1. 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...

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  2. 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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  3. 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...

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  4. 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...

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  5. 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...

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  6. 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 ...

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  7. 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...

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  8. 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...

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  9. 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 ...

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  10. 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...

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  11. 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...

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  12. 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 ...

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  13. 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...

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  14. 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...

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  15. 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...

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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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