1. Philadelphia Flyers: Peter Laviolette Changes the Fate of the Flyers

    Heading into last night's home matchup against the red-hot, undefeated and always troublesome Washington Capitals , Philadelphia Flyers coach Peter Laviolette made an error I didn't think coaches with over 300 wins in the NHL typically make...

    Nelson Santos Written by Nelson Santos about almost 3 years ago 731 reads 5 comments

  2. NHL: The Good and the Bad

    The NHL season is just under a week old but some events have wondering what teams, coaches and players are thinking early on. For example, New Jersey under Lou Lamoriello just can't stop going back to the past instead of moving to the future...

    Nelson Santos Written by Nelson Santos about almost 3 years ago 332 reads 0 comments

  3. Is Claude Giroux Putting on the Conn?

    Every year in the NHL playoffs there are unsung heroes—stars or superstars that elevate to another level. Goaltenders that lead their teams to heights no one expected and sometimes even championships...

    Nelson Santos Written by Nelson Santos about 4 years ago 433 reads 5 comments

  4. It's Official: The Mess Is All Brian Burke's.

    I'll start off by confessing this is not really an article as much as it's a thought that occurred to me that I simply could not answer for myself...

    Nelson Santos Written by Nelson Santos about over 4 years ago 748 reads 97 comments

  5. Checking in on Body Checking in the NHL

    There's been much discussion about all the injuries to the head and otherwise due to huge, fast, and hard body checks of late. The NHL GMs will be discussing headshots during the next couple days...

    Nelson Santos Written by Nelson Santos about almost 5 years ago 301 reads 2 comments

  6. NHL Tidbits: Injuries, Arenas and Schedules

    Just a few quick thoughts on some of the happenings or patterns early on in the NHL season. First off the injury list is loaded with all-star caliber players and that is not good for those individuals' teams and more importantly the fans...

    Nelson Santos Written by Nelson Santos about almost 5 years ago 93 reads 0 comments

  7. 1969: The End of Dominance for Leafs and Habs

    The first NHL Entry Draft was held in 1963. The format was changed in 1969 to allow for all amateurs players under the age of 20 to be eligible to be drafted by any NHL team...

    Nelson Santos Written by Nelson Santos about almost 5 years ago 183 reads 8 comments

  8. Burke's Sharp Moves Rebuilding Other NHL Teams

    A thought occurred to me this morning when I read that the Boston Bruins had sent Chuck Kobasew to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Craig Weller, a 2010 second round pick, and the rights to ...

    Nelson Santos Written by Nelson Santos about almost 5 years ago 644 reads 8 comments

  9. Three Factors That Have the Philadelphia Flyers Off to a 3-0 Start

    We all know Gary Bettman doesn't present any team captains with the Stanley Cup at the beginning of October. However the start of the season is equally as important as the end of the season when ...

    Nelson Santos Written by Nelson Santos about almost 5 years ago 141 reads 1 comments

  10. NHL Free Agency: Winners and Losers

    July 1 is an exciting day for the fans of hockey and the players set to make millions of dollars in raises. It is probably not nearly as exciting for the GMs who spend hours trying to convince ...

    Nelson Santos Written by Nelson Santos about 5 years ago 977 reads 14 comments

  11. Jason Spezza for Dany Heatley?

    Dany Heatley has recently asked the Ottawa Senators for a trade. This is not what Byran Murray wanted to hear when he arrived at work that morning. I'm sure...

    Nelson Santos Written by Nelson Santos about 5 years ago 326 reads 0 comments

  12. Pavel Datsyuk: The Planet's Best Hockey Player

    Since I joined BR I've read numerous articles and debates about who's the best player in the NHL or in hockey. The players debated in these articles are usually Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin ...

    Nelson Santos Written by Nelson Santos about 5 years ago 874 reads 15 comments

  13. Philadelphia Flyers Offseason Tidbits

    A few thoughts and suggestion for Paul Holmgren and the Philadelphia Flyers on possible off-season moves. Ray Emery. Please no, Mr. Holmgren. Leave him in Russia...

