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Pat Burns Will Live On In All Of Our Hearts

November 22nd, 2010 No Comments

This weekend one of the best coaches in NHL history passed away after a long battle with cancer. While there is no question that hockey has lost a great coach, as good a coach as Pat Burns was, from all accounts he was an equally fine individual. As a lifelong Toronto Maple Leaf fan I can recall the announcement that Burns was joining the Leafs, I was estatic. For many, it was the turning point in an otherwise lethargic franchises lineage, for, in Pat Burns, we all believed our team would be better. Known for his hard work, ability to communicate with players, fairness and gruff demeanor behind the bench, Burns was the kind of coach that players would go through a wall for. Like a super star player, Burns was as much of an icon in Toronto as anyone, in

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2010 NHL All-Star Game: Eight Unheralded Players Who Deserve Your All-Star Vote

November 19th, 2010 No Comments

The 2011 NHL All-Star Game is only just over three months away, and as the young 2010-’11 NHL season ages by the minute, the All-Star Game grows closer and closer. This past week, the NHL opened up the balloting on their website, nhl.com, for all fans to vote for their favorite players. The ballot includes 100 players to chose from (53 forwards, 29 defensemen, and 18 goalies) but the ballot also includes a write-in vote. Under the new system, fans vote for three forwards, two defensemen, and one goalie per ballot, and the top six vote-getters will be automatically named All-Stars. There won’t be many concerns from the top superstars, though, even when they’re not voted in at first; following the voting, the NHL will choose 36 more players to name All-Stars. The NHL hasn’t released the leaderboard yet, but we

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NHL Breaking News: Carolina Hurricanes Trade For Ian White, Brett Sutter

November 17th, 2010 No Comments

The Carolina Hurricanes, and General Manager Jim Rutherford, have known that they needed some defensive help. They might just have found it in a very well-advised trade today with the Calgary Flames. Both teams have struggled as of late. The ‘Canes have been outscored by a combined score of 15-3 over their last two games and have given up 60 goals on the year, tied for second-most among all Eastern Conference teams. Meanwhile, Calgary has lost six of their last seven games and have quickly fallen nine points behind Northwest Division-leading Vancouver. However, the trade, in which the Flames send defenseman Ian White and left winger Brett Sutter to Carolina in exchange for defenseman Anton Babchuk and right winger Tom Kostopoulos, might have positive outcomes for both teams. Carolina will get a major defensive boost with 26-year-old Ian White. White had played

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Carolina Hurricanes Report: Skinner, Staal Lead Sudden Goal-Scoring Explosion

November 11th, 2010 No Comments

The two players that lead the Carolina Hurricanes (8-7-0, 3-2-0 home, 5-5-0 road) in scoring one month into the 2010-2011 NHL season are the oddest pair. They each have six goals and nine assists, tying them for the top spot with 15 points each. One of the players is Eric Staal, the ‘Canes current captain, and a former 100-point scorer, Stanley Cup Champion, and NHL All-Star Game MVP. Of anyone on the Hurricanes‘ current roster, Staal would be the most expectable choice for team leading scorer. The other player, Jeff Skinner, is just the opposite. Only 18 years old, he was the seventh overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, and a surprising one and that, considering he was ranked far lower than seventh and the ‘Canes were supposed to be looking for a defenseman. However, he’s already had

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Ten Most Surprising NHL Teams Thus Far

November 2nd, 2010 2 Comments

While it is still very early in the 2010-11 NHL season there are already more than a few surprises in the overall standings. Teams that were supposed to be world beaters are sitting in the basement, while other teams that were supposed to struggle have come out flying right out of the gate and sit amongst the NHL’s best. Let’s take a look at the Ten Most Surprising NHL Teams Thus Far, for better, or for worse. New Jersey Devils: Ok, so not everybody thought the New Jersey Devils would be world beaters this season, but there sure were a fair amount of experts out there that were suggesting the Devils would be a contender for the Atlantic Division title and/or the Eastern Conference’s top team. Through 13 games the Devils sit dead last in the NHL standings with a

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NHL Division-By-Division Power Rankings: Southeast Division Weak No More

November 2nd, 2010 No Comments

Three weeks and one calender month into the 2010-2011 NHL season, we’ve already begun to be able to pick out the surprises and disappointments of the year. Teams like Buffalo and New Jersey, two top-ranked teams from the Eastern Conference last season, have both struggled to get going and posted a combined 0-8-2 home record, while franchises such as Montreal, Boston, and Tampa Bay have burst onto the stage with a combined 20-7-2 record. Meanwhile, in the West, Nashville, Edmonton, and Dallas started out strongly but have faltered lately, while, on the other hand, youthful squads such as St. Louis, Colorado, and Los Angeles have already begun to prove their legitimacy. But how does the NHL look from a divisional standpoint? Which five-team groups have been the toughest to play in so far, while which divisions have struggled despite their

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