Big Bert’s back: Todd Bertuzzi signs PTO with Ottawa Senators’ AHL team

Jared Clinton
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Earlier this week, there was a report the Ottawa Senators’ AHL team, the Binghamton Senators, had signed veteran Todd Bertuzzi to a pro tryout contract. While that initial report was proven false, there may have been something to it as Binghamton inked Bertuzzi to a tryout on Friday.

Bertuzzi hasn’t played all season, and last saw game action on April 24, 2014, in Detroit’s game four playoff loss to the Boston Bruins. The big-bodied winger skated in less than 13 minutes of the game, and didn’t dress for game five in which the Bruins would eliminate Detroit. Read more

Not mad, just disappointed: 10 players we expected more from this season

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There are two sides to the surprise coin. On one side, you have the players who outperform even your wildest expectations. This season, they’ve taken the form of Colin Wilson, Mathieu Perreault, and several others. On the other, you have players who haven’t come close to expectations.

At the midpoint of the 2014-15 season, there are more than a few candidates for disappointing player of the campaign, but only one can take the cake. While fans of every team have the players they wish they would get more from, the following 10 are the ones that are playing well below the expectations this season. Read more

Canadian gold: a little swagger didn’t hurt this squad

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The stereotypical Canadian hockey player is humble, sometimes to a fault. But this year’s edition of the world junior team wanted to be different, going way back to the summer: They wanted to bring some swagger back to a program that had not won gold since 2009 and now, they have done it.

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Washington’s Winter Classic comes to life in photos

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As a game, hockey lends itself to some brilliant photos and spectacular moments, but the beauty of the game is amplified when it gets taken outdoors.

The 2015 Winter Classic was an outstanding battle between Chicago and Washington, two of the league’s best teams, and some of the league’s finest stars. The Capitals took home a 3-2 victory on a last-minute goal by Troy Brouwer, and the elation shown by Brouwer’s teammates was a moment that was meant to be captured.

This is the 2015 Winter Classic in photos: Read more

Demotion from Ducks could spell end for Dany Heatley

Jared Clinton
Dany Heatley (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

In 2005-06, the top five goal scorers in the NHL were, in order, Jonathan Cheechoo, Jaromir Jagr, Ilya Kovalchuk, Alex Ovechkin, and Dany Heatley. If you had to pick a player that wouldn’t be able to cut it in the league eight years later, the two easiest answers don’t include a then 25-year-old Heatley.

As of noon Tuesday, however, Heatley’s days in the NHL look like they’re all but through. After a few consecutive seasons of dwindling numbers for far-too-much money, including zero points in six games with the Anaheim Ducks this season on a $1 million deal, Heatley is finds himself demoted for the first time in his career. Read more

Rumor Roundup: Devils’ veterans could be shipped out in push for top pick

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The New Jersey Devils recent coaching change could stoke trade chatter in the coming weeks if the move fails to lift the club back into playoff contention.

Earlier this month, the New York Post’s Larry Brooks advocated shedding veterans to improve the Devils chances of winning the 2015 Draft lottery. Brooks suggested forwards Jaromir Jagr, Michael Ryder, Martin Havlat and Steve Bernier along with defenseman Marek Zidlicky might attract interest from playoff contenders. He also wondered if long-time Devils star Patrik Elias might waive his no-move clause to go to a Stanley Cup contender. Read more

Top 10 players of 2014: Game’s brightest shine in Olympic year

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Whether the NHL participates in the 2018 Olympics or not, it will forever be hard to top the talent seen in both the 2010 and 2014 games. Not only was the men’s game showcased on one of the brightest stages, the women’s game provided some incredible drama in the medal round.

As such, there is a pair of women on this year’s top 10 players. There are also appearances from a few future stars. One member of this list did outstanding things before becoming a pro, and is already making his mark on the NHL in his rookie season, while others are breaking out or remaining at the top of their games. Read more

Gustav Nyquist scores video game goal to lift Wings over Sens

Jared Clinton
Gustav Nyquist (Getty Images)

There’s a highlight of Steve Yzerman that almost everyone knows. He makes a few moves against the Chicago Blackhawks, circles the zone for what feels like forever before finally burying an unbelievable goal.

On Saturday night, not only did Gustav Nyquist score the overtime winner to lift the Detroit Red Wings over the Ottawa Senators 3-2, the goal he scored may actually be better than that of Yzerman’s. Read more