Each week THN.com looks at the creditable buzz around the NHL and beyond, examining trade rumors, potential signings, coaching moves and more.
by Lyle Richardson - May 17, 2013 4:55 PM EDT
The Leafs have some tough decisions ahead after nearly getting past Round 1 against Boston.
As the Toronto Maple Leafs pack up for the summer, GM Dave Nonis faces a potentially busy off-season. Tyler Bozak, Clarke MacArthur, Colton Orr, Ryan O'Byrne and Mike Kostka are unrestricted free agents, while Nazem Kadri, Cody Franson, Leo Komarov, Carl Gunnarson, Joe Colborne and Mark Fraser are restricted free agents.
by Lyle Richardson - May 15, 2013 3:05 PM EDT
The Wild lick their wounds after disappointing season; the Isles try to build on a surprising showing; and more.
Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher and coach Mike Yeo tried to put a positive spin on their club’s performance during their recent season-ending press conference, but the local media weren’t buying it.
by Lyle Richardson - May 13, 2013 11:45 AM EDT
How will Dion Phaneuf's contract situation play out next season?; Habs seek size; and more.
Toronto Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf’s defensive gaffe in Game 4 leading to the Boston Bruins’ overtime goal prompted two Toronto pundits to cast doubt upon his future with the Leafs.
by Lyle Richardson - May 10, 2013 12:50 PM EDT
The Canucks suffered another disappointing playoff exit and have many roster questions to answer.
For the second straight year, the Vancouver Canucks were bounced from a conference quarterfinal by a California-based team. Last year, they fell in five games by the eventual Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings.
by Lyle Richardson - May 8, 2013 1:10 PM EDT
Would Vanek want to join the Wild?; should Loui Eriksson be available from Dallas?; and what's David Clarkson worth?
Bucky Gleason of The Buffalo News recently wrote he “wouldn't be surprised” if Sabres star Thomas Vanek signed with the Minnesota Wild when his contract expires next July.
by Lyle Richardson - May 6, 2013 3:40 PM EDT
After a bunch of upgrades to its forward unit, Carolina was supposed to be better. Instead, it was much of the same.
A season that began with considerable optimism for the Carolina Hurricanes ended once again in disappointment. Last summer's acquisitions of Jordan Staal and Alexander Semin led the Hurricanes to atop the Southeast division for over a month at mid-season, but injuries to key players and poor defensive play knocked them out of playoff contention for the fourth straight season.
by Lyle Richardson - May 3, 2013 2:00 PM EDT
Danny Briere a likely buyout candidate; Pietrangelo the next offer sheet target?; and more.
It’s expected the Philadelphia Flyers will buy out the final two years of winger Danny Briere’s contract this summer. CSNPhilly.
by Lyle Richardson - May 1, 2013 12:46 PM EDT
Jim Nill brings a lot of experience from his time in the Detroit organization and a new vision to Dallas.
Dallas Stars owner Tom Gaglardi wasted little time shaking things up following his club's elimination last Thursday from playoff contention, replacing Joe Nieuwendyk as GM over the weekend with former Detroit Red Wings assistant GM Jim Nill.
by Lyle Richardson - April 29, 2013 1:30 PM EDT
Winnipeg faces tough roster decisions to satisfy a restless fan base.
The Winnipeg Jets’ playoff hopes ended last Thursday with a 4-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens. Though the Jets ninth-overall finish in the Eastern Conference was an improvement over last season’s 11th-overall performance, it also marked the sixth consecutive season (dating back to when they were the Atlanta Thrashers) they’ve failed to make the playoffs.
by Lyle Richardson - April 26, 2013 12:08 PM EDT
A year after making the final, New Jersey missed the playoffs and have plenty of uncertainty in the future.
The defending Eastern Conference champion New Jersey Devils were officially eliminated from playoff contention last Sunday in a 4-1 loss to the New York Rangers.
by Lyle Richardson - April 24, 2013 1:14 PM EDT
Pittsburgh's big pickup is a free agent in the summer, so will he re-sign or test the market?
As former Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla pursues a Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins, there's speculation over where he'll play next season.
by Lyle Richardson - April 22, 2013 1:35 PM EDT
Looking at trade and free agent talk from around the league and how it may play out this summer.
It's widely acknowledged Roberto Luongo's hefty contract (with nine years remaining at a cap hit of $5.33 million per season) is the reason the Vancouver Canucks have been unable to trade him.
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