1. Offseason Business for the Pittsburgh Penguins

    The Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup in 2009 and then followed their championship season with three straight early round exits...

    Nick Derence Written by Nick Derence about over 2 years ago 2,686 reads 12 comments

  2. Philadelphia Flyers: A Field Day for Freud

    The theory of psychological projection was developed by Sigmund Freud and involves subconsciously denying one’s own attributes, thoughts and emotions, and are then ascribed to the outside world, usually to other people...

    Nick Derence Written by Nick Derence about over 2 years ago 2,197 reads 14 comments

  3. 2012 NHL Trade Deadline: What Every NHL Team Should Do

    Hockey Christmas is coming! There is something in the bag for everyone, good or bad, rich or poor, US or Canadian-based. In 2012, there are many buyers and few sellers...

    Nick Derence Written by Nick Derence about over 2 years ago 7,209 reads 26 comments

  4. Pittsburgh Penguins: Making Hockey's Off-Ice Big Time?

    When it comes to the National Hockey League, there is no franchise more storied, more accomplished, or more passionately followed than the Montreal Canadiens . The history, success and exposure the team enjoys brings both good and bad attention...

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  5. Did Senators GM Bryan Murray Just Warn Sidney Crosby and the Penguins? Really?

    That ex-girlfriend, the one that is in fact an "ex" because she would never let anything go. Although equally culpable, somehow her part in every disagreement was magically omitted in every loud, yet decreasingly plausible denial...

    Nick Derence Written by Nick Derence about almost 3 years ago 240 reads 2 comments

  6. NHL Power Rankings 2011-12: Power Ranking All 30 Teams Post-Free Agency

    The Boston Bruins are still making the summer rounds with Lord Stanley's Cup. While the Bruins have been busy passing the trophy, racking up outrageous bar tabs and playing "Where's ...

    Nick Derence Written by Nick Derence about 3 years ago 17,224 reads 50 comments

  7. NHL Free Agents 2011: Why the Toronto Maple Leafs Were Never in on Brad Richards

    Think what you like about Brian Burke and his performance as GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs . As an outspoken opponent of cap-skirting mega contracts, Burke has voiced his disapproval clearly and often...

    Nick Derence Written by Nick Derence about 3 years ago 2,284 reads 29 comments

  8. New York Islanders: Poised to Make a Move?

    In a dimly lit corner of his serenely quiet office, Garth Snow coolly flips to the B-side of an unlabeled vinyl 78...

    Nick Derence Written by Nick Derence about 3 years ago 1,245 reads 2 comments

  9. NHL Free Agent News: The 13 Most Overrated Players on the Market This Summer

    At this stage in the free agency game, there are few, if any, overrated players available. The fact that there have been no offers for their services is evidence that they are not over-valued by NHL teams...

    Nick Derence Written by Nick Derence about 3 years ago 361 reads 2 comments

  10. NHL Free Agency: The 11 Teams Still With Significant Moves To Make

    With the big names now off the UFA board, many teams are finished shopping, and are now working on the subtle nuances of rounding out their rosters. Yet, there are some teams who have more pressing issues to deal with...

    Nick Derence Written by Nick Derence about 3 years ago 2,058 reads 9 comments

  11. Bilateral Capitals: Washington's Two-Faced Offseason

    Capitals General Manager George McPhee (GM GM) has received deserved praise for his signing of all-world goaltender Tomas Vokoun...

    Nick Derence Written by Nick Derence about 3 years ago 511 reads 6 comments

  12. Philadelphia Flyers: How Recently Jettisoned Players Will Help Their New Teams

    Within a matter of minutes on June 23rd the Philadelphia Flyers began a major overhaul of their roster that shocked the hockey world. The Flyers dealt their biggest regular season goal scorer, Jeff Carter to Columbus ...

    Nick Derence Written by Nick Derence about 3 years ago 1,197 reads 8 comments

  13. NHL Free Agents 2011: Best Value Free Agent Signings So Far

    Lets face it, 2011 wasn't going to offer the deepest pool of free agents. The rash of last minute re-signings made it even more shallow...

