• Watch St. Louis Blues fall over themselves in hilarious video of first day of informal camp

    Jared Clinton
    The St. Louis Blues had some fun at the first day of informal skates. (via St. Louis Blues/Twitter)

    There’s pressure on the St. Louis Blues to finally make a deep post-season run in 2015-16, but you wouldn’t know the team is feeling the heat by watching them take the ice for the first time at the Blues’ first informal skate of the season.

    In the short clip posted to the team’s Twitter account, Alex Pietrangelo, Petteri Lindbohm, Robby Fabbri and the newest Blue, Troy Brouwer, all fly out onto the ice, skating straight-legged and trying to stay upright. But instead, for 14 seconds, the video is like watching four- and five-year-old children scramble around the ice. Read more

  • NCAA players can get paid now, but will they?

    Ryan Kennedy
    Noel Acciari and Jon Gillies celebrate a Providence College goal. (Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

    The NCAA has taken some bad p.r. beatings in recent years due to the fact the “student-athletes” under the organization’s care do not get paid, even with lucrative events such as football’s bowl season and the March Madness basketball tournament on the schedule.

    Now, a “cost of attendance” stipend is (slightly) changing the game. And the hockey world is easing in to the issue.

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  • AHL Logo Ranking: No. 20 – Binghamton Senators

    Jared Clinton
    Binghamton Senators logo (via SportsLogos.net/Chris Creamer)

    (The AHL has undergone a season of change and one-third of the league has changed locations or logos for the 2015-16 season. Leading up to the new season, The Hockey News will be ranking the logos of the league’s teams and offering a brief look at the history of each franchise. See the rest of the rankings in our AHL feed.)

    Life hasn’t been easy for the Binghamton Senators since their championship run in 2010-11. Since then, the Senators have failed to make the post-season twice — including misses this past season and the season immediately following their championship — and have been booted from the playoffs twice in the first round, winning only one playoff game along the way. That’s not exactly the type of sustained success the franchise was after.

    But things might be looking up in 2015-16. Shane Prince, the club’s leading scorer in 2014-15 with 28 goals and 65 points in 72 games, should be back for a full season and be looking to build on last year’s successful campaign. Standout defenseman Chris Wideman will likely spend at least one more full season in the AHL. And this season Nick Paul, who was rated as the Senators’ best prospect, should be suiting up in Binghamton.

    Add in Eric O’Dell and Mike Kostka, two depth signings Ottawa made this off-season who should contribute on the farm, and the roster is rounding out quite nicely.

    The one loss that might be felt is that of Matt Puempel. The 22-year-old played 13 games with Ottawa in 2014-15 and he could be ready to have a full rookie campaign in the NHL. If he’s back in Binghamton, however, expect improvement on his 12-goal, 32-point output this past season.

    The biggest question for Binghamton will be goaltending, where top NCAA free agent Matt O’Connor and 21-year-old Chris Driedger will likely split time. Driedger has a total of eight AHL games to his name, and that’s the most AHL experience any of any of the Senators’ options for the starting job in Binghamton. Read more

  • Fantasy hockey: the top 30 keeper league players by position

    Matt Larkin
    John Tavares (Getty Images)

    It’s nowhere near time to panic. You aren’t behind on your cramming for fantasy hockey draft day. You can print out my latest top 200 player list and leaf through it at the cottage.

    Keeper and dynasty league GMs, though, have to be a bit more on the ball. These folks are running long-term franchises. They technically never stop playing, as they’re free to make trades all off-season. They can also host their drafts earlier, as their leagues depend less on immediate health and up-to-date depth charts.

    It’s thus an ideal juncture to explore some keeper league rankings. Doing so means dispelling the hell out of some myths. For one, keeper league rankings are not merely prospect rankings. Sorry, but Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel and Aaron Ekblad do not automatically top these lists. Elite prospects like Sam Reinhart, Leon Draisaitl and William Nylander don’t make the cut at all here, as I think they’re still multiple seasons away from being impact NHLers.

