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Rink Recollections: Kevin McClelland, 1981-1994

Rink Recollections: Kevin McClelland, 1981-1994

  By Brian D’Ambrosio, Kevin McClelland joined the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1981 assuming that he would be a ‘mucker’ and a ‘grinder’. Two seasons later, he was traded to the Edmonton Oilers and his role changed from ‘grinder’ to guardian. Overflowing with the skillful likes of Wayne Gretzky, Jari Kurri, and Paul Coffey, the team [...]

Rink Recollections: Chris Tamer, NHL defenseman, 1993-2004

Rink Recollections: Chris Tamer, NHL defenseman, 1993-2004

By Brian D’Ambrosio Dearborn, Michigan native Chris Tamer grew up watching Bob Probert play hockey. Tamer even had a picture of the rugged Detroit Red Wings battler on his wall when he was attending college at the University of Michigan. It was the only photo on his wall, he says. Probert will always evoke memories [...]

Call For Backup

Call For Backup

When the NHL schedule is announced and you skim over the highlights of your team’s path, you already know that back-to-back games will be no surprise. At least with this shortened season, teams are not being asked to wear out their passports and those sleeping neck pillows with the amount of traveling over the 48 [...]

Calder Trophy Watch

Calder Trophy Watch

Almost one month into the season and now that all 30 NHL teams have played at least nine games, it’s time to have a look at the potential Calder Trophy candidates for the 2011-12 season. While a few rookies were returned to their junior team or their European affiliate, such as Mika Zibanejad and Mark [...]

Game of Firsts As Blue Jackets Top Red Wings 4-1

Game of Firsts As Blue Jackets Top Red Wings 4-1

It was a game of firsts, but unfortunately it was at the Red Wings’ expense.  The Columbus Blue Jackets got  30 saves from goalie Steve Mason as they grabbed their first win of the season, beating the Detroit Red Wings 4-1  at the Nationwide Arena. After starting the season 5-0-0, the Red Wings have lost [...]

Bark at the Moon- Phoenix Coyotes 2011-12 Season Preview

Bark at the Moon- Phoenix Coyotes 2011-12 Season Preview

Greetings and salutations to both desert dwellers and Coyotes enthusiasts from all corners of the cosmos.  Put away the Coppertone, turn off the coolant system, and conceal your eyes from the palm trees.  No matter what the temperature outside reads, the pond’s just about frozen solid, and it’s time to drop the puck on another [...]

Top 10 players to avoid on draft day for the 2011-12 season

Top 10 players to avoid on draft day for the 2011-12 season

With only three weeks before the first puck drops on the ice for the beginning of the 2010-12 NHL season, many of you have to take part in a fantasy draft whether it is on Yahoo or ESPN, or among friends at home. Yet, plenty of use are ill-prepared come draft day, especially in the [...]

Top 10 European prospects for the 2011-12 NHL season

Top 10 European prospects for the 2011-12 NHL season

At the end of July I had a look at the top 12 Swedish prospects for the 2011-12 season. They included the best rookies of 2010-11 as well as the next wave of Swedish rookies who will battle for the Calder Trophy. Now it’s time to have a look at the rest of the European [...]

Top-20 best bang-for-the-buck NHL forwards in 2010-11

Top-20 best bang-for-the-buck NHL forwards in 2010-11

Yesterday I had a look at the worst goal scorers in the NHL compared to their 2010-11 actual salary, and without any surprise Scott Gomez was ranked number one at $1,142,857 per goal (7 goals for $8,000,000) more than $400,000 per goal than Matt Stajan who was ranked second. The list was not unanimous, as [...]

Top-20 worst bang-for-the-buck NHL forwards in 2010-11

Top-20 worst bang-for-the-buck NHL forwards in 2010-11

When the 2010-11 NHL regular season ended about three weeks ago, some teams analyzed the production of some of their key players thinking why did we give so much money to the players listed below. While some productive players like Joe Thornton (21 goals, but 70 points), Henrik Sedin (19 goals, but 94 points) and [...]

Fantasy Planner: Preparing for the Playoff Push

Fantasy Planner: Preparing for the Playoff Push

We’re down to the final month or so in the fantasy hockey season, which means playoffs are just around the corner.  If you’re still paying attention at this point, that means you’re probably still in the running to win.  You’ve done your homework all season long, and there’s no point going to sleep now.  There [...]

Naming rights for future Quebec arena sold to Videotron (Quebecor); and Guy Lafleur's farewell game

Naming rights for future Quebec arena sold to Videotron (Quebecor); and Guy Lafleur’s farewell game

Quebec City has announced its partner for the development of its new multi-purpose NHL arena that will be built in the upcoming years, and it is Montreal-based media conglomerate Quebecor. The new arena will be named the Videotron amphitheatre. Mayor Regis Labeaume and Quebecor CEO Pierre Karl Péladeau held a news conference in Quebec City [...]

Who Will be Lee?

Who Will be Lee?

Following perhaps the most uneventful trade deadline day in a decade, fantasy owners are left to wonder what impact (if any) will the 16 trades have on the remainder of the fantasy season.  As last season proved, some of those low-profile deals can have a huge impact on the stretch, if you can snatch up [...]

NHL TRADE DEADLINE 2010-2011: The Official Count

NHL TRADE DEADLINE 2010-2011: The Official Count

Per the NHL: NHL clubs made 16 trades involving 35 players today prior to the 3 p.m., ET, trade deadline. Following is a list of the transactions: Anaheim traded C Maxim Lapierre and C MacGregor Sharp to Vancouver for C Joel Perrault and Vancouver’s 3rd-round pick in the 2012 Entry Draft. Atlanta traded RW Niclas [...]

HockeyIndependent Trade Deadline Show - Click to replay

HockeyIndependent Trade Deadline Show – Click to replay

Join us for 2nd annual Trade Deadline show complete with your HI bloggers, XM NHL Home Ice, and special guests… HOCKEY INDEPENDENT NHL Trade Deadline Show

DAILY RUMORS: Wild Rumors On Trade Deadline Day

DAILY RUMORS: Wild Rumors On Trade Deadline Day

As the trade deadline approaches lots of rumors are flying around, some of which are just plain weird. Brad Richards offering to sign a one-year contract extension to allow the Stars more time to sort out their ownership situation and they turned it down? I doubt Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk would’ve turned that down! If [...]

Friday Trade Frenzy Fantasy Breakdown

Friday Trade Frenzy Fantasy Breakdown

The trade deadline is still two weeks away, but GMs seemed to have moved the calendar forward a bit this season. The deals that went down last night may ultimately overshadow anything that transpires at the end of the month. So what does all this mean from a fantasy hockey perspective?

What have you done for me lately?

What have you done for me lately?

When trying to identify value in daily hockey, or when considering waivers and trades, it’s critical to know what players have been doing lately. Blindly following the leading scorers to date will give you a host of bad information. So let’s break down the top performers over the past 2 months to get a better view of who the elite players are heading into the playoff stretch.

Fantasy Hockey Planner - Week 20

Fantasy Hockey Planner – Week 20

Just a couple weeks left before the trade deadline shakes things up a bit. Here is what you need to know as you set your fantasy hockey roster for week 20 (2/14 to 2/20):

Fantasy Hockey Planner - Week 18

Fantasy Hockey Planner – Week 18

Coming off the All-Star break, most leagues feature a slightly shorter game schedule, so once again, it’s important to pay attention to the schedule. Here is what you need to know as you set your fantasy hockey roster for week 18