Scoring is at its low point since the The New NHL took hold after the 2004-05 lockout, but this list is all about quality, not quantity. Here are THN’s top 10 NHL goals from the past calendar year. Read more
Edward Fraser, The Hockey News’ managing editor, joined THN in 2005 after covering the Jr. B Stratford Cullitons for a couple of seasons. The London, Ont., native graduated from the University of Western Ontario – where he did campus radio color commentary for both men’s and women’s hockey – with a Master’s in Journalism. He really, really hates the loser point.
Last year, Brent Seabrook averaged 22:10 minutes per game; his ‘D’ partner, Duncan Keith averaged 25:33; Patrick Kane 19:51; Jonathan Toews 19:33; and Marian Hossa 18:33.
That quintet, assuming they’re all still around, better get used to playing a lot more than that.
After Seabrook signed an eight-year, $55-million extension ($6.875-million per year) that will kick in next season, the above five players, along with Corey Crawford, will have a combined cap hit of $44.7 million, or 62.8% of their overall allowance, using this year’s ceiling. In other words, unless the cap shoots up next season – and don’t count on that – the Hawks will have less than $30 million to fill out the rest of the roster (and that’s not taking into account Niklas Hjalmarsson’s $4.1 million, Artem Anisimov’s $4.6 million or Bryan Bickell’s $4 million).
So you can expect one of two things: 1) Chicago’s roster in 2016-17 will feature a lot of cheap prospects and reclamation projects, resulting in a top-heavy collection that will see a bunch of ice time. 2) One or two of the Big 6 has to go. Read more
In the third and final installment of our NHL playoff quarterfinal match-up Mascot Showdown, it’s the L.A. Kings’ Bailey against the Anaheim Ducks’ Wild Wing. In the first two clashes, Montreal’s Youppi romped over Boston’s Blades, while Chicago’s Tommy Hawk got the best of Minnesota’s Nordy. That means Game 1 in each series has been claimed by the team whose mascot won the THN.com showdown (not including the Penguins’ Iceburgh, who got a walk because the Rangers don’t employ a mascot). Coincidence? I’ll leave that up to you. Read more
In the first edition of our Mascot Showdown yesterday, Montreal’s Youppi! dominated Boston’s Blades, getting two thirds of the fan vote. And since the Penguins’ Iceburgh gets a walk since the Rangers don’t employee a plush-covered prodder, we move on to the Chicago Blackhawks and the Minnesota Wild. Which team’s mascot is better? Read more
The series between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens will be settled on the ice, but the “who’s the better mascot” war will be settle right here, right now. It’s Blades vs. Youppi!. Who’s better? Read more
The big question mark coming into this series (other than, perhaps, how many games would it take for the Penguins to dispose of the Blue Jackets) was whether Marc-Andre Fleury could shake his recent playoff demons and take his team on a deep playoff run. And surely, after misplaying the puck to allow a late tying maker and letting in the OT-softy that has this series knotted at two, most will say he’s still haunted.
But if you’re looking to place blame, look at the big-name forwards in front of him first.
Coming off a sweep at the hands of the Bruins last year, where the Pens managed a total of two goals, the stars have once again gone AWOL: Sidney Crosby, zero goals. Evgeni Malkin, zero goals. James Neal, one goal. Read more
The judgement has come down and the Minnesota Wild’s Matt Cooke (a.k.a. The Most Hated Man In Hockey) has been given a seven-game ban for kneeing Tyson Barrie in Game 3, which put the Colorado D-man out 4-to-6 weeks with an MCL injury.
Stephane Quintal, the NHL’s new sheriff, explained the decision as such:
Not surprisingly, the consensus among pundits and non-Wild fans is the suspension was too short, far too short. But the league got this one about right. Read more
The Montreal Canadiens deserve full credit for their Game 3 win – and their 3-0 series lead – against Tampa Bay, but if you’re a Lightning player, coach or fan, you’ve got to wonder if things would have taken a different turn had Ryan Callahan’s goal with less than five minutes left in the second period counted instead of being waived off for goalie interference.
I, like most people, thought at first that the goal should have counted, but after digging into Rule 69.3 (after reading a tweet from former NHL referee turned TSN analyst Kerry Fraser), I started to waiver.
Rule 69.3 states… Read more