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Hurricanes' Victor Rask Scratch Sparks Speculation

Hurricanes' Victor Rask Scratch Sparks Speculation

November 23rd, 2017 Victor Rask "rode the pine" during Sunday evening's contest between the Carolina Hurricanes and the New York Islanders. In other words, he was a healthy scratch. And, head coach Bill Peters also gave him a seat in the press box Friday night versus the New York Rangers. What in the world is going on...
Hurricanes' Ward Says There Was No Message

Hurricanes' Ward Says There Was No Message

November 21st, 2017 Cam Ward, who recently moved to "backup" goalie for the Carolina Hurricanes, was in goal on Sunday night against the New York Islanders. As a writer, I cannot find the superlatives to describe his game. To say, "He stood on is head" would seem cliché. To say he was unconscious might be better,...

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November 22nd, 2017
Edmonton Oilers

In today's Rumor Rundown we continue to look at two teams who are struggling and a couple teams who are on the bubble. The Edmonton Oilers lost again on Tuesday in a stomping by the St. Louis Blues and it's clear from that loss, among others, the Oilers require a defenseman. Meanwhile, the Canadiens have lost four games in a row and almost everyone seems to be up for discussion as a trade option.Also, the New York Rangers have some decisions to make come the first part of 2018 but are looking at what that means now. Meanwhile, the Florida Panthers appear to be seeking ways to reacquire Erik Gudbranson. Oilers Kicking Tires Chris Nichols of FanRag Sports is reporting that Darren Dreger said during a Tuesday spot on TSN 1050 that he's not sure if any major trades would be coming soon but that people are talking. Dreger explained, “Well, Brad Treliving and Peter Chiarelli watched the Buffalo game last night and I know that Jason Botterill at least spent some of that game talking...
November 22nd, 2017
College Hockey

With the tightening salary cap, NHL teams are finding the biggest bang for their bucks with rookies and players on entry-level contracts. It’s become imperative for teams to accurately forecast a draft pick’s abilities when they enter their first year of playing in the NHL because teams only have three years until they have to pay them what they're worth. It turns out that there may be a more accurate way to predict point production based not only on their draft-eligible year stats but also the league in which they’ve developed.Both the NCAA and the CHL try to mimic certain aspects of the NHL and that’s how they’ve become feeder leagues. For decades, the CHL has been the ‘go-to’ league for young, up-and-comers seeking an NHL career but over the last 10 years especially, we’ve seen a change in the talent produced by the NCAA, a change that’s quickly becoming more relevant in today’s game of hockey.CHL umbrella leagues, which include the OHL, WHL, and QMJHL,...
November 22nd, 2017
Boston Bruins

Following Anton Khudobin's first win of the road trip against the Los Angeles Kings, head coach Bruce Cassidy indicated that he would go with his backup goalie again against the San Jose Sharks. The decision paid off in spades. In a young season where the Bruins had yet to string two wins together, Khudobin delivered, knocking off the Kings and Sharks - both in California, mind you.Those two performances have fans in Boston high on the 31-year-old and skeptical of their starter, Tuukka Rask. In fact, a whopping two-thirds of voters in the following poll opted for Khudobin over Rask against the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday:https://twitter.com/doobshmoob/status/932138333488254976It's hard to argue against Khudobin starting against the Devils. Just look at how he has performed since Cassidy has taken over. Anton Khudobin Khudobin is 11-1-2 since Cassidy took over on Feb 7, 2017 - by far one of the strangest results of the mid-season coaching change.With a 6-1-0...
November 22nd, 2017
Buffalo Sabres

Take a moment and imagine a world where none of the Sabres' past misfortunes ever occurred.Perhaps elsewhere in the multiverse (if there is such a thing) lies a version of Earth where Buffalo hockey devotees celebrate triumphs, of which we here have been deprived. Somewhere in the vastness of the cosmos, two fans sit in the 300 section at KeyBank Center, wearing "1999 Stanley Cup Champion" sweaters as they toast Chris Drury's retired number 23, suspended proudly from the rafters.A timeline where Brett Hull does not wear a championship ring, and where the Sabres didn't lose two-thirds of their starting defense to injury during the 2005-06 Eastern Conference Finals. Franchise cornerstone Jack Eichel leads the league in goals as the Sabres vie for their third Stanley Cup. This is truly the "Hockey Heaven" Terry Pegula described when he purchased the team in 2011.Now back to reality.The Sabres have never won a Stanley Cup, and that likely won't change anytime soon. The...