1. 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...

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  2. 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...

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  3. 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...

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  4. 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 ...

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  5. 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...

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  6. 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...

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  7. 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...

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  8. 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...

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  9. 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...

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  10. 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...

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  11. 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 ...

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  12. 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...

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  13. 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...

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  14. 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...

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  15. 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...

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  16. 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...

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  17. 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...

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  18. 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...

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  19. 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...

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  20. Stanley Cup Finals 2013: Who Will Be Under More Pressure In Games 3 and 4?

    After breaking up one team’s impressive stretch of home dominance to hasten their Western Conference Finals victory, the Chicago Blackhawks must do the same to another adversary if they are to win the Stanley Cup...

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  21. Will Jonathan Toews' Selke Trophy Affect His Play in Stanley Cup Final?

    Up to this point, Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews has ensured that his team defines its 2013 season with a fastidious appetite for hardware...

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  22. Stanley Cup Finals 2013: Will Too Many Shot Blocks Be Boston's Undoing?

    Perhaps never more than in the young phases of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final has the puck represented the momentum...

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  23. Brandon Saad and Torey Krug: A Tale of 2 Rookies in the Stanley Cup Final

    Chicago Blackhawks forward Brandon Saad issued an awakening in his first-ever Stanley Cup Final game Wednesday night. Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug endured one...

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  24. Stanley Cup Final 2013: Game 2 Preview, TV Info and Predictions

    The NHL ’s first nonconference contest in over a year (by one day, to be exact) went 52 minutes and eight seconds above the standard 60-minute brim...

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  25. NHL Stanley Cup Final 2013: Critical Keys for the Boston Bruins

    The answer to the question of what the Boston Bruins fundamentally need in the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals breeds the deeper inquiry of how they ensure more of the same winning formula...

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