1. Ranking the 10 NHL Players Most Difficult to Defend Against

    In the heat of hockey action, there are few moments more stimulating for one party and more tense for the other than when an elite puck-carrier puts himself between the opposing defenders and opposing goaltender...

    Al Daniel Written by Al Daniel about 12 months ago 11,383 reads 88 comments

  2. 5 Hockey Buzzwords That Should Never Be Used Again

    For all of the wonderful words and phrases―many of them time-honored, some of them fairly new―in hockey lingo that the sport’s enthusiasts rightly embrace, there are some that have run their course or had no place to begin with...

    Al Daniel Written by Al Daniel about 12 months ago 5,865 reads 36 comments

  3. Predicting Which NHL Teams Will Make the Biggest Turnaround in 2013-14

    Two of the NHL ’s six divisional champions in 2012-13 finished at or near the basement of their respective conferences the year prior . In a one-year span, the Anaheim Ducks improved their final winning percentage by a full ...

    Al Daniel Written by Al Daniel about 12 months ago 7,955 reads 35 comments

  4. Ranking the 10 Most Entertaining NHL Teams to Watch

    Hockey and its signature circuit, the NHL , offer an appealing aspect for every type of sports fan. The physicality and general sacrifice required to make a play put the sport on par with football and lacrosse...

    Al Daniel Written by Al Daniel about 12 months ago 8,123 reads 39 comments

  5. The Top NHL Free Agents Still Available at Each Position

    Past the two-week mark of the NHL ’s 2013 free-agency summer spree, the remainder of the market is permeated primarily with quality wingers...

    Al Daniel Written by Al Daniel about 12 months ago 19,630 reads 10 comments

  6. 9 Exciting New NHL Conference Matchups Post-Realignment in 2013-14

    Friday’s release of the NHL ’s 2013-14 season schedule and new division names emboldened the reality of realignment that takes effect once this itinerary commences in October...

    Al Daniel Written by Al Daniel about 12 months ago 1,721 reads 1 comments

  7. Ranking the NHL's 10 Best Defensive Pairings

    As gratifying as it is for any NHL team to have a hardware-caliber all-around defenseman, like the Montreal Canadiens have with Norris Trophy recipient P.K. Subban , it takes two reliable blueliners to form a top-notch defensive tandem...

    Al Daniel Written by Al Daniel about 12 months ago 11,014 reads 44 comments

  8. The Biggest Question Surrounding Each NHL Team This Offseason

    Captains and cap space are a recurring motif in many NHL team offices this offseason. Some teams need filling in the former, others need freeing in the latter...

    Al Daniel Written by Al Daniel about 12 months ago 31,602 reads 22 comments

  9. Projecting Roles for the Top NHL Free Agents Who Switched Teams This Summer

    Salary cap be darned, 11 members of the NHL ’s 2013 free-agent class―whether their contracts expired or were bought out―have found new employment for next season at a cap hit exceeding $4 million...

    Al Daniel Written by Al Daniel about 12 months ago 1,595 reads 1 comments

  10. Revisiting the Best Minor League Moments in Each NHL Franchise's History

    Only 60 percent of the NHL ’s existing franchises (18 out of 30) have won a Stanley Cup. Conversely, 90 percent (or 27 out of 30) have had a minor league affiliate win a playoff ...

    Al Daniel Written by Al Daniel about 1 year ago 618 reads 0 comments

  11. Ranking the 10 Worst General Managing Stints in NHL History

    The NHL ’s first round of modern expansion in 1967 set up the end of the days of general managers all but effortlessly staying with their franchises through multiple decades’ worth of thick and thin...

    Al Daniel Written by Al Daniel about 1 year ago 5,233 reads 13 comments

  12. Ranking the 10 Most Tumultuous Offseasons in NHL History

    With the NHL ’s salary cap set to slim down to $64.3 million and the rise of a particularly celestial draft class , the summer leading up to the 2013-14 season has the potential to go down as one of the more tumultuous in league history...

    Al Daniel Written by Al Daniel about 1 year ago 3,448 reads 0 comments

  13. Which Big Spenders Improved the Most at the Start of 2013 NHL Free Agency?

    In terms of cumulative cap hit, a dozen NHL teams have spent at least $5 million on new personnel through the first two-plus days of free agency ( complete list of signings here via NHL...

