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Feeling Blue: Isles Endure Another Defeat in St. Louis

Lack of pride, toughness, and skill have all added up to the Islanders latest defeat. This loss came at the hands of the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center with a final tally of 5-1. The Blues proved why they are an elite team in the league and the Islanders showed that they are nothing more than a poor group of hockey players with absolutely zero confindence.

Toronto Maple Leafs' Free Agent Targets

 

By Lukas Hardonk (@LukasHardonk)

Toronto Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis got the NHL off-season going on Sunday with one of the first big trades of summer 2013. The trade market is just one way the Maple Leafs plan to improve this summer with a free agent crop that is also full of appealing players set to open up.

With July 5 only eight days away, it's time to look at who the Maple Leafs are likely to consider as free agent options when the signing period begins.

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Mike Ribeiro

Ribeiro is a 33-year-old NHL veteran who, with more than 600 points in 785 career regular season games, knows how to produce. Not onl...

NHL Lockout: Three Teams that could Benefit from Shorter Season

The NHL lockout looms only two days away, or to put it more ominously, “The Day after Tomorrow.” It seems that most pundits agree that the players and owners will be unable to reach an agreement before the September 15 expiration date.

Still, it is unlikely that the league will cancel an entire season again. They survived the first P.R. disaster but with no real on ice solutions to offer, a second cancellation will bring the curtains down on the NHL. A shortened season, however, is a real possibility.

Here are three teams that might benefit from a shorter schedule.

The Dallas Stars- The Stars were in playoff contention for most of 2011-12 before fading t...

Dallas Stars Season Preview

Finally, the Dallas Stars have financial freedom. Tom Gaglardi has given GM Joe Nieuwendyk the ability to spend money—and did he ever. He dished out pretty good money to sign some free agents, and pick up a few assets over the summer. Let's take a look at what happened after another heartbreaking season.

In with the new:
Jaromir Jagr - one year, $4.5 million
Ray Whitney - two years, $9 million
Derek Roy -  acquired in Ott trade
Cody Eakin - acquired in Ribeiro trade
Aaron Rome - three years, $4.5 million

Out with the old:
Sheldon Souray - to Anaheim
Mike Ribeiro - to Was...

Buffalo Sabres add Size, Toughness in Free Agency

 

With the first two weeks of free agency over and the focus moving towards that of the new CBA agreement, let’s take a look at what the Sabres have done during the offseason so far.

A veteran of five seasons and one of the biggest wingers in the NHL, John Scott comes in at 6-feet, 8 inches and 270 pounds. Although he’s only averaged a point per season in his career, his role will be to bring size, toughness, and experience to the roster.

He may not be in the lineup every night, but Scott will be invaluable against division rivals who have used size to their advantage in seasons past.

Longtime Dallas Star, Steve Ott, and teammate Adam Pardy came ov...

Derek Roy Undergoes Shoulder Surgery

The Stars have suffered a bit of a setback, as Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reported that newly-acquired center Derek Roy suffered a shoulder injury that required surgery. This injury will leave Roy out of the lineup until November.

This may come as no surprise to those who followed Roy in Buffalo, as he suffered a shoulder injury in 2009, a few upper-body injuries in 2010, and a quadriceps injury to finish his season in 2011. The arms and upper body seem to be the issue of interest for the 29-year-old.

Roy's injury will leave him out for the first month of the season. This may not be a problem because of the ongoing Collective Bargaining Agreement talks between t...

Attracting Free Agents: Is Buffalo a destination?

 

Every fan hopes their team lands an eye-popping free agent that will bring their city a Stanley Cup.

How can a team attract those types of players? Better yet, what makes a team an attractive destination?

Here are a couple of things players may take into consideration.

Location: Is it a hockey city? How much media attention does the team get? Will players be noticed on the street?

In Buffalo, you better believe that the fans know their team.

No, it’s not Detroit, Montreal, New York City, or Toronto, but plenty of people in the area will recognize you. New York State is slowly becoming a hotbed for hockey talent, so Buffalo might be on a few...

Dallas Stars Acquire Derek Roy

In perhaps Joe Nieuwendyk's biggest move since becoming general manager, the Dallas Stars have acquired center Derek Roy from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for super-pest Steve Ott and defenseman Adam Pardy.

Roy, 29, is most known for his scoring ability and quickness. He has fallen off the path in the past few seasons by posting career lows in goals and points, but he possesses the tools necessary to post 60-70 points; this is evidenced by his numbers from 2006-10.

Roy has one more year left on his deal at $4 million before becoming an unrestricted free agent next summer.

After signing Aaron Rome to a deal yesterday, Pardy became an expendable asset. Ott's name...

What's the next step in the fast-track rebuild?

 

The Toronto Maple Leafs are in a state of flux.

The Leafs, losing eight of its last nine games, appear to have little left in the tank and have been cutting its odds of a post-season berth (down to 30 per cent, according to sportsclubstats.com) with each passing game.

It’s easy to forget, however, that the general consensus in the off-season was that the Leafs would likely miss the playoffs for a seventh-straight season. Despite the panic spreading throughout the fan base, the Leafs are three points removed from the playoffs, with two games in hand over the eight-place Winnipeg Jets. Yes, the stats indicate that the Leafs’ chances are below 50 per cent...

Survive and Advance Sabres 2 Islanders 1

Different head coach, same result.

Thomas Vanek and Tyler Myers both scored and Ryan Miller made 30 saves as the Sabres spoiled interim head coach Doug Weight’s coaching debut 2-1 on Tuesday Night.

Weight was appointed interim head coach for the game as head coach Jack Capuano dealt with a flu that has ravaged his lineup in the past three games. Evgeni Nabokov missed his third straight game dealing with the illness.

An all too similar start to the game forced the Islanders into an early 1-0 hole. Tyler Myers opened the scoring just 1:21 into the game. After a initial stop on Derek Roy, Myers found the rebound and snapped it over a prone Kevin Poulin. For the second straight game, the Islanders fell behind within the first 90 seconds.