Today in Hockey History: May 9

Today in Hockey History: May 9

May 9th, 2020 Today’s history lesson is full of great Stanley Cup playoff memories including some exciting overtime goals, huge offensive performances and big-time goaltending. Plus, a Hall of Famer and favorite in Motown is celebrating another trip around the sun. It’s “The Captain’s”...
5 Best NHL Backups

5 Best NHL Backups

May 7th, 2020 Sometimes there’s a thin line between the skill levels of No. 1 goalies and their backups in the NHL. Not only has it become more common for teams to platoon their goalies in and out, but more and more one-time starters are now finding new life in the NHL as backups, to which this list will...

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March 17th, 2020
NHL Rumors

In today's NHL rumors rundown, there is news that the Edmonton Oilers are closely watching what happens with the NHL pause as any drop in the projected jump in next season's salary cap could be an issue for them. The Dallas Stars might be considering moving a veteran forward and a Swedish hockey club plans to try and acquire a few NHL free agent defensemen, Oilers Plans Will Change if Salary Cap Doesn't Jump Allan Mitchell of The Athletic wrote an article examining what difficulties the Edmonton Oilers will face if this season suspension causes the salary cap to remain stay stagnant at $81.5 million for 2020-21. If the pause in NHL action means a drop in the estimated cap increase, the Oilers could have issues keeping everyone and re-signing RFAs like Andreas Athanasiou, Ethan Bear, and Matt Benning, who could cost as much as $7.5 million collectively. Ethan Bear, Edmonton Oilers (Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images) The Oilers currently have over $71.2 million...
March 16th, 2020
Dallas Stars

Just to be clear, I stand 100 percent behind the decisions to suspend/cancel sporting events and leagues in an effort to keep safety the No. 1 priority. Oftentimes, I feel large corporations and industries say things like, “safety first,” but in reality money, publicity and exposure sometimes cloud that judgment. Related: All-Time Best Player from Every NHL Franchise So before I get into my argument for why the timing of the NHL’s season suspension could be a good thing for the Dallas Stars, I would like to make it abundantly clear that no one wants the Coronavirus to spread, no one wants to go without sports and no one is completely absent-minded about what is going on with this disease across the world. Call it “silver lining,” call it “blind optimism,” but if we look at how the Stars have been playing leading up to Thursday when the NHL announced the league was to be suspended indefinitely, it...
March 16th, 2020
NHL Coaching

The coronavirus has shut down the entire planet. To quote Tony Stark from The Avengers: Infinity Wars, “Earth is closed today.” Several people are debating if this NHL season will have a Stanley Cup Playoff or not. For the sake of this article, let’s assume a worst-case scenario and say there will be no more hockey this season. If you’re general manager Jim Nill looking back at the season, the biggest moment has to be the firing of Jim Montgomery. Whether the choice was the right decision or not remains mostly a mystery. What’s next is to pick who the Dallas Stars will call coach for the 2020-21 season. Related: Why Minnesota is Truly the State of Hockey Current interim head coach Rick Bowness could likely be done after this season. Recent performances have left a foul taste in fans' mouths and his overall head coaching record is less than desirable. To be fair, he did do a decent job given the circumstances. Who could Nill bring in to coach the team during...
March 15th, 2020
Stars History

To play against Dino Ciccarelli was to hate him. There can be no higher compliment paid to a player who made his living in the kitchens of opponents. However, even though Ciccarelli knew exactly which buttons to press as one of the most infamous so-called shift disturbers of all time, there was an art to it. In fact, dislike him or not, few opponents had just cause to truly not respect him. And not just for his ability to get under their skin, either. A Hall of Fame Career for Ciccarelli After all, Ciccarelli was inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame (2010) for a reason. He isn’t just one of the top-scoring undrafted players in NHL history, which should theoretically be enough. He is one of the top-scoring players in NHL history, drafted or not. Ex-Detroit Red Wings forward Dino Ciccarelli - (Photo by Graig Abel/Getty Images) Of course, Wayne Gretzky still remains the highest scoring undrafted player (by a wide margin). However, Ciccarelli is closer to being his...

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Green to Black: Stars Graphic History, 1967-93

  Hockey fans know that North Stars owner Norm Green earned his infamy by moving the franchise from puck-loving Minnesota to Texas, where high school football draws more interest than the NHL. Fewer know that Green had already flipped the team’s cherished “N” logo over the glass... August 9th, 2017