1. New York Rangers: Classy Ryan McDonagh Is Matt Cooke's Only Defender

    Ol' Matty Cooke did it again. Straight off a page from the Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka handbook, Cooke dished out another dangerous blow to an opponent. This time, a flying elbow to the head of New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh...

    Nick Derence Written by Nick Derence about over 3 years ago 142 reads 2 comments

  2. NHL GM Meetings: No Universal Ban For Hits To the Head

    A universal ban on hits to the heads is not happening in the NHL. At least, not now. What the GM meeting did produce was a novel idea: A recommendation that the league enforce the rules! As NHL...

    Nick Derence Written by Nick Derence about over 3 years ago 126 reads 0 comments

  3. NHL Gamesmanship: Should Washington Capitals Coach Bruce Boudreau Just Shut Up?

    Is it safe to say that Caps Coach Bruce Boudreau was no fan of Greg Louganis? Boudreau is well know for his penchant for unleashing the quote machine during post game interviews, particularly so after a loss...

    Nick Derence Written by Nick Derence about over 3 years ago 370 reads 7 comments

  4. New York Islanders' Trevor Gillies Wasn't Hugged Enough as a Kid

    Fresh off a nine-game suspension for a concussion-inducing elbow to the head, and special helping of punches and taunting of an ice-prone Eric Tangradi, Trevor Gillies returned to the ice last night...

    Nick Derence Written by Nick Derence about over 3 years ago 776 reads 51 comments

  5. Brent Seabrook: The Chicago Blackhawks Open Their Wallet One Too Many Times

    During the Summer of 2009, Dale Tallon was let go as the GM of the Chicago Blackhawks. The firing was a shock to many in the hockey community, as Tallon had been a big part of pulling the team out from the ashes and molding them into a contender...

    Nick Derence Written by Nick Derence about over 3 years ago 630 reads 4 comments

  6. Mission Impossible: Keeping the Thrashers in Atlanta

    On the very cusp of finally realizing a moment of relaxation, at the most critical point of dropping off into peaceful nap, Ethan Hunt hears the disturbing rattling buzz of his highly customized iPhone 4...

    Nick Derence Written by Nick Derence about over 3 years ago 721 reads 4 comments

  7. Mario Lemieux: Criticism of Pittsburgh Penguins Owner Unsubstantiated

    By now, most everyone has read a myriad of opinions, blogs, message boards and news stories on Mario Lemieux's statement regarding the aftermath of an ugly, incident-filled mauling of his Pittsburgh Penguins at the hands of the New York Islanders...

    Nick Derence Written by Nick Derence about over 3 years ago 580 reads 11 comments

  8. Ottawa Senators' Mike Fisher to Nashville Predators: Is It Personal?

    Shortly after a high-profile wedding last year, Mike Fisher was interviewed in the Ottawa Sun regarding married life and such: "Mike Fisher plans on being a Nashville resident ...

    Nick Derence Written by Nick Derence about over 3 years ago 857 reads 3 comments

  9. Toronto Maple Leafs Begin Dealing: Francois Beauchemin Back to Anaheim Ducks

    According to the Anaheim Ducks official Twitter page, the Ducks have made a deal with Toronto. "#NHLDucks acquire D Francois Beauchemin from @MapleLeafs for RW Joffrey Lupul, D Jake Gardiner and a conditional 2013 draft pick...

    Nick Derence Written by Nick Derence about over 3 years ago 157 reads 0 comments

  10. Penguins Show the NHL Who has the Biggest Johnson

    The league has many Johnsons dispersed about the 30 NHL teams. All-time, there have been twenty-four players in league history with "Johnson" stitched on the back of their sweater...

    Nick Derence Written by Nick Derence about over 3 years ago 508 reads 9 comments

  11. Evgeni Nabokov Shows The New York Islanders He Can Take His Puck and Go Home

    We all know now he can pout, but can he still stop a puck? Evgeni Nabokov was claimed off waivers; and then put on the naughty list by the New York Islanders , before ever suiting up for the team...

    Nick Derence Written by Nick Derence about over 3 years ago 590 reads 37 comments

  12. St. Louis Singing the Blues After Missing Out On Another Forward

    {eot} The St. Louis Blues are looking for help scoring goals. The CBA just won't let them. Sort of... San Jose claimed Kyle Wellwood off waivers on Tuesday, just one day after the St...

    Nick Derence Written by Nick Derence about over 3 years ago 439 reads 0 comments

  13. Trade Martin Brodeur? Why It Doesn't Make Sense for the New Jersey Devils

    We've mentioned it here before—The New Jersey Devils are a mess, and we aren't the only ones who have noticed it. In November, Larry Brooks compared the Devils' situation with that of the 2006-07 Flyers...

    Nick Derence Written by Nick Derence about over 3 years ago 609 reads 6 comments

  14. Pittsburgh Penguins' Marc-André Fleury: How Ya Like Me Now?

    A few weeks ago we asked the question: "What Is Wrong With Marc-André Fleury?" After reviewing his play and watching video of the goals against, our answer to the question posed was: "Nothing...

    Nick Derence Written by Nick Derence about over 3 years ago 636 reads 8 comments

  15. NHL: A Time For Hockey Thanks

    Ricky Bobby sits down to pray to the dear Lord Baby Jesus to thank him for a wonderful meal, his two beautiful sons, Walker and Texas Ranger and his red-hot, smokin' wife, Carley ...

    Nick Derence Written by Nick Derence about over 3 years ago 383 reads 0 comments

  16. Marian Hossa and the Pittsburgh Penguins: A What-If Story

    It can be debated that the struggles this season of perennial-contender New Jersey Devils, may be, or may not be, a result of their insistence on retaining star winger Ilya Kovalchuk this summer...

    Nick Derence Written by Nick Derence about almost 4 years ago 1,383 reads 14 comments

  17. New York Rangers: The Skills of the Infuriating Sean Avery

    Sean Avery has skills. Not Napoleon Dynamite's coveted nunchaku skills, bow hunting skills or computer hacking skills—but skills nonetheless. Deciphering just what those skills actually are is a matter of debate...

    Nick Derence Written by Nick Derence about almost 4 years ago 817 reads 20 comments

  18. Ilya Kovalchuk. Just How Much Will He Cost the New Jersey Devils?

    The New Jersey Devils are flat-out awful right now. Cue the jokes: "The Devils are in hell." "Their play is bedeviling to their fans," etc.....

    Nick Derence Written by Nick Derence about almost 4 years ago 863 reads 6 comments

  19. What Is Wrong with Pittsburgh Penguins Marc-André Fleury?

    Just what is going on with "Flower"? Marc-André Fleury is one of the more divisive players in the NHL today. Divisive not because of his personality or attitude, but because of his play...

    Nick Derence Written by Nick Derence about almost 4 years ago 1,634 reads 45 comments

  20. Chicago Blackhawks: Adam Burish Backs Off Postgame Chris Pronger Comments

    Moments after the Chicago Blackhawks had defeated the Flyers in the 2010 Cup Final, a NBC reporter tracked down one of the more colorful characters on the Hawks, Adam Burish to ...

    Nick Derence Written by Nick Derence about almost 4 years ago 710 reads 3 comments

  21. Vancouver Canucks: Rippin' Rick Rypien

    It's the story everyone is talking about. Rick Rypien of the Vancouver Canucks "attacking" a Minnesota Wild fan in the stands...

    Nick Derence Written by Nick Derence about almost 4 years ago 620 reads 7 comments