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Colorado Avalanche

Tatar Brings Scoring Consistency to Avalanche Bottom-Six

Colorado Avalanche general manager Chris MacFarland knew he was going to have to address the team’s depth at the forward position going into the 2023-24 season. He’s done that and more – and maybe made one of his sneakiest signings late in the process. The Avs brought in veteran forward Tomas Tatar on a one-year contract, padding the Colorado offense with a winger who scored 20 goals last year. The move suddenly makes Colorado’s forward lines look pretty well stocked, as Tatar will likely be slated on the third line with Miles Wood and Ross Colton – two other players…

Avalanche Sign Tomas Tatar to 1-Year Contract

After two seasons with the New Jersey Devils, Tomas Tatar is now a member of the Colorado Avalanche. The speedy winger with solid offensive touch was part of a Devils team in 2022-23 that saw a great turnaround and even entered the Stanley Cup playoffs as a contender, only to see those dreams of postseason glory dashed in a second-round loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. We have agreed to terms with Tomas Tatar on a one-year deal. Welcome to Colorado, Tomas 🎉#GoAvsGo pic.twitter.com/MeXiq1DNLv — Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) September 12, 2023 Though he had been rumored to be connected to the…

6 NHL Teams That Got Worse During 2023 Offseason

More than a few teams improved this offseason, but what about the other end of things? Who got worse? After looking at improved teams from this offseason, let’s look at others, in no particular order, that may not have fared as well when trying to bolster their rosters for the 2023-24 season.  Boston Bruins Notable offseason moves: Key departures: The Bruins had plenty of turnover this offseason, partly due to cap reasons and partly because of some core players retiring. After two great careers, David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron announced their retirements. Bergeron was a perennial Selke candidate, while Krejci…

Chicago Blackhawks

Jonathan Toews: Beyond the Glory

Much consideration has been given to the legacy of Jonathan Toews, 15-year captain and three-time Stanley Cup champion with the Chicago Blackhawks. He missed the 2020-21 season due to complications from Chronic Immune Response Syndrome, and now will likely sit out the 2023-24 season because of ongoing issues with his health and long COVID. In his career to date, this man has seen an incredible amount of success. So what can we currently infer about the state of his career? This is where one needs to take a step back and look at the big picture. Because Toews isn’t exactly…

Chris Chelios: A Blackhawks’ Career Worth Celebrating

Chris Chelios is an icon whose name should be equated with hockey greatness. He’s achieved so much during his truly remarkable and storied career. Soon, he will be celebrated yet again in his hometown of Chicago in front of the Blackhawks’ crowd when he has his number retired by the franchise. Born in Chicago, Illinois, on Jan. 25, 1962, Chelios’ hockey journey spanned an astounding 26 seasons. Few players ever play that long. In fact, he is tied with the great Gordie Howe for playing 26 NHL seasons. Mark Messier is third with 25 seasons.  In Chelios’ case, his longevity…

NHL Rumors: Blue Jackets, Blackhawks, Flames, Canadiens

In today’s NHL rumors rundown, there are a lot more details coming to light about the alleged inappropriate request by Columbus Blue Jackets head coach Mike Babcock to go through his player’s phones. The story isn’t as black and white as it was first relayed to be. In Chicago, reports are surfacing that Seth Jones has made it known he’d like to be the team’s next captain. Mikael Backlund spoke to the media upon his arrival to Calgary and noted his position hasn’t changed. Finally, Carey Price confirmed he won’t be returning to the NHL this season and commented on…

Dallas Stars

Comparing the Senators’ 2020 Draft with the Stars’ 2017 Draft

The NHL Entry Draft is designed for teams to add players to the organization with the hopes they can become impactful players for the team. Some teams have a history of very good drafting, while some others have been better at building their team through signings and trades. The Dallas Stars and Ottawa Senators own two of the best draft classes by a team in recent memory, and they were both franchise-altering. The best draft class for one team in history easily goes to the Detroit Red Wings in 1989 (from How Detroit Red Wings hit the mother lode at…

