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Team Canada Debate

Team Canada Debate

Well the moment we’d all been waiting for has come and gone. The debate is over…. or is it? Hopefully you’ve had time to digest Steve Yzerman’s Team Canada selections better than that Cronut Burger you had this summer at the CNE. There were limited whispers as Yzerman fumbled his way through his rationale as [...]

My Team Canada

My Team Canada

I fought off the urge to write this blog for months but I couldn’t resist anymore. With the impending announcement of the Team Canada Olympic Men’s Hockey Team, I thought I’d follow suit and post my Team Canada Olympic team like every other blogger. I originally wanted to take another angle and focus more on [...]

Hockey Independent Playoff Roundtable: 2013 Conference Finals Predictions

Hockey Independent Playoff Roundtable: 2013 Conference Finals Predictions

With the first game of the 2013 conference finals set to begin in just a few hours, five members of the Hockey Independent writing staff have come together to predict which team will be representing their conference in the Stanley Cup. The contributing authors to today’s piece will be Cris Cohen (New York Rangers), Seth Levin (New Jersey Devils),  Bill [...]

Destination Unknown, part 2

Destination Unknown, part 2

Part Two: Does it feel drafty in here? Snow inherited a team that made the playoffs with regularity, and had a polarizing but successful head coach. Theorizing that the playoff team handed to him was underwhelming, Snow started what is lovingly referred to as a rebuild by fans, and a disaster by anybody else’s standard. [...]

Boston Bruins Offseason Notebook: B's Add Defenseman Aaron Johnson, Ink New ECHL Affiliation

Boston Bruins Offseason Notebook: B’s Add Defenseman Aaron Johnson, Ink New ECHL Affiliation

B’s Add Depth With Former Blue Jacket Aaron Johnson – Last week the Boston Bruins announced the signing of yet another defenseman to add to their already deep group of NHL-quality blueliners. After skating in 56 games for the league-worst Columbus Blue Jackets in 2011-12, 29-year-old Aaron Johnson agreed to join the B’s on a [...]

Boston Bruins Offseason Notebook: Horton Cleared, Julien Earns Extension, B's Re-Up With CBS Boston

Boston Bruins Offseason Notebook: Horton Cleared, Julien Earns Extension, B’s Re-Up With CBS Boston

Bruins, Head Coach Claude Julien Agree To Terms On Contract Extension – Thirteen months ago, Claude Julien became the first Boston Bruins’ head coach to hoist the Stanley Cup above his head since Tom Johnson in May of 1972. The Blinder River, Ontario native was rewarded for his efforts this week, in receiving a brand [...]

Boston Bruins Offseason Notebook: B's Increase Depth With Addition Of Veteran Defenseman Garnet Exelby

Boston Bruins Offseason Notebook: B’s Increase Depth With Addition Of Veteran Defenseman Garnet Exelby

On Wednesday afternoon the Boston Bruins increased their organizational depth, adding former Atlanta Thrashers’ defenseman Garnet Exelby. The two sides agreed to a new one-year, two-way contract worth a total of $600,000 at the NHL level and $130,000 for American Hockey League service. The Craik, Saskatchewan native was originally drafted by the Thrashers in the [...]

Boston Bruins Offseason Notebook: Khokhlachev Inks One-Year Deal In KHL, B's Sign Christian Hanson

Boston Bruins Offseason Notebook: Khokhlachev Inks One-Year Deal In KHL, B’s Sign Christian Hanson

Alexander Khokhlachev was once projected as an early first round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. His rare combination of offensive skill and tremendous defensive zone prowess have often drawn comparisons to Detroit Red Wings’ superstar pivot Pavel Datsyuk. However, teams were weary of taking Khokhlachev early in the draft simply due to the [...]

