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Seattle Kraken
Today is the day of the 2021 Seattle Kraken expansion draft. There are lots of big names and talented veterans available to General Manager Ron Francis, as well as underrated role players who have the chance to breakout with an increased role. With the help of Cap Friendly’s terrific expansion...
2021 Stanley Cup playoffs
There are storylines a-plenty in a 2021 Stanley Cup Final featuring two teams from the same division (during a non-pandemic year), the Tampa Bay Lightning versus the Montreal Canadiens. One team, Tampa Bay, is on track to enter the NHL’s history books as one of the greatest teams ever...
2021 Stanley Cup playoffs
After six months of only divisional and country-exclusive play, four teams are left standing with a chance to win the Stanley Cup. There are clear favorites in each semifinal: Vegas and Tampa Bay expect to move on and meet each other with a championship on the line. Don't discount...
2021 Stanley Cup playoffs
After a season shortened to five months by the COVID-19 pandemic, 16 teams endured and advanced to the NHL postseason, their hopes for a Stanley Cup championship still alive. We finally got clarity Thursday on where all the divisions stack up. Colorado beat Los Angeles 5-1 to claim the...
2021 frozen four
To compare the 2020-21 college hockey season to a roller coaster is probably an understatement. It’s been more like a roller coaster combined with a Tilt-A-Whirl, some bumper cars and a heavy dose of motion sickness. As I write this, I’m still a little surprised we’ve made it to...
The National Hockey League is back for January 2021, even though the fans are not. Most NHL rinks will be missing their most ardent supporters for a COVID-19 pandemic shortened 56-game season, which will take place entirely within reconfigured divisions. The result should reduce some travel concerns and give...
distant hockey
It's been said that one of the cruelest things a person can do is to awaken someone's love without truly loving them. (Romance and hockey aren't juxtaposed often enough, imho.) Now, with sports inviting so many mixed feelings by trying to play through a global pandemic, is precisely the...
About one-and-a-half years ago, long before COVID-19 was ever a thought, the Tampa Bay Lightning were knocked out the first round of the National Hockey League (NHL) playoffs in one of sport’s biggest upsets. In 2018-19, Tampa Bay racked up 128 points, tying the record for the best regular...
The Final Four features the two favorites on each side of the ledger, Tampa Bay and Vegas, facing off against a pair of capable upstarts who are playing terrific hockey in the New York Islanders and the Dallas Stars. The bubble shrinks to just one site for the Conference Finals,...
The last three weeks have truly been the National Hockey League’s version of March Madness. (August Awesomeness?) The Cinderellas, Chicago and Montreal, enjoyed their moment in the sun before the clock struck midnight on the league’s pretenders. Now that first few weeks have passed, the truly elite teams, especially Boston,...