    Nick Derence Written by Nick Derence about 3 years ago 2,299 reads 7 comments

  14. NHL Free Agents 2011: The Best UFA Fits for Each Team

    With the many eleventh hour re-signings that are taking place all over, the landscape is changing regarding team needs and individual players subtracted from the market...

    Nick Derence Written by Nick Derence about 3 years ago 1,118 reads 7 comments

  15. 2011 NHL Draft: Rating the Draft Day Trades

    While Philadelphia stole all the pre-draft headlines with their roster overhaul deals, quite a few names swapped teams during the draft itself. Whether deemed hockey trades, salary dumps or roster purges there was significant action...

    Nick Derence Written by Nick Derence about 3 years ago 1,343 reads 3 comments

  16. NHL Draft 2011 Results: 6 Round 1 Picks That GMs Will Regret Forever

    It's easy to point fingers and criticize selections on draft day because there is no proof that levied criticism is unwarranted. So today, we will take full advantage of the situation...

    Nick Derence Written by Nick Derence about 3 years ago 2,268 reads 11 comments

  17. NHL Draft: The Best Value Selections of the Last 15 Years

    Six full NHL seasons have completed since Mario Lemieux received the maximum return on his investment of a golden horseshoe-inlaid, four leaf clover he purchased from the estate of Leif Ericson...

    Nick Derence Written by Nick Derence about over 3 years ago 320 reads 0 comments

  18. 2011 NHL Draft: The Atlantic Division's Ideal Draft Selections

    The Atlantic is one of the NHL 's most fiercely contested divisions. Until this season, the Atlantic was represented in the Stanley Cup Final three straight years...

    Nick Derence Written by Nick Derence about over 3 years ago 636 reads 0 comments

  19. Craig Adams Signs Two-Year Extension with Pittsburgh Penguins

    Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette reports: The Penguins today signed forward Craig Adams to a two-year, $1.35 million contract that runs through the 2012-13 season...

    Nick Derence Written by Nick Derence about over 3 years ago 448 reads 3 comments

  20. Correct Call: Vancouver's Aaron Rome Suspended for Remainder of NHL Final

    This post was originally published at The Hockey Writers Cue the dated and cheesy game show music… From the NHL offices on the Avenue of the Americas in New ...

    Nick Derence Written by Nick Derence about over 3 years ago 208 reads 3 comments

  21. Gary Bettman Seeks To Make the Spirit Group Burn for a Repeat Atlanta Flame Out

    The Atlanta Thrashers will be no more. The franchise will be sold to the True North group and moved north to become the Winnipeg Jets, or the Manitoba Whatevers. It's only a matter of days now before the official announcement...

    Nick Derence Written by Nick Derence about over 3 years ago 357 reads 0 comments

  22. Francophone Pressure Too Much for the Montreal Canadiens?

    This post was originally published at The Hockey Writers That guy at the office who's all too eager to point out mistakes. The one that fancies himself a walking, breathing, encyclopedia of vast, untapped knowledge...

    Nick Derence Written by Nick Derence about over 3 years ago 1,062 reads 1 comments

  23. 2011 NFL Draft: Cam Newton and the 5 Best and Worst Value Picks of the 1st Round

    It's Christmas Day for NFL fans again! Each year, we are witnesses to a display of each team's ability to assess and grade talent. There has hardly been a draft that has gone by without its share of surprise falls and head-scratching reaches...

    Nick Derence Written by Nick Derence about over 3 years ago 674 reads 0 comments

  24. 2011 NHL Playoffs: Round 1 Heroes and Zeros

    Round 1 of the 2011 NHL Playoffs closed out with a flurry. With OT thrillers and Game 7s aplenty, hockey's finest product was on display night after night, and the tale just kept getting better and better...

    Nick Derence Written by Nick Derence about over 3 years ago 332 reads 5 comments

  25. Philadelphia Flyers' Mike Richards Doth Protest Too Much, Methinks

    Often misquoted, Shakespeare's Hamlet , Act III, scene II quotation: "The lady doth protest too much, methinks" is also commonly misinterpreted, just as it will be misinterpreted here...

    Nick Derence Written by Nick Derence about over 3 years ago 1,953 reads 43 comments