Best First Round Vancouver Canucks Draft Picks, Part Four

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Previous explorations of the Vancouver Canucks draft history have shown what can be charitably described as a mixed bag. A few great picks – especially in recent years – and some that, well, didn’t work out. There were a couple curious discoveries, like the Canucks drafting 10th more frequently than any other position. Here are […] READ MORE


Potential 2020-21 Pittsburgh Penguins Bounce Back or Breakout Players

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Welcome to the latest series here at Last Word on Hockey. Each day, we will take a look at a new team and examine three of their potential breakout or bounce-back players. These players have the chance to make a serious difference with their teams this upcoming season. These players can be new faces or […] READ MORE


Pittsburgh Penguins Re-sign Jared McCann

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Jared McCann to a two-year contract. The deal will run through the 2021-22 season with an annual cap hit of $2.94 million. Pittsburgh has been active recently with two separate trades but McCann is also the second signing in September. The team announced the contract late Friday afternoon. Rutherford […] READ MORE


Exploring This Off Season for the Florida Panthers 2020-21

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The Florida Panthers hired a new general manager in Bill Zito. Zito has a lot of work cut out for him, with the Panthers’ roster ageing and numerous bad contracts starting to affect plans. Zito’s been left with quite a mess to clean up. The Panthers have a lot of questions to answer this off-season. […] READ MORE


NHL Rumours: Pittsburgh Penguins, Vancouver Canucks, Arizona Coyotes

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Another Thursday brings another edition of Last Word on Hockey’s NHL Rumours series. The offseason is quickly approaching. The site is working on overdrive to bring you snapshots of the biggest and brightest trade and free agent rumours out there. Most NHL teams are working off-the-clock too as they focus on prepping their 2020-21 rosters. […] READ MORE


Pittsburgh Penguins Offseason Primer

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As the NHL moves ahead with its Return to Play plan, Last Word on Hockey is taking a look towards the offseason. In terms of building a franchise, the offseason is the most crucial time of the year for front offices. However, due to COVID-19, the short-term future of how this operates has seen sweeping changes. […] READ MORE


Revisiting Erik Gudbranson Trade to the Vancouver Canucks

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Nearly four years ago to the day, on May 25th, 2016, Vancouver Canucks management swung for the fences, acquiring rugged defenceman Erik Gudbranson and a 2016 fifth-round pick from the Florida Panthers. They paid a pretty penny, parting ways with promising centerman Jared McCann, a 2016 second-round pick, and a 2016 fourth-round pick.  A Look […] READ MORE


Today in Hockey History: Colorado Avalanche Ray Bourque Oldest Cup Final Scorer

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During the NHL’s hiatus, we at the Last Word on Hockey are going to look back at each date’s historical significance to the game. We’ll remember the moments that shaped the sport of hockey that happened on this day. Here’s our look at this date in hockey history for May 31st, featuring Ray Bourque. Today […] READ MORE


Pittsburgh Penguins Nick Bjugstad Out Week To Week

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The Pittsburgh Penguins announced that forward Nick Bjugstad is out week-to-week with a lower-body injury. Coach Sullivan on Bjugstad’s absence from today’s skate: “Nick is out with a lower-body injury. He’s out week-to-week. It is unrelated to his prior injury.” — Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) March 10, 2020 Nick Bjugstad Injured As the Penguins took to […] READ MORE


Jason Zucker Has Been a Game Changer for the Pittsburgh Penguins

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The experiment is only five games old. However, Jason Zucker being acquired from the Wild has made the Pittsburgh Penguins top line fearful again. Jason Zucker Addition Needed When Jake Guentzel went down essentially for the season, the Penguins were down a 40 goal winger. Acquiring that would’ve cost the Penguins an arm and a […] READ MORE