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2011 NHL Playoff Coverage
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The Detroit Red Wings have recalled 15 players from their AHL affiliate Grand Rapids Griffins. Include: Goaltenders Thomas McCollum and Jordan Pearce. Defeseman Travis Ehrhardt, Doug Janik, Brian Lashoff, Derek Meech, Logan Pyett and 2010 Hobey Baker finalist Brendan Smith. Forwards: Joakim Andersson, Cory Emmerton, Jan Mursak, Francis Pare, Brent Raedeke, Tomas Tatar, and last years SM-liiga playoff MVP Ilari Filppula.
Northern Exposure: The Weight (and wait) of a nation rest on the Vancouver Canucks and the Montreal Canadiens heading into the playoffs.
Join in on the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Beard-a-thon
The Sporting News Craig Custance thinks this years playoff upset could be the Phoenix Coyotes over the Detroit Red Wings – Do you agree?
Up into the Nettings
Toronto Maple Leafs rookie goalie James Reimer has confirmed he will play for Team Canada at the World Championship. While Ken Hitchcock is being reported at the Head Coach for the team with Scott Arniel and Pete DeBoer assisting.
USA Hockey announces coaching staff for the 2011 IIHF World Championship.
NHL officially announces that the New York Rangers will open the 2011-12 season in Stockholm, Sweden at The Globen on October 7 vs. the LA Kings and then will play the Anaheim Ducks on the 8th in Stockholm.
The Ducks will start the season in Helsinki, Finland before heading to Sweden to play the Rangers.
The Rangers have signed University of Michigan senior captain Carl Hagelin to his first professional contract and he will report to the Connecticut Whale of the AHL this weekend:
The New York Rangers launched Blueshirts United yesterday.
According to Nate Ewell from College Hockey Inc. 293 former college hockey players participated in the 2010-11 NHL season. That is up 8.9% from last year and up 34.5% from a decade ago.
The Washington Capitals have announced a one-year $2million contract extension for right wing Mike Knuble for the 2011-12 season.
The Minnesota Wild have decided to go separate ways with their head coach Todd Richards.
Notre Dame defenseman Joe Lavin signs a two-year deal with the Chicago Blackhawks.