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Karl Alzner or Nate Schmidt? ...If you have to ask, you are oblivious to Nate Schmidt's speed and 'play to win' attitude (video)

With Karl Alzner being out, Nate Schmidt has stepped up to the plate on defense. When Alzner is ready to come back, what should Trotz do with Schmidt? Alan May can see Trotz using 7 defenseman. csnmidatlantic.com

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Purdy: Thornton's injury could benefit Sharks

By playing with a torn MCL and torn ACL, the Sharks’ No. 19 may have ruined his free agent marketability and at the same time, obligated San Jose to give him a generous deal. mercurynews.com

John Shipley: 'It' factor is no mystery, but Wild need to find it

During a discussion last week about what ails the Minnesota Wild, a colleague neatly summed up the challenge ahead for coach Bruce Boudreau and general manager Chuck Fletcher. “I don’t know what ‘it’ is,” he said, “but I know the Wild don’t have it.” twincities.com

Dan Girardi making it count if this is his last run with Rangers

If this represents Dan Girardi’s Last Stand as a Ranger, then it could be something special to remember this special player by if, as seems likely, he is elsewhere next season. For the soon-to-be 33-year-old defenseman, who is coming off consecutive... nypost.com

4/25/2017 5:35 AM

Five things the Bruins must address this offseason

It will be difficult keeping up with the Joneses in the Atlantic Division. The Toronto Maple Leafs don’t just have great young talent, they’re now a solid organization from top to bottom. You have to figure the Tampa Bay Lightning will be back in the mix. bostonherald.com

Canadiens crisis at center clouded by Alex Galchenyuk’s status

The Montreal Canadiens aren’t trading goalie Carey Price. They don’t expect any drama. There won’t be another edition of the Context Olympics that were held during GM Marc Bergevin’s P.K. Subban saga, when we all had to figure out the differences... ca.sports.yahoo.com

Islanders bring Dennis Seidenberg back with another one-year deal

The Islanders defeated the Senators 4-2. Dennis Seidenberg will be back in Brooklyn next season after inking a one-year, $1.25 million deal with the New York Islanders. After being bought out in June 2016 by the Boston Bruins, Seidenberg had to wait... sports.yahoo.com

It’s Monday and Ken Holland Still Has a Job

It doesn't appear that George pointed you to this over the weekend, so I will (sorry, George, if you posted and I missed it). Wojo wrote a column Friday that points out the various reasons (Ken Holland) that the Red Wings seem to be stuck between... kuklaskorner.com

Marian Gaborik had procedure, won't be bought out

Los Angeles Kings forward Marian Gaborik will not be bought out, general manager Rob Blake told reporters Monday. At a news conference introducing John Stevens as the King’s head coach, Blake was asked about Gaborik and the players’ future with the... ca.sports.yahoo.com

Masterton Trophy Finalists: Anderson vs. Cogliano vs. Ryan

Craig Anderson of the Ottawa Senators, Andrew Cogliano of the Anaheim Ducks, and Derek Ryan of the Carolina Hurricanes are the finalists for the 2016-17 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. It is awarded “to the player who best exemplifies the qualities... ca.sports.yahoo.com

 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Kings counting on new coach John Stevens to ease scoring woes

Show me the goals. Show me the creativity the Kings lacked while Darryl Sutter insisted on coaching a heavy, physical game in defiance of the NHL’s trend toward speed and skill. If John Stevens can bring a fresh approach to a team that had become... latimes.com

Maybe this is the year for Washington Capitals?

