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'09 forced retirements

'09 forced retirements

by John Grigg - July 22, 2009 2:15 PM EDT

We countdown the players who we'll miss the most after they're unable to find an NHL job this summer.
There are a number of unrestricted free agents still available on the market, but not all will find a job. This week we take a little time to lament the loss of some NHL players; those for whom age, injury history and/or eroding skills have conspired to mean they’ve likely skated on their last sheet of NHL ice.


Joe Sakic numbers

Joe Sakic numbers

by John Grigg - July 15, 2009 2:20 PM EDT

In honor of one of hockey's all-time greats, we rundown a list of interesting numbers surrounding Burnaby Joe.
With his retirement announcement last Thursday, Joe Sakic ensured one thing for 2012 – a first-ballot entry into the Hockey Hall of Fame.


Worst UFA contracts

Worst UFA contracts

by John Grigg - July 8, 2009 3:21 PM EDT

Some signings are sure to pan out, but others will have fans - and owners - shaking their heads for years to come.
The past week has been a furious one for NHL unrestricted free agent signings. Some were astute at a time when GMs are pressured to be anything but.


All-time No. 1 picks

All-time No. 1 picks

by John Grigg - June 24, 2009 12:31 PM EDT

We don't know who will go No. 1 overall in the '09 draft, but we do know who owns the top spot among players drafted first in NHL history.
With just a couple of days until the NHL’s draft festivities get underway Friday, the talk of the league is who will go first overall. London Knights (OHL) center John Tavares has been considered the sure-fire No.


Playoff performances

Playoff performances

by John Grigg - June 17, 2009 3:08 PM EDT

With the Pens crowned as champions, we look back at the best displays of skill in what was an epic playoff season.
Well, that’s all folks; another NHL season come and gone. (What are we going to do with ourselves?) Sure, we’ve got the NHL awards this week, the draft next weekend and free agency July 1, but by the second week of July we’re into the dog days of summer.


Stanley Cup Game 7s

Stanley Cup Game 7s

by John Grigg - June 10, 2009 2:34 PM EDT

There's nothing quite like a winner-takes-all showdown and we have our favorites of all-time.
Eighty-six down, one to go; one game, all the glory. What a post-season it’s been. Six seven-game series, only five of 15 series with fewer than six games, storylines and stars galore, and frenetic end-to-end play throughout.


Single season playoff scoring leaders

Single season playoff scoring leaders

by John Grigg - June 3, 2009 11:51 AM EDT

Who among this year's crop of stars finds himself at No. 6?
With 33 points through Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final, Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin is the first player to top 30 playoff points since 1996, when Colorado’s sure first-ballot Hall of Famer Joe Sakic netted 34 en route to the Avalanche’s first Cup championship.


Superstitions

Superstitions

by John Grigg - May 27, 2009 3:00 PM EDT

From talking to goal posts to playoff beards, hockey has more than it's fair share of strange traditions.
If there’s one thread that binds all sports together it’s superstitions. Jumping over the chalk base line while leaving the field, dribbling the ball a specific number of times at the free throw line, repeating a pre-shot routine on the golf course, holding hands with youngsters as you head onto the pitch, taping your ankles or fingers just so before kickoff, whatever.


Playoff upsets

Playoff upsets

by Ryan Kennedy - May 20, 2009 1:31 PM EDT

The top 2008-09 seeds have been tumbled, but neither of those can slip into the best bouncings of all-time.
They call it the ‘Miracle on Manchester,’ an upset so incomprehensible it will surely never be repeated. In the spring of 1982, Los Angeles entered into its first round playoff matchup as a huge underdog against powerhouse Edmonton.


Best pictures of the regular season

Best pictures of the regular season

by John Grigg - May 13, 2009 12:44 PM EDT

A special top 10 featuring a selection of the best pictures from around the NHL in the 2008-09 season.
A special top 10 featuring a selection of the best pictures from around the NHL in the 2008-09 season..


Early Conn Smythe favorites

Early Conn Smythe favorites

by John Grigg - May 6, 2009 3:01 PM EDT

A few players have made headlines and produced at great paces so far, putting themselves in a position to earn the playoff MVP.
We may only be a round-and-a-third through the playoffs, but a number of individual performers have already stepped to the fore, grabbed their team by its collective skate laces and propelled it into the second round.


Round 1 vindications

Round 1 vindications

by John Grigg - April 29, 2009 2:13 PM EDT

Revenge is a dish best served cold, so it only makes sense hockey's chilly arenas are the best place to prove one's worth.
Vindication. It’s something no player ever wants to have to achieve. But there’s no better time to do so than during the playoffs.


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