Hockey's Christmas: 10 Predictions For 2012 Free Agency

Hockey’s Christmas: 10 Predictions For 2012 Free Agency

In many ways, July 1 and the opening of unrestricted free agency is much like Christmas for hockey fans. Puck heads wake up early and rush to their living rooms early in the morning. But instead of checking underneath a Christmas tree, they’ll make a beeline straight towards the nearest computer. As the clock strikes [...]

Life Without Tim Thomas: Bruins Confirm "Strong Possibility" That Reigning Vezina Winner Will Sit Out Next Season

Life Without Tim Thomas: Bruins Confirm “Strong Possibility” That Reigning Vezina Winner Will Sit Out Next Season

When reports began to emanate on Thursday that Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas was toying with the idea of taking a season off, many — including myself — simply shrugged it off in the belief that it was pure speculation on the part of the media. However, the tide took a major turn on Friday [...]

Five Deals That SHOULD Be Made Before The Deadline

Five Deals That SHOULD Be Made Before The Deadline

As the late February NHL trading deadline approaches rumors have began to surface in every corner of the hockey world. From buyers to sellers and rentals, a plethora of deals always seem to be made this time of year. This year, as a few top-tier players are slated to become Unrestricted free agents at year’s [...]

Lokomotiv tragedy pierces the soul of global hockey community

Lokomotiv tragedy pierces the soul of global hockey community

The imminent start of hockey season and the usual excitement of seeing players slowly trickling into training camps enthusiastically looking forward to making a fresh start suddenly seems very irrelevant and very meaningless this morning.  Writing off-season recaps to remember who went where in free agency or trades suddenly seems equally irrelevant and equally meaningless [...]

One year after World Hockey Summit: NHL players and the Olympics

One year after World Hockey Summit: NHL players and the Olympics

It was one year ago tonight that the Molson Canadian World Hockey Summit commenced in the historic Great Hall at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.  High-profile decision makers and players from Canada, the United States and Europe assembled for four days to discuss ways to improve and grow the game of hockey worldwide.  The [...]

HI FREE AGENCY Live Chat Show! 11 EST July 1st

HI FREE AGENCY Live Chat Show! 11 EST July 1st

HockeyIndependent’s Free Agency Live Chat Show

Does the WHC Even Matter?

Does the WHC Even Matter?

It’s been referred to as the garbage bowl, the runners-up cup, and many more uncanny names, but the World Championship of Hockey (WHC) is starting to show more significance in the sport of hockey.

Olympic gold in Vancouver: What a difference one year makes

Olympic gold in Vancouver: What a difference one year makes

One year ago today, the eyes of the world – at least those parts where snow and ice are found – were fixated on Vancouver for the final event of the 2010 Winter Olympics, the Men’s Gold Medal Hockey Game between the United States and host Canada.  The Americans surprised most experts in their run-up [...]

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

ANALYSIS: Solid brainstorming, no firm commitments at World Hockey Summit

ANALYSIS: Solid brainstorming, no firm commitments at World Hockey Summit

One question that was repeatedly asked by many fans in the lead-up to last week’s World Hockey Summit was, “Will they or won’t they?” as in: will the NHL, NHLPA and IIHF come to an agreement during the four-day event in Toronto on further NHL participation in future Winter Olympics? The answer was neither ‘yes’ nor ‘no’. [...]

World Hockey Summit ends, steering committee hopeful for future

World Hockey Summit ends, steering committee hopeful for future

The World Hockey Summit in Toronto came to a close last Thursday evening with pledges from the steering committee to continue to “work together” to “grow the game”.  The four-day conference brought together global hockey leaders and public stakeholders from North America and Europe to discuss pertinent issues currently challenging the growth of the game.  [...]

World Hockey Summit Day 4: PM session: Growing the Game

World Hockey Summit Day 4: PM session: Growing the Game

The World Hockey Summit in Toronto is officially over but delegates, panellists and the steering committee were in agreement that the hard work begins now. Maintaining or achieving excellence in national programs and encouraging youth to continue pursuing hockey in the face of competing sports and recreational interests will be vital in growing the game at the amateur and professional level.