October 8th, 2013 In Montreal Canadiens, Player Profiles 1 comments

Kyle McLaren hitting Richard Zednik. As we watched Lars Eller face down on the ice following a check from Ottawa's Eric Gryba in last May's playoff race, my mind immediately raced back to an incident over 11 years ago. Kyle McLaren hitting Richard Zednik. In a first-round playoff game between the Habs and the Bruins on April 25th, 2002,...

October 4th, 2013 In Los Angeles Kings, Player Profiles 0 comments

Just over three years ago, the Kings' Drew Doughty was a whisker away from winning his first of maybe ten straight Norris Trophies. He was named a finalist for the 2010 award, after all, along with Washington's Mike Green and Chicago's Duncan Keith. He easily deserved the nomination, scoring 16 goals, dishing out 43 assists and registering...

October 2nd, 2013 In Buffalo Sabres, Player Profiles 1 comments

After a very strong training camp, Rasmus Ristolainen has secured a spot on the Buffalo Sabres roster. Just as Mikhail Grigorenko did last season, Ristolainen will begin the following season on the senior club right after being drafted in the summer. The 2013 first-round pick may also have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of another...

October 1st, 2013 In Columbus Blue Jackets, Player Profiles 0 comments

The Columbus Blue Jackets have not filled their vacant captaincy position since trading away Rick Nash, the original "face of the franchise" in July of 2012. Brandon Dubinsky was an assistant captain for the 2013 season, and not only is he looking to replace some of the scoring lost when Vinny Prospal left the team, but here I make the case for...

September 29th, 2013 In Minnesota Wild, Player Profiles 0 comments

On June 24, 2011, forward Charlie Coyle was acquired by the Minnesota Wild along with Devin Setoguchi and a first round pick in exchange for a second round selection and veteran Brent Burns who joined the San Jose Sharks. Coyle has excelled throughout his hockey career and recently earned a spot with the Wild last season.  In thirty-seven games...

September 19th, 2013 In Los Angeles Kings, Player Profiles 0 comments

Think about it: if you were playing mad scientist and stitching together your own "perfect" hockey team monster, you'd assemble a squad that looked in many ways like the Los Angeles Kings do today. Franchise center? Check. Last year's slight regression notwithstanding, Anze Kopitar is generally considered amongst the top fifteen centers in the...

September 13th, 2013 In Pittsburgh Penguins, Player Profiles, Previews and Predictions 0 comments

How's about a little stroll down memory lane to start us off? In 2008, Pittsburgh Penguins' franchise goalie Marc-Andre Fleury suffered a high ankle sprain. The worst possible sprain for an athlete. It's nigh impossible to gauge a recovery time, and there are many other injuries, or infections, that can develop. Ty Conklin was the...

September 11th, 2013 In AHL, Albany Devils, New Jersey Devils, Player Profiles 0 comments

The upcoming 2013-14 Albany Devils season has the potential to be a turning point for their top goaltender, 24 year-old Keith Kinkaid. He will be entering his third professional season and once again will be called upon to lead the Devils quest for the postseason. However, this season the pressure and expectation are even greater for...

September 7th, 2013 In Minnesota Wild, Player Profiles, Trades Contracts and Transactions 0 comments

Prior to the NHL trade deadline, the Minnesota Wild acquired Buffalo Sabres’ forward Jason Pominville. The official trade included Jason Pominville and a fourth round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for Matt Hackett, Johan Larsson, a first overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft and a second round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry...

September 3rd, 2013 In Humor, Player Profiles, Top 10 Lists 0 comments

Years ago, someone called my office asking for a "Walter McMuffin". After a hearty laugh, the receptionist informed me of the malaprop and put him directly through. Sensing an opportunity, I figured what the heck, I'll play along. Clearing my throat, I picked up and cheerfully said, "Hi, this is Walter McMuffin." For the next five minutes,...

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