No two questionable hits are created equal. Some straddle the line between acceptable and illegal. Others are just plain ugly and, in theory, easier for the NHL Department of Player Safety to evaluate. The devastating blow St. Louis Blues right winger Ryan Reaves dealt San Jose Sharks defenseman Matt... Read more
Short term, the Kings losing Marian Gaborik stands to hurt Los Angeles’ chances at clinching the top spot in the Pacific Division, but there may be a long-term gain with Gaborik — and his $4.875-million salary — on the shelf. According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, there’s a possibility Gaborik... Read more
SKA St. Petersburg is coming down hard on captain Ilya Kovalchuk after the team dropped its first game of the playoffs in overtime. St. Petersburg coach Maxim Sokolov announced Monday that Kovalchuk, 32, has been “removed from the squad” ahead of Game Two of the first-round series against Lokomotiv... Read more
Larry David said it best during his hosting gig earlier this month: “Stop, stop, you’re going to be disappointed.” Is that the best mentality to take with the Russians for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey? They tantalize us on paper at every international tournament but have fallen well... Read more
You might be surprised that there is absolutely nothing – nada, zippo, zilch – the NHL can do about a team tanking its season. There is not a single league by-law that mandates roster quality in any way, shape or form. And there is nothing the league can do... Read more
Ken Hitchcock is in the midst of a make-or-break season with the St. Louis Blues, and the injury bug isn’t making life any easier for him. Over the course of the campaign, Hitchcock’s club has had to deal with the losses of Patrik Berglund, Jaden Schwartz, Paul Stastny, Kevin... Read more
The Philadelphia Flyers may only be five points out of a playoff spot, but they’re going to be in tough to fight their way into the post-season without the services of defenseman Michael Del Zotto for the rest of the season. Flyers GM Ron Hextall announced Sunday that Del... Read more
The NHL’s Feb. 29 trade deadline is only a week away. As the big day approaches, Winnipeg Jets left wing Andrew Ladd, Carolina Hurricanes center Eric Staal and Arizona Coyotes winger Mikkel Boedker top the list of players expected to be on the move. According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman,... Read more
Patrick Roy spent his entire playing career frustrating opposing shooters and coaching staffs with remarkable stops, so it must be strange for him to stand and watch as his Colorado Avalanche are repeatedly stymied by incredible saves. Sunday night, Canucks netminder Ryan Miller put on a show against Roy’s... Read more
I’ve been to the arena in Lake Placid where it all went down. You can feel the vibe, see where the ghosts might hang out on weekdays. But to modern eyes, it’s incredible how small everything appears. Peer out the window and you can see where the opening ceremonies... Read more