1. Which Boston Bruin Is Next in Line for a Big Contract Extension?

    When the Boston Bruins inked defenseman Dennis Seidenberg to a contract extension last week , they whittled their impending 2014 free-agent class down to eight players...

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  2. Which Boston Bruin Is Having a Bigger Impact: Jarome Iginla or Loui Eriksson?

    Stylistically speaking, Jarome Iginla had a head start on fellow Boston Bruins summer import Loui Eriksson as early as their respective acquisitions in July ...

    Al Daniel Written by Al Daniel about almost 2 years ago 2,411 reads 4 comments

  3. Is David Krejci the Right Guy to Complete the Bruins' Leadership Structure?

    Never mind that David Krejci is not the member of the Boston Bruins ' top line with prior experience wearing a letter of leadership in the NHL ...

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  4. Previewing the Boston Bruins' 2013-14 Season Series with the Detroit Red Wings

    The Boston Bruins will crack open their second newfangled Atlantic Division matchup in as many games when they host the Detroit Red Wings this Saturday night...

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  5. Will the Boston Bruins' Power Play Improve in 2013-14?

    In at least one respect, the Boston Bruins may find free-agent import Jarome Iginla to be an upgrade on Marc Savard, whose injury-induced absence has been the principal bane of their power play in recent years...

    Al Daniel Written by Al Daniel about almost 2 years ago 1,384 reads 1 comments

  6. Complete 2013-14 Season Preview for the Boston Bruins

    Right wing reformation wasted little time nudging the aftermath of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals to the side in the Boston Bruins headlines this past July...

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  7. One Thing the Boston Bruins' Top Stars Must Prove in the 2013-14 Season

    New and returning Boston Bruins players are primed to face at least one new challenge in the 2013-14 NHL season. The sources of those challenges range from being new to the team to playing a direct role with one of the new faces...

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  8. 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 almost 2 years ago 3,367 reads 6 comments

  9. 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 almost 2 years ago 1,953 reads 3 comments

  10. 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 almost 2 years ago 2,964 reads 5 comments

  11. 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 almost 2 years ago 4,913 reads 22 comments

  12. 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 almost 2 years ago 4,178 reads 11 comments

  13. 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 almost 2 years ago 7,355 reads 22 comments

  14. 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 almost 2 years ago 4,177 reads 1 comments

  15. 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 almost 2 years ago 6,739 reads 10 comments

  16. 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 almost 2 years ago 7,741 reads 23 comments

  17. 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 almost 2 years ago 11,904 reads 26 comments

  18. 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 2 years ago 5,885 reads 12 comments

  19. 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 2 years ago 30,746 reads 53 comments

  20. 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 2 years ago 6,852 reads 38 comments

  21. 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 2 years ago 13,416 reads 77 comments

  22. 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...

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  23. 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 2 years ago 27,072 reads 24 comments

  24. 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 2 years ago 7,839 reads 36 comments

  25. 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 2 years ago 6,107 reads 16 comments