3 Teams in the West That Could Derail Hurricanes’ Cup Hopes

Rookie training camp is approaching, and exhibition games are coming. The 2023-24 season is a big one for the Carolina Hurricanes, as the expectations are to win the Stanley Cup. There are teams in the Eastern Conference that can spoil their hopes, but if they advance, they have to survive the team in the Western Conference. Here are three teams that the Hurricanes won’t want to face if they reach the Stanley Cup Final.  Edmonton Oilers The Hurricanes are one of the best-structured teams defensively and can suffocate teams in the neutral zone. This is the type of game plan…

Capitals & Stars Could Be Perfect Trade Partners For Kuznetsov

The Washington Capitals will be looking to make it back into the playoff picture after a disastrous 2022-23 season. They have made a few additions, including forwards Max Pacioretty and Matthew Phillips, and re-signed long-time Capital Tom Wilson. They also attempted to bolster their back end with the acquisition of Joel Edmundson from the Montreal Canadiens to complete a roster that could be a fringe playoff team this season. The Capitals are tight for money and could look to maximize Evgeny Kuznetsov‘s value close to the trade deadline. Related: Capitals Locking Up Wilson Proves Loyalty to Lifelong Capital The Dallas…

Minnesota Wild

6 Minnesota Wild Camp Invitees With the Potential to Surprise

Some of the best players in NHL history have gone undrafted or unsigned, only to find a chance later in their careers that they took advantage of and never looked back. The Minnesota Wild’s very own Mats Zuccarello is a prime example of someone who probably assumed his hockey career was over very early in life, but has turned into an elite first-line winger on a playoff-caliber team. With NHL prospect camps and tournaments starting up this weekend there are a bunch of young, undrafted invitees that are looking to impress. Here are the six hopefuls that can be found…

Wild Prospects to Watch in Tom Kurvers Showcase

As NHL training camps draw near, the Minnesota Wild are preparing to host a prospect showcase this coming weekend, Sept. 15-17. It’ll take place at the Wild’s practice facility TRIA Rink, part of the Treasure Island Center in St. Paul, just a five-minute drive from the Xcel Energy Center. The Tom Kurvers Prospect Showcase is named after the Wild’s former assistant general manager who passed away in 2021 from lung cancer at the age of 58. This weekend not only the Wild but the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks will put on display their promising young prospects. These three…

Minnesota Wild’s Prospect Report: Yurov, Khusnutdinov & Ohgren

As we near the start of prospect tournaments and pre-season skating in the NHL, other leagues around the world have already kicked off their regular season campaigns. For fans of the Minnesota Wild, keeping track of all of their prospects can be a daunting task when you realize just how many different leagues they can be found in around the world. This article serves as a launching point for what will be a weekly piece where fans can find the latest news about what their future favorite Wild players have been up to. While this week is dominated by Kontinental…

Nashville Predators

Predators Top-10 Prospects Heading Into the 2023-24 Season

The Nashville Predators prospect pool is slowly shaping up to be among the NHL’s best. They have a healthy amount of talent expected to play in the NHL soon, with a sprinkling of elite-level potential. Following the conclusion of the 2023 NHL Entry Draft, 11 new players found themselves draped in Nashville colors, three of which find themselves on this list. While projecting a surefire superstar from the Predators’ prospect crop is somewhat challenging, albeit three have the capabilities to become elite top-of-the-lineup players, it would be shocking if none of these ten players reached the NHL. The criteria for…

5 Must-Watch Predators Games for the 2023-24 Season

The NHL schedule is released, tickets are on sale, and Nashville Predators hockey is on the horizon. With the 2023-24 season swiftly approaching, fans will try to cram in as many games as possible. However, considering life can often get in the way of keeping up with a jampacked 82-game schedule, making time for cant-miss games is a must. Let’s look at five marquee matchups on the Predators’ schedule that all fans should try and catch.  Seattle Kraken – Oct. 12 The home opener for any team is always a must-watch game. The Predators kick off their season against the Tampa Bay Lightning on…

