• Infographic shows AHL’s 3-on-3 is effective at ending games in extra frame

    Jared Clinton
    AHL Overtime Featured Marlies Kozun

    Thanks to an infographic released by the AHL, it looks like Ken Holland’s overtime brainchild may be closer to coming to life.

    For years now, the AHL has been the testing ground for potential NHL rules. From thicker bluelines to the introduction of the trapezoid, before a rule is made a rule in the big leagues, it gets a look in the AHL. This season’s big change has been the introduction of a seven-minute overtime that changes from 4-on-4 to 3-on-3 in the frame’s final three minutes. Read more

  • Rumor Roundup: McDavid hopefuls could thin out roster in hopes of landing star

    Connor McDavid (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

    The floundering Edmonton Oilers appear the favorites to win the 2015 NHL draft lottery and select OHL scoring sensation Connor McDavid as the first-overall pick. However, they could soon have some competition in the McDavid sweepstakes.

    Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News & Observer notes the Carolina Hurricanes, basement dwellers of the Eastern Conference, lack the talent to compete with the league’s better teams. The Hurricanes last made the playoffs in 2009, and DeCock believes it’s time for a major roster overhaul, which includes improving their chances of landing McDavid. Read more

  • Oilers took step forward in process, but Eakins a victim of results-oriented business

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    Taylor Hall (Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

    By Dom Luszczyszyn

    With due process, the results will come. For the Edmonton Oilers, the results have been long overdue and Dallas Eakins lost his job on Monday because of it.

    The NHL is a results-oriented business – it always has been – so when a team wins three of its last 22 games, someone’s getting fired. But if the goal is long-term success, then the process should be the number one priority. Improve the little things that lead to wins and eventually they will come. Read more

  • Mumps outbreak has anthem as Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” gets parody treatment

    Jared Clinton
    Tally Deushane sings her parody song "Mumps Face" (via YouTube)

    During the NHL’s mumps outbreak, every fan has been wishing for the same thing: what we need is a Taylor Swift parody to accurately describe the whole ordeal.

    Wish no longer, hockey fans. Thanks to Tally Deushane, the co-host of the Girls Just Wanna Have Puck podcast, we now have a ukulele parody of Swift’s Blank Space, complete with lyrics like, “You got a mumps face, baby, better vaccinate.” Read more

  • Dallas Stars poke fun at Jagr, want their practice facility key back

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    Jaromir Jagr was a Dallas Star for all of 34 games, but when Jagr and the New Jersey Devils visited the Lone Star State, the Stars made sure remind fans of Jagr’s time in Dallas.

    With yet another list, the Stars scoreboard operators ran down some of Jagr’s greatest achievements while a member of the team, and again, just like when pointing to things to do in Winnipeg, the list got a bit thin near the bottom. We kind of want to know about this missing key, though: Read more

  • Team Canada hopeful Lawson Crouse leads off The Hot List

    Kingston's Lawson Crouse (Photo by Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

    The world junior picture is beginning to clear up as the holiday classic nears. Sweden won’t get Andre Burakovsky from Washington and Canada won’t get Bo Horvat from Vancouver, but the biggest blow may be to the Russians. That’s because Nikita Zadorov has become too integral to the suddenly-hot Buffalo Sabres. The World Jr. A Challenge also has some great talent this year and it’s going on now, so let’s take a look at some of the young players we’re excited to see in the NHL one day.

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  • Don’t look now, but the Buffalo Sabres are in the playoff hunt

    Adam Proteau
    Jhonas Enroth and Brian Gionta (Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

    After their 18th game of the season, the Buffalo Sabres had a 3-13-2 record and were being talked about the way you talk about that cousin nobody in your family likes to talk about: in hushed tones, with faint hope that things will turn around for them.

    One month later – and after Monday’s 5-4 shootout win over the division rival Senators – they’re riding a four-game win streak and a six-game home win streak, their longest since they won the Presidents’ Trophy in 2006-07. Their record in that time is 10-3-0, and they’re only two standings points behind the Sens, four points behind the Bruins, and four points out of the final wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference.

    That’s correct. The Sabres could make the playoffs this season. This may give you the distinct sensation of being in a dreamlike state, but this is in fact occurring in real life. Read more

  • Trade Taylor Hall? Is it April 1 already, Oilers?

    Adam Proteau
    Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Taylor Hall (Getty Images)

    A TSN report that suggested Oilers star left winger Taylor Hall will be on the trade block should alarm Edmonton’s long-tortured fan base.

    Trade Hall? Is it April 1 already?

    There should be no sacred cows with a team this incapable of competing, but the idea the franchise could retain the services of president of hockey operations Kevin Lowe and trade away its most talented player is galling and will rightfully raise ulcer rates across the city. There’s nothing wrong with breaking up the core of talent the Oilers have assembled – in fact, that’s exactly what should happen – but if Edmonton management is going to retain one or two of their current young talents to move forward with a new roster, it’s probably a good idea if they held on to the best one they’ve got.

    Now, you can argue Hall has the most value of anyone currently in an Edmonton jersey, and you’d be right. But if he’s the most proven talent of all Oilers youngsters, why not deal Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Nail Yakupov and/or Jordan Eberle instead? Surely any competent GM could use any combination of those three players (or at least two of them in separate deals) to address the depth and talent issues the organization clearly faces, right? Even if they draft Connor McDavid this summer, they’ll need to fix their defense and goaltending or it will all be for naught again. Surely MacTavish can acquire some blue-chip prospects and/or experienced defensemen able to contribute, right? Garth Snow did so in the form of Johnny Boychuk for a far cheaper return. It’s just about doing it right, and that brings me to the most important point.

    In the same report, TSN’s Darren Dreger said Hall “at least from a culture standpoint – in the room, not on the ice – hasn’t been what they hoped he would be”. The same was undoubtedly true for former Oilers coach Dallas Eakins, who was fired Monday morning after blowing away MacTavish two summers ago in a job interview. But after so many of these decisions have failed to work out, when does it become fair to point the finger of blame at management’s concept of a winning culture and the people who are continuously choosing the wrong people for the jobs? Read more