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Trade Proposal This: Who's On Their Way Out?

Trade Proposal This: Who’s On Their Way Out?

The Chicago Blackhawks are over the cap. This is a fact. Fans are waiting for a trade, even though, it may mean parting with a player that A) they like, B) is vital to this hockey team or C) all of the above. Chances are they will have to wait a little longer as the [...]

Predators Sign Roy, Ribeiro, to One Year Deals

Predators Sign Roy, Ribeiro, to One Year Deals

The Nashville Predators have added to their depth at center by signing Derek Roy and Mike Ribeiro to one year contracts. Roy was signed for $1 million and Ribeiro was signed for $1.05 million. Here is the Predators press release on the signing of Roy: Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced [...]

Thoughts on James Neal, Olli Jokinen, Anton Volchenkov, and Mike Fisher

Thoughts on James Neal, Olli Jokinen, Anton Volchenkov, and Mike Fisher

The dust has settled on the James Neal trade and the Predators activity in free agency. So what are we to make of all this? Neal, a second round draft choice by the Dallas Stars in the 2005 Entry Draft, made it to the NHL in the 2009 season, in which he played 78 games [...]

The Storm Before the Calm

The Storm Before the Calm

A lot of Isles fans are praising our first two picks in this years’ draft.  It is always fun to get excited about something new, and obviously if you’re a fan of this team you have to take what you can get. However we are here, as always, to temper the celebration.  The Islanders need [...]

Predators Draft Analysis: Adding Some Potential Pop to the Offense

Predators Draft Analysis: Adding Some Potential Pop to the Offense

The recently completed NHL draft saw the Nashville Predators pick up some players that have the potential for high end offensive in the NHL. This is a bit of a departure from the tendency to draft grinders and gritty players in previous drafts. Perhaps General manager David Poile is serious about getting more offense out [...]

Predators Trade Hornqvist, Spaling to Penguins for James Neal

Predators Trade Hornqvist, Spaling to Penguins for James Neal

The Nashville Predators are a team that is need of consistent offense. They took a step to remedying that problem by acquiring James Neal from the Pittsburgh Penguins for Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling. In Neal, the Predators pick up a player that has produced a point per game in two of his last three [...]

Rule #1 in Battle: Know Your Enemy

Rule #1 in Battle: Know Your Enemy

The Blackhawks are having serious deja vu. Last year en route to their Championship season, they faced the Wild, Red Wings and Kings before defeating the Bruins in the finals. This year, it’s been the Blues, Wild and now the Kings again in the conference finals. I’m not going to look at last year, we [...]

Game #5: Kind Of A Big Deal, Blackhawks

Game #5: Kind Of A Big Deal, Blackhawks

The Blackhawks played awful the last 2 games. On Friday night, they played one of their worst games of the playoffs. Not sure who played “the best”. I know Corey Crawford was close to the “worst” and he wouldn’t even fight me on that statement. He’s a proud guy and I expect a solid bounce [...]

Fast Feather Friday: Blackhawks Fans Unite

Fast Feather Friday: Blackhawks Fans Unite

Blackhawks fans, unite for what is to be a great game tonight vs. the Minnesota Wild. The 4th game of any series is usually a pivotal one. The Wild win tonight and it is “Even Steven”, heading back to Chi-town for a 6 game series at minimum. If your beloved Hawks win tonight, they have [...]

Wild Look for Deja Vu Cure

Wild Look for Deja Vu Cure

The Blackhawks are heading into Game #3 with some momentum after a 5-2 and 4-1 triumph in Chicago. It will be a different story in Minnesota’s barn tonight. It will be loud and the Wild will be angry. They are trying to shake this Deju Vu from last year’s post-season. Let’s head into the top [...]

