1. Boston Bruins: Which Young Defenseman Will Be the Odd Man out in 2013-14?

    One week ago, Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli told WEEI ’s Big Bad Blog that he was bent on keeping defenseman Dougie Hamilton in the NHL . That is not necessarily going to change in the immediate future...

    Al Daniel Written by Al Daniel about 11 months ago 3,323 reads 6 comments

  2. How Comfortable Should Boston Bruins Be with Options for Tuukka Rask's Backup?

    Boston Bruins buffs probably already know not to flatter Chad Johnson too much over his 18-save, 2-0 shutout of the Detroit Red Wings in last Saturday’s preseason action...

    Al Daniel Written by Al Daniel about 11 months ago 1,858 reads 3 comments

  3. Ottawa Senators: Why They Can Contend For The NHL's Atlantic Division Title

    For the Ottawa Senators , the offseason free-agency exit of longtime captain Daniel Alfredsson is far from tantamount to other recent cases of NHL teams losing their leaders and faces to transaction...

    Al Daniel Written by Al Daniel about 12 months ago 2,876 reads 5 comments

  4. Calder Trophy Watch: Preseason Ranking of the Top Candidates for 2013-14

    With several of the top picks from the 2013 NHL draft looking to promptly crack their organization’s top roster, the pool of candidates for the 2013-14 Calder Trophy promises to be one of the deeper and more intriguing of recent years...

    Al Daniel Written by Al Daniel about 12 months ago 4,845 reads 22 comments

  5. NHL Stars Most Likely to Win Their First Stanley Cup in the Next 3 Seasons

    It is always compelling for hockey fans to get behind a single long-suffering NHL star as he seeks a Stanley Cup title...

    Al Daniel Written by Al Daniel about 12 months ago 4,053 reads 11 comments

  6. Predicting the NHL's Best Goaltenders for the 2013-14 Season

    Besides all of the recent trades between the two teams, the NHL ’s newfangled Metropolitan Division rivalry of Columbus and the New York Rangers bears the intrigue of multiple showdowns between the last two Vezina Trophy winners ...

    Al Daniel Written by Al Daniel about 12 months ago 7,300 reads 22 comments

  7. 20 NHL Draft Prospects to Follow in the 2013-14 USHL Season

    Unlike last autumn , the United States Hockey League ( USHL ) does not have the bittersweet task of diverting NHL fans from the top professional circuit’s agonizing inaction...

    Al Daniel Written by Al Daniel about 12 months ago 3,992 reads 1 comments

  8. 20 Most Exciting NHL Prospects Among Defensemen

    After three teams passed him by even though he had the makings of a first overall NHL draft pick, Seth Jones now has the potential to prove himself a steal for the Nashville Predators...

    Al Daniel Written by Al Daniel about 12 months ago 5,260 reads 10 comments

  9. Predicting the Most Unstable NHL Goaltending Situations for 2013-14

    NHL goalies Jonathan Bernier and Cory Schneider relocated over the summer, and the teams that acquired them should have better insurance in their backstopping brigade because of it...

    Al Daniel Written by Al Daniel about 1 year ago 7,677 reads 23 comments

  10. Predicting Which NHL Stars Will Be Letdowns in the 2013-14 Season

    Two major developments, one being realignment and the other a restoration of normalcy after the lockout-shortened , later-ending campaign, will create a league-wide contrast between the 2012-13 and 2013-14 NHL seasons...

    Al Daniel Written by Al Daniel about 1 year ago 11,831 reads 26 comments

  11. The 10 Most Imposing NHL Prospects

    Of the 211 players taken in this past June’s NHL entry draft, 22 are at least 6'4 " inches in height, and 20 are at least 210 pounds in weight, with the potential to add more in some cases...

    Al Daniel Written by Al Daniel about 1 year ago 5,656 reads 12 comments

  12. Predicting the 10 Worst Teams in the NHL for the 2013-14 Season

    Projecting the final bottom portion of the NHL ’s overall standings prior to the season is akin to taking a multiple choice test. The best method of selection is to start by ruling out the least likely answers...

    Al Daniel Written by Al Daniel about 1 year ago 29,314 reads 53 comments

  13. Ranking the 10 Most Underappreciated NHL Players for the 2013-14 Season

    Whether they have kept comparatively quiet in their own scoring column or stifled their opponents in a not-so-readily-noticed fashion, several solid NHL players are coming off one or more unheralded years as they approach 2013-14...

    Al Daniel Written by Al Daniel about 1 year ago 6,726 reads 38 comments

  14. Ranking the 10 Most Respected Captains in the NHL Today

    A mere three weeks after winning the 2013 Mark Messier Leadership Award , longtime Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson transferred to Detroit via free agency...

    Al Daniel Written by Al Daniel about 1 year ago 11,511 reads 77 comments

  15. Ranking the 10 Greatest Goalies in NHL History

    Few jobs among athletes, if any, are more demanding than that of a hockey goalie, let alone an NHL starter...

    Al Daniel Written by Al Daniel about 1 year ago 37,994 reads 77 comments

  16. Advanced Statistics Every NHL Fan Should Be Familiar with

    On the one hand, one’s eyes and video chronicles can underscore aspects of a hockey game that no statistics can uncover...

    Al Daniel Written by Al Daniel about 1 year ago 26,840 reads 24 comments

  17. The Moment Each NHL Superstar Reached an Elite Level

    Hockey coaches, factual and fictional alike, seem to have the same demand from a player when they think they have something special at their disposal. “Do it again...

    Al Daniel Written by Al Daniel about 1 year ago 7,837 reads 36 comments

  18. One Black Mark on Every NHL Superstar's Resume

    It can range anywhere from one uncharacteristic succession of subpar outings to one off-year to one long wait to deliver postseason fulfillment...

    Al Daniel Written by Al Daniel about 1 year ago 6,056 reads 16 comments

  19. The Most Dominant NHL Player in Every Decade

    Sidney Crosby , Henrik Lundqvist and Alex Ovechkin all broke into the NHL on the heels of a season-long lockout in 2005 ...

    Al Daniel Written by Al Daniel about 1 year ago 12,466 reads 52 comments

  20. The Most Fascinating NHL Debates Going on Right Now

    New divisional and conference alignment and mandatory visors for new players are two jutting changes set to take effect in the NHL this coming season...

    Al Daniel Written by Al Daniel about 1 year ago 3,972 reads 38 comments

  21. 10 Dark Horse Candidates for the NHL's 2013-14 Hart Trophy

    Only nine past recipients of the Hart Trophy as the NHL ’s regular-season MVP are still active. At least four of them―Jaromir Jagr, Jose Theodore, Martin St...

    Al Daniel Written by Al Daniel about 1 year ago 10,064 reads 52 comments

  22. NHL Players Still in Danger of Being Bought out

    NHL teams combined to use precisely one quarter of their allotted compliance buyouts during the 2013 window last month ...

    Al Daniel Written by Al Daniel about 1 year ago 8,187 reads 16 comments

  23. 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 1 year ago 11,455 reads 88 comments

  24. 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 1 year ago 5,973 reads 36 comments

  25. 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 1 year ago 7,987 reads 35 comments