Three NHL Playoff Contenders – The Hockey News

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports “We’re just one piece away” You hear it all the time in professional sports. It’s the Hockey Man’s favorite phrase, one uttered to buy himself another year or two of time to shuffle deck chairs on the Titanic. This summer, there are more than a few NHL teams who seem to … Read more

David Amber 20 Questions: On Nazem Kadri, Wayne Gretzky rookie cards and forgotten towels

A few days after returning from the Stanley Cup Final in Tampa, Fla., David Amber settled into a chair near the door of a busy downtown Toronto coffee shop. He held an iced latte, a chocolate croissant and a little smile. “Don’t make me sound unhealthy now,” he said. Amber, 51, was still reintroducing himself … Read more

Blues waste no time, hire MacTavish to replace Montgomery on Berube’s staff St. Louis Blues

Farewell Jim Montgomery. Hello Craig MacTavish. That didn’t take long. The Boston Bruins officially announced Friday afternoon that they had hired Montgomery as their head coach. Almost simultaneously, the Blues announced that MacTavish had been hired as Montgomery’s replacement as an assistant on coach Craig Berube’s staff. “Jim did an admirable and an excellent job … Read more

Avalanche star Nazem Kadri could’ve made excuses. He made history instead. His Colorado relatives couldn’t be prouder. “After hardship comes ease.”

Before legends are etched in silver, they’re born in brimstone. You’ll tell your grandchildren about Nazem Kadri. Who will tell their grandchildren. And their grandchildren after that. “There are always going to be critics. But you don’t let them bring you down,” Hifa Fayad texted Wednesday morning from the Middle East. “Rather, you rise above … Read more

2022 NHL Draft: What is each team’s biggest need?

Today we look at each NHL team’s biggest need going into the 2022 NHL Draft. Biggest need, in this context, doesn’t mean the immediate need on the big club’s roster. This is not about filling needs for the 2022-23 NHL season. The purpose of this from an NHL Draft perspective is to examine a club’s … Read more

2022 NHL Draft: What is each team’s biggest need?

Today we look at each NHL team’s biggest need going into the 2022 NHL Draft. Biggest need, in this context, doesn’t mean the immediate need on the big club’s roster. This is not about filling needs for the 2022-23 NHL season. The purpose of this from an NHL Draft perspective is to examine a club’s … Read more

NHL Free Agency: Top Five Buyout Candidates

Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports Let’s take a look at the five top buyout candidates heading into the off-season. 5. Zack Kassian – Edmonton Oilers – Contract: 2 years left, $ 3.2 million AAV– 2021-22 Stat Line: 58 GP, 6 goals, 13 assists, 19 points, 11:47 TOI– Buyout Cap Hit: $ 666,667 (2022-23), $ 1.8667 million … Read more

Woodcroft, Oilers ready to build off conference final appearance

Jay Woodcroft said the Edmonton Oilers are not satisfied with simply making it to the Western Conference Final this season. “For us, we’re driven to take the next step, ask ourselves hard questions, be open to the seeking of answers to try to push us forward,” the Oilers coach said Wednesday. Woodcroft’s contract as Edmonton … Read more