• Lightning ‘can’t go much longer’ without Victor Hedman: Cooper

    Ken Campbell
    Victor Hedman

    The Tampa Bay Lightning got a welcomed sight Thursday morning when defenseman Victor Hedman joined them for an on-ice workout for the first time in a month. The fact that he took shots for the first time was an even better sign for a team that has weathered the storm well since Hedman left the lineup after breaking the index finger on his right hand in mid-October.

    Nobody was happier, perhaps than Hedman himself, than Lightning coach Jon Cooper, whose team has gone 10-4-1 in his absence.

    “I don’t want to throw numbers out but he’s a top-10-slash-top-five defenseman in the NHL,” Cooper said. “You pull the top defenseman from any team in this league and everybody would have issues. We’ve weathered this storm without him, but we can’t go much longer.”

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  • Apple for the coaches as London Knights use iPads to pick up wins

    Jared Clinton
    2014 Memorial Cup - London Knights v Edmonton Oil Kings

    It’s long been said that hockey is a game of inches. That’s no different in London, where the Knights are apparently using every tool available to them in order to make sure that luck falls on their side.

    The Knights, who are currently sitting in third place in the Midwest Division, have a long, storied history and established a winning tradition over a decade ago that has come to be expected of the franchise. In keeping with being a progressive and successful organization, the Knights are now employing a bit of technology, the almighty iPad, to help them shore up what needs to be fixed. Read more

  • Take first step down Road to the Winter Classic with Epix trailer

    Jared Clinton
    Winter Classic Featured

    Once word came that HBO would be abandoning 24/7, it didn’t take long for the NHL to find another suitor. And now we get to see what Epix can do.

    The American network swooped in, swung a deal with the league, and got the rights to get behind the scenes, just like HBO had done in years prior. With the Washington Capitals back for their second appearance on the pre-Winter Classic show, the Chicago Blackhawks are getting their first go-round at the series. This trailer is our first look at what Epix has planned for ‘Road to the Winter Classic’: Read more

  • 4-D gadget shakes your couch so you feel the hits while you watch hockey

    Matt Larkin
    ShakeCouch

    Too Many Cooks? Pfft. That was soooo last week, you guys.

    This video from 4D Sports is almost as weird, with one crucial difference: it’s not a parody. This is an actual product you can buy, on purpose. You can give it to another human as a gift. The product’s simple, tantalizing premise: it attaches to the bottom of your couch and, while you watch the game, wireless data feeds it information and it shakes whenever bone-crunching action happens on screen. So when Niklas Kronwall blows a guy up, THE COUCH BLOWS YOU UP. You shake and your popcorn goes everywhere, bro. See for yourself:

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  • AHL announces Hall of Fame inductees for 2015

    Jared Clinton
    Bronco Horvath (top left), Frederic Cassivi (top right), James C. Hendy (bottom left), and Art Stratton (bottom right) are the AHL Hall of Fame Class of 2015.

    While the stars of the American League may not be as synonymous with the game as the Gretzkys or the Howes, they deserve to be honored just the same. Local heroes who did it all for their small town teams, the AHL announced Frederic Cassivi, James C. Hendy, Bronco Horvath, and Art Stratton as 2015 Hall of Fame class.

    In the modern era, it’s incredibly difficult for a goaltender to earn the continual faith of organizations while never making the jump to the NHL. That’s exactly what Frederic Cassivi did. Cassivi, who played 12 seasons in the AHL, was one of the most successful netminders of his time, with his best season coming during the NHL lockout campaign of 2004-05. In 46 appearances that season, Cassivi posted a 2.07 goals against average and .924 save percentage, helping lead the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks to the Division Finals of the Calder Cup playoffs. Read more

  • No comebacks for Fantastic Finn Teemu Selanne: “My career is over, that much is certain”

    Adam Proteau
    Teemu Selanne (Marianne Helm/Getty Images)

    If you were desperately hanging on to the hope hockey legend Teemu Selanne would continue his professional playing career – either in Europe or back in the NHL – even as he approaches his mid-forties, you can let go of it: the surefire Hockey-Hall-of-Famer confirmed Wednesday he’s retired for good.

    In an interview with the International Ice Hockey Federation’s website, the 44-year-old Selanne made it clear he won’t be tempted by lucrative contract offers from the KHL or any other league. Read more

  • Rumor Roundup: Change might be the only way for the Toronto Maple Leafs

    Lyle Richardson
    Toronto Maple Leafs v Los Angeles Kings

    After the Toronto Maple Leafs were humbled 6-2 by the NHL’s worst team, the Buffalo Sabres, and followed it up with a humiliating 9-2 loss to the Nashville Predators, the calls for change from Leafs Nation are growing louder. In some cases, they reached banshee-like proportions.

    The Toronto Sun’s Steve Simmons believes how Leafs president Brendan Shanahan addresses this situation will say much about Shanahan’s managerial style going forward. He could fire coach Randy Carlyle or GM Dave Nonis. Perhaps both. Maybe neither. So far, he appears willing to stand pat. Read more