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Has this ever happened before? Nope.

The last five teams alive are also the last five cup winners: 2008 – Detroit Red Wings 2009 – Pittsburgh Penguins 2010 – Chicago Blackhawks 2011 – Boston Bruins 2012 – Los Angeles Kings And if the Blackhawks win tonight, it will be the last four cup-winners in the Conference Finals. Also, it guarantees that…

Why did the Kings lose Thomas Hickey? I’ll tell you why

I was sad to see Thomas Hickey go this morning. In an alternate universe, it’s Hickey and not Alec Martinez or Slava Voynov playing in LA with his name on the Stanley Cup. Does that sound crazy? Consider that Hickey’s injuries early on are what kept him from getting his “cup of coffee” early on,…

February 2, 1993: Gary Bettman’s first day on the job

Bettman’s legacy of expansion into non-traditional markets is responsible for the current lock-out. Without the political support of those same franchises — one of which is owned by the NHL — we would be watching NHL hockey now.

Shorter me: the Bettman experiment has blown up in his face. And this is what that looks like.

The Hockey News: Western Conference predictions

10. Los Angeles. I hate for you to think I’m underestimating the Kings, because I’m not. The job Terry Murray did behind L.A.’s bench last year was phenomenal, their blueline has the potential to be one of the league’s best and individual talents such as Dustin Brown, Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty are only getting…

NHL.com – 2010 Winter Olympics: USA Hockey names 34-man roster for Olympic camp – 06/30/2009

Goaltenders Tim Thomas, Boston Ryan Miller, Buffalo Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Defensemen Tom Gilbert, Edmonton Tim Gleason, Carolina Ron Hainsey, Atlanta Erik Johnson, St. Louis Jack Johnson, Los Angeles Mike Komisarek, Toronto Paul Martin, New Jersey Brooks Orpik, Pittsburgh Brian Rafalski, Detroit Rob Scuderi, Los Angeles Ryan Suter, Nashville Ryan Whitney, Anaheim Forwards David Backes,…

From TSN: Tavares or Hedman? Remember “Daigle or Pronger?”

Well if the year was 1993, the Ottawa Senators would select slick centre Alexandre Daigle and leave stalwart defenceman Chris Pronger for the Hartford Whalers. In some cases, having the second overall pick can work out pretty well. The New York Islanders have a similar decision to make heading into Friday’s first round of the NHL Entry…

From Al Strachan: Lightning Rod

Al Strachan repackages the same old rumors; but at least he can write coherently. My comments are in brackets. The rumors regarding Vincent Lecavalier refuse to go away. [I resist inserting, “whose fault is that?”] Tampa Bay Lightning GM Brian Lawton insists that he has had no trade talks regarding Lecavalier and that he has no…

2009 NHL Draft Combine recap – Hockey’s Future

As far as the testing went, several of the shorter players stood out positively. Eden Prairie High School defenseman Nick Leddy was one of the most impressive in the vertical leap, and he had an excellent wing span for his size. Not the broadest of players, Leddy was finely tuned, with one of the lowest…

2009 NHL Mock Draft 1.0 | Bleacher Report

1. The New York Islanders will select John Tavares of the London Knights This is a no brainer pick. John Tavares is easily the best forward in this draft and has been compared to the likes of Wayne Gretzky. With absolutely no offensive talents on this team outside the likes of Kyle Okposo, Tavares will…