Marcus Johansson has experienced the painful embarrassment of Washington Capitals’ playoff losses. Not all of them. He wasn’t there for the previous heart-stopping scare from the Eastern Conference’s lowest seed, when the Capitals lost to the... ca.sports.yahoo.com

4/24/2017 7:20 AM

Rangers have never seen Ryan McDonagh like this

Regarding the Rangers, whose patience, discipline and structure will be challenged by the Senators in what shapes up as a far less physical series than the six-game tong war against Montreal. Just make sure to keep your head up around Alexandre... nypost.com

The sound and the fury of Canadiens fans

Teams don’t win Cups hewing to the demands of hot-blooded fans, but what if the armchair GMs are right this time as Carey Price’s free agency looms? theglobeandmail.com

4/24/2017 6:48 AM

Price of devotion to the Edmonton Oilers is high

There were 18,000 fans in Rogers Place on Saturday night, for a game that was played 2,440 kilometres away. There must be a reward for that behaviour, and the patient season-ticket holders of Edmonton are getting theirs now. edmontonjournal.com

Hornqvist earns spot on Crosby line for Penguins

In the third period of Thursday's series-clinching victory over Columbus, Patric Hornqvist found himself crumpled on the PPG Paints Arena ice having just been blasted face-first into the cold, steel goal frame by a David Savard cross-check. triblive.com

 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

4/23/2017 9:02 AM

Keys to the offseason: Wild

Minnesota was one of the best teams in hockey for most of this season. Then came late-season struggles and a first-round playoff loss at the hands of the Blues. Just like that, it’s back to the drawing board for GM Chuck Fletcher and the Wild. insider.espn.com

4/23/2017 8:26 AM

Oilers on to Round 2 with 3-1 win over Sharks

As storylines go, it doesn’t get any sweeter than Oilers coach Todd McLellan beating his old San Jose Sharks team in his old rink Saturday for Edmonton’s first playoff series win in 11 years of heartache. edmontonjournal.com

Blues coach Yeo sought advancement, not revenge

"I don't want it to be a story,'' he said. "My goal is not to beat the Minnesota Wild for me. My goal is for us as a group to keep getting better, and keep seeing what we're capable of.'' startribune.com

Ducks defenseman Shea Theodore emerges as scoring threat

Cam Theodore might have to upgrade the data plan on his cellphone if his son keeps this up. Cam works as a millwright at a sawmill about 45 minutes from the family’s home near Vancouver, Canada. It’s an old-school, lunch-pail job that requires his... latimes.com

4/23/2017 9:06 AM

Henrik Lundqvist and Rangers prove they still can win a big one

You know, it used to be kind of routine around here for the Rangers to win playoff rounds and for Henrik Lundqvist to win his goal-tending matchup, no matter the guy at the other end of the ice. Of course it was. But then came last spring and the... nypost.com

Lady Byng Trophy Finalists: Gaudreau vs. Granlund vs. Tarasenko

The Lady Byng Trophy is awarded to the NHL player “adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct, combined with a high standard of playing ability.” It’s voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers Association. It... ca.sports.yahoo.com

Oilers' 2 breakaway goals make the difference in Game 6 (video)

The Edmonton Oilers can thank two defensive gaffes by the San Jose Sharks for their pivotal Game 6 victory.The Oilers won their first series since defeating the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in five games during the 2005-06 season. It was a tight game, and... thescore.com

Wild bounced by Blues after little even strength success

Erik Haula carried a blank stare ahead, the last Wild player off the ice at the end of a once-promising season that had ended suddenly in overtime Saturday, a 4-3 loss in Game 5 capping the franchise’s best regular season with a swift postseason exit. twincities.com

Canadiens ‘waste opportunity’ as P.K. Subban plays on

NEW YORK, N.Y. — Let’s just get to the heart of it, to the only quantifiable thing that fans in Montreal and beyond care about when it comes to the 2016-17 Canadiens: P.K. Subban’s Nashville Predators are playing in the second round of the Stanley... ca.sports.yahoo.com

Injured Torey Krug resumes skating for Bruins

Just a couple of weeks after Torey Krug went down with a lower body injury that had him in a knee brace and crutches leaving the TD Garden, the Bruins top puck-moving defenseman began his road back to recovery with some skating on the ice. It was... csnne.com

NHL playoffs: Oilers to face Ducks after topping Sharks, 3-1

Leon Draisaitl and Anton Slepyshev scored on breakaways in the opening minutes of the second period and the Edmonton Oilers advanced to the second round of the playoffs with 3-1 victory in Game 6 over the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night. Draisaitl... latimes.com

