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Tough decisions in store for Penguins

Tough decisions in store for Penguins

by Lyle Richardson - June 10, 2013 4:05 PM EDT

After being eliminated in four games, Pittsburgh has a lot of soul-searching to do.
The Boston Bruins stunning sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins from the Eastern Conference final has everyone in the Penguins organization struggling to explain how the NHL's highest-scoring team managed only two goals against the Bruins in four games.


NHL's best free agents

NHL's best free agents

by Lyle Richardson - June 7, 2013 11:41 AM EDT

Looking ahead to the opening of free agency on July 5 and which players appear will be available.
With the July 5 start of the NHL's 2013 unrestricted free agency period less than a month away, there's rising interest in some notable players who appear will be available by that date.


NHL draft pick juggling

NHL draft pick juggling

by Lyle Richardson - June 6, 2013 1:19 AM EDT

With less than a month until the entry draft, trade talk among teams about their picks is at a fever pitch.
The Colorado Avalanche created a stir last week when executive VP of hockey operations Joe Sakic and new coach Patrick Roy said they would consider trading the first overall pick in this year's NHL Entry Draft.


Luongo for DiPietro?

Luongo for DiPietro?

by Lyle Richardson - June 3, 2013 3:24 PM EDT

Would the Isles trade back for the fourth overall pick they let get away more than a decade ago?
TSN analyst Bob McKenzie created a stir last week when he suggested the New York Islanders might be interested in Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo “under the right circumstances.


Jones or MacKinnon?

Jones or MacKinnon?

by Lyle Richardson - May 31, 2013 11:29 AM EDT

When the Avs got the No. 1 overall pick it was believed they'd take Seth Jones, but it would be hard to pass up Nathan MacKinnon.
In the weeks since the Colorado Avalanche were awarded the first overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft lottery, it was assumed they would select Portland Winterhawks defenseman Seth Jones, ranked by NHL Central Scouting back in April as this year's top prospect.


Buyout candidates

Buyout candidates

by Lyle Richardson - May 29, 2013 4:04 PM EDT

Looking ahead to the post-Stanley Cup buyout period and who is most likely to hit the road.
With the NHL off-season now less than a month away, anticipation is growing over which players will receive compliance buyouts. According to the Toronto Star, this year's compliance buyout period begins 48 hours after the completion of the Stanley Cup final and ends on July 4, the day before the start of unrestricted free agency.


Rangers, Senators enter off-season

Rangers, Senators enter off-season

by Lyle Richardson - May 27, 2013 12:29 PM EDT

The Rangers and Senators start their summer in different spots, with different needs.
The eliminations of the Ottawa Senators and New York Rangers from the Stanley Cup playoffs prompted different reactions from their fans. For the Senators, overcoming the lengthy absences of their three best players (Erik Karlsson, Jason Spezza and Craig Anderson) to injury during the regular season and advancing to the second round was considered a significant improvement.


Can Oilers successfully dump Hemsky?

Can Oilers successfully dump Hemsky?

by Lyle Richardson - May 24, 2013 12:50 PM EDT

Oilers will try to move Hemsky; Burmistrov wants out of Winnipeg; and more.
Edmonton Oilers winger Ales Hemsky is once again the focus of trade speculation. Jim Matheson of The Edmonton Journal believes Hemsky’s days with the Oilers are numbered, citing his injury history and the assumed unwillingness of GM Craig MacTavish to invest $5 million of cap space next season in a second-line player.


Any room for Miller?

Any room for Miller?

by Lyle Richardson - May 22, 2013 12:52 PM EDT

If the Sabres shop Ryan Miller this summer, which teams offer the best fit?
Ever since the Buffalo Sabres were eliminated from the 2013 playoff race, the futures of goaltender Ryan Miller and left winger Thomas Vanek remain uncertain.


Caps constraints

Caps constraints

by Lyle Richardson - May 20, 2013 12:35 PM EDT

The Capitals rebounded from a slow start to make the playoffs, but were bounced early again and have roster issues to address.
Another early playoff exit by the Washington Capitals has left their fans frustrated and questioning the club's direction. With more than $58.


What's next for Toronto?

What's next for Toronto?

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.


Minnesota tame

Minnesota tame

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.


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