Boone Jenner Named Captain of the Columbus Blue Jackets

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Long time Columbus Blue Jackets forward Boone Jenner has been named the team’s seventh captain in franchise history. Teammates Zach Werenski, Oliver Bjorkstrand, and Gustav Nyquist will sport the ‘A’ as the team’s alternate captains. The Blue Jackets play their first game of the season on Thursday, October 14 at home. say it with us, […] READ MORE


A Playoff Roadmap for the Chicago Blackhawks

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82 games, 16 teams, and sports’ greatest trophy, the Stanley Cup. The Chicago Blackhawks have been there and done that six times since their existence in the NHL, most notably three Cup wins in five seasons during the 2010s. The glory days of the modern Blackhawks era might be behind the organization, but an active […] READ MORE


Puck Drop Preview: 2021-22 Chicago Blackhawks

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Welcome to our latest series here at Last Word on Hockey. The┬áPuck Drop Preview series takes you through each team as the season is fast approaching. The preview will focus on the narratives surrounding the team ending last year, during the offseason, and heading into the 2021-22 season. Puck Drop Preview also focuses on what […] READ MORE


Chicago Blackhawks Players That are Due to Break Out

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If last season was any indication of it, anyone can be an impactful player regardless of their ice time. Forward Brandon Hagel, despite playing on the third line, broke out as one of the Chicago Blackhawks‘ best forwards. He showed a great deal of defensive reliability to go along with his strong vision for the […] READ MORE


Breaking Down The 2021 Chicago Blackhawks Offseason So Far

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For a team heading into year-two of a rebuild, the Chicago Blackhawks offseason has been busy so far. From trading away franchise defenceman Duncan Keith to acquiring young blue liner Seth Jones, the Blackhawks have been all over hockey headlines in recent weeks. As of today the roster that’s set to play for them on […] READ MORE


Carolina Hurricanes Sign Defenceman Brendan Smith

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The Carolina Hurricanes continue to fill the void that Dougie Hamilton left by signing defenceman Brendan Smith. The contract is only for this season with a salary of $800,000. Smith, previously a member of the New York Rangers, scored five goals and five assists for 10 points in 48 games last season. Hurricanes Sign Free […] READ MORE


New York Rangers Acquire Ryan Reaves from Vegas

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The New York Rangers have acquired Ryan Reaves from the Vegas Golden Knights. Reaves is considered one of the last true enforcers left in the NHL. In return, the Golden Knights get a third round pick in the 2022 NHL entry draft. The 34-year-old winger has one year left on a contract paying him $1.7 […] READ MORE


Pius Suter Signs With the Detroit Red Wings

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Swiss forward Pius Suter has inked a new two-year deal with the Detroit Red Wings. The 25-year-old became an unrestricted free agent when he was not given a qualifying offer by the Chicago Blackhawks. Through 55 games last season Suter scored 14 goals and 13 assists for 27 points, which is equivalent to a 40 […] READ MORE


Carolina Hurricanes Acquire Ethan Bear from Edmonton Oilers

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The Carolina Hurricanes have acquired young defenceman Ethan Bear from the Edmonton Oilers. In return, the Oilers will be getting Warren Foegele. Last season with the Oilers Bear played 43 games and scored two goals and six assists. In 53 games last season Foegele scored 10 goals and 10 assists. Per @reporterchris Ethan Bear to […] READ MORE


Report: Montreal Canadiens Sign Cedric Paquette

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The Montreal Canadiens have signed 27-year-old centre Cedric Paquette. Paquette played last season with the Ottawa Senators and the Carolina Hurricanes, scoring four goals and four assists on the year. The contract details are unknown at this time. Just over an hour away from free agency opening, hearing David Savard, Chris Wideman (as @reporterchris reported) […] READ MORE