Sharks fans dump popcorn on Oilers in final seconds (video)

Sharks fans dumped popcorn on the Oilers bench after the empty-netter sealed it pic.twitter.com/eyZ536FmmU— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) April 23, 2017Don't expect to get the confetti treatment in hostile territory.San Jose Sharks fans... thescore.com

Wild coach Boudreau says Blues 'weren’t the better team'

Bruce Boudreau’s philosophy on the Stanley Cup Playoffs is that the best team usually wins each series. “Every team is capable of winning, but usually the best team does win,” he said. So were the St. Louis Blues, who eliminated the Wild in five... ca.sports.yahoo.com

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BIG10: Minnesota Tyler Sheehy Named Captain for 2017-18 Season

The Gopher Hockey Team announced Monday afternoon that All-American Tyler Sheehy will wear the C as the Gopher captain for the 2017-18 season. He will be joined by alternate captains Ryan Lindgren, Mike Szmatula, and Leon Bristedt who will all wear... thedailygopher.com

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

4/25/2017 6:22 AM

AHA: Niagara Hires Lammers

Lammers is currently the head coach and general manager of the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League (USHL). Lammers … wgrz.com

NCAA: D-I Hockey at Illinois Still Just a Dream

The 2017 Frozen Four in Chicago went off without a hitch. Sure, there wasn't the warm sun there was in Tampa in 2016, but Chicago was a fine host for college hockey's biggest stage, and the city responded with the largest attendance ever inside an... collegehockeynews.com

NCAA: Women - ex-UND Players' Destination Update

Several UND women’s players are starting to find new homes. None have ended up at the same school yet. UND transfers/re-commits Freshman G Kristen Campbell, Wisconsin Freshman D Abbey Stanley, Boston University Sophomore F Rebekah Kolstad,... undhockey.areavoices.com

NCHC: Morning Brief - conference To Discuss Frozen Faceoff

It’s Day 2 of NCHC meetings in Naples, Fla., and one of the topics that will generate plenty of conversation is the future of the NCHC Frozen Faceoff. There’s one year left on the Target Center contract, which means it will be time for... undhockey.areavoices.com

 

Monday, April 24, 2017

NCAA: Morning Brief - Meetings About To Start

Almost the entire college hockey world is down in Florida right now, preparing for annual meetings. The NCHC will meet the next two days. The national meetings essentially begin Thursday morning (there are a couple of small things Wednesday). This is... undhockey.areavoices.com

NCHC: Swaney expected to make offensive an impact with Bulldogs

The three or four defensemen Minnesota Duluth is bringing in next season are without a doubt young, but the same cannot be said about incoming freshmen forwards Nick Swaney and Kobe Roth. Both will be 20 when they hit the ice for UMD's season-opening... duluthnewstribune.com

 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

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CHL: Notebook - Game may be changing away from coaches like Constantine

Like it or not, Kevin Constantine bears the label of a defensive coach like a scarlet letter — which one might theorize played a part in the Everett Silvertips' end-of-season shakeup last week. sportsnet.ca

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

4/25/2017 6:21 AM

USHL: The Original Two -- Sioux City and Waterloo

Beginning in 1979-80, there were a total of seven teams with the Hennepin Nordiques, Bloomington Jr. Stars, Green Bay Bobcats and St. Paul Vulcans forming the North Division, and the Austin Mavericks, Sioux City Musketeers and Waterloo Black Hawks... wcfcourier.com

BCHL: Kawaguchi’s Historic Playoff Run

Jordan Kawaguchi is in the middle of an incredible playoff run with the Chilliwack Chiefs. On Saturday night, he had four points (two goals, two assists) in a 4-2 Chilliwack win to force a Game 6, which will be played tonight in Penticton. Chilliwack... undhockey.areavoices.com

 

Monday, April 24, 2017

NAHL: Junior Wilderness host Brookings in must-win Game 5

The second-seeded Minnesota Wilderness will host the third-seeded Brookings Blizzard in a decisive Game 5 of a first-round North American Hockey League playoff series at 7:05 p.m. Monday at Northwoods Arena in Cloquet. The Wilderness and Blizzard... duluthnewstribune.com

