September 12 2016 08:00AM
A lot changed for the Calgary Flames this offseason, but there are two things that will determine if they really are a better team this year: goaltending and coaching.
The goaltending side is simple.
The coaching side is a bit more complicated. New bench bosses Glen Gulutzan and Paul Jerrard have very clear areas of the game they need to improve in Bob Hartley's wake, including some individual tactics that were lacking under the previous regime.
Here are the areas I'll be grading the new coaching staff on this year.
September 09 2016 10:55PM
The Edmonton Oilers, historically, are not a strong destination for veteran NHL players who miss out on the big money of free agency. If I asked you to recall the last actual NHL player who attended Oilers camp on a tryout offer, what would your answer be? My answer after the break.
September 09 2016 04:00PM
Many die-hard hockey fans can tell you that Wayne Gretzky holds the all-time NHL scoring record with 2,857 points. And they'll also likely tell you this record will likely never be broken not just because of the nearly 1,000 point difference he has on the next highest scorer of all-time, Mark Messier, but also because of how drastically scoring has declined in the NHL.
There's no one simple explanation for this cause, but let's take a look at some of the reasons as to why the number of goals per game is going down.
September 09 2016 02:04PM
Jeopardy contestant: I'll take NHL Potpourri for $400, Alex.
Alex Trebek: He was the last player to wear #6 for the Detroit Red Wings.
Jeopardy contestant: Who is Larry Aurie?
Alex Trebek: Oh I'm sorry, we were actually looking for Cummy Burton.
Jeopardy contestant: The singer from the Guess Who played hockey?
September 09 2016 11:14AM
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