1. NHL Free Agents 2017: The All-Risk Team

    There has yet to be a press conference by an NHL team announcing a big free-agent signing in which: a) Player and management didn't say they were "excited" and "thrilled" for the ...

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  2. Ultimate Guide to 2017 NHL Free Agency

    As noted recently here , this year's NHL unrestricted free-agent class as a whole seems on par with those cheap theater chains, where movies that didn't catch can be seen for $3...

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  3. NHL Free Agents 2017: Ranking Top Available Players at Every Position

    This year's NHL free-agent class feels more like that garage sale at the end of your typical lonely suburban cul-de-sac. There are some glass vases available, and if you look closely, you might find an Elvis vinyl LP from his rhinestone Vegas years...

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  4. 2017 NHL Draft Results: Biggest Winners and Losers of Round 1

    Most of the real action at Friday's NHL draft took place away from the podium at the United Center in Chicago...

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  5. Winners and Losers of the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft

    What might have once been a far-out, dystopian sequence to a Hunter S. Thompson book came true Wednesday night: Las Vegas picked an NHL team which will begin play in fewer than four months...

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  6. NHL Player Comparisons for the Projected Top 10 Prospects in the 2017 Draft

    You hear it in every sport, before every draft. "He compares favorably to..." Or "He reminds me of..." Or "He projects to be another..." Sometimes it's an apples-to-apples, bang-on comparison when all is said and done...

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  7. Winners and Losers of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs

    For the first time in nearly 20 years, men wearing the same uniforms from the year before held onto the Stanley Cup. That the Pittsburgh Penguins are the biggest overall winners of the 2017 NHL playoffs goes without saying...

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  8. How Penguins Rookie Jake Guentzel Is Outscoring Sidney Crosby in the Playoffs

    Quick, name the American town or city where the biggest breakout star of these Stanley Cup playoffs was born. (Insert Final Jeopardy music here.) Time's up. Reveal answers now...

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  9. Meet Nolan Patrick, the Likely No. 1 Pick in the 2017 NHL Draft

    When Nolan Patrick's family comes together for a cookout on the back patio overlooking the fairways of the St. Charles Country Club in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and stories of athletic accomplishment start to fly, one-upmanship is a tough game to win...

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  10. NHL Power Rankings: B/R Experts' Week 19 Poll

    The only thing that can stop the Washington Capitals right now is the NHL schedule. The red-hot Capitals won their sixth game in a row Saturday, against the Anaheim Ducks , ...

    Adrian Dater Written by Adrian Dater about 11 months ago 46,769 reads 0 comments

  11. Pittsburgh Penguins Know Staying Hungry Will Be the Key to Historic Repeat

    DENVER — Step into the Pittsburgh Penguins ' visitors' locker room, and one is immediately overwhelmed by laminated, inspirational all-caps slogans taped up to the walls...

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  12. Sidney Crosby Is Still the NHL's Best Player, but He May Not Be for Long

    LOS ANGELES — Sidney Crosby is still the best player in the NHL . That was the opinion, anyway, of a player they called The Great One, Wayne Gretzky, during the recent 100 Greatest Players ceremony at the NHL All-Star Game in Los Angeles ...

    Adrian Dater Written by Adrian Dater about 12 months ago 15,904 reads 0 comments

  13. Will Legendary Former GM Pierre Lacroix Be the Colorado Avalanche's Savior?

    The Colorado Avalanche have turned into the NHL 's laughingstock, a once-proud franchise that is 4-22-1 in its last 27 games, a team openly advertising some of its remaining top players on the trade market...

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  14. The Biggest Snubs from the NHL's 100 Greatest Players List

    First off, how about that photo above? Not only is it a great fight picture, showing Cam Neely throwing punches with Philadelphia 's Rick Tocchet , but you have to love the pose struck by the referee in the background...

    Adrian Dater Written by Adrian Dater about 12 months ago 14,583 reads 0 comments

  15. NHL Power Rankings: B/R Experts' Week 17 Poll

    Despite the few days off from games that count, Bleacher Report still has a new set of NHL power rankings to introduce...

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  16. Brent Burns Making a Strong Case to Join Rare Club of Hart Trophy-Winning D-Men

    DENVER — Brent Burns should win the Hart Trophy. Forget just the Norris Trophy, as the NHL 's best defenseman...

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  17. B/R NHL Experts Discuss: Stanley Cup Favorites and Award Winners at Midseason

    The Stanley Cup playoffs are not that far off. Yeah, the NHL is in something of the dog days of its 82-game season, but spring is starting to feel closer. And that means only one thing: predictions...

    Adrian Dater Written by Adrian Dater about 1 year ago 2,946 reads 0 comments

  18. Is Jonathan Toews' Slump a Long-Term Concern for Chicago Blackhawks?

    DENVER — Jonathan Toews lay contorted in the middle of the Chicago Blackhawks' dressing room Tuesday morning, doing yoga-like stretches to loosen up his lower back...

    Adrian Dater Written by Adrian Dater about 1 year ago 10,893 reads 15 comments

  19. NHL Power Rankings: B/R Experts' Week 15 Poll

    It's been a streaky season in the NHL , and the Washington Capitals are the latest team to find themselves in one, all to the good...

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  20. Meet the NHL's Ironman: Ducks' Andrew Cogliano Is Hockey's Most Durable Player

    DENVER — Andrew Cogliano had to think hard for a moment when asked the last time he missed a hockey game as a player. "It's been so long, it's hard to remember the exact moment...

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  21. Ranking the Biggest Surprises from the 2017 NHL All-Star Game Rosters

    The NHL last year finally found an entertaining format for its long-maligned All-Star Game, a three-on-three, round-robin tourney that was both entertaining and somewhat dramatic—and ...

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  22. How the Blue Jackets Went from NHL Laughingstock to the Top of the Standings

    It used to be that any story that started with the line "The Columbus Blue Jackets could win the Stanley Cup this year" was automatically rendered a work of fiction. Not humanly possible...

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  23. NHL Power Rankings: B/R Experts' Week 11 Poll

    Eleven weeks are in the books, and what a time it's been for fans of the Columbus Blue Jackets. We're nearly at the Christmas holiday, and there's nothing but good cheer for coach John Tortorella and his crew...

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  24. Philadelphia Flyers Power Forward Wayne Simmonds Is the NHL's Biggest Bargain

    DENVER—Wayne Simmonds will earn $4.3 million in base salary for the 2016-17 NHL season, which, divided by 82, means he is making $52,439.24 per game with the Philadelphia Flyers...

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  25. Dark-Horse Stanley Cup Contenders in the 2016-17 NHL Season

    If the playoffs started today, some of the teams we thought would be contenders for the Stanley Cup—Tampa Bay, Nashville, maybe even the Dallas Stars—would not even be part of the program...

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