by Lyle Richardson - December 17, 2012 2:52 PM EST
If the NHL lockout goes into the courtroom, the league is making a case for all contracts to be made void.
The NHL lockout took an interesting turn on Friday, as the NHLPA announced the players would be voting this week on a potential move to dissolve the union, prompting the league to take legal steps to block that possibility.
by Lyle Richardson - December 14, 2012 3:04 PM EST
Mike Smith's playoff performance spurred contract extension talks before the lockout, but will he stick around?
Last spring, the Phoenix Coyotes not only won their first playoff series since 1987 when they were still the Winnipeg Jets, but surprised many fans by marching to the Western Conference final.
by Lyle Richardson - December 12, 2012 3:12 PM EST
How will a new CBA that redefines the economic landscape of the NHL effect its 30 teams.
Should a new NHL CBA be implemented to save what remains of the 2012-13 season, the contents of that agreement will be felt by NHL clubs immediately.
by Lyle Richardson - December 10, 2012 2:39 PM EST
The Bruins goalie was planning on sitting out this season, but will he ever play in the NHL again?
Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas raised eyebrows back in June when he took to Facebook to announce his intention to sit out the 2012-13 season for personal reasons.
by Lyle Richardson - December 7, 2012 11:25 AM EST
Jarome Iginla would be in the last season of his contract, which leads to major questions about what comes next.
Should a season-saving NHL CBA be reached soon, the Calgary Flames and long-time captain Jarome Iginla must eventually reach a decision over his future with the franchise.
by Lyle Richardson - December 5, 2012 2:12 PM EST
The Montreal Canadiens and their young defender couldn't come to terms before the CBA expired, but he remains a key piece of the franchise.
Whenever the NHL lockout finally comes to an end, the first order of business for the Montreal Canadiens should be re-signing young blueline star P.
by Lyle Richardson - December 3, 2012 2:10 PM EST
The Winnipeg Jets believe they're a playoff team despite a relatively quiet off-season.
The Winnipeg Jets didn’t make the playoffs in their first season in their new home, but that didn’t matter to fans thrilled to have an NHL franchise in their city after a 15-year absence.
by Lyle Richardson - November 30, 2012 12:00 PM EST
George McPhee will give the current Caps a shot at redemption unless they start slowly.
A season of turmoil led to a summer of change for the Washington Capitals. After four seasons of dominating the Southeast Division and becoming one of the top clubs in the Eastern Conference, the Capitals struggled throughout most of 2011-12, changing coaches while trying to adapt from a “run-and-gun” style to a more defensively responsible system.
by Lyle Richardson - November 28, 2012 3:30 PM EST
The Canucks' window to win the Stanley Cup is closing rapidly.
The Vancouver Canucks won their second consecutive Presidents’ Trophy last season as the NHL’s best regular season team, but their hopes for a second straight trip to the Stanley Cup final were short-lived, as they were eliminated from the opening round of the playoffs in five games by the Los Angeles Kings.
by Lyle Richardson - November 26, 2012 2:01 PM EST
The Maple Leafs made one huge trade, but it didn't address any of their major needs, so more is expected.
Four years after Brian Burke became GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs, the club appears no closer to becoming a playoff contender. A lack of depth in goal and on the blueline, combined with a season-ending injury to left winger Joffrey Lupul, brought about a second-half collapse costing the Leafs a shot at making the playoffs for the first time since 2004.
by Lyle Richardson - November 23, 2012 2:05 PM EST
The Lightning had a disastrous 2011-12 season, but have done well to address most of their weaknesses.
The Tampa Bay Lightning entered 2011-12 hoping to build upon the momentum from their surprising 103-point performance of the previous season, in which they marched to within one game of reaching the 2011 Stanley Cup final.
by Lyle Richardson - November 21, 2012 11:20 AM EST
After several solid seasons, the Sharks are definitely on the decline. And transitioning from old vets to young talent could prove tricky.
From 2007-08 to 2010-11, the San Jose Sharks were among the NHL's dominant clubs, topping the Pacific Division four times, finishing first in the Western Conference in consecutive seasons ('08-'09, '09-'10), second overall in two others ('07-'08, '10-11) and making back-to-back appearances (2010 and 2011) in the Western Conference Finals.
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