This is the biggest punch of the NHL season!

22-year-old John Hayden is gonna be getting a lot of high fives when he heads back to the Chicago Blackhawks locker room on Thursday night. In just his 16th career National Hockey League game the Blackhawks forward dropped the gloves with Minnesota Wild veteran forward Marcus Foligno and it was quite the spirited affair. While the veteran Foligno dominated the…

NHL Rumors: Matt Duchene: Senators, Blue Jackets, Predators and Ducks

On Matt Duchene: Chris Nichols of FanRag Sports: Darren Dreger was on TSN 1260 and was asked about Matt Duchene. Dreger said that as of Wednesday, there was nothing new, but there is still “considerable interest.” “Ottawa has surfaced since we talked about it on Insider Trading on Tuesday, but Pierre Dorion’s interest in Duchene has…

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…