    And here’s the thing too many people forget about keeper leagues: they still have standings and championships this year, and the next, and the next. So as long as an established star player projects to stay dominant for the next few seasons, he warrants strong keeper league consideration over the youngsters. McDavid tops the ranks if we’re projecting for five or 10 years down the road. But will he outscore John Tavares in the next two or three years? Doubtful. That’s not a knock on Connor. That’s a compliment to Johnny T.

    Some veterans, however, are punished in these rankings. The likes of Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg have reached their mid-30s and dealt with nagging injuries in recent seasons. They will outscore many of the players on these lists this season, but they could decline sharply within two years. Give me Mark Scheifele in 2016-17 over Datsyuk if I’m starting a keeper league team from scratch. That’s why you won’t see Detroit’s dynamic veterans make the list.

    Here are my top 30 keeper league picks by position. Age as of opening night, Oct. 7, 2015, listed in brackets.

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  • Rumor Roundup: Big names a part of rumor mill as season approaches

    Lyle Richardson
    Dustin Byfuglien. (Photo by Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images)

    Apart from the wheeling and dealing during the 2015 NHL Draft and the usual NHL free-agent signing frenzy of early-July, it’s been a fairly quiet summer in the rumor mill. However, with September and the start of training camp drawing near, speculation should increase over the next several weeks.

    Here’s a look at several NHL players who could start popping up in training camp trade and free-agent rumors in September. Read more

  • Edney taken first overall at CWHL draft, Wickenheiser a second-round pick of Calgary

    Jared Clinton
    Hayley Wickenheiser  (Photo by Phillip Chin/WireImage)

    Amidst an off-season that has seen the CWHL lose a number of players to the burgeoning NWHL, the primarily Canadian women’s league restocked its rosters at the 2015 draft Sunday afternoon.

    The Brampton Thunder, which was the only club not to make the Clarkson Cup tournament in 2014-15, had the first overall selection at the draft and used it to take blueliner Sarah Edney. Edney, a product of the NCAA’s Harvard University, scored eight goals and 22 points in 32 games for the Crimson in 2014-15. Edney was a member of the Canadian under-22 women’s team that won gold at the Nations Cup in January.

    Following behind Edney in the draft were Emily Fulton (Toronto Furies), Marie-Philip Poulin (Montreal Stars), Brianne Jenner (Calgary Inferno) and Kristina Brown (Boston Blades). Read more

  • Phil Kessel thanks Toronto, says he will ‘always consider Toronto home’

    Jared Clinton
    Phil Kessel in his new Penguins jersey. (via Pittsburgh Penguins/Twitter)

    Phil Kessel’s tenure as a Maple Leaf may have come to a rather unceremonious end, but the 27-year-old doesn’t plan on forgetting his time in Toronto.

    Sunday morning, Kessel took to Twitter to send a heartfelt message to those who cheered him on, wore his jersey and supported the Maple Leafs over the course of his six seasons in Toronto. In the tweet, Kessel, a native of Madison, Wisc., said he will always consider Toronto home. Read more

  • Russian Ice Hockey Federation fined more than $85,000 for leaving ice at Worlds

    Jared Clinton
    Alex Ovechkin (Martin Rose/Getty Images)

    The Russian national team has been hit with an CHF 80,000 fine — roughly $85,000 USD — as the result of their actions following the gold medal game at May’s World Championships in Czech Republic.

    During the post-game ceremony, the Russian team, including staff and players, left the ice before the Canadian national anthem had been played and the flags of the three medalling countries were raised in celebration. Following the incident, IIHF president Rene Fasel told Russian news outlet TASS he was, “deeply disappointed,” and that it was the first time he had seen such actions at a World Championship.

    Following the incident, Andrei Safronov, Team Russia’s GM, was apologetic about the incident, saying it wasn’t the fault of anyone but the team. Read more