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Game 7 : Preseason Bolts @ Habs

Tonight will be the 7th game for the Habs this pre-season, finishing the week off with back to back games against the Tampa Bay Lightning.  As we near closer to the first game of regular season you can expect to see, from both teams, some more realistic rosters.  

Chris Campoli will make his debut in Montreal tonight, pairing with Gorges on the blueline.  You can also expect to see Peter Budaj between the pipes. Starting lineups should look a little like this: Cammalleri-Plekanec-ColePacioretty-Gomez-GallagherAK-Desharnais-Gionta

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 I think it's safe to say that it hasn't been the most in...

Brendan Shanahan: The New Sheriff In Town

Seven days, seven suspensions, adding up to a grand total of 23 pre-season and 24 regular season games; just another week at the office for Brendan Shanahan.

Nearly two years removed from the end of very successful playing career in the National Hockey League, which saw him score over 600 goals and 1300 points, whilst capturing three Stanley Cups in the process, Shanahan has undoubtedly hit the ground running in his latest endeavours as the NHL’s new Senior Vice President of Player Safety and Head Disciplinarian. The undisputed water-cooler topic of the pre-season has been the punishment Shanahan has doled out to offending players; swift, de...

How will Lombardi's return affect the Leafs?

With Matthew Lombardi's long recovery from post-concussion syndrome nearing completion, Tyler Bozak or Nazem Kadri could be the odd-man out in Toronto.

Lombardi, who was centering the fourth-line at practice this morning, is aiming to make his Leafs debut for the Oct.6 season opener against the Montreal Canadiens. While his role with the team will be limited initially---he will start on the fourth-line, according to head coach Ron Wilson---he'd eventually work his way to the third-line in a slow transition to ensure he could handle increased ice-time, if all goes according to plan.

While the addition of Lombardi would add depth to the Leafs' line-up, the question a...

A New Era In NHL Discipline: Shanahan and the Next NHL CBA

This season, the NHL has a new Discipline Czar in Brendan Shanahan. After a night featuring some early dirty hits, he reacted swiftly in handing out suspensions to Flyers enforcer Jody Shelley and Calgary Flames forward Pierre-Luc "PL3" Létourneau-Leblond. Not only that, but Shanahan brought in a new way of announcing the suspensions by delivering videos with detailed explanations. This level of transparency was something that that Colin Campbell never had. These changes are showing a huge amount of improvement in the league that Campbell never seemed to deliver.

That being said, there is a new CBA coming for the 2012-13 season and beyond. This CBA will no doubt focus on ...

Isles Files: New Captain, New Arena Proposal

Media day came and went yesterday with a grand announcement: Mark Streit is the new captain of the New York Islanders.

The Swiss defenseman is the first ever Swiss captain in NHL history and is also the 13th captain in Islanders history.

My original belief was that the Islanders were going to consider giving the "C" to John Tavares, but once his contract extension was announced at a press conference with only the six-year deal to discuss and nothing else, I started to think more and more that Streit would be their man.

Streit carries veteran leadership, a respected presence in the locker room and is a contributor on and off the ice. He is the anchor of the blue...

A Real Star

He was the first overall selection by the Minnesota North Stars in 1988.  He was the face of two franchises.  He was a playoff performer.  A complete player, and a class act.

Most importantly, he is the greatest American scorer in NHL history.

These are just a few accolades that can be used to describe Mike Modano.  One could argue that Modano’s entrance into the NHL started a revolution in attitudes towards hockey in the United States. 

The Livonia, Michigan native gained notoriety by becoming the second American player taken first overall in the NHL Entry Draft.  Modano replaced draft bust Brian La...

Coach Noel: "Atmosphere Like a Stanley Cup Final"

"How bout them Jets?"

It's a question Winnipeggers have been asking their friends, family and co-workers for a decade and a half when awkward situations arise. But as of September 21, anyone who walked out of MTS Centre after the Jets handed the Columbus Blue Jackets a 6-1 loss would finally have a unanimous, legitimate answer for you.

Surreal.

Incredible.

But the overall majority went with: Electric. From the moment the players began warming up to the Go Jets Go chants, that crowd was there for one reason an one reason only, to welcome back what they've missed for so long: Their Winnipeg Jets.

And not to dim their 6-1 tr...

And The Islanders Will Finish In....

The New York Islanders are in the middle of training camp; plenty of fresh faces are looking to surprise the coaching staff and crack the line-up while a few other seasoned and whithered faces look to continue their NHL career with an impressive tryout.

But what everyone is hoping for is a successful season that will result in the Islanders FINALLY making the playoffs after the slow and steady rebuild began three seasons ago.

Let's take a look at some of the major events that have transpired in Islanders country during the off-season thus far:

1. General Manager Garth Snow re-signed Kyle Okposo and Michael Grabner to five-year contract extensions at an affordable pri...

Jets fans rejoice

 

Here we are, folks. A day before the Winnipeg Jets officially return to the National Hockey League. For the first time in 15 years last week, the Jets took to the ice for training camp. And chances are it was the most packed training camp in the National Hockey League. A packed MTS Iceplex, the location of the Jets training camp, was packed on Saturday as all the stars took to the ice. Fans waited all day to get a glimpse of their new-found heroes. Andrew Ladd, Winnipeg Jets captain, took time at the end of practise to sign a few autographs and take photos with fans. And of course the main attraction was the Jets performance. For the crowd, every second was outstanding...

Thoughts On Recent Rash of Extensions

Despite the period known universally as "free agent frenzy," passing weeks ago, there was still some unfinished free agent business left. As training camps approached around the league several high-profile RFA's remained unsigned and dangerously close to "holding out." No one benefits from holding out. The player can damage his reputation among his peers, clubs are usually left without one (or more) of their better players, and fans are left bewildered at all parties. In a perfect world all RFA's would be signed ahead of camp. This week several of them did reach new accords while a couple still remain unsigned. Let's take a look.

Brad Marchand - To be...