Stoney Point - Apr. 10, 2016: It is that time of year again. It is time for the NHL Playoffs, where 16 teams compete for the Stanley Cup, poolies across the globe try to win some dough and the Toronto Maple Leafs work on their golf game. It is a tough time of year for us Leaf fans. When my Dad was alive, he enjoyed running a playoff pool each season. Since his passing in 2008, his tradition has continued and we are ready to launch the 20th Annual Hometown Hockey Playoff Pool. FULL STORY
Toronto - Mar. 5, 2016: When it comes to our favourite hockey players, we all think we know just about everything there is to know about some of our games greats. However, as sports stars are now brands in themselves and have so much more to their professional lives away from the ice, we take a look at how our superstars behave once the sticks are down, and how many have turned their skills into cash by other means. FULL STORY
Toronto - Feb. 29, 2016: The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Monday that the club has recalled forwards William Nylander, Kasperi Kapanen, Nikita Soshnikov, Zach Hyman, and Ben Smith from the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League (AHL). In addition, forwards Mark Arcobello, Brendan Leipsic and Josh Leivo were loaned to the Marlies.
Mountain Top - Feb. 12, 2016: The Penguins would give the Wolf Pack the first power play of the night but kill it off nicely keeping it a 0-0 game. Hartford would be generous and hand the Pens a power play just shortly after
Ottawa - Feb. 9, 2016: The Ottawa Senators (@Senators) announced today that the club has acquired defenceman Dion Phaneuf, forward Matt Frattin, forward Casey Bailey, forward Ryan Rupert and defence prospect Cody Donaghey from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for defenceman Jared Cowen, forwards Colin Greening, Milan Michalek and Tobias Lindberg as well as Ottawa’s second-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft. No salary will be retained by either team over the trade’s entirety.
Windsor - Jan. 30, 2016: Tonight, the Windsor Spitfires raised the number six worn by Ryan Ellis to the rafters - the greatest honour a player can receive from his former team. His numbers rank him as the all-time leading scoring amongst defencemen in Spitfire history. In his introduction tonight, he was described as being the most decorated rearguard to ever don a Windsor jersey.
Pittsburgh - Dec. 21, 2015: Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby will not play against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Consol Energy Center on Monday because of a lower-body injury.
Crosby did not practice Sunday after earning three assists in his past two games, a 6-2 loss to the Boston Bruins on Friday and a 2-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday. Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said Crosby's status against the Blue Jackets was questionable Sunday, but confirmed he would not play a day later.
Montreal - Nov. 30, 2015: Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price will miss at least the next six weeks because of a lower-body injury that will not require surgery, the Canadiens announced Monday.
Price originally was injured Oct. 29 during a 4-3 loss at the Edmonton Oilers and did not return until Nov 20, a 5-3 win at the New York Islanders. He played the return leg of the home and home with the Islanders on Nov 22 and started at the New York Rangers on Nov. 25. But he left that game after the second period when he aggravated the original injury.
Toronto - Nov. 25, 2015: Pain was losing 6-2 to the sad-sack Buffalo Sabres last November and 9-2 on home ice to Nashville three days later. Pain was the avalanche of criticism that arrived at the dressing room door after choosing to skip the customary post-game salute to fans.
Pain was a 9-28-5 finish to the season, and shooting yourselves in the skates again and again and again.
This? This is not pain.
Toronto - Nov. 24, 2015: The London Knights and Mississauga Steelheads of the Ontario Hockey League each had three players earn A ratings from NHL Central Scouting in its November players to watch list for the 2016 NHL Draft, released Tuesday.
Among the players Central Scouting believes could go in the first round in June are London left wings Matthew Tkachuk (6-foot-1, 195 pounds) and Max Jones (6-3, 205), and defenseman Olli Juolevi (6-2, 179), as well as Mississauga centers Michael McLeod (6-2, 188) and Alexander Nylander (6-0, 179) and right wing Nathan Bastian (6-4, 208).
Philadelphia - Nov. 24, 2015: The Philadelphia Flyers will try two new forward combinations in a quest to rediscover their offense when they play the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday.
At practice Monday top-line center Claude Giroux was flanked by left wing Michael Raffl and right wing Brayden Schenn. Right wing Jakub Voracek, who has played on Giroux's line for most of the past few seasons, was shifted to right wing on a line with left wing Chris VandeVelde and center Pierre-Edouard Bellemare.
Edmonton - Nov. 23, 2015: Edmonton Oilers defenceman Brandon Davidson was in a bit of a tough spot heading into training camp. In order for the 24-year old to start the year in the NHL, he needed to make enough of an impression on head coach Todd McLellan to slot him above two of Mark Fayne, Andrew Ference, Oscar Klefbom, Nikita Nikitin, Darnell Nurse, Griffin Reinhart, Justin Schultz and Andrej Sekera. To his credit, he accomplished exactly that and has not looked back since. FULL STORY
Calgary - Nov. 23, 2015: It was the summer of 2013, and the St. Louis Blues found themselves with a glut of defencemen. To clear roster and salary space, they decided to place Kris Russell on waivers.
Russell wasn’t a mystery man, he was a 26-year-old veteran of more than 350 NHL games, a known commodity to NHL teams.
All of those teams, given the chance to acquire his rights at no asset cost, passed
Montreal - Nov. 23, 2015: Montreal Canadiens right wing Brendan Gallagher was well on his way to another career-best season.
His season took an unfortunate turn Sunday.
Gallagher will have surgery Monday on two fractured fingers on his left hand and will be out indefinitely, coach Michel Therrien announced after a 4-2 win against the New York Islanders at Bell Centre on Sunday.