    Nelson Santos Written by Nelson Santos about over 5 years ago 548 reads 5 comments

  14. Different Season, Different Animal: Why the NHL Playoffs Are the Best in Sports

    NHL hockey may not be the most popular of the North American major sports (MLB, NFL, and NBA)—heck, it's not even close to fourth on the list...

    Nelson Santos Written by Nelson Santos about over 5 years ago 298 reads 2 comments

  15. Philadelphia Flyers: Flying off the Handle on a Disappointing Season

    An earlier exit than expected from the playoffs and all of the post mortem analysis that I've been reading has inspired me to sound off about some of the things that irked me regarding the Flyers...

    Nelson Santos Written by Nelson Santos about over 5 years ago 342 reads 1 comments

  16. Canada’s 2010 Olympic Silver Medal Team

    Canada is a nation known for hockey and is automatically considered the favorite of any international hockey tournament...

    Nelson Santos Written by Nelson Santos about over 5 years ago 312 reads 4 comments

  17. Philadelphia Flyers Going to New Depths to Find Success

    The Philadelphia Flyers started the 2008-09 season 0-3-3. Not exactly the start many expected—including the players...

    Nelson Santos Written by Nelson Santos about over 5 years ago 147 reads 2 comments

  18. An NHL Tribute to N. 50

    This article is my 50th contribution to Bleacher Report ever since I stumbled upon this great site. It’s been a wonderful outlet for my insatiable desire to share my opinions on the wonderful sport of hockey...

    Nelson Santos Written by Nelson Santos about over 5 years ago 260 reads 2 comments

  19. NHL: Todd McLellan Front Runner for Coach of the Year

    Todd McLellan joined the underachieving San Jose Sharks in the offseason, replacing Ron Wilson, who simply could not get the Sharks over the proverbial hump...

    Nelson Santos Written by Nelson Santos about over 5 years ago 213 reads 0 comments

  20. Mats Sundin Could Be the Mistake Mike Gillis Is Remembered For in Vancouver

    Mid-December is quickly approaching—and if you believe J.P. Barry, Mats Sundin’s agent, a decision by the big Swede is imminent. One of the teams interested in Sundin’s services is the Vancouver Canucks...

    Nelson Santos Written by Nelson Santos about over 5 years ago 390 reads 2 comments

  21. Five Reasons to Like the Nashville Predators

    Nashville may not be considered a true hockey market. As a matter of fact, the ownership issues over the last couple of years have been in the media spotlight more than the team's performance, whether negative or positive...

    Nelson Santos Written by Nelson Santos about over 5 years ago 183 reads 2 comments

  22. To Bench Or Not to Bench. Ron Wilson’s big decision

    We’ve all been there. Yelling at our television for the coach to bench a certain player. Or when the commentator announces that so-and-so has been scratched from the line up. We voice our concurrence with the coach’s decision...

    Nelson Santos Written by Nelson Santos about over 5 years ago 207 reads 8 comments

  23. Eric Lindros' True Legacy Was Felt on Draft Day

    Anyone who follows hockey closely realizes that it's executives are creatures of imitation. This is one of the reasons why under-achieving players get bounced from team to team. The next GM always believes he can do more with that player...

    Nelson Santos Written by Nelson Santos about over 5 years ago 881 reads 11 comments

  24. NHL Rules: Simple Steps The League Can Take To Make Play Better

    During the most recent General Managers meetings I read a column regarding the topics that may be put on the table for discussion. One of the possible topics was the "Trapezoid" and whether or not its implementation has had the desired effect...

    Nelson Santos Written by Nelson Santos about over 5 years ago 502 reads 9 comments

  25. Mike Knuble to the Vancouver Canucks?

    While watching the Vancouver Canucks lose to the Columbus Blue Jackets last night, I had a thought. The thought related to the Philadelphia Flyers and Holmgren's approaching salary cap issue(s) with the imminent returns of Randy Jones and Ryan Parent...

    Nelson Santos Written by Nelson Santos about over 5 years ago 739 reads 26 comments