The Hockey News

The Hockey News Feb. 10, 2020 - Trade Deadline

The Hockey News is an iconic, authoritative and trusted voice of hockey. It was founded in 1947 and grew to become known as The Bible of Hockey. Once a tabloid newspaper, it has evolved into a multi-platform brand that goes deeper and broader than anyone in the industry. The Hockey News publishes regular editions plus its special editions that include the Yearbook, Ultimate Pool Guide and Money and Power.

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4 Min
the honest conversation

MENTAL TOUGHNESS HAS ALWAYS been revered in sports, but as pro athletes open up about the harder side of life, it will be interesting to see how the hockey world reacts in the long run. Thanks to players such as Robin Lehner, Tyler Motte and Gemel Smith revealing struggles with mental-health issues, we’re finally beginning to have earnest conversations about different afflictions on a mainstream stage. Like most other realms of the world, the hockey community has been supportive of initiatives that put mental well-being on the front burner, and when you hear about someone with the stature of Patrice Bergeron reaching out to Smith, for example, you can’t help but feel encouraged. Having said that, I do wonder what happens when the aspirational meets up with the business side of things.…

6 Min
leon draisaitl vs. jack eichel

MORE VALUABLE CENTER People love to read The Hockey News because they trust that the stories reflect the honest views of the writers. I want to continue that tradition of integrity with an admission. For the past month, I have scouted the games for Jack Eichel of the Buffalo Sabres and Leon Draisaitl of the Edmonton Oilers. I have also spoken with respected NHL scouting personnel and people who have coached these players. Let me state three obvious facts. First, they are two of the top offensive players in the NHL. Second, their styles of play are significantly different. Third, their results are remarkably similar. For the first time in a Versus comparison, I’m really not sure who I should select as the more valuable of the two players. That said,…

5 Min
three’s company

THE TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING played in the first 3-on-3 overtime period after the league introduced it for the 2015-16 season, and, as defenseman Victor Hedman recalls, it was every bit the “free-for-all of fecal matter” that Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice used to describe an overtime that his team played in earlier this season. It was two minutes and 17 seconds of mayhem before Jason Garrison, of all people, beat the defenseman and went five-hole. To be sure, the league’s 3-on-3 overtime format for five minutes has come as advertised. It has saved some pretty dull games and made the good ones even better. But more than that, it has helped teams avoid the shootout. The shootout seemed like a good idea when it was put in place, but it has…

1 Min

The St. Louis Blues’ complete domination of the West without their best scorer and having the shortest off-season.– Sheldon DeLorme How well the Blue Jackets have played this season. No Bobrovsky, no Panarin, yet Torts has the whole team buying into the system. The “us” against the hockey world mentality is working.@RangerProud The inconsistencies of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Are they for real? Are they just a joke? Who knows. The team has multiple personalities, and you’ll never know which one you’ll get to see next!– Christian Holmes I knew Cale Makar would be good, but the biggest surprise for me so far has been how good he is. He is dominant, one of the best D-men in the NHL in his first year.@Bluemanmtl The biggest surprise to me is P.K. Subban’s disappointing first…

2 Min
meet our newest teammate

Dear readers, To borrow a line from marketing lore, here we grow again. And this time, it’s pretty spectacular. On Jan. 23, nearly two years to the day I bought The Hockey News, I agreed to a strategic partnership with Sports Illustrated that launched a new era for both iconic brands (read more about it at TheHockeyNews.com/sports-illustrated-partnership). I had been previously approached by several organizations that wanted to acquire The Hockey News or form a partnership, but none was the right fit for our brand or team. When Sports Illustrated came calling, that changed. It made perfect sense for the venerable titles to join forces. Two of the oldest and most respected names in sports journalism – The Hockey News was founded in 1947 and Sports Illustrated in 1954 – have built their reputations…

6 Min
atlantic division

BOSTON BRUINS CAP SPACE: $567K NEEDS: One reason the Bruins reached the Cup final last year? They upgraded their top-nine forward group by trading for Charlie Coyle and Marcus Johansson. Johansson left as a UFA. The Bruins need a replacement middle-six winger. AVAILABILITY: The contending Bruins must add without subtracting, so they can dangle picks and/or prospects. UFAs: T. Krug (D), Z. Chara (D), J. Halak (G), J. Nordstrom (LW), K. Miller (D) TRADE BAIT: The Bruins may have to surrender a prospect in any trade that nets them a significant upgrade. Ideally, they’d want to avoid giving up a blue-chipper in the Jack Studnicka tier. But maybe a team buys low on ZACH SENYSHYN as part of a package. He hasn’t found his scoring touch even at the AHL level, but he’s just 22…