    Al Daniel Written by Al Daniel about 1 year ago 1,151 reads 0 comments

  14. The Most Eye-Popping Contracts Signed So Far in 2013 NHL Free Agency

    As early as it is in the NHL ’s free-agent summer signing spree , at least three teams have already made surprisingly lucrative deals with new players as of Saturday evening...

    Al Daniel Written by Al Daniel about 1 year ago 972 reads 0 comments

  15. NHL Free Agency 2013: Players in Desperate Need of a Change of Scenery

    The deadline for NHL teams to issue a compliance buyout passed on Thursday afternoon , leaving a total of 14 players with an inevitable change of scenery for when they resurface on a roster...

    Al Daniel Written by Al Daniel about 1 year ago 1,754 reads 1 comments

  16. Boston Bruins 2013 NHL Draft Picks: Grades, Results and Analysis

    Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli told reporters on Saturday that he would not rule out attempting a trade to restore his team’s presence in the opening round of the 2013 NHL draft...

    Al Daniel Written by Al Daniel about 1 year ago 21,883 reads 2 comments

  17. Pittsburgh Penguins 2013 NHL Draft Picks: Grades, Results, and Analysis

    Entering the weekend of the 2013 NHL entry draft, the Pittsburgh Penguins possessed a fairly scant array of picks ...

    Al Daniel Written by Al Daniel about 1 year ago 10,460 reads 0 comments

  18. Andrew Ference's Top 6 Highlights in 6 Years as a Boston Bruin

    With this week’s announcement that the Boston Bruins will not re-sign pending free-agent defenseman Andrew Ference , the Stanley Cup runners-up are down another holdover from the franchise’s resurgence campaign...

    Al Daniel Written by Al Daniel about 1 year ago 2,316 reads 4 comments

  19. 2013 NHL Draft: The Top 10 Storylines Surrounding This Year's Prospects

    Prospective first-round selections in the 2013 NHL entry draft bear a multitude of common threads. There are those who have most recently been playing together for the same accomplished amateur team...

    Al Daniel Written by Al Daniel about 1 year ago 1,034 reads 1 comments

  20. 2013 NHL Draft: Ranking the Top 10 Goaltenders Among This Year's Prospects

    The intrigue of the 2013 NHL draft need not end for any interested observers once Seth Jones , Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin learn where they are going...

    Al Daniel Written by Al Daniel about 1 year ago 3,109 reads 3 comments

  21. Boston Bruins-Chicago Blackhawks: Game 6 Preview, TV Info and Predictions

    Based on where they stand in the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals and the reputations they have established in their respective situations, the Chicago Blackhawks constitute an unstoppable force, the Boston Bruins an immovable boulder...

    Al Daniel Written by Al Daniel about 1 year ago 14,247 reads 90 comments

  22. Stanley Cup Final 2013: Can The Blackhawks Keep Up Their Game 5 Magic?

    At the start of this week, much was made of the fact that the Chicago Blackhawks have been luckless of late in Game 3s when the 2013 Stanley Cup Final shuffled to Boston in a 1-1 deadlock...

    Al Daniel Written by Al Daniel about 1 year ago 1,602 reads 0 comments

  23. 2013 NHL Draft: Ranking the Top 10 Defensemen Among This Year's Prospects

    Give or take, defensemen should comprise about one-third of the first-round picks in the 2013 NHL draft . It would be less surprising if one or two more go that early than if any fewer do...

    Al Daniel Written by Al Daniel about 1 year ago 4,999 reads 4 comments

  24. Patrice Bergeron: Why He Should Be Prominent In The Conn Smythe Discussion

    If the Boston Bruins hold on and prevail in the 2013 Stanley Cup Final, top point-getter David Krejci and otherworldly goaltender Tuukka Rask are both knee-jerk Conn Smythe Trophy candidates, and good ones at that...

    Al Daniel Written by Al Daniel about 1 year ago 1,463 reads 6 comments

  25. Boston Bruins-Chicago Blackhawks: Game 4 Preview, TV Info and Predictions

    Game 4 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals presents the Boston Bruins with a chance to redo their Round 1 act of pushing an opponent to a 3-1 precipice...

    Al Daniel Written by Al Daniel about 1 year ago 2,329 reads 3 comments