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Top 10: Most loved NHLers

Top 10: Most loved NHLers

by Rory Boylen - October 17, 2013 9:39 AM EDT

For the most part, these players transcend loyalties and are appreciated around the NHL. It takes a long time to earn this praise, which is probably why only one is younger than 33 – and why this list was more difficult to piece together than a most polarizing or most hated list.
Last week, we put together a collection of the most polarizing players in the NHL. Those guys are both loved and hated by various sectors of fans.


Rivalries to anticipate

Rivalries to anticipate

by The Hockey News - September 25, 2013 1:12 PM EDT

Looking ahead to old and new rivalries to watch as the 2013-14 NHL season takes off.
By Kyle Larkin 10. Staal vs. Staals Eric and Jordan will be seeing a lot more of their defensive “staal”wart brother Marc over the next few seasons, as Carolina moves into the Metropolitan Division with New York.


Players coming back to Earth

Players coming back to Earth

by Rory Boylen - August 14, 2013 6:30 PM EDT

Who went above and beyond in production last season that we can expect to come back some in 2013-14?
In 1994-95, Alexei Zhamnov scored a career high 30 goals. The 65 points he earned would end up as the fourth-most in his 13-year career (with his highest total ever standing at 72).


Olympic camp snubs

Olympic camp snubs

by Rory Boylen - July 25, 2013 11:30 AM EDT

Looking at players who were surprisingly left off the orientation camp list for their country's Sochi entry.
Most of the Olympic orientation camp rosters are out, which means it’s time to form fantasy rosters. That also means it’s time to second-guess preliminary rosters based on who was snubbed from the list.


Potential UFA bargains

Potential UFA bargains

by Rory Boylen - July 4, 2013 4:28 PM EDT

Every year amidst the madness of free agent spending is a sprinkling of shrewd contract signings. Here are a few under the radar players to watch on July 5.
So often, the opening of the “free agent frenzy” is a day to look back on in regret. The day of temptation has the ability to overwhelm the competitive senses of GMs and lead them to raise the pay grade for players above what most of us would consider reasonable or even manageable.


Unlikely overtime heroes

Unlikely overtime heroes

by Rory Boylen - May 1, 2013 5:05 PM EDT

Counting down 10 unlikely players who scored more than one playoff overtime goal.
Night No. 1 on the playoff schedule treated fans to two overtime games and fantastic goaltending. And as it goes along, you can bet the entertainment value will ramp up.


Rebound seasons

Rebound seasons

by Rory Boylen - April 10, 2013 3:20 PM EDT

Looking at players who are bouncing back from subpar seasons a year ago.
The last time the NHL played a lockout shortened season, Peter Bondra was coming off a campaign in which he broke his hand and was limited to 69 games and 24 goals.


Pending UFA trade candidates

Pending UFA trade candidates

by Rory Boylen - March 27, 2013 5:15 PM EDT

We count down the top players who have expiring contracts, but would be excellent additions to a playoff team.
It’s hard to believe, but the NHL trade deadline is one week away. Many names have cycled around the rumor mill for months and we’ll find out some time in the next seven days if these moves come to fruition.


No. 4s

No. 4s

by Rory Boylen - March 20, 2013 5:00 PM EDT

In honor of Bobby Orr's 65th birthday, we count down the best players to ever wear No. 4 in the NHL.
Bobby Orr burst onto the NHL scene with the Bruins in 1966-67 and handily won the Calder Trophy. The winner of the Norris that year, Harry Howell, said of the honor: "I might as well enjoy it now, because I expect it's going to belong to Bobby Orr from now on.


All-time shootout goals

All-time shootout goals

by Matt Larkin - March 13, 2013 4:05 PM EDT

In light of Kaspars Daugavins' crazy attempt, we decided to count down the best converted attempts in the NHL's brief shootout history.
So close, yet so far. Ottawa’s Kaspars Daugavins almost etched himself in history March 11 with one of the most creative shootout attempts in NHL history, controlling the puck with the tip of his blade and busting out a spin-o-rama, but Boston’s Tuukka Rask got post to post in time to make a great save.


All-time streaks

All-time streaks

by Rory Boylen - March 6, 2013 6:30 PM EST

From Glenn Hall, to the Flyers, to a lopsided game, we countdown some great runs in NHL history.
As the Chicago Blackhawks continue their incredible run to start this season, it’s a great time to look back at some other incredible NHL streaks.


Best 20-game team records

Best 20-game team records

by Ken Campbell - February 27, 2013 3:45 PM EST

How does Chicago's hot start compare to the best 20-game stretches in NHL history?
If the Chicago Blackhawks can win in regulation time or get to overtime against the St. Louis Blues Thursday night, they’ll extend their record start to 20 straight games with at least a point to start a season.


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