Barry Trotz’s relationship with Alex Ovechkin may be complicated

I like to assume that Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz is a man of few words who says directly what he means, and very much means what he says. In that case, Alexander Ovechkin better pick up his game. In an interview with former hometown newspaper The Tennessean, Trotz tells Josh Cooper that he and […]


Blue Jackets reportedly preparing for life without Ryan Johansen

The Columbus Blue Jackets are reportedly ready to start training camp without Ryan Johansen. According to an article seen in the Columbus Dispatch, the club has already started planning on life without Johansen in the lineup. Conversations have been held regarding how the team will move forward should Johansen remain unsigned.


Dan Patrick: “We will have an NHL team in Las Vegas in 2016.”

Remember the report we ran a few days ago about the NHL coming to Las Vegas? You know, the one the NHL quickly refuted? Apparently the NHL’s statement of denial wasn’t enough to silence the talk of expansion. You can add Dan Patrick to the list of sources suggesting that an NHL team will play […]


Jets preparing for a grueling training camp

The Winnipeg Jets are facing an uphill climb in the Central Division. After finishing at the bottom of the Central in 2013-14 and after watching their divisional foes improve around them this summer, the Jets know that it’s going to take a lot of hard work to make the playoffs in 2014-15. As a result, […]


Rumored expansion plans hint NHL is biting off more than it can chew

By now you’ve probably heard the reports stating that an NHL team in Vegas is a “done deal” and that the league is also reportedly planning to launch teams in Seattle, Toronto and Quebec City by 2017. We’ll have to wait and see if any of these reports come true, but it looks like there’s […]


Report: NHL team in Vegas is a “done deal”

It’s time to talk about NHL expansion again. The topic which most of us have exhausted ourselves discussing is back and this time it comes from a report seen in The Providence. According to Tony Gallagher, an NHL team in Vegas is going to be a reality in the very near future. From the article: […]

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Is a regression imminent for Avs’ Semyon Varlamov?

Heading into the new season, one of the hot topics of discussion is the impending regression of the Colorado Avalanche. A team that certainly overachieved last year in taking the Central Division title over the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks, the Avs were bounced from the playoffs in the first round by the Minnesota Wild. Nonetheless, they’re setting their […]


Vincent Lecavalier told to “get over” trade rumors

Vincent Lecavalier’s name was at the center of a dozen or more trade rumors this summer, but a deal never came to fruition. How should Lecavlier prepare for the upcoming season with all of those trade talks fresh in his mind? Philadelphia Flyers coach Craig Berube has some very simple advice.


Penguins “not in a hurry” to give Fleury a new contract

Marc-Andre Fleury may end up playing with the Penguins beyond 2014-15, but for now his contract status is on hold. Penguins GM Jim Rutherford commented on contract negotiations, stating that he’s not in any hurry to get a deal done, but he’s confident that Fleury is Pittsburgh’s goalie. Rutherford’s comments, as seen on Trib Live, reveal […]

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Western Conference contenders face questions in net

There really isn’t any disputing the fact that the Western Conference is the better of the two sides in the National Hockey League. It’s been responsible for four of the last five champions (even if those were just two different teams) and has 11 or 12 teams that could certainly be in the mix for […]


Report: Boston Bruins need to make a trade

The Boston Bruins are going to have to make a trade in the very near future according to a report from the Boston Globe. The Bruins may have to ship a player out in order to slide beneath the salary cap and afford new contracts for Torey Krug and Reilly Smith. While you can file the article […]


Fact or Fiction: Alex Ovechkin will lead the league in goals in 2014-15

Welcome to Fact or Fiction, a series where the PDL crew takes a look at a topic in the NHL and discusses whether or not it will come to fruition. Some topics will be more divisive than others, so we hope you’ll check back and weigh in on the various Fact or Fiction conversations. Alex […]


Evander Kane is frustrated by the Jets’ playoff drought

Another day, another story involving Evander Kane and his feelings about the Winnipeg Jets. We’ve already talked about how the Jets’ mishandling of their star is a mistake of epic proportions and how Kane has clearly hinted at wanting to find a new club. Now comes another interview in which Kane admits he’s pretty frustrated […]


Sharks strip Joe Thornton of captaincy, may not have told him about it

The San Jose Sharks have stripped Joe Thornton of his captaincy. While they were at it, they also stripped Patrick Marleau of the “A” on his uniform. The change is reportedly due to the fact the Sharks want to enter training camp with a clean slate. The club has tried to make it clear they are […]