3 Predators Players Under the Microscope For 2023-24

The Nashville Predators are in a re-tool. As their infusion of young talent continues, many players will be under the microscope, regardless of whether they are a veteran or a recent draftee. Whether it’s a hyped-up rookie, a fresh free agent signing, or a struggling player, anyone can argue a certain player should warrant more attention from the team, fans, or media. Let’s take a look at three players that may fall under the microscope throughout the 2023-24 season.  Dante Fabbro Dante Fabbro is a player fans will look closely at during the 2023-24 season. He signed a one-year, $2.5 million extension on…

St. Louis Blues

St. Louis Blues 2023-24 Player Projections: Jakub Vrana

As the St. Louis Blues prepare for a season currently defined by uncertainty, one of their recent acquisitions in Jakub Vrana is similarly draped with some significant element of such. After several strong years in Washington and an excellent stint in Detroit, Jakub Vrana’s career was halted by his enrollment into the NHL’s Player Assistance program last season, with his return several months later brief before a trade to St. Louis. In the 20 games Vrana saw with the Blues, he seemingly resumed his highly productive mode of play, scoring 10 goals in this span and 14 points in total….

NHL Rumors: Canucks, Flames, Blues, Maple Leafs, Atlanta

In today’s NHL rumors, with Tyler Myers set to receive his signing bonus on September 15th, is it more likely he will be traded in the next few days? Meanwhile, has Noah Hanifin changed his mind about sticking with the Calgary Flames? Is Elias Lindholm ready to sign a long-term deal? is there anything to the rumors linking the Blues and Maple Leafs in a trade? Finally, could the NHL be looking at going back to Atlanta? Is A Tyler Myers Trade Finally Coming? Blake Price raised an interesting point during an interview with John Shannon on the Sekeres and…

Blues’ Perunovich Gets Bigger Opportunity with Krug Injury

The St. Louis Blues have announced that defenseman Torey Krug sustained a right foot injury while training for the upcoming season. He is scheduled to be re-evaluated on Oct. 1, according to Blues general manager (GM) Doug Armstrong. This is tough news for Krug as he was set to enter this season with a rebound campaign on his mind, but that will be delayed for the time being. While I don’t want to speculate on what the overall timeline could be for Krug, it seems like he will miss some time after being re-evaluated just a week or so before…

Winnipeg Jets

Over/Under on Winnipeg Jets’ Player Point Projections by ESPN

The 2023-24 season is right around the corner and fans of the Winnipeg Jets are eager to see how their favourite players and team will perform. Projections are always a topic of debate and pure speculation with some believing players will exceed expectations while others fall short. In this over/under article, I’ll take a closer look at the 2023-24 point projections from ESPN for 10 Jets and evaluate whether I think their numbers are likely to go over, under, or be even with their projections. (To make it simpler I’m going make my over/under prediction for the number of games…

Jets Make Right Choice Naming Lowry Captain

The Winnipeg Jets made the right choice by naming Adam Lowry their new captain. The Jets announced Tuesday morning that after going last season without a captain, Lowry will be the third player to wear the C in 2.0 history, succeeding Andrew Ladd (2011-spring 2016) and Blake Wheeler (fall 2016-fall 2022.) The hard-working power forward is well-deserving of the honour. Lowry Ticks All the Boxes of Leadership Material Does whatever it takes to win? Check. Has loyalty to the market? Check? Is respected in the room, and has been well before he was an official part of the leadership core?…

Predicting Winnipeg Jets’ 2023-24 Team Awards

The Winnipeg Jets are set to begin training camp in just over a week, with plenty of question marks surrounding the roster’s makeup. The second-line centre role is up in the air, the defensive core remains the same, and after a summer full of speculation, Mark Scheifele and Connor Hellebuyck are set to enter camp as members of the organization. The main core remains the same. The Pierre-Luc Dubois trade, and the assets that returned, will give head coach Rick Bowness a new look heading into 2023-24, and could make the Jets a more well-rounded group up front. Despite the…