• Vancouver Sun and Vancouver Province publish, apologize for insensitive Jordan Subban photo caption

    Rory Boylen
    Jordan Subban. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

    On Tuesday night, Vancouver Canucks prospect Jordan Subban scored his first NHL pre-season goal on the first shot of his first shift in the 2014 exhibition period. Pretty cool, right?

    Unfortunately, when the Vancouver Sun ran a photo of the goal celebration, the racist caption below it became a bigger story than Subban’s big league tryout. Note the horribly offensive description in parenthesis. Read more

  • The Great Grandpa: Wayne Gretzky’s daughter, Paulina, announces pregnancy

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    Dustin Johnson and Paulina Gretzky/Getty Images

    The Great One is going to be a grandfather.

    Wayne Gretzky’s daughter Paulina announced Tuesday on her Instagram account that she and fiance, pro golfer Dustin Johnson, are expecting their first child.

    The 25-year-old posted a photo of herself cradling her belly, with the caption: @djohnsonpga&i are so excited to finally share with you all our amazing news..we’re having a baby!!”

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  • Jordan Staal suffers broken leg in pre-season game

    Rory Boylen
    Jordan Staal. (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)

    If the Carolina Hurricanes are going to make the playoffs this season, a lot of things need to go just right for them. On Tuesday, things went very wrong when Jordan Staal suffered a broken leg in a pre-season game against the Buffalo Sabres.

    Th injury occurred when he was hit by Sabres defenseman Josh Gorges in the third period of Buffalo’s 2-0 win. Staal left the game and was using crutches afterwards. The team said Staal will return to Raleigh to be evaluated and no timetable for recovery has yet been determined. Read more

  • Jonathan Huberdeau: the Panther you’d be a fool to forget

    Adam Proteau
    Jonathan Huberdeau (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    CORAL SPRINGS, FLA. – Jonathan Huberdeau’s first NHL season ended with him winning the Calder Trophy as the league’s most outstanding rookie. But, like many second-year pros, he discovered consistency over the longer term is more difficult to achieve.

    The 21-year-old left winger scored 14 goals and 31 points in the lockout-shortened 48-game NHL campaign of 2012-13, but last year those numbers dwindled to nine goals and 28 points in 69 games. However, the so-called sophomore jinx wasn’t to blame. Instead, the origins of Huberdeau’s struggles can be traced back to the hip surgery he underwent in May of 2013; while the procedure dealt with a nagging ailment, it also set him back in terms of working on all aspects of his game.

    “It was hard mentally with the season I had,” Huberdeau said. “It was hard physically, too, but hey, no excuses. I could’ve done better.”

    When he finally got his feet under him late in the season (and just before a concussion cost him 11 games toward the end of the campaign), former Panthers interim head coach Peter Horacek inexplicably sheared down Huberdeau’s minutes to what you’d expect to see given to a fourth-liner, not the reigning rookie-of-the-year. Read more

  • Best bets for the Hart, Art Ross, Rocket Richard, Norris, Vezina and Calder Trophies

    Rory Boylen
    Alex Ovechkin (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

    Hockey is in the air. Pre-season games are on the TV, jerseys for the Winter Classic are being released, Maple Leafs star Phil Kessel has been at the center of a non-story…the world is right again.

    And before you know it, the games will start counting.

    We’ve been previewing each NHL team and releasing top 10 lists related to the upcoming season. We can’t wait to see how it all starts to unfold.

    Today, gambling site Bodog released odds on who will take home the major individual NHL awards this season. Below, we take a look at the lines set by Bodog and provide what we think are some decent picks – plus a few off the board options for you to consider and guys to stay away from.

    Who will win the 2014 Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s Most Valuable Player?
    Sidney Crosby: 7/4
    Ryan Getzlaf: 6/1
    Steven Stamkos: 6/1
    John Tavares: 8/1
    Alex Ovechkin: 12/1
    Claude Giroux: 15/1
    Tyler Seguin: 15/1
    Evgeni Malkin: 15/1
    Jonathan Toews: 16/1
    Anze Kopitar: 18/1
    Corey Perry: 20/1
    Patrick Kane: 20/1
    Jamie Benn: 35/1
    Tuukka Rask: 35/1
    Henrik Lundqvist: 40/1
    Jonathan Quick: 50/1
    Carey Price: 50/1
    Erik Karlsson: 50/1
    Nathan MacKinnon: 50/1

    Best bets: OK, so if Crosby stays healthy, he’s more of a lock to be a Hart Trophy contender than anyone else. That’s obvious. If you want to make a safe pick, but think Crosby’s health is too big of a risk for the 7/4 odds he holds, Stamkos at 6/1 is your guy on a bulked up Tampa Bay Lightning squad. But how about Evgeni Malkin at 15/1? If Crosby does go down, Malkin is a great candidate to take over that team and explode up the scoring chart. Of course, he comes with injury risk too. Read more

  • THN’s 2014-15 NHL season preview: Los Angeles Kings

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    Los Angeles Kings celebrating their 2014 Stanley Cup championship. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    2013-14 record: 46-28-8

    Acquisitions: David Van Der Gulik, Adam Cracknell

    Departures: Colin Fraser, Willie Mitchell, LInden Vey

    Top five fantasy players: Anze Kopitar, Marian Gaborik, Jeff Carter, Justin Williams, Drew Doughty

    Boom, Bust and Bottom Line: The best, worst and most likely scenario
    Boom: If L.A.’s offensive orgasm in the playoffs carries over into 2014-15, the team has a real chance at winning the Western Conference. After averaging just 2.42 goals per game last season, the Kings went nuts during the post-season, humming along at a 3.38 clip. Backed by Jonathan Quick, they already own the league’s No. 1 defense, and their playoff explosion shows they have the weapons to run with the West’s big guns during the regular season, if they only use them. Should they do so, the Presidents’ Trophy is well within reach, especially if freshly minted Marian Gaborik scores like he did in the playoffs. Read more

  • Washington Capitals unveil Winter Classic jersey – what do you think?

    Rory Boylen
    Washington's Winter Classic 2015 jersey. (Courtesy the Washington Capitals)

    The 2015 Winter Classic on Jan. 1, 2015 will be at Nationals Park and played between the Washington Capitals and Chicago Blackhawks.

    Today, the Capitals released what their jerseys would look like for the big event. What do you think of the look? (All photos from the Washington Capitals. The last one is photoshopped to show the ‘C’ and the Winter Classic logo)

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  • Olympics or World Cup – which would you rather see NHLers participate in?

    Rory Boylen
    Team Canada at the Olympics. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)

    The last World Cup of Hockey was played in 2004, with Canada winning just ahead of the lost 2004-05 NHL season. When the league came back, the Olympic tournament became the main international best-on-best competition, with Turin, Vancouver and Sochi the three host cities in 2006, 2010 and 2014.

    Last June, Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston reported the World Cup was expected to return in 2016 with Toronto as the host city. With the next Winter Olympics scheduled for PyeongChang, South Korea, the destination isn’t as attractive to the NHL as events hosted in North America or Russia. The live games would be broadcasted at odd hours for the majority of hockey fans and the 2018 host nation isn’t exactly a hockey hotbed – the program is ranked 23rd in the world. Not exactly ideal conditions for a best-on-best tournament that the NHL would have to shutdown for. Read more