Braden Holtby has some pretty interesting visualization exercises

NHL goaltenders use a variety of techniques to prepare for an upcoming game. Whether it’s playing soccer or bouncing a tennis ball, the goal is to visualize the start, loosen up and focus on the task ahead. Most methods are fairly straightforward. Then there’s Braden Holtby’s approach. Here’s a fun clip of Holtby’s visualization routine […]

<>during the 2015 NCAA Division I Men's Hockey Championships at TD Garden on April 11, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts.The Friars defeat the Terriers 4-3.

BU goalie Matt O’Connor in talks with Canucks, Rangers and Senators

Free-agent goaltender Matt O’Connor from Boston University is reportedly talking to three teams: the Vancouver Canucks, the New York Rangers and the Ottawa Senators. The widely-praised netminder previously was linked to as many as 14 organizations, but the list has considerably narrowed as O’Connor focuses in on a select few teams. During his senior year […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 01:  Brandon Sutter #16 of the Pittsburgh Penguins handles the puck in front of goaltender Curtis McElhinney #30 of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Artem Anisimov #42 during the game at Consol Energy Center on March 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Blue Jackets will battle the Penguins over TV territory rights

The Columbus Blue Jackets and Pittsburgh Penguins won’t compete on the ice again until the Fall, but the two teams will square off away from the rink in a battle over television territory rights. The Blue Jackets are hoping to reconfigure the cable TV rights in several Ohio counties and increase/adjust the team’s overall presence within the […]

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 07:  Head coach Mike Babcock of the Detroit Red Wings on the bench during the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on February 7, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. The Red Wings defeated the Coyotes 3-1.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Don Cherry advises Mike Babcock to coach in San Jose

Where will Mike Babcock coach next season? That’s the question everyone has been debating since the Detroit Red Wings were knocked out of the playoffs in the first round against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Predictions over where Babcock will land have shifted seemingly every time the coach makes a statement to the media. Don Cherry […]


Report: Formal vote on NHL Vegas expansion may happen in September

The NHL expanding into Vegas is a topic that’s been discussed for quite some time, but up until now there haven’t been any reports indicating when the league would hold a formal vote over whether the city will be rewarded with a franchise. A new report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal indicates that September may […]

TAMPA, FL - APRIL 18: Jimmy Howard #35 of the Detroit Red Wings looks up for a rebound in front of Brenden Morrow #10 of the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena on April 18, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

Jimmy Howard says he won’t request a trade from the Red Wings

There was a changing of the guard in the crease for the Red Wings during the playoffs as Petr Mrazek surpassed Jimmy Howard as the top goaltender in Detroit. Mrazek’s solid numbers combined with unreal saves such as this one led to speculation regarding Howard’s future with the team. The trade rumors haven’t been squashed entirely, but […]

NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 04:  Cody Franson #44 of the Nashville Predators skates against the Dallas Stars during the second period at Bridgestone Arena on April 4, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

Predators GM admits the Cody Franson trade wasn’t a perfect fit

The Nashville Predators made it clear prior to the trade deadline that their intention was to win now. That was the approach for numerous teams, but the Predators put their future on the line by making deals near the deadline. The team dealt away their first-round pick for the 2015 Draft to the Toronto Maple Leafs […]

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 25:  Members of the Chicago Blackhawks and the Nashville Predators shake hands after Game Six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on April 25, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Predators 4-3 to win the series.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Are the NHL playoffs really a “different animal” from the regular season?

The sports world is full of narratives, and hockey is not immune to their pitfalls. Narratives are woven so deeply into the culture of the sport that fans, broadcasters, and general managers alike fall victim to narratives without realizing it. We hear so often about “grit” and its cousins “sandpaper” and “determination,” etc. and their […]

during a game at Madison Square Garden on December 23, 2014 in New York City.

Rangers aren’t using capital letters on Twitter for series against the Capitals

You may have noticed something a little strange if you follow the New York Rangers on Twitter. As they prepare for a playoff matchup against the Washington Capitals in the second round, the account suddenly stopped using capital letters in their Tweets. From quotes to news announcements, the social media team has made a concentrated, […]


Video: Petr Mrazek robs Brian Boyle with a great stick save

We’re not even through the first round of the playoffs and Petr Mrazek may have made the best save of the tournament. His save with the paddle on Brian Boyle was so good that it completely fooled the announcer and stunned the Tampa Bay Lightning. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4ht5z0A4Ts That’s just incredible. You could make the case that Boyle […]

SUNRISE, FL - APRIL 10: Two Toronto Maple Leafs fans wearing paper bags over their heads watch third period action against the Florida Panthers at the BB&T Center on April 10, 2014 in Sunrise, Florida. The Panthers defeated the Maple Leafs 4-2. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Which NHL teams need the biggest overhaul?

It can be a rebuild or you can miss the playoffs by a few points, either way several teams this offseason need to make adjustments to compete in the near future. These are the teams with the most pressing needs. Toronto Maple Leafs You probably saw this coming from a mile away. The Leafs are […]


Video: Matt Niskanen hits a beer bottle back into the stands

You might remember that Islanders fans nailed Brooks Orpik with a beer a couple games ago. Following the Islanders’ win in Game 6, fans tossed several cups and objects at the Capitals as they left the ice. The Caps looked pretty irritated (rightfully so) and Matt Niskanen took it upon himself to send a beer […]

WINNIPEG, MB - APRIL 20: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman talks to the media prior to Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals between the Anaheim Ducks and Winnipeg Jets during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the MTS Centre on April 20, 2015 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Marianne Helm/Getty Images)

Gary Bettman’s nonsensical quote about dual expansion

Expansion continues to be a hot topic in the NHL and Gary Bettman was recently asked about the possibility of a new team joining the Eastern Conference. Based on the current structure of the league (14 teams in the West and 16 in the East), the obvious solution is to place two teams in the […]