• Rumor Roundup: To make room for young guns, Panthers veterans could be up for grabs

    Fleischmann Kopecky featured

    NHL teams shopping around for veteran depth should get in touch with Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon. According Sun-Sentinel.com’s Harvey Fialkov, a team source claims the Panthers want to ship out some “unnamed veterans” to make room for youngsters Vincent Trocheck, Rocco Grimaldi and Quinton Howden.

    Fialkov believes forwards Tomas Fleischmann, Tomas Kopecky and Sean Bergenheim are the likely trade candidates. The trio were part of Tallon’s mass acquisition of veteran talent during the summer of 2011. They become eligible for unrestricted free agency in July. Fleischmann could interest clubs seeking a skilled scorer while Kopecky and Bergenheim could prove worthwhile additions for those seeking checking-line help. Read more

  • Who is the NHL’s best fighting team? We rank them 1 to 30

    Matt Larkin
    Fight

    One thing everyone can 
agree about in the fighting debate: fisticuffs aren’t gone yet. Hockey is certainly trending that way, but fights still happen for now. So when they do, which team is most heavily armed to win a battle royale on a nightly basis? We set out to crown the best overall tough-guy team in the NHL.

    Our data source was hockeyfights.com, which has documented decades of information. Players earn wins, losses and draws based on fan votes. With the help of our dedicated interns, Craig Hagerman and Namish Modi, we compiled the career record of every player who’s played a game this season, through the second week of November. Fights that didn’t have any votes were deemed no contest, as the sample size was large enough for us to throw them out. We included regular season scraps but also pre-season and post-season ones, because fights are fights, no matter when they happen. Even if you’re a star player shaking off summer rust, you don’t ease up in the pre-season when you’re protecting your own face.

    We then summed the total records of the players on each active NHL roster to produce an aggregate record, which was converted to a points percentage. We awarded two points for a win and one point for a draw. At this stage in the calculations, we realized our overall team rankings skewed too heavily toward winning fights and not enough toward experience. Which enforcer would you fear more: a guy with two fights and two wins or a guy with 100 wins and 60 losses? So we multiplied our team points percentages by their players’ total number of fights to create a final score that combined fight proficiency with fight frequency.

    We believe the rankings on the pages to follow accurately reflect the NHL’s glove-dropping hierarchy. The likes of San Jose and Boston are loaded with pugilists and finished high, whereas last-place Detroit throws punches as often as Gandhi did.

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  • The Minnesota Wild could be one of this season’s sneaky contenders

    Jared Clinton
    Minnesota Wild Featured

    Sometimes it takes a few years for a plan to come together. Just ask Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher.

    Fletcher made a huge splash in the summer of 2012, signing winger Zach Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter to matching 13-year, $98 million contracts. They were Fletcher’s cornerstone signings, the building blocks on which the rest of the team would be centered. And while there were growing pains in the two seasons that followed, it’s looking as though the third time may be the charm in Minnesota. Read more

  • Pat Quinn honored by Vancouver Canucks in touching pre-game ceremony

    Jared Clinton
    Quinn Tribute Featured

    Before Tuesday’s game in Vancouver, the Canucks paid tribute to late coach, president and GM Pat Quinn.

    Quinn, who spent two seasons in Vancouver as a player and another decade as president, coach, and GM, died on Sunday night at age 71. Already an inductee into the Canucks ring of honor, Vancouver paid tribute with a moment of silence followed by a moving career retrospective while anthem singer Mark Donnelly honored Quinn with the singing of Danny Boy. Read more

  • Report: Daniel Alfredsson to officially retire Dec. 4 in Ottawa

    Adam Proteau
    (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)

    According to a TSN report, longtime Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson, who spent last season with the Red Wings after 17 seasons in Ottawa, is expected to officially announce his retirement from the NHL Dec. 4 in the city in which he spent the grand majority of his professional hockey life. And by hanging up his skates in Ottawa, the the 41-year-old is showing his heart never really left the city despite that year in Detroit.

    Alfredsson, who leaves the game with 444 goals and 1,157 points in 1,246 career NHL games with the Senators and Wings, had been skating in the hope of playing again, but a nagging back injury prevented him from following through. And despite leaving Ottawa in the summer of 2013 after a contract dispute with the team, Alfredsson’s bond with the area remains. It’s easy to see why: Read more

  • Slovakian player throws what may be the greatest hip check of all-time

    Jared Clinton
    Hip Check Featured

    While a nice, clean, open ice hit is always great to see, there’s something that much more thrilling about a beautiful hip check.

    That’s why this hit, thrown in the Slovakian Extraliga by Peter Hrasko, is equal parts devastating and a joy to watch. Hrasko, a defenseman for the HKM Zvolen Knights, lines up HC Kosice Steelers forward Adam Lapsansky, sending the big forward airborne: Read more

  • White-hot Stars rookie John Klingberg scores a long-distance goal

    Adam Proteau
    John Klingberg (Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images)

    Dallas Stars rookie defenseman John Klingberg is just 22 years old, but he may never score a goal further away from the net than the one he did Tuesday night against the Oilers.

    The Swedish blueliner, who was selected 131st overall by Dallas in 2010, grabbed the puck between center ice and Edmonton’s blueline and fired a slapshot from there – well, something that started out as a slapshot, anyway – at Oilers goalie Viktor Fasth, who had a clear look at it, but whiffed on it completely:
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