1. 2012 NHL Playoffs: Bold Predictions for the Eastern Conference Playoff Race

    A mere three weeks separate today from the conclusion of the 2011-2012 NHL regular season, and the race for the playoffs is as fierce as ever. While the Washington Capitals, usually a top seed throughout the year, struggle to cling to the No...

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  2. NHL Playoffs: Why Adding More Postseason Teams Is a Bad, Bad Idea

    "The playoffs have to represent merit." That quote, put into words by Brian Burke in a December interview with ESPN , has always defined the universal concept of the postseason...

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  3. Carolina Hurricanes: 4 Bright Spots of the 2011-2012 Season

    The distant postseason dream is slowly fading in Carolina. The hometown Hurricanes are playing competitively and enthusiastically, but they simply don't appear capable of the once-in-a-lifetime ...

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  4. The 7 Most Worthless Players in the NHL This Season

    The National Hockey League is a showcase of flashy goals, jaw-dropping passes and fancy puck-handling. For many, those highlight-worthy skills are just a few facets of their superstar profile...

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  5. NHL Referee Tim Peel Should Be Immediately Fired After Brutal Blown Calls

    "The Blown Call of the Year." That's what many called NHL referee Tim Peel's complete lapse of judgement in a Feb. 8th game between the Carolina Hurricanes and Anaheim Ducks ...

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  6. Carolina Hurricanes: Injuries, Trade Inactivity Gives Youngsters an Opportunity

    Drayson Bowman. Jerome Samson. Zac Dalpe. Brett Sutter. Riley Nash. Zach Boychuk. Those six young and talented forwards, the most elite of the Carolina Hurricanes ' deep pool ...

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  7. NHL Trade Deadline 2012: 5 Smartest Deals on Deadline Day

    After hours and hours of inactivity, the 2012 NHL trade deadline caught fire with mere minutes remaining as several of the most-hyped trade items—and a few unexpected ones, as well—were dealt to contenders around the league...

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  8. NHL Trade Deadline 2012: Team-by-Team Tracker of All Player Changes and Deals

    The 2012 NHL trade deadline has come and gone. Although the chaotic frenzy it left in its wake is probably still clogging up both your mind and Twitter feed, the dust will soon settle ...

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  9. 2012 NHL Trade Deadline: The 5 Best Available Goaltenders & Where They'll Land

    With mere hours remaining before Monday's 3 p.m. trade deadline, the rumors are flying like never before. High-profile names like Rick Nash, Derek Roy, Mikhail Grabovski and Tomas ...

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  10. 2012 NHL Trade Deadline: Carolina Hurricanes' Deadline Preview

    For the Carolina Hurricanes , a lot has changed since January 20th. Coach Kirk Muller's aggressive forecheck style has caught on in glorious fashion...

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  11. NHL Trade Deadline: Would a Jeff Carter-Rick Nash Combo Be Feasible for Kings?

    After days of heated speculation connecting the Los Angeles Kings to Rick Nash , the Kings and GM Dean Lombardi made a surprising move Thursday evening by acquiring the Columbus Blue Jackets ' other star forward, Jeff Carter...

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  12. Tuomo Ruutu Receives 4-Year Extension: Carolina Hurricanes No Longer Sellers?

    Tuomu Ruutu is staying in Carolina. The 29-year-old Finnish winger is the latest Hurricane to be taken off the trade market by a major extension, signing a new four-year contract Wednesday afternoon...

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  13. Tuomo Ruutu Injured for 3 Weeks: How It Will Affect 2012 NHL Trade Deadline

    Another hot trade target has bitten the dust. The Carolina Hurricanes ' Tuomo Ruutu , arguably the most desirable potential acquisition of the 2012 trade deadline, had racked up an overwhelming quantity of possible suitors over recent weeks...

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  14. 5 Most Improved NHL Teams During the 2011-2012 Season

    Every NHL season is a tale of two halves. That halfway point doesn't always fall after Game 41, after the turn of the new year, or after the All-Star break. There's no way to predict when it will occur...

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  15. Carolina Hurricanes: Overtime Woes, Costly Mistakes Plague 'Canes

    One unnecessary stride. One untimely line change. One inch of open net. One-point-eight seconds on the clock. One rookie mistake. That's all that it took to cost the unlucky, unfortunate Carolina Hurricanes another much-deserved win on Friday night...

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  16. Tuomo Ruutu Trade Rumors: Which Teams Are Targeting the Hurricanes Forward?

    “I’ve heard rumors I’m going to every team in the NHL." That line may sound like a rather humorous epitome of the endless rumors that annually surround the NHL Trade Deadline, but for Tuomu Ruutu, he's not kidding...

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  17. The Future of the NHL: 8 Ways to Make Hockey More Popular in America

    From the National Hockey League's inaugural season of 1917-1918, the NHL and the sport of ice hockey have continually struggled to gain solid footing in the world of American sports...

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  18. 2012 NHL All-Star Game and the 16 Highest-Scoring Games of the Season (Video)

    Inspired by the 21 goals in Sunday's 2012 NHL All-Star Game , every hockey fan is now thirsty for more goals, higher scores and prettier offense. We can fairly well guarantee that it's unlikely to happen...

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  19. NHL: The Decline in Fighting Is a Very Good Thing for the Future of Hockey

    "I went to a fight the other night, and a hockey game broke out." That famous quote from comedian Rodney Dangerfield has defined the National Hockey League for decades...

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  20. NHL Trade Rumors: Where Could Carolina Hurricanes Deal Their 2012 Free Agents?

    There have been a plethora of both optimistic and pessimistic editorials on the Carolina Hurricanes ' rollercoaster season lately, but regardless of the outlook for the franchise, ...

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  21. Carolina Hurricanes: Eric Staal and Offense Gaining Potency Under Kirk Muller

    The Carolina Hurricanes 2011-2012 season is no longer about gaining momentum, about making the playoffs, or even, to a point, about winning...

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  22. NHL Trade Speculation: 5 Possible Suitors for Tim Gleason of Carolina Hurricanes

    With the Carolina Hurricanes' season already deader than your months-old Christmas tree , it's time for GM Jim Rutherford to unload some of his more valuable assets as trade talks heat up...

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  23. 2012 NHL All Stars Announced: Big-Market Bias Taints New 42-Player Roster

    With just two and a half weeks left before the 2012 NHL All Star Game in Ottawa, the NHL announced today the 36 veterans who will join the six fan-chosen All-Stars for the fun and festive weekend...

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  24. NHLPA Rejects Proposed NHL Conference Realignment: Is Another Lockout Pending?

    The National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players' Association are reporting, as of 7:21 PM ET on Friday, that the NHLPA has rejected the NHL 's proposed conference re-alignment plan...

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  25. NHL Trade Speculation: 10 Bargain Players Who Could Hit the Trade Market

    As the prime trading months of the 2011-2012 NHL season approach, the line between the trade-market sellers and buyers is clearer than ever...

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