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NHL realignment to come next season?

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: NHL, Rumors

Winnipeg JetsTo say the geographical situation in the NHL is less than desirable would be an understatement. With the move of the Atlanta Thrashers to Winnipeg (to play as the Winnipeg Jets) means that the Jets will have some of the most arduous travel schedule in history, but NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman thinks he has a solution to the problem, and he’ll spend the next two and a half months reviewing the situation.

 

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Carolina Hurricanes tweak roster hoping to get back to playoffs

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, NHL

Eric StaalThe Carolina Hurricanes won the Stanley Cup in 2006. Since then, it’s been almost exclusive misery for the fans and team in Raleigh. The Hurricanes have failed to make the playoffs in four of the past five seasons. In that fifth season, they finished sixth and won two seven-game series before bowing out of the Conference Final in four games. This season, Carolina hopes that a few roster tweaks will mean the difference between a playoff berth and early tee times on the golf courses.

 

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Evander Kane and the number nine

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, NHL, Rumors

Evander KaneAs the Winnipeg Jets continue to sort out the many issues facing them before returning to the ice this fall, one of the more publicized issues revolves around Evander Kane and his wearing of the number nine. That’s the same number that former Winnipeg Jet and Hockey Hall of Fame member Bobby Hull wore and was retired by the first incarnation of the Jets. While technically that history now belongs to the Phoenix Coyotes franchise, many think it’s wrong for Kane to wear the iconic number.

 

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Stephen Brunt announces sale and move of Atlanta Thrashers to Winnipeg

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: News, NHL, Rumors

Stephen BruntWith a sudden yet staggering announcement, it seems that the Atlanta Thrashers have finally found new ownership. Except those owners happen to be True North Sports and Entertainment – a company who already owns the AHL’s Manitoba Moose and the MTS Centre arena. Stephen Brunt, who broke the news Thursday night, has already taken significant heat for doing his job because, as expected, nobody would allow such ground-breaking news to just take off.

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Dustin Byfuglien heals scoring woes in Leafs therapy session

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, NHL

Dustin ByfuglienWhen NHL players or teams find themselves in a slump, they visit the Toronto Maple Leafs. That was the case on Monday for Dustin Byfuglien and the Atlanta Thrashers who entered the Air Canada Centre on a three-game losing streak. Byfuglien himself hadn’t even recorded a point in his previous 13 games and the Thrashers as a team were unable to score a powerplay goal in six straight contests. All that changed courtesy of the lowly Leafs.

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Ilya Kovalchuk re-signs with the New Jersey Devils

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, NHL

Ilya KovalchukNow that Ilya Kovalchuk has finally made up his mind, the rest of the NHL can return to summer hours. After months of speculation of where this year’s top free agent would land, Kovy brought the discussion full-circle as he chose to stay in New Jersey, which is exactly where many thought he would end up when free agency opened up after the playoffs. Several teams tried their best to acquire the Russian-born scorer; most of them being the Los Angeles Kings; but in the end it was New Jersey who won.

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Tkachuk’s career to close Saturday night

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, NHL

Keith TkachukThe latest in a long line of NHL greats has announced his pending retirement as of the end of the season. Keith Tkachuk will play his final game on the road against Nashville this coming Saturday, after which he’ll unlace his skates as a professional hockey player for the final time after a 19-year long career. In that time, Tkachuk has established himself as one of the greatest American-born hockey players with one of the most deceiving names to pronounce.

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The final days of the 2009-10 NHL season

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: NHL, Playoffs

Matt DucheneWith only six days left in the NHL season, there are still four playoff spots yet to be clinched, and a lot more seeds to be finalized. The Eastern Conference is still pretty open, with Montreal, Boston, Philadelhpia, NY Rangers and Atlanta competing for three spots. We know teams one-through-seven in the Western Conference, but that final place will see the toughest competition, as all of Colorado, Calgary, St. Louis and Anaheim compete for it.

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Only offense will decide final spots in East

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: NHL, Playoffs

Andrei MarkovThe back end of the Eastern Conference playoff spots is very tightly contested; a welcome change from most other areas of the NHL standings. The Flyers, Canadiens and Bruins hold the last three positions, each with 82 points and five games remaining. The tiebreaking procedures gives Philadelphia a huge edge over Boston with three more wins total, but a tough final week could be deadly if they don’t play right. They’ll get their chance to start the end right tonight when they welcome those Canadiens.

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Devils add Kovalchuk as trade week continues

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, Editorial, NHL, Trades

Ilya KovalchukAnother big trade has been completed and the New Jersey Devils have another captain among their ranks. Devils GM Lou Lamoriello completed a trade to bring in All-Star Ilya Kovalchuk from Atlanta. The 26-year-old has scored 31 goals in 49 games this season. Since debuting in 2001, Kovalchuk has netted 328 goals and 615 points in 594 games, so there’s certainly no surprise that he was as sought after as he was, and just when it seemed like the Kings would win the Kovalchuk Sweepstakes, the Devils swooped in and landed the Russian-born superstar.

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