1. Pros and Cons of Montreal Canadiens Defenseman Andrei Markov's New Contract

    When Montreal Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov signed his latest three-year, $17.25 million contract , Habs fans generally rejoiced. Here was a Habs lifer, who, now 35, was going to get a realistic chance at finishing his career in Montreal...

    Ryan Szporer Written by Ryan Szporer about 3 months ago 2,028 reads 7 comments

  2. Grading Montreal Canadiens' Pick of Nikita Scherbak at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft

    Any time you take a player ranked 15th among North American skaters at No. 26, just like the Montreal Canadiens did with Nikita Scherbak in the first round of the 2014 NHL entry draft, you have to consider it a decent pick...

    Ryan Szporer Written by Ryan Szporer about 3 months ago 4,129 reads 6 comments

  3. Why Columbus Blue Jackets Should Let Nikita Nikitin Talk to Edmonton Oilers

    The Edmonton Oilers have nothing to lose simply by talking to defenseman Nikita Nikitin , but neither do the Columbus Blue Jackets by letting them...

    Ryan Szporer Written by Ryan Szporer about 3 months ago 1,372 reads 0 comments

  4. Top 5 Best First-Round Fits for Montreal Canadiens at 2014 NHL Entry Draft

    Interestingly enough, this will mark the first time the Montreal Canadiens are choosing as late as 26th in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft...

    Ryan Szporer Written by Ryan Szporer about 3 months ago 5,955 reads 25 comments

  5. Top 5 Dan Boyle Alternatives New York Islanders Should Pursue Come Free Agency

    With each passing day, it becomes more unlikely the New York Islanders will be able to ink former San Jose Sharks defenseman and pending unrestricted free agent Dan Boyle to a new contract...

    Ryan Szporer Written by Ryan Szporer about 3 months ago 5,250 reads 7 comments

  6. Top 5 Free Agents Montreal Canadiens Should Pursue During 2014 Offseason

    While the holes in Montreal Canadiens fans’ hearts will heal in time following the Eastern Conference Final defeat to the New York Rangers , the holes in the lineup are a different matter...

    Ryan Szporer Written by Ryan Szporer about 3 months ago 7,113 reads 13 comments

  7. Assessing the St. Louis Blues' Goaltending Situation for the 2014-15 Season

    An out-of-his-prime Ryan Miller obviously wasn ’t the answer in net for the St. Louis Blues , so they went with the next best thing: goaltending coach Jim Corsi , who developed Miller into a Vezina Trophy winner in Buffalo...

    Ryan Szporer Written by Ryan Szporer about 4 months ago 2,937 reads 4 comments

  8. 5 Reasons the 2013-14 Montreal Canadiens' Season Has Been a Success

    It ended in disappointment, but the 2013-14 Montreal Canadiens season can only be considered a good one as well as an overwhelming success...

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  9. Is Jaroslav Halak the Answer in Goal for the New York Islanders?

    It may be a bit of a bad omen, but for the first time since Rick DiPietro was healthy nearly a decade ago, the New York Islanders have a legitimate starting goalie in Jaroslav Halak ...

    Ryan Szporer Written by Ryan Szporer about 4 months ago 1,632 reads 3 comments

  10. Should Montreal Canadiens General Manager Marc Bergevin Win GM of the Year?

    Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin deserves a lot of credit for the Habs ’ success this year after an unexpected trip to the Eastern Conference Final, ...

    Ryan Szporer Written by Ryan Szporer about 4 months ago 2,025 reads 11 comments

  11. Why the Minnesota Wild Should Be Ecstatic After Heartbreaking Loss to Blackhawks

    It’s been a week since the Minnesota Wild bowed out of the playoffs following two straight one-goal losses to the Chicago Blackhawks , but as heartbreaking as being eliminated from Stanley Cup contention was, the Wild did not disappoint...

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  12. 5 Reasons the Montreal Canadiens Are the Favorites in Eastern Conference Final

    The Montreal Canadiens , set to face off against the New York Rangers Saturday, will be playing in their second Eastern Conference Final in five seasons...

