A nice recap with video and some article pieces along with the 2016 review in NHL hockey via Sports Net Canada:
It was a wild year in the NHL and as much excitement as there is for the future of the game with plenty of young and exciting talent coming in, 2016 also gave us a few moments to ponder the past.
Through the year, the hockey world lost a legend, celebrated another and witnessed one of the craziest 23 minutes in the history of the NHL, if not all sports.
Undoubtedly when coming up with a year-end top 10, a few noteworthy stories had to be left out that should get a mention:
Recently, the firing of Gerard Gallant as head coach in Florida was probably the most controversial coach dismissal ever and left Don Cherry labeling it the “worst” in NHL history.
Not a surprise that the Washington Capitals remain at the top of our consensus NHL power rankings. The Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks moved ahead of the St. Louis Blues, who fell back two spots to No. 4.
The Dallas Stars move back into the top five at No. 5.
There were changes this week to the bottom portion of our power rankings. The Winnipeg Jets dethroned the Toronto Maple Leafs for the No. 30 position. The Maple Leafs moved up two slots to No. 28.
The Vancouver continue their slide and fall to No. 29.
The Columbus Blue Jackets and Edmonton Oilers remain at No. 26 and No. 27. – SEE MORE
Boston Bruins trade Milan Lucic and Dougie Hamilton.
The season has barely been over since June 15th when the Chicago Blackhawks stopped the Tampa Bay Lightning in a Game 6 WIN at home in Chicago but all the while the rest of the NHL has been planning their own next moves to get their respective teams to a Stanley Cup as well. Just over 2 Weeks later & we have the Kings getting a powerful Milan Lucic to an already strong lineup. Let’s not forget Phil Kessel got dumped by the Leafs to his delight. Kessel is now a Pittsburgh Penguin which is a shot in the arm to the fan base. Young talent T.J. Oshie is going to the Washington Capitals who made strides in their own quest for the Cup this past season. Looks like these 3 teams are gearing up for another incredible year of NHL hockey.
T.J. Oshie traded to Capitals; Blues get Brouwer
TORONTO, ON – APRIL 11: Phil Kessel #81of the Toronto Maple Leafs throws a stick into the crowd after losing to the Montreal Canadiens in their last game of the year during NHL action at the Air Canada Centre April 11, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)
The NHL season has come to a close but now the next chapter starts to present an opportunity for teams to go after the prized Stanley Cup Trophy. Who will make it? I have no clue but I’m certain whoever comes out on top will be a team to watch. The L.A. Kings who won this past season didn’t even make it back even though they played hard this season, they just weren’t up for the task. Their opponent in last years final The New York Rangers ARE back to give it another go for a win for the cup. It would be their 1st in over 20 years this year. Crazy! I was at their parade in 1994. Either way enjoy all that comes with watching the NHL, just don’t lose your shirt if you like to gamble.
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When you think of dominant defensive hockey teams the Pittsburgh Penguins probably are not one of the first teams that come to mind. Likewise, when you think of the Pittsburgh Penguins, dominant defensive hockey probably isn’t the first thing that you think of.
Instead, it’s probably offense, offense, offense. And maybe more offense.
READ MORE – CBS Sports
We are now deep into the NHL season and the race to the leading scorer is happening right now! Who will be on top at the end? Alex or Sid the Kid? Who knows!
READ MORE – USA Today
Who will be the leading scorer in 2015? Alex or Sid?
2014 trade rumors from around the league.
The season has barely begun and of course already you can easily Google about the various upcoming trade rumors from around the league! I say why not follow them and decide for yourself what is most likely. Of course this information is mostly useful for gamblers, sports agents, journalist & hardcore fans. The article will take you maybe 2 minutes tops to read but I hope the site is helpful for someone. Please keep up with me here at WayneGretzky.ORG!
Check out the latest NHL trade rumors!!
Chris Neil in fight when he was a Senator.
From Bleacher Report – Ranking The Top 100 Toughest Fights
Ahhh hockey fights….. They are for sure a much loved part of the sport whether we want to admit it or not. I came across this list of tough guys in the NHL over the years and the best to ever step on the ice rink. You have what is called GOONS, something not spoken of much today with all of the finesse that seems to be the theme in most Hockey clubs. However you still need a BAD ASS on your team to take it there if you need to. The penalty box still is used and exist. Many players have lost teeth, be gashed open & broke bones as well. I remember seeing my first fight back in the Igloo aka Civic Arena in Pittsburgh back in the early 90’s. It was the Penguins hosting the Blackhawks and an all out bench brawl ensued outta no where!! It was comical at the same time rough and tumble fighting. Of course some years later they stopped allowing bench clearing brawls all together which I was fine with but it would be fun to see again. It always blows me away how they can still fight while on ice and on ICE SKATES!! There have been more critics coming out over the past few years suggesting to ban it from Hockey but I really hope it never happens. I don’t see it as a big widespread issue much these days. Most of the fans really understand the game much better than years ago when it was new in the U.S. The style of play and skill level out there is also changing the game more each year. Championships can be won by a great tough defense and a superb goalie but it will not be won by a fist fight. At least not yet!! (U never know?!)
Tonight the NHL hockey season begins! The L.A. Kings get to defend their title starting against the San Jose Sharks at home tonight. It should be a great night of hockey between the 4 scheduled games. Of course most of America will be doing other things tonight since there are no baseball playoffs or NFL games tonight but here in L.A., I’m pretty certain the Staples Center will be packed in and around. Pretty cool considering most of my years of living here it’s all about the Lakers but lately things have been changing. I think it’s a good thing too. In fact it’s great for Hockey to have what typically just doesn’t seem to go together,L.A., sunshine,beaches and hockey? Personally it would be even greater if the Kings would win again. Last time it has happened was 1997/1998 Detroit Red Wings, who have won twice since then. This would give L.A. 3 in 4 years but more importantly it would ramp up the competition even more around the league. Not to mention you retain, grow and cement a REAL hockey presence in L.A. and So.Cal in general. I myself am not some big time King fan, I grew up as a Penguin fan in Pittsburgh where I essentially learned about Hockey. When the Penguins won in 1991/1992 it really stamped Hockey in Pittsburgh as a leading sport. Good thing it did too because quite honestly that city needed it when the Pirates when into a 21 Year slump!!
Beside the Kings, who is your favorite? Who is your prediction to win it all or just make it to the playoffs? I don’t know the trades that occurred, I don’t know much about most of the players out there but I appreciate the sport. So let it be an incredible or at the least very fun Hockey night!!