NHL Trade Rumors: Pens, Sens, Lightning, Canes, Panthers, Wings, Wild, Blues, Stars, Avs and Ducks

On the Pittsburgh Penguins … Sam Werner: Penguins forward Patric Hornqvist skated by himself yesterday on their secondary rink. On the Ottawa Senators … Bruce Garrioch: Senators coach Guy Boucher said that they are preparing to start the season without Derick Brassard. On the Tampa Bay Lightning … Joe Smith: Defenseman Anton Stralman skated by himself for the second straight…

NHL Rumors: Blackhawks, Red Wings, Penguins, Bruins, Devils and Blue Jackets

On the Chicago Blackhawks … Scott Powers: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman on how they may utilitize Marian Hossa‘s LTIR cap space: “I think on that one we’re just probably going to take a wait-and-see approach.” On the Detroit Red Wings … Helene St. James: Andreas Athanasiou‘s agent to the Detroit Free Press on contract talks: “having productive discussions that…

Former NHL Player, dies at age 78

Noel Picard, an original Blue who played a supporting role in one of the most famous moments in NHL history, died on Wednesday. He was 78. Picard was a defenseman for six seasons for the Blues before being let go in the 1972-73 season and finishing his career with Atlanta. He had 12 goals and…

Why Bringing the NHL to Vegas Is a Brilliant Move

The inspiration for this article came about as I was perusing the blogosphere brimming with critics lamenting the NHL’s decision to create its latest expansion team, the Vegas Golden Knights. Most of what I read was petty grievances but a few complaints had some merit and are worthy of a response. One complainer, citing the Arizona Coyotes…

Penguins player has son baptized in Stanley Cup

The Stanley Cup’s back-to-back tour with the Penguins wasn’t without a holy sacrament this year. On Wednesday, Philip Pritchard, Hockey Hall of Fame’s Keeper of the Cup, shared a few snaps from the Michigan baptism of Pittsburgh winger Josh Archibald’s son in Lord Stanley’s Mug. “Three-week-old Brecken Archibald gets baptized out of hockey’s Holy Grail (Brainerd, MN)…

NHL Rumors: Franson, Maple Leafs, Rangers, Kings, Devils and Bruins

On Cody Franson … Rick Dhaliwal: It is possible that free agent defenseman Cody Franson signs this week. On the Toronto Maple Leafs … Michael Augello: After re-signing Connor Brown over the weekend, the Maple Leafs are now at 48 contracts. They would have room to bring someone to training camp on a PTO and would be able to…

Fan Who Wanted His Eagles To ‘Let Him Down One Last Time’ Made It Happen

Jeffrey Clayton Riegel died earlier this month on August 18, and listed in his obituary, was his dying wish of having 8 Eagles players serve as pallbearers at his burial to “let him down one last time.” His family made it happen. Unable to get Eagles players up to his burial Thursday, his family did their best to…

NHL Rumors: Thomas Vanek, Drew Stafford and Will Butcher

TSN: Veteran forwards Thomas Vanek and Drew Stafford are still looking for a contract for next season. Their agent Steve Bartlett said that interest in both has picked up lately and new deals could be coming soon. ”I do feel optimistic that something will come through for both of these guys in the next week…