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NHL Trade Bait: The Forwards

The NHL’s Olympic Roster Freeze has now been lifted, and teams have until 3:00 p.m. on March 5th to make their moves before the NHL’s trade deadline.  This is expected to be a very active trade deadline, with a number of high profile players potentially finding themselves in new homes.  This week, I look around the league and try to…


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Trade Deadline Options For The New Jersey Devils

As long as Lou Lamoriello is calling the shots for the Devils, the trade deadline will always be an interesting time. With the team teetering on the line for a playoff spot, while at the same time still a few points out,  there’s much speculation on how the Devils should handle this year’s deadline. New Jersey has 12 games left…


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The 2013-14 Florida Panthers Season Preview: Bright Future, Miserable Present

Welcome back to Puck Drop: NHL Preview 2013-14, where our hockey department gives you a detailed look at each team from around the NHL leading to the start of his hockey season.  Check back often as new teams are added to our Puck Drop page.  Today we take a look at the 2013-14 Florida Panthers.   Last Season They went from the worst…


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Best Remaining NHL Free Agents

After three days of the NHL’s free agent frenzy, most of the biggest names are off the market.  However, for teams still looking to upgrade their rosters, there are still a number of quality free agents out there. Forwards Jaromir Jagr, Boston Bruins 2012-13 Salary (before being Pro-Rated): $4.5 Million Cap Hit: $4.5 million. 2012-13 Stats: 45 GP, 16 G,…


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David and Goliath: Isles and Pens Prepare for a Showdown

If you ask most hockey fans what the outcome will be of the Pens-Isles playoff series, you’ll get a variety of responses, and most end with the predictions of a very short series ending after 4 or 5 games. Most people cite Iginla, and Malkin, and Morrow, and Neal, and Letang and blah blah blah… Here’s how this writer thinks…


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NHL Trophy Watch: Why John Tavares Should Win the Hart over Crosby

With the season coming to a close, it’s time to turn brief attention to the Hart Trophy race. Everything that I’ve seen has Sidney Crosby winning the Hart Trophy.  If this award was for the best player in the league, I just might agree. However, don’t get ahead of yourselves Penguins fans.  From NHL.com: “The Hart Memorial Trophy is an…


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To Buy or To Sell: Eastern Bubble Teams and the Deadline

Its less than one week  to the NHL trade deadline, and we’ve already seen our first deals of the season with the Penguins adding Brenden Morrow from the Dallas Stars and Douglas Murray from San Jose.  In this shortened season, the playoff races are closer than ever, and this means that for a number of teams the decisions on whether…


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