The puck will drop in a NYC Metro area arena still to be determined. But one thing we do know is that within two weeks after that and possibly as soon as one, the NHL will crown a new champion and Gary Bettman […]

Steven Stamkos nets number 50, again

Stick tap to our friends at Lightning Hockey Blog for the picture Many years ago, when mastodons roamed the earth and the permafrost extended south to Tampa Bay, fifty goal scorers were as common as hot goalies in the playoffs. You could safely count on a few every year. But since the dreaded neutral-zone trap […]

Kings add Jeff Carter, send Jack Johnson to Columbus

What began earlier this week, continued late last night. Columbus sent underperforming forward Jeff Carter to Los Angeles eight months to the day that they had acquired him from Philadelphia. In exchange, Columbus adds defenseman Jack Johnson, who at 25 potentially becomes the next face of the Blue Jackets franchise. In addition, the Kings send […]

Tim Thomas story refuses to end

As if prompted by the insatiable appetite of the Boston media, there was news today about Tim Thomas’s infamous decision to skip the Bruins White House visit from earlier in the month. We’ve written about it before and we’ll write about it again. Thus far, CBC’s Elliotte Friedman owns the story, but eventually the Globe’s […]

Bruins extend Johnny Boychuk through 2014-15 season

Boston locked up veteran defenseman Johnny Boychuk with a three year contract extension worth $10.08 million dollars. Boychuk was expected to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. The extension will keep him in Boston until he is 31 years old. He’ll earn $3.36 million annually for the lifetime of the […]

Reports: Columbus listening to offers for Rick Nash

But his next destination will be determined not as much by cap space as his own willingness to move and the talent offered in exchange The rumors and reports swirled over the last week, that Rick Nash, the long-time face of Columbus’ Franchise was open to a trade at that Blue Jackets management would be […]

Surprise: Boston’s media is overstating Tuukka Rask’s complaint

But the team needs to evaluate and decide whether Rask is their future in net Being buried on the bench in Boston leads to an abundance of exposure when a player mentions that he’d rather play more. So shouldn’t surprise anyone that Tuuka Rask’s comments to a Finnish newspaper that he’d prefer playing regularly prompted […]

Coyotes honor Jeremy Roenick with Blackhawks in town

Being JR. The thought befuddles the most level-headed and rationale among us. Successful hockey player, turned commentator, with eyes on the prize of ownership. And last night, he was the honored man in a city known best for triple digit temperatures. Roenick’s comments about wanting to own the club sent ripples of speculation through the […]

Bruins prospect Carl Soderberg may be headed to the NHL

Dynamic Swedish center Carl Soderberg has long been the apple of NHL teams’ eyes. Selected in 2004 by the Blues in the NHL Entry Draft, Soderberg has remained in Sweden, eschewing potential US stardom in the NHL. His steadfast choice to stay close to home prompted the prospect watchers at Hockey’s Future to declare he […]

Don’t Grade Brendan Shanahan On A Curve And Tonight’s Line Combinations

Improvements to NHL Disciplinary System are Welcome But More are Still Needed Yesterday, Greg Wyshynski and Jeff Marek, as part of their daily Puck Daddy podcast talked about how they’d grade new NHL Disciplinary Head Brendan Shanahan. Both offered qualified praise and graded him fairly well – seven and eight on a scale of ten. […]

Western Conference Teams Assess Needs As Trade Deadline Looms Part 2

This post wraps up our whirlwind tour around the league. While the remaining seven squads find the playoff fortunes in a precarious spot, the remaining ten weeks will give each ample opportunity to alter their trajectory and pick off one of the present playoff bound teams. So what will it take to unseat one of […]

Oliver Wahlstrom’s Trick Shots: A Mini One-On-One Tradition

Please pardon the digression down memory lane. Growing up in New England, Mini One-On-One was a staple feature of intermissions of Bruins games on the great WSBK TV in Boston. Between the calls of Fred Cusick and Derek Sanderson of the main event, high schoolers and younger aged skaters showed off on break aways of […]