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Behind the Scenes Hockey: Nine Unheralded NHL Players

August 28th, 2010 1 Comment

Around the world of hockey, there are many words for them; “Down and Dirty”, “Rough and Tumble”, “In the Trenches”, “Blue Collar players”, and “Enforcers”. But throughout the years of the NHL, fans and staff alike have always loved the hardest hitter, the nastiest fighter, or the trashiest talker. In fact, many players and coaches in recent times have become famous for their gritty side, such as monstrous Zdeno Chara or 2010 playoff star Dustin Byfuglien. Truthfully, the biggest physical presences are no longer ignored, or, as the title proclaims, “unheralded”. But that’s not to say there aren’t any more “under the radar” blue collar players. In fact, there are more “behind the scenes” players than you expect, as no very well-known forward or defenseman was included…and that’s why they’re on this list. Whether it’s blocking shots, piling up takeaways, winning faceoffs, killing penalties, taking the longest

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Toronto Maple Leafs: What Will The Power Play Look Like In 2010-11?

August 25th, 2010 No Comments

Making good on just 14 percent of their man advantages, the Toronto Maple Leafs emerged from the 2009-10 season with the NHL’s worst power play. For the most part, the Maple Leafs featured the likes of Tomas Kaberle, Francois Beauchemin, and Ian White taking turns on the first power play unit on the backend, with Phil Kessel, Matt Stajan, Lee Stempniak, Niklas Hagman and Alexei Ponikarovsky getting the majority of power play time up front. The 2010-11 season will see the Leafs employ a number of new faces on the power play. White, Stajan, Hagman, Ponikarovsky and Stempniak have all moved on to other teams so they will not be returning and, with a final decision still not clear with regard to Tomas Kaberle’s future, it is tough to pencil him in at this point in time. With training camp

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Faces of the Franchise: Three Young Carolina Hurricanes To Watch For

August 13th, 2010 No Comments

That team, the Carolina Hurricanes, had begun the year dreadfully, just one season removed from a run to the Eastern Conference Finals. The ‘Canes were currently posting a miserable 10-27-7 record with just two measly wins away from the RBC Center. Further downgrading the outlook was the fact that Carolina had the second oldest average age out of all 30 NHL teams at 29.2. But now well over seven months later, the Carolina Hurricanes are just a shell of their former over-their-prime roster. Today, the new seventh youngest team is preparing for training camp with just 15 players signed to a one-way contract, leaving five spots available for prospects to earn during the preseason. While the ‘Canes still have nearly $12 million in cap space to work with, allowing for plenty of mid-season flexibility, the 2010-2011 Hurricanes have ridded themselves of

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Seven Key Players (and Coaches) Dumped After Winning a Stanley Cup

August 12th, 2010 No Comments

  Photo Credit: Paint It Blackhawks Today’s NHL world of salary caps, hidden bonuses, and strict roster regulations make it impossible to not understand why even the best players are often relegated to the free agent market. But when teams dump stars just weeks after they helped the franchise win the NHL’s biggest prize, the Stanley Cup, it’s clear that a loyalty’s broken. However, this has been done by more than a few of just the past 13 Cup Champions (1997-2010), and the most recent titlist, the Chicago Blackhawks, have truly re-opened the wound. Following several major trades with the Atlanta Thrashers and one very notable arbitration hearing, a number of major contributors in the Hawks’ Cup run are now unwelcome in Chicago, whether it was their choice or not. Since 1998, though, five more major players have gone through similar situations as many

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Remembering the 2010 Winter Classic: Philadelphia Flyers Vs. Boston Bruins

August 3rd, 2010 No Comments

Last year I had the opportunity to cover the Winter Classic between the Boston Bruins and the Philadelphia Flyers. As an accredited writer I was able to take part in numerous interviews and take some pretty great pictures along the way. With the 2011 Winter Classic between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals already starting to steal the headlines I felt it might be cool to look back at my experience in Boston. Here is a look at some of my pictures: This is the first picture I took after the cab dropped me off on Yawkey Way right outside the legendary Fenway Park. The City of Boston and the NHL did a great job of promoting the event both in the media and on the streets of Boston. If you got within a square mile of Fenway you knew

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Gagne Traded To Tampa Bay Lightning: Analysis

July 19th, 2010 No Comments

After numerous rumors of Philadelphia Flyers forward Simon Gagne being traded  to the Toronto Maple Leafs or the Los Angeles Kings and everywhere in between, Simon Gagne has been traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning for defenseman Matt Walker and a fourth round draft pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Gagne, scheduled to make $5.25 million for the upcoming 2010-11 season, scored 17 goals and added 23 assists through 58 games with the Flyers last season. It is widely viewed that Gagne was sent packing by the Flyers due to salary cap concerns, not for his lack of production or injury woes. Originally drafted by the Flyers in the first round (22nd overall) of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, Gagne had spent his entire career with the Flyers, spanning ten years, scoring 259 goals and adding 265 assists for a

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