Predators Name Laviolette Head Caoch

Predators Name Laviolette Head Caoch

The Nashville Predators have named Peter Laviolette as the second Head Coach in franchise history. Laviolette is currently in Belarus coaching the U.S. squad in the Worlds. Here is the press release from the Predators: Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has hired 2006 Stanley Cup-winning coach [...]

Hawks/Wild Rematch: Take a Jog With Me Down Memory Lane

Hawks/Wild Rematch: Take a Jog With Me Down Memory Lane

A lot of Hawks fans are salivating at the fact that their team drew the Wild in the 2nd round. “We killed these guys in 5 games last year, no problem”. Well let’s go on a journey to look at the Blackhawks vs. Wild first round playoff series from 2013. Is this the same Wild [...]

2014 NHL Playoffs: What A Sight!

2014 NHL Playoffs: What A Sight!

So let me see if I’ve got this straight. We’re 11 days into the playoffs and here’s what we’ve seen. These two unlikely youngsters are leading the way in terms of Points (MacKinnon – 10) and Goals (Tarasenko – 4):   These two teams have already closed out their series in 4 and 5 games, [...]

Stifling Defense and Productive Power-Play Help Bruins Sink Red Wings in Game 5

Stifling Defense and Productive Power-Play Help Bruins Sink Red Wings in Game 5

BOSTON, MA– After capturing back-to-back road wins in Games 3 and 4 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, the Boston Bruins were back on home-ice this Saturday afternoon with a chance to close out their series against the Red Wings. With just one win in their previous five outings in playoff Game 5′s, the Bruins were [...]

GameDay: Zetterberg Returns as Red Wings Look to Even Series

GameDay: Zetterberg Returns as Red Wings Look to Even Series

– After the Boston Bruins utilized a near-perfect road effort in Tuesday’s Game 3 to secure a shutout and a 2-1 series edge, they will be looking for a duplicate performance on Thursday evening at the Joe Louis Arena. With Game 4 set for this evening and puck-drop coming just after 8 o’clock, we present [...]

Rask Stops 34 as Bruins Tie Series with 4-1 Game 2 Victory

Rask Stops 34 as Bruins Tie Series with 4-1 Game 2 Victory

BOSTON, MA– After a hotly contested playoff opener on Friday evening at the TD Garden, the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Boston Bruins had found themselves behind, in a surprising 0-1 series hole at the hands of the Detroit Red Wings. On Sunday afternoon, the Bruins were given another chance to prove the championship resolve that has helped guide [...]

Datsyuk's Late Tally Lifts Detroit to 1-0 Series-Opening Victory

Datsyuk’s Late Tally Lifts Detroit to 1-0 Series-Opening Victory

BOSTON, MA– After anticipation had far surpassed a boiling point in the city of Boston this week, the NHL postseason finally kicked off for the Bruins on Friday evening. With the B’s having long ago secured the top-seed in the conference and the No. 1 spot in their division, fans and players alike had more or [...]

GameDay: Bruins, Red Wings Set for First Playoff Battle in 57 Years

GameDay: Bruins, Red Wings Set for First Playoff Battle in 57 Years

– With Game 1 of the first round playoff series between the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings rapidly approaching, we’ve opted to bring back the Hockey Independent Bruins’ GameDay features for use at various times during this year’s postseason. This will be the first installment of this feature for the 2014 postseason, with a [...]

The Barry Trotz I Knew

The Barry Trotz I Knew

The Nashville Predators have fired their first and only Head Coach, Barry Trotz. That action has been and will be dissected for some time, and the pros and cons of that decision will be passionately debated among the fans of the team. Trotz has been described as a good coach that couldn’t get the team [...]

There Goes the Neighborhood...Team

There Goes the Neighborhood…Team

It’s been a while since we’ve written, faithful readers. Largely because we wrote back in September about this season was going to pan out, with a highly on point degree of accuracy. We predicted injuries- specifically Evgeny Nabokov and Lubomir Visnovsky from overuse at their ages. We predicted the missing the playoffs that was inevitable [...]