 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

QMJHL: Playoffs - Armada even up series with Islanders

Alex Barre-Boulet scored two late goals to tie the game, then helped set up Morgan Adams-Moisan's winner with under a minute to play as the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada edged the Charlottetown Islanders 5-4 on Saturday in Game 2 of their Quebec Major... sportsnet.ca

4/23/2017 8:54 AM

USHL: Saturday Recap

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 15th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2016-17. 30 or more … ushl.com

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AHL: Brennan hopes for more than personal goals

Even though T.J. Brennan has been in the American Hockey League since the last time the Phantoms were in the playoffs, this season feels... courierpostonline.com

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

 

Monday, April 24, 2017

4/24/2017 6:59 AM

AHL: Brickley lifts Checkers in OT

Connor Brickley continued his clutch play with a goal 9:28 into overtime on Sunday, sending Charlotte to a 4-3 win at Chicago and a 2-1... theahl.com

4/24/2017 6:59 AM

AHL: Griffins grab 2-0 series lead

Tyler Bertuzzi scored twice and Grand Rapids moved to within a win of advancing to the second round with a 5-2 victory over Milwaukee at... theahl.com

AHL: Admirals Can't Finish Comeback, Drop Game 2

Grand Rapids, MI-Vladislav Kamenev and Freddy Gaudreau scored for the Admirals but they couldn't overcome a third period deficit and dropped a 5-2 dec... - AHL Milwaukee Admirals oursportscentral.com

 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

AHL: Saturday’s East recaps

Recapping the action from the Eastern Conference on the third night of the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs...SYRACUSE 4, ST. JOHN'S 3 (2OT)... theahl.com

AHL: Toronto Takes Game 2, 6-2

ALBANY, NY - The Albany Devils fell to the the Toronto Marlies 6-2 in Game 2 of the Calder Cup Playoffs Saturday at Times Union Center. The series is ... - AHL Albany Devils oursportscentral.com

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KHL: Review of the Season – the Chernyshev Division

The Eastern-most outposts of the KHL gained a new neighbor this season as Kunlun Red Star brought top-level hockey to China for the first time. Among the more established teams in this section, there were tough times for Salavat Yulaev and Sibir,... en.khl.ru

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

4/25/2017 6:20 AM

U18 WORLDS: Russia Wraps up Bronze

Well, the main mission was accomplished; Russia’s medal drought at the Under-18 Men’s World Championship, which extended back to 2011, came to an end today when the youngsters downed Sweden by a 3-0 score to take third place in the... conwaysrussianhockey.wordpress.com

 

Monday, April 24, 2017

KHL: most interesting news of the last week

Spartak Moscow confirmed the appointment of one its former players, Vadim Yepanchintsev, as its new head coach. The 41-year-old played for the Red-and-Whites from 1994-97 before trying his luck across the Atlantic, and later returned as a coach with... en.khl.ru

 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

KHL: Review of the Season - the Kharlamov Division

Does stability breed success, or does success lead to stability? The experiences of teams in this division might help answer that age-old sporting riddle. For Ak Bars and Metallurg Magnitogorsk, an established coaching structure led to more success;... en.khl.ru

KHL: Review of the Season - The Tarasov Division

We continue our summary of the season just gone with a look at the Tarasov Division. The regular season brought success for CSKA and Vityaz, but the playoffs belonged to Lokomotiv. Meanwhile, three of these seven teams have already dismissed last... en.khl.ru

4/23/2017 8:53 AM

Krasnaya Armiya Take the Kharlamov Cup

The 2016-17 season is in the history books in Russia’s top junior league; Krasnaya Armiya Moscow, junior side of CSKA Moscow, defeated Reaktor Nizhnekamsk today to complete a four-game sweep of the Kharlamov Cup Final. Read on, for some... conwaysrussianhockey.wordpress.com

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MN H.S.: Griswold takes coaching position at Holy Angels

Former Minnehaha Academy coach Pat Griswold hopes to leverage the Stars' past state tourney success. mnhockeyhub.com

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