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  13. Is New Head Coach Peter Laviolette the Answer for the Nashville Predators?

    Nashville Predators general manager David Poile recently told NHL.com that part of the reasoning behind head coach Peter Laviolette being hired was a need to improve the team’s offense...

    Ryan Szporer Written by Ryan Szporer about 4 months ago 1,337 reads 13 comments

  14. How the Montreal Canadiens Need to Improve in Order to Beat the Boston Bruins

    In sharp contrast to where they were in the first round of these Stanley Cup playoffs after four games, the Montreal Canadiens now find themselves tied with the Boston Bruins ...

    Ryan Szporer Written by Ryan Szporer about 4 months ago 671 reads 0 comments

  15. Top 5 Offseason Priorities for New Calgary Flames General Manager Brad Treliving

    When Calgary Flames president of hockey operations Brian Burke hired new Flames general manager Brad Treliving, he took care of his top 2014 offseason priority. Now that he has, the focus has shifted directly onto his latest hire...

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  16. 5 Key Statistics for Series Between Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins

    The Montreal Canadiens enter Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal against the Boston Bruins as unlikely winners of six straight, including a four-game sweep as arguable underdogs against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 1...

    Ryan Szporer Written by Ryan Szporer about 5 months ago 1,221 reads 0 comments

  17. What Losing Stephane Robidas to Injury Means to the Anaheim Ducks

    The Anaheim Ducks lost more than defenseman Stephane Robidas when he broke his leg three games into these 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs...

    Ryan Szporer Written by Ryan Szporer about 5 months ago 1,578 reads 2 comments

  18. 5 Reasons the Montreal Canadiens Can Reach the Eastern Conference Final

    While there may be such a thing as too much rest during the NHL playoffs, the first-to-move-on Montreal Canadiens are still well-primed to advance past the second round and reach the Eastern Conference Final...

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  19. What the Florida Panthers Should Do with the 1st Pick in 2014 NHL Entry Draft

    Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon has been blessed with the first overall pick before, so he should in theory know what to do with it come the 2014 NHL entry draft...

    Ryan Szporer Written by Ryan Szporer about 5 months ago 3,448 reads 6 comments

  20. What Montreal Canadiens Must Improve for Game 3 Against Tampa Bay Lightning

    Admittedly, looking for areas where the Montreal Canadiens need to improve against the Tampa Bay Lightning in their first-round series is like begging for spare change while wearing a flashy suit and tie...

    Ryan Szporer Written by Ryan Szporer about 5 months ago 1,352 reads 10 comments

  21. Why the Minnesota Wild Will Go Deep in the Playoffs for the 1st Time Since 2003

    It’s been 10 seasons since the Minnesota Wild have been to the second round, and taking the challenge that awaits them at face value, their streak of futility may yet surpass the decade mark...

    Ryan Szporer Written by Ryan Szporer about 5 months ago 3,950 reads 7 comments

  22. 5 Keys to a Montreal Canadiens' 1st-Round Victory vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

    At this point, the Montreal Canadiens know little else aside from the fact that they will face the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs. That, at least, is certain beyond a shadow of a doubt...

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  23. Ranking the Most Likely Montreal Canadiens to Win Awards This 2013-14 Season

    Montreal Canadiens forward David Desharnais was named the team’s nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy this past week...

    Ryan Szporer Written by Ryan Szporer about 6 months ago 3,425 reads 12 comments

  24. 5 Reasons Montreal Canadiens Will Get Home Ice for 1st Round of 2014 Playoffs

    It becomes more and more clear with each passing day that the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning will face each other in the first round of the 2014 playoffs, but the team that will end up with home ice is still very much up in the air...

    Ryan Szporer Written by Ryan Szporer about 6 months ago 4,209 reads 42 comments

  25. 5 Advantages Dallas Stars Have in 2014 Western Conference Wild Card Race

    The Dallas Stars are currently 17 points behind the Colorado Avalanche for the last Central Division playoff berth, effectively leaving a wild-card spot as their only way into the postseason for the first time in six seasons...

    Ryan Szporer Written by Ryan Szporer about 6 months ago 1,340 reads 2 comments