Chris Kreider and the Interesting Season for the New York Rangers

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Chris Kreider has been a mainstay on the New York Rangers‘ forward core since the moment he arrived in the NHL. With the trade of Mats Zuccarello back in early 2019, Kreider also became the longest-tenured Ranger forward. This season he played alongside his good friends, Mika Zibanejad and Pavel Buchnevich. Chris Kreider put up […] READ MORE


Stanislav Svozil Is a Top-10 Talent for the 2021 NHL Draft

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The 2021 NHL Draft has opted for a “quantity” approach when it comes to defencemen, instead of the “quality” approach that’s been featured in recent years. Some early rankings have double-digit defencemen going in the first round, with my own early rankings featuring eight. That’s a lot of blue-liners. And with the long list has […] READ MORE


Small NHL Trades with Big Results: Patrick Roy

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Small trades with big results is a series that looks at trades throughout NHL history that seemed small or insignificant at the time but turned out to be much, much more. In this installment, we look at how Patrick Roy ended up with the Montreal Canadiens. Small NHL Trades with Big Results: Patrick Roy The […] READ MORE


2021 NHL Draft Class Introductions: Part Four

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Welcome to Last Word on Hockey’s 2021 NHL Draft Class introductions. The 2020 Draft class was a blast and the 2021 NHL draft should be too. Alexis Lafreniere was the first overall pick for the New York Rangers in ‘20, but who will it be in ‘21? How about we here at Last Word introduce […] READ MORE


Who Takes a Discount in NHL Salaries Part Two: Winnings Double Dividend

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In part one of this series, we discussed how taxes affect NHL salaries. I never believed taxes were the reason the Tampa Bay Lightning and Vegas Golden Knights have signed so many sweetheart contracts in the past few years. The hypothesis was slightly more simple. Players love winning, and good teams are the ones that […] READ MORE


Potential 2020-21 Anaheim Ducks 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. What are these? These are players that have the chance to make a serious difference with their teams. Whether that’s as someone who […] READ MORE


Why the Chicago Blackhawks Aren’t Really in a Rebuild

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General manager Stan Bowman has embraced the Chicago Blackhawks rebuild; reshaping the once-dominant franchise. The fans, as well as he, recognizes that it’s going to take a lot of change in order to return to their old selves. Even though the team still has plenty of core pieces from their cup-winning teams, the haven’t been […] READ MORE



Who Takes a Discount in the NHL Salaries Part One: Taxes

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In the past few years, taxes have been brought up more and more when talking about NHL salaries and contracts. The theory is pretty simple in that teams like the Vegas Golden Knights and the Tampa Bay Lightning play in areas with relatively low-income tax rates. While teams like Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens […] READ MORE


2021 NHL Draft: Gabriel Foley’s Early Top 32 Rankings

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‘Tis the season to start digging into the 2021 NHL Draft. It’s a class with plenty of debate at every ranking, a far cry from the solidified tops of the 2019 and 2020 NHL Drafts. This debate is heightened by the fact that some teams are playing, while some are yet to find any sort […] READ MORE