This is the second installment of my three-part series on the Vancouver Canucks’ ‘X’ factors for the coming, 2017-18 season. Erik Gudbranson takes the spotlight for this edition and will hopefully take some spotlight with him on to the ice when hockey returns. Gudbranson is a towering defenceman, standing at 6-foot-5 and around 220 pounds,
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BALLSTON – For the Washington Capitals, there is no such thing as easing into training camp. Once the clock hit 9:30 a.m. Friday, the first group of Capitals skaters found themselves on the ice and jumping straight into drills. By the end of the first day of camp, there was a broken pane of plexiglass
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Montreal Canadiens training camp started this week, meaning the Habs are in focus once again… as if they were ever out of it in this hockey-mad town. With the start of the 2017-18 season coming up fast, here are the top five of 61 attendees to keep an eye out for: 5.  Martin Reway Montreal
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Close to 15 months after the league approved it’s newest expansion franchise, the Vegas Golden Knights took to the ice in an actual game. Albeit, it was two rookie scrimmages against the Los Angeles Kings over a two-day period at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California. I’m not going to lie to you,
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The Detroit Red Wings will begin training camp this weekend heading into 2017-18 without a playoff streak to uphold for the first time in a quarter-century. While they are leaving Joe Louis Arena behind and beginning a new era at Little Caesars Arena, the team will face more questions than answers entering the year with
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This post was originally written in August, 2014. There’s a price to pay when you play hockey in Los Angeles. Sure, it’s December, and it’s 70 degrees outside. Sure, you can get around town with ease and nobody knows your name. It’s that nobody knows your name part. On one hand, you come and go
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MONTREAL — Noel Picard, the former St. Louis Blues defenseman pictured in the famous shot of Boston star Bobby Orr flying through the air after scoring a Stanley Cup-winning goal, has died. He was 78. The St. Louis Blues said Picard died last week in Montreal after a long battle with cancer. The Blues are
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Training camp is officially open for the New Jersey Devils and just like all of the other 30 teams in the NHL, there is hope. Hope that this season will be better than last. Hope that promise and potential become reality. Hope that they will reach the goal that every professional player desires so much:
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Ottawa Senators left wing Clarke MacArthur, who has battled post-concussion syndrome the past few seasons, failed his medical test at training camp, general manager Pierre Dorion said. “Right now, we don’t know much, but he won’t be part of camp,” Dorion told reporters without confirming that the issue is related to concussions. MacArthur played only
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NHL teams have become notorious for being quick to fire head coaches. From the start of training camp ahead of the 2016-17 season to this year’s camp opening, there are different coaches in Dallas, Florida, Montreal, Boston, New York (Islanders), St. Louis, Vancouver, Los Angeles, Buffalo and Arizona. Several of last season’s firings came at
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Over the next couple of months, The Hockey Writers will be releasing a series of bold predictions. Team by team, this series will take shape as we look at some of the more questionable possibilities that could come into fruition during the 2017-18 season. Talk of a new arena and speculation of a possible move
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At least Montreal Canadiens owner Geoff Molson and general manager Marc Bergevin seem to be on the same page. Unfortunately, it does not seem to have the league rules to contract tampering on it. Molson’s Head in the Stars After saying that he and Bergevin discuss stars, “including [John] Tavares,” earlier this week, Molson may
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Forward Vernon Fiddler is retiring from the NHL after playing 877 games over 14 seasons in the league with four different teams. Fiddler announced his decision Wednesday in a story for The Players Tribune. Vernon Fiddler returned to Nashville for the Predators’ Stanley Cup run. John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images The 5-foot-11 center
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