HELSINKI, FINLAND – It has been the year of the draft phenom at the world juniors. Auston Matthews flirted with an American goal-scoring record, Alexander Nylander put up points in his injured brother’s stead, while Finland got gigantic performances from Patrik Laine and Jesse Puljujarvi (my choice for tourney... Read more
A quiet NHL rumor mill received a significant jolt on Sunday, as the agent for Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Jonathan Drouin revealed his client made a trade request in November. Allan Walsh, who represents the 20-year-old Drouin, released a statement not only revealing the request, but also imploring... Read more
Daniel Sedin is lucky Tuesday isn’t team photo day for the Vancouver Canucks because he got some unexpected dental work Monday after taking a puck to the face. Four minutes in Monday’s game against the Coyotes, Sedin was entering the offensive zone when the puck flipped up into the air... Read more
Jarome Iginla joined an exclusive club Monday night and, if there was still any doubt, punched his ticket to the Hall of Fame by becoming the 19th player in NHL history to score 600 career goals. Iginla, 38, had been sitting at 599 career goals since Dec. 27 and... Read more
Unlike some years, the frontrunners for the Calder Trophy this season are hard to pick out, but Detroit Red Wings rookie Dylan Larkin is certainly trying to put himself front and center in the conversation. His goal Monday night will certainly garner some attention if there’s anyone who’s still... Read more
The Florida Panthers are officially the hottest team in the entire NHL. The Cats are sitting atop the Atlantic Division, are red hot with a nine-game winning streak and are being led by the remarkable Jaromir Jagr, who scored twice in the Panthers’ 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild... Read more
HELSINKI, FINLAND – In a classic Cold War battle, the Russians had the better strategy, beating Team USA 2-1 in a grinding war on ice. The Americans’ top line of Auston Matthews, Colin White and Matthew Tkachuk was held off the scoreboard, despite an inordinate amount of ice time... Read more
The 2015-16 NHL season has taught us smoke rarely yields fire in the trade rumor mill, at least so far. Plenty of names have been tossed out as highly likely candidates to be dealt, from Ryan Johansen to Matt Duchene, and nothing has happened. Heck, Travis Hamonic requested a... Read more
Anders Nilsson’s first season as an Edmonton Oiler has been successful, but the 25-year-old netminder wants to look the part. As such, Nilsson went to DaveArt’s David Gunnarsson with an idea for a brand new mask and one that would pay tribute to one of the greatest goaltenders in... Read more
When Hockey Canada president Tom Renney emerged to speak with reporters the day after Canada’s dismissal from the World Junior Championship, it seemed about the only thing missing in the backdrop was a constant loop of The Funeral March by Chopin. (Full disclosure: I’m